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Students sing karaoke’s praises

Students sing karaoke’s praises

By Luke Stambaugh | Staff Writer

August 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Walking down Atwood Street on a Tuesday night, Oakland residents may feel a certain energy radiating from the Garage Door Saloon as a line covers the block and a familiar mix of singing voices and screams pour out of the windows. “Karaoke nights are great because normally shouting the lyrics to ‘Piano Man...

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

Pitt grads create food truck tracker

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

Paul Landry is a foodie on the move who likes food on the move. That’s why he found himself driving from his home near the Pittsburgh International Airport to Shadyside one evening in 2013 in pursuit of a specific food truck. “The neighborhood I heard the truck was in was where I stayed when I attended Pit...

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

Oakland organizations brace for potential budget cuts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Scattered on the walls throughout the Carnegie Museum of Art’s galleries are small red, white and blue stars with small texts accompanying each. The nearby plaques explain the reason for the stars existence — to highlight the impacts of federal funding on museums and the importance of museums...

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

ICYMI: What you missed over the summer

By The Pitt News Staff

August 21, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

-May 1 - Pitt names Kathleen Blee as new dean of Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. -May 16 - Defeating Councilperson Darlene Harris and Reverend John Welch, Mayor Bill Peduto wins the Democratic primary for mayor with nearly 70 percent of Democrats’ votes. -May 24 - Allegheny County police arrest director of Pitt’s counseling center Ed Michaels on charges of possessing child pornograph...

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under City, News

For many of the thousands of new and incoming Pitt students, this fall in Pittsburgh will be their first. It’s an experience that City Council Member Dan Gilman shared with them many years ago. “Whether I’m a native depends on how original you go,” Gilman said, laughing. “We moved to Pittsburgh...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

GALLERY: Pittsburgh Prayer for Peace

By Anna Bongardino

August 19, 2017


Filed under City, News, Visual

In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Mayor Peduto's office organized "A Prayer for Pittsburgh: A Prayer for Peace" rally in front of the city-county building yesterday. A variety of faith leaders and government-affiliated personnel were featured as speakers. ...

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

City to install bike lanes on portions of Forbes and Bigelow

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

August 14, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

The city of Pittsburgh will begin installing bike lanes Tuesday on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, two years after a Pitt administrator was killed while biking in the area. The city is adding bike lanes in both directions on Forbes from Bigelow Boulevard to Craig Street and along ...

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

Gallery: Redbull Flugtag takes over the North Shore

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / Pitt News Staff

August 5, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Homemade aircrafts, 46 in total, launched off a 22-foot platform into the Allegheny River Saturday. Most crafts took a nosedive straight away, but a few got enough air to soar a short distance down the river. Red Bull's Flugtag brought crowds to the North Shore and Point State Park as teams displayed...

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

World War II-era B-17 bomber will soar over Pittsburgh this weekend

By John Hamilton and Lexi Kennell / Pitt News Staff

July 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Listening to the sound of four revving engines muffled by ear plugs, passengers on the B-17 crawl into the nose turret of the WWII-era bomber, seeing stretches of land and Pittsburgh landmarks appear and disappear before them. The Liberty Foundation — a nonprofit group based in Oklahoma — is offe...

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

35th annual Vintage Grand Prix continues Oakland tradition

By Kirsten Wong | Senior Staff Writer

July 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Speeding around the 90-degree turn at 60 mph, the bustling race track swarmed with bright-colored vintage sports cars rushing to the finish line. Sitting on the edge of Flagstaff Hill, crowds cheered on their favorite vintage car racers for the 35th annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as the ca...

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

Peduto, community members kick off revitalization

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

As Mayor Bill Peduto stepped out the back door of his official car into the rain in Uptown last evening, people from the community queued in front of a local Middle Eastern food truck turned and gathered around him. Peduto’s arrival signaled the beginning of a community meeting billed as a chan...

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

Sanders criticizes GOP health care bill at Pittsburgh rally

By Lexi Kennell / Contributing Editor

June 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

If the 1,600 people at Saturday’s health care rally take Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ advice, Republican senators’ phone lines will be busy all week. The former presidential candidate, along with several other speakers, told the ralliers to urge senators — specifically Pennsylvania Sen. Pat T...

