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Re: “Donald Trump lost the declining, white working-class Southwestern Pa. towns he visited

Yep, you are correct. Thanks Raa. Updated the numbers

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Posted by Ryan Deto on 12/07/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Donald Trump lost the declining, white working-class Southwestern Pa. towns he visited

Just a note: I believe the (very nearly 100% tallied now) final numbers have only a 44,307 margin of victory for PA statewide - Clinton 2,926,457 to Trump 2,970,764.

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Posted by Raa Picti on 12/07/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Concert review: Ms. Lauryn Hill at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, May 11

I went to see Lauryn last night in St.Petersburg,FL as an early birthday present. I totally agree with Keyona Dawson,thank you for that. She definitely had no interaction with the crowd and was extremely cold someone yelled "We love you Lauryn" her response was a little giggle (under her breath). I love Lauryns' music and felt extremly disappointed. It felt fake and to "glammed up" for me. She did a great rendition of Nina Simones'"Feeling Good" that was the best song she performed. I understand that her style has changed but would have loved to see her mix it up a bit more (slow down the music tempo to the orginal one without that jazz/pop feel. I was hoping to see and hear a bit more of her real music being "L Boogie" or "Lauryn with the guitar." She didn'the even sing "Piece of Mind" which I guess was a good thing, I probably would not have been able to follow along with the song anyway. As one of my birthday gifts this was a waste of time and money. I truely wish I could of gotten a refund. I could have watched the taped performance of this. I hope she changes her performance before going to Miami,FL which I am sure she will. Love Lauryns' music but that performance was not what I expected at all.

Posted by Tanya Ll on 12/07/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood gets its first luxury lofts

Horrible. Already people are being driven out of Bloomfield, just like in Lawerenceville and East Liberty, and this will just make it worse. Good plan, Peduto, making the city unaffordable for all the people that got you elected in the first place.

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Posted by Yinzer on 12/07/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority responds to lead concerns with series of community meetings

During the PWSA meeting discussed in this article, I had asked questions trying to determine the cause of PWSA changing the water treatment mix. I was not able to get a direct response.

What I was trying to uncover is expressed in the following 2 paragraphs of this article:

By 2010, the water agency was struggling with what seemed like an invasion of cancer-causing chemicals called trihalomethanes, formed when salty fracking wastewater came into contact with treated drinking water.

In an effort to reduce brominated trihalomethanes, the PWSA dropped chlorine levels, one of several factors Stanley States, the director of water quality at PWSA until 2014, believes led to increased lead levels.

This leaves me with a question that has 3 parts:

1) Can we get data or information from PWSA - or past PWSA employees - regarding whether fracking contaminants were a factor in the treatment change?

2) Can we get PWSA - or elsewhere - to provide evidence that this change aggravated the leaching lead issue many to most Pittsburghers are faced with today?

3) If (1) and (2) are 'Yes', then will Pittsburgh utilize the 2011 ordinance CHAPTER 619: TOXIC TRESPASS RESULTING FROM UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS DRILLING to obtain enough money from the fracking industry and lessors to pay for the replacement of lead pipes within the city? The Toxic Trespass law is here:

Many Pittsburgh homeowners (including myself, my test result came in at 9.63) and business owners will soon have to pay several thousand dollars each for a problem that likely did not exist before the combination of fracking contaminants and Veolia mismanagement aggravated the problem - caused lead pipes to once again leach lead in unsafe quantities. Can we not instead get those reponsible to pay for these changes?

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Posted by Jason McCullough on 12/07/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

The strange paradox of the 'progressive' gender advocates - we need to ban all forms of therapy to minors that attempts to change sexual orientation because that would be homophobic. But we should actively provide synthetic hormones, hormone blockers or gender reassignment surgery to minors who believe they were born in the wrong biological body - because to it would be transphobic not to.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wil Cee on 12/03/2016 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

No one is parenting anyone's children here. The STRONG MESSAGE is that our city will refuse to demonize sexual minorities under the incoming Trump regime.

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Posted by Amy Cimini on 12/01/2016 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

ACTNYC: But it is the city's place to outlaw child abuse, which conversion therapy amounts to.

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Posted by Judith English Friedl on 11/30/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Hundreds in Pittsburgh march from Oakland to the Birmingham Bridge

PoliticRap with the small c and the Rap all in red sends a better message, City Paper.
Hope this helps.....

Posted by John Peter Napolitano on 11/30/2016 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

This shouldn't be something that requires an ordinance: to me it seems like backlash paranoia. It is obviously well-intentioned but it seems to me that it seeks to accomplish something that is more rightly done by simple openness and compassion and good example.

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Posted by John Peter Napolitano on 11/30/2016 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

This concerns me that the city thinks it is their place to parent someone else's children

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Posted by agtnyc on 11/29/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

This is wonderful to hear. Conversion Therapy is dangerous snake oil and has no place in our city.

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Posted by Valerie Klauscher on 11/29/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

DIANA SIMS. If I chose to be gay, when did you choose to be straight?
Conversion therapy is dangerous. The child will grow up thinking every thing he or she is, is dirty, ugly, sinful, they will come to hate themselves.

Concerning leaving the parents to parent, unfortunately many parents don't know the first thing about being a parent. In this case, the parents need to be told not to destroy their child.

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Posted by Katherine Birsch-Pierson on 11/29/2016 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

There are plenty of times when people make decisions you or I wouldn't make. That does not by default mean you should regulate the choice. Leave parenting to the parents.

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Posted by Diana Sims on 11/29/2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council introduces city ban on conversion therapy

Thank you for doing what is right.

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Posted by anya247 on 11/29/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh workers walk off jobs and rally Downtown to protest for higher wages

I remember working a minimum wage job. I worked in a grocery store and a guy shit his pants. I had to clean up shit. It sucked. After I cleaned up the shit, I enrolled in community college, because I didn't like cleaning up shit. So I worked that job, got my degree, and got a good job. But I shit my pants on the bus tonight stuck in traffic due to these protesters. I won't like it but I'll clean up my own shit.

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Posted by Depends on 11/29/2016 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Music To Sweep To 08: Warcraft II

this is the best mtst yet. inspiring!

Posted by Dan on 11/29/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council hears from advocates on gender-equity bill

Many wonderful female and male community members took time out their day to speak as advocates, clinicians, researchers, and citizens. It seems relevant to note that none of our five male City Council members attended any part of this hearing.

Posted by Rachel A. Fusco on 11/19/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Hundreds in Pittsburgh march from Oakland to the Birmingham Bridge

What a joke.

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Posted by BLM is a hate-group. on 11/18/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “New gas-leak-monitoring initiative has climate in mind

CP needs to do more proofreading.....see "provide into"....hope this "into" helps

Posted by John Peter Napolitano on 11/17/2016 at 7:11 AM

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