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  • Portrait of an American City at the Dawn of a Pandemic

    03/17/2020 4:23:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 17, 2020 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH -- On Friday, James Coen is folding and unfolding, arranging and rearranging the piles of colorful St. Patrick's Day T-shirts he has displayed on folding tables outside one of the three sports retail stores he owns. The stores are all large historic buildings with big, shiny, planked hardwood floors, all snuggled in a three-block radius between assorted assemblages of late-19th-century buildings along what is affectionately called "The Strip" or "Strip District." No one calls him by his given name. He is "Jimmy Yinzer," the unofficial mayor of the city and purveyor of all things Pittsburgh. He's mostly known for...
  • Theft problem could force Pittsburgh Family Dollar to go out of business, store says

    03/10/2020 11:01:38 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 89 replies
    WPXI ^ | 3/9/2020 | Amy Hudak
    PITTSBURGH — A Family Dollar store in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood says so many people are stealing from them, it may put them out of business. Neighbors said they rely on the store for their essentials, which is within walking distance of many homes and schools. The manager of the store said a regional team is looking into inventory and what could be done, if anything, to help the business stay afloat. A neighboring business said extra cameras and a policy of no backpacks and no more than two kids in the store at a time have helped cracked down on...
  • Retired judge admits buying assault rifle for Troy Hill felon portrayed as Nazi-obsessed

    03/09/2020 7:11:24 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 6, 2020 | Torsten Ove
    A retired federal administrative law judge from Mercer County pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of buying an assault rifle for his boyfriend, a North Side felon described by the FBI as obsessed with Nazis and mass shootings. Karl Alexander, 78, who splits his time between Pittsburgh and Grove City, admitted to lying on a federal firearm form in buying an AR-15 for Dennis Alan Riggs, 50, of Troy Hill, who was arrested on illegal gun charges in January after a raid on his house that turned up seven guns among portraits of Hitler, swastikas and Nazi banners. Riggs can't...
  • Allegheny County sued over maintenance of voter rolls

    02/26/2020 5:02:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 25, 2020 | Julian Routh
    A nonprofit law firm run by a former member of President Donald Trump's now-disbanded voter fraud commission is suing Allegheny County for its alleged failure to maintain its voter rolls. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, of which J. Christian Adams is president and general counsel, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday accusing the county of violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 by not undertaking a "reasonable effort" to remove the names of ineligible voters from its registration lists. Under state and federal law, the county is supposed to remove voters who have moved out of state,...
  • There could be a high-tech solution to stopping potholes from eating your tires

    02/19/2020 7:53:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 19, 2020 | Lauren Rosenblatt
    Not many people would complain about a 60-degree day in February. But this winter’s temperature spikes could mean even earlier exposure to one of spring’s downsides: potholes. Tech gurus can’t stop the weather conditions that cause asphalt to weaken and crack — eventually opening up gaping holes large enough to swallow a Goodyear tire or mess up a Jeep’s alignment. But armed with smartphones, algorithms and self-healing asphalt, they’re trying to make road maintenance a little more manageable. While some are experimenting with high-tech ways to fill the pothole once it pops up — like using a 3D printer and...
  • Pirates' legend Bill Mazeroski's house in Hempfield goes on auction block.

    02/18/2020 12:10:28 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 9 replies
    TribLIVE ^ | 2/18/2020 | Joe Napsha
    The Westmoreland County home of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Bill Mazeroski and his wife will go to the highest bidder, with the sale coming less than three months after memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career and other household items attracted hundreds of people to a New Year’s Day auction. Bids on Bill and Milene Mazeroski’s house on Walton Tea Room Road, located in Hempfield, are scheduled to be taken March 22, according to Mark Ferry Auctioneers of Unity. The 1,700-square-foot house has three bedrooms, three baths and sits on 19.6 acres, according to an auction listing. The modest single-story ranch...
  • Two Satellites Could Collide Tomorrow Night

