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Beyond the spike: New antibody analysis predicts severe COVID-19 outcomes

Most research on immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 vaccine development has focused on antibody responses to the spike protein and other viral surface proteins. But antibodies that recognize the virus's internal proteins could also be important for immunity and disease outcomes, according to a new study led by University of Pittsburgh, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University researchers.
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Code Orange air quality alert issued for Saturday

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Code Orange air quality alert has been issued this weekend because of unhealthy levels of pollution for sensitive groups of people.The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection declared a Code Air Quality Action Day for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and Mercer counties on Saturday. "A strong area of high pressure, plenty of sunshine, and high temperatures near 90 degrees will likely contribute to 8-hour average concentrations of ozone in the Code Orange range on Saturday," the DEP said in a release Friday.On a Code Orange air quality day, the DEP recommends young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems limit outdoor activities. Residents and businesses are also strongly encouraged to help reduce ozone air pollution by driving less, limiting engine idling, refueling vehicles after dusk and conserving electricity by raising the thermostat and turning off lights that aren't in use. 
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Man fatally shot in the Hill District

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man was fatally shot in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood on Friday.Pittsburgh Public Safety said officers responded around 3 p.m. to ShotSpotter alerts on Chauncey Drive. Officers found a man who was shot in the side. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.Officials said two men were detained for questioning and two guns were recovered at the scene. It is not clear if there have been any arrests. Police are investigating. 

Man sentenced to at least 22 years in fatal July 4th shooting in downtown Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man who says he unintentionally shot and killed his stepbrother on the Fourth of July will spend decades behind bars.A judge sentenced Camerin Caldwell to serve 22 to 44 years in state prison.The shooting happened three years ago after the fireworks in Katz Plaza in the Cultural District. Caldwell and his friends were fighting with another group when Caldwell fired several shots into the crowd. Then-16-year-old Keyari Wynn was shot in the head and another teen was shot six times. Wynn died two years later, and his death was ruled a homicide.Caldwell pleaded guilty in March to several charges, including third-degree murder.

Roe v. Wade overturned: Abortion-rights supporters rally in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Supporters of abortion rights gathered in Pittsburgh after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.On Friday, the Supreme Court stripped away the nation's constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court's conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.READ MORE: Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh leaders react to Supreme Court striking down Roe v. WadeAdvocates of abortion rights gathered outside the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh. Women's March - Pittsburgh organized Friday's event, which it called "Decision...

Pittsburgh Pirates Walked Off in Game One Against the Tampa Bay Rays

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their three-game weekend series in Tampa Bay by getting walked off by the Rays. After taking three of four from the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off a three-game weekend series at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. While the Pirates were able to battle back from an early 3-0 hole, they were unable to defeat the Rays.

3 free agent do-overs for the Steelers during the 2022 offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent a lot of money this offseason, but here are three decisions we would like them to do over if given the chance. It’s hard to have too many complaints about the Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 offseason. During his final months as the team’s general manager, Kevin Colbert attempted to work his magic once more and leave the Steelers in good hands.

Ross Tucker: Steelers handled Ben Roethlisberger situation 'perfectly' last season

It was reported last month that retired quarterback and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger may have some "bad blood" with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the way the final days of his career played out. Roethlisberger accepted a pay cut to provide the club with necessary salary-cap space ahead of the 2021 campaign but largely looked like a shell of his former self by the time this past January rolled around. Most, if not all outsiders, believed it was time for the franchise to go in a different direction at the position regardless of Roethlisberger's wishes.

Roller coaster enthusiasts flock to Kennywood for national convention

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Nealy 900 members of American Coaster Enthusiasts visited Kennywood for the organization's 44th annual coaster convention.Members in the park on Friday included people from 38 states and four countries. Those who attended enjoyed exclusive ride time sessions before the park opened. They climbed aboard every coaster in the park, even some non-coasters too. The Steel Curtain received rave reviews."Every time I ride it, I realized how fun it is," said Elizabeth Ringas, the communications director for ACE.There were also presentations, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of the park. Friday was the fifth time Kennywood was selected for the national convention. Coaster Con has been happening since 1978.

Charges pending after hockey player punches referee

CANONSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A Pittsburgh-area hockey player was caught on video punching a referee. During an adult league game on Wednesday night, two players from opposing teams got into a fight. The referee tried to break it up and one of those players punched the referee, knocking him to the ground.The fight broke out around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday during a game at Printscape Arena at Southpointe. The fight, captured on LiveBarn, shows Jaris Harbieh and another player having words. A referee skates over and tries to separate the two when Harbieh punches him in the face. The referee was knocked to the ground and a brawl broke out between the teams. When the dust settled, the referee did not seek medical attention. Cecil Township police said the game was stopped and the 23-year-old Harbieh was taken out of the arena in handcuffs. Harbieh has also been suspended from play.The arena's manager said it is also conducting its own investigation. Charges are pending against Harbieh. They include simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Dobbs decision nixing Roe spurs protests in Pittsburgh

Hundreds gathered in front of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh Friday evening, listening as Planned Parenthood affiliates give speeches in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade. “Don’t like abortions? Ignore them like you ignore school shootings,” one poster read. Many people remember where they were on landmark days. […] The post Dobbs decision nixing Roe spurs protests in Pittsburgh appeared first on PublicSource. PublicSource is a nonprofit news organization serving the Pittsburgh region. Visit to read more.

LeSean McCoy has a lot of praise for Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett

Five-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy might be Kenny Pickett’s biggest fan. On Monday’s episode of the “I Am Athlete” podcast, McCoy raved about rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, proclaiming him the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers. “Listen, you know I am 96.7 (percent) of the time right. He gonna be your starting quarterback,” McCoy said. “Not Week 1, not Week 2, Week 6! Week 6, he’s going to carry Pittsburgh. The tradition, Big Ben, he’s leaving it in his hands. I’ll tell you that right now. And you know, I am always right.” McCoy, a Pittsburgh alum like Pickett, drew some instant criticism from...