There’s an Andy Warhol canvas of a newspaper clipping with a photograph of a can of tuna fish and, beneath it, two middle-​aged women and the caption: “Seized shipment: Did a leak kill…Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs. Brown?” The painting, “Tunafish Disaster,” is comedian and Warhol collector Steve Martin’s favorite work by the Pittsburgh-​born…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading The arts and tourism speak global interest and bolster the regional economy
What are the so-​called “waters of the United States” and why did the Obama administration expand the definition? To understand that is to understand the evolution of environmental regulation in the United States and how the nation’s courts have interpreted what’s protected.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
Determining where water begins and ends seems a matter of physical properties, of whether two hydrogen molecules are bonded to oxygen, and how much of it exists. Where is it located, and will people eventually drink it? Swim in it? Fish in it? This molecule, essential to life, has become another point of…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading DEP says no big deal if Trump administration rescinds waters of the United States rule; Advocacy groups disagree
As birthday celebrations go, this one was fairly harsh. The local news media was gathered at Pittsburgh International Airport’s Midfield Terminal on a late-​summer day last September. Earlier, they’d reported the terminal complex, once lauded for its innovative design, had turned 25. Now, with cameras rolling, airport officials noted its inefficiencies, declared it…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Changes at Pittsburgh International acknowledge the new reality
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