Hundreds gather in protest over the verdict in the shooting death of Antwon Rose II

Antwon Rose Sr. spoke to about 200 people gathered at Freedom Corner in the Hill District on Saturday. They had gathered for what was billed a Community Solidarity Service in response to Friday's not-guilty verdict in the fatal shooting of his son, Antwon Rose II. Rose Sr. said he was thankful for the support since his son’s death in June and through the trial this past week. “It’s very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it,” Rose said. “I just don’t want it to happen to our city no more, man.”

Antwon Rose II, 17, was killed on June 19 by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld.

Rosfeld found not guilty on all counts of criminal homicide in Antwon Rose’s death

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld has been found not guilty in the June 19 fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II. Rosfeld, who was charged with criminal homicide, killed Rose in a traffic stop. Rose, 17, was unarmed. Dozens gathered outside the courthouse in the half hour after the verdict to demonstrate in support of Rose. Christian Carter, a youth organizer, read a poem written by Rose before leading the group in a chant calling for justice.

Pittsburgh artist Vanessa German pens poems for Antwon Rose II during first week of Rosfeld trial

Vanessa German, a visual and performance artist based in Pittsburgh, has written three poems addressed to Antwon Rose II this week during the trial of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld who fatally shot the teenager on June 19. Rosfeld is facing one count of criminal homicide. As of noon March 22, the defense had rested its case and closing arguments were set to take place in the afternoon. Antwon Michael Rose II
here is a boy who should be dancing. here is a boy who should be up in the morning making his mother laugh, eye shine reflecting the sky, a sigh in his chest leaning into the wind of the day with a sweet ache to own the horizon in his wing span.

Nine years after the Affordable Care Act, these Pennsylvanians struggle to afford health insurance

The Affordable Care Act [ACA], a 9-year-old overhaul to the U.S. health care system, is intended to make health insurance accessible for everyone by expanding Medicaid and making insurance easier for individuals to buy without an employer. Since its passage and a 2015 expansion of Medicaid, Pennsylvania saw big jumps in the percentage of residents covered by insurance. But there are significant gaps.