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Re: “Allegheny County 2016 budget proposed; council approves vehicle registration fee increase

Budget story with no information about the budget - like what's the total amount budgeted. It's $854 Million.

Posted by Doug Shields on 11/21/2015 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Public art advocates and officials upset about county gutting public art funding

We have recently discovered that the new legislation introduced after the vote is significantly different than the original 2005 law. This newly proposed legislation is narrow in scope, only applying to construction with a budget of 3 million and above. Additionally, the new legislation does not pool set aside funds as most modern percent laws around the county do. Instead, funds would be tied to each individual construction project. With this setup, the new legislation will not serve Allegheny County as a whole, only areas where new construction is being performed. With that in mind, why would a majority of the voting population get behind the new legislation?

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Posted by PGH4ART on 11/20/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

This makes me proud of Pittsburgh! (Not the comments section.)

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Posted by Tom on 11/18/2015 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh City Council to propose marijuana decriminalization

While a step in the right direction, a major problem with the prohibition (decriminalization is still prohibition) of cannabis is that it leaves its sale in the same criminal underground markets that sell truly dangerous drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth. Since cannabis is one of the safest and most popular recreational drugs in the U.S., placing it there significantly strengthens those markets and their reach. With no legal recourse for buyers and dealers to resolve disputes, as was the case with alcohol prohibition, cannabis prohibition significantly increases the crime associated with these markets and further empowers their criminal enterprise. Only legalization will eliminate the crime associated with cannabis prohibition and weaken the hard drug market, decriminalization will do nothing for this.

With decriminalization and its underground market there will remain little quality control. There are contaminants, anything from molds and pesticides to other drugs, and nothing to effectively prevent regular underage sales. In addition, the government collects no tax money on the sale which can be used for various beneficial programs, including treatment for all drugs, including alcohol. Though tax levels in the legal market must be carefully set to avoid prohibitively high prices as this would simply keep the majority of the cannabis market underground.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 11/18/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “City Paper feline cover model Tiger still available for adoption at Western PA Humane Society

Tiger's adoption page can be found here.

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Posted by A Name on 11/18/2015 at 3:20 PM
Posted by ID10TS on 11/18/2015 at 10:11 AM

Re: “City Paper feline cover model Tiger still available for adoption at Western PA Humane Society

nobody gets the HAZ thing, and where does it say hes available for adoption?

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Posted by Ryan Le Cocque on 11/18/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

I believe in humanitarian effort and to help out our fellow man, but the efforts to help these refugees is a disgrace to the American citizens. We have countless numbers of veterans that cannot get the help or assistance that they need to live and be health, and are homeless. We have countless numbers of families that cannot get help with basic needs like food or health care. These are all have been here and are citizens of the United States and our local, state and federal government does nothing to help them but they are willing to bend over backwards to help other and import them to our country for use to help. We the people and our elected officials have a duty to take care of our own before we do anything we can to help others. This is not the case and it is wrong. Our local, state and federal government cannot even balance a budget or get out of debt but we send millions to other countries for relief while our local citizens suffer due to the lack of support from government. If our elected official wish to personal adopt refugees and have them live and support them, then that is their right but for them to force these refugees upon the American people when we do nothing for our own is outrageous and wrong. Our officials were elected to do what is right for the citizens of their area and have failed in their duties.

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Posted by Jeremy Steiner on 11/18/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

You know who thinks this is a great idea ? Goofy liberal hipsters.
Apparently, outside of their love for skinny jeans, beards, acoustic music, cucumber wraps, and not showering...they have a deep affinity for refugees coming from the most dangerous part of the world. I mean who knew ?? I always thought they would be too wrapped up in being ironic, or drinking Pabst blue, or whatever counter trend is trending at the moment ; but alas...they wish to go full retard and mirror Minnesota. Speaking of Minnesota, ask them how well the influx of somalians is working out for them. I'm sure it's a real treat for the homeowners there.

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Posted by the kewl crowd on 11/17/2015 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

Yes bring them in, let the NWO and George Soros get their way. Make the American people beg to have their rights taken away. Make them beg to have military troops on the ground on every corner with MRAPS and high powered machine guns.

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Posted by AliensTookDave on 11/17/2015 at 10:46 AM
Posted by amr on 11/17/2015 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

To bad Hitler isn't alive; we could invite him over for Thanksgiving dinner! Get real Mayor Do not invite terriost to our city!!!!

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Posted by norma Jean Lydic on 11/17/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

Typical troll. Just criticizing in the most ignorant way possible.

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Posted by FMed on 11/17/2015 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

I know people will think it's "inhumane" but the government had the right idea with internment camps in the 1940s.

If officials want to bring in refugees, fine. But put them in camps... patrolled camps. They'll be safe from what's going on in Syria, but it will keep America safe from who might be hiding amongst the refugees.

And oncr ISIS falls, send the refugees home.

Keep them safe. Keep us safe. Send them home.


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Posted by E.Gads on 11/16/2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto affirms support of bringing Syrian refugees to city in wake of Paris attacks

Typical liberal democrat. I'm sure these refuges will live miiiiiiiiiiiiiiles away from Peduto.

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Posted by Joseph on 11/16/2015 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh's African-American community leaders ask EPA for environmental justice during Clean Power Plan hearings

Nice turnout for a weekday! And, nice to see so many young folks there.

