News

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, April 22: Ferry captain facing multiple criminal chargers; American man wins Boston Marathon; USG hosts Pioneer Community Day to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation   Monday, April 21: Al Qaeda forces in Yemen targeted; Delta Airlines passengers questioned after bomb threat; Point […]

Law follows baseball dream from Beechview to pros

Law follows baseball dream from Beechview to pros

By Tyler Trainor, Point Park News Service: Before Derek Law was born, his parents were traveling back to Pittsburgh after his father’s failed attempts to become a Major League Baseball player when they were involved in a nasty crash. His mother was seven months pregnant with the Law, who is now 23, during the crash. […]

SAT changes leave college students bitter

SAT changes leave college students bitter

By Tyler Trainor, Point Park News Service: When Duquesne University student Tony DelSardo learned about changes to the Scholastic Aptitude Test that set the 2,400-point scoring scale back to 1,600 in the spring of 2016, the first words that struck him were, “What if?” “Hearing about the changes makes me think, ‘What if?’ because I’ve […]

Arts & Culture

Film to focus on young adults’ struggles with drugs, abuse

Film to focus on young adults’ struggles with drugs, abuse

By Liz Palmer, Point Park News Service: Jonathan Morelli struggled with drug addiction throughout high school in Hempfield Area School District. His mother thought he had overcome his issues until the morning of Feb. 6, 2013, when he was found dead of a heroin overdose. Dr. Gary Cuccia was unaware of the abuse his 16-year-old […]

Social media gives everyone ’15 minutes of fame’

Social media gives everyone ’15 minutes of fame’

By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: When hip-hop artist Jay-Z came through Pittsburgh last month, he took the time to check out the North Side’s Andy Warhol Museum and kicked back on a red velvet couch similar to one the pop art creator once owned. After being posted to Instagram, the photo went viral. […]

Fort Pitt Museum houses region’s early history

Fort Pitt Museum houses region’s early history

By Joel Anderson, Point Park News Service: Nestled next to the modern on-ramps of the highway, along the reflection pool and portal bridge of Point State Park, the Fort Pitt Museum sits. Behind its brick façade and mural of British red coats and Native Americans lies a world of knowledge about the developing years of […]

Entertainment

Pittsburgh furries talk about culture, costumes

Pittsburgh furries talk about culture, costumes

Photos and audio story by Marina Weis, Point Park News Service: Pittsburgh furries, people who dress up as cartoon animals, talk about their history, costumes, culture and characters during the local club’s bi-weekly bowling event.    

Ballhawks snag flies, fouls and occasional fan backlash

Ballhawks snag flies, fouls and occasional fan backlash

By Alex Stumpf, Point Park News Service: Ian Weir does not remember when he went to his first baseball game, but he remembers what he brought. “I’ve taken my glove to every baseball game I’ve ever been to,” Weir, 20, of Oakmont, said. Weir used his glove to snag nearly 200 balls last year and […]

Video: Black History Month Toonseum exhibit

Video: Black History Month Toonseum exhibit

By Brittany Lauffer, Point Park News Service: The City of Pittsburgh collaborated with the Toonseum to showcase the comics created by three African-American artists for Black History Month. The exhibit “Beyond the Funny Pages: The Works of Art and Life Captured in Comics” is on display 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 28 in the […]

Lifestyle

Law follows baseball dream from Beechview to pros

Law follows baseball dream from Beechview to pros

By Tyler Trainor, Point Park News Service: Before Derek Law was born, his parents were traveling back to Pittsburgh after his father’s failed attempts to become a Major League Baseball player when they were involved in a nasty crash. His mother was seven months pregnant with the Law, who is now 23, during the crash. […]

Pens’ Cup run brings money for city, too

Pens’ Cup run brings money for city, too

By Alex Stumpf, Point Park News Service: Columbus Blue Jackets fans Zach and Ross Perry traveled from Indiana and Ohio to see their team play the Penguins at Consol Energy Center Wednesday night in the opening game of the NHL playoffs. They paid $85 each for tickets and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites […]

Cold winter means higher honey prices, beekeepers say

Cold winter means higher honey prices, beekeepers say

By Lauren Dantella, Point Park News Service: With the arrival of spring, some of the area’s smallest inhabitants could be facing big losses that consumers may notice on their farmer’s market shelves. Some local beekeepers said they are expecting higher-than-average honeybee population losses following the severe cold this winter. These losses can affect the price […]

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

Businessman Rick Stern still seeks new opportunities

Businessman Rick Stern still seeks new opportunities

By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: Entering Stern Enterprises on the South Side, it is not uncommon to be greeted by Rick Stern’s two, rowdy Golden Retrievers. He can’t stand leaving them home alone all day. But the dogs know that when they are at the office, it is not play time. Stern maintains […]

High school student twists hobby into business

High school student twists hobby into business

By Elyssa Sanchez, Point Park News Service When 9-year-old Amber Liggett opened up her first balloon kit on a Christmas morning, she quickly inflated a balloon, twisted it into a dog and crafted a giraffe and a zebra before she even looked at the book of balloon shapes. Within a few months, Liggett was making […]

Winter farmers’ markets stay busy with seasonal products

Winter farmers’ markets stay busy with seasonal products

By Emily Balser, Point Park News Service: Tim Hileman has been coming to the Farmers’ Market Cooperative of East Liberty since he was 10 years old. Now, decades later, he has taken over his family apple farming business, Kistaco Farm, and continues his grandfather’s tradition of selling apples and cider during the fall and winter […]