Former residents of Northview Heights in Pittsburgh remember marching bands and days at the recreation center. But that was before shootings and drugs became commonplace for some 1,600 residents of the public housing project.
Instead of treating nature as property under the law, the rights-of-nature movement seeks legal recognition that "nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles."
A photo of three pioneering women doctors has been circulating in social media -- but they're not wearing white lab coats. They're wearing culturally significant dress and they represent the first women doctors from their countries, back in the 1800s.
President Barack Obama is strongly pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would create the largest free trade zone in the world. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are falling over each other to distance themselves from the agreement. American farmers don't get that.
The Winter Olympics has put a spotlight on Russia's anti-LGBT laws and practices. One gay Russian decided he had seen enough when new laws were passed this summer, so he took the risky course of entering the US illegally to seek asylum.
Young people will need to understand climate change to make informed decisions in the future. But in many school districts in the US, students receive little or no scientific information about it. Teachers who do try to bring climate science into the classroom can find themselves in trouble.
When we think of Cuban exiles we think of Miami, but new Cuban migrants are looking elsewhere for work and housing. In Pittsburgh, one Cuban woman opened her house to more recent arrivals to help them get settled.
Now that Oregon will automatically register anyone with a driver's license to vote, Pennsylvania is looking at taking the move even further. It could add as many as 2 millions Pennsylvanians to the voter rolls, and President Barack Obama also is now recommending action to increase turnout.
A University of Pennsylvania professor tweeting as “Nein Quarterly" has attracted more than 40,000 followers with his wry observations on everything from US politics to the sexiness of the German umlaut.