News

Lower gas prices fuel holiday travel

Lower gas prices fuel holiday travel

By Alex Grubbs, Amanda King and Aigne Mack, Point Park News Service: The price of gas in the Pittsburgh region is making its way to the $3 line, something that has not been seen in almost three years — just in time for the holiday season. A native from San Diego and resident of Oakland, […]

Rally supports Conflict Kitchen’s efforts

Rally supports Conflict Kitchen’s efforts

By Ralph Musthaler, Point Park News Service: Supporters rallied for the re-opening of Conflict Kitchen on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in the wake of the restaurant’s closing late last week after receiving threats over its Palestinian menu and food wrappers that feature stories from people in Palestine. On Tuesday, Conflict Kitchen announced it would re-open […]

Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh

Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh

By Ralph Musthaler, Point Park News Service: The 95th annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 8, honored veterans from around the region.  

Arts & Culture

‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit gets interactive in Lawrenceville

‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit gets interactive in Lawrenceville

By Justin Varney, Point Park News Service: “Kiss My Apps” is a new art exhibit with pieces inspired by media apps. The concept behind artist Andi Irwin’s exhibit in the show is to incorporate everyday mobile apps into one-of-a-kind art pieces. The exhibit can be seen at BE galleries, 3583 Butler St., through Nov. 15. Her […]

‘Dance Moms’ choreographer celebrates lifetime of dance

‘Dance Moms’ choreographer celebrates lifetime of dance

By Madeline VanHorn, Point Park News Service: Gianna Martello, 25, of Forest Hills, works as a choreographer at the Abby Lee Dance Company and can be seen on Lifetime’s hit series “Dance Moms.” Martello graduated from Point Park University in 2011 with a degree in advertising and public relations. Q: How long have you been […]

Music videos raise new body image debate

Music videos raise new body image debate

By Keontá Bender, Point Park News Service: In Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” the rapper and her cast are constantly shaking their butts to the beat of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Another big hit, “Booty,” depicts Jennifer Lopez revealing all of her curves in various scenes, covered in oil and water. Singer Megan Trainor’s  “All About […]

Entertainment

Pittsburgh hip-hop artists chase musical dreams

Pittsburgh hip-hop artists chase musical dreams

By Carey McKelvey, Point Park News Service: Hip-hop was everywhere for Alex Abramson, a.k.a. “Eclypse,” in high school. He heard it on the bus, in the hallways, and he began crafting words and beats with a little help from friends and the music producing software Garageband. Beats began to roll through Pavel Gaydos’ head when […]

Couple enchants with handmade Christmas display

Couple enchants with handmade Christmas display

  By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: In 1988, James Buzard built his first Christmas display in his Zelienople, Butler County, front yard: a small box display that showcased a model living room complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus sitting in rocking chairs. As time wore on, Buzard added 11 more displays that included scenes such […]

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Back in the 1930s, the employees at Universal Manufacturing in Zelienople started a holiday tradition by adorning one of their custom scaffolds with Christmas lights. The magical production then went away for many years until 1997 when an employee of the long-standing company found old photos of the […]

Lifestyle

Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

By Kaitlyn Costanzo, Point Park News Service: Brian Pekarcik isn’t slowing down, with his restaurants that is. Pekarcik, 39, co-owner and head chef of five restaurants – Spoon, Grit & Grace, Willow and two BRGR locations — in Pittsburgh, said he is always looking to evolve and grow with his businesses. The quirky and energetic chef […]

Garfield photographer creates instant art

Garfield photographer creates instant art

By Ryan Maine, Point Park News Service: Lisa Toboz, 40, of Garfield, creates works of photographic art with instant film. Using instant film used to be incredibly popular, but then the trend died off. With the introduction of Impossible Project Film, instant photography has become popular again in the art world. Q: What Initially drew […]

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

By Drew Frichtel, Point Park News Service: Two young entrepreneurs developed an adventurous mission to create craft beer while still attending Carnegie Mellon University. They acted on their dream, developed a Kickstarter campaign that yielded more than $32,000 and found unlikely support from Braddock’s mayor. Now, they are one catalyst for the re-birth of a former steel […]

Politics

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

Election Day in Pittsburgh area

By Point Park News Service: Point Park University student photographers spread out across the Pittsburgh area to document Election Day 2014.  

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 […]

Business

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Back in the 1930s, the employees at Universal Manufacturing in Zelienople started a holiday tradition by adorning one of their custom scaffolds with Christmas lights. The magical production then went away for many years until 1997 when an employee of the long-standing company found old photos of the […]

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

By Drew Frichtel, Point Park News Service: Two young entrepreneurs developed an adventurous mission to create craft beer while still attending Carnegie Mellon University. They acted on their dream, developed a Kickstarter campaign that yielded more than $32,000 and found unlikely support from Braddock’s mayor. Now, they are one catalyst for the re-birth of a former steel […]

John the Craftist puts Pittsburghese on paper

John the Craftist puts Pittsburghese on paper

By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: When routine oral surgery turned into never-ending pain and a diagnosis of atypical trigeminal neuralgia in May of 2010, Alethea Okonak had never felt more isolated. But she found hope just outside in her mailbox. “It really meant something when I would go to get the mail, and […]