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Re: “Ritter's Diner

Price to food ratio: 4stars
Quality: 3stars
Ambience: 3stars
Service: 4stars

Posted by laurensulk on 04/21/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Block Communications board member Susan Block shares anti-Muslim conspiracy theories on social media

Thank you for this information. I will share this article despite the fact that you conflated the RT reporting of actual vandalism in French churches with the Breibart interpretation of that article.

Posted by Fran Martone on 04/20/2019 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Treat yourself to this Manischewitz slushy recipe

ok, I'll bite: where's the recipe?

Posted by DaveF84 on 04/19/2019 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh-area martial artist creates new karate style

To Joseph Tomaszewski. First, Nobody owns the rights to Tang Soo Do. Tang Soo Do was developed a long time ago and is actually an Ancestry of Shotokan Karate. So, if he was teaching Tang Soo Do outside of the organization why would he need Master Kim's permission. I teach Tang Soo Do and I don't have Master Kim's permission. Why? Because he does not own Tang Soo Do. Note: This is why I left C.S. Kim because they are a cult. If you do not follow them, you do not follow at all. Second, Who ever told you that Master Kim kicked John out of the ITF they are not telling the truth. John left the ITF of his own free will. Finally, What is disrespectful of what he is trying to do? He is trying to build a system that is not focused on politics, treat everyone as a human being not as money signs, not only train people in martial arts but educate people and more.

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Posted by Former C.S. Kim Master on 04/18/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Can Pennsylvania marijuana bill balance the scales of justice?

Americans don't have to like cannabis, but they should hate its prohibition. This prohibition law strikes at the very foundation of our society. It is a tool of tyrants, used to violate core American beliefs and nearly every aspect of the Bill of Rights.

A populace that accepts and becomes accustom to overreaching government policies, such as the prohibition of relatively safe, popular substances, becomes more accepting of overreaching, powerful government in general. This devastates America, not a plant that has been used by mankind since the beginning of recorded history.

Those who believe in limited government, personal responsibility, free markets, and individual liberty should embrace the ending of this irrational, un-American, fraudulently enacted cannabis prohibition experiment. It should be the cornerstone of current GOP policy.


Federal studies show about half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. This prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, has had little of its intended effect. In many cases cannabis prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. For the most part, cannabis prohibition only successfully prohibits effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent regular underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, police and court resources are unnecessarily tied up by pursuing and prosecuting victimless 'crimes', public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which is devastating our country.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts, grants and subsidies from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, 'correctional' services, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

America was built on the principles of freedom and liberty. In some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

Regardless of legal status, a large market for cannabis will continue to exist as it has for decades. Either the underground controls the market and profits from it, or the state does...all while ending their assault on our citizens. Let's end this costly, futile attempt to eradicate a plant that a majority of Americans believe should be legal.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/17/2019 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Expansion of conditions to qualify for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be far off

There should not be a list of qualifying conditions at all. It should be left up to patients and their doctors. Big Pharma medicines, much more harmful than cannabis, are routinely prescribed...and often for off-label use.

Even back in 1988 DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young concluded after two years of hearings on cannabis rescheduling said:

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.... Marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record."

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/17/2019 at 2:25 PM

Re: “What will happen to the ShurSave lot in Bloomfield?

so, the title of this article is misleading. it says NOTHING about the parking lot. good job

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Posted by Alfie Svoboda on 04/17/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Can Pennsylvania marijuana bill balance the scales of justice?

Please fix this article. Jake Wheatley's bill is NOT called HB2600. That was his bill LAST session. His new bill is called HB50.

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Posted by Les Stark on 04/17/2019 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Track Meet @ the Ill Royale

Trackmeetcypher@gmail the published email has an error!

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Posted by dskinner1 on 04/16/2019 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Track Meet @ the Ill Royale

DOPE SHOW!

