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The Battle to Breathe in the Mon Valley

A myriad of environmental law violations continues to plague Western Pennsylvania By Jordan Slobodinsky Melanie Meade has been monitoring toxic emissions from U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke works for years, but she had no idea she was breathing high levels of cancer-causing toxins for two weeks beginning on Christmas Eve after a massive fire in the mill. After living in Clairton... Read More

Life is Getting Better for Part-Time Faculty After Contract

By Nicole Fuschino To make ends meet after his job was unionized, Richard Schiavoni works at a newspaper weekdays and as a photographer on weekends, in addition to teaching part-time in the history department at Point Park University, but feels like his unionized job makes him “happier and more productive.” Carol Lorenz still drives back and forth between Point Park... Read More

Apartment Developments Set to Break Ground in the Northside in May

By Mary Shelly, Point Park News Service A version of this story ran in The Northside Chronicle. On West North Ave., the Allegheny Stables renovation is set to break ground next month, and complete one year later — bringing nearly three dozen new residential units to Allegheny West. Allegheny Stables building on the 800 block of West North Ave. Photo... Read More

Environmental Leaders Link Health Issues to Poor Air Quality in Allegheny County

A version of this story ran on Tube City Online. By Mary Shelly, Point Park News Service The number of people dying in Allegheny County from exposure to air pollution is comparable to the numbers of the opioid epidemic, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has studied air pollution emissions, told the Pittsburgh City Council on April 2. “There’s approximately... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Lack of Teachers of Color is Worsened by an Educator Shortage

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service Of the 31 teachers in the elementary school where she teaches, Pharlan Ives is the only teacher of color. She tries not to think about it. LaRita Stewart, a fourth grade teacher at Highland Elementary in Ambridge, Pa., understands what that’s like; she’s the only African-American teacher her whole school district. “Nobody needed... Read More

What are Yinz breathing? The battle to breathe clean air

By Jordan Slobodinsky, Point Park News Service The view of Clairton Coke Works from Melanie Meade’s backyard is a visual reminder of the lifetime of difficulty her family has endured from one of Allegheny County’s worst polluters. Cheryl Hurt has seen and breathed soot-laden air as a child, and now as a daycare owner in Clairton, she’s actively trying to protect... Read More

Point Park Students Get Out To Vote

By Andrew Brinker, Point Park News Service Students woke up early this morning but not just to get to class. Instead, hundreds, maybe more than ever before, headed to the Epiphany Catholic Church in Downtown Pittsburgh, the designated polling place for those registered to vote on campus. By early afternoon, the Catholic church was packed with voters. The line formed... Read More

Health Care on the Minds of Voters

By Kelsey Paulus, Point Park News Service The constant sound of the radio scanner in No. 4 Engine House did not seem to stop democracy today. With three voting machines and five welcoming women running the polls, voters flowed in and out throughout Election Day in the mid-afternoon. Fifty-four-year-old Tonya Payne, whose usual work duties are as a safety manager,... Read More