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, 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 […]

On the street: How should U.S. deal with ISIS?

On the street: How should U.S. deal with ISIS?

By Point Park News Service: President Obama says the United States will defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, but he doesn’t have a plan yet. With that in mind, Point Park University students asked Pittsburghers for their suggestions on dealing with the situation. Marilyn Rodgers said she does not want to see the […]

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

Pittsburgh: City of champions, and now of cookie dunking

Pittsburgh: City of champions, and now of cookie dunking

By Haley Wisniewski, Point Park News Service: With the launch of Giant Eagle’s 17 flavors of cookies, Caiti Monaco, a corporate communications consultant, and other employees of the grocery retailer decided to see what it would take to break the Guinness World Record of most cookies simultaneously dunked in milk. And, with that, Pittsburgh added […]

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 […]

ScareHouse raises the bar on fear this season

ScareHouse raises the bar on fear this season

By Madison Krupp, Point Park News Service: The ScareHouse plans to leave guests hooded, restrained and trapped in a basement. Those who dare to enter the Etna haunted house will encounter an experience designed by a team of fear researchers to leave guests fully immersed in some of their worst nightmares. The attraction offers two […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

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 […]

Pirate fans prepare for Wild Card game with rally

Pirate fans prepare for Wild Card game with rally

By Haley Wisniewski, Point Park News Service: No matter where she is or where she goes, Vivian Carnprobst always makes sure to have a radio nearby so she can tune in to the Pirates game. When Chris Miller and Jeff Walters walk the streets of Pittsburgh in head-to-toe pirate costumes, “outcasts” would be the last […]

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

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. […]

A crowdfunding website full of oddities, all here in Pittsburgh

A crowdfunding website full of oddities, all here in Pittsburgh

By Jonathan Search, Point Park News Service: Don Moyer is a graphic designer who used Kickstarter to create a China plate featuring a city being attacked by flying monkeys. Maggie Lynn Negrete used Kickstarter to finance her own comic book about a pair of princesses and their adventures. “The nice thing about Kickstarter is you meet […]

Young professionals flock to Pittsburgh for film jobs

Young professionals flock to Pittsburgh for film jobs

By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: Emma Watson standing on the bed of a truck as she bursts through the Fort Pitt Tunnel, the Batmobile casually parked in a spot on Fifth Avenue and Matt Damon hanging out in a field in suburban Avonmore. All of these, notably uncommon, occurrences could be seen in […]