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Social media gives — and takes away

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Brandi Smith of Smith Brothers Agency, an advertising company on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, addressed a nearly full Lawrence Hall Ballroom Monday, April 11 about her social media encounter with Lena Dunham. Smith, the agency’s digital and social strategist, explained how they composed a Twitter response to the Girls creator and star after a remark... Read More

Pennsylvania teachers respond to drop in PSSA scores

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Ernsthausen has had to adapt her teaching strategies in order to prepare her elementary students for harder testing. Ernsthausen, who has more than 22 years of teaching experience, began pushing her students with harder problems that include more steps and problem-solving. She did it all to prepare them for the next round... Read More

South Side’s Polish community fading

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Joe Bielecki can still recall past holidays listening to singing ensembles accompanied by portable instruments, and joining in on traditional Polish Christmas carols at the Prince of Peace Parish in the South Side. Since 1993, he has resided in its busy streets where he joined other third- and fourth-generation Polish-Americans, but the community... Read More

UPMC Targets Hand-washing to Cut Down on Infections

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Maggie Schrenk estimated that she washes her hands nearly 100 times within a 12-hour shift. Schrenk, 25, works as a nurse in the emergency department of UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “The hospital has a wash-in and wash-out sign in each room to help remind healthcare providers of the importance of washing hands... Read More

Access to Advanced Placement varies across PA

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Cumberland Valley High School in Cumberland County housed 2,645 students in the 2013-2014 school year and offered 26 Advanced Placement (AP) courses ranging from AP Chinese to AP Economics. Two-hundred miles away in Beaver County, Freedom Area Senior High School’s enrollment is about one-third as big as Cumberland Valley. The 467 enrolled students have the... Read More