Staff Writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

At 100, Pittsburgh-area church is on an upswing — MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) - It's an ancient faith of icons, incense and a capella music, that nonetheless has its own Facebook pages, podcasts and streaming radio. There are dozens of Orthodox churches in and around Pittsburgh, in varying states of health. But St.

‘Gone With the Wind’ at 75: a megafan explores iconic film — Originally published Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM Times file It's one of the sweeter moments in "Gone With the Wind," which is briefly returning to the big screen Sept. 28 and Oct. 1 to mark its 75th anniversary Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler on their honeymoon are locked in a passionate kiss, an image captured forever in movie posters and memorabilia.

Study: Breast cancer survival rates are no better after double mastectomy — PITTSBURGH - More women are opting for having both breasts removed after a diagnosis of cancer in just one breast, but a new study says that won't make a difference in survival rates.

Royal family stays low-key as the little prince turns 1 — One year and still no public meltdown. Prince George, the privately rambunctious but publicly well-behaved first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and heir to the British throne, turns 1 today, and so far, in virtually all of his public appearances he's been placid, content, curious, affectionate and tantrum-free.

Alexander Ference: Dec. 22, 1927 -- July 16, 2014. — One of Judith Ference Olson'‍s earliest memories of her father, Alexander Ference, was of going to see him at work at his office in Allegheny Center on the North Side. It wasn'‍t exactly comfortable.

2 Pittsburgh artists to get $35,000 grants — Two accomplished artists - one a longtime leader on the city art scene, the other a relative newcomer - will each receive $35,000 from local foundations to help them pursue new collaborative projects at Quantum Theatre and New Hazlett Theater.

Military vet prods a bureaucracy and helps create change — Here's a bit of a disconnect: transgender people aren't allowed to serve in the military, but they are allowed to receive hormone treatments as veterans. Chance Thomas, who enlisted in 2000 and whose assigned birth gender was female, served at Guantanamo Bay, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan as a female.

Maya Angelou: Artist, 'warrior' and beacon to many — Maya Angelou lived many lives in a long, illustrious life. Consider this list: poet, memoirist, playwright, musician, actor, producer, cable car conductor, waitress, cook, editor of an English language paper in Egypt, cast member of the opera "Porgy and Bess," three-time Grammy winner, Pulitzer Prize nominee, calypso dancer, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, mentor to a young Oprah Winfrey and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor.

Saturday Diary / Dumb and Dumber: getting a Mile High in Colorado — What is it with baby boomers? Why do we think we know everything when in fact we can be as dumb as a post? Exhibit A: me. It's been more than a week now, and I am still struggling with feelings of shame and gratitude, even as people ask me jocularly, "Hey, how was your trip to Boulder?"

Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas: sun, surf and solitude — ELEUTHERA ISLAND, Bahamas -- Eleuthera: Elusive, therapeutic, with a white powder sand beach in there somewhere. To elaborate, Eleuthera, where I spent a week in February, is as off the grid as it gets in the Bahamas.
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Oct 25, 2014

The Queen sends her first tweet, and civilization as we know it... well, you know the rest…

Oct 25, 2014

@jsilverpg This morning our Pittsburgh Ebola expert was on #KDKA with #Ken Rice and the PG's #Jim O'Toole! Somebody changed their mind...:)

Oct 25, 2014

RT @jsilverpg: .@MackenziePG on UPMC's outspoken Ebola 'media darling,' who it won't make available for local interviews…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @TimothyNoah1: Ben Bradlee, RIP. A great man, not least because he once called an enemy "retromingent." That Watergate thing was pretty great, too.

Oct 19, 2014

Loved writing this At 45, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has earned an international reputation… via @pittsburghpg

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