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

Oakland locals weigh in on bus rapid transit

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Community members and local activists gathered Monday night to talk about new bus stops, or as city employee Justin Miller called them — “upgraded transit experiences.” The replicas of the Bus Rapid Transit system’s proposed new stops sat on the side of the room as Miller, an employee of Pittsb...

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

Beta Bites, Peter’s Pub receive consumer alerts

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Oakland restaurant Beta Bites received a consumer alert Tuesday, joining Peter’s Pub as the second local restaurant to receive the designation from the health department in June. Oakland eatery Beta Bites received a consumer alert from the county health department Tuesday. The restaurant, which...

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

Pittsburgh celebrates two controversial Prides

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Pittsburghers gathered for the city’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride parade Sunday, they probably expected the marchers to toss candy and wave rainbow flags — but they got their fair share of political chants slung their way as well. The circumstance of two parades came as the result of fundamental disagree...

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

Pittsburgh reacts to Trump climate decision

By Henry Glitz and Kirsten Wong | The Pitt News Staff

June 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When President Trump invoked Pittsburgh in his decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement last Thursday, he left many Pittsburghers baffled. “I’m appalled that the President used my city to justify his unacceptable decision,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press release the same day Trump ma...

Fun under 21: Pittsburgh nightlife for all ages

Fun under 21: Pittsburgh nightlife for all ages

By Janine Faust | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under City, News

CLUBS Cruze Bar This LGBTQ+ friendly nightlife staple is located in the heart of the Strip District and is home to a large dance floor and state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Cruze is well-known for its inclusiveness as well as its high-energy atmosphere, and a few times a month it opens its d...

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

Bus ways and bike lanes: Navigating Pittsburgh without a car

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News, Uncategorized

Madeline Rigatti’s black boots press forcefully on the steel pedals of her orange Salsa Vaya, propelling the 25-year-old up a short, steep hill by her house. “I used to hate that hill,” Rigatti, who started commuting by bike in college 5 years ago, said. Weather permitting, Rigatti comm...

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

Man electrocuted in North Oakland

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 24, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A man died Tuesday morning on North Neville Street in North Oakland when he accidentally came into contact with a utility wire. Matthew Blackburn, 46, of Jefferson Hills, was working in a cherry picker vehicle washing the windows of an apartment building on the 500 block of North Neville. The platfo...

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

Fitzgerald, Wagner push city lead issues

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Several developments over the last few weeks have shown that Pittsburgh’s issues with lead pipe contamination in public water are far from over. Despite the end of the Democratic mayoral primary last week decreasing its visibility, a report last week from County Controller Chelsa Wagner, a bill in the...

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

Peduto wins in lopsided primary, claims ‘mandate’

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 17, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Democrats in Pittsburgh voted Tuesday for the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to be their party’s nominee for mayor, likely giving him four more years as the city’s chief executive. Peduto beat out challengers Rev. John Welch and Councilwoman Darlene Harris, getting 69 percent of the vote ...

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

Q&A: Mayoral candidate John Welch talks affordable housing, water and putting “this Pittsburgh” first

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Reverend, doctor, professor, dean of students. John Welch is hoping to add Mayor of Pittsburgh to that résumé as he campaigns to unseat the incumbent, Mayor Bill Peduto, in Tuesday's Democratic primary . We sat down with Welch in his Garfield campaign office to ask about some of his policies and ...

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

City School Board candidates debate ahead of primary

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

“Kids can’t vote, but you can,” read the signs and literature passed out at the door to parents and community members filing in the seats in the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill District Monday night. The 50 attendees prepared to listen as candidates for Pittsburgh’s School Board made ...

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto reflects and looks ahead

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With the Democratic mayoral primaries approaching, The Pitt News sat down with the incumbent — Mayor Bill Peduto — to ask about his past four years as mayor, some of the issues currently facing the city and his plans moving forward. TPN: How do you think the last four years have been for you as mayor? What ...

