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Rivers Casino is betting on the addition of a $60 million hotel to make it a “full-service destination on the North Shore.”
First approved two years ago and ultimately delayed by the statewide gaming expansion, The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh will connect to the casino and include expansive windows with views of the Ohio River and the Pittsburgh skyline, along with 10 luxury terrace suites, the Post-Gazette reports. Construction will be privately funded.
“The time is right,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of the casino and its owner, Rush Street Gaming. “We see it as a natural evolution.”
In other news…
Pollution controls are back online at the Clairton Coke Works plant after a fire early Monday, the second to disable the plant’s desulfurization equipment in a matter of months. Yesterday, county health officials confirmed that the pollution controls were functional again and said sulfur dioxide levels didn’t exceed limits as a result of Monday’s fire. (StateImpact)
Pittsburgh played a pivotal role in the first race to the moon, and it’s doing so again in an age of privately funded space exploration. Now, 50 years after the Pittsburgh-made Apollo 11 first touched down on the lunