OffQ: Jan. 15, 2010

Every Friday night, LIVE at 7:30 p.m., OnQ... is OffQ! It’s a spirited review of the week’s hottest topics and controversial headlines. Host Chris Moore is joined by regular panelists John McIntire, Heather Heidelbaugh, Valerie McDonald Roberts and Bill Green.


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A few years ago, it was a rundown mess. Today, it's a brand new space one local family is calling home. OnQ's Tonia Caruso shows how two architects turned an abandoned building on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood into a live/work place, with many green elements - and it's getting lots of attention.


OnQ profiles this local polka band, whose album "Come On Over" was nominated for a Grammy.


When you think of Indian culture, you can't help but think of the food. OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes us to The Taj Mahal Restaurant where the owners are as popular as the food.


On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam failed and emptied millions of tons of water into the Conemaugh Valley, killing 2209 people in Johnstown, PA and nearby areas. OnQ takes viewers to the National Parks memorial.


In the early 1900s, photographer Leo Beachy took captivating images of life in Western Maryland, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but most of his glass plate negatives were destroyed in 1927. In recent years, Beachy's niece, Maxine Broadwater, recovered 2,700 negatives and is working to bring her uncle's remarkable legacy back to life. See also: the WQED documentary Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost from writer/producer David Solomon, videographer/editor: Paul Ruggieri.


It may be the answer to the needs of an energy-hungry nation, but it's a different story for people who live close to drilling sites - especially those who rely on well water to drink, bathe and water gardens. OnQ's Chris Moore talks with some of those property owners in this report which examines the promise and heartbreak of Marcellus Shale drilling.


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