Peduto nominates Pitt professors, city official to fill three vacant PWSA board seats

Peduto nominates Pitt professors, city official to fill three vacant PWSA board seats

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto nominated three people to fill vacant positions on the board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Friday — two of whom are Pitt professors. The nominees will fill spots left by three board members who all resigned in late March, although their terms officially ended at t...

Wesley Spectrum spreads autism awareness in Pittsburgh

Wesley Spectrum spreads autism awareness in Pittsburgh

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Massive lava lamps and abstract-colored patterns projected on the walls illuminate Wesley Spectrum’s “sensory room,” where children lounge in cozy chairs and allow this visual stimulation to center their minds. The “sensory room,” according to Kate Pompa, the Wesley Spectrum director of auti...

Pitt grad eyes congressional seat in 12th district

Pitt grad eyes congressional seat in 12th district

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Tom Prigg is an unmistakable Pittsburgh native, who speaks with rounded vowel sounds and local colloquialisms to prove it. But come November 2018, the Carnegie Mellon University research associate is banking on his hometown roots to help him secure a seat in the United States House of Representatives...

Democratic mayoral debate roundup

Democratic mayoral debate roundup

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

For the first time Wednesday night, all three of Pittsburgh’s Democratic mayoral candidates took to the same stage. Live on WTAE, City Councilperson Darlene Harris, Rev. John Welch and current Mayor Bill Peduto traded opinions, arguments and occasional barbs in a fight for Pittsburghers’ votes i...

Rooney rule: Peduto calls for more increased diversity in city hiring

Rooney rule: Peduto calls for more increased diversity in city hiring

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy

April 20, 2017


Filed under City, News

Mayor Bill Peduto implemented new measures Wednesday to amp up diversity efforts in city hiring procedures. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, Peduto issued an executive order April 19 to create the position of a diversity and inclusion officer — who will work to produce policy focused on recru...

Gallery: Politicians, NFL players join family to remember Dan Rooney

Gallery: Politicians, NFL players join family to remember Dan Rooney

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Visual

Friends, family, politicians, NFL owners and players remembered the life of Dan Rooney, the former Steelers chairman and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland who passed away Thursday at 84. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. ...

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

Remembering Rooney: Obama to join Pittsburghers for funeral in Oakland

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

In honor of former Steelers’ President and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, Pittsburgh residents took over Heinz Field Monday and will commemorate his death in Oakland Tuesday. Rooney died last Thursday, April 13, at the age of 84. On the day following his death, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Pen...

Henry Hillman dies at 98

Henry Hillman dies at 98

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Henry L. Hillman, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropist and member of the Hillman family, who donated millions to the construction of Pitt’s Hillman Library, died Friday evening. Hillman passed away at 98 years old, on April 14. The Hillman Family Foundations — a parent office for each of the 18 Hil...

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

Pittsburghers talk gerrymandering

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Sue Broughton likes squiggles. And as a speaker for Fair Districts PA, she gets to show concerned voters a lot of them. Fair Districts PA, is a non-partisan activist group against gerrymandering — when a political group moves the boundaries of electoral districts to help their own election odds...

Schenley apartments to open in July

Schenley apartments to open in July

By John Hamilton and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

April 7, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The doors of Schenley High School will reopen soon, but to the distaste of some former students, it won’t be for class. Tenants will occupy the former classrooms, which are now converted to luxury apartments. PMC Property Group is now leasing 180 units in the building with move-in dates starting as soon as Ju...

Ralliers honor lost trans, black lives

Ralliers honor lost trans, black lives

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Nearly two years after 28-year-old Sandra Bland died in jail, Alex Anderson from the West End held a sign with her image in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building. He doesn’t want anyone to forget her story. Chicago native Bland died in a Texas jail three days after she was arrested for a min...

Doctors organized march for affordable health care

Doctors organized march for affordable health care

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

April 2, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

A horde of people in white lab coats marched around the Cathedral of Learning Saturday afternoon, but not to provide medical advice. In a national climate dominated by debate about health care policy, the 50-person group was just one faction of the nationwide March for Health — a movement for equitable...

