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Scarehouse to open new attraction “The Basement”

Monsters of all walks of life returned to Pittsburgh to frighten thrill-seekers as the Halloween season quickly approaches. Guests will be terrified as they walk through a nightmare seen only in their minds. This nightmare is “The Basement.” “Expect guests to be tied down on their knees with straps or handcuffs, experience strobe light effects, and to be sprayed with water and other fluids, along with many other bloodcurdling interactions. Full story

Does the Call of Duty franchise not have enough variety?

If you are into video games nowadays, one of the biggest video game franchises is Call of Duty. Call of Duty is a military first-person shooter franchise that sells millions of copies every year. In the last two years the newest entries in the franchise, Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2, were the biggest entertainment launches of all time. Full story

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'Cinderella' charms Pittsburgh audiences

Masses of Pittsburghers filled the Benedum Center for Performing Arts Downtown on Saturday night to see Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Cinderella." Little girls in sparkly ball gowns and glittering tiaras of their own sat anxiously in their seats, craning their necks to see when the curtain would rise and Cinderella would appear.

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Models strut the runway in sixties throwback

Surrounded by women dressed in Jackie-O inspired shift dresses, pillbox hats and dainty white gloves; hippie-esque white crocheted tops and mod-like color-blocked shift dresses: Welcome to 1968.

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Paloma Faith's 'Fall to Grace' shows 'vocal ferocity'

British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith's latest release reveals high intensity belting and love-drunk lyrics.

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You're Watching the Wrong Movies

Joe Balewski discusses indie flicks and summer blockbusters.

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Check-ups and leaks in Lawrence Hall

During the month of September, students endured frequent fire alarms followed by maintenance issues.

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Q&A with MUTEMATH'S Paul Meany

New Orleans’ experimental wonder-group MUTEMATH has sold over 275,000 albums worldwide. Their unexpected instrumentation (an upside-down bucket used as a drum) has helped them establish their sound and reputation as a an indie alt-rock spectacular. MUTEMATH is currently on tour and will visit Pittsburgh on Oct. 5 as they perform at Altar Bar with Civil Twilight. The Globe chatted with lead vocalist and keyboardist Paul Meany to discuss the band’s style, tour, and inspiration.

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Pittsburgh: one of the most polluted cities

Among many of Pittsburgh's other rankings, its metropolitan area is the seventh most polluted city in the country, according to the American Lung Association's 2010 annual air quality report. Specifically, Allegheny County received failing grades for both particulate matter (PM) and ozone pollution. Transportation is one of the largest contributors to ozone pollution, producing approximately 15 percent of the man-made carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Dog lovers go to Animal Friends to find love

On Feb. 10, dozens of dog lovers attended Animal Friends' first ever "Must Love Dogs" speed dating event.

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Pretty Little Things brings 'gut-wrenching' plot to stage

Executive Producer/Writer/Director: Alex Di Marco Producer/First AD: Jordan DiRiso Producer: Cory Stoken Producer: Heidi Schlegel   Executive Producer Alex DiMarco sets Pittsburgh as the scene for the rising comedian Thomas Fulmer (played by Mike Reeping) as he struggles to win $50 thousand dollars on The Last Comedy Comic Competition. Full story

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Downtown lively for St. Patrick's Day Parade

The city known for its black and gold was painted green last Saturday, March 17 for the 142nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. From 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m., the streets and sidewalks flooded with the Irish and the Irish-for-a-day of all ages. Over 23,000 participants marched in the parade with batons, bag pipes and, of course, plenty of beads to toss into the crowd. With an estimated 150,000-250,000 in attendance, Pittsburgh's promenade is the second-largest of its kind in the US, only falling to New York City.

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Oakland Bookstore stocks unique options for students, readers

As graduation loomed closer for John Schulman, the job offers started to come in. It was also around that time that he discovered that what he had studied wasn't really what he wanted to do.

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AdFed/PRSSA host Miss Pennsylvania

Pageants have become much more than just a beauty contest, and current Miss Pennsylvania and Point Park University student Juliann Sheldon plans to share her experience with students.

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Zombies Everywhere

Local Theater Review

Static, screams, white noise and a cacophony of terrifying sounds fill the air of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. The loudspeaker yells "attention citizens, only five minutes left to move to the nearest safe zone."

Such noises and a direction to run to safety can only mean one thing—a zombie invasion.  Well that, or an opening night of "Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera."

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Zombies invade Downtown!

