At one end of a long, rectangular table in an Aliquippa restaurant, a grandmother of 12 sporting a big, blond hairdo was talking about how everyone in Beaver County calls her when their dog is lost. Someone even called at 2:30 a.m. the other day. She wasn’t complaining — she loves dogs and has five…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading The observer: Fall ’08
Three cheers for PNC Financial Services Group for buying National City Corp. and becoming the nation’s fifth-​biggest bank. With this $5.6 billion deal — helped by $7.7 billion in federal funds — Pittsburgh’s banking prominence is rising again. We think concerns about a lack of banking choices in the wake of the deal are overblown. Pittsburgh sports…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Stocks: Allegheny County airport police; Transit union; Pedestal: PNC; Boyd & Blair
Last fall, PittsburghToday commissioned the first-​ever survey of arts involvement in the 22-​county Pittsburgh region. Done by the University of Pittsburgh, the survey asked several questions including: What arts events do you attend? What arts activities do you engage in personally? What arts activities have your ever had instruction in?

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Pittsburghers attend more arts activities than the national average
It really was George Washington’s “grand idea” — the Potomac River was the true Gateway to the West. Joel Achenbach writes about it in The Grand Idea — connecting the tidewater of the Potomac to the headwaters of the Ohio would secure Virginia’s leadership among the new American states.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading A behind-​the-​scenes look at making a Pittsburgh 250th project happen
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