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

County controller criticizes PWSA’s lead plans

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

At a press conference in her Downtown office on Tuesday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner considered the scope of lead in Pittsburgh households’ water and called it like she sees it: a public health crisis. “One in four homes have lead lines, and the [Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Author...

PGH companies present at robotics event

PGH companies present at robotics event

By Maggie Medoff / Staff Writer

March 24, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

At the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Thursday night, tables lined the room’s perimeter with computer screens flashing color displays, peregrine lander and rover models and panels of sound, light and distance sensors. More than 100 locals attended Pittsburgh Presents Robotics, an event hosted by Cohe...

Locals respond to bus rapid transit, land trust

Locals respond to bus rapid transit, land trust

By Rose Luder / Staff Writer

March 23, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

After introducing new routes for the Bus Rapid Transit, the Pittsburgh Port Authority approached locals at the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation town hall meeting for their opinion. About 30 local Pittsburgh residents attended the OPDC town hall meeting at the Oakland Career Center Wedne...

Police arrest 11 protesters at Allegheny County Jail

Police arrest 11 protesters at Allegheny County Jail

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

After three days of protests in solidarity with inmates striking at the Allegheny County Jail, only a dozen supporters remained outside its fortified walls Tuesday night. The tired group trudged into the jail’s bright lobby at roughly 9:30 p.m., and then filed into a small nondescript gray court ...

Peduto declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Peduto declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

By Ash Sivaganesh / News Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Joining in national trends, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto declared Tuesday the Cities’ Immigration Day of Action — a declaration of solidarity with immigrant families around the city and nation. The U.S. Conference of Mayors organized the mostly-symbolic event, which included several cities across...

Doyle hosts healthcare town hall meeting

Doyle hosts healthcare town hall meeting

By Nolan Roosa / Staff Writer

March 20, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

In light of the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., turned his attention to the people for input Saturday. More than 500 people — many of them constituents of the 14th Congressional District, encompassing Pittsburgh and some its suburbs — gathered at the Soldi...

PPA shares parking permit plan at Oakwatch meeting

PPA shares parking permit plan at Oakwatch meeting

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 16, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Parking Authority is implementing a new digitalized parking system, rather than using sticker parking permits, as early as May 1. John Fournier, director of enforcement and residential permit parking from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, made the announcement at the monthly Oakwatch: the ...

Allegheny jurors to decide Bill Cosby case

Allegheny jurors to decide Bill Cosby case

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that jurors from Allegheny County will be making a decision in the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby set to take place in Philadelphia this June. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault after being accused of drugging and...

Oakland organizations receive community beautification grants

Oakland organizations receive community beautification grants

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under City, News

Two Oakland groups will use funding from a city grant program to spruce up the neighborhood. The Love Your [Resilient] Block program, founded in 2011, gives grants to nonprofits in the city that are working on resilience-building projects throughout the city. Resilience, in relation to urban planni...

Peduto reveals $1 million plan for lead filters

Peduto reveals $1 million plan for lead filters

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday that the city will invest $1 million to address concerns of high lead levels in Pittsburgh residents’ water. The city, in conjunction with Peoples Natural Gas Company and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, will invest the money to equip PWSA customers with ...

In case you missed it: Spring break

In case you missed it: Spring break

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

  March 4 Pitches & Tones, a co-ed a cappella group at Pitt, placed second out of nine groups at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Central Quarterfinal at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Saturday. The Carnegie Mellon Treblemakers placed first in the competition. Pi...

Union Project hosts diversity training for Muslim allies

Union Project hosts diversity training for Muslim allies

By Abhignya Mallepalli / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Under cream-white arches adorned with lanterns and silk, about 50 people wearing name tags with their preferred pronouns greeted familiar friends as they prepared to learn about being an ally to their Muslim friends, neighbors or anyone in the Pittsburgh area. The crowd gathered at the Union Project in S...

Local activists host protester workshop

Local activists host protester workshop

By Zoe Pawliczek / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Surrounded by portraits of famous intersectional activists and posters quoting their hopes for the future, community members gathered Saturday for the Pittsburgh Fight Back 101 Workshop and Community Meeting. More than 100 new and experienced activists participated in interactive workshops and collaborative dis...

