Friday, May 26, 2017

Pittsburgh City Paper staffers win 10 Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, including best-in-show

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 11:34 AM

City Paper's Golden Quill Winners, from left, Margaret Welsh, Ryan Deto, Bill O'Driscoll, Rebecca Addison, Charlie Deitch, Celine Roberts and Ashley Murray.  Not pictured are Kim Lyons and DJ Coffman - CP PHOTO BY MARK ADDISON
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  • City Paper's Golden Quill Winners, from left, Margaret Welsh, Ryan Deto, Bill O'Driscoll, Rebecca Addison, Charlie Deitch, Celine Roberts and Ashley Murray. Not pictured are Kim Lyons and DJ Coffman

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writers, editors and artists won 10 first place Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. The paper had 14 finalists overall in 12 categories.

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Last chance to vote for artwork in the Sprout Fund's 'Belonging' community art project

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:13 AM

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Today is the final day to vote for your favorite design in the Sprout Fund's "Belonging," a community art project in support of immigrants and refugees. Allegheny County residents were invited to submit a design that showed Pittsburgh welcoming new friends and neighbors in hopes of having their artwork made into posters and yard signs to be distributed free to the community.

Among the 42 finalists deserving a shout out are some friends of Pittsburgh City Paper.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pennsylvania Senate to vote on bill to arm school teachers and staff

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:15 PM

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Last January, some were amused and others terrified when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said guns could be used in “schools to protect from potential grizzlies.” The meme-worthy comment was made during DeVos’ confirmation hearing when U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D- Connecticut) asked her if “guns have any place in or around schools?” Murphy previously served as a member of the House of Representatives where he represented Newtown, Conn., the town where 20 elementary school students and six school employees were shot and killed in 2012.

While many have pushed for stronger gun control measures since the Sandy Hook massacre, others are pushing measures to increase the presence of firearms in schools. One such measure is currently being considered in the Pennsylvania Senate and could be voted on next month.

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Pittsburgh-based theater troupe seeks funding for overseas artist

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 4:21 PM

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Real/Time Interventions scored when its new cabaret musical, Angelmakers — a one-woman show about female serial killers — was chosen for the prestigious Orchard Project Summer Residency. But there’s a catch for the small troupe: Its lone collaborator, performer Milia Ayache, lives in Lebanon and still needs airfare.

RTI is running a gofundme campaign to raise $2,500 to get Ayache to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., by June 10.

Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers, explores the “moments and motives” of eight female serial killers in songs by Molly Rice. Local theater fans will remember Rice from her inventive script forThe Saints Tour — Braddock, an immersive theater piece RTI staged with Bricolage Productions for a sold-out run in 2015.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh permanently closed after workers participate in one-day strike

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Sign posted on South Side's Amazing Cafe - PHOTO COURTESY OF RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES CENTER OF PITTSBURGH
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  • Sign posted on South Side's Amazing Cafe
Up until May 20, Zachariah Reyes had worked seven days a week for two straight months, with the exception of holidays, at the Amazing Cafe in the South Side. He had been putting in extra hours to help the restaurant stay afloat after its head chef broke his arm and couldn't work. Even though he’s not officially a manager, he had taken on managerial duties like communicating with the owner in trying to replace faulty appliances. He hadn’t been given any perks or incentives for putting in the extra work. Reyes just felt he had too. He says this was true for many workers at Amazing Cafe, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, which is attached to the Amazing Yoga studio on East Carson street.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wilkinsburg elementary students moving into previously closed high school building

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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Amid major renovations to their building, Turner Elementary students will go back to school next year in the Wilkinsburg High School building. A press release Friday announced the plan to temporarily relocate students for the 2017-2018 school year.

After years of low enrollment in Wilkinsburg School District, Wilkinsburg High graduated its last class in June 2016. Students in grades 7-12 then moved to Westinghouse Academy in Homewood to complete their education in the Pittsburgh Public School District.

School administrators say that the move will provide students with a better learning environment, unaffected by the noises and debris caused by active renovations.

“This is a lot more stable. Both our teachers and students are excited about the move,” Tanya Smith, Turner Elementary School principal, said in the release.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

3 Rivers Comicon brings comic book fans and collectors to Century III Mall

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:24 AM

DJ Coffman, a Pittsburgh-area comics artist and occasional City Paper contributor,  mans his booth at 3 Rivers Comicon on Sun., May 21. - CP PHOTOS BY KRISTA JOHNSON
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  • DJ Coffman, a Pittsburgh-area comics artist and occasional City Paper contributor, mans his booth at 3 Rivers Comicon on Sun., May 21.

The annual 3 Rivers Comicon, organized by New Dimensions Comics owner Todd McDevitt and store manager Jon Engel, came to Century III Mall over the weekend, bringing together comics artists, vendors and fans.

Photo intern Krista Johnson was there on Sunday to capture scenes from the event.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

EQT Children’s Theater Festival continues this weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 5:32 PM

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The EQT Children’s Theater Festival, a four-day Pittsburgh Cultural Trust production at various Downtown venues, continues through Sun., May 21.

In addition to ticketed theater shows, the annual event also includes free outdoor activities including balloon art, face painting, a giant Connect Four game and more.

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Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Marchers in EQT shirts at last year's Pride Parade - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
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  • Marchers in EQT shirts at last year's Pride Parade
In January, LGBT nonprofit the Delta Foundation announced this year's LGBT Pride Parade in Pittsburgh on June 11 would be renamed the EQT Equality March.

Almost immediately after the announcement, the new name drew backlash from some in the LGBT community who are concerned about corporate involvement in LGBT activities. And now, a counter LGBT group has announced they're hosting a separate march that day.

"Pride has historically been about resisting. It's about bringing visibility to a marginalized community," says Ciora Thomas, leader of SisTers PGH, a LGBT organization helping to organize the counter march. "That's the history of Pride. We trying to carry on that legacy."

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pittsburghers protest local firm DCK Worldwide tied to detention-center construction

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 4:19 PM

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According to several estimates, the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico would cost around $20 billion. President Donald Trump is pushing to have funding for the project included in a budget measure currently being considered to avoid government shutdown.

But according to a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released last month, 58 percent of Americans oppose new spending for the border wall, while 28 percent support it.

So far seven of the 25 largest design-build firms in the country, along with six other companies, have publicly said they would not bid on the border-wall project. Bidding closed last month.

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