Kristina Marusic

Freelance journalist / Essayist / Literary nonfiction writer 

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Who should be responsible for replacing Pittsburgh’s lead water pipes?

Jude Vachon bought her “sweet little two-bedroom house” in Lawrenceville in 2009. It’s the first place she’s ever owned. Her home, which she shares with her dog Charlie and cat Bedelia (like Amelia Bedelia), used to give Vachon, 52, a sense of security and safety. But after getting a “nerve-racking” letter from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority [PWSA] about lead, she requested a test kit to check her home’s pipes. Scratching the pipes revealed a soft, dull gray metal.
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High School Athletes Keep Dying From Concussions — So Why Do We Keep Letting Them Play?

Twenty-year-old Jenna Pelly lives a pretty normal life. She’s a junior psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who has tons of friends, loves international travel and enjoys sneaking home for an occasional weekend of home-cooked meals and chill time with her mom and dad. It’s been a long road to feeling this normal, though; when Jenna was just 11 years old, her 18-year-old brother Eric collapsed at the dinner table and died.
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'All Lives Matter,' And Other Offensive Things 2016 Presidential Candidates Have Said About Race

In recent weeks, there’s been some drama over the way some of the 2016 presidential candidates have responded to activists in the Black Lives Matter movement. One phrase that seems to come up again and again — followed by a swift and especially intense backlash — is “All lives matter,” which seems pretty innocent, at first glance. So why are people so upset about that particular phrase?
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A U.S. Border Patrol Officer Who Shot And Killed A 16-Year-Old Is Finally Being Charged With Murder

According to his family, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was walking home from a basketball game on a main street in Nogales, Mexico on a summer night in 2012 when he was shot and killed. The shooter was a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, who was across the border in Nogales, Arizona when he fired 10 rounds — at least eight of which struck Jose Antonio, primarily in his back — through the border fence.
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Students In Texas Will Bring Dildos To Class As A Powerful Form Of Protest

Once the state's new 'campus carry' law goes into affect, guns will be allowed in classrooms. But dildos won't. Students In Texas Will Bring Dildos To Class As A Powerful Form Of Protest Texas recently passed a law allowing concealed weapons to be carried on university campuses. In response, students at the University of Texas-Austin who are opposed to concealed weapons in their classrooms started the #CocksNotGlocks campaign urging people to bring big, bright, shiny dildos — which remain bann
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Reminder: Stigmatizing Mental Health Won't Stop Mass Shootings

When President Obama addressed the nation about Thursday’s (Oct. 1) mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, his emotions ran high. “Somehow this has become routine,” he said. “The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine … And what’s become routine, of course, has been the response of those who oppose any kind of common sense gun regulation.”
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