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John Robinson Block, Newsman

by Jeff Sewald

My twin brother, Allan Block, and I are the third generation in a family business that’s more than 100 years old. My grandfather, Paul Block, was an immigrant from East Prussia, …


The Great Banishment of 1923

by Cody McDevitt

Robert Young was one of the bad characters in Rosedale, a black neighborhood of Johnstown, after he arrived in 1923. Rumors swirled that he had committed murder in his native state …

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Ageless Wisdom: Cyril Wecht, 87

by John Beale

In part five of this video series, Cyril Wecht, age 87, shares his path to forensic pathology and discusses what is important in life.

Regional News

Up in Smoke

by Julia Fraser

Dan Ward is 27 and lives in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. He is mostly vegan, rides his bike to work and walks in the park as often as he can. He also ...


On a Pedestal: Magee-​Womens Research Institute

by PQ Staff

Many Pittsburghers have a somewhat vague idea that the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC successfully attract federal dollars to support their varied research activities. But the extent of that success in …


Ageless Wisdom: Patricia Wilde, 90

by John Beale

In part four of this video series, Patricia Wilde, age 90, talks about how she entered the world of ballet and her experiences with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.


Saving Bats and Great Fishing Along Spruce Creek

by Thomas Saunders

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has recently acquired a unique property in northern Huntingdon County that does two unusual things — provides public access for world-​class trout fishing on Spruce Creek and helps save …


The Mysteries of Feral Bees

by Daryln Brewer Hoffstot

To make a prairie it takes a clover
and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
—Emily Dickinson

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Between the Issues

Millennials Speak Out

by Alayna Jones

Millennials are the face of the future. Born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, their ranks include doctors, teachers, students, CEOs, astronauts, mothers, fathers and future presidents. What are …

Between the Issues

Why We Don’t Take Our Meds (Again)

by Greg Curtis

Recently, two journalists (Tim Harford and Simon Kuper) working for the Financial Times of London attended the FT Weekend Festival. The topic of their onstage conversation was “the nightmare of writing …

Between the Issues

PSO’s “Voyage at Sea” Takes Guests on a Musical Journey

by PQ Staff

On Saturday, September 15, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosted its annual gala at Heinz Hall. This year’s theme, Voyage at Sea: A Passage to the Mediterranean, took attendees on a musical …

Between the Issues

35th Annual Family House Polo Match Raises $250,000

by PQ Staff

The 35th Annual Family House Polo Match was held at Hartwood Acres on Saturday, September 15. The match drew 2,000 guests. $250,000 was raised to support the Family House mission of …

Regional News

Unemployment Down, Workforce Shrinks

by Julia Fraser

The temperature may be up, but the unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh region keeps dropping, closing the gap separating it from national rate, which it has long hovered above.

Between the Issues

Ten Minutes of Lovely

by Kate Benz, photography by John Altdorfer

Okay, so I’ll do two hundred of the Hey Rosemary,” Samantha says, tying a white, plastic apron around her waist before opening two, overflowing three-​ring binders. “Wait… three hundred Hey Rosemary. …

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