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One neighborhood’s uphill struggle for identity

By Connor Mulvaney, Point Park News Service: Irma Coy’s happy childhood memories of growing up in the Hill District, once one of the most vibrant African-American neighborhoods in America, still brings a smile to her face despite her worries for her and her neighbors’ futures after the second wave of sweeping redevelopments in 50 years hit the Lower Hill District.... Read More

Rubber Duck Party kicks off Festival of Firsts

By Point Park News Service: A four-story-high, three-story-wide yellow rubber duck glided up the Ohio River before heading down the Allegheny on Friday to kick off the launch of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, Downtown. Crowds gathered at Point State Park, the North Shore and on the Roberto Clemente Bridge to watch the official unveiling of Dutch artist Florentijn... Read More

Green game changers: Pittsburgh sports arenas reinvent this once smoggy city’s image

By Connor Mulvaney The Pioneer PNC Park went green by recycling most of the waste created by fans at their games and donating leftover prepared concessions. Heinz Field installed advanced lighting and air conditioning systems to conserve more energy. Highmark Stadium also showed its environ- mental friendliness by using recycled steel to construct the seating area and recycled rubber for the... Read More

Chinese prisoners relive torture, advocate to end organ harvesting

By Connor Mulvaney Point Park News Service Prison guards horrified Chunying Wang when they  forced her to have her blood tested in a Chinese labor camp because she knew it was a precursor to forced organ harvesting, which also meant her execution. Like Wang, Zhen-Jie Yu knew medical tests were finding matches for organ transplants, which could mean her demise.... Read More