By Kurt Valentine, Web Editor Social media has rapidly asserted itself as the modern-day public square. In 2005, one year after Facebook’s launch, 10% of internet-using U.S. adults used at least one social media site. Ten years later, that number increased to almost 80%. Facebook, which is the most popular […]
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By: Kurt Valentine, Web Editor Super Bowl LIII, featuring the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, is set to take place on Sunday, February 3, in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately for the Rams, the road to the final game of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) season is not […]
By Kurt Valentine, Web Editor On August 27, 1859, the first commercial oil well in the United States, drilled by Edwin Drake, struck oil along the banks of Oil Creek near Titusville, Pennsylvania. Drake’s well “forever changed America’s economy, standard of living, and culture.” The gas and oil industry is […]
By Kurt Valentine, Web Editor On March 8, 1979, International Women’s Day, more than 100,000 Iranian men and women filled the streets of Tehran to protest the compulsory dress code enacted by the recently formed Islamic Republic of Iran. “This turned out to be the last day women walked the […]
By Kurt Valentine, Staff Writer In 2002, Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) “[t]o safeguard investors in public companies and restore trust in the financial markets following the collapse of Enron Corporation.” SOX included “the first federal enactment providing whistleblower protection for insiders with knowledge of financial fraud.” In 2010, […]
By Kurt Valentine, Staff Writer They park along Pittsburgh’s major thoroughfares waiting for an accident. Once they get word of an accident, they race to the scene. The winner of the race gets to tow the car. They are called “chasers”. In 2009, Big Dawg’s Towing, a Pittsburgh towing company, […]
By Kurt Valentine, Staff Writer Throughout the 1800s, Americans attended traveling circuses that “showcas[ed] stunning tattooed [women] to amazed audiences”. Tattooed people were viewed as entertainment; they were human oddities. Perceptions changed, tattoos have moved into the mainstream. In 2015, a Harris Poll asked Americans if they would be […]