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Posted by dskinner1 on 04/16/2019 at 6:59 PM

Re: “John Fetterman: What I've learned on my recreational marijuana listening tour

Americans don't have to like cannabis, but they should hate its prohibition. This prohibition law strikes at the very foundation of our society. It is a tool of tyrants, used to violate core American beliefs and nearly every aspect of the Bill of Rights.

A populace that accepts and becomes accustom to overreaching government policies, such as the prohibition of relatively safe, popular substances, becomes more accepting of overreaching, powerful government in general. This devastates America, not a plant that has been used by mankind since the beginning of recorded history.

Those who believe in limited government, personal responsibility, free markets, and individual liberty should embrace the ending of this irrational, un-American, fraudulently enacted cannabis prohibition experiment. It should be the cornerstone of current GOP policy.


Federal studies show about half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. This prohibition, like alcohol prohibition has had little of its intended effect. In many cases cannabis prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. For the most part, cannabis prohibition only successfully prohibits effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent regular underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, police and court resources are unnecessarily tied up by pursuing and prosecuting victimless 'crimes', public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which is devastating our country.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts, grants and subsidies from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, 'correctional' services, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

America was built on the principles of freedom and liberty. In some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

Regardless of legal status, a large market for cannabis will continue to exist as it has for decades. Either the underground controls the market and profits from it, or the state does...all while ending their assault on our citizens. Let's end this costly, futile attempt to eradicate a plant that a majority of Americans believe should be legal.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/16/2019 at 5:04 PM

Re: “John Fetterman: What I've learned on my recreational marijuana listening tour

RE: Gateway Drug

It's not any particular substance. Drug abuse has much more to do with personality, genetics, and who people associate with. Use of any "gateway" drug is linked to a greater likelihood of hard drug use in the future, including alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, which are generally used before cannabis. The vast majority of those who use cannabis do not abuse hard drugs. The gateway drug "theory", that a unique pharmacological effect of cannabis causes the use of hard drugs, has been discredited by the many peer reviewed studies that have examined it.
[Joy et al. 1999; Morral et al. 2002; Cleveland HH & Wiebe RP. 2008; Reissig et al. 2008; Wen et al. 2014; Tristan et al. 2012; Tarter et al. 2006; Van Gundy K & Rebellon CJ. 2010; Vanyukov et al. 2012; Barry et al. 2016]

Putting cannabis in the underground market only further exposes its consumers to hard drugs. This is like going to a beer distributor who also sells opioids, cocaine, and meth. Also, when people realize that they were for the most part lied to about the negative effects of illegal cannabis, respect for all laws, especially drug laws, is eroded. This further increases the likelihood of experimentation with other illegal drugs.

Given an interest in recreational substances combined with a willingness to try illegal substances, cannabis is predictably, due to its popularity, the first illegal substance encountered. This does not mean that cannabis caused later drug use, cannabis use was simply a result of the same influencing factors as illegal hard drug use. The "gateway theory" is a simple observation of a typical sequence and has no utility in reducing drug abuse. A recent extensive review concluded that: "The promotion of the erroneous gateway theory ultimately does the public a disservice, including the hindering of intervention." [Vanyukov et al. 2012]



Colorado and Washington State legalized recreational cannabis in Dec 2012. Legal sales began in Jan 2014 for Colorado, July 2014 for Washington.
Clearly legal cannabis has not caused a surge in opioid deaths. It may have had a protective effect (as published studies support).

Opioid Overdose Death Rate per 100,000 (age adjusted):

National
2012: 7.4
2017: 14.9 (increased 101%)

Pennsylvania
2012: 6.8
2017: 21.2 (increased 212%)

Washington State
2012: 9.7
2017: 9.6 (decreased 1%)

Colorado
2012: 7.7
2017: 10.0 (increased 30%)

[SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation]


Any drug Overdose Death Rate per 100,000 (age adjusted):

National
2012: 13.1
2017: 21.7 (increased 66%)

Pennsylvania
2012: 19.0
2017: 44.3 (increased 133%)

Washington State
2012: 13.7
2017: 15.2 (increased 11%)

Colorado
2012: 15.0
2017: 17.6 (increased 17%)

[SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation]


Studies have shown that cannabinoids can help treat those addicted to hard drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol, and that it is an "exit drug" for some.