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

Welch adds policy to platform during third public rally

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Firing up a crowd of 35 in a Salvation Army gymnasium in Pittsburgh’s West End Saturday, Rev. Richard Freeman wanted to make one point clear about his friend and mayoral candidate, Rev. John Welch. "John C. Welch is not running against Bill Peduto," Freeman said. "John C. Welch is running for you....

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

Islamic Center: Investigate motivations in Beltzhoover beating

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 24, 2017


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

A member of the Somali Bantu community in Pittsburgh was found in critical condition, beaten and potentially robbed in Beltzhoover at about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning in what the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh thinks could have been a hate crime. The man, a cab driver of about 30 years old, was going to...

Backlogged

Backlogged

By Nikita Karulkar, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Crime, Health, National News, News

Thousands of sexual assault kits around the nation have been left untested. One lab in Allegheny County found a short-term solution. Natasha Alexenko is an advocate. Alexenko is an activist. Alexenko is a former museum scientist. And in 1993, after Alexenko was raped and robbed at gunpoint, she became...

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

Trump protesters march twice over weekend

By Elias Rappaport and Andrew O'Brien / The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

President Donald Trump may have taken office a full month ago, but his detractors haven’t lost any of the passion they showed on inauguration day. Marching to the beat of drums, hundreds of protesters rallied around causes ranging from immigrant rights to the environment and vocally opposed Trump Sat...

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

Interactive crime map Feb. 10 – Feb. 15

By The Pitt News Staff

February 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Feb. 10 4:03 p.m. Sutherland Hall, 3725 Sutherland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Pitt police arrested a student on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:51 p.m. Peterson Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Pitt police responded to a report of harass...

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to audit PWSA

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Thursday that he and his staff have started taking measures to perform an audit on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. After a water scare Feb. 1 and months of speculation over lead in the Pittsburgh water system, Mayor Bill Peduto requested Feb. ...

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

Las Palmas closes today, protests Trump

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

Las Palmas Restaurante will close up shop today, along with Mexican restaurants across the country as part of the “Day Without Immigrants” national protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The restaurant posted a handwritten sign at its Beechview location Wednesday informing...

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

Peduto issues 5 executive orders to promote affordable housing

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto signed five executive orders Tuesday and Wednesday to improve affordable housing options and conditions in Pittsburgh. After nine months of consideration, Peduto’s Affordable Housing Task Force came up with a final set of recommendations Thursday, which formed the basis for Peduto’s orders. "My administration is committed...

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

Q&A: Asami_fox talks about safe BDSM practices

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Note: The Pitt News is using Asami_fox’s online fetish name for privacy reasons. When Asami_fox of Swissvale was a senior in college, she was interested in the BDSM scene but didn’t know how — or who — to talk to about her burgeoning interest. Five years later, the 27-year-old now teach...

Abortion legislation prompts protests

Abortion legislation prompts protests

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

On any given day, you can find small groups of protesters outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But the pro-life national movement came out in full force Saturday to pressure the president and Congress into moving forward with plans to strip funding from the women’s health care org...

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

Pitt Musicians Take Talents Abroad

By Maggie Medoff / For the Pitt News

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

As the cauldrons of traditional Roma goulash boiled at a picnic in a southeast Hungarian village, local keyboard players improvised new melodies. In that town, called Vegegyhaza, Pitt senior Kelly Glavin got a chance to share her melodica — a wind instrument played with piano keys — with Cze...

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

Anti-sanctuary campus bill moves forward, Pitt’s status unclear

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

With the potential passage of an anti-sanctuary bill looming, the state and some Pennsylvania universities are at odds. But Pitt — where a sanctuary campus petition and a letter in the same vein have been circulating for weeks — has remained silent on the issue, making it unclear if a bill curr...

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

Students react to Toomey’s decision to vote for DeVos

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Grant Burgman / The Pitt News Staff

February 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Never in American history has a Cabinet member needed the vice president to break the tie that would elect them into the president’s Cabinet. But the Senate vote on Betsy DeVos, who was later confirmed for the secretary of education position in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, was split 50-50 Tuesda...

