It’s been nearly 50 years since the Apollo 11 team landed the lunar module, Eagle, in 1969. Now Pittsburgh can get close to a defining moment in American history thanks to a new exhibit at the Heinz History Center, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission. Heinz is one of four museums nationwide to host more than 100 mission artifacts, including the original spacecraft transported from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Museum president and CEO Andy Masich joins Jay Apt, a retired astronaut who flew on four shuttle missions before becoming a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-director of CMU’s Electricity Industry Station Center. Apt is one of five Pittsburghers who has traveled to space.
Elsewhere in the program, Pittsburgh City Paper’s newest editor-in-chief, Lisa Cunningham, says she wants to do her fellow female journalists proud. Cunningham, who joined the alt-weekly in 1997, was appointed to the top job last week after a career in art direction and most recently, managing editor. She's the company's third editor this year and the first woman to helm its staff.
Pittsburgh Public Schools' police officers say they want to carry firearms. The city school district employs 22 of its own sworn police officers, but has a policy that prohibits them and others from carrying guns. 90.5 WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports from a school board meeting where the board listened to the district’s police chief make his case for repealing that policy.
And in part two of Keystone Crossroads week-long series on Pennsylvania’s lack of funding and oversight for the system designed to defend people who can’t afford an attorney, 90.5 WESA’s Katie Meyer checks in with lawmakers on what it would take to effect real change.
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