This recent study found cannabis helped people stop using opioids completely in 59.3% of instances; another 18.4% reported reducing opioid use by at least 75%:

"increased regulated access to medical and recreational cannabis can result in a reduction in the use of and subsequent harms associated with opioids, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances"
[Lucas et al. 2019]

Legal medical cannabis has been shown to significantly reduce deaths from prescription opioid painkillers by reducing opioid use:

"States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws." [Bachhuber et al. 2014]

Many other studies also support the notion that cannabis can be used as an 'exit drug': [Boehnke et al. 2016; Gruber et al. 2018; O'Connell TJ & Bou-Matar CB. 2007; Wiese B, Wilson-Poe AR. 2018; Reiman A. 2009]

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 04/16/2019 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Behind the mask: Meet one of Pittsburgh's popular furries

I'm not from Pittsburgh, I'm here cuz Anthrocon is in Pittsburgh.

Posted by VertigoWolf on 04/15/2019 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Furry friends: Pittsburgh restaurants welcome Anthrocon furries with specials, signs and long straws

rika fox pizza and fursuit is not a good idea lol

Posted by VertigoWolf on 04/15/2019 at 4:10 PM

Re: “How busways can lead Pittsburgh into an equitable public transit future

Pennsylvania Railroads merged Pittsburgh Division shares Allegheny Valley & Conemaugh Divisions from Grant Street out to MP 5.5 Allegheny Valley County's Homewood Junction. These routes are using these lines or the remaining routes are in walking distance to them. This will also include the outlined transit systems that are wrongly being allowed to share Allegheny County roads from Grant Street out to their County lines.

Pennsylvania Railroads:
1st Pittsburgh Division ran from MP 0 to MP 45.0 Derry PA. On this line MP's 0 to 15.3 miles are within Allegheny County.
From MP 16.9 to MP 45.0 sits well within Westmoreland County as its from here from Pittsburgh gives Passengers 16 stops that sit within Allegheny County as Stage 1 of PAT's East Bus Way sits within MP's 0 Grant Street at AMTRAK/Greyhound out to MP 6.5 at Hays Street Ramp. Stage 2 of East Bus Way has stops out to MP 8.9 Hawkins Village.
2nd Stage 3 would give stops from MP 8.9 Hawkins Station out to MP 15.3 deep inside Pitcairn's Yard on its Eastbound Platform where long sidewalk, transformer still exists.

This portion would give PAT 7 additional stops within Allegheny where Westmoreland County Transit Authority, Fayette Area Coordinated Transit Authority and Mid Monongahela Valley Transit Authority could loop with existing PAT's work to/from each others work as they could easily be looped back from serving Downtown Pittsburgh and best improve transit connections to PAT, FACT, MMVTA/Washington Rides Freedom Transit and Westmoreland County Transit riders. This would be a perfect connection point for all riders to do transfers with a Hub/ transfer point to get all areas and even outer classes of 3,4 & 5's connected with large Park N Ride.

Currently Westmoreland County Transit Authority is giving the worst services out of S.P.C's transit systems that are being overseen with daily cancelled trips by their contractor having coaches that are breaking down and trips that are cancelled do to lack of refusal to pay Operators with decent pays, and refusal to hire drivers at all.

These routes of WCTA are wrongly being allowed to overlap PAT's work.

Once we are well within Allegheny on U.S. 30 in North Versailles/ White Oak we are now seeing the below routes badly overlapping PAT's work to Downtown Pittsburgh on these PAT and Local routes and Expresses as follows.

