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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 […]

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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 […]

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Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: The roads into Donora were built for traffic. The four lanes of state Route 837 meet the Monessen Bridge that once carried bustling amounts of both foot and automobile traffic. But now, not many people have reason to come to this town 30 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, […]

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Funeral homes connect with public online

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Funeral homes connect with public online

  By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: Cincinnati’s Walker Funeral Home created a Facebook page two years ago – and it now has 29,000 “likes.” Its posts typically deal with grief, topics for senior citizens, pre-planning funerals,  health issues  and anything else the owners feel might be interesting to their followers. The business has since […]

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Businessman Rick Stern still seeks new opportunities

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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High school student twists hobby into business

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Winter farmers’ markets stay busy with seasonal products

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Pittsburgh juice companies provide healthy options

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pittsburgh juice companies provide healthy options

By Annie Stephan, Point Park News Service: When Steve Bland found he was unable to replenish essential nutrients and vitamins while doing yoga on a regular basis, he began seeking out a way in which to fulfill the nutrient void. He started juicing. Sherry Quinn, owner of GOODLife juices, said her business was also the brainchild […]

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Social media gives everyone ’15 minutes of fame’

| February 10, 2014 | 2 Comments
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. […]

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No home for Sonic: PA bans ‘injurious’ pets

| February 7, 2014 | 2 Comments
No home for Sonic: PA bans ‘injurious’ pets

By Marc S. Witkin, Point Park News Service: In Pennsylvania, one can legally have a variety of exotic pets – just as long as they aren’t a hedgehog or a sugar glider. Despite permits to own a bear or a mountain lion, there is absolutely no exception to the Game Commission’s ban on these smaller, […]

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