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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 5:11 PM

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Sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Pittsburgh's official Twitter account, @CityPGH, retweeted a tweet from an account named "WHITE NATIONALIST" in all caps. The user's handle is @FIGHT_4UR_RIGHT and the profile states, in all capital letters, "GLOBALISTS DESTROY BORDERS, LANGUAGE & CULTURE OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS. THEY WANNA DUMP TRUMP, HELP MUSLIMS & RULE THRU SHARIA LAW!"

The retweet in question was a reply to a video of actress Jennifer Lawrence saying "Hey Trump, fuck you," referring to President Donald Trump. The tweet from "WHITE NATIONALIST" stated "THAT PERSON IS THE ACTRESS, Jennifer Lawrence. I'M SURE HER PARENTS ARE VERY PROUD. ... #PENNSYLVANIA #PITTSBURG @dailypenn @PittsburghPG." Pittsburgh's official Twitter account was also tagged in this tweet.

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Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge Bob Casey at an event in Pittsburgh - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
CP photo by Ryan Deto
Bob Casey at an event in Pittsburgh
Political ads for the upcoming March 13 special election between former U.S. assistant Attorney Conor Lamb (D-Mount Lebanon) and state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth) have taken up the new tax cuts as a central issue. The National Republican Congressional Committee has put out attack ads stating that Lamb is aligned with U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called the tax cuts “crumbs” for middle-class families. (Lamb has said the tax cuts are a “betrayal” to the middle class, but stated in January that he doesn’t support Pelosi.)

Since the bill's passage in December, headlines about the tax cuts have focused on some large corporations that have doled out $1,000 bonuses to workers and others that have slightly increased workers' wages. Also, according to nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, households making $60,000 a year will have their after-tax income inch up about 1.5 percent after 2018, but those will tax savings will tick down by 2025 and be eliminated in 2027.

And some Pennsylvania Democrats are starting to point out who they believe are the real winners of the tax-cut bill: the wealthy.

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Find out if you're wise beyond your years...

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Do you know the age gaps between these celebrity couples?  Find out if age is just a number and you could win two premium tickets to see Heisenberg, the boy-meets-girl story that gets a facelift when a 40-something free-spirited American woman falls for an inhibited retirement-age Irishman, from Pittsburgh Public Theater.  Winner will be notified via email.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 3:26 PM

click to enlarge From left to right: Ed Gainey, Daniel Lavelle, DeWitt Walton, Ricky Burgess and Jake Wheatley - PHOTO COURTESY OF PITTSBURGH BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS COALITION
Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition
From left to right: Ed Gainey, Daniel Lavelle, DeWitt Walton, Ricky Burgess and Jake Wheatley
According to a 2017 report from the National Urban League, Pittsburgh ranks 65th in black-white income inequality for large metro communities. Within the city, predominantly black neighborhoods lack thriving business districts and other basic services found in other neighborhoods.

The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition (PBEOC) is hoping to change that. Since its establishment two years ago, the PBEOC has embarked on collecting recommendations from the community, and throughout the process, an overwhelming majority of constituents called for business and organizational development reform as a top priority.

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Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 2:53 PM

CAPA students march through Downtown Pittsburgh. - CP PHOTO BY SABRINA BODON
CP photo by Sabrina Bodon
CAPA students march through Downtown Pittsburgh.
Update: Point Park University issued the following statement on student protests on Wednesday:

“Point Park University respects the rights of students to express their opinion on important issues related to violence in our society. During the admissions process, students are asked to disclose any disciplinary issues related to their time in high school. As part of the University’s one-on-one approach, we work to understand each student’s unique situation.”

For the past two weeks, high school students across the country have been staging walkouts in protest for gun reform, following the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. Last week, students at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) left class and marched to Market Square Downtown for an hour-long protest and memorial for the 17 students and faculty who lost their lives in the shooting. But the next day, CAPA administrators confirmed that the students who participated in the walkout would face disciplinary action in form of a one-hour detention after school. (The detention was rescinded on Friday, with Principal Melissa Pearlman opting instead to hold small-group discussions called "restorative circles" for the participating students.)

