Eric Heyl

Heyl: Definition of 'violence' sharply differs depending on neighborhood

The contrast is striking. In Mt. Lebanon, the Coalition for Coexistence gathered Wednesday at Washington and Cochran roads to protest the suburban community's ongoing deer ...

'Lesser-known' from Ross ready to shake things up in New Hampshire

Talk about a propulsive political storyline. The Iowa caucuses were intriguing but provided no definitive answer to the question destined to make Tuesday's New Hampshire ...

Heyl: Survey be darned, Pa. on the map in terms of national notoriety

Check your compasses, Pennsylvanians. Most of you are wandering in the wilderness, apparently subsisting on tree roots and snow melt. You're light headed and not ...

Heyl: Lack of trust in authority's assertions makes drinking water murky

There's lead in the water and panic in the streets. The hint of Flint in Pittsburgh's water supply has triggered a rush of customer requests ...

Heyl: Possible Kennywood expansion selling point for pricey expressway plan

Let's get this out of the way: Extending the little-used Mon/Fayette Expressway would be a colossal waste of money. But if the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ...

Heyl: Time catches up with rockers, even those who clean up their acts

First one, then the other. Donnie Iris was stunned. "A friend texted me that (David) Bowie died. An unbelievable shock," the dean of Western Pennsylvania ...

Heyl: Century III Mall owners seem willing to go down with the ship

Enormous ocean liners can't turn around quickly, particularly after striking an iceberg. Century III Mall, for decades one of Western Pennsylvania's largest commercial vessels, was ...

Heyl: Whiskey or weed? Victor will be decided in Mile 'High' showdown

For a football wager, the stakes couldn't be much higher. But that's to be expected when the ante includes marijuana. Millions of dollars aren't riding on ...

Pittsburgh's pending bicentennial prompts visit from ghosts of mayors past

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's office, midnight approaching: Peduto: "Sure is creepy being the only one here this late. I wish I hadn't dozed off ...

Heyl: Dr. Seuss soft on terrorism? Santorum runs risk with dig at Cruz

Horton hears some hubris. Plenty of it exists in former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's first — and perhaps only — presidential campaign commercial now airing ...

Heyl: This year, a resolution to respond in kind to reader correspondence

It's a matter of resolve. I'm always grateful to readers who take time to share their thoughts on my columns, but I haven't been as ...