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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Maia Szalavitz was addicted to cocaine and heroin from age 17 to 23. In college, at Columbia University, she says, she sold drugs to make more friends. Things came to a head when she was expelled after the police paid her a visit.

"I opened the door with a needle in my arm," Szalavitz says. "I was expecting a friend."

But being expelled and facing legal consequences for dealing drugs only made her addiction worse. And traditional treatment programs didn't help her.

"Though I knew it was completely wrong, the only thing I could think of to manage my life was more drugs," Szalavitz says.

Szalavitz was among the speakers at a conference hosted by Allegheny Health Network last week, at Allegheny General Hospital. The conference was centered around combating the opioid crisis and featured national experts and AHN addiction-medicine specialists.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers' new star wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, is known for catching touchdowns and coming up with innovative celebrations, including a hide-and-seek number during the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Oct. 22. But Smith-Schuster is also known as the team's best bike commuter, as he often rides his bike to practice at the Steelers' training facility in the South Side. And in a town where city councilors might scream at you for riding your bike, that's an impressive feat.

However, Smith-Schuster tweeted today, Oct. 24, that his bike has been stolen. "I hope it's not an end of an era #TeamFindJujusBike," wrote Smith-Schuster on Twitter.

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Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:07 PM


In the world of wrestling, two companies stand out as powerhouses for producing and fostering incredible talent. They are Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and for several days this year, they teamed up in the states to wrestle under the banner of Global Wars.

Here's what went down:

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Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 2:28 PM

click to enlarge CP FILE PHOTO
CP file photo

In 1997, Barbara Manning, one of my favorite indie-rock singer-songwriters, finally came to Pittsburgh for a solo show at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern. I had been a fan of her introspective songs (which actually pre-dated the term “indie rock”), as a solo artist, and in bands like 28th Day and the S.F. Seals. We became acquainted after I sent her a letter in San Francisco in the early 1990s. We talked by phone and sent each other copies of our albums. I even interviewed her for a fanzine. But we never talked in person. I saw the Seals at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, but never got close enough to say hello. By then, we had fallen out of touch anyway, so who knows if she’d remember me.

Then, on a Thursday night in July 1997, she walked into the BBT. Pushing all my shyness and fanboy feelings aside, I ran up to her and introduced myself. “Oh my God, how are you? It’s so good to finally meet you,” she yelled as she gave me a hug.

Yep. She remembered me.

We all have our Bloomfield Bridge Tavern stories. That’s mine. And that’s only half of it.

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Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF LEVI WALTON
Photo courtesy of Levi Walton
Here it is: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering new music from Helms Alee, Rita Ora, Jack White (covers), Dinosaur Jr. and more. Listen up!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 4:39 PM

I was still stewing about the rejection of my suggestions for new Best Of categories last year — best bathroom graffiti, best neighbor’s wi-fi network name, best Wendy’s — when I saw the results come in for my favorite suggestion this year: best place to hole up in event of a zombie apocalypse.

The winner was “your house.”

Generally, the task of complaining, arguing and challenging the merits of Best Of winners is the readers’ job, but I really gotta pick a bone with this “your house” shit.

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Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week it’s “Fall” by Donora, a bright, bouncy indie pop love song that sounds like picnics in the Autumn sun and ice cream on Mt. Washington. Stream or download “Fall” below.

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Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 10:04 AM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sun., Oct. 22. - CP PHOTOS BY VINCENT PUGLIESE
CP photos by Vincent Pugliese
Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sun., Oct. 22.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a fairly easy day of it on Sunday getting by the Bengals, 29-14, at Heinz Field on Sunday. Here are photographer Vincent Pugliese's top 15 photos from the game.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:51 PM

For everybody else, October is a month for celebrating assorted undead, such as vampires and zombies. Of course, here in Pittsburgh, we're forever celebrating zombies, thanks in no small part to director George Romero, who shot many zombie-centric features in and around Pittsburgh.

One of his films was 1985's Day of the Dead, in which zombies have overtaken the land, leaving a group of scientists and military personnel holed up in an underground bunker in Florida.

Day of the Dead screens next Tuesday in a special event designed to celebrate Romero and "Chilly Billy" Cardille, the Pittsburgh radio and TV personality who also had made appearances in a couple of Dead films; both men died within the last year.

Besides the screening, there will be a discussion, led by University of Pittsburgh film-studies professor Adam Lowenstein, with Lori Cardille, who is both the star of Day of the Dead and the daughter of Chilly Billy. The event is free and open to the public.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 24, and takes place at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, in Oakland.

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Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 11:34 AM

click to enlarge IMAGE COURTESY OF JOHN MEYER AND GABE BULLARD
Image courtesy of John Meyer and Gabe Bullard
If that headline makes no sense to you, go back and check out the original story here. The basic gist of it is that a hastily doodled cowboy has evolved into regularly shared meme for 1A's Friday news roundup. Last week, we published an interview with the stick figure's illustrator, John Meyer. Today, we're talking with the senior producer for digital at 1A, Gabe Bullard, to hear the story from its side.

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