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Legislators urge action on stalled hate-crimes bills

post-gazette.com — HARRISBURG -- A group of state legislators is calling for the Legislature to pass hate-crimes legislation in the wake of a recent assault on two gay men in Center City Philadelphia. Bills are stalled in both the House and Senate judiciary committees.
Sep 23, 2014

RT @LexiBelc: Calling for passing of hate-crimes legislation, @SenatorJimFerlo: "I’m gay, get over it ... it’s a great life." post-gazette.com/local/city/201…

Sep 23, 2014

"I know that many people do not report hate crimes because of the fear of being out." post-gazette.com/local/city/201… via @KateGiammarise

Bus drivers may have engaged in horseplay before crash

post-gazette.com — Two buses were driven recklessly on the Parkway North before one of them careened off the highway and down a slope on Monday, Port Authority said today. While the investigation of the crash that left one driver hospitalized is continuing, the authority has concluded based on surveillance video and witness accounts that the buses were operated recklessly on the southbound parkway approaching Venture Street when the crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m.
Sep 23, 2014

RT @BschacknerPG: Port Authority bus drivers may have engaged in horseplay before crash post-gazette.com/local/north/20… via @pittsburghpg

Sep 23, 2014

Port Authority bus drivers may have engaged in horseplay before crash on Parkway North post-gazette.com/local/north/20… … via @pgtraffic

Fox Chapel Area sophomore earns top honors at Google science competition

post-gazette.com — A Fox Chapel Area High School ​sophomore has earned top honors in the International Google Science Fair, a global online science and technology competition for teens. Mihir Garimella, of O'Hara, placed highest in the 13-14 age group and in the Computer Science category for his project, titled "FlyBot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion."

Rothfus' vote on the Violence Against Women Act last year stung many

post-gazette.com — With the issue of domestic abuse prominent in the news and as a resident of the 12th Congressional District, a husband and a father of two daughters, I was thinking about how outrageous it was that U.S. Rep.
Sep 23, 2014

RT @WomanACT: Rothfus' vote on the Violence Against Women Act last year stung many ow.ly/BMpjt

Post-Gazette analysis: Tracking Marcellus

post-gazette.com — A Post-Gazette analysis of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection records provides a detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation, showing the serious problems in spotting well-site incidents, record keeping and hiring adequate numbers of inspectors; it also shows how the industry has responded to accidents and surrounding publicity.

Charges dropped against homeless man found in Pittsburgh hotel suite

post-gazette.com — ​Prosecutors Monday withdrew ​charges against a homeless man accused of sleeping in an Omni William Penn Hotel presidential suite last fall. Pittsburgh police said guests trying to check into their room on the 16th floor of the Downtown hotel Nov. 5 opened the door to find Jeffrey Watson, 48, sleeping on a sofa in the 1,300-square-foot parlor.
Sep 23, 2014

Take this, 1%-ers: Homeless man who slept in the presidential suite of Pittsburgh's fanciest hotel goes free: post-gazette.com/local/city/201…

Tony Norman: Shonda Rhimes miscast as angry black woman

post-gazette.com — The saddest thing about a recently ridiculed piece by The New York Times chief television critic Alessandra Stanley on ABC network show-runner Shonda Rhimes is that even in the midst of total cluelessness, the writer was trying to flatter her subject.
Sep 23, 2014

RT @TonyNormanPG: My take on one of the dumbest NYT profiles in years: Alessandra Stanley's misguided piece on Shonda Rhimes: post-gazette.com/opinion/tony-n…

Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage

post-gazette.com — The Post-Gazette took top honors in its circulation category in the 2014 awards for excellence in religion reporting, issued by the Religion Newswriters Association last weekend at its annual meeting in Atlanta. Post-Gazette religion editor Peter Smith received first place in the Religion Reporter of the Year contest for metropolitan newspapers, and former Post-Gazette religion writer Ann Rodgers received second place.
Sep 23, 2014

@PG_PeterSmith: Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage post-gazette.com/local/city/201… via @pittsburghpg #RNA2014” Congrats Peter!