Former reporter for the venerable Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Also slaved for UPI, public television in DC&PA. Now freelance writer, inveterate social media-ite.

Tropicals we hope will overwinter — Have you brought in your tropicals yet? You know, those exotic potted plants you bought for $14.99 at the garden center in May that you were going to toss into the compost pile next weekend? Don't.

Big-game hunting has a long and storied history — President Theodore Roosevelt did it. So did King Henry VIII and Ashurbanipal, the last great king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Throughout human history, big game hunting has been the province and passion of presidents, kings, wealthy sportsmen - and some women -- and these days, doctors, dentists and accountants with the resources to go abroad in search of trophy animals.

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Man drives car onto helipad at St. Clair Hospital — A Georgia man who police said was apparently suffering from "a mental health issue" nearly drove his car into the path of a medical helicopter preparing to transport a newborn child from St. Clair Hospital to Children's Hospital of UPMC this afternoon.

Obituary: Minerva Maiers / A career woman who was ahead of her time — Minerva Maiers' resume is a wonder to behold, considering that she was born in 1916, part of a generation of women who for the most part would probably never have them. This particular resume, dated Aug.

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.
Jun 26, 2015

RT @SEberson_pg: Supreme Court rules same-sex couple have right to marry in all 50 states… via @pittsburghpg

Jun 26, 2015

RT @PittsburghPG: Supreme Court rules same-sex couple have right to marry in all 50 states

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.
Jun 15, 2015

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

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.
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Nov 24, 2015

RT @a_kokenut: How to rip a Booker winner apart in under 3000 words (and who IS Alwyn?!): Michael Hofmann in the #LRB:… via @LRB

Nov 24, 2015

RT @newsjunkieswmo: Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage

Nov 24, 2015

RT @mashable: Adele performs 'Water Under The Bridge' for the first time on 'The Tonight Show'

Nov 24, 2015

RT @TheFix: Donald Trump actually admitted that he doesn't check his facts. Seriously.

Nov 15, 2015

RT @morvan: Bel article signé @moutet: I have never been so proud of my beloved Paris - via @Telegraph…

Nov 15, 2015

RT @RyanLizza: Signs to look for if West is serious about destroying ISIS: -NATO invoking Ch. 5 -UNSC res. authorizing war -Congress giving Obama new AUMF

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