News

Hitchcock, heritage and Halloween at Carrie Furnace

Hitchcock, heritage and Halloween at Carrie Furnace

By Travis Hefner, Point Park News Service: Looming unopposed in a no-man’s land on the shore of the Monongahela River, Rankin’s derelict Carrie Furnace will be reborn for one night to host a Halloween party unlike any other in Pittsburgh. Two breweries and a historical group will relight the fires — in spirit — to […]

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

WPPJ: Today’s top-of-hour news updates

Point Park University radio station WPPJ (670 AM) broadcasts daily news updates: Tuesday, Sept. 30: Anti-jihad ad pulled in N.Y., San Francisco; political protests continue in Hong Kong; Point Park hires new security company   Wednesday, Sept. 24: State lawmaker makes impromptu announcement that he is gay; Ebola cases could increase to 1M by January; […]

On the street: How should NFL deal with domestic violence?

On the street: How should NFL deal with domestic violence?

By Point Park News Service: With pressure building on the National Football League to deal with its players’ domestic violence issues, Point Park University students asked Pittsburghers whether they agree with the league’s actions so far:   Michael Washington, 35, of Uptown, played arena football for the Pittsburgh Power and said he believes the NFL […]

Arts & Culture

Pittsburgh Steeline entertains Steeler nation

Pittsburgh Steeline entertains Steeler nation

By Ralph Musthaler, Point Park News Service: The Pittsburgh Steeline, the official drumline for the Pittsburgh Steelers, performs at every home game. The group performs before the game outside Heinz Field in the parking lots and during the game inside Heinz Field on the field and on the sidelines. If the Steelers win, the drumline […]

Theater promotes skills for improv — and life

Theater promotes skills for improv — and life

By Alex Stumpf, Point Park News Service: The Steel City Improv Theater makes one commitment: “Once you get good at improv, you will get better at life.” The founders, Kasey Daley and Justin Zell, brought their life-teaching skills to Pittsburgh from New York four years ago and have been spreading their philosophy ever since. “Good […]

Video: Photographers focus on Braddock Library anniversary

Video: Photographers focus on Braddock Library anniversary

By Ligaya Scaff, Point Park News Service: At Point Park University, students in Professor Chris Rolinson’s specialized photography class learn about community storytelling through documentary film experience as they capture the 150th anniversary of the historic Braddock Library.

Entertainment

Technology-free concerts gain popularity, debate

Technology-free concerts gain popularity, debate

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Sheena Ekas loves going to concerts, but she has started to find the other fans in attendance irritating. It seems like every time she goes to a show lately, everyone around her spends more time on their phones rather than watching the performance. “There are times you can’t […]

Allison Park student creates haunted trail

Allison Park student creates haunted trail

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: As three children approached his location, Michael Byrnes waited on the pitch black trail, jumped out and took an elbow to the face. Two vistors were looking away when Cory Mahony sneaked up behind them and yelled in their ears, which left one visitor screaming expletives. While waiting […]

Row House Cinema highlights zombies, horror films

Row House Cinema highlights zombies, horror films

By Justin Varney, Point Park News Service: Despite its single screen, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville has mastered the week-long retrospective, whether focusing on a single actor or actress or a specific genre of film. “Picking the retrospectives comes from all the employees brainstorming together and choosing the best one,” said Deena Hower, assistant manager […]

Lifestyle

Pets in dorms: Is stress reduction worth the hassle?

Pets in dorms: Is stress reduction worth the hassle?

By Emily Yount, Point Park News Service: Point Park University student Gianna Annesi wants to move off campus as soon as possible. The 18-year-old freshman dance major has no problems with her dorm, roommate or meal plan — but misses her cat, Bella, who is back home in Syracuse, N.Y., nearly 400 miles away. Annesi said her […]

Owners grapple with larger iPhones

Owners grapple with larger iPhones

By Madeline VanHorn, Point Park News Service: Mark King thought he was one of the lucky ones when he was able to get his hands on the newly released iPhone 6 Plus. But when he started using it, he realized the phone felt too large for his hands. Now, he prefers the size of his […]

Pierogi Fest adds sweet variety to savory tradition

Pierogi Fest adds sweet variety to savory tradition

  By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: Chocolate cupcakes may be sweet, but Gwyn Zollinger is taking a chance on sour. The owner of Happy Camper Cupcakes will be swapping her batter’s usual ingredient, vinegar, for sauerkraut juice and some of the fermented vegetable. Zollinger’s pierogie-inspired cakes will be found among hot dogs, tacos […]

Politics

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

Peduto plans to invest in youth, education

By Alex Perry | The Pioneer Surrounded by miniature superheroes and princesses, Bill Peduto proudly walked in Bloomfield’s 2013 Halloween parade alongside his campaign supporters, People for Peduto. Marching through the city’s largest nighttime parade, Peduto captured the admiration of attendees in an instant. As he swaggered down Main Street, the zealous politician effortlessly attracted […]

Councilman O’Connor builds on father’s mayoral career

Councilman O’Connor builds on father’s mayoral career

By Tony Sonita, Point Park News Service: When Mayor Bob O’Connor suddenly died from a rare brain cancer in 2006, his youngest son, Corey, started rethinking his own life plans. He always talked with his father about becoming a teacher, but O’Connor realized he could have a major impact in politics too. “Growing up, I’d […]

General election brings slow day at many polling places

General election brings slow day at many polling places

Two long check in tables lined the basement of St. Catherine School at 1915 Broadway Ave in Beechview in the closing hours of Election Day. Behind those tables were many exhausted workers, along with voting booths that went largely unfilled throughout the day. “It’s been really slow,” Judge of Elections Rose Getty said. “This is […]

Business

Technology-free concerts gain popularity, debate

Technology-free concerts gain popularity, debate

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Sheena Ekas loves going to concerts, but she has started to find the other fans in attendance irritating. It seems like every time she goes to a show lately, everyone around her spends more time on their phones rather than watching the performance. “There are times you can’t […]

Owners grapple with larger iPhones

Owners grapple with larger iPhones

By Madeline VanHorn, Point Park News Service: Mark King thought he was one of the lucky ones when he was able to get his hands on the newly released iPhone 6 Plus. But when he started using it, he realized the phone felt too large for his hands. Now, he prefers the size of his […]

More women taking care of funeral business

More women taking care of funeral business

By Julia Kramer, Point Park News Service: Sue Striffler realized at 16 that she wanted to follow her father into the funeral business. She eventually transformed their family company into a seven-home chain in the Mon Valley. She is one of many women transforming the funeral business, which is undergoing a gender change, experts say. […]