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Top 10 stories on post-gazette.com in 2013

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The year isn't quite over yet, but we are very close to the end of 2013, so here is a quick look at the top stories on our website from the past 12 months ranked by the number of pageviews they racked up, from highest to lowest.
 
1) Death of an adjunct opinion piece was by faaaar our most read and most commented story this year
By Daniel Kovalik, contributor
 
By Liz Navratil, Lexi Belculfine, Eleanor Chute, Moriah Balingit, Molly Born, Robert Zullo and Jon D. Silver
 
3) Steelers vs. Patriots, the game that left few players injured and made Mike Tomlin angry
By Ed Bouchette
 
4) The piece from David Conrad, although written 2 years ago, was one of the most shared this year... of course, it's a love letter to Pittsburgh
 
5) L.C.Greenwood dies at 67
By Ray Fittipaldo
 
By Alex Zimmerman
 
By Everett Cook
 
By Teresa Lindeman
 
By Liz Navratil
 
By Ron Cook
 
The Rubber Duck story (by Michael Fuoco) didn't quite make the top 10 list but it was one of the most engaging and read in A&E this year. It is number 11.
 
We, at the Post-Gazette, wish you a Happy New Year! Stay with us in 2014 and we will keep you informed and entertained.

 

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Pittsburgh dining places open on Christmas Day

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Hopefully your dog didn't consume your Christmas dinner and you are not living "A Christmas Story" as your own. Let's hope your reason to be Googling for a place to dine in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day has nothing to do with power outage or a failed cooking experiment.  

Let's say you just want to escape the Christmas cooking duties at home and enjoy a dinner out. 
 
Here is a list of eight places for your consideration:
 
1. Mitchell's Fish Market,1500 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, (412) 571-3474
The kitchen is open until 10 but the restaurant is overbooked until 8:30, call the restaurant to make your reservation. 
 
2. China Palace, Shadyside, 412-687-7423, open until 9 p.m. 
 
3. McCormick & Schmick's in the Southside Works, 2667 Sidney St., will be seating until 9 p.m., reservations are recommended 412-432-3260
McCormick & Schmick's Downtown, 301 Fifth Ave, 412-201-6992.
 
4. Terrace Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel  
William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown; 412-553-5235.
 
5. American Brasserie at the Pittsburgh Hotel 
107 6th St, Pittsburgh, 412-992-2005
 
6. Bigelow Grille at the Doubletree Hotel
Bigelow Grille, Doubletree Hotel, 1 Bigelow Square (corner of Sixth Avenue and Ross Street), Downtown; 412-281-5013.
 
7. The Sheraton at Station Square 
Sheraton Hotel at Station Square, South Side; 412-803-3824.
 
8. Star of India
Star of India, open for dinner from 5-10 p.m., call for reservations, 412-681-5700.
 
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They used to call it caroling

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGJAm1iM1Vc

Now they call it flash mobbing.

No matter. Just watch it and enjoy.

Merry Christmas

 

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'Million Dollar Arm' movie trailer: Pirates and Jon Hamm

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Something-something baseball, something-something Pittsburgh Pirates, something-something. Also Jon Hamm.

Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh were the first two players from India to sign contracts with Major League Baseball. After Singh won a reality show in India called "The Million-Dollar Arm" in 2008, and Patel captured the interest of the show's scouts, the Pirates signed the two to free agent contracts.

The movie, stars Jon Hamm, as Jeff Bernstein, a sports agent who came up with the idea for the game show after watching cricket players in India.

The trailer is a little holiday gift from Disney, we think.

 

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Nativity skepticism grows even among Christians

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pittsburgh creche 800x600No surprise that as the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated grow, so do the numbers of those who don't believe in the historicity of the Nativity accounts in the Bible -- virgin birth, angels, wise men, star, etc. 

What may be more surprising is that doubters of the Nativity details are growing even in church circles.

I wrote about the survey in today's Post-Gazette (I'll post an exact link when I get it), asking pastors how they prepare their Christmas sermons for audiences that may be more skeptical than in the past. Those I talked to didn't seem too worried about it. Even those affirming all the historical details said they weren't using the Christmas pulpit as debating forum.

But clergy are going to have to take note of the fact that even their own flocks are more open to interpreting such stories symbolically than literally. 

Public Religion Research Institute says 49 percent of Americans believe in its historicity -- down from 67 percent a decade ago -- and 40 percent see them as stories illustrating theological truths.

Roman Catholics' belief in the literal Nativity dropped from 72 to 51 percent. It was down 10 points among racial minorities who are Protestants and down 12 percent among white evangelical Protestants, although huge majorities among both those groups still believe. Among mainline Protestants, 56 percent of whom say the accounts are historical, the results haven't budged since 2004.

A renowned Roman Catholic biblical scholar, the Rev. Raymond Brown, wrote in his massive study of the narratives that it's ironic that seminaries spend relatively little time on the Nativity -- since preaching about it is one of the most important pulpit tasks of a pastor's year.

There's ongoing debate among Christians over whether someone has to believe these details to be a Christian or to believe in essentials of the faith.

 

Brown writes: 

"Whether or not the infancy narratives were historical, whether or not they were based on eye-witness testimony, whether or not they had a pre-Gospel existence, Matthew and Luke thought they were appropriate introductions to the career and significance of Jesus. ... From this point of view the infancy narratives are not an embarrassment but a masterpiece."

 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his recent book on the birth of Jesus, said it is important to separate the Christian story, rooted in history, with the pagan legends of vague origin:

 

"It was not with the timelessness of myth that Jesus came to be born among us. He belongs to a time that can be precisely dated and a geographical location that is precisely defined. ... God intervenes directly in the material world. … God is God and he does not operate merely on the level of ideas."

 

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