These routes start overlapping PAT's Work at PA 48 Moss Side Blvd. on U.S. 30 Lincoln Highway up the hill from MP 15.3
1F Greensburg-Pittsburgh
3F Mount Pleasant
4 Pittsburgh Greensburg Local. With 4 Saturday.

This next route is overlapping PAT's work on its WCTA Latrobe trips.

Once we are at the Murrysville/ Allegheny County lines we are on U.S. 22 where at PA 286 we have PAT's P12 Holiday Park being overlapped from Alpine Park N Ride to PA 48 Moss Side Blvd. where we now pick up PAT's 67/P67 Monroeville, P12 Holiday Park. If you know what truly is happening here on PA 48 Moss Side Blvd all around you must add in PAT's work as follows: 68/P68 Braddock Hills, P76 Lincoln Highways and others that stretch out to PA 380 with PAT's 77 Penn Hills, P16 Penn Hills to the westside. to the south side is PA 130 with PAT's 69/P69 Trafford as we crest the hill to cross U.S. 30 with the above routes of mixing them up with S&S Paratransit routes they are doing for Braddock based Heritage that's doing 3 routes for PAT's cut shuttle work.

Heritage:
Green Route East Pittsburgh-Penn Center
Blue Route McKeesport-Port Vue
Red Route Monroeville- Monroeville UPMC East route.

On the PA 148/48 side of U.S. between the never built planned South Pennsylvania Railroads many would be lines that work closely with Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad lines that had our S.P.C. Region and others below post that had our PA leaders insanely planning to destroy railroads and trolley lines.

Stuart Strickland clearly refuses to opens eyes to use common sense as he states I'm always wrong and that Railroads have nothing to do with what we have today in 2019 as S.P.C. Sara states same thing as Sara wrongly stated to me on phone that Railroads have nothing to do with highways or bridges and transit. People this type of thinking must be corrected.

William Vanderbuilt's proposed few lines of South Pennsylvania Railroads ghost lines can clearly be ridden today on PA Turnpike between Harrisburg's Reading Railroads/ Lebanon Valley Railroads Rutherford Yard on, along, north and south of SPRR's proposed mainline as we follow its mainline entering Somerset County as PTC is setting to tear out Quemahoning Tunnel that had the tunnel finished by the Pittsburgh Westmoreland & Somerset Railroad that crossed U.S. 30 in Ligonier to connect to Judge Mellon's Ligonier Valley Railroad that serviced Wilpen Beehive Coke Ovens and Idlewild Park to connect to Pennsylvania Railroads Pittsburgh Division at MP 40.1 where Westmoreland County Transit's routes 9 Greensburg Shopper, 9A Latrobe-Derry Line continues up PA 981 to meet WCTA's 11 Latrobe-Johnstown line to have 9 head to WCTA's Offices/Board Room at 41 Bell Way Transfer Center where it meets WCTA's 8/16/20F that meets FACT at Country Side Plaza at PA 981 @ PA 201 along U.S. 119 to poorly service these areas to meet in Greensburg along the Southwest Branch of PRR that connected to P&LE RR's line with W&LE RR & P&WV RR at GIant Foods Martins Store in Connellsville at the Great Allegheny Passage's Campground. This line follows up U.S. 119 to follow the Coal & Coke, Sheepskin, 5 Star Trails to a pulled right part of Wye just above Old U.S. 30's Shop N Save just east of Bell Way Offices and AMTRAK Station in Greensburg.

On U.S. 30 at PA 48 and from Old Park Drive at the Murraysville line to Pittsburgh using both the East Bus Way and Old U.S. 30 through Wilkinsburg and Oakland has the PRR's Pittsburgh Division being overlapped by WCTA's 1F,2F,3F,4/4 Saturday as these routes are overlapping PAT's work as follows just mentioning route numbers.

