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Friday, July 27, 2018

Replay FX brings pinball and arcade games to Pittsburgh

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 2:56 PM

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A pinball machine at the Pacific Pinball Museum.


It’s Mario time.


Replay FX, a festival dedicated to arcade, console and tabletop games makes Pittsburgh its home for the weekend.


The festival hosts the largest pinball tournament in history, Pinburgh. Over the three day event, 840 competitors will pinball on over 300 machines.


64 women will compete for a $5000 prize in the first ever women’s pinball competition. Catch the final on July 29 at 2:30pm.

Nostalgic? Replay FX has the classic, 1980 bad-graphic games. Beat your middle school high scores on games like Pac-Man, Tetris and Mario Bros. Bring back your skills from 4th grade with The Oregon Trail Challenge. Live out your NFL dreams on an Xbox 360.

This arcade and gaming extravaganza neglects nothing. Entire rooms of the festival are dedicated to tabletop games.


Take a trip through the Candyland forests or strategize over The Resistance.


Listen to seminars by pinball designers.


Dress your best to compete in the cosplay competition.


Hear some of your favorite theme songs reimagined through rock with Replay’s live music lineup.

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Replay FX has it all, no tokens needed.


Replay FX continues through July 29. Buy tickets and day passes here.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pittsburgh P-G cartoonist Rob Rogers fired after speaking out against anti-Trump cartoons being pulled

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Rob Rogers (right) with City Paper's Lynn Cullen - Watch the video archive - SCREENSHOT FROM LYNN CULLEN LIVE
In a June 14 tweet, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers announced he had been fired.

Last week, Rogers had spoken publicly about the decision by the Post-Gazette editorial board to pull several of his recent cartoons. Many of them had criticized or satirized President Donald Trump, including Trump's immigration enforcement policies. 

"Sad to report this update: Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired," tweeted Rogers.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers critical of paper's decision to pull anti-Trump cartoons

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Rob Rogers (right) speaking with Lynn Cullen on June 7
  • Rob Rogers (right) speaking with Lynn Cullen on June 7
Rob Rogers doesn’t want to normalize this president.

Over the last few months, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board has pulled several editorial cartoons submitted by Rogers, a longtime cartoonist. Those pieces included criticism of President Donald Trump and his immigration enforcement policies and the NFL’s new national anthem rule that Trump fervently backs.

After initially opting for silence on the situation, Rogers continued going public Thursday with an appearance on Lynn Cullen Live. (Listen to the full interview on Cullen's podcast.)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New editorial leadership announced at Pittsburgh City Paper

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Today we had to make the very difficult decision to part ways with our editor, Charlie Deitch.

Charlie has served Pittsburgh City Paper and the people of Pittsburgh incredibly well in his tenure here and oversaw many positive changes at City Paper, including our newest redesign.

We are very excited for the future of CP and feel like we have a team in place that will help to move CP into a future where we can encompass all of Pittsburgh, with a renewed focus on neighborhoods, the arts, food and drink, and of course, local news.

Change is always difficult, and this was a difficult day. We are committed to the employees of CP, who work hard every day to put together a publication that we can all be proud of.

We wish Charlie nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

We are excited to announce that Rob Rossi will now be joining us as Editor of City Paper. Rob has been a Pittsburgh media staple for years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. We look forward to Rob’s introduction to you in the next few days, and we are excited for you to all be a part of the City Paper’s bright future.

Vernon L. Wise III
President, Eagle Media Corp.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pittsburgh official Twitter account retweets a user with title "WHITE NATIONALIST"; city says it was in error

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

IMAGE COURTESY OF TWITTER
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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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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette employees plan byline strike Thursday to protest stalled contract negotiations with management

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 1:39 PM

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In response to stalled contract negotiations and company demands for steep concessions, newsroom employees of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will begin a byline strike against management.

Pittsburgh City Paper
confirmed the action through several P-G staff members, who wished to remain anonymous. CP also read the email alerting employees of the action.

The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh represents reporters, copy editors and photographers at the P-G. Employees with the guild have been working without a contract since March 31, 2017.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

KDKA journalist Marty Griffin tweets meme making light of sexual misconduct

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 6:11 PM

A now-deleted tweet from Marty Griffin's Twitter account - IMAGE COURTESY OF TWITTER
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  • A now-deleted tweet from Marty Griffin's Twitter account
KDKA television and radio personality Marty Griffin posted a tweet on social media Wednesday morning that appears to make light of sexual assault and harassment. The post comes in the midst of almost daily reports about men in positions of power sexually assaulting and harassing women.

At 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 6, Griffin tweeted from his account a meme of a toy elf recording four Barbie dolls sitting in a sink filled with bubbles with “elf on the shelf being investigated for sexual misconduct.” Griffin wrote on the tweet “Where does it end?”

Four people replied on Twitter and two of them didn't appreciate the post. One wrote “not funny” and another “Are you this dumb or are you playin' us?”