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

Protesters make plea to bring Martín Esquivel-Hernández home

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

While Martín Esquivel-Hernández could not speak to his supporters directly in Pittsburgh, his words were still heard. Esquivel-Hernández, a former Pittsburgh resident who had been in prison for nine months on charges related to undocumented immigration, was deported Tuesday.  At a protest T...

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

Peduto makes strides to conquer water, affordable housing issues in Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is tackling two life necessities in the city: water and housing. The mayor released two statements on Tuesday afternoon saying he plans to look into the water crisis and create more affordable housing opportunities for Pittsburgh natives. After an unexpected flush and...

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

Anti-sanctuary campus, city bills up for vote in Pennsylvania

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

In a Pennsylvania Senate committee meeting Monday, members passed a bill to withhold funding from municipalities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with full support from Republicans and full opposition from Democrats and i...

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

Darlene Harris seeks mayorial endorsement from Allegheny County Democratic Committee

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

February 7, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Darlene Harris is making moves to go from city councilwoman to the Democratic nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh. Although she has not launched an official campaign, Harris notified the Allegheny County Democratic Committee that she will seek its endorsement in the primary May 16. In years past, winning ...

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

Pittsburgh natives march against Uber

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Taking the trip from Denny Park, off Liberty Avenue, to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center on Smallman Street in the Strip District would take one minute in an Uber. But about 30 Pittsburghers marched the same route for a half hour Saturday afternoon to protest a swathe of issues they had with th...

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

The Outsider: Welch promises “people’s campaign” more equitable city in Peduto challenge

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Florence Turner, 57, of Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood, knows her candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh, John C. Welch, has a tough fight ahead of him. But like Marvin Gaye’s dedicated lover in “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” which played softly in the background of the Pittsburgh Pro...

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

Gov. Wolf requests $10 million to fight opioid epidemic

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Gov. Tom Wolf is taking on Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic with a budget proposal, a testament to the crisis’ severity in the face of a looming $3 billion budget deficit. As part of the proposed 2017-2018 Pennsylvania state budget, Wolf announced last Tuesday that he will request $10 million to eq...

PWSA says at least two days until water is drinkable

PWSA says at least two days until water is drinkable

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Assistant News Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and other safety officials outlined their plan Wednesday night to flush out the remaining “water of concern” in the eastern part of Pittsburgh’s water supply. The press conference came as a response to the PWSA statement Tuesday night inst...

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

Buy or boil: PWSA issues water advisory for eastern and central Pittsburgh

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / The Pitt News Staff

February 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

First-year student Athena Sardelis, a double major in English writing and psychology, balanced several water bottles in her arm as she rushed up the Market stairs to get to her Tower B dorm room. She was in search of water Tuesday night after Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a "Precautiona...

Prototype creates space for feminist makers

Prototype creates space for feminist makers

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

January 31, 2017


Filed under City, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Caitlin Bruce, an assistant professor in the department of communication at Pitt, always liked sewing and painting, but had yet to find a suitable space to practice her art in Pittsburgh. “I haven’t had a lot of experience in makerspaces, but, one that I went to, it felt kind of like very masculine — it was a ...

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

No ban, no wall, no silence in Pittsburgh

By Stephen Caruso, Zoe Pawliczek and Ashwini Sivaganesh

January 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, National News, News

No one was detained at the Pittsburgh International Airport Sunday, but the crowd showed up anyway. In solidarity with similar protests across the country, including those at Washington Dulles International and John F. Kennedy International airports, about 150 people gathered in the airport’s t...

Two Oakland homes damaged in fire on Joe Hammer Square

Two Oakland homes damaged in fire on Joe Hammer Square

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh emergency services responded to a fire at the 3200 block of Joe Hammer Square at 7:40 p.m. Sunday. Sonya Toler, a spokesperson for city police, said that one person suffered minor injuries and two homes were affected by the flames. She also said police are still investigating the cause ...

Scott Schubert named police chief of Pittsburgh Police Department

Scott Schubert named police chief of Pittsburgh Police Department

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under City, News

After serving two months as acting Pittsburgh police chief, longtime Pittsburgh Police Officer Scott Schubert was announced as the new Pittsburgh Police Department police chief on Friday. Schubert, who has spent 24 years with the bureau, became assistant chief of operations in December 2014. Pittsburgh May...

