A lifeguard’s strong dark arms buoy his young, light-​skinned pupil, as other children in the pool cheer their friend’s attempts to swim. The undated, black-​and-​white photo from the archives of the Pittsburgh Courier is part of a century-​long storyline about the lives of African Americans that the newspaper chronicled.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2012
  • Sub Heading Tracking down the historic records of the Pittsburgh Courier
George Gershwin will be forever associated with New York City. This most American of composers derived his inspiration from Manhattan’s energy, skyscrapers, jazz, nightlife, and evolving Broadway-​musical art form.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2012
  • Sub Heading The ins and outs of the great musician’s ties to the city
displaced Pittsburghers soon will come home again. The pigeons of Mellon Square, bumped by renovations scheduled to culminate next year, are some of my favorite birds to watch, a bit of the wild smack dab in the middle of “dahntahn.” Don’t disparage these half-​pound fast fliers.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2012
  • Sub Heading From droppings to Darwin
State bear biologist Mark Ternent pulls an oversized syringe from an arsenal of gear at the back of his truck, loads it with a strong sedative, and affixes it to a dart with hot-​pink fletching.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2012
  • Sub Heading With their habitat shrinking, Pennsylvania bears are getting closer and closer to people
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