We must also add in WCTA's 14F New Kensington as it also overlaps PAT's work on P10 Allegheny Valley, 91 Butler Street, 75 Ellsworth again if you know what to look for as I do as they are along the Brilliant Division and the Allegheny Valley Division and the Conemaugh Division. Also add in the Western Pennsylvania Railroad.

Overlapped routes by Westmoreland County Transit.
WCTA.

PAT's work being overlapped by WCTA.
1 Freeport/ P10 Allegheny Valley. 91 Butler Street, 75 Ellsworth,P78 Oakmont, P16 Penn Hills overlapped by WCTA route 14F New Kensington as these are mixed with Allegheny Valley and Conemaugh Division which are axed from being connected to ATATransit of Central PA., Indiana County Transit's IndiGo Bus, Butler Area Transit Authority, Armstrong Towne & Country that has PAT and WCTA refusing to work to connect these to their work even with limited services. As Town & Country is not permitted to service south of Ford City PA. On PA 356 from Sheetz in Butler to PA 128, PA 28, to PA 56 by using PA 356 refuses to allow Butler, Armstrong, PAT and WCTA to connect each others work.

The following Stage 3 for East Bus Way would help push PAT's East Bus Way out to PA 48 along Wall Avenue/ Opposite PA 130.
P1,P2,P3.P7,P12,P67,P68,P71,P68,P69,P76,P16,P78,P17. These expressed could help WCTA Routes 1F,2F,3F,4/4Sat., FACT and MMVTA could be looped back at Pitcairn Yard. This would allow them and PAT best use buses to be shuttles to help improve services with the above and create connections to IndiGo Bus and even help create services in Somerset County and other major issues that transit could also be used to run 7 days a week to access trails, jobs, growing areas and our National and State Parks with SKi Resorts create ridership with increasing revenue if the overlapping was cut by the transit systems that are overlapping PAT's work now. It would deeply decrease traffic back ups.

Would be Stations for East Bus Way on Stage 3.

First
Mile Post 9.5Woodstalk/Hawkins @ stop be established at MP 9.5 Copeland Station. 59,61A/61B.

Second
Mile Post 10.0 Braddock @ Bell & Jones. for 59,61A/61B

Third
MP 10.8 @ Boundry @ Jones above O'Connell Blvd. for possible connections between East Pittsburgh, Bradford, North Versailles and other options.

This area was Trolley right of ways along Braddock Avenue between North Bessemer and North Braddock. The Station was in area what was Car Wash which on the North Braddock Page has been turned into a trash dump.

In between here and Westinghouse and bottom of Main Street with Edgar Thompson Works on right with Westinghouse being on left side would require a bridge or cutting of hill on left side to create a crossing to a type of S bend to cross active NS RR tracks to reach two tracks to cross under MP 12.1 East Pittsburgh Station between the right of coming off the upper part of New Greensburg Pike Bridge onto 1st that is caving in or sliding as we would need to use 2nd to get down to where Station was. This section is leading out to another part of U.S. 30 that goes under Westinghouse Bridge. This Station would be for PAT's 55/59, 68/P68,69/69,P78, Heritage. This Station would be MP 12.1 East Pittsburgh.

MP 12.6 is un able to be serviced by motorized driving vehicles along Thompson Run Creek as its part of Westinghouse's Interlocking system that today effects PAT's 59, 68/P68,69/P69 and Heritage routes.

MP 13.8 would be for PAT's 69/P69.

MP 15.3 would be for P1,P2.P3,P76, IndiGO/WCTA routes 1F,2F,3F,4/4 Saturday, P12 and other options that could help WCTA, FACT, MMVTA.

