Author: Observer Staff

New mom Serena Williams thanks mother for being a role model

In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams answers questions at a press conference after defeating her sister Venus to win the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

New mom Serena Williams is thanking her own mother for being the role model she says she needed.

Self-driving Uber fleet returns to service following crash

In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, a self-driving Uber car stops at a red light on Liberty Avenue through the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Uber has resumed self-driving vehicle service in Pittsburgh following a crash.

Healthy(ish) Steelers looking to avoid letdown in Chicago

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stands on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two weeks in and Mike Tomlin’s problems are of the NFL first-world variety.

Hurricane Harvey forces Houston theater to close until May

In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 photo, Lauren Anderson teaches a class at Queen City Ballet in Helena, Mont. Anderson, who is from Houston, is currently stranded because of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas gulf coast. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Boston’s pro sports franchises unite to fight racism

In this May 1, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones prepares to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Jones says the widely condemned racial insult hurled at him at Fenway Park illustrates the need for dialogue about race and for fans to police each other. Jones spoke Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City while his team plays a series with the Royals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Wolf says time running out on budget deal before downgrade

BILL SIGNING—Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe speaks at a ceremony where he signed the medical marijuana bill known as Senate Bill 3 into law on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa. as State Rep. Ed Gainey (rear left) looks on. (Daniel Zampogna/ via AP/File))

Seahawks Bennett continues to sit for anthem in home opener


Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, center, is joined by teammates Thomas Rawls, left, and Justin Britt, right, as he sits during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Macy’s trims holiday hires by nearly 4 percent


NEW YORK (AP) _ Macy’s is increasing the number of temporary workers it’s hiring for distribution and warehouses for the holiday season as it chases fast growing e-commerce sales. But overall holiday hiring will fall nearly 4 percent.

Female athletes sue school district, alleging discrimination

Strawberry Mansion High School student Nadirah McCrae and others say the district provided fewer resources to teams from lower-income or predominantlyBlack schools. Other allegations include cancellation of buses to take girls to games and schedules that deny them games against predominantly white high schools.

$1 billion renovation project planned for Pittsburgh airport

Travelers wait in line to pass through the security checkpoints at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A $1.1 billion reconfiguration project for the Pittsburgh International Airport that has won local approval will include a new landside terminal, an expanded security checkpoint and streamlined baggage system.

Le’Veon Bell tweet leads to Dairy Queen gig for a day

In this Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017 photo, Steelers Running Back Le’Veon Bell holds an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen in New Kensington, Pa. Bell tweeted during his preseason contract holdout that he might have to apply for a job at Dairy Queen and the store obliged. (Ed Rieker/AP Images for Dairy Queen)

ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s Trump tweets

This is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo showing Jemele Hill attending ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”