Governor Wolf closes SCI Pittsburgh prison

Governor Wolf closes SCI Pittsburgh prison

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy and Ashwini Sivaganesh / The Pitt News Staff

January 27, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh will close by June 2017 as part of a larger plan to cut the current state budget deficit, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday. The closure will affect the prison’s 1,876 inmates and 512 employees, all of whom will be relocated by June 30, 2017. ...

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

Pitt, CCAC, PPS form Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration

By Alexis Carter / Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

With a new partnership between Pittsburgh schools and colleges, students can prepare for a college career as soon as they enter seventh grade. The collaboration — called the Pittsburgh Administration Collaboration — involves Pitt, the Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Pub...

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News, Tech Science

Expect to see even more autonomous vehicles driving around Pennsylvania in the coming months. The federal Department of Transportation accepted PennDOT’s request to make Pennsylvania a National Proving Ground — testing site — for Autonomous Vehicle Technologies on January 19, one month after...

TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

TPN’s Top 5 political moments in Pittsburgh

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under City, National News, News

Before the moment Donald Trump puts his hand on the Bible and takes an oath to become the 45th president of the United States of America, The Pitt News took to its Twitter analytics to see which Pittsburgh political events cause the most online frenzy this year. Here are the top five: No. 5 — Birm...

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

What’s with the crows: facilities management, Aviary work to combat campus crows

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

As junior Virginia Lefever walked out of her Vertebrate Morphology lab in Langley Hall on a Tuesday night last semester, she heard what sounded like the onset of a minor rainstorm. But it wasn’t raindrops plunking onto the pavement. It was crow feces. “My friends and I liked to joke about needing...

Gilman proposes City for All agenda

Gilman proposes City for All agenda

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 18, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

With Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman’s six piece legislation package, the city could become a fairer place for immigrants, refugees and those with disabilities. The six pieces of legislation, called the City for All agenda, are aimed at making Pittsburgh a more welcoming and inclusive city, an...

New bill aims to end wage gap

New bill aims to end wage gap

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under City, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

If a new bill passes in Pittsburgh, the city could be joining New York and Philadelphia in closing the pay gap. Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman introduced legislation on Jan. 10 that would prohibit the city from asking for job applicants’ salary history in an effort to reduce wage inequity ...

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

PGH, Pitt groups plan for Inauguration

By Amanda Reed and Nolan Roosa / The Pitt News Staff

January 10, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Although Washington, D.C is 246 miles away, many Pittsburghers are making the trek to the Capitol to attend one of the most polarizing inaugurations in history. Students and members of the Pittsburgh community will be a few of the hundreds of thousands converging in D.C. to see Trump get elected ...

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

PennDOT pushes for national test site recognition

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

Over the last semester, students have witnessed Uber’s self-driving cars racing down the streets of Oakland, and now, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants more. After Pittsburgh lost  the Smart City Challenge in July 2016, PennDOT submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting that the agency consider Pittsburgh, and parts of Pen...

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

Reading to pass time: Book ‘Em turns a new page for inmates

By Rebecca Peters / Staff Writer

January 4, 2017


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

On Cherokee Street in the Upper Hill District of Pittsburgh, drugs passed daily between neighbors and visitors. And on Aug. 5, 2008, Frank Johnson got caught in the cycle. By sunset that day, at 34 years old, Johnson’s freedom was no longer guaranteed. Convicted by a jury in October 2010 for c...

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

Pennsylvania laws and legislations: what’s new in 2017

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed | Assistant News Editors

January 4, 2017


Filed under City, News, Uncategorized

Here are some of the latest Pennsylvania laws and legislations to know about for the upcoming year. REAL ID Act Changes Effective Jan. 30, 2017, Pennsylvania ID holders cannot use their ID to enter federal buildings, military buildings and nuclear power plants since current licenses and IDs ar...