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Posted by James Love 1 on 04/13/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “How busways can lead Pittsburgh into an equitable public transit future

Few years ago Westmoreland County Transit Authority did a study to use the Pennsylvania Railroads remaining existing 19.9 mile long Allegheny Valley line that passes 14 stops between Westmoreland County that would service Cities of Arnold and New Kensington with crossing PA 56 at Logan's Ferry along Coxcomb Hill to enter Allegheny County below Kerr to have the remaining Allegheny County stops back to Grant Street serviced using the PRR's 1908 Brilliant Shortcut used, which would share with PAT's area of East Bus Way with PRR"s Pittsburgh Division out to MP 5.5 Allegheny Counties Homewood Junction with the remaining Conemaugh Division.

Using the Lost Pittsburgh Passenger Station list has the Allegheny Valley Division having stops as follows, as PAT by passed MP 3.1 Shadyside Station @ McPherson as Roup is where Negley Station is today.

Allegheny Valley Division Stops:
NS RR'S MP 353.0 at what PAT planned to tear out MP 0 at Grant Street.

MP 0 AMTRAK/Greyhound- PA Canal Western Division Terminus in Downtown Pittsburg/Pittsburgh.

MP 3.1 Shadyside @ McPherson.

MP 3.6 Roup now Negley Station.

MP 4.5 East Liberty

MP 5.5 Allegheny County Homewood Station @ Wye for Pittsburgh Division as Homewood Junction over Hamilton shared the Brilliant Division that was built in 1908 with Conemaugh Division. this shortcut now has room for 4 tracks down to PA 130 Allegheny River Blvd. where Allegheny Valley Division pulls right over Allegheny River Blvd. as the trestle has room for 2 tracks but currently only has 1 track, with left pull at Aspinwall having single track going to 3 tracks as they are ended jus above the Canal Pull from northeast from going under Highland Park Bridge. As we come off the Brilliant Trestle has right pull cut off that leads down to opposite St. Margaret's Drive along Old Freeport Road PA 28.

This lead onto the PA Canal's Western Division that was Western Pennsylvania Railroad that lead to right pull through Sharpsburg between crossing through J.F.K. Park to crossing Main & Canal back to connect to Western Pennsylvania Railroad at Bridge Street crossing Pine Creek on down to Federal Street MP 1.0 to connect to the Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway that housed the PRR's Eastern Division passing the PRR's Ohio River Connectiong Trestle to Beaver Counties Homewood Yard at MP 34.8 at Beaver Counties Buttermilk Fall where Eastern Division lead to MP 69.8 in Mercer County in Sharon PA.. This area deals with PAT's 14 Ohio Valley being overlapped by Beaver County's Routes 1 & 3 from Grant Street up to Allegheny County Line at MP 14.9 Leetsdale.

BCTA 1 turns left off PA 18 onto PA 551 at MP 30.3 Beaver Falls, as from MP 30.3 to MP 47.5 Cherry Street is axed from being serviced by BCTA and New Castle Area Transit Authority systems.

At MP 49.7 to MP 69.8 are axed between NCATA and SVSS that is Shenango Valley Shuttle Service system.

As I got off track with good reason now has me crossing over Briliant Trestle over Allegheny as PAT's work on 1 Freeport ends at MP 21.9 in Tarentum as PAT ends at 4th & Lock Street.

With P10 Allegheny Valley ending on Millerstown Road PA Exit 16 deadheading dead miles of one-way travel from East Liberty Garage close to 25 miles, as Millerstown Road is at Allegheny/Butler Line adding with how poorly the PAT ACT of 1964 was planned, has from Sheetz on PA 356 in Butler south to PA 56 fully axed.

Under how PAT ACT was created has Armstrong Town & Country unable to without approval to connect from Ford City south to Tarentum.

Westmoreland County Transit is so badly operated that with far to many wrongs they are doing, as all they are doing is wasting funds on study after study without trying new things despite what Dottie is telling people, this system is a total disgrace, as I see far to much with WCTA and NCATA that could be improved if they would only using funding properly which could have them do far more, but they seek to do waste funds daily. This is keeping areas so badly disconnected.

