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Moms with home businesses make it work

Pittsburgh moms who are staying home to raise their kids and build a career are finding fresh ways to ensure that both thrive despite the many challenges.

The Top 10 Tech Companies to Watch in 2013

Pop City launches the first of a two-part feature on home-grown companies poised to hit their stride in the coming year. Among our brightest tech stars, one helped both presidential campaigns while another just added Dallas Maverick owner and Mt. Lebanon native, Mark Cuban, to its board. Find out who they are and what's next for them in 2013.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Ring in 2013 Downtown at First Night Pittsburgh!

100 events, 45 venues, one night. Are you ready to rock First Night Pittsburgh? The region’s largest New Year’s celebration, the ultra family-friendly Downtown festivities boast legendary Nola ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the debut of the Light Sprites puppet parade (with Grand Marshal Pittsburgh Dad!) and plein air crafting at Decoration Stations. Read on to ring in 2013.

The guide to winter fun for kids in Pittsburgh

From paintball and parrots to ice and clay, there's plenty to do in Pittsburgh to make winter fun for your kids. 

SMALLab: Blending disciplines, firing up students

The theory is is that people learn through their bodies and learn especially well when they work together. Perfect, in other words, for antsy, socially blossoming middle schoolers. See how the forward-thinking Elizabeth Forward High School implemented a very cool learning initiative that has students in motion.

Get switched on at Light Up Night Downtown

Party on a bridge and bask in the glow of 150,000 LED lights this Friday for Light Up Night®, one of the largest holiday celebrations in the country. From the brand new Jazzmasters stage to the beloved PPG Place Wintergarden, it's a night for time honored traditions and dazzling new adventures.

Slide show: Wallflowers and Wildflowers, the Alternative Homecoming Dance

Inspired by the made-in-Pittsburgh movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the alternative homecoming dance welcomed any high schooler in the region. Born of the Mayor's Youth Council as part of an anti-bullying program, the very cool, first dance of its kind was held at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on Saturday night.

Eureka moments that made local teachers great

Eureka moments for great teachers come in all shapes and sizes -- just like their students. We talked to outstanding local educators about the moments in teaching when they discovered their own voices, fresh instructional methods and new paths to success.

Beverly's Birthdays: a reason to party

When Megs Yunn met a young girl who never had a birthday party, it motivated her to create an organization that throws birthday parties for at-risk kids. In a remarkable and touching story, the kids at Sojourners House look forward to the monthly bash where everyone gets to celebrate in style.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Top 10 Halloween Happenings

The haunted season is thriving in some very creative corners of the city's cultural scene. Discover the artistic side of Halloween with Pop Filter's Top 10 ways to get possessed by the arts, from Bricolage to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: Just DIY It at the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

There's no better place to nurture your inner inventor--or yarn bomber--than at the Mini Maker Faire, setting up shop on September 22nd at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Educating our future workforce: Questions smart parents should ask their kids

Years of academic research have shown that of all the things a school provides, a great teacher has the most impact on student achievement. A guide created by the local Communities for Teaching Excellence uses that research to help you understand if a school is doing everything it can to help your child and your child’s teacher be successful. Ask these questions to help your child stay on track.

What makes a teacher great? Ask the students.

These Pittsburgh kids provide some valuable lessons for teachers, from showing you really care to making learning more fun. Yo, Mrs. Jacquay, Mrs. Barsico and Ms. Saunders, we're talking to you!

Photo slide show: Sharks! at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

In celebration of Shark Week last week--you knew that, yes?--enjoy these photos of amazing sharks in the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium as people were invited to dip into the shark tank.

Robot parenting is still not recommended, but local companies use high-tech to help you raise kids

Self-folding strollers. Quality entertainment in hospital waiting rooms. Video-game school lessons. Pittsburgh parents want -- and need -- high-tech kid products. Local companies are coming through with great inventions.
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