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Mother of teen fatally shot in Uptown mourns her son: 'I held his hand the whole time'

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - A teenage football player had his whole future ahead of him until he became a victim of gun violence.Alex Kowalyk's mother Vanessa is speaking out and calling for change. She describes her son as a good kid. She said Alex didn't do drugs and adored his younger sister. She said they had just moved from McKeesport to Shadyside for a better life the very day he was killed. He was on life support for 13 hours before he passed away. "I held his hand the whole time and I didn't leave him for a minute," she said. "I was there...
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2 mechanics accused of damaging brake pads during inspection

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) — State police announced that two mechanics at a Monroeville car dealership are accused of damaging someone's brake pads during a vehicle inspection.State police said something didn't feel right for one car owner when they were told their car didn't pass inspection due to a brake pad separation at #1 Cochran Hyundai in Monroeville back in June."Our victim felt a little bit off about that because they knew their car pretty decently. So, they got a second opinion done on their vehicle. At that point, the second mechanic said your car is all good, should pass, not...
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MLB investigating Pirates player over cell phone incident

MLB is looking into a Pittsburgh Pirates player after a bizarre incident on Tuesday night. Rodolfo Castro walked in the fourth inning and was heading to third on Oneil Cruz’s single. He did a head-first dive into third and his phone popped out from his back pocket onto the field.
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Steelers waive veteran linebacker following another injury setback during training camp

In a surprise move, the Pittsburgh Steelers waived/injured inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III, a former sixth-round pick who was entering his fourth season with the club. Gilbert has missed the past several practices after sustaining a lower-body injury. In a corresponding move, the Steelers claimed linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. off...
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An Unknown Steelers WR Is Dominating In Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers took a gamble on wide receiver George Pickens. The former Georgia standout missed most of his junior season due to an ACL injury. He came back to play in their final four games and caught a touchdown pass against Alabama during the National Championship Game. That catch...

Attorney: Dad of 3-month-old left in hot car in Upper St. Clair to be charged

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. (KDKA) — The father of a 3-month-old child who was left in a hot car is now facing charges.A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Khang Nguyen in connection with the death of his son, Kayden Nguyen, in Upper St. Clair in June. The warrant and the charges have not been made public, but KDKA-TV has confirmed the warrant.On a hot day in June, police and paramedics found the lifeless body of Kayden Nguyen in a child seat in the back of his father's minivan. His father told police that he had gone to work...
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Local defense attorney explains what pleading the Fifth means

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) - Former President Donald Trump said he refused to answer questions from investigators with the New York Attorney General's office on Wednesday, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination related to the years-long civil fraud probe into his businesses.Noted local defense attorney Tim Dawson said a common misconception about the Fifth Amendment is that it's a way to cover yourself if you're guilty. But the founding fathers put it into the Constitution to protect Americans from the government potentially twisting a person's words against them in civil and criminal proceedings.   Former President Donald Trump walked out of...
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Pittsburgh man sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking

A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison after being convicted of federal drug crimes, authorities announced Wednesday. Lamont Goodwine, Jr., 34, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to deliver at least 100 grams of heroin. U.S. District Judge William...
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Kiski Valley youth football coach credited with saving baby's life

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (KDKA) - A youth football coach is being called a hero. Kiski Valley youth football coach Kristian Clayton is credited with saving a baby's life.  Youth football camp is underway at Kennedy Park in Vandergrift. Monday afternoon, Clayton's team had just taken a break when he heard a mother's cry for help.  "We heard somebody saying 'help me,'" Clayton told KDKA. He and his coaches looked around and realized it was coming from a home on Jackson Avenue. Coach Clayton ran over to see a mother and infant he knows, blood coming from the baby's mouth.  "He wasn't breathing....
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Grand opening of August Wilson House to draw family, community members and supporters like Denzel Washington

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — This weekend marks a historic moment in the Hill District.The grand opening of the newly-restored August Wilson House on Bedford Avenue will draw family, community members and supporters like actor Denzel Washington to Pittsburgh on Saturday."Lots of feelings about this project," said Paul Ellis, founder of the August Wilson House. "Mainly a deep source of pride and gratitude."Ellis said conversations with his uncle, August Wilson, about ways to preserve the award-winning playwright's childhood home started decades ago."He did not want it to be a museum," said Denise Turner, acting CEO and board president of the August Wilson...
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Slickville Community Days shines spotlight on former mining town

About 400 people live in the small Salem Township community of Slickville, but visitors will swell that number this weekend, for the town’s annual Community Days. Set for Friday and Saturday, the festival had its start as a remembrance of the town’s founding as a coal mining community a little more than a century ago.
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