‘Quick build:’ Speed humps, brighter crosswalks, better sidewalks improving street safety in Pittsburgh neighborhoods

Pittsburgh is putting an extra emphasis on improving the safety of the streets in its neighborhoods, and the effort is beginning to show positive results. The city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure is using its discretionary funds to pay for relatively inexpensive improvements such as sidewalks, speed humps, crosswalk improvements, parking restrictions near intersections, and…

Free ride: Pittsburgh Regional Transit to offer employers and other groups bulk transit passes at reduced cost

After a successful trial last year, Pittsburgh Regional Transit will start a program early next year to offer employers, apartment owners and schools the opportunity to buy blocks of transit passes at sharply reduced prices. The program, called the PRTner Pass, would make 31-day passes that normally sell for $97.50 available to groups for $28…

Hazelwood summer camp teaches life lessons along with rowing on the Mon River

Hazelwood rises above the Monongahela River’s banks. Most of its residents, including its youngsters, have little contact with it, including water sports. The Center of Life summer camp program has challenged that with a rowing program for its 11- to 14-year-old participants through a partnership with Central Catholic High School’s crew team, led by alumnus…

‘They should not have cancer when they don’t smoke’: Workers, clean air advocates urge state to move on banning smoking at casinos

Jennifer Rubolino said she has enjoyed working as a table games dealer at Rivers Casino for the past five years.  What she does not like, however, is the smoke from patrons’ cigarettes and cigars that permeates the entire casino floor, even the nonsmoking area where she is stationed.  “I have to go home and wash…

‘Give Back King’: Go-getter Jamal Woodson a leader on and off the court

The rumor that Jamal Woodson never sleeps turns out to be unfounded. “I sleep 3½ hours a night,” said Woodson, a Murrysville resident. Woodson, 45, seems to always be on the go, just as his long list of job titles would indicate. Basketball is close to Woodson’s heart. A former player at Pitt Greensburg, Woodson…

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The Chosen One: Franklin Regional grad, local wrestling prodigy Spencer Lee heading to Paris in pursuit of lifelong dream with Olympic gold medal in sight

For as long as he can remember, Spencer Lee has always been “the chosen one.” A three-time PIAA champion at Franklin Regional, a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Iowa and a three-time age-level World champion during his scholastic career, Lee is a certified wrestling wunderkind and a prodigy of the highest order. Yet…