The police officers behind the senseless killings of black men nationwide are not only bad examples, they’re dream killers

Editor’s Note: As journalists, we spend a lot of time talking with officials and community members and distilling it into stories that explore important issues of our time. But we realize that sometimes it is just more powerful to hear it straight from the source. This is one of those times. The essay is a special feature timed for Mother's Day and the Brown Mamas Monologues* happening May 12. For as long as I can remember, my son Dion has wanted to be a football player and a policeman (and a pizza maker and a race car driver).

Video: Facebook Live interview with artist Vanessa German

Vanessa German is a renowned artist and a community activist. She runs ARThouse in Homewood, where youth in the neighborhood have the opportunity to immerse themselves in art. German most recently made news when she spoke out at a community conversation about the removal of a billboard that contained the message, “THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE.”

Angelo Norelli, 67, is one of more than 300 homeowners from Oakland and Uptown recruited for the Grassroots Green Homes program. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

This Pittsburgh program is tackling climate change, inequality and your neighbor’s energy bill one light bulb at a time

Angelo Norelli’s house in Uptown was always cold. Too cold for his seven grandchildren to visit in the winter. Even with an extra heater running in his bedroom, he still had to use several blankets to sleep. And he didn’t know where the heat was escaping. Norelli, 67, didn’t have a lot of extra money or energy to figure it out either.

Tyler Mower, 20, has been undergoing training to become a steamfitter at the Steamfitters Local 449 technology training center in Harmony, Pa. (Photo by Teake Zuidema/PublicSource)

Will Pittsburgh flourish as a hub of eds and meds or gas and petrochemicals? Can we have it both ways?

Pittsburgh now brands itself as a modern city built on research, robots, universities, advanced manufacturing, green energy — and the high-skilled jobs that come with it all.

But there’s another narrative developing: The plethora of shale gas and natural gas liquids in Southwestern Pennsylvania provide a solid foundation to build a new gas and petrochemical hub in Pittsburgh’s backyard.

(Illustration by Anita DuFalla/PublicSource

How the Pittsburgh police bureau’s work with an IT company escaped city oversight for more than a decade

Some members of city council struggle to recall B-Three Solutions or what the company has done for the city. B-Three has been commissioned to build the police bureau’s flagship data system and several related projects along with programs for the Department of Finance and the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections. The city has paid B-Three about $4.3 million since late 2009.