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Thursday, February 22, 2018

We took to Twitter and asked you to create Pittsburgh-based romantic movie names.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM

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We asked, and you delivered. We wanted you to replace a word
from a romantic movie with a Pittsburgh word, and the results were all our
yinzer hearts could have hoped for. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks for
sharing, sappy little love mongers. *fingerhearts*





















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Monday, February 19, 2018

Served fresh from CP Marketing!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM

We know you like snackable content.  It’s okay – we do, too.  That’s why the Marketing Department here at City Paper put on its thinkin’ cap and decided our readers need a little something extra to get through the day – queue CP Extra

We’ve already started creating content for you – lists, quizzes, crazy Pittsburgh conspiracies, stories about what we had for lunch – but we’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions, angry comments, whatever it may be to make sure we deliver the best content just for you.  After all, yinz keep us going – and we want to thank you.

That being said, please take 3-5 minutes to answer a couple questions about what online content you love most, and we’ll get crackin’ on bringing it right to you.

Thank you,

City Paper Marketing Department

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CP Staff Comes To Your Rescue With Some of Their Favorites

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 7:00 AM

In a panic because, once again, you forget to grab your special someone something for Valentine's Day? We've all been there. And that's why we, your ever-lovin' CP Staff, are here to give you our favorite picks for last minute gifts.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Not all mascots are cute and cuddly

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Everyone loves mascots. They're fluffy, oversized, and huggable. But some of Pittsburgh's notable mascots are more unsettling than charming. Let's address the big-nosed pierogi in the room—some of Pittsburgh's mascots need a call out for their bizarre designs.

1. The Kennywood Sign

When you think of Kennywood's mascot, you probably visualize the iconic Kenny the Kangaroo. He's everything a mascot should be: friendly, fuzzy, and immediately recognizable. I'm not sure why one good mascot wasn't enough for Kennywood, but the park opted for a second one. The mascot is shaped like the park's iconic road signs, but, honestly, who thinks about cuddling up with a road sign? The Kennywood sign mascot is a lot like Stephen Baldwin next to Alec Baldwin—they're clearly related but one is more iconic in every way.

2. Mrs. T's Pierogi Race

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What's more terrifying than a big-nosed, anthropomorphic pierogi barreling towards you? How about four of them! Yes, every one of these dumpling abominations has a name: Jalapeno Hannah in green, Sauerkraut Saul in red, Cheese Chester in yellow, and Oliver Onion in purple. Apparently, kids love this event at Pirates games. Maybe their fight-or-flight senses haven't kicked in.

3. Frankie the Fish

Frankie the Fish looks like a mad scientist experiment gone horribly right. Is it a fish? Is it a lizard? Where's Mulder and Scully when you need them! All I know is that Frankie is jacked. He never skips biceps day or his morning protein shakes. The creature from the Allegheny is coming to mascot races near you! Lock up your whey protein!

4. Gus the Groundhog

Gus is the mascot for the Pennsylvania Lottery. He looks like every fifty-something dad at Giant Eagle that's on his cell to determine what correct butter to buy. Newsflash: Nobody wants your scratch-offs, Gus. Why do you keep showing up at our family functions? Were you just sitting in the rafters to whip out your Gus Bucks? Go dig a hole. A deep one.

5. The Nittany Lion

The Nittany Lion, the official mascot for Penn State University, has black, soulless eyes that stare into the souls of his enemies. Now I'm getting war flashbacks to childhood and the eye-buttons in Coraline. Also, could Mr. Nittany please eat a sandwich? One would think a lion would have a little more padding on his bones.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

In the spirit of the Olympics season, here are Olympians from the past that made Pittsburgh proud.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The 2018 Winter Olympics start on Friday, February 9. The roster of prestigious athletes at this event will include Pittsburgh native John-Henry Krueger.

1. John-Henry Krueger

John-Henry grew up in the Peters Township area. On Instagram, John-Henry had this to say about qualifying for the Olympics, “Tonight I accomplished one of my two most important goals as an athlete. Tonight I became an Olympian. There are so many people to thank since I have encountered so many in my skating career. But the ones who deserve the most recognition is my family. I have not seen any other family support and fight through so many adversities for so long. I can with complete confidence say that accomplishing this dream of mine would not be possible without them.”

John-Henry Krueger will be competing as a member of the men’s Olympic U.S. Speedskating short track team. In honor of his achievement, let’s look back at some other Olympians from the Pittsburgh area.

2. Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle was born in Mount Lebanon Township. He attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in education in 1993. While a student at Clarion University, Angle became a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. After graduating from Clarion, Angle won a gold medal in freestyle at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Angle went on to become a professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Between WWE and TNA, Angle has won a total of 21 championships.

3. Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams was born and raised in Detroit and Pittsburgh. She attended the University of Miami, where she competed on the track team and was inducted into the Iron Arrow Society, the university's highest honor. On Feb. 19, 2014, Williams and Elana Meyers won the silver medal for women’s bobsled at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Williams currently resides in suburban Pittsburgh.

4. Suzie McConnell-Serio

Suzie McConnell-Serio was born in Pittsburgh, where she attended Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School. She led her high school team to the PIAA State Championship in 1984. McConnell was on the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team in the 1988 Summer Olympics. She earned a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. She went on to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) as a point guard for the Cleveland Rockers from 1998 to 2000. She is currently the head coach for the women's basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh.

5. Leah Smith

High fives for day 5 👋🏻😏🇺🇸 #GOUSA

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Leah Smith was born in Pittsburgh, and she has a family history of athletic greatness. She is great-granddaughter of World Series champion baseball player Jimmy Smith and great-niece of boxer Billy Conn. Smith is a graduate of Oakland Catholic High School. In 2016, Smith competed at the Rio Olympic Games, and she won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Smith also won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.




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Take the quiz for a chance to win!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Think you're the Snoop Dogg of PCR oil? Test your knowledge about CBD with our Cannabis Quiz, and you could win a bottle of LabNaturals PCR Plant Oil to try at home. Learn more about Lab Naturals PCR.



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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Take the quiz to find out!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Find your celebrity couple equivalent and you could win an overnight stay at Seven Springs, plus tubing passes for you and your partner! Winner will be notified on 2/8 via email.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Take the quiz to find out!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Are you more mid-century modern or shabby chic?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Are you more mid-century modern or shabby chic? Take this quiz from Live South Side for a chance to win a $100 Home Goods gift card.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Presented by Dollar Bank

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The Three Rivers Arts Festival is presented by Dollar Bank and runs from June 3 through June 12, 2016. The festival is located at Point State Park, celebrates art and music, and is free to the public!

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