Everything you need to know about Shapiro’s call to legalize recreational marijuana
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by Spotlight PA
3d ago
By Stephen Caruso of Spotlight PA and Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and public-service journalism that holds power to account and drives positive change in Pennsylvania. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — In his state budget pitch, Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro called for the Pennsylvania legislature to legalize recreational marijuana. Shapiro is not breaking new ground. His predecessor, Democrat Tom Wolf, came out in support of legalization in 2019 and unsuccessfully pushed for it ..read more
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Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed because repeated maintenance recommendations were ignored
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by Ann Belser
4d ago
Up until 6:37 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2022, when the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed, the only priority repairs ever done on the bridge were the placement of a weight limit sign and the removal of a light pole that was badly corroded. Four vehicles were on the bridge when it collapsed, including a Port Authority, now PRT, bus. A fifth car drove off the bridge abutment in the dark and landed on its roof. Ten people were injured. Using video from the bus that was crossing the bridge as it fell, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported on Wednesday, Feb. 21, that the col ..read more
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9 best places to eat near PPG Paints Arena
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by Aakanksha Agarwal
4d ago
There’s nothing quite like the Pittsburgh Penguins for igniting all kinds of emotions. But game day or not, PPG Paints Arena can be bustling with activity and fun. It could be a thrilling Penguin vs. Jets match, Madonna causing a commotion or excited families lining up to watch Disney on Ice. What makes these activities more fun is the promise of a food-fueled day (or night!) out.  We’ve scoured walking distance around PPG Paints Arena, and trust us, the game isn’t the only thing worth celebrating. Whether you’re basking in the glory of a Penguins win or drowning your sorrows after a clo ..read more
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10 things to do this weekend in Pittsburgh, from the Polar Plunge to the South Side Soup Contest
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by Jennifer Baron
5d ago
What’s going on this weekend in Pittsburgh, Feb. 22-25? Find out here. Know of a cool event? . Thursday, Feb. 22: ‘Highrises’ Happy Hour Book Launch at Ollie’s Gastropub 5-6:30 p.m. Celebrate the country’s landmark architecture surrounded by our city’s stunning skyline. Pittsburgh writer Mark Houser and Philadelphia artist Chris Hytha will share their passion for architecture and the process for creating their new book, “Highrises Art Deco: 100 Spectacular Skyscrapers from the Roaring ’20s to the Great Depression,” at the bar on the top floor of the historic Oliver Building (Embassy Suit ..read more
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9 new Pittsburgh restaurant openings (and reopenings) in February
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by Roman Hladio
5d ago
Apparently, all it takes is some snow for Pennsylvanians to stop announcing so many restaurant openings. I’m stepping in while I have a moment edgewise! Here’s this month’s news in bite-size form, from up-and-comers and new Pittsburgh restaurants to two reopenings and a few updates from last month. Bon appétit! Openings Salem’s Market in the Hill District. Photo by Roman Hladio. Salem’s Market 1850 Centre Ave., Hill District The Feb. 8 opening of Salem’s Market in the Hill District was not just a massive expansion for the Strip District-based grill; it brought a grocery store to a community ..read more
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Right to Know request reveals that PWSA paid $1 million to raise Pittsburgh water bills
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by Ann Belser
5d ago
Your next water bill is going to be higher, even if you don’t use a drop more.  In January the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a 16% rate increase for the average residential customer of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), a regulatory process that cost the authority $1 million. Residents who use 3,000 gallons a month of water will see their charges for water, sewer, stormwater and the distribution system improvement charge increase in total from $86.43 a month to $100.27. The new rate will remain the same for two years. Residents who use 1,000 gallon ..read more
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Necromancer Brewing announces sudden closure
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by Annette Bassett
5d ago
Necromancer Brewing, the North Hills brewery known for its support of the queer community, along with its commitment to brewing old-style beer, announced Monday that it would be closing as of this weekend.  The brewery had been closed last week because of “an issue with our liquor license,” according to a Facebook post from Feb. 13. “We’ve been doing everything we can to find out what the issue is and rectify it,” it continued. But late Monday afternoon, Necromancer announced on Instagram that it would close permanently. The post cited “operating costs that continue to rise, and the over ..read more
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URA, 412 Food Rescue, Hetrick Manufacturing and more: Pittsburgh jobs for 2/19/24
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by Jennifer Baron
1w ago
Hiring? Post your job here to get in front of more than 20,000 local job seekers weekly. And check back every Monday for the latest job openings in Pittsburgh. IT and Engineering Koppers has an opening for an Electrical Engineer to provide electrical and instrumentation engineering and design support for the company’s railroad products, services and utility, and industrial products plants. Duquesne Light Co. seeks an Information Security Engineer to support the company’s critical infrastructure security by ensuring that systems and networks are secure, executing application hardenin ..read more
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How 8 North Park businesses were spared from becoming another housing development
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by Roman Hladio
1w ago
On Oct. 18, 2023, Jon Williams’ father went to the hospital to have a hole in his heart repaired. That same day, he was expecting to hear that his family’s business of 72 years was about to close. The Williams family owns North Park Batting Range, which also manages a driving range and golf and mini-golf courses on East Ingomar Street near North Park. Also on the McCandless property are Chub’s Place Restaurant, GFC Wellness, Tomato Pie Cafe and North Park Bicycle, Bait and Tackle Shop. When their landlord died in May, Williams and other nearby business owners spent the summer thinking it woul ..read more
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PSO’s Manfred Honeck goes backstage at Heinz Hall
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by Boaz Frankel
1w ago
Location: Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Downtown Featured guests: Music Director Manfred Honeck and Dylan Naroff, first violin 3 things that surprised me: 1. Maestro Manfred Honeck showed us around his office and opened a cabinet that held an array of wine and liquor bottles. He says that guest performers often stop by following a concert to celebrate and assured me that the cabinet is opened only after a show is over. 2. The maestro demonstrated some of the flourishes he may use during a performance. With flicks and gestures, he can instruct the musicians ..read more
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