Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rejected cover designs from Pittsburgh City Paper's Animal Issue

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM

This week's Pittsburgh City Paper Animal Issue cover sits on top of its inferior counterparts.
  • This week's Pittsburgh City Paper Animal Issue cover sits on top of its inferior counterparts.

When we decided to switch things up this year and change our annual Pet Issue to an Animal Issue, I came up with the idea of a cover design putting a common dog collar on an animal not usually associated with pet ownership: to show the broader range of stories we were including in this week's issue and, to be honest, because the idea of putting a dog collar on a penguin made me laugh.

The penguin design you'll see on this week's City Paper cover ended up being the clear favorite. After all, pretty much the entire city just celebrated the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team becoming back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, and what better tie-in than to jump on the bandwagon and give a shout-out to the second cutest penguins in Pittsburgh? (Don't miss our story on how you can feed the penguins at the National Aviary.)

But in addition to the final covers you see all over town each week, I often mock-up multiple versions of cover designs before we choose the final artwork. This week, I'm sharing three alternate covers that were rejected, so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the creatures who were almost staring out at you from our street boxes.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

OpenStreetsPGH returns to Downtown Pittsburgh

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Cyclists cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge during OpenStreetsPGH on Sun., June 25. - CP PHOTOS BY JORDAN MILLER
  • CP photos by Jordan Miller
  • Cyclists cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge during OpenStreetsPGH on Sun., June 25.

OpenStreetsPGH returned to Downtown over the weekend for its City of Bridges tour, closing down three miles of city streets to vehicular traffic. The Bike Pittsburgh event started in Market Square and took cyclists and pedestrians through the North Side to the West End, across both the Roberto Clemente and the West End bridges.

In addition to opening up the streets to bikes, skates and yes, even Segways, the event also offered free fitness classes, arts activities and more along the way. Our photo intern Jordan Miller was there to capture highlights from the Downtown leg of the route.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

WWE robbed fans at Money in the Bank and rubbed it in on Smackdown

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:23 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF WWE.COM
  • Photo courtesy of WWE.com
This past Sunday, WWE was going to make women’s wrestling history. They booked the first ever women’s Money In the Bank ladder match, hyped it up with a montage of the female performers who’ve paved the way, and declared all across social media what a special moment it would be.

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U.S. Department of State brings Experience America trip to Pittsburgh

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Pittsburgh was the city of choice for the U.S. Department of State’s annual Experience America trip this year, bringing 30 ambassadors from across the globe to explore the city's history, architecture, culture and technology.

The event, held May 21-23, gave world leaders the opportunity to engage with prominent economic, technological and creative pioneers in Pittsburgh to strike up new foreign partnerships. Ambassadors were given tours through facilities including Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and the Andy Warhol Museum.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

National public-transit conference Rail-Volution coming to Pittsburgh in 2018

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:12 PM

IMAGE COURTESY OF RAILVOLUTION.ORG
  • Image courtesy of railvolution.org
The Rail~Volution conference has been a national leader on engaging communities to improve public transportation and development centered on transit, and to create walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. For more than 20 years, it has set up shop in booming cities that have experienced decades of growth in their respective regions.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sierra Club files suit against the DEP over Cheswick power plant’s expired permit

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Activists at the Department of Environment Protection - CP PHOTO BY HALEY FREDERICK
  • CP photo by Haley Frederick
  • Activists at the Department of Environment Protection
The Sierra Club and concerned local residents gathered last week at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to urge Gov. Tom Wolf and the DEP to take action by renewing the expired permits at Pennsylvania power plants, and to announce that the Sierra Club has filed suit against the DEP in commonwealth court. Speakers presented a jug of water from the Allegheny River, which they said is of particular concern due to the Cheswick plant, which is the subject of the lawsuit.

“I’m here on behalf of our 130,000 members and supporters in Pennsylvania to demand that Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection meet their legal obligation to protect Pennsylvania residents from toxic pollution entering our streams and rivers from coal-fired power plants,” said Patrick Grenter, senior campaign representative with the Beyond Coal campaign of the Sierra Club.

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Celebrities turn out for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's charity softball game

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 1:23 PM

CP PHOTOS BY KRISTA JOHNSON
  • CP photos by Krista Johnson

Fans gathered at Highmark Stadium on the South Side on Sat., June 17 for a charity softball game organized by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa.

Besides the game, there were other activities including a dance contest and a home-run derby won by Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus.

Photo Intern Krista Johnson was there and captured some of the action.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

CP's Gift Guide for Father's Day 2017

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 12:50 PM

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Fire up the grill and go wait in the car, Pittsburgh, because it's Dad-time! Show love to all the top-shelf dads in town with these 14 unique gift ideas that you've probably never thought your dad would want. Gifts that are sure to make him say "Thanks!"

Happy Father's Day!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins fans cram into Downtown for the city's Stanley Cup victory parade

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Sidney Crosby holds the Stanley Cup in the 2017 Stanley Cup victory parade. - CP PHOTOS BY JORDAN MILLER
  • CP photos by Jordan Miller
  • Sidney Crosby holds the Stanley Cup in the 2017 Stanley Cup victory parade.

Pittsburgh City officials say more than 650,000 people came Downtown today for a victory parade honoring the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup Championship. While that number seems almost impossibly high — the city's population is a bit more than 300,000 and there are just 1.2 million people in Allegheny County — there were tons of people in town today and they were ready to party. It got so crazy, apparently, that the Pens' Phil Kessel even signed a screaming baby a la Ricky Bobby and Donald Trump.

Our photo intern Jordan Miller was on hand to capture the sights and sounds of today's parade. Check out her photos below, including highlights and a slideshow of 50 images.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Scenes from Sunday's Pride Festivities in Downtown Pittsburgh

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Pittsburgh City Paper in the 2017 EQT Equality March in Downtown Pittsburgh - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • Pittsburgh City Paper in the 2017 EQT Equality March in Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Paper was one of more than 100 participants who marched in the 2017 Pride parade through Downtown Pittsburgh on Sun., June 11. (Did you notice the amazing newspaper dress made out of old CP issues, created and modeled by our Associate Publisher Justin Matase above?)

You can check out stories from our Pride-themed issue here, here, and a great column by our music writer Meg Fair here.

Longtime Pittsburgh Pride photographer John Colombo, who we talked to last week about his experiences in documenting the local LGBTQ community, was with us and took photos of the parade and onlookers as we marched.

Check out his photos in our slideshow below. (And, if you took photos of us marching in the parade, tag us on Instagram at @pghcitypaper!)

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