If corrections were made and put into action I see so much that could be improved, yet the PPT/ ACTC thinking of not ending overlapping of outer systems work is keeping our areas so badly disconnected. I could put far more time into this with issues that would best improve our areas from the Ohio/West Virginia Line over the Susquehanna River, North Branch of Susquehanna and West Branch of Susquehanna River, Yet Ms. Weins and her PTT volunteers with Stuart's closed minded thinking is continuing the damaging process of keeping our 8 State area from being the best it could be. I'm willing to meet and help push Regional RR and LRV, but do to how the meetings are past 6:05 PM at night and on weekends with how PAT's refusing to properly push 1 Freeport into Harrison Twp., I can't make the meetings with how horrid transit it on P10 Allegheny Valley. I can't make the meetings. Adding that Ms. Weins and Stuart are closed minded to facts of what needs to be done, I can only do so much with poor services. The TDP plan also is a disaster as without Regional Railroad/ LRV being pushed out and working together, without both our whole region is doomed. James Love (412) 512- 2099. Also WCTA's study was to use the Pittsburgh Division from Derry MP 45.0 down to Grant Street.

I have far to much insight that could improve our region, yet our leaders and Volunteers won't meet with me nor will they listen to common sense. I know where all those lines are and know what could best improve transit and LRV/ Regional Rail but no one seeks to be serious to meet talk and correct what needs to be corrected.

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Posted by James Love 1 on 04/13/2019 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh-area martial artist creates new karate style

joseph tomaszewski: you think he would actually accept? These mcdojo masters almost never do, and when they do they get their asses beat. And I agree, he is delusional trying to create his own style. He thinks because he got a CS Kim mcdojo master belt bought and paid for that he is a martial arts wizard or something. I know in all his time at CS Kim he probably never took a real punch or kick, becuase I went through the same crap....

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Posted by He’s A McDojo Fraud on 04/13/2019 at 3:18 AM