This week, a growing number of high-profile colleges and universities made statements assuring prospective students who are taking part in peaceful protests that those actions would not affect the admission process. Earlier this week, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh issued similar commitments; Duquesne University issued one today.

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Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 12:51 PM

What the future sounds like: a playlist featuring all of the artists in the music section of tomorrow's issue. In it, we're covering stories from Mal Blum, Exodus, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kississippi, Jazzy Jeff and more. Yes, Jazzy Jeff has other songs besides "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," but we're only human.

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Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Listen up, boozehounds! This year, Pittsburgh has the honor of hosting the Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade show for the American Craft Spirits Association. This three-day event features speakers discussing business, sales and marketing and the more technical track of distilling; there will also be vendors from all over the country. The conference itself offers a deep dive into the industry, which means it's unlikely laypeople would want to attend for the nitty-gritty details. However, there are two public events for those who love a stiff drink.

On March 5, head to the Heinz History Center to clink glasses with fellow enthusiasts at The Pennsylvania Toast. Sample spirits made by more than a dozen Pennsylvania distilleries while wandering through the museum's new exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. It will be tasty and educational!

5:30 p.m. Mon., March 5
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St., Strip District

Threadbare Cider House and Meadery will host a talk by conference keynote-speaker Fawn Weaver about Uncle Nearest, the African-American man and former slave who is credited with teaching Jack Daniel how to distill whiskey.

6 p.m. Mon., March 5
Threadbare Cider House and Meadery
1291 Spring Garden Ave., Spring Garden

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Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:13 AM

click to enlarge Carla D'Addesi (left) with Paul Mango (center) at a Mango campaign event in February - PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
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Carla D'Addesi (left) with Paul Mango (center) at a Mango campaign event in February
In January, business consultant and gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango (R-Pine Township) participated in a video interview with the controversial Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, the leader of a far-right Christian church in Northeastern Pennsylvania that worships AR-15 automatic rifles.

During the January interview, Moon said that public-school students were getting “indoctrinated into the homosexual political agenda” and a “transgender agenda.” Mango nodded along to Moon’s comments, and Pennsylvania Democratic Party officials criticized Mango for his appearance with Moon.

Mango spokesperson Matt Beynon told the TribLive in January that Mango doesn’t believe “that schools are indoctrinating our kids," but does “believe that our culture has eroded and has become more and more intolerant of traditional family values.”

But a month later, on Feb. 15, a volunteer and campaign booster for Mango made an appearance on Moon’s podcast, and she joined in with Moon on espousing some anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

Carla D’Addesi is a conservative cable-news commentator and self-described faith-and-family-coalition leader for Mango’s 2018 gubernatorial run. She went on Moon’s podcast to discuss state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R-York) and his support for the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, a bill that would provide LGBTQ Pennsylvanians the same civil-rights protections currently received by religious practitioners, minorities and immigrants. Wagner is a co-sponsor of the state senate's version of the Fairness Act.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 3:49 PM

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When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its new drawings of Pennsylvania's U.S. Congressional Districts on Feb. 19, state Republicans immediately criticized them and said they would challenge the maps in federal court. The state’s 18 congressional districts were redrawn earlier this month after the state Supreme Court ruled the original 2011 maps violated the Pennsylvania Constitution as a partisan gerrymander.

Federal judges have scheduled a March 9 hearing to listen to arguments concerning the new congressional district maps.

While the outcome of the federal district court's decision will undoubtedly have a big effect on how Pennsylvanians vote in upcoming elections, a grassroots group wants to remind people that having legislators draw maps and then battle in the courts is not the only way to reshape districts in Pennsylvania.

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Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Each week we post a song from a local artist online for free. This week, it’s “Winter Swell,” by Altar Boy. It’s a melancholy number that plays with dynamics, building into a desperate wave about love lost. Stream or download “Winter Swell” for free below. 

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