OffQ: Jan. 8, 2010
This week the gang discusses the attempted airline attack and the subsequent airport security measures, Mayor Ravenstahl's new plan for Pittsburgh, the new City Council President and members, and the Rendell's approval of table games.
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Our staff followed a group from Pittsburgh on a bus trip to the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. They share their observations in a video montage of this history-making event.
Everyone is talking about healthcare reform, including the panelists of OffQ! There is controversy surrounding the bill being passed into law and the gang discusses the drama that is unfolding.
Within a 10-mile radius of downtown Pittsburgh, there are 70,000 working people who do not have health insurance. Catholic Charities has opened a free health center - with most of the incoming patients needing dental care. OnQ contributor Mike Clark tours the facility and talks with a volunteer dentist and patients who have few other options.
The condition is debilitating, but Parkinson's patients in Western Pennsylvania have banded together to fight the illness and the despair that often accompanies it. OnQ contributor Dave Crawley visits a special retreat for Parkinson's patients and their families, and learns how they are determined to triumph over adversity.
Lots of fans were surprised last year when after 33-years on the job, Lanny Frattare announced he was retiring. The team later named Tim Neverett to take his place. So after a few months on the job and into the new season, what's it like in the Pirates broadcast booth now? OnQ's Tonia Caruso checks in on the Pirates team that's behind the mic.
He's a movie director who never runs out of "patients." That's because Ravi Godse is also a doctor at Shadyside Hospital. The native of India has produced three films in Pittsburgh. His most recent production, "If It Ain't Broke, Break It," opens March 26, 2010 at the Regent Square Theatre. OnQ contributor Dave Crawley has the story of the Remarkable Dr. Ravi.