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Father And Daughter Team Up To Help South Hills Food Pantry

Every Monday and Friday Marisa Niwa spends time with her father volunteering at the South Hills Interfaith Movement, or SHIM, food pantry. "I volunteer...

Why Do I Keep Seeing Kia Ads? How One Company Mines Big Data

In a small, but growing office in Shadyside, Rhiza Founder and CEO Josh Knauer stood in front of a computer linked to the cloud and crunched big data...

Western PA School Districts Promise To Support Maker Movement

Students at Avonworth School District's Primary Center have a chance every week to gather in an empty classroom to create anything from battery-powered...

When You Go To The Doctor, What Are The Chances You Will Actually See An MD?

The days of an individual doctor hanging out a shingle and offering a general family practice are all but gone. The new norm is that your primary care...

Forget Cars, This Company Has Self-Driving Forklifts Figured Out

As companies like Uber and Google work to make self-driving cars, a local company is working on another autonomous vehicle: forklifts. Engineers and...

Boxing Gym Owner Reaches Out To At-Risk Youth One Lesson At A Time

It all started in 1971 when a Jimmy Cvetic grabbed a 13-year-old boy for stealing tape decks out of cars. He didn't arrest him and less than two years...

Anxiety Leads To Bad Decisions, But Why? Researchers Find Surprising Answer

Lab rats can be taught to do just about any simple task for food or a treat. Scientists can also watch what is going on inside a rat's brain by...

Running Partners Turn Small Acts Of Kindness Into Charity Mission

Debbie Thackrah said she never expected her initiative, Feeding the Spirit, to be as large as it is today, considering its humble beginnings in 2011. ...

First Energy Looks To High Schoolers For Waste & Efficiency Ideas

Managers at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station got some advice this year from a panel of unlikely consultants – high school students. Blackhawk...

The Food Pantry Is Her Passion And Her Clients Know It

Each month, about 20 volunteers help to hand out food to more than 200 individuals and families at the Westinghouse Valley Food Pantry in Turtle Creek....

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