Nonprofit offers Penn Hills community love with food and free clothing distributions

Wynona Harper loves her Penn Hills community, and she has worked tirelessly to help her neighbors through the organization she created in memory of her son, Jamar’s Place of Peace. This past Saturday she celebrated the grand opening of a home for her nonprofit at St. James Episcopal Church on Frankstown Road with her many friends and partners. It included a free spaghetti dinner — she and her friends prepared it themselves — and started the distribution of free food and new clothing that will continue two days a week there, starting this Tuesday.…

Pittsburgh Regional Transit to debut system to tell riders about delays next month

After months of delays, Pittsburgh Regional Transit expects to begin offering riders information next month about immediate delays or cancellations through its website. At the agency’s board meeting Feb. 23, CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman said the agency wanted to wait until it could offer a complete “disruption management” system that included long-term detours. But detours…

Basketball championship Saturday!

WPIAL Class 5A girls championship: South Fayette’s new kids on the block lead program to third consecutive title with win against upstart Armstrong

It may have been difficult for the South Fayette girls basketball team to bid farewell to a pair of program-changing players a season ago. The next heirs to the Lions’ throne, however, may have just announced their presence with authority by leading their pride to its third consecutive WPIAL Class 5A championship. Sophomore guard/forward Juliette…

WPIAL Class 2A boys championship: Aliquippa dominates on defense, gets 33 points from sophomore Joshua Pratt to earn 14th WPIAL title

Just across town and a little more than three months earlier, Aliquippa used a first-quarter defensive touchdown to set the tone en route to earning its record 20th WPIAL football championship. Many of those same Quips turned up the heat on defense again Saturday, but this time switched from Acrisure Stadium to make a little…

WPIAL Class 1A girls basketball championship: Top-seeded Union uses second-half rally to defeat St. Joseph, 50-43, in overtime to claim consecutive titles

St. Joseph pulled out all the stops in trying to prepare to play against Union star Kelly Cleaver. “We tried to simulate Kelly all week,” St. Joseph coach Geoff Dutelle said. “We were holding up foam hockey sticks [in practice] to simulate her length.” Keeping Cleaver, a 6-foot senior forward, in check is a tall…

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Community Voices: Let’s expand equitable digital access

We are seeing a shift into a digital world. Internet access is increasingly becoming a requirement to participate in education, health care and the workforce.  More and more, national companies are embracing the idea of virtual reality, and on the city level, we’re seeing growth in the use of social media and digital engagement more…

WPIAL Class 3A individual wrestling championships: Butler’s Santino Sloboda stuns Norwin’s Landon Sidun with last-second reversal in potential state finals preview

It might not have carried the significance of a state championship match, but Saturday’s WPIAL Class 3A 114-pound final between Butler’s Santino Sloboda and Norwin’s Landon Sidun sure felt like one. The reigning Powerade champion and a third-place finisher at the prestigious Beast of the East tournament, Sidun is a heralded freshman who entered Saturday’s…