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
Southwestern Pennsylvania and air qulity have long had a complicated relationship. For the better part of a century, the region had been a place so polluted from the soot of industry and homes heated by coal that street lamps were lit in the afternoon and walking a single block could ruin the collar…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Taming air pollution: The region’s century-​old challenge
Earlier this fall, more than 3,550 southwestern Pennsylvanians shared their views on racial and ethnic diversity in a region where the population of African Americans, Asians and Hispanics — and the slice of the labor force they hold — are among the smallest in metropolitan America.

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Kudos to historian Barbara Burstin for producing “Steel City Jews: A History of Pittsburgh and its Jewish Community, 18401915.” For 10 years the author toiled alone, without a publisher, to create a labor of love that relates the early history of our city in the context of the Jewish experience.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Burstin’s tale is one of exploration, assimilation and leadership
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