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  • Former steel worker wins prestigious poetry prize

    In the summer of 1970, Afaa Michael Weaver was a clerk recording the weight of the massive tin coils produced at Sparrows Point Steel Mill, tin that would later be turned into soup cans and the like. He used a crayon to mark the coils, which would be warm enough to melt the wax, so his numbers would stick. In between, he wrote poems on the backs of the tally sheets. He remembers when he showed up for work one day just as a co-worker's foot was being amputated; it was caught in the machinery and it was the only way to free him. Weaver thought, I gotta get a safer job. He did, relatively speaking, and worked the next 14 years on the packing floor and, later, in the warehouse of Proctor & Gamble's factory in Locust Point.
  • Some older diabetics may be managing their condition too 'tightly'

    Older people with diabetes are often told about the importance of keeping their blood sugar levels under control to prevent long-term complications, like cardiovascular disease or kidney damage. But studies are showing that some are actually controlling...

    Survey finds large gap between scientists' and public's views on major scientific issues

    PITTSBURGH When surveys like the one this week by the Pew Research Center show major disagreements between scientists and the public on such issues as global warming and genetically modified foods, there is usually a lot of hand-wringing that Americans...

    Gen Xers embracing their roles as a transitional group

    PITTSBURGH Stephanie Bane would appreciate if it people would stop tossing insulting labels around about millennials. But not because she is one. "As a Gen Xer, I'm used to it," said the advertising executive who was born in 1969. "I remember being...

    At this mosque, Muslims challenge terror message, focus on youth education

    PITTSBURGH Before and after the weekly prayer service recently at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, volunteers sat at booths in the downstairs social hall, asking people to sign up to lead children's activities, volunteer for a food pantry, participate in...