Jahan Dotson #5 of the Penn State Nittany Lions catches a pass for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Beaver Stadium on 9/18/21 in State College, Pa. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

First and vote: Dems to make registration play at PSU, Pitt games | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 23, 2022

Younger voters in critical battleground states boosted their turnout in 2020, helping President Joe Biden capture the White House. Two years later, with control of Congress on the line, and the midterm elections weeks away, national Democrats aren’t leaving anything to chance as they look  to keep a key voting bloc onside. On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee says it […]

Pgh study to examine how structural racism affects dementia in city’s Black communities

BY: - March 18, 2022

The RAND Corporation and Pitt study will involve 1,100 residents of the Hill District and Homewood.

Pitt disenrolls unvaccinated students as W.Pa. universities grapple with COVID requirements

BY: - January 14, 2022

Disenrolled students may apply for a tuition refund, and, if they choose to get vaccinated, will be allowed to re-enroll, according to a published report.


Massive COVID-19 infections, not the vaccine, are responsible for new variants | Analysis

BY: - September 10, 2021

The best way to stop new variants is to stop their spread, and the answer to that is vaccination.

Pitt faculty efforts to unionize continue with upcoming election to join United Steelworkers

BY: - July 20, 2021

A PLRB hearing examiner ruled last summer that the Pitt administration “artificially inflated” a list of faculty members to delay the faculty’s unionization efforts. In April, the examiner decided that about 3,000 faculty members will be included in the USW bargaining unit, according to a press release.


Kids aren’t just littler adults. Here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine | Opinion

BY: - July 19, 2021

Children are not just littler grownups; their bodies differ from adults’ in important ways.

Pitt’s former emergency management director indicted for stealing and selling PPE supplies

BY: - March 24, 2021

Pitt terminated Casamento’s employment on July 17, 2020 after he admitted to stealing the supplies. He had been with the school since 2007.

United Steelworkers want anti-union efforts against Pitt faculty and grad students to end

BY: - February 7, 2021

USW has called on Pitt to “end its anti-union campaign” against grad students and faculty.


Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors. But it can take time we don’t have during a pandemic | Analysis

BY: - January 1, 2021

Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.


Older people take longer to heal. This is why — and why it’s important | Opinion

BY: - November 27, 2020

Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.


A history of bad behavior and worse: Why we have laws regulating behavior at polling places | Opinion

BY: - October 22, 2020

Reforms at the end of the century – particularly after an especially dirty 1888 presidential election – aimed to stop the shenanigans, assure the safety of voters and elevate the act of voting.

Pittsburgh students criticize universities pushing what some see as COVID-19 ‘liability forms’

BY: - August 13, 2020

When Olivia Enders tried to log into her University of Pittsburgh email account, something odd happened. Instead of the usual login page, she was met with a statement containing two online forms: a Pitt Community Compact and a Return to Campus Student Acknowledgment.