BRIAN ONEILL



Mailman walked the Hill like Teenie

2012-03-08 00:01:00

There's nothing like walking with Joe Horne when you're among the nearly 1,000 photos in the Teenie Harris exhibit, because nobody knew the


Maybe it's time to be steered to natural gas

2012-03-04 17:25:00

A few days before President Barack Obama spoke of a future with cars powered by natural gas, Lutitia Clipper drove one of those through the


Retirement can be a long pleasure cruise

2012-03-01 17:19:00

You almost know Shirley Gernsback is a retired teacher before she tells you.


Price is right, at least, for North Shore transit

2012-02-26 00:00:00

It's been almost 23 years, but I still can't forget Joe LoCurto's incredulous look when I told him, as we were heading down to Pittsburgh's


Let's drink to gas drillers, with sake, too

2012-02-23 00:00:00

You can learn a lot about a person by pouring a drink. You can learn even more by poring over what they drink.


Bucs need to escape this 'Gilligan's Island' rerun

2012-02-19 00:00:00

To understand Pittsburgh Pirates fans, one must first understand "Gilligan's Island.'' Pitchers and catchers report today to the


Local officials recoil at gas law's contents

2012-02-16 00:00:00

We need to elect better poker players to represent us in Harrisburg.


Plenty of seasonal cheer can be found this winter

2012-02-12 16:52:00

Our schizoid winter is playing with Pittsburghers' minds. My neighbor Tom had the top down on his '66 Mustang convertible in January, when i


Scandal's big benefit: Bonuses are gone

2012-02-09 00:00:00

The Bonusgate scandal is winding down in Harrisburg even as the list of convicted lawmakers grows, but there's still one item that isn't


DeWeese battles to keep finding the right words

2012-02-05 00:00:00

"In retrospect,'' Bill DeWeese told me over dinner last June, "I should have been more administratively punctilious.'' That's the way Mr.


Let's make gamble of parenthood pay off

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Sometimes the connection between a front-page story and one in the Magazine section isn't immediately obvious, but I see the potential for


Real American dream: easy cash falls in lap with a teeny tax bite

2012-01-29 00:00:00

My bachelor uncle died last year at 97. When we sold his house in Queens, the one he bought in the 1940s with his long-since-departed siblin


Shrinking state House would be big gain

2012-01-26 00:00:00

A state House committee approved a bill Tuesday to downsize that chamber by 50 seats, potentially saving Pennsylvania's budget tens of milli


Allegheny's angling just for a fair share from state transit aid

2012-01-22 00:00:00

We know the Port Authority is dependent on state money for its survival, but consider how much the state reaps from the people riding the bu


Visit this pub to eat, drink and be married

2012-01-19 00:00:00

Twenty years of pouring and more than 100 couples matched up between pints -- Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle will be celebrating its milestone


No such thing as too late for a love story and song

2012-01-15 00:00:00

F. Scott Fitzgerald lied. The Jazz Age author said there are no second acts in American lives, but he never met John Murray or Marjorie Smut


Will reassessments lead to the big house?

2012-01-12 00:00:00

I don't think Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. has a political bone in his body, but his order this week is great politics. The Allegheny County


Figure on losers aplenty from reassessment mess

2012-01-08 00:00:00

It's the tax cut nobody believes in. "Never has good news been so badly received,'' Chris Briem said of Allegheny County's massive reassessm


Seriously, it's time to watch Santorum

2012-01-05 00:00:00

Back in May, I caught up with Rick Santorum by phone as he was riding an Amtrak train from Philadelphia to Washington, and he was already co


Pittsburgh matches vision of dream home

2011-12-22 00:00:00

I was having breakfast at the Victory Grill with Micheal Sunie on Tuesday morning and he was telling me how lucky and blessed he feels.


'Keystone Tombstones': showing a soft spot for dead people across the state

2011-12-18 00:00:00

Let's go around Pennsylvania and look for famous dead people. As retirement plans go, this one may be unique. A couple of Joes from Central


Finding on city's elevation is a low blow

2011-12-15 00:00:00

A week ago, I wrote parenthetically that Pittsburgh was at a higher elevation than Morgantown and touched off a new kind of backyard brawl.


Can Pitt get SOUL (i.e., South Oakland Urban Litter)?

2011-12-11 00:00:00

Carlino Giampolo has a name for the families of Panther Hollow. He calls them Oakland's "pre-university settlers,'' and he's not at all happ


Yes, we and yinz are part of Appalachia

2011-12-08 00:00:00

What if you lived along an enormous mountain range and nobody knew it? I sometimes feel that way about Pittsburgh. This is by far the larges


Make an old home yours and everyone can benefit

2011-12-04 00:00:00

I have a decidedly old-fashioned view of cities, one that wouldn't be out of place in a Frank Capra movie, and it is that neighborhoods come


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