GOP Campaign Staffer Tied To Group Behind Lawn Signs Labeling Democrat As Socialist

Democrats are crying foul over lawn signs attacking state Senate candidate Lindsey Williams as a "Socialist," saying they look just like the signs used by her own campaign. And the treasurer of the group paying for those signs, the North Hills Republican Club, looks just like Carlton Fogliani, the campaign manager of her Republican rival, Jeremy Shaffer.

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Politics & Government

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Pittsburgh City Council is expected to vote on legislation Tuesday that would require building owners to install sprinkler systems in all high rise buildings 75 feet or taller. Since the 1980s, all new high rises in the city have been required to have sprinklers, though it's unclear how many older buildings are without them.

Sharon Guidi/Natalie Mihalek

South Hills Republicans have run Pennsylvania House District 40 since before the 1969 moon landing.  But recent liberal voter mobilization prompted by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election has Democrats hoping for a change in their stars.

It Lacks Votes, But Wagner Rides Promise To End School Taxes

Oct 14, 2018
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Scott Wagner, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania, had a message for Victoria Clark when she told him that she is downsizing from her four-story home, partly because of the mortgage.

"Under my plan, your school property taxes will go away," Wagner told Clark during a stop at her driveway sale while canvassing in her suburban Harrisburg neighborhood earlier this month.

Science, Health & Tech

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There have been six cases of West Nile Virus in Allegheny County so far this year, the highest in more than a decade.

Wolf Administration Adds Funds For Families Hit By Opioid Crisis

Oct 12, 2018
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The state plans to spend more to help families impacted by the opioid epidemic raise children.

Identity & Justice

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro says recommendations from a state grand jury report that found Roman Catholic priests sexually abused more than a thousand children over decades will pass if given a vote in Pennsylvania's Senate.

Shapiro spoke Monday while greeting victims of sexual abuse demonstrating outside Senate offices.

Senate Republican majority leaders haven't promised a vote on all four recommendations. The chamber's top Republican, President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, says one recommendation is unconstitutional.

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Lawrenceville United and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape held a workshop earlier this month for Pittsburghers to learn how to intervene if they see an incident of sexual harassment or violence. 

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Pope Francis announced Friday that he has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from his post as Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C.

Education

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Where a child goes to school shapes their educational experience, and that educational experience in turn shapes their future.

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Ride The Dips And Cut A Rug At Danceland: Remembering West View Park

Along Route 19 in Pittsburgh’s West View borough, there’s a sign for a shopping center with a carousel horse fixed to the top. This is one of the only items marking the site of one of the city’s early amusement parks, West View Park.

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Development & Transportation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says data collected from nearly a dozen roundabouts across the state reveal their design has resulted in a significant decrease in crashes, injuries and fatalities.

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Urban Redevelopment Authority Chairman Kevin Acklin resigned from his post Thursday in anticipation of his new role as senior vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Acklin will oversee the Penguins' development of the former Civic Arena site in the Hill District -- a project that has caused strife between the URA and the Penguins in the past.

Arts, Sports, & Culture

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The 35-year-old Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh began in the old Allegheny Post Office, expanded to the Buhl Planetarium and will soon move into the stacks of the former Carnegie library. Executive director Jane Werner shared plans for the expansion and her belief that childhood and learning know no age limit. 

Later in the program, Homewood artist Vanessa German funneled her passion into a neighborhood space for kids to gather and create art of their own.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council / Jason Cohn

The historic architecture of 25 churches, mosques and other buildings will be highlighted this weekend at the Wilkinsburg Sacred Spaces Tour.

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The 2018 Carnegie International, which opens Saturday, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, will spotlight work by dozens of artists and artist teams from around the world. But only one of those artists, it’s safe to say, traces his relationship with the museum back to 1968.

Environment & Energy

'Downstream' Documentary Looks At Pollution In Pennsylvania's Water

Oct 11, 2018
Downstream

A new documentary wades into the issues around the pollution and protection of Pennsylvania’s waterways. 

Economy & Business

Second Major Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy During Trump Presidency

Oct 11, 2018
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Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the oldest mining companies in the country, became the second major coal bankruptcy of the Trump presidency Tuesday when the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a Texas court.

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German in Rainey's
Ricco JL Martello / Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

Vanessa German's passion is rooted in her imagination, which has led her to build elaborate sculptures and write and perform stage plays. It has also been the vehicle she has used to help ensure the tools of creativity are accessible to the residents in her community.

After growing up in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, German came to Pittsburgh to live with her parents nearly two decades ago. She says she began creating art by using materials she found during her travels.

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A librarian and a bookseller accused stealing and trafficking rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme are standing trial.

Pittsburgh police say 61-year-old Gregory Priore stole prints, maps and rare books from the library and handed them off to Caliban Book Shop co-owner John Schulman to resell them. Prosecutors say the pair conspired to steal and sell several hundred rare items worth more than $8 million.

Food & Drink

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Development of the one of the largest urban farms in the U.S. is well underway on the former St. Clair Village site. Crews at the Hilltop Urban Farm have planted 68 fruit and nut trees in the one-acre youth farm, expected to open in April 2019.

After years of studies and plans, Hilltop Urban Farm director Sarah Ashley Baxendell said volunteers are preparing the land and vegetation for the winter, and are excited to start farming. Of the 107 acres available, 23 will be dedicated to agriculture.

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