    01/28/2020 10:20:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 78 replies ^ | Jan 28, 2020 | By Jennifer Leman
    What happens if the retired space telescope and former spy satellite crash into each other? ______________________________________________________________ Leo Labs, a venture-based company that monitors satellites in Low Earth Orbit, tweeted yesterday that it was tracking two satellites that will come within 15 to 30 meters of each other January 29, just before 6:40 p.m. EST. The two satellites are IRAS, a decommissioned NASA space telescope, and GGSE-4, a US Naval Research Lab intelligence satellite. They're set to sweep past each other in the skies above Pittsburgh at an altitude of about 559 miles above Earth's surface. _____________________________________________________________________ LeoLabs, a company that...
  • Tougher Huawei restrictions have stalled after the Pentagon objects, sources say

    01/27/2020 10:46:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 26, 2020 | Ana Swanson, The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has temporarily shelved a proposed rule change that would further restrict American sales to Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, after some officials in the Defense Department and other agencies argued that the measure, which was intended to protect national security, could actually undermine it, according to people familiar with the matter. The rule change, which multiple government agencies were reviewing, would close a loophole that allowed technology companies like Intel and Micron to continue shipping chips, software and other products to Huawei despite a ban that prevented the Chinese company from buying some American products....
  • In Crucial Pennsylvania, Democrats Worry a Fracking Ban Could Sink Them

    01/27/2020 10:46:58 AM PST · by karpov · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2020 | Lisa Friedman and Shane Goldmacher
    PITTSBURGH — Though they are both Democrats, John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, and Bill Peduto, this city’s mayor, have their differences on the environment. Mr. Fetterman, who toppled an incumbent Democrat in 2018 from the left, nevertheless calls Pennsylvania “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and sees extracting and taxing gas as critical to the state’s economy and the “union way of life.” Mr. Peduto lobbied unsuccessfully against a local petrochemical plant and is steering his once-struggling steel town to be independent of fossil fuels within 15 years. But they agree on one thing: a pledge to ban all hydraulic...
  • Fight over shrimp on Pittsburgh’s North Side lands 2 women in jail

    01/23/2020 12:21:41 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 32 replies
    TribLIVE ^ | 1/23/2020 | Tom Davidson
    A shrimp sale at a North Side home turned violent last week and two woman were hurt and charged with aggravated assault after the fracas, according to criminal complaints. Nandine Bell, 46, of Pittsburgh, told police she was buying a bag of shrimp from Pamela Freshley, 55, of Swissvale at about 12:34 p.m. Jan. 15, at a home on Cedar Avenue in the city’s East Allegheny neighborhood. The women started arguing. Freshley took the bag of shrimp back and walked away, according to criminal complaints. Bell tried to get the shrimp back and Freshley pulled out a pair of scissors,...
  • McDonald's worker pictured with his hand stuck down his pants

    01/16/2020 7:22:14 AM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2020 | Michael Hollan
    A man visited the drive-thru at a McDonald’s in Pittsburgh, Pa., when he says he saw an employee standing with his hand stuck down his pants. While he didn’t appear to be wearing a uniform, he was standing in the kitchen at the time. “I was with my girlfriend and we were getting food for my daughter,” John Holieb explained to Fox News. “My girlfriend made a comment about how she can’t believe no one is wearing uniforms. Then she notices the guy with both hands down his pants. I looked and said, 'WTF. This is crazy.' There was a few of them just...
  • Man, daughter suing after $82K life savings seized at Pittsburgh International Airport

    01/16/2020 4:05:18 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 153 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 16, 2020
    SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local man’s life savings of more than $82,000 was seized at Pittsburgh International Airport in August, and now he and his daughter are suing, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported. Rebecca Brown, 54, of Lowell, Mass., told TribLIVE her 79-year-old retired father, Terry Rolin, of South Fayette Township, asked her to help manage the cash he and his late parents had hidden in hiding spots throughout the family home. “It was late Saturday night after the banks closed when he gave me the money, and I had an early (Monday) morning flight...
  • Tone-Deaf Democrats Risk Handing Western Pennsylvania to Trump

    01/07/2020 4:25:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | January 7, 2020 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH -- Darrin Kelly, president of the powerful Allegheny-Fayette County Central Labor Council, says that not one of the Democratic candidates running for president has reached out to him to ask about or listen to what union families in western Pennsylvania are looking for in a nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November. "Not one," he says abruptly. That omission is obvious in just about every proclamation about the energy sector coming from the mouths of most Democratic candidates, whether it is Sens. Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's pledging to ban fracking, or former Vice President Joe Biden's recent...
  • Over a hundred take part in anti-war protest in Pittsburgh before fight breaks out

