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It’s freezing in Pittsburgh. This morning, when I was overjoyed to learn that the temperature had climbed to 0 degrees, I knew the edges of reality had started to split apart. Between long days and the total absence of sunlight, living in Pittsburgh’s negative zone has left me disoriented and disinterested in most everything. No reasonable person would choose to…

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[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 18, 1985]

This morning I appeared before the magistrate in Turtle Creek Valley for a traffic violation. A month earlier, I had failed to come to a complete halt at a stop sign on a dark stretch of road that runs alongside the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock. A police cruiser was stationed beneath a nearby railroad trestle, and his lights were…

On the morning of February 1, 2013, the body of 39-year-old Lamont Sidney, of Erie, was found in room #9 of the East Exit Motel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. It was reported that Sidney was found naked with his face partially mauled; two Pitbull puppies were in the room when emergency crews arrived.

Pictured above is an abandoned house on Talbot Avenue in Braddock, PA, photographed by Sean Hemmerle. I have a work space in Braddock and usually drive down Talbot Avenue once or twice a week. It’s off the beaten path, close to the bank of the Monongahela River. Though Braddock is a favorite location for photographers snapping shots of urban decay,…

I haven’t read this series on the Clairton Bears yet, but I’m looking forward to it. At a quick glance, it reminds me of Pat Jordan’s “A Football High” piece written for GEO magazine back in 1980 (brief mention of that story here). Jordan’s piece focused on football in Duquesne, Pennsylvania — the real town that the fictional mill town