Politics

Former President George H.W. Bush Dies

BY Pete Marovich

George Herbert Walker Bush, died November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1983, and as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan.

Crime and Punishment

Alcatraz

BY Pete Marovich

Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay a little over a mile offshore from San Francisco, California, is home to the now closed Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary and the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States.

Roadside America

South of the Border

BY Pete Marovich

You can see the 200-foot tall Sombrero Tower from over a mile away as you cross the border on interstate 95 from North Carolina into South Carolina, but billboards have been announcing its sighting from as far away as Virginia. When you get closer you see Pedro, an almost 100-foot tall statue of a Mexican bandito and your host at South of the Border.

Economy

Searching for Dream Street – Clairton

BY Pete Marovich

Clairton, a city in Allegheny County, Pa., along the Monongahela River, is home to the United States Steel Clairton Works, the largest coke manufacturing facility in the United States. The city is still trying to recover from the decline of the steel industry.

Economy

Rankin – Searching for Dream Street

BY Pete Marovich

Searching for Dream Street – Rankin The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, a sprawling 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river. They produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978 when they were closed. While the majority of the site was razed for a shopping center, …

Economy

Searching for Dream Street

BY Pete Marovich

The suburban towns along its iconic three rivers, helped make Pittsburgh an industrial powerhouse, driven by an influx of foreign-born workers at the turn of the 20th century. Immigrants filled jobs in the mills, where steel was forged for the aircraft and battleships that helped win two world wars.

But as you drive through these towns today, it’s clear they have been largely forgotten. Once bustling shopping corridors are all but empty. The company homes where mill workers raised their families are showing their age, and residents still reminisce about the “good old days” before the mills shuttered.