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As our city prepares for Thanksgiving, long-time Pittsburgh journalist Ramesh Santanam writes for the AP about what this holiday week is like for the people of Squirrel Hill.

“David Feldstein knew seven of the 11 people killed in the synagogue. For Augie Siriano, they all were friends. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers was leading Shabbat services when the gunshots rang out,” Santanam writes.

“Barely three weeks after the Tree of Life massacre — believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history — they and their fellow Pittsburghers are preparing to mark a holiday built around gratitude. But in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, they aren’t shying away from celebrating Thanksgiving. They’re welcoming it.”

Less than an hour after it was published, the story is already getting picked up by newspapers throughout the country.

We wanted to share it with you — read the full story here.

Melissa Rayworth

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