Posted by Jack Wolf on 11/15/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Catching Z's

The Roman Coward Church lives in a topsy-turby world where evil, somehow rises to the top all too often for the wrong reasons.
June 1, 2010, Cardinal George appointed Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to the board of the US Bishop’s conference that oversees celrgy sex abuse cases. Sadly, no background check was made of the Zappala Crime Family/Terrorist Group. Here’s some background information a friend dug up in her spare time on the Zappala’s. There’s much more, but this does a good job in explaining why Cardinal George wanted a little more mob-muscle behind the US Bishop’s Conference.

Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone, and let he whose family hath been a sin-machine for generations, be banned from casting any stones. I’m talking about the Zappala’s. What does Mike Ference mean when he calls the Zappala’s a “Crime Family/Terrorist Group”. I am a genealogist, I can tell you, I have done my homework. And I have the documents to back up what I say.

Let’s begin at the beginning, Frank Zappala was DA Stephen Zappala’s grand-father. Frank’s parents were immigrants from Calabria, who first settled in New York, the Bronx on Mott Street. Frank Zappala got a law degree, which was unusual at that time for an Italian Immigrant. Most Italian immigrants then had little or no education. Frank and his wife Josephhine settled in Oakland. The rest of his family were in New Kensington, a stronghold for the gangsters of that time.

Frank’s had a sister Rose who married John Bazzano a major racketeer. Racketeer John Bazzano was the Uncle of Chief Justice Stephen Zappala. In 1932, John Bazzano got angry about the popular Volpe brothers infringing on his racketeering territory, so he had three of them killed in broad daylight on Wylie Avenue in the Hill-District section of Pittsburgh.

Bazzano’s murder of the Volpe’s was not sanctioned by Lucky Luciano in New York. Bazzano was called to New York to answer for murdering without permission. Charles “Lucky” Luciano’s underboss Vito Genovese, a very brutal man had Albert Anastasia, whose side business was Murder Inc. whack John Bazzano brutally for misbehaving. And quite a Brutal Whacking it was. Bazzano came back to Pittsburgh with 22 stab wounds from ice picks, a dead pin cushion.

It was also quiet a scandal in the day, both in New York and in Pittsburgh. Rose Zappala retreated to New Kensington with her children in tow, as well as her father Joseph. Eventually her son John Bazzano Jr. took up his father’s business. John Jr, married into the Ripepi Crime family. He married Frances Ripepi.

One of her sisters married into the Valenti Crime family which included Constenzo, Stanley Valenti and Frank Valenti. It was Stanley who married the Ripepi girl, but it was Frank Valenti who was the man.. dapper, charming, good looking and deadly. Stanley and Frank due to their marriages were into both the Pittsburgh and Rochester New York Rackets.

One of Franks favorite schemes was to blow up a building on one side of Rochester while he was committing a crime on the other side of town. At the time, these bombings got blamed on the Vietnam Hippie Protesters. Frank let them take the rap. Frank lived a long life and died in Houston Tx in 2008.

In Western Pennsylvania at this time the Western PA crime family was the LaRocca Family. There were about 8 or 9 chief families under the LaRoccas. Of those the Zappala’s are closely related to at least three.

How do the Zappala’s factor into all of this? They were the lawyers in the family. All I can say here is that when I read about other crime organizations that span this time frame, there is always what they called an Ambassador of the Underworld, who bridged the underworld to the upper-world. The job of these ambassadors was to grease the way of illegitimate business to legitimate business, and provided protection.

For instance when you read of Frank Valenti crimes in Rochester it usually says that the powers in Pittsburgh got him off the hook. Let’s’ take it a step further, DA Zappala’s law partner was Charles Porter, he is Chuckie Porter’s son. Chuckie Porter was huge in the Pittsburgh rackets working with Michael Genovese as his underboss. Michael was the nephew of Vito Genovese in New York who was mentioned above.
Chuckie Porter was also one of the biggest cocaine distributors around. That is a lot of “Family”. It is way too much to all be a coincidence.

Why is this kept quiet? Well let me put it this way, many people know about this, Italians know, people in power know, the average person who votes does not know though. They have a right to know. If all of this were made public, it would kill a political career. It is UN-survivable.

If there was nothing here to hide, why are the Zappala’s hiding it? The bigger question is, how on God’s Green earth, do people who climbed their way to the top this way deserve to sit in judgment of anybody.

And why is it not being pointed out that DA Stephen Zappala, through his witch hunt, show trials, which destroy peoples’ lives and the fabric of our community, is acting just like his Chief Justice father did, when he wanted to get his political opponent Judge Larsen out of the way.

These political assassinations are no different at all, except in method, than racketeer John Bazzano whacking the Volpe Brothers in broad daylight on Wylie Avenue, because they were doing business on his “turf”, which threatened his business interests. I say, the next time the Zappala’s run for office, “out” their family tree to the public and let the public decide.

Posted by Mike Ference on 11/13/2015 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Climate change, fracking and household toxins can impact pregnancy

Second Round of Hearings for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Nov. 12 and 13

The remarkable turn-out for the public hearings on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in September has persuaded the agency to hold supplemental hearings in Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and in Pittsburgh

9:00 am to 8 pm, Thursday, Nov. 12
9:00 am to 8 pm, Friday, Nov. 13
William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Room 1310
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Because of the importance of this hearing, a coalition of environmental groups lead by Penn Environment will hold a rally:

11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Nov. 12
Outside the Federal Building.

Posted by Jack Wolf on 11/10/2015 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Local Doctor for Homeless up for CNN Heroes Award


Posted by whatever on 11/04/2015 at 6:54 AM

Re: “ModernFormations Gallery to hold final show in November

So proud of the work Jen has done over the past 14 years to promote local artists as well as a being a driving force in revitalizing the community where she lives and works.

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Posted by Judd Quinio on 10/15/2015 at 10:51 PM

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