SURVIVOR—Lauren reflects on her abusive past that turned her into a survivor. (Photo courtesy of Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh) For 10 years, everyday was a fight for Lauren’s life. It all began at the age of 18 when she began dating her now ex-boyfriend and the father of her child. Little things would trigger changes in his mood. At first he was shoving, then he escalated to choking and trying different maneuvers to get her to pass out, but never punching or anything that would leave marks. She experienced trips to different emergency rooms or urgent care facilities after the fact, but it was one incident in 2011 that was her wake-up call.
Daily Archive: October 17, 2013
CONGESTION—Riders from the city’s East End clog Smithfield Street as they exit one of Port Authority’s P1 express buses, which though twice the size of regular buses are full at rush hour.(Photo by J.L. Martello.) Fifty years ago, the powers that be decided it would be great to turn East Liberty, then the fourth largest business district in the state, into a walking mall by removing all the cars and buses. The result was Penn Circle, which diverted all traffic around the central business district and made no provisions for parking, and also cut off access to the neighborhood from Highland Avenue and Centre Avenue.
In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) is tended to by trainers after he was injured in the fourth quarter of their NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) by Will GracesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sean Spence had to look. He didn’t really have a choice if he wanted to move forward with the kind of healing that can’t be addressed with a brace or a wad of tape. Handed a photograph of the moment that changed his career and his life, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker tried not to get nauseous. He nearly failed.
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STARTING A CONVERSATION—Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith introduces legislation that asks the school board to stop closing schools and to junk its teacher rating system. By introducing legislation calling for a moratorium on city school closings, City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith said she wanted to “start a conversation.” She did that.
GWENDOLYN DEVEREAUX Gwendolyn Devereaux, 73, and her “Geritol buddies” used to go to the Rivers Casino two or three times a week for the buffet and some fun with the penny slots. But an incident in March changed all that.