Visitors to Market Square yesterday put on their best attire, including tattered prom dresses spewed with blood and other torn articles of clothing, revealing bloody organs and protruding bones. The screeching screams and grumbling groans taunted the city and spooked those that dared to get close as zombies joined together at the 2011 Pittsburgh Zombie Fest.

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Alumna lands first on-air assignment

From the time Chelsea Pompeani was a little girl, recalls mentor and former KDKA-TV personality Jan Getz, she was at home in front of a teleprompter.

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Vegetarian Awareness Month promotes healthy eating habits, wellness

This past weekend was the kickoff for Vegetarian Awareness Month, with the official World Vegetarian Day on Oct. 1. This month is recognized by the North American Vegetarian Society.

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Sports branding seminar filled with information, advice for communication students

A limited number of Point Park University students were able to attend the "Penguins and Pirates: The Power of Sports Branding" seminar Thursday, Sept. 22, on the 7th floor of the Student and Convocation Center.

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Honors students step up for Great Race

At the mark before the last half mile, the Honors Program students handed out water to the determined runners in the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.

"It's a good feeling, and the satisfaction in knowing that we did something good for the City of Pittsburgh,"Carleigh Dettore, president of the Honors Program, said in the Honors Program office.

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Education crucial in preventing illness

Recent Typhoid fever case proves importance of careful health practices

David Zazac recognizes that the recent diagnosis of a Chatham University student with Typhoid fever is a rare occurrence, especially in the United States. However, the Allegheny Health Department Public Information Assistant believes there are still things that students can do to prevent contracting illnesses such as that, or the more common meningitis.

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IMPULSE offers open workshops to boost attendance

While many students were enjoying the summer sun over break, Point Park University's hip hop dance team IMPULSE was hard at work looking for a new way to promote its passion for dance. The group's leaders finally decided an open workshop for all Point Park University students would help the growth of their team.

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Michael Finnegan: hero, father, musician, professor

Former FBI agent shares his unique story, including his involvement in the 9/11 attacks

Working 44 days in a row with an allotted two to three hours of sleep each day explains the life of Michael Finnegan, a current professor at Point ParkUniversity, following the 9/11 attacks. During that time, the now-former FBI agent made many arrests and worked diligently to protect the country.

This job opportunity followed his resident assistant position and prefaced his teaching position, displaying his eclectic set of interests and open-mindedness in careers.

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Sports Branding Seminar to enhance student education, networking

An on-campus seminar titled Penguins and Pirates: The Power of Sports Branding will be open to students this Thursday in the Student and Convocation Center featuring CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins David Morehouse, CEO of Stellus Consulting Corky Hall and President of the Pittsburgh Pirates Frank Coonelly.

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University Center hosts PodCamp 6

Sunday was the last day of PodCamp Pittsburgh 6, a social media "un-conference" for the Internet-savvy in the area. Held in Point Park University's University Center, the variety of sessions had something to offer for any Tweeter or Stumbler.

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Village park opens

Point Park's new urban park a key development in 'Pittsburgh Renaissance'

Fireworks, drum rolls, flowing blue ribbons and a fountain marked the fruition of yet another cultural transformation of Point Park University with this morning's official opening of the anxiously awaited Village Park.

After nearly three years of planning and almost a year of construction, students can finally visit the park, located at the corner of Wood Street and the Boulevard of the Allies.

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What I Wish I Knew

Upperclassmen provide freshmen advice on Point Park's dorm life, classes, advisers and more

The days of dorm life finally settle and become the norm as the class of 2015 begins to make their first footprints on campus. But before settling into the classical college student schedule, the upperclassmen at Point Park University have a few words from the wise to offer.

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Michael Finnegan: hero, father, musician, professor

Former FBI agent shares his unique story, including his involvement in the 9/11 attacks

Working 44 days in a row with an allotted two to three hours of sleep each day explains the life of Michael Finnegan, a current professor at Point ParkUniversity, following the 9/11 attacks. During that time, the now-former FBI agent made many arrests and worked diligently to protect the country.

This job opportunity followed his resident assistant position and prefaced his teaching position, displaying his eclectic set of interests and open-mindedness in careers.

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Annual Ribfest gives Pittsburghers taste of award-winning barbeque

Pittsburgh's annual Ribfest was this weekend, Sept. 2 - 4, at Heinz Field on the North Shore. Ribfest is free to enter and features vendors from all over the east coast, concerts and other eats, as well as the celebration of NFL kickoff.

