Despite the improvement in the region’s air quality in recent years, southwestern Pennsylvania still fails to meet federal health-​based standards for various major air pollutants, such as ground-​level ozone, sulfur dioxide and fine particulates, known as PM2.5. And that regional pollution elevates risks of cancer, respiratory ailments and other serious health problems.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Air pollution increases regional health risks
The forces of the universe have a dark sense of humor. Just weeks before the publication of The Schenley Experiment, Jake Oresick’s revealing history of Pittsburgh’s first public high school, PMC Property Group began to advertise Schenley Apartments, which occupy the former school. “A truly unique historic property modernized to exceed your expectations,”…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Five excellent reads illuminate different shades of Pittsburgh
  • Sidebar Content Block Schenley

    The Schenley Experiment

    By Jake Oresick
    Penn State University Press ($19.95)
    Drinks

    Pittsburgh Drinks

    By Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright
    American Palate/​The History Press ($21.99)
    Railroaders

    Railroaders Without Borders

    By H. Roger Grant
    Indiana University Press ($45)
    30 Days

    30 Days a Black Man

    By Bill Steigerwald
    Lyons Press ($26.95)
    Outspokenly

    Outspokenly Yours

    By Samuel Hazo
    Word Association Publishers ($20)
Mother Nature has a sense of humor and the soul of Monet. The change in the yard was startling. In just a week it went from being a crabgrass plantation to a breathtaking carpet of fluffy, soft-​white clover, a pastel hand-​delivered from the French master himself. But lawns are supposed to be neat…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A veteran golf writer calls for the sport to help rescue America’s bees
On a brisk October morning, Dr. Bill Bookwalter dons a billowy, white beekeeping suit complete with veil and hikes up a hill behind his Fox Chapel home to harvest honey. Most days, you’ll find him in surgical scrubs, but during his downtime, Bookwalter, a neurosurgeon, practices apiculture: he maintains colonies of bees.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Pittsburghers are creating new colonies to help grow the region’s bee population
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