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New documentary digs deeper into the lives, legacies of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life shooting survivors, families

Although the attack remained international news for weeks, filmmaker Trish Adlesic says there’s still more of this story to tell.

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At Freedom House in Pittsburgh, these Black men saved lives

Freedom House in Pittsburgh was the “first true paramedic program in the world,” and is the subject of a new book.

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New biography chronicles the triumphs and struggles of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe

The book traces Thorpe from his birth on a Sac and Fox reservation to his formative years as a collegiate football star at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and beyond.

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Famed Pittsburgh-born history author David McCullough dies at age 89

“I grew up in a town, a city with such an abundance of history that we heard about history, and the history of Pittsburgh, not only in school but at the dinner table and the family’s stories.”

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Pittsburgh art commission rejects actor Jane Seymour’s “heart” sculpture

The Pittsburgh Art Commission unanimously rejected a proposal to place a sculpture by actor Jane Seymour on the Mount Washington Overlook.

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Copyright or copycat? Lawsuit over Andy Warhol portraits are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday it would hear the case of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Lynn Goldsmith.

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Pittsburgh-based ‘Deaf Brown American Mom’ gets her biggest solo art exhibit

Artist Fran Ledonio Flaherty work is on display at the SPACE gallery in Pittsburgh.

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Visitors are returning to Pittsburgh museums, sometimes at pre-pandemic levels

The coronavirus pandemic is as big a challenge as most Pittsburgh arts groups have ever faced. But while performance troupes are only just beginning to resume indoor, in-person performances, many of the city’s museums say attendance has been rebounding for months.

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Pittsburgh businessman announces long-shot bid to buy the Pirates

“I just want to make the team relevant, and I think I have a plan to make that happen,” said Ty Ballou.

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Foundation grant aids Pittsburgh’s Black opera landmark

The Richard King Mellon Foundation announced it was awarding $500,000 to efforts to restore the National Negro Opera Company House.

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