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Monday, June 19, 2017

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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Pittsburgh Penguins announce Stanley Cup victory parade route

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship parade, 2016. - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship parade, 2016.
There were catfish on the ice, an alleged claim of halitosis and some up-and-down goal keeping, but the Pittsburgh Penguins still emerged victorious in the Stanley Cup Finals. On June 11, the Pens defeated the somewhat stupidly named Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0, winning the series in six games.

This is the second straight Stanley Cup for the Penguins, and city and Allegheny County officials want to celebrate with you Downtown. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's office sent a press release indicating the Pens championship parade will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. in Downtown.

The parade route will begin at the intersection of Grant Street and Liberty Avenue, traveling down Grant Street to Boulevard of the Allies. From there, the route will head down Boulevard of the Allies toward Point State Park, where it will terminate. A stage will be set up on Point State Park's lawn (the one closest to the city streets), where Penguins personnel and players will give celebratory remarks.

City of Pittsburgh Public Works employees will be setting up barriers beginning Tue., June 13, in the evening and during the following morning. Road closures will being at 9 a.m. on Wed., June 14.  

Pittsburgh officials advise parade watchers to wear warm-weather, waterproof attire and bring plenty of water, as Wednesday's forecast predicts a high of 84 degrees, high humidity and possible thunderstorms.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey proposes legislation to disarm those convicted of hate crimes

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 2:11 PM

June 13, 2016, vigil in Pittsburgh for victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • June 13, 2016, vigil in Pittsburgh for victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
This weekend, thousands will descend on Downtown Pittsburgh to show support for the LGBTQ community. The Pride Week events, held every year around this time, are meant to serve as a call for equal rights for LGBTQ individuals and a celebration of the LGBTQ community.

But unfortunately, while cities around the country hold similar Pride events, the LGBTQ community and all Americans must also remember the June 12 mass shooting last year at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., a gay dance club where 49 people were killed.

The shooter in the June 12 massacre was Omar Mateen. While the mass shooting was originally characterized as an act of religious extremism, Mateen’s father told reporters he believed homophobia, not religion, motivated his son.

In an effort to ensure incidents like this don't don't continue to happen, this week, several U.S. senators including Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey introduced legislation to prevent firearms from getting into the hands of people who have committed hate crimes.

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Researchers at Pittsburgh conference say human trafficking hits close to home

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:06 AM

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According to researchers at a conference at the University of Pittsburgh this week, human trafficking is a major problem in the world today, and more local than many people know.

On June 7 and 8, the Center on Race and Social Problems in Pitt’s School of Social Work held its 2017 Race and Child Welfare Summer Institute. Inside the Cathedral of Learning, 60 social workers and professionals in related agencies gathered to hear a variety of presentations dealing with subjects like human trafficking, welcoming immigrants and the vulnerability of refugees in Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heated opinions at forum sparked by controversial painting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Emotions ran high at last night’s public forum Downtown on race and representation in art.

Post-forum discussion at the Trust Arts Education Center - CP PHOTO BY BILL O'DRISCOLL
  • CP Photo by Bill O'Driscoll
  • Post-forum discussion at the Trust Arts Education Center
About 80 attended the often-fiery discussion, which was sparked by controversy over “Within Two Seconds, The Shooting of Tamir Rice,” a painting by white, Cleveland-based artist Tom Megalis that was chosen for exhibition at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The painting depicts the 2014 police killing of a 12-year-old African-American boy in Cleveland. Twelve days before the exhibit opened, Megalis publicized the painting’s inclusion on his Facebook page; a social-media firestorm ensued, and Megalis withdrew the work.

Last night’s forum was organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which runs the arts festival. Megalis was invited to attend but declined. The event was moderated by art historian Kilolo Luckett, who began by saying, “This isn’t about yes or no. … I’m really interested in the space in between.”

But such space was sometimes difficult to find at the Trust Arts Education Center. Most who spoke condemned the painting, saying it was an example of a white artist exploiting black pain.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Immigrants are propping up the Pittsburgh metro area population

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Latin American folk-dance group Latina Productions at Beechview’s Cinco de Mayo festival in 2016 - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Latin American folk-dance group Latina Productions at Beechview’s Cinco de Mayo festival in 2016
Without an influx of international migration to the Pittsburgh metro area, the region would have lost 36,580 residents since 2010. This would have been far and away the largest population decline of any large U.S. metro area over that time span. Luckily, enough people came across borders to the Steel City, drastically cutting into the figure, and stemming some the region’s population decline. (The Pittsburgh region has still lost 14,000 residents since 2010, the second most of major metro areas, behind Cleveland.)

According to U.S. Census figures, from 2010 to 2016, the Pittsburgh area gained 22,588 residents from international migration, which is defined as migration by the foreign-born, Puerto Ricans and native-born Americans living overseas.

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Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh needs help raising the #LastMillion

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Architectural illustration of the new facility - ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF WOMEN'S CENTER AND SHELTER OF GREATER PITTSBURGH
  • Illustration courtesy of Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Architectural illustration of the new facility
Last year, the the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh operated at an average of 112 percent capacity, serving over 6,000 women and children by providing services such as a safe place to stay, counselling, support groups and legal assistance. But unfortunately, the center, in great need of an expansion, had to refer hundreds of people in need to other resources when it didn’t have the space to accommodate them.

This week, the center launched #LastMillion, the final phase in its ongoing major capital campaign, Shelter From the Storm, to raise $12 million to build an expanded facility. So far, Shelter From the Storm has raised nearly 11 million dollars with the support of foundations, individuals, corporations, organizations and government funding. Now the center is reaching out to the greater Pittsburgh community to raise the last million it needs to complete construction.

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