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Mon Valley ghost towns left with crime, decay

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: The roads into Donora were built for traffic. The four lanes of state Route 837 meet the Monessen Bridge that once carried bustling amounts of both foot and automobile traffic. But now, not many people have reason to come to this town 30 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, says resident Edith Jericho, surrounded... Read More

Funeral homes connect with public online

  By Abby Mathieu, Point Park News Service: Cincinnati’s Walker Funeral Home created a Facebook page two years ago – and it now has 29,000 “likes.” Its posts typically deal with grief, topics for senior citizens, pre-planning funerals,  health issues  and anything else the owners feel might be interesting to their followers. The business has since  added a blog, a Pinterest... Read More

Pulitzer winners visit Point Park to discuss journalism, police corruption

By Marina Weis, Point Park News Service: When a confidential informant for the Philadelphia police narcotics squad walked into the Philadelphia Daily News and asked to speak with reporter Wendy Ruderman, she and her colleague Barbara Laker had no idea they would uncover the biggest police corruption scandal in the city’s history. The women worked with few resources at a... Read More

Rural setting increases danger for domestic violence

By Megan Guza, Point Park News Service: Alexis’ boyfriend traded her body as payment for his drug habit. He hit her, threw things at her, bit her and berated her. He threatened to kill himself in front of her. He said he needed her. He played on her insecurities and always came back with an apology. Rather than pay for his... Read More

Old school still cool for some gamers

By Marc S. Witkin, Point Park News Service: Malik Cosby would love to have the new Sony PlayStation 4 game console, but he doesn’t see the point of rushing to get one when so many quality games and systems already exist at a much cheaper price. Cosby, 23, of the West End, has its predecessor, the PS3, and he recently... Read More

Downtown school green from the start

By Marina Weis The Pioneer Surrounded by a combination of river and pavement Downtown, the only “green” most students at Point Park University see are the planted trees in its urban park and sidewalks and the distant slopes of Mount Washington. But although it may not be green in physicality, the downtown university earned itself official national recognition for sustainability by renovating more than... Read More

Photography exhibit looks at famed ‘Silk Road”

By Allie Wynands Point Park News Service In 1972, Alban and Virginia Curtze travelled the famed Silk Road, photographing their experience along the way. When they died in the 1980’s, the images taken during their trip were thought to be lost. Forty years later, the images were rediscovered. Point Park University will host “Silk Road: The Photography of Alban and... Read More