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Restricted Release Inmates face years alone in a cell

As reform slowly moves through corrections system, are the “worst of the worst” forgotten about?   By Gary Lenigan and Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service In 2010, while testifying in his own defense on a rape charge, Robert Polzer stabbed himself in the neck with a pen and screamed “I love you” to his victim, erratic behavior that continued in... Read More

Musicians get involved in politics during the presidential election

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Music doesn’t exist without politics for the drummer of Pittsburgh-based punk-rock group Anti-Flag, who goes by the name Pat Thetic. The band has been playing politically charged music around the world for more than 25 years. Their music draws uniquely on sociological and political issues. “We’ve lived here our whole lives, and Pittsburgh... Read More

Local band, The SpacePimps, turns to fans for funding

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Rishi Bahl, vocalist and lead guitar player of the Pittsburgh based band, The SpacePimps, can pinpoint at least two or three times he was ready to call it quits since the band began in 2003. “I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a specific great moment (being in a band), but I can think of two... Read More

Event highlights role of environmental journalists

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Curt Guyette, investigative journalist with ACLU of Michigan, will not be eligible for a Pulitzer Prize, despite his work as one of the driving forces behind uncovering the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Guyette accepts that a Pulitzer will be out of his reach while working with the ACLU, an advocacy organization, because what really... Read More

ACLU journalist to talk about lead in Flint’s water

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Curt Guyette, The Michigan Press Association’s “Journalist of the Year,” says that the Flint Michigan water crisis was the most important story of his 30-year journalism career. “It’s not the national attention that’s important to me,” Guyette, 59, an investigative reporter with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said. “It’s the fact... Read More

Butler’s historical societies’ need young people for the future

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Organizations across Butler County are working together to preserve the area’s rich history, striving to preserve pieces of yesterday for the people of today and beyond. “If someone doesn’t keep track of our history, and our lives, by writing it down, or recording video, years from now they won’t know what happened,” Loretta... Read More

‘American Pain’ author speaks about drugs — and journalism

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: John Temple had one question on his mind that lead to the creation of his newest book “American Pain.” “Why am I hearing more and more about the abuse of prescription drugs, and why are they affecting people I know?” Temple, a journalism professor at West Virginia University, asked. Temple spoke to a... Read More

Hundreds of volunteers cheer on Pittsburgh Great Race runners

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: The Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race featured more than 14,000 runners — and would not have been possible without the help of numerous volunteers, organizers said. Volunteer coordinator Lindsey Van der Veer, 32, of the Strip District, talked about the effort it takes to make the Great Race happen. Q: How many... Read More

Stand up paddleboarders take on all seasons

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: Jackie Rodgers, a Pittsburgh Olympian and professional athlete, has recently added another sport to her résumé — stand up paddleboarding. “There is really nothing to stand up paddleboarding,” Rodgers, 32, of Baldwin said. “You can make something to it — sit, swim, try different tricks. Its just fun, and it gets you outside.”... Read More