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

Pittsburghers rescue unused food, one can at a time

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, News

Following a friendly honk, a green truck pulls up outside South West Meals on Wheels in Carnegie at about 9:30 a.m. Then, it backs through the parking lot, right up to the kitchen door. Scott Marshall, 41, jumps out of the cab. His bald head is complimented by a large beard — grown after he left...

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

Peace, love and tax evasion: donut shop founder sentenced

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Though the founder of Peace, Love, and Little Donuts was sentenced Thursday for bankruptcy and income fraud, the Oakland franchise will remain open and unaffected. The donut chain’s co-founder Ronald Razete, who founded the chain with his wife, was charged with underreporting his income on the...

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt, Alexa Bakalarski, Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new petition, Pitt professors are asking the administration to proactively protect undocumented students. Assistant English professor Peter Campbell and English professor Sarah Leavens spearheaded the effort and worked collaboratively with seven other professors on the petition, which urges Pitt ...

Police arrest two men for Meyran Avenue burglary

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News, Top Stories

After the 23rd burglary in Oakland this semester occurred last week, police have arrested two men for this most recent incident. Pittsburgh police arrested 18-year-old Jamal Kyte-Saverly and an unnamed 17-year-old man in connection with the Dec. 1 burglary in the 300 block of Meyran Avenue. Kyte-Sa...

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

Allegheny County, Jill Stein question Trump win

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under City, National News, News, Top Stories

After an election that mystified many predictions, Jill Stein and other Pennsylvania state and county representatives are leading a fight to verify the results. Stein, who ran for the presidency as the Green Party candidate, called for a recount of votes in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pen...

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

Pittsburghers stand with Standing Rock just before construction halts

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, National News, News

Rather than staying in the comfort of her Braddock Hills home, Beth McAhren spent her Thanksgiving in Standing Rock, North Dakota. For five days at Standing Rock, McAhren cooked meals for the demonstrators there protesting the construction of an energy pipeline through land near a Sioux tribe res...

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

Fred Rogers Company discusses creative process, Rogers’ legacy

By James Evan Bowen-Gaddy / Staff Writer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, News, Top Stories

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood Thursday for Pitt students looking to learn about the TV and film industry. A crowd of more than 50 Pitt community members gathered in Scaife Hall for “Making TV,” a panel made of five production team members from the Fred Rogers Company. The panel m...

City Council proposes ban on conversion therapy for minors

City Council proposes ban on conversion therapy for minors

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

December 1, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh may soon have something in common with Cincinnati besides demographics: a ban on psychological therapy designed to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of someone younger than 18. City councilmembers Bruce Kraus, who represents District 3 and serves as City Council president,...

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

PDAA releases guidelines for officer-related shootings

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 30, 2016


Filed under City, Crime, News, Top Stories

Taking a step no other state has yet, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association announced Tuesday its recommendations for the investigation of shootings involving police officers. While the 16 recommendations are not binding for law enforcement agencies or prosecutors, the Association suggests ...

19 protesters cited at Downtown Fight for 15 rally

19 protesters cited at Downtown  Fight for 15 rally

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, News

When Martha Assefa’s mother lived in Pittsburgh 30 years ago, she had no trouble taking care of herself with funds from her minimum wage job. But now, through her work on a food policy council that works to end hunger, Assefa can see that doing what her mother did is no longer possible. In Penns...

Mayor Peduto enlists community members for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

Mayor Peduto enlists community members for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is enlisting the help of 15 diverse community members to make the city more inclusive for people in the LGBTQ+ community. Peduto announced the creation of an LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council, a group that will act as a liaison between Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ community and city gover...

Traumatic brain injury research foundation goes inactive

Traumatic brain injury research foundation goes inactive

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under City, News, Top Stories

The Bennet Omalu Foundation, which was created last year for traumatic brain injury research, is no longer active. Bennet Omalu, formerly a neuropathologist with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an email Friday that he no longer wanted to be a part of the Foundation since he is “making adjustments...to reduce the demands of [his] time and life.” The ...

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

After a week of tension — both in person and online — between protesters and the University, students once again gathered on Towers patio to express their frustration with police and Pitt. This time, Dean Kenyon Bonner — who has written two public letters in response to the violence that er...

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