How to dress your ‘naked ballot’ and make sure it’s counted

You’ve got mail. (📸: Wikimedia Commons) This is important if you’re planning to vote by mail in this election — or just generally favor accurate election results. As usual, Pennsylvania remains key to anyone’s chances of winning the presidency this year. But unlike elections past, mail-in voting is playing a much larger — and so […]

/ September 24, 2020

What should marijuana legalization look like in Pennsylvania?

Gov. Tom Wolf is once again calling on lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. (📸: Flickr / Governor Tom Wolf) This article originally appeared in our newsletter. Let’s talk about marijuana. Specifically the governor’s push to legalize it here. He tweeted last week: “Tell your legislator to get a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana to my desk. […]

/ September 15, 2020

Your favorite random acts of Pittsburgh kindness

Close encounters of the ‘Burgh kind. (📸: Wikimedia Commons) This article originally appeared in our newsletter. We recently asked our readers to share their favorite Pittsburgh moments of kindness from a stranger, drawing inspiration from this story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. They did not disappoint. Here are some of our favorites: 📖 Just when we thought we couldn’t […]

/ September 2, 2020

Allegheny County mail-in voting, explained

You’ve got mail. (📸: Wikimedia Commons) Updated Oct. 27, 2020  Given all the talk around the mail and November’s election, we thought we’d take a minute to answer a few questions about mail-in voting this year, how to get your mail-in ballot, and how to make sure it’s counted. Let’s begin. Why is everyone talking […]

/ August 24, 2020

How a nod to Confederate troops wound up inside an eagle cage at Pittsburgh’s National Aviary

Clockwise from left: The plaque inside Pittsburgh’s National Aviary; Confederate cavalrymen are pictured inside Western Penitentiary; a rendering of the prison on what is now Pittsburgh’s North Side. (📸: Illustration by The Incline / Photos via University of Kentucky Special Collections and Digital Programs and Wikimedia Commons) Maybe you’ve never noticed it before — the […]

/ July 14, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Confederate monuments are coming down

The Pennsylvania State Capitol building is pictured. (📸: Governor Tom Wolf on Flickr) Four historical markers and monuments recognizing Confederate troops and milestones in Pennsylvania will be taken down amid a national reckoning about the appropriateness of similar public displays. The decision follows conversations between Gov. Tom Wolf’s office and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum […]

/ June 30, 2020

Why ‘nothing has changed’ since Antwon Rose’s death

Protesters gather outside the Allegheny County Courthouse after the police shooting of Antwon Rose II in June of 2018. (📸: @rossilynne) Today marks two years since the police killing of Black teen Antwon Rose II just outside of Pittsburgh. Video of the shooting went around the world and prompted demonstrations at home, the arrest and […]

/ June 19, 2020

Should you cancel the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette? The answer may surprise you.

The Post-Gazette building on the North Shore. Incline file photo Updated: 5:51 p.m. June 14 Readers have been asking us this question lately: Should I cancel my subscription to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette?  And while consumer boycotts can certainly be effective tools for bringing about institutional change, they may not be the best tool for dealing […]

/ June 12, 2020

Why Pittsburgh just endorsed 8 police reforms that ‘can’t wait’

You’re probably hearing a lot about #8CantWait. So what exactly is it? (📸: @campaignzero) Updated: 4:50 p.m., June 18  Eight use-of-force policies championed by reformists have been endorsed by Mayor Bill Peduto, with some already in effect here. The mayor’s backing of the so-called “8 Can’t Wait” reforms comes after blistering criticism of police actions […]

/ June 5, 2020

The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition

And (some of) the candidates are… (📸: Incline illustration) Updated: 12:09 p.m. June 2 What a long, strange primary it’s been.  And because so much has happened in the last (*checks notes, bulges eyes*) two months, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that an election was even happening. In a way, it kind of wasn’t.  In this […]

/ May 18, 2020