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Trees before townhouses

BY BRIAN CONWAY

PHOTOS BY CHARLES BIER

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In ‘Moundsville’ film, Trump’s Rust Belt promises permeate

BY MATT STROUD

VIDEO STILLS COURTESY OF JOHN W. MILLER AND DAVE BERNABO

Bungled Amazon HQ2 Lead, HHM CREATIVE
Visual by HHM CREATIVE
Photo by Brian Conway

Can a coal magnate make Iron City Beer great again?

By Brian Conway // Photos by Top hat Marketing

PHOTO BY BUZZY TOREK OF EPICAST

Introducing Postindustrial Audio

BY MATT STROUD // PHOTO BY BUZZY TOREK OF EPICAST

Open carry in the neighborhood of make believe

BY JOSEPH L. FLATLEY // PHOTOS BY PETE MAROVICH

Cut N Paste HHM CREATIVE
Photo by Maria Rose
Photo by Kathleen Flynn of American Reportage

Introducing American Reportage

BY MATT STROUD // PHOTOS BY AMERICAN REPORTAGE

PHOTO BYNICK DE LA CANAL

Is immigration enforcement really more aggressive under Trump?

BY Matt Stroud // Photo byNick de la Canal

Photo by Justin Merriman | American Reportage | for Postindustrial

A soldier’s new mission: Franchising craft breweries

BY CARMEN GENTILE // PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MERRIMAN

PHOTO BY AMIR MOHAMED

Government shutdown record

BY ANNIE SIEBERT // PHOTO BY AMIR MOHAMED

© Elian / Adobe Stock

All Eyes On 2020

BY ANNIE SIEBERT

Photo by Pete Marovich of American Reportage

The truth about steel — and Trump

MATT STROUD // PHOTO BY PETE MAROVICH

Staff picks 2018

BY Matt Stroud,CARMEN GENTILE, Annie Siebert, and Maria Rose

Nick Grimes at his home in Oakmont on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Justin Merriman | American Reportage | for Postindustrial

A ‘gun guy’ bids farewell to his bump stock

BY NICK GRIMES // PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MERRIMAN

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, blocked

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO BY TIMOTHY C. WRIGHT II 

PHOTO BY MARK DIXON

Bailed out!

BY MATT STROUD // PHOTO BY MARK DIXON

Minneapolis 2040

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO FROM MINNEAPOLIS 2040

Youngstown braces for loss of Lordstown

Youngstown braces for loss of Lordstown

BY MARIA ROSE // PHOTO BY JOHN MINCHILLO

Photo by Pete Marovich / American Reportage

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By MATT STROUD // PHOTO BY PETE MAROVICH

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Curated reports from the region

Will Pittsburgh's gun control laws get more black people killed? The attack on the Tree of Life congregation that left 11 people dead this past October led Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and several City Council members to propose gun ordinances in an effort to reduce gun violence...


Workplace discrimination is illegal. But data show it's still a huge problem. Ron Law and several other black coworkers reported finding eight nooses at the Austal USA shipyard, their workplace in Mobile, Alabama. This discovery was part of a broader pattern of discrimination and racism...


Plastics: The new coal in Appalachia? The boom of natural gas extraction in the Appalachian region has facilitated the rapid growth of another industry: petrochemicals and plastics production...


As coal disappears, Appalachians lose access to basic services Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia are in crisis. The combination of a global decline in coal demand and the rise in natural gas and renewable energy competition has proven fatal for economies in Central Appalachia...


Hospital withdrawal Methadone can be crucial for alleviating the suffering of opioid addicts experiencing withdrawal symptoms as they seek treatment. However, as BELT magazine shows in Chicago, it isn't always administered to those who need it...


The devastating allure of medical miracles When Sheila Advento awoke from an eight-day induced coma after suffering acute septic shock — an infection in the bloodstream — her hands were black...


The hidden risk in the fracking boom When part of the 9,029-mile Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline exploded in Salem Township, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh, it left a crater 50 feet longand 12 feet deep and generated a road-melting...


Teachers with guns "Don't provide too many warnings. Determine the threat, and then shoot or be shot." That's the advice of Chris Cerino, a world-renowned marksman and instructor for a training on how to prevent a school shooting....


