The Foreword

Covid School Closing
January 14, 2021

In Early March 2020 schools across the country were shut down due to covid 19 forcing all school districts to turn to online schooling. According to coronavirus AKA Covid-19 is “A family...

An Overview of BLM Protests in Pittsburgh

BLM protesters in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Current, 2020)
December 22, 2020

The brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020 lead to the outbreak of hundreds of protests across the nation, and eventually internationally, under the banner of Black Lives Matter or BLM. These...

A Look Into Pittsburgh’s New Taskforce on Police Reform

Mayor Bill Peduto speaking at a press conference on the release of this task force report. (Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette, 2020)
December 22, 2020

On October 19th, the Pittsburgh Community Task Force on Police Reform was released providing suggestions on what the city can do to address issues with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP), especially...

The Manor Struggles As Pandemic Devastates Theater Industry

The Manor has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as has the entire theater industry.
November 10, 2020

Of all of the industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters have been some of the hardest hit. Along with other non-essential businesses, movie theaters were forced to shutter mid-March....

A Rainbow Over McCahill Park

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” - Maya Angelou (Libby Hilf)
November 10, 2020

Abagael “Abbie” Whittingham always knew that she wanted to become a teacher. “I just love helping people,” she says. Whittingham, a Pittsburgh native and lifelong Pittsburgh Public School teacher,...

Amy Coney Barrett’s Hearing Shows How Sexism is Still Apparent in American Politics

Amy Coney Barrett’s historic, and controversial hearing proved how relavent gender equality is in politics. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call from Rolling Stones)
November 6, 2020

On October 12th, the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett began. The topic of family was a major theme throughout much of this hearing. With 7 kids at home, Congress was curious how she...

The Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Response Continues to Cause Nationwide Harm

President Trump has stubbornly refused to mandate, encourage, or even demonstrate mask-wearing. (Donald Trump has COVID. What risk does he face?, Deccan Herald, 2020)
November 6, 2020

News of President Trump catching the coronavirus has kindled out around the country as quickly as it had flared up, due to the dismissive attitude the president took on regarding his own health. Only a...

Halloween 2020: What Will it Look Like?

There is much uncertainty regarding Halloween in 2020
Cape Breton Post
October 29, 2020

It's officially spooky season! It's inevitable that Halloween this year will look way different than what we are used to. With Coronavirus guidelines in effect, we may not be able to enjoy Halloween and...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Votes to Remove Green Party Candidate from Presidential Ballot

A photograph of Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins speaking at a Green Party Rally - From
October 22, 2020

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in early September in a 5-2 Democratic Majority vote to remove Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential candidate, from the ballot. This decision was made after...

West Coast Wildfires: An Air Quality Investigation

“West Coast Wildfire smoke blows eastward covering a New York sunrise.” - Courtesy of Fox News
October 22, 2020

For a little over four months now, the West Coast of the United States has been plagued by wildfires, destroying homes and the families who lived in them alike. The origin of the fires is believed to have...

City Budget Shortfall: An Argument for the Defunding of the PPD and the Taxation of UPMC

WESA, UPMC Workers Say Debt To Their Employer An Example Of Hospital System Exploiting Tax Exempt Status, 2019
October 13, 2020

The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made a massive budget shortfall in the city of Pittsburgh of around $100 million. In my opinion, there is only one way that the city can make up this...

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