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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Highlights from Wednesday night’s Pittsburgh Pirates win over the Tampa Bay Rays

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Starting pitcher Ivan Nova deals in the first inning. Nova allowed two runs over five innings. - CP PHOTOS BY JOHN HAMILTON
  • CP photos by John Hamilton
  • Starting pitcher Ivan Nova deals in the first inning. Nova allowed two runs over five innings.

Now that hockey season is over, local sports fans are putting their energy back into cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates. At PNC Park last night, the team made those fans proud with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are highlights from the game from photographer John Hamilton.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What you need to know about Pittsburgh Police body cameras and public access to footage

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 3:29 PM

  • CP file photo by Mike Schwarz
  • Dan Gilman
More than seven years ago, a CAPA High School student Jordan Miles was beaten by three undercover Pittsburgh police officers in Homewood. Then-17-year-old Miles alleged the officers didn't identify themselves, causing him to fear for his life when the three men approached him. He ran and a physical altercation ensued.

Over the past seven years, the events of that January evening have partly centered around whether or not the officers identified themselves. Had the officers recorded the incident with body-worn cameras, arguments over that fact and perhaps several others might've been laid to rest.

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Rejected cover designs from Pittsburgh City Paper's Animal Issue

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM

This week's Pittsburgh City Paper Animal Issue cover sits on top of its inferior counterparts.
  • This week's Pittsburgh City Paper Animal Issue cover sits on top of its inferior counterparts.

When we decided to switch things up this year and change our annual Pet Issue to an Animal Issue, I came up with the idea of a cover design putting a common dog collar on an animal not usually associated with pet ownership: to show the broader range of stories we were including in this week's issue and, to be honest, because the idea of putting a dog collar on a penguin made me laugh.

The penguin design you'll see on this week's City Paper cover ended up being the clear favorite. After all, pretty much the entire city just celebrated the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team becoming back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, and what better tie-in than to jump on the bandwagon and give a shout-out to the second cutest penguins in Pittsburgh? (Don't miss our story on how you can feed the penguins at the National Aviary.)

But in addition to the final covers you see all over town each week, I often mock-up multiple versions of cover designs before we choose the final artwork. This week, I'm sharing three alternate covers that were rejected, so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the creatures who were almost staring out at you from our street boxes.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Health-care workers, policy experts and politicians question Sen. Toomey’s commitment to opioid epidemic

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 1:17 PM

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Caitlyn Fitzsimmons at a June 22 rally in Downtown. - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • Allegheny General Hospital nurse Caitlyn Fitzsimmons at a June 22 rally in Downtown.
In June 2016, U.S. Congress voted to drastically increase funds to the National Institute of Health to battle the opioid epidemic, up to $261 million a year. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R- Lehigh) said in a 2016 statement that "it is important that my colleagues and I work to stem the opioid crisis in an effective and fiscally responsible manner.”

Pennsylvania had the eighth-highest overdose-related death rate of any state in 2014 and the sixth highest in 2015. That increase was one of the highest in the U.S. and was considered “statistically significant,” according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015 in Pennsylvania, 3,264 lost their lives due to drug overdoses. The CDC report said the vast majority of these deaths were caused by opioid usage.

As the opioid crisis has worsened across the country, and particularly in Pennsylvania, some are becoming critical of Toomey’s recent moves related to federal funding for opioid-addiction treatment. Toomey is one of about a dozen U.S. senators who crafted the Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. (The U.S. House version is called the American Health Care Act).

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Listen Up! June 28 Issue

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 11:37 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Nate Burrell
  • Pokey LaFarge
Spooky! All the artists on this playlist just *happen* to be featured in tomorrow's issue. Hit play for music from What Cheer? Brigade, Adult Mom, The O'Jays, Pokey LaFarge and more. Listen today, read tomorrow. Enjoy.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

OpenStreetsPGH returns to Downtown Pittsburgh

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Cyclists cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge during OpenStreetsPGH on Sun., June 25. - CP PHOTOS BY JORDAN MILLER
  • CP photos by Jordan Miller
  • Cyclists cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge during OpenStreetsPGH on Sun., June 25.

OpenStreetsPGH returned to Downtown over the weekend for its City of Bridges tour, closing down three miles of city streets to vehicular traffic. The Bike Pittsburgh event started in Market Square and took cyclists and pedestrians through the North Side to the West End, across both the Roberto Clemente and the West End bridges.

In addition to opening up the streets to bikes, skates and yes, even Segways, the event also offered free fitness classes, arts activities and more along the way. Our photo intern Jordan Miller was there to capture highlights from the Downtown leg of the route.

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What Cheer? Brigade throws the most gracious party you’ll ever be a part of

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:04 PM

  • Photo courtesy of Todd Seelie
If you’ve attended Pittonkatonk, you’ll know that the party What Cheer? Brigade brings is unmatched, creating music that makes you want to dance or march into joyous battle against the evils of the world. If you haven’t yet seen the band, imagine a small army of folks wearing marching-band gear with the biggest smiles on their faces, dancing around, running through the crowd and crowd-surfing through trumpet solos.

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MP3 Monday: The Petals

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:15 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Luke Shannon
This week's MP3 is “Rest” from The Petals' new album Meld (out on Friday). The guitar-driven songwriting and hard-soft dynamics have a distinct 90s feel, but there’s also something pleasantly off-kilter and hard to describe going on here, which could describe most of this foursome’s output. Stream or download “Rest" below.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pittsburgh goes pink to support Planned Parenthood, denounce proposed GOP health-care cuts

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:45 PM

"Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
  • CP photo by Rebecca Addison
  • "Pink Out" rally at the City-County Building Downtown
Earlier today, Senate Republican leaders released a draft of the long-awaited health-care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Along with cuts to the country's Medicaid program, which helps low-income, elderly and disabled Americans, the bill would defund health-care organization Planned Parenthood for one year.

"Over 2 million patients rely on Planned Parenthood every year," said Pittsburgh City Councilor Natalia Rudiak at a rally yesterday evening. "Three out of four Americans want Planned Parenthood funded so it can keep saving lives."

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WWE robbed fans at Money in the Bank and rubbed it in on Smackdown

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:23 PM

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This past Sunday, WWE was going to make women’s wrestling history. They booked the first ever women’s Money In the Bank ladder match, hyped it up with a montage of the female performers who’ve paved the way, and declared all across social media what a special moment it would be.

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