ACLU sues Pennsylvania judge for illegally detaining groom on wedding day Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick were high school sweethearts who couldn't wait to build a life together. On May 23, 2017, they went to a courtroom in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, to get married...


The hospital is dead. Welcome to Ducktown. Copper Basin Medical Center, an independently owned hospital, served as the sole care facility for 17,000 people in Tennessee's Polk County for 62 years. But 16 months ago...


The reimagining of Friendship Court: Does mixed-income housing work? This series from Charlottesville Tomorrow analyzes how race and mixed-income housing affected the redevelopment of the Friendship Court neighborhood of the Virginia city...


Chicago public schools monitored social media for signs of violence, gang membership In 2014, the Chicago Public Schools began implementing a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's...


In cities on the Great Lakes, water pipes are crumbling, and poor people are paying the price Domitila Valerio paid $88 for sewer and water in 2017. In 2018, she paid $716. Reginald Newberry faces bills totaling $1,336.93...


Poor stay in jail while rich go free: Rethinking cash bail in Wisconsin On any given day, approximately 450,000 inmates await trial, costing the U.S. $14 billion annually...


The Bicycle Thief As a young teen and then high schooler, cycling quickly became an integral part of his identity...


Disappearing Act Thousands of incarcerated people, disproportionately people of color, are imprisoned in locales far removed from population centers....


How Minneapolis Managed a Massive Homeless Encampment In the fall of 2018, a Minneapolis homeless encampment grew to over 300 tents...


MAPPING THE CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOODS MOST AT RISK FROM POLLUTION A new Chicago map, created by the Natural Resources Defense Council, shows how pollution and...


THE FAMILY BUSINESS THAT PUT NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN ON THE MAP Those who think they can handle spice would do well to take care when trying...


AFTER FLEEING GUATEMALA, SOME IXIL IMMIGRANTS ARE SEEING PITTSBURGH AS A DESTINATION FOR A NEW COMMUNITY Pittsburgh is quickly becoming a home for Ixil survivors of the Guatemalan civil war, where...


WEST VIRGINIA’S ‘RECOVERY BOYS’ For 100 Days in Appalachia, West Virginia photographer Rebecca Kiger reported on Jacob’s ladder, an...


A SMALL TOWN’S BATTLE AGAINST RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WASTE Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, 1995. Nancy Farmer, a local resident, was part of a group...


AN EPIDEMIC OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL Over the past year, the Boston Globe has investigated the lives of 93 of the...


EXECUTIVE ORDER: BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of...


TRUMP LOOKING TO LOCAL POLICE FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT Last Friday, President Trump issued a misguided executive order affecting migration from seven majority-Muslim countries....


THE LONG, LAWLESS RIDE OF SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO Joe Arpaio, the 80-year-old lawman who brands himself “America’s toughest sheriff,” is smiling like a...


THE ROLE OF LOCAL POLICE: STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND CIVIL LIBERTIES The Police Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement...


NEW SHERIFF TELLS ICE HE’LL END CONTROVERSIAL JAIL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM IN MECKLENBURG On his first full day as Mecklenburg County Sheriff Wednesday, Garry McFadden notified the U.S....


NATIONAL MAP OF 287(G) AGREEMENTS 287(g) agreements (also known as “287(g) contracts” or “287(g) programs”) receive their name from Section...


LIFE, DEATH AND INSULIN Alec Raeshawn Smith, a Minneapolis resident, was on the cusp of his 24th birthday when...


HOW ILLINOIS BET ON VIDEO GAMBLING AND LOST Illinois is home to more than 30,000 video slot and poker machines, more than any...


WHY DETROIT RESIDENTS PUSHED BACK AGAINST TREE-PLANTING In the pursuit of increasing urban tree canopy, The Greening of Detroit, a local environmental...


INSIDE THE GM PLANT WHERE NOOSES AND ‘WHITES-ONLY’ SIGNS HUNG For Marcus Boyd, it was impossible not to notice the racist threats and judgment that...


VETERANS IN FEDERAL WORKFORCE FEEL EFFECTS OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Army veteran David Shanley-Dillman, a project leader with the U.S. Forest Service in rural Michigan,...


LINCOLN YARDS, THE 78: DIFFERENT TRAINS OF THOUGHT FOR TWO OF CHICAGO’S BIGGEST PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT SITES Two of the boldest real estate developments proposed in decades are chugging toward big changes...