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Candyland dodgeball tournament a sweet success

Over 50 Point Park University students showed up with their game faces on to the Candyland Dodgeball Tournament, held Wednesday night in the Student and Convocation Center.

The games were part of Welcome Week, which offers new and returning students opportunities to become involved in activities around campus. Ten teams registered and competed in the tournament, which included a sweet twist: with each win, a team was allowed to draw a certain amount of cards and move game pieces to designated spots on the game board.

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FEA Successfully Raises School Supplies

The Future Educators of America (FEA) recently completed a successful fundraiser around campus to collect school supplies for Pittsburgh Public schools.

School supplies donated over the three week period will go to King Elementary and Middle School. Monetary donations were also accepted, which came to a total of about $40. That money went to buying additional school supplies.

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Students shed shoes to raise poverty awareness

It typically takes Natalie Harvey and her roommates five minutes to walk from their house in Oakland to the Playhouse to catch a shuttle.

On Tuesday, April 5, that walk became a 15-minute trek as they attempted to maneuver around puddles and gravel in their bare feet.

They joined over 40 other students in braving the construction, rain and even some snow flurries and going barefoot to raise awareness for "One Day Without Shoes," sponsored by TOMS Shoes and brought to Point Park University's campus by The Body Christian Fellowship.

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Alternative Spring Break trip creates lasting memories, friendships

Stepping onto Point Park University's campus in the fall of 2010 I felt like Superwoman. I had decided to move home, work weekends and commute to school in order to save money. While relieved about my new tuition bill, the feeling of the "she who does not belong" mentality had settled in my mind. At once I began to search for ways to become a part of the student body again.

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Students, staff of cinema and digital arts, demonstrate to keep the PA film tax credit

Point Park University cinema and digital arts students, faculty and local filmmakers gathered in front of the Warner Theater on Fifth Avenue to symbolize the historical relationship that Pittsburgh has with the film industry, adjunct faculty member Christopher Sepesy said, while standing on two apple boxes after demonstrators marched to the corner of Wood Street and Oliver Avenue just below the governor's office.

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USG Spring forum addresses student's concerns

Free food from Moe's Southwest Grill lured students to United Student Government's (USG) annual Spring Festival Forum on Feb. 23 in the Student Center 2nd floor recreation lounge.

"I'm really glad they had Moe's," said Riley Benson, freshman undecided major, while at the event. "I had never had it before, and it's delicious."

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February Photo Contest

Photo submissions for the March Photo Contest are being accepted until March 20. Please send submissions to globephotos@gmail.comand include name of photographer, as well as year and major.

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Valentine’s Day Caricatures Attract Students

Valentine's Day is typically not very eventful for Hannah Ernst.

"I usually just chill at home with my parents because that's how cool I am," said Ernst, a freshman dance major, in an interview on Monday in Lawrence Hall. "I don't really do anything exciting on Valentine's Day ever."

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August Wilson Center to feature "Love Jones" events

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture will host a week of events themed around the popular 1997 film "Love Jones," starring Larenze Tate, Nia Long and Isaiah Washington.

 Just in time to help couples of all ages celebrate Valentine's Day, Love Jones Week kicked off Thursday, Feb. 10 with an OffCenter happy hour for singles and couples. Authors Damon Young and Panama Jackson will be joining the evening's activities with the launch of their book, "Your Degrees Won't Keep You Warm at Night." Admission is free and a cash bar will be open.

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Daffodil Days to benefit American Cancer Society

 

Student Health Services, the Honors Program and Student Activities are teaming up this week to participate in the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.

 A table will be set up until Thursday this week from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Lawrence Hall lobby of Point Park University where students can order daffodils.  Order forms are also available in the Health Services office and the Honors Program office.  All orders are due by Feb. 18.

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Black and Yellow is native’s view of city

By now, you have surelyheard of Cameron Jibril Thomas, better known as Wiz Khalifa, the American rapper who wrote the hit song "Black and Yellow." The song is currently fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has arousedcontroversy concerning what its true message actually is.

            People rapping about American cities is nothing new.as Will Smith sang the song "Welcome to Miami" in 2001 and only a couple of years ago, Jay-Z collaborated with Alicia Keys onthe massively popular song "Empire State of Mind."

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An early Spring?

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Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Feb. 2, declaring that winter will soon subside and an early spring should be expected, according to Groundhog.org, the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

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Obscenity Or Art?

Sexuality is a part of our lives and it has worked its way into most of its aspects, including arts and popular culture. Nevertheless, it's things like the above scenarios which are constantly being attacked and challenged as being obscene.

