Metropolitan Pittsburgh is a picture of stability entering 2016. Job growth is outpacing the Pennsylvania state average, and the unemployment rate for the seven-​county region is steady near 5 percent. 2015 brought a resurgence in labor force growth, providing local employers a wider pool of talent from which to fill their ever-​expanding payroll…

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  • Issue Year 2016
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Since hitting puberty four decades ago, Claudia Pianko has struggled with her weight. “When I was in 6th grade, I was 144 pounds,” she says. By last January, the 58’’ Greensburg woman weighed in at 385 pounds.

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  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading Tobacco has long been the No.1 preventable cause of cancer, but excess weight is a close second
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    • Should I have another?
    • Just a moderate amount (even a 12 a glass a day of alcohol, yes even red wine) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, notes Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health.

    • Can weight control help cancer survivors?
    • Pittsburgh researchers hope to answer the question: Can changes in diet and physical activity help women remain cancer-​free longer after treatment for ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer? Both the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital are recruiting patients for this national phase III trial.

Ask people their favorite downtown Pittsburgh building, and many will tell you Henry Hobson Richardson’s Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail. Pittsburgh’s first really famous piece of architecture has been popular consistently since its 1888 completion.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading The story behind one of Pittsburgh’s most-​used landmarks
Located at a horseshoe bend of the Monongahela River in Washington County — the heart of today’s Rust Belt — what would become Donora, Pa.was a farming community of 12 people in 1900. Within one year, it exploded to 4,000 — as hordes of workers built and manned numerous factories. Its population topped 14,000 by 1920, but today numbers…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2016
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