ENDLESS ADDICTION Through a year of reporting in Newark, Ohio, Jack Shuler brings to light the nuanced...


TRAVELING WHILE NEGRO “Green Book”, Peter Farrelly’s Hollywood film, just took home a Golden Globe for Best Motion...


NEPALESE AND BHUTANESE IMMIGRANTS BRING NEW FLAVOR TO PITTSBURGH Across from Brentwood Towne Square on Rt. 51, several immigrants from Nepal and Bhutan have...


ELWOOD, ILLINOIS (POP. 2,200), HAS BECOME A VITAL HUB OF AMERICA’S CONSUMER ECONOMY. AND IT’S HELL. For a town that had no sidewalks, the introduction of the CenterPoint Intermodal freight terminal...


YEAR IN REVIEW: LARGEST BUSINESS BANKRUPTCIES OF 2018 Each week in the Business Times Leads section, we bring you information on what is...


NEXT: WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS? I have written before about the Luddites and how autonomous intelligence might unleash a neo-Luddite...


WHAT CITY HALL CORRUPTION COSTS CHICAGO BUSINESS A federal complaint detailing attempted extortion charges against City Council potentate Edward Burke pulls back...


WILL ‘OPPORTUNITY ZONES’ HELP THE RICH, THE POOR OR BOTH? Buried in the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law in late...


CUYAHOGA COUNTY CONSIDERS SWEEPING HOUSING PROGRAM TO STABILIZE NEIGHBORHOODS Cuyahoga County proposes to launch a $30 million, six-year effort to stabilize home values, eliminate...


DETROIT CONDO BOUGHT FOR $90K IN 2012 SELLS FOR $1.25M IN 2018 – AND THAT’S GOOD In 2012, the father and son team of Andrew and Nathaniel Wallace, founders of a...


THE HISTORIC ROOTS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOW THEY PLAY OUT TODAY Pittsburgh-based investigative journalism organization PublicSource explores the origins of anti-Semitism in the wake of the...


DISTRICT OF DESPAIR: ON A MONTANA RESERVATION, SCHOOLS FAVOR WHITES OVER NATIVE AMERICANS Investigations and reports begun during the Obama administration looking into unfair treatment of Native Americans...


TUNNEL VISION In the 1970s, Chicago embarked upon an ambitious plan to eliminate flooding and sewage backups...


SEAN DECATUR In “Life and Belonging in Knox County, Ohio,” Sean Decatur, Kenyon College’s president, explores the...


MATTHEW J. BROWN In “New Developments,” photographer Matthew J. Brown investigates the fluctuating story of land use in...


FUTURE WORK In rural Appalachia, can health care become the new coal? PBS has started a...


“I DON’T WANT TO SHOOT YOU, BROTHER.” The dispatcher for the Weirton Police Department took the 911 call at 2:51 a.m. on...


SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES REVITALIZE THEIR CONNECTION TO ELECTRIC CO-OPS It took Cleotra Tanner more than 60 years to learn he was a partial owner...


WHEN WORKERS ARE KILLED ON SMALL FARMS, OSHA’S HANDS ARE TIED As the dim early light washed over the Appalachian countryside, Jason Kingsley began his climb...


A KILLING SEASON Mike Wallace, a farmer in Leachville, Arkansas, was shot seven times in a dispute with...


A CLOSER LOOK: AGING INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM In a three-part series, The Sentinel explores the issues elderly people face when they commit...


INSIDE THE PHILADELPHIA DA’S SIDE HUSTLE – SELLING SEIZED HOMES TO SPECULATORS AND COPS In Philadelphia, the city can seize and sell properties that owe back taxes or that...


FOR RURAL AMERICANS, HEALTH CARE AND HOSPITALS CAN BE FAR AWAY A new report by the Pew Research Center shows that Americans in rural areas have...


AN EPIDEMIC IS KILLING THOUSANDS OF COAL MINERS. REGULATORS COULD HAVE STOPPED IT. “He wore jeans, a T-shirt and a white face mask stretching from eyes to chin,...


THE FUTURE OF THE GREAT LAKES The Great Lakes water wars are on. Earlier this year, Wisconsin approved a request from...


 

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