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Hustler Magazine not at Fault

In November 1983, Hustler magazine included an advertisement of Rev. Jerry Falwell describing his "first time" where Falwell describes his first time as being and incestuous experience in an outhouse with his mother, and portrays him as being a drunkard in the faux ad about Campari liquor. 

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Wikileaks stomps on American's rights

Our constitutional rights as Americans are being stomped on. We have to look at the issues surrounding our government.

There is a Freedom of Information Act that is supposed to provide transparency about the government, but in there contains a National Security Exemption has kept them a secret until WikiLeaks exposed them.

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Legality of unpaid internships in question

The average college student goes to his or her internship every day, working sometimes up to twelve hours for the "experience."  Although no one wants to work for free, millions of college students do it every day.  In exchange for credits, which they have to pay for, they get the satisfaction of knowing they can put a title on their resume.  Although these internships sometimes offer wonderful learning opportunities, companies also get work without having to pay anyone.

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Advancements, campaigns give hope

In the few days before World AIDS Day, as well as in the week after, my thoughts kept turning to those who suffer from HIV /AIDS and the trials they must endure due to the horrible diseases.

On Dec. 1, Pittsburgh joined 84 other cities in figuratively turning landmarks "red" to commemorate World AIDS Day and support Product Red.

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Holiday shoppers invade downtown

Holiday shopping is known to be a stressful and tedious process. For college students who are engaged in preparing for final exams while working to make pocket change on the side, the task of shopping is even more dreadful.

Although students have limited transportation and money to spare, a variety of affordable stores are within walking distance of Point Park University.

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PBS Correspondent gives a lecture at Pitt

Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and senior correspondent of PBS News Hour, delivered her lecture entitled "After the 2010 Elections: Can they Govern?" at University of Pittsburgh's Twentieth Century Club Nov. 15.

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Southside 'togonuts'

Donut kiosk serves their story along with tasty treats

Togonuts a specialty donut shop in Southside tell an interesting tale that led owners to develop the business.

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Photo Editing v. Deceptive Advertising

In 1999, actor Dustin Hoffman sued Los Angeles Magazine for placing a distorted image of his character from the film "Tootsie" in an editorial called Grand Illusions. The editorial featured Hoffman's character's head placed on a model's body to showcase spring fashions.

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Family Center at jail sympathizes with families of the convicted

On the last Saturday of October, sunny but chilly, nearly a dozen costumed children were dressing up, taking pictures and painting masks in a room decorated with red leaves on the ceiling and flamingo paintings on the wall.

A young mother sat in front of a mirror helping paint her seven-year-old daughter's with face. The girl asked her mother to paint "I ‘heart' DAD " on her left cheek. The children were waiting to the Family Activities Center (FAC) for their visit at 10:30 a.m at the Allegheny County Jail.

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Ben Folds makes his audience a priority at Club Zoo

A monstrous line of music lovers piled into Club Zoo on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010 to witness the vivacious showmanship of piano rock god Ben Folds, of both solo and Ben Folds Five fame. He came to Pittsburgh as part of his Lonely Avenue tour, which promotes his latest album "Lonely Avenue." For the album, Folds wrote music for lyrics created by English writer Nick Hornby. An extraordinary fusion of his new and old work flowed out of Folds with his blending of fan favorites and his latest material.

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Cheap fun for the week

  In college there are certain rules to live by.  The most important, however, is that one always considers financial restraints.

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Three friends run from Boston to Austin to raise money for charities

A year ago, three friends began planning how they were going to raise money for nonprofit charities close to their hearts. They wanted to do something unique that most people would not think of, and something so they had in common: running.

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The mystery and insanity of the famous, yet not so famous, gathering place that Is Nelson Ledges...

Yes, it is a long title, but it is no easy task to sum up the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in one sentence.  Even this story will not fully explain all that can be known about this bizarre place—one must go there and experience this world for oneself, something I have had the pleasure of doing several times.

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Pizza with the President Kicks off this Week

This week marks the kick-off of Point Park University's annual Pizza with the President competition, a rivalry between the Living and Learning Communities on campus to get as many points as they can before Oct. 12 in order to meet and eat pizza with university president Paul Hennigan.

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Hedglin uses new position with CAB to help lead to the future

Four months of planning, finding a venue, negotiating a contract, collaborating with another school, organizing a set up, marketing an event, and designing ads make up only some of the effort put into the upcoming Halloween dance.

