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Re: “New concert venues, fresh radio personalities, and a plethora of local music showcases

You failed to mention Kingfly Spirits. Since February, Kingfly has had a jazz and improvised music show every Thursday, with no cover. More recently they have added singer/songwriter shows on Sunday afternoons.

Posted by Ben Opie on 06/22/2019 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Local music recommendations from iconic Pittsburgh musicians

I have to agree with Sam Matthews about the Gotobeds. Best thing I've heard out of old Pittsburgh since ... i dunno, ever?

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Posted by Eldeen Capse on 06/19/2019 at 6:48 PM

Re: “How Pittsburgh’s metal scene fits into the city’s expanding live music events

A whos-who of neverending self promotion. It's so exciting.

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Posted by Dave_Crow on 06/19/2019 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh Primary Election Guide 2019

When you click on the links it says that an admin login is needed to proceed.

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Posted by jeffheil on 05/20/2019 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Election Guide: Allegheny County District Attorney

The district attorney is the most powerful person in the criminal justice system. They make decisions that impact what charges a person will face, what evidence is considered at trial, and the length of a persons sentence, if found guilty. Since district attorneys are elected officials, they are accountable to their constituents. Communities all across the state are calling on district attorneys to use that power to end mass incarceration.

District attorneys and the prosecutors they lead must use their extraordinary power to seek justice, not convictions, and be transparent about how their offices operate.

District attorneys offices are notorious for being black boxes. Little information beyond conviction rates is typically gathered or made public. This lack of transparency prevents the public, and even the DA office itself, from knowing what decisions are being made or the outcomes of those decisions. Fully transparent practices improve decision-making, allow the public to hold the elected DA accountable, and enable the public to push the DA in other areas in the future. District attorneys should collect and regularly post online statistical information and furthermore, commit to addressing the racial bias and disparities revealed in the data, whether it is perpetuated by prosecution or police.

Quarterly release of data:
Prosecutors should post data on website quarterly that includes information on all key decisions made by the prosecutors officeincluding charging decisions, bail decisions, convictions, declinations, and diversion program placementswith complete demographic information.

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Posted by PGH 412 on 05/17/2019 at 10:43 AM
Posted by tamarasmns on 05/07/2019 at 3:37 PM

Re: “For Pittsburgh dominatrix Aiden Sin Flame, dominance is good business

How do i become a master

Posted by tamarasmns on 05/07/2019 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Pittsburghese Dictionary: How to translate the Yinzer vocabulary

"No one actually talks like that"? You must be new here. Would you like to meet several of my family members, friends, and people who don't hang out in lawrenceville?

Posted by agreeing412 on 04/29/2019 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Pittsburghese Dictionary: How to translate the Yinzer vocabulary

What Pittsburgher would say "near the crik?" It's "dahna crik." Jagoffs.

Posted by Nancy Hart on 04/29/2019 at 2:32 PM

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: “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: “Breaking Bread: The magical healing powers of making bagels

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

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Posted by momof4 on 03/19/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Summer Kids

Eco Explorers.
Hands-on STEM summer camps for students entering grades 2-7 from June 17-Aug on an array of topics from superheroes to geology and ecosystem science. Half day camps. www.ecoexplorersclub.wordpress.com

Posted by Reecfacilitator on 02/26/2019 at 9:47 AM

Re: “For Pittsburgh dominatrix Aiden Sin Flame, dominance is good business

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Posted by panty slut on 01/26/2019 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh has a secret club for those looking to explore their sexuality

How do I get a membership ?

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Posted by Terrance Butler on 01/15/2019 at 3:47 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh has a secret club for those looking to explore their sexuality

how do my boyfriend and i apply for membership

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Posted by Ben Castro on 01/05/2019 at 5:07 AM

Re: “Does CBD oil work?

This article is irresponsible. No research was done regarding concentration, consumption, or cost. There is information out there, but probably not from the guy at the vape shop. Do your homework, and then a legit trial. It should be in the editorial, or even the joke section.

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Posted by Yvette Bouquio Nelson on 12/01/2018 at 9:56 AM

Re: “After a sauna, I couldn’t give two shvitz

That was the most amazing article I have read in a while. I cannot wait to read about your next adventure in health.

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Posted by Joshua Price on 11/29/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Levity Day Spa: Float Tank Review

Seems like you didn't really try. You were in a bathing suit (not underwater as you stated), and gave up after 15 minutes. Maybe there a degree of open-mildness needed, but if you are going to go through the trouble you should at least not half-ask it. Nevertheless, it did take me a few times to feel the benefits, so my critique is probably a bit harsh. I have found floating to be a wonderful and therapeutic experience. Maybe try another nearby place, FloatTanks.net has a great list with prices.

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Posted by bernies2 on 11/29/2018 at 9:52 AM

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