Re: “How busways can lead Pittsburgh into an equitable public transit future

When the Port Authority of Allegheny County was planned from 1953 to March, 1, 1964 as it was taken from being the River Port of Pittsburgh to what we know it to be as Class 2 Port Authority of Allegheny had many wrongs made. First Allegheny Conference, Southwestern Pennsylvania Planning Commission, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County with Federal & State leaders insanely planned to tear out trolley lines and Railroads that has created a back door to overcrowding roads and parking lots on roads here in Allegheny County. PAT attacked past companies to where they sold out as I know one of these owners Sons. The above gave the Father a hellish way to go that shouldn't have happened. Today Stuart Strickland and Pittsburghers for Public Transit have once again made matters far worse with their foolish attacks on Bus Rapid Transit and attacking my thoughts to push Bus Ways out to our County lines, adding the fact that we need Passenger Railroad lines or LRV to use railroad gauged tracks on LRV to replace Bus Ways. Those who fought Pennsylvania Class 2 Port Authority of Allegheny County fought me 100% by they ignored using common sense to sit down with me during Business hours when PAT runs their P10 Allegheny Valley for me to be able to sit down with them to use wifi to use googlemaps to show them why we need to be pushing Regional Railroad/LRV lines using Railroad Gaged tracks instead of Rails to Trails along the existing railroads. In many areas when PAT and their investors planned to tear out the Railroads passenger lines, they planned to tear out what we so badly need to be using today. We must according to Stuart Strickland must wait for the old man that owns Allegheny Valley Railroad to die as these are Start's own words to me. People Stu is wrong on this one. We need to be use the man's wisdom not to allow tracks not to be removed, as they need to stay and they also needs be a way to rebuild what was so wrongly torn out since the attacks on the Sherman Anti Trust Law were passed, which lead to the attack of the Railroads and trolley lines over buses. We also must push to deal with the following transit systems to end overlapping of PAT's work from the Pennsylvania Railroads now Norfolk Southern Railroads Mile Post (MP) 0 at Grant Street out to Allegheny County Line. We also need our States leaders in both Senate and Legislative to force Public Utility Commission, Penn D.O.T., Cities, Counties down to local Offices to get involved to have PAT's Mr. Pete to sit down bus around and be shown how bad the disconnect is all of Southern Alleghenies, North western, North Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania Planning Commissions as Pete's refusing to use common sense by lying to these 4 regions as he states Regional railroad/ LRV is far to expensive. Yet Pete refuses to allow his buses to be pushed out to the county lines and a bit more to connect to other outlined transit systems. This would allow up the PRR"s Allegheny Valley, Conemaugh and the Pittsburgh Divisions to have LRV with railroad gaged tracks to have tracks laid and mixed with existing NS RR's gaged tracks that could force by Legislative changes to force Penn D.O.T., PA. P.U.C. on down to end the overlapping of 266 monthly trips to/from Pittsburgh that wrongly has Lawrence Counties New Castle Area Transit Authority's 11 daily trips Mondays-Thursdays & 13 trips on Fridays. Beaver County's Beaver County Transit Authority's M-F 13 trips. Washington County Washington Rides Freedom Transit 10 trips. Washington/ Westmoreland Counties Mid Mon Valley Transit M-F 17 Daily Trips. Saturday 7 Trips and Sundays 3 trips. Fayette Counties Fayette Area Coordinated Transportations 3 Daily trips. Westmoreland Counties Westmoreland County Transit Authorities 22 Daily trips with Express trips and local routing to/from Downtown Pittsburgh. PA House Bill or ACT 44 demands that all transit systems end waste of funding sources to be cut from top of each transit systems operations, which these systems are not doing the cutting. Without cutting the waste no transit system is to receive one cent for operations period. Yet the above are wasting Federal, State, County, City down to local taxes as they refuse to end Pittsburgh trips and refuse to loop back at County lines from the nearest Class 2 PAT route by refusing to set up transit hubs and transfer points. Ms. Weins from PPT/ WESA and Stuart Strickland that's on Allegheny County Transit Council with me forever have them bucking my common sense workable plans to have the above set up hubs and transfer points which would work to loop outer lines a reason points back to best connect to PAT's work and other axed systems that can't connect to these systems that would deeply allow better services in a 32 plus County areas if the overlapping they are wrongly doing to PAT's work would be ended as I'll try to explain.

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Posted by James Love 1 on 04/13/2019 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh-area martial artist creates new karate style

Well, I am putting a challenge out to john morgart. I practice Tang soo do and am a green belt with two red stripes. First of all, let me say that he got kicked out of the ITF because he was teaching tang soo do without Master Kim's permission. And was told to stop when he didn't he was removed from the ITF. The style he is teaching is Tang soo do just watered down. How is it that he can just give himself a masters rank in a style he created??? It is people like this who get people hurt or killed trying to fill an ego or live some fantasy. The guy teaches in his mother's basement last time I checked and I'm not even sure he has the legal paperwork/child clearances to do what he is doing, I may be wrong but I'm just saying. So back to my challenge, I am challenging john morgart to a UFC rules fight. Let me be clear when I say this I love the martial arts and what this guy is doing is very disrespectful. So i want to meet him in the ring for a full contact fight and i want to see his style first hand and how it is able to be applied in every situation. To John or anyone who knows john i want you john morgart to take this fight and prove that it works meet me in the ring and fight me full contact NOT sparring. I live in Pennsylvania and am not far and I am also willing to drive to whatever venue you wish so we can do this. My email is ctomaszewski00@gmail.com feel free to contact me ill be waiting :)

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Posted by joseph tomaszewski on 04/12/2019 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Wax Ecstatic: How local distributors are celebrating Record Store Day

There's a typo in your article on Record Store Day.
"Opening at 8 a.m., SuperMoney will only sell new, mint, and unopened vinyl."
Should be "SuperMonkey", with a k.

Posted by Dan Clamage on 04/12/2019 at 9:15 AM

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