Staff Writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Scaife estate items selling briskly at Christie's in New York — Sales from Richard Mellon Scaife's vast estate were brisk Tuesday, the first of a two-day auction by Christie's in New York, with several objects collected by the late newspaper publisher selling for far more than their estimated worth. An early George III mahogany breakfront bookcase, made around 1760, had been expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000.

The father of same-sex marriage reflects on the long battle he led — Evan Wolfson was called a lot of names on his 32-year quest for marriage equality - some weren't pretty, but most were pretty remarkable: crusader, architect, godfather of the movement, Paul Revere.

Supreme Court rules same-sex couple have right to marry in all 50 states — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared same sex marriage the law of the land in a decision released this morning, saying the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. Immediately, at least, only the four states before the court will be affected by the ruling.

Obituary: Charles A. 'Chuck' Peters / Staunch advocate who fought for the intellectually disabled — As a former Marine who enlisted in President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty and then spent decades in Allegheny County fighting for those with disabilities, Chuck Peters combined a military strategist's savvy with a social activist's deep empathy for the most vulnerable members of society.

Apps: making the weather ‘personalized and personable’ — When the clouds thickened over Tina's Tiara at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on Thursday, John Randall remained cool, even as the mercury was topping 90.

Obituary: Mary L. Vito | Pioneering pharmacist among first women to own a pharmacy — Before there were Rite Aid and CVS, there were pharmacies like Vito's, whose owner often stayed until 11 p.m. to fill prescriptions that came in late from the doctor across the street.

Doctors test 'balloon' procedure for lesser weight-loss goals — PITTSBURGH -- She's 35 pounds overweight and has tried everything, but when that patient goes to see George Eid, a bariatric surgeon in the Allegheny Health Network, he usually has to tell her she's not heavy enough for weight-loss surgery.

Pittsburgh satisfied with post-Chesney cleanup — Except for a stray beer can or Styrofoam cup here or there - and the smiles on some satisfied fans still packing their cars - it would have been hard to tell this morning that a Kenny Chesney concert took place at Heinz Field Saturday night.

Obituary: Kathy Kerestes / Affable trailblazer in newscasting, proud of Mon Valley roots — When she was the first female newscaster on WTAE radio in the late 1970s, one of Kathy Kerestes' duties was to endure a lot of on-air hazing from Larry O'Brien and John Garry, the gently sardonic hosts of a popular morning drive show who called her "Mon Valley Minnie."

Race for the Cure wends its way through Schenley Park — It's a beautiful morning to race -- or walk -- for the cure in Pittsburgh. Under cloudless skies and summer-like temperatures, an estimated 23,000 people have turned out in Schenley Park for the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which benefits breast cancer research.
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Jun 25, 2015

RT @thehill: Americans support same-sex marriage, divided on ObamaCare as SCOTUS rulings loom:

Jun 15, 2015

Obituary: Charles A. 'Chuck' Peters / Staunch advocate who fought for the inte... via @pittsburghpg…

Jun 07, 2015

RT @SEberson_pg: Kelli O'Hara finally wins at #TonyAwards after five nominations.

Jun 04, 2015

RT @AlecMacGillis: Everyone mocking Chafee is overlooking what a triumph for US meritocracy it would be to have 2016 be btwn 2 members of Andover Class of '71.

May 30, 2015

@TimMcNultyPgh not going to KC today but assigned to report on the aftermath tomorrow oh goody

May 27, 2015

RT @WSJThinkTank: How Iran's closed-door trial of Wash Post reporter @jrezaian warns others: by Haleh Esfandiari

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