Tree of Life // 1 Year Later

On Oct. 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, killing 11 worshippers and wounding two. It was the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history. Four Pittsburgh police officers were injured by gunfire as they responded to the attack.

For the past year, people in and outside of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and around the world have struggled through grief and trauma. They have resolved to rebuild and recover, with the memories of the victims ever present.

To capture the voices of people who were present that day, and who are dedicated to the healing, the Tribune-Review has produced a documentary video. The Trib conducted extensive interviews with survivors, family members of victims, community leaders and public safety officials. 

Graham Nash Social Trailer

Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, as a member of legendary musical acts Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Hollies.

At 77, he could probably rest on his laurels, but instead Nash is on a tour that took him last week to the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall.

Nash sat down for a conversation with the Tribune-Review after his soundcheck before his Friday show.

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US Steel & Clairton Coke Works

Johnie Perryman retired to Clairton 12 years ago, hoping to settle into a cheap home near an old friend in Pittsburgh.

“I’m ready to leave it all,” said Perryman, a 75-year-old former labor union business representative from Seattle, who is now considering a move south.

The Clairton Plant is a well-documented site of air pollution. It’s one of three facilities that make up U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works operation.

U.S. Steel claims Clairton is the largest coke-making facility in North America, churning out 4.3 million tons of coke annually, or about 11,000 tons per day.


Sun Down Town

Although the signs have been taken down and many of the residents’ opinions have changed, Waverly, a town in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains, and its neighboring community of East Jackson, are bears the scars from a past legacy. The Appalachian region, while a safe haven for many, has not been exempt from the racial discrimination that has haunted America since its inception. One glaring example of this is the existence of sundown towns within the region, a town that is purposefully all white. The signs have been removed and the ordinances barring blacks from residing within city limits have been eradicated many of these towns still remain almost completely white..

Jessica Lee Jazz

On the first Saturday of every month the cozy basement lounge of James Street Gastropub, in Pittsburgh's North Side, fills up with patrons waiting for the 8 to 11 p.m. jazz set with Jessica Lee. 

Luke Morris

Morris, an eight-year veteran of the cafeteria, serves more than lunch and dinner to kids housed at Allegheny County’s Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.

“They already miserable as it is,” Morris says of the kids. “So when they come through the line, you’re trying to give them inspiration, you know, give them a little bit of hope at least, so they can feel a little bit better while they in there. They come up, they will feel a little bit better when they see a person who’s got a nice face, a person who is not mean to them. I make them feel comfortable.” via

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