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Karan Ireland knew something wasn’t right one cold January morning.

“Looking back at everything, I determined that it was the sixth of January, I smelled something in my bathroom. It was a sickly sweet smell, although I’ll tell you it smells exactly like sugar-free Red Bull. That’s what I associate it with now.”

For students in the Philadelphia school district, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

Starting this fall the School District of Philadelphia will serve free breakfasts and lunches to all students, waiving the need for parents to submit a paper application proving their income is low enough to qualify.

The plaintiff in the latest civil suit to emerge from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal had his case vetted by Penn State's mediation team last year.

Bret Southard, the attorney for the 18-year-old plaintiff, confirmed in an interview with PennLive Thursday that he did have conversations with Penn State's mediators about a possible civil settlement.

There are 1,500 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania at any given time, according to Senator Vince Hughes (D – Philadelphia).

That’s why he and other Democratic members of the Pennsylvania  Senate Appropriations Committee and representatives of various veterans groups are planning to meet Friday in Pittsburgh to discuss a bill that could help.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Better — and cheaper — health care for the poor could lie in the answer to this question:

Can an air conditioner be considered medicine?

Janet Meyer, CEO of Health Share Oregon, says it can.

Len Frenkel only has a minute to talk because he's rushing between presentations at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus. The North American Vegetarian Society has their annual gathering here.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has officially determined that drinking water at a third residence is contaminated by WPX Appalachia LLC’s leaky Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater impoundment near Stahlstown, Westmoreland County.

Pennsylvania's liquor law reformers, having all but given up on a dismantling of the state-run retail liquor monopoly in the current legislative term, are turning to a series of smaller goals for the few, election-season voting days left in the 2013-14 session.

One of the ideas being considered upon lawmakers' return in September would legalize something that likely happens in Pennsylvania's border areas now - in violation of current state law - every day.

It’s no secret that while Pittsburgh may be one of the country’s most livable cities, it isn’t necessarily the most drivable.

A report released this week by auto insurance giant Allstate reveals the Steel City may be populated by some of the worst drivers in the country.


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