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This Tech Could Resurrect Charlie Chaplin & Better Autonomous Car Tests, Or Confuse Trump With Obama

Transferring content from one video to the style of another relies on consistencies — a type of artificially intelligent mimickry that creates images after studying similarities and transforming them.

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Politics & Government

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is appealing a judge’s ruling that the company must follow the expired contract with union employees until a new one is agreed upon. 

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State Senators held their leadership elections this week, and both Republicans and Democrats chose to retain the same members for top positions.

Senate GOP Wants Democrat Lindsey Williams To Prove She Meets Residency Rule

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Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Senate want a Democrat who is the apparent winner in the race for an open suburban Pittsburgh seat to prove she meets the residency requirement to serve in the chamber, senators said Wednesday.

Science, Health & Tech

NFL Awarding More Than $35 Million To Brain Injury Studies

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The NFL is awarding more than $35 million in funding to five organizations conducting research into diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.

Identity & Justice

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The Tree of Life shooting, which left 11 Jewish worshippers dead, has been deemed the most fatal anti-Semitic attack in American history. Federal prosecutors were quick to charge the accused gunman, Robert Bowers, with hate crimes for each fatality.

Man Tied To Synagogue Shooting Suspect Arrested

Nov 14, 2018
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A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

Education

Future Ready PA Index

The state Department of Education has launched a new online index that’ll aggregate statistics on public and charter schools for parents, teachers, and students.

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Eligible Pittsburgh Public Schools students could receive up to 30 percent off graduate program tuition at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, the institutions announced Wednesday.

Good Question!

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Pittsburgh: City Of Steel, And Salt?

Every Pittsburgher knows steel mills and coal mines make up the city’s rich industrial past, but this area was once a hub for another industry: salt.

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Development & Transportation

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The opening pages of Pittsburgh’s bid for Amazon describe the region as proactive and innovative, and tout it as a place of partnership with an enviable cost of living. “The world’s most customer-centric company deserves a customer-centric home,” it reads. “In Pittsburgh, you will be our neighbor, and we will treat you like one.”

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Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

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Six and a half tiny homes with a tie to inventor Thomas Edison are the latest addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit. The model of Cement City, a historic district in Donora, Pa., represents an engineering experiment that challenged conventional homebuilding.

Art by Chris McGinnis

Chris McGinnis grew up in Indiana County and often spent family vacations at a camp in Allegheny National Forest, two hours north of Pittsburgh. He and his siblings explored the remains of an old tanning mill on the Clarion River – a ghost town recalling an industry of days gone by.

Environment & Energy

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A few years after Polish scientist Marie Curie discovered radium, two Pittsburgh brothers sought to build upon her work by launching a commercial enterprise that began in Colorado with mining radioactive ore and culminated in free health clinics to market the new element.

 

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Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a new policy aimed at clarifying rules about how power is resold, in an effort to promote investment in public electric vehicle charging stations.

Economy & Business

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Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.

Local Headlines

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The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II are coming home and will be interred alongside those of his son, a Vietnam War veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Vernard Alexander
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Businessman Vernard Alexander of Homewood is known in his neighborhood as the "Connecting King,” because he uses online platforms to share information about jobs, housing and funding sources to help others in his community.

Food & Drink

A team of researchers peered inside bumblebee colonies and spied on insects individually labelled with a tiny tag to figure out exactly how exposure to a common insecticide changes their behavior in the nest.

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