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Friday, December 7, 2018

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 5:28 PM

click to enlarge Cindy Howes and WYEP morning host Joey Spehar on the cover of Pittsburgh City Paper in 2014 - COVER PHOTO: TERRY CLARK
Cover photo: Terry Clark
Cindy Howes and WYEP morning host Joey Spehar on the cover of Pittsburgh City Paper in 2014
After a successful Holiday Hootenanny last night, today Cindy Howes announced that she is bidding farewell to Pittsburgh and her time at WYEP.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:21 PM

Photo: Josh Blasingame
We use coupons for everything, from groceries to the never-ending stack of Kohl’s cash your parents squirrel away for shopping sprees. Now Construction Junction, the Pittsburgh nonprofit retailer specializing in recycled building materials, has partnered with advertising agency MARC USA to offer special coupon deals to customers embarking on DIY projects.

Shoppers will find coupons attached to recycled and reclaimed pieces throughout Construction Junction’s 30,000-square-foot Point Breeze location. The coupons can be used on a number of salvaged items, including appliances, countertops, doors, and plumbing products. Once found, the coupons are easily redeemed and removed upon purchase.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:19 PM

click to enlarge WYEP Holiday Hootenanny - PHOTO: WYEP
Photo: WYEP
WYEP Holiday Hootenanny
Rap, country, hip hop, soul, folk – the Pittsburgh music scene is thriving with talented artists, yet it can be difficult to see more than one genre in a night without having to switch venues. Every December, WYEP attempts to bridge this gap with its Holiday Hootenanny.

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Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 1:48 PM

click to enlarge Hootie & The Blowfish - PHOTO: TODD & CHRIS OWYOUNG
Photo: Todd & Chris Owyoung
Hootie & The Blowfish

Stay up to date with your favorite artist and musicians coming to Pittsburgh. Each week, CP staff writer Jordan Snowden brings you the most recent concert announcements, so you never miss a show.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM

click to enlarge PARIS TO PITTSBURGH
Paris to Pittsburgh
Last year, President Donald Trump name-checked Pittsburgh when he announced the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement despite nearly every country in the world having agreed to it. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, always quick to defend his city via Twitter, responded that Pittsburgh would continue to follow the guidelines of the agreement (and also noted that 80 percent of the city voted for Hillary Clinton).

The president chose to invoke Pittsburgh for its industrial history (and alliteration), but Pittsburgh's future is dependent on environmental sustainability.

Paris to Pittsburgh, a documentary premiering Dec. 12 on the National Geographic channel, screened on Monday at Phipps Conservatory with an event hosted by Peduto. The screening also featured one of the movie's directors, Sidney Beaumont, and Cindy Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 3:30 PM

You might not have heard that open enrollment for plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace ends Sat., Dec. 15.

In 2017, President Donald Trump slashed the marketing budget for open enrollment by 90 percent, and it remains that low for 2018. It's likely you haven't seen many ads to remind citizens to sign up for their government-run health insurance.

So, use this as a reminder that you have until mid-December to enroll in plans effective for the 2019 calendar year via the marketplace.

If you can't get a computer, or have trouble using one, state Sen. Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and state Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Squirrel Hill) are hosting a free event to help get people enrolled at the Oakland Career Center on Dec. 11. The event runs from 5-7:30 p.m. and is located at 294 Semple St. in Oakland. 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 6:06 PM

click to enlarge Give us your big cows!
Give us your big cows!
Big Cow needs some farmsplaining, and Pennsylvania is just the state to do it.

Social media junkies may have noticed the viral video of Knickers, a black-and-white Holstein in Australia shown towering over a herd of significantly smaller cows. Dubbed "Big Cow" by internet users, reports measured Knickers at an impressive 6-foot-4-inches from hoof to shoulder and weighing in at roughly 2,800 pounds.

But his rise to fame was met with plenty of debunking - including from your humble, Central Pennsylvania farm-raised author - about how Knickers was not, in fact, a Big (female) Cow, but a male steer. Many were also ready to take him down a peg or two by posting about larger cows, including a beefy boy in Manitoba, Canada named Dozer and a 7-foot white Charolais in England. This was despite the fact that many articles pointed out that Knickers was only big for his breed, not overall.

Shannon Powers, press secretary from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides even more perspective, saying, "Knickers is actually an ox – a mature steer typically used as a draft animal to pull heavy objects – like a draft horse."

But the Department of Agriculture still wants to capitalize on Big Cow fever and has launched a social media campaign looking for the commonwealth's biggest bovines.

Southwestern Pennsylvania still boasts quite a bit of farming, but it's unclear if any local cows, bulls, or steers measure up to Knickers.

Heather Thomas of Donegal owns a variety of cattle, including a team of oxen.

"I’m not sure I will be any comparison to Knickers," she says. "I do have a large Chianina cow that is big for around here but not big to breed standards. ... Also, a young Chianina bull that will be a giant but not there yet."

Chianina is one of the largest and oldest cattle breeds in the world. Mature Chianina bulls can reach up to 5-feet-11-inches, while oxen can grow to a whopping 6-feet-7-inches.

But that doesn't mean City Paper is through trying to prove Knickers doesn't have anything on the Keystone State's cows.

Do you own a big cow, steer, or bull in Southwestern Pennsylvania? Let us know! Send photos and descriptions to

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Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:19 AM

click to enlarge Brothers Derek Watt (left) and T.J. Watt (right) trade jerseys postgame. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Brothers Derek Watt (left) and T.J. Watt (right) trade jerseys postgame.

Even in a tough loss for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, family is more important than football. Tonight marked the head-to-head matchups for two sets of brothers, T.J. & Derek Watt, as well as twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey. Sure, the calls on the field were quite terrible and the local team lost 30-33 in the final seconds on the third attempt of a field goal. But seeing the smiles and love shared at the end of the game, makes you realize that family will be with you much longer than the game. And in the holiday season and the first night of Hanukkah, it seemed only fitting to be reminded of that.

The Steelers record is now 7-4-1 and will play at the Oakland Raiders on December 9th at 4:25pm.

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