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Mayor Bill Peduto has thrown a flag on the play.
Vexed by the Steelers’ “refusal” to develop a North Shore parking lot as promised, Peduto this week put the home team on blast, saying the Steelers are stalling development there for the sake of tailgating.
“It’s an ATM for them. They’re getting all this cash and what they say is they need that parking for eight days a year for Steelers games,” Peduto told the Post-Gazette.
Peduto says the Steelers are refusing to relinquish the property, a 200-space parking area located at West General Robinson Street and Chuck Noll Way, per KDKA NewsRadio 1020. But the team insists the site is eyed for development — just not yet.
In other news…
UPMC won’t require Highmark Medicare Advantage members to pay in advance for services once consent decrees between the two rival healthcare giants expire July 1. The announcement comes months after UPMC first announced the pre-payment policy to much criticism. It also marks a significant development in the effort to minimize fallout for patients caught in the middle of the planned split. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a petition to allow the UPMC-Highmark consent decree to remain in effect beyond its scheduled expiration date, though it’s unclear if that will happen. A Commonwealth Court is set to hear arguments next week. (TribLive)
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will have a general election opponent after all — a gun rights activist and local Republican committeewoman who earlier this year attempted to impeach Pittsburgh’s mayor. Brooke Nadonley of Mount Washington obtained 1,887 write-ins in last month’s primary, enough to land her a spot on the ballot opposite Wagner. Earlier this year, Nadonley pushed for Mayor Peduto’s impeachment over a trio of citywide gun-control ordinances. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A proposed documentary about Mac Miller was postponed almost as soon as it was announced this week, following objections from Miller’s estate. On Monday, Canadian filmmaker CJ Wallis announced plans to begin work on a film about the late Pittsburgh rapper, who died of a drug overdose last year at the age of 26. By Tuesday, Wallis’ plans were put on hold following objections from Miller’s family. Now, an online debate is brewing about how such situations should be handled and whether Wallis was in the wrong. (UPROXX)
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Ever wonder why your Mom calls it Aldi’s or your Dad calls it Panera’s?
Or why everyone in Pittsburgh seems to know everyone else?
Or if it actually is gray all the time here, or if it just feels that way?
So we tracked down the answers as part of our Peculiar Pittsburgh series, and we’re now looking for new topics to investigate.
What do you wonder about Pittsburgh? Tell us, so we can hunt for the answers.
💼 June 6 (today!): Seeking a fulfilling career? Come to Pittsburgh Mercy’s Open Interview Day to learn about opportunities and meet hiring managers. (Chateau)
🕸 June 12: Want to disentangle our society from systemic racism? Come discover the Groundwater Approach to building racial equity. RSVP today. (Downtown)
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🇺🇸 Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Soldiers & Sailors (Oakland)
🎖 Hear the stories of local D-Day veterans at the History Center’s “D-Day at 75” event (Strip District)
🌳 Enjoy indie-folk music, beer, and pizza on the porch at Tree Pittsburgh’s new site (Stanton Heights)
🎬 Watch 11 never-before-screened Greer Lankton films at the Mattress Factory (North Side)
👑 Play GAYmes at Liza Minnelli’s Big Gay Game Show, hosted by Queen of the Arcade Schwa de Vivre (Downtown)
🎉 Check out Workshop’s Queer Art Show and stick around for a wig dance party (Garfield)
☠️ Score some one-of-a-kind finds at the Pittsburgh Punk Rock Flea Market (Polish Hill)
🎨 Explore art at the June Unblurred Penn Avenue Arts Crawl — and don’t miss “an ode to Black American hair culture” at Assemble (Garfield)
🖼 Kick off the first day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs through June 16 (Downtown)
👟 Move your body in this movement workshop with performance artist duo slowdanger at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
🔎 Get competitive at this scavenger hunt, which promises trivia, activities, cocktails, and fun at each stop (Strip District)
☀️ Make garden crafts and suncatchers at this Art Car pop-up workshop (Millvale)
🍓 Indulge in sweet strawberry treats at Soergel Orchards’ Strawberry Festival (Franklin Park)
✨ Practice self care with healing workshops and healthy living tips in this event by Sisters PGH & True T (Bloomfield)
🏳️🌈 March in or cheer on the People’s Pride March, hosted by SisTers PGH (Multiple locations)
🌈 Attend the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March, hosted by the Delta Foundation (Downtown)
🎽 Get your exercise at the PUMPed to Run 5K, which helps our neighbors experiencing homelessness (Highland Park)
🛍 Shop for vintage goods and handmade items at the Neighborhood Flea (Strip District)
🚲 Learn about Pittsburgh’s bridges on this bike tour with an expert (Downtown)
🚣♀️ Learn to paddle like a pro in this beginner’s class at Kayak Pittsburgh (North Shore)
🎨 Work on your own creative projects alongside others at The Windmill: An Artist’s Mobile Studio (Oakland)
🖼 Experience art through social games with City of Play at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
The Pittsburgh Zoo’s Clouded leopard cubs, Rukai and Kansas, will see you now. Be sure to tell them we said hi — preferably with your face smushed up against the glass.