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They fight like girls

By Megan Guza Point Park News Service The bright red blood stands out in stark contrast against Jamie Bishop’s white boxing gloves. But the 17-year-old model and high school student isn’t worried about her next photo shoot or what her friends at school will say. Her only focus is on finishing her fight. “I just knew I needed to keep going,”... Read More

Pittsburgh native fighting to ‘revive government’

By Kim Roberts Point Park News Service Stephanie Summers spends her days in Washington, D.C., smack in the middle of conversations about two very touchy subjects: religion and politics. As the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Public Justice, the 35-year-old Pittsburgh native is particularly busy this election season educating citizens about a biblical role of the government and... Read More

House concerts earning multiple bookings

By Holly Tonini Point Park News Service Dwight Diller asked for no applause after he finished a song on his clawhammer banjo. The West Virginia strummer told his audience of about 20 that it’s easier for him to judge if they liked the song without clapping. The silence also made it easier for him to launch right into tales surrounding... Read More

Rural school districts feel the sting of budget cuts

By Megan Guza Point Park News Service Bentworth Middle School sits tucked along a winding, rural road off the main street of the Borough of Bentleyville. The sprawling building looks out onto a cow pasture. To its right, a farmhouse. Superintendent Charles Baker says the building – just five years out of construction – is a far cry from the... Read More

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Grad Rate Below Average: Local Charities Reach Out To Young Students

By Alexandra Perry Point Park News Service In efforts to combat drop out rates and increase the graduation rates, programs are reaching out to middle school students to establish education goals, career goals and mentor/mentee relationships. “Middle-schoolers need a little more help and guidance, there is not that much out there for them,” Said Damon Bethea, Director of United Way’s... Read More

Joe Turner’s Going to School: high school student set to direct August Wilson play

By Mia Crow Point Park News Service DeVaughn Robinson caught the acting bug in the 7th grade in 2008 when he co-directed a production of Snoopy at the Urban League Charter School. His love of theater grew when he won third place honors in the national August Wilson Monologue competition in New York. Now at 17 and a junior at... Read More

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council takes on literacy challenges

By Ashley Ropar Point Park News Service In a downtown Pittsburgh office building, refugees from Bhutan, Israel, and Iraq are learning English by working through the days of the week and the weather. Across town in a South Hills library a tutor is helping adults overcome life-long learning difficulties to help them in the job market, or maybe to simply... Read More

Homemade soap bars help clean Lawrenceville

By Alexandra Perry Point Park News Service Since 1999, the only manufacturer of handmade soap in Pittsburgh has produced thousands of natural, homemade soap bars in the traditional small-batch, three-day process in a quaint shop in Lawrenceville. The shop, near the corner of 46th and Butler Street, Jay Design is easy to spot as one can’t miss their mannequin in... Read More

Highmark’s First Night hosts third Sing-Off Contest

By Alexandra Perry Point Park News Service Joining the hundred other events and activities at Highmark’s First Night Pittsburgh 2013 is Equitable Gas’ annual First Night Sing-Off contest. The contest is a unique way for Pennsylvania students from 6th to 12th grade to show off their talent and earn money for their school. The sing-off is sponsored by the Pittsburgh... Read More

First Night Pittsburgh 2013

By Sebentile Dlamini Point Park News Service In its eighteenth year running, First Night Pittsburgh an alcohol free, family oriented a celebrated of the arts will begin at 6pm on the 31st December and end with New Year’s fireworks exhibition at midnight. In the Pittsburgh Cultural District, there is expected to be more than one hundred events going on at... Read More