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape director Alison Hall says she is “disappointed” in Griffin’s tweet. “This is not a time to try to be silly about this topic. I would expect more of him.”

Pittsburgh City Paper emailed Griffin at 4:25 p.m. for comment and the tweet was deleted a short time after. CP has reached out to both Griffin and KDKA management for comment. We will post their comments when and if they respond.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Johnstown progressives are sick of national media painting them solely as Trump Country

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 1:20 PM

View of Downtown Johnstown from across the Stone Bridge. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL BALKO
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  • View of Downtown Johnstown from across the Stone Bridge.
On Nov. 8, Politico published a story many in the Pittsburgh region have seen too many times. Reporter Michael Kruse traveled to Johnstown, in Cambria County, to talk to the same people he interviewed for a  story published prior to Donald Trump being elected president. The reporting investigated whether Trump voters had soured on the president, and Kruse sought their input on the ongoing political and cultural wars nationwide. Like many dispatches from the Rust Belt by national publications, the story painted Johnstown as a no-hope town, overrun by drugs and blight, and still in love with Trump.

Since its publication, the Politico story has spread widely on social media, thanks to the explosive final quote in which a white, elderly Trump voter says NFL players are “Niggers for life.”

But progressives in Johnstown aren’t happy. Indivisible Johnstown, a progressive group that has held candidate forums for 2018 Democratic congressional candidates, responded on Facebook: “We are OUTRAGED that this POLITICO reporter and EVERY reporter who comes to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is only looking to tell a story of American Carnage. … Many, many citizens here are not misogynistic, racists like the Neanderthals in this article. They are working hard to make a difference.”

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pittsburgh policing expert David Harris celebrates 50 episodes of Criminal (In)Justice podcast

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 1:19 PM

David Harris - PHOTO COURTESTY OF CRIMINAL (IN)JUSTICE
  • Photo courtesty of Criminal (In)Justice
  • David Harris
Over the last several years, interest in complex policing stories has mushroomed. The Black Lives Matter movement, as well as immigrant-justice groups, have capitalized and propelled these stories, frustrated in how criminal-justice matters were too often swept under the rug.

University of Pittsburgh professor and well-known policing expert David Harris knows this all too well. For decades, he has been a go-to source for many media outlets (including Pittsburgh City Paper) for criminal-justice stories. He has even testified before the U.S. Congress on the subject.

And with all his available knowledge and expertise, Harris wanted to bring it directly to the the public. So last year, Harris started the Criminal (In)Justice podcast with help from former and current WESA staff members Josh Raulerson and Megan Harris. The first episode aired in March 2016, and this weeks marks the 50th episode.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher hangs on Donald Trump’s jet in a ‘more than memorable’ experience

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Donald Trump and Post-Gazette Publisher/Editor-in-Chief John Robinson Block
  • Donald Trump and Post-Gazette Publisher/Editor-in-Chief John Robinson Block
Earlier this year, an online news site reported on a possible primary-election endorsement of Donald Trump by the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In that report, Philadelphia-based Billy Penn talked to sources in the P-G newsroom who were unhappy about any possible endorsement. The website wrote: “Some Post-Gazette reporters are worried about their paper’s credibility should it support the billionaire candidate who’s campaigned on a platform that includes deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, building a wall between the United States and Mexico and banning Muslims from entering the country.”

If staffers were worried then, they couldn’t have been happy to learn that John Robinson Block, the paper’s publisher and editor-in-chief, spent a little time in Toledo Wednesday hanging out on Donald Trump’s private plane and getting his picture taken with the Republican presidential nominee. The visit was even documented in the Toledo Blade, the P-G’s sister publication in Ohio.

According to the paper: “After the campaign rally, Mr. Trump met with Blade Publisher and Editor-in-Chief John Robinson Block and Blade Editorial Page Editor Keith Burris on his plane at Toledo Express Airport.”

Sources tell City Paper that the photo was posted on Block’s Facebook page under the caption: “In 39 years of full time journalism I’ve met many interesting people. This one was more than memorable.” Both men are smiling and Trump is giving a thumbs up.

Asked via email for comment about the photo, and whether it could suggest that the P-G might be slanted toward Mr. Trump, an email from the Post-Gazette’s Deb Sacco read: "Mr. Deitch, Over the course of his career, Mr. Block has been photographed with many people. Attached, is another ..."
Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block getting a photo with Hillary Clinton, although not on a private plane
  • Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block getting a photo with Hillary Clinton, although not on a private plane
However, despite also shaking hands with Hillary Clinton, there are obvious differences between the two photos, not the least of which is that only one was taken on a private plane. Judging from the appearances of its two subjects, the Clinton photo also appears to have been taken some years ago, rather than during a hotly contested presidential campaign.

CP also contacted Michael A. Fuoco, president of The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh, which represents the paper’s union employees, to get his take about the photo.

“I don’t feel the guild can make a comment on the actions of the publisher and editor in chief,” Fuoco said. “But, regardless of what happens in the fall, if we do endorse for president, we will have no opinion about that. We are completely separate from that and we stay away from it.”


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