    01/04/2020 2:47:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 4, 2020
    PITTSBURGH — More than a hundred people took part in an anti-war protest in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The protest followed the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad by militiamen on New Year’s Day and the death of a top Iranian military general by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. It was a peaceful protest before a fight broke out and police had to step in. Hosted in part by ANSWER Pittsburgh, which stands for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism Coalition, the local demonstration was held in coordination with other similar events across the country. NBC News reported...
  • Law enforcement to Pittsburghers: Don't shoot guns in celebration on New Year's Eve

    12/28/2019 4:27:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 27, 2019 | Rich Lord
    Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department is preparing for a New Years Eve display that only they will see: The annual lighting up of the ShotSpotter system. The system, which covers 18 square miles of Pittsburgh -- around ⅓ of the city -- uses powerful microphones to detect and locate gunshots, and occasionally misreads fireworks as a firearms discharge. On New Years Eve, according to city Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, the system’s display “lights up like a Christmas tree” as people fire guns or fireworks into the air. He said the system picked up dozens of gunshots in the minutes leading...
  • Uber Driver Assaulted Shoots Perp

    12/24/2019 3:54:08 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 9 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 24, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazetter
    An Uber driver who said he was being choked from behind by one of his passengers as they tussled outside the vehicle in South Oakland early Tuesday drew his handgun, reached behind his head and shot his assailant, grazing him, police said. That shot allowed Andrew Farkosh to get away from Phillip Pesano and his three friends, who had assaulted the driver and tried to steal his car keys, according to a criminal complaint. Mr. Farkosh ran into a Sunoco station at Craft and Forbes avenues. When Pittsburgh police arrived on the scene around 1:49 a.m., they found Mr. Pesano...
  • Michael Bloomberg eyes big Pittsburgh endorsement in Pennsylvania push

    12/23/2019 11:20:32 PM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 23 2019 | Carl Campanile
    Michael Bloomberg is really working his contacts to win presidential support in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. After naming former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as his national campaign chairman last week, Bloomberg is angling for a key endorsement from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, The Post has learned. The backing of the top Democrat in the heart of the old coal and steel region of western Pennsylvania would be a coup and potentially hurt former Vice President Joe Biden, a Scranton native and front-runner in national polls.
  • What's next: Patients insured through Obamacare worry after court ruling

    12/23/2019 8:14:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 19, 2019 | Kris B. Mamula
    An appellate court ruling that struck down a key pillar of Obamacare on Wednesday amped up anxiety about the future of the law that brought health insurance to millions of Americans. Court appeals are likely and experts say the matter probably won’t be resolved for years — creating uncertainty about the protections were built into the Affordable Care Act. Squirrel Hill resident Amy Raslevich is among the people worrying about the future of the law. “I’m fighting cancer,” the 48-year-old University of Pittsburgh doctoral student said. “I shouldn’t have to fight Congress and the president to stay alive.” In a...
  • As the war in Afghanistan rages on, Al Villanueva and other Pittsburgh veterans watch — and question

    12/22/2019 4:02:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 21, 2019 | Bill Brink
    Al Villanueva was 12 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center prompted the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001. Eighteen years, three tours of duty and five NFL seasons later, the war continues. Mr. Villanueva, the Steelers’ left tackle and locally perhaps the most well-known veteran of the war in Afghanistan, belongs to a large Pittsburgh community of post-9/11 veterans, a portion of the nearly 800,000 who have deployed to Afghanistan with the initial mission of hunting down Osama bin Laden and the Taliban who protected him. Bin Laden is dead, but the Taliban, once nearly vanquished,...
  • Chelsa Wagner to stand trial again in Detroit

    12/21/2019 2:19:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 20, 2019 | Julian Routh
    Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will stand trial again in Detroit next year on a felony charge of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, barring a plea deal, her defense said Friday. The decision by prosecutors to retry the case against Ms. Wagner comes exactly one month after the end of her first trial, when a Detroit jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the felony — prompting the judge to declare a mistrial on that count. That same jury in November acquitted Ms. Wagner of misdemeanor disorderly conduct — which, like the felony, stemmed from an encounter...