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Positively Negative: Author speaks at Point Park

Journalist and author Heather Boerner visited Point Park in January to talk about her latest book, “Positively Negative.” And to talk about her life as a freelance writer — hustling for assignments and pay. Based in San Francisco, Boerner tells the story of parents who have HIV — but who give birth to children who are free of the disease.... Read More

Reporter’s Take: Interviewing deaf-blind source

While reporting on her story about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, reporter Alicia Green encountered Paul Richard McGann, who is both deaf and blind. Those disabilities did little to limit McGann’s ability to communicate about the how the Act has helped the disabled community — or about how there’s more to do. Here’s Alicia’s first-person account... Read More

Q&A: ‘Gotham Pop’ artist follows her dreams to L.A.

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service: When Monica Khan was just a child, she frequently visited her grandmother in Wilkinsburg. During her visits, she quickly fell in love with her grandmother’s Bollywood music records, singing to them on a daily basis. Although she didn’t know it back then, Khan credits those old Bollywood tunes for much of her current... Read More

Raising hope: Pittsburgh women seek peace through activism

By Brandon M. Flournoy, Point Park News Service: Jamilah Lahijuddin, a woman who is deeply involved in teaching even though she does not have a degree, makes it her duty to educate troubled Pittsburgh youth who struggle passing classes. Nazura Asaseyeduru, a community organizer and activist, strives to organize urban communities to establish social and economic unity. Candice Walker, an artist,... 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

On the street: What’s the most unique spot in Pittsburgh?

By Point Park News Service: As new students to Pittsburgh, Point Park University first-year students went out into the streets of Downtown to receive some advice from Pittsburghers about the best places to go in the city: Tony Atkins, 25, who is originally from Wisconsin but now lives in the North Hills, said a unique place to visit is Falling Water.... Read More

Runners and Bikers Gear Up for Annual Poker Run

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service Running, biking and poker will come together this Labor Day to raise money to help maintain the Youghiogheny River Trail. The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter will be hosting its 22nd annual “Poker Run” at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River Trail in West Newton on the morning of the... Read More

Author advises students to seek adventure

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Steil has never shied away from an adventure. Whether it was moving to Yemen to become a newspaper editor, marrying a British ambassador or being kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen she has taken it all in stride. The actor, journalist and award-winning author spoke to Point Park University students Aug. 27. She had... Read More