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Nutritional information avaliable to students to make wise choices

Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult for students away from home. At Point Park University, there are a number of ways that a student can find the information he or she needs to keep a healthy diet as the school year progresses.

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The Ugly Truth of Paradise

Hawaii’s hidden haven of homelessness and how one woman is trying to help

As I looked out the airplane window, my eyes set upon the crystal clear water and lush, vibrant cliffs of Hawaii.  Most tourists flying in see that beauty, and only that beauty.  However, I was heading to the island for a reason other than sightseeing. 

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Remembering 9/11, A Flight 93 memorial

On Sept. 11, 2010, nine years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, families of the passengers killed on the United 93 flight traveled to where the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pa. to honor their loved ones.

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A virtual tour of the new Student and Convocation Center

The new student and convocation center offers a variety of equipment, and space for full-time Point Park University students. 

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Broken Social Scene repairs Pittsburgh

 

Broken Social Scene (BSS), a Toronto native band of nine to 16 interchanging band members, has been supplying music that creates emotion, texture and imagery to loyal fans since the late ‘90s. Last week, the band arrived in Pittsburgh to fulfill fans at the Byham Theater, and did that and more by performing the most emotional, thoughtful, and empowering set list a fan could ever ask for.

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Freshmen fears fizzle following move-in

Beginning Aug. 26, 2010, the Point Park University campus showed signs of life once more as freshmen began streaming through the doors with hands, crates and boxes loaded. Waiting in the half-hour line for the elevator, I scanned the room to find the same hesitant but excited expression on everyone else's faces. We were all thinking, "What in the world am I doing standing in this line with three bags filled with pillows? Is this even worth it? Let's go home."

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Tobacco products given new flavors, appeal to younger demographic

Less than a year after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ban on candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes, tobacco companies have responded by increasing the variety of smokeless tobacco products available on the market.

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Athletes go full speed for Haiti

The earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 was a catastrophic event that through raising awareness, brought together the Haitian nation and the United States.

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Daniel Bollick; Point Park University; Innocence Institute

Artist's paintings lend visual voice to exonerees

For renowned Pittsburgh artist Daniel Bolick, art is something innate.

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Laws do not prevent hate speech

A group of men supporting the Nation of Islam often come to downtown Pittsburgh in the summer, chastising black residents for fraternizing with whites, shouting, "The white man is the child of Satan!" Another man walks along Smithfield Street toting a handmade sign and a bullhorn, proclaiming his judgment on all manner of "sinners."

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National media picked sides with CAPA assault case

In January, three undercover Pittsburgh police officers converged in the Homewood neighborhood in a mission to keep the streets clean of drugs, guns and violence. Their role was not to invade suspected homes, but rather to watch for suspicious actions. The assault that took place soon after has been argued for and against by both the public and law enforcement officials. Local and national media outlets covered the story, but their coverage differs, as well.

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Tweet spurs libel lawsuit

Who knew that writing 140 characters or less on your personal website could be such a costly mistake? Until Jan. 20, when Cook County, Ill. Circuit Court Judge Diane Larson threw out a defamation suit, Chicago renter Amanda Bonnen was facing $50,000 in damages plus court fees.

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Prosecutor deems students unethical, asks for grades in exchange

Students' grades are supposed to be a private matter, known only to school administrators, the student and whomever the student chooses to tell. But if one Chicago prosecutor has her way, students at the Medill Innocence Project of Northwestern University will be forced to turn over their grades as well as unpublished notes and course syllabi to her office.

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Flickr uploads may lead to commercial usage

Alison Chang, a 15-year-old student from Dallas, was shocked when she saw her face on a Virgin Mobile billboard in Australia. The photographer, Justin Ho-Wee Wong, was equally shocked. His image of Chang had been used without permission for commercial purposes.

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You're Watching the Wrong Movies

Joe Balewski disccuses indie flicks and summer blockbusters. Full story

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You're Watching the Wrong Movies

Joe Balewski discusses indie flicks and summer blockbusters. Full story

Check-ups and leaks in Lawrence Hall

During the month of September, students endured frequent fire alarms followed by maintenance issues. Full story

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West of Memphis: Voices for Justice encourages hope, support

West of Memphis: Voices for Justice seeks to raise awareness and support for the West Memphis Three case, the accused and the victims. The tracks, a sort of post-film soundtrack, make for an appropriate arrangement of solemn yet hopeful music. Full story

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I Love Pittsburgh

By Rachel E. Nunes

This blog is to assist you in your own Pittsburgh adventure. Full story