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Smithfield United Church of Christ leaders break silence after county closes homeless shelter

BY: - August 7, 2023

Second Avenue Commons, a more modern shelter, was scheduled to open at the start of the winter shelter season on Nov. 15, 2022. However, the shelter did not open until November 22 due to permitting issues and materials shortages caused by the pandemic, according to Bertolet. It was not operating at full capacity on the day scheduled for opening.

Hours before his death, Alle.Co. Jail released a man with intellectual disability from custody

BY: - September 27, 2022

Anthony Talotta is the 17th man to die after entering the jail since the onset of the pandemic, the sixth such death in 2022.

Hours after latest jail death, Allegheny Co. inks contract for ‘historical review of fatalities’

BY: - August 15, 2022

Ronald James Andrus, 78, died in the Allegheny County jail Sunday, the 5th fatality of the year.

Citations, fines, and terminated contracts: a look at the Allegheny Co. Jail health code violations

BY: - August 1, 2022

Since 2014, The Allegheny County Jail’s residential kitchen has received 162 health code violations from the Allegheny County Health Department. The jail has been cited for its pest management, plumbing, cleaning and sanitation, and handwashing facilities. In 2021, the facility was cited 42 times, the most citations the jail has received in a single calendar year. So far in 2022, the jail has been cited 21 times.

Allegheny Co. sued after jail allegedly failed to prevent the suicide of incarcerated person

BY: - July 5, 2022

A year after he was found unresponsive in the Allegheny County Jail, Martin Bucek’s ex-wife, Dolly Bucek, filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county in federal court.

Pgh City Councilmember proposes three bills to protect abortion access, providers in city

BY: - July 3, 2022

Councilmember Bobby Wilson said he designed the bills to protect abortion access if the state Legislature bans abortion.

Does tutoring + culturally relevant lessons + double math periods = math proficiency?

BY: - June 11, 2022

Pgh school leaders look for solutions to alarmingly low math proficiency especially among Black students.

COMMENTARY

Allegheny Co. DA Zappala’s decision to seek death penalty doesn’t serve justice | Opinion

BY: - May 27, 2022

Between 1978 and 2018, Pa. executed three people and spent $1B on capital prosecutions. A waste of time and money.

Her husband died after transfer to the hospital from Allegheny Co. jail. Now she wants answers

BY: - April 17, 2022

'Babe, I’m going to jail,' Vinckley Harris said when he called his wife from police custody. It was the last time Theresa Harris heard from her husband.

For unhoused students, transportation issues mean new schools and unfamiliar classrooms

BY: - April 3, 2022

The lack of transportation means a number of homeless students have been forced to switch enrollment to the school districts where their temporary housing is located, a move long known to be disruptive to their education.