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Katie’s Kandy; A Sugar Sweet Story

Pittsburgh — During a snack walk around the city, we had a chance to stop into Katie’s Kandy located on Wood Street.

Bright colors lit up the space as candy-filled containers stretched along the walls.

With selections including Clark Bars, Goo Goo Clusters, Gold Rock Candy, and Bubble Gum, Katie’s is referred to as the “haven for nostalgic candy”.

At the time, a mother and daughter were working together.

“This is my relaxation,” the mother says. “I work at a very stressful job during the day. . .and then I come here.”

The two are able to bond over running the store.

When Katie’s gets “new” candy, they have to try it and make sure it’s fresh.

“I say ‘Um no Honey, that’s not new. We had these 20 years ago,’ and we go through it,” the mother says.

With over 400 choices of bulk candy, there’s something there for everyone. Glass-bottled sodas, pinatas, and colorful cards are sold as well.

“When you’re leaving you’re definitely happy,” the mother says.

Katie’s Kandy, located in four stores on Wood Street, Fifth Avenue, in the Clark Building, and in the Federated Tower, is accessible to anyone in downtown Pittsburgh.

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McKeesport Senior Runs ‘Did Shane Graduate?’ Twitter Page, Revealed After Graduation

“Did Shane Graduate?” Twitter account tweets “no” for over a year. Finally, the answer has changed.

MCKEESPORT — The truth is revealed!!

Jarred M D’Amico has been running the “Did Shane Graduate?” twitter page for over a year, and now finally everyone (including Shane) has found out.

For anyone who has kept up with the twitter page, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here!! Finally the answer is yes!

As heard in Shane’s graduation speech, he’s used the same quote in every sticky situation throughout his four years of high school. If he was caught in the hall without a pass, he’d answer “I’m just trying to graduate.” If he’d fail a test, again he’d say, “I’m just trying to graduate.”

For those who are unaware of what the page is, allow me to explain. Starting last March, tweets began popping up frequently answering the same question, “Did Shane graduate?” Of course, every time the answer would be no. Once October hit, the tweet was posted nearly everyday.

Things got exciting when the page finally released a tweet in May reading “almost”.

Shane’s famous quote became so famous, along with the once anonymous twitter page, that he even had a Snapchat filter made that asked “Did Shane graduate?” and provided boxes for you to check yes or no.

And eventually, lo and behold, the page tweeted “yes”; Shane did graduate

 This was also published on the Red and Blue’s Facebook page Red & Blue Newspaper.

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Article for Tube City Almanac, ‘McKeesport School Board Trims Budget, OK’s Tax Increase’

I covered MASD’s June school board meeting for the Tube City Almanac.

The article includes quotes from the board members after they approve a final budget for the upcoming school year.

McKeesport School Board Trims Budget, OK’s Tax Increase

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Article for Tube City Almanac, ‘School Board OK’s Preliminary Budget With 0.63 Mill Tax Hike’

I covered MASD’s May school board meeting for the Tube City Almanac

The article includes quotes from the board after they approve a preliminary budget for the upcoming school year.

School Board OK’s Preliminary Budget With 0.63 Mill Tax Hike

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Article for Tube City Almanac, School Board: Employee Accused of Assault Dealt With ‘Appropriately’

I covered MASD’s April school board meeting for the Tube City Almanac.

The article includes quotes from the hearing of citizens as well as the new administrative changes.

School Board: Employee Accused of Assault Dealt With ‘Appropriately’