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Friday, June 15, 2018

Bike advocates call for extending Penn Avenue bike lane through the Strip District

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

The end of the Penn Avenue protected bike lane - CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
  • The end of the Penn Avenue protected bike lane
Good luck riding a bike from Downtown Pittsburgh into the Strip District.

After a pleasant mile-long ride on Penn Avenue’s protected bike lane, the lane abruptly ends at 16th Street in the Strip. From there, the protected bike area disappears and riders are forced to navigate crowded roads, alleys with poor visibility and several turns just to get to the shops a few blocks away. It’s not for the faint of heart.

“It’s a no man’s land,” says Eric Boerer of bike-advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh of the bike route into the Strip District.

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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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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Some Pittsburghers recently arrested while protesting for universal health care

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 12:22 PM

Protesters in Harrisburg staging a "die-in" to protest for universal health care - PHOTO COURTESY BEN FIORILLO
  • Photo courtesy Ben Fiorillo
  • Protesters in Harrisburg staging a "die-in" to protest for universal health care
The push for universal healthcare is a serious movement. For Pittsburgh resident Lizzie Anderson, that means getting arrested.

Last week, Anderson and 200 others rallied in Harrisburg and called for the Pennsylvania state government to ensure no cuts were made to Medicaid or the food-stamp program. On June 4, about 30 of the protesters exited the Capitol building, and held a “die-in,” where protesters laid down in front of the doorway until they were arrested. Anderson says getting arrested was necessary to send a message to lawmakers that our current health-care system is not adequate.

“I am a therapist and work with people who can't always get therapy because of our broken health-care system,” says Anderson. “It seems in this country we need to disrupt everyday life to get the obvious done.”

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Proud Pittsburgh: Scenes from Pittsburgh Pride 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Thousands participated in the EQT Equality March on Sun., June 10, 2018. - CP PHOTOS BY ANNIE BREWER
  • CP photos by Annie Brewer
  • Thousands participated in the EQT Equality March on Sun., June 10, 2018.
Rainbows filled Downtown Pittsburgh this weekend for the city's annual Pittsburgh Pride celebration. Our photo intern Annie Brewer was there to capture the scene on Sunday as LGBTQ community members and allies waved flags and signs of support in the EQT Equality March. Check out our colorful highlights below:

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Advocacy group holding public forum to discuss Allegheny County criminalizing condom possession

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Last week, TribLive discovered police officers in Allegheny County have been designating condoms as "an instrument of crime" in more than a dozen prostitution cases last year. The revelation has drawn criticism from several social justice groups and local defense attorneys. Some jurisdictions, like New York City and California, have even outlawed or restricted the practice since it can encourage unsafe sex.

And today, Pittsburgh's branch of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, is hoping to educate people  about the potential issues of Allegheny County's condom-criminalization practices.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Acacia, part of Pittsburgh's classic cocktail legacy, closes

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 5:37 PM

Last call: Acacia’s Duc Fyffe cocktail, photographed for City Paper’s Booze Battles in December - CP PHOTO BY CELINE ROBERTS
  • CP photo by Celine Roberts
  • Last call: Acacia’s Duc Fyffe cocktail, photographed for City Paper’s Booze Battles in December
Acacia, the speakeasy-style cocktail bar in South Side, announced that it will be taking a break from service and closing up shop, for now. Acacia is owned by Lynn Falk, who was also one of the owners of renowned former cocktail bar Embury. His talents were at full display at the Carson Street hide-away, which which offered excellent drinks in 1920s-style atmosphere.

Acacia won City Paper's "Best of Pittsburgh" awards several times for Best Bar (South). It has been widely heralded as one of the best cocktail bars in the city.

Per Acacia's official Twitter account, the group says this closure is only temporary and that "this isn't goodbye, it's see you soon."  It's unclear whether the bar is currently closed or will be closing soon. This writer, who cut her cocktail drinking teeth at both Embury and Acacia, certainly hopes Pittsburgh will be seeing something new from Acacia in the future.

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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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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A new specialty grocer opens in Pleasant Hills and Bridgeville

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Midwestern grocery chain Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is opening two stores in Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills on June 13. The first 250 shoppers will receive a free bag of groceries. Fresh Thyme is celebrating its grand opening with four days of live music, kid's activities, and samplings of its products. Grocery shopping will probably never be as entertaining again.

For those looking to eat more healthily and support their community, Fresh Thyme is donating a portion of the proceeds from their hot dog cart to the Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills Public Libraries. The company is also in the midst of hiring with 250 positions to fill. You can apply here

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Reminder from Pittsburgh Parking Authority: Don’t park in the bike lanes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Protected bike lane on Penn Avenue, Downtown - CP PHOTO BY JAKE MYSLIWCZYK
  • CP photo by Jake Mysliwczyk
  • Protected bike lane on Penn Avenue, Downtown
On May 30, the Twitter account for the Pittsburgh Parking Authority issued a warning to drivers: if you park in a bike lane, you will get a ticket. The tweet was accompanied by a photo of PPA officer issuing a ticket to a pickup truck parked inside the protected bike lane on Penn Avenue.

This tweet retweeted more than 50 times, received more than 120 likes and several replies from people thanking PPA.

With some added attention to the authority, PPA director of on-street parking John Fournier says it’s a good time to remind Pittsburghers that PPA supports alternative modes of transit. PPA isn’t just dedicated to cars.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Pittsburgh students call on Bill Peduto to oppose Shell cracker plant

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Banner hanging from the Smithfield Street Bridge - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK DIXON
  • Photo courtesy of Mark Dixon
  • Banner hanging from the Smithfield Street Bridge
In June 2017, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would be leaving the Paris Climate Accords, and in doing so said he "was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded to that statement in a tweet saying, “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”

Well, some Pittsburgh college students want to hold Peduto to his environmental commitments and are calling on him to oppose the under-construction ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, a facility that processes natural gas in plastics. Environmental groups warn the cracker plant, owned by oil giant Shell, will lead to increased air pollution that will flow directly to Pittsburgh and other towns in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh’s asthma rate is already 13 percent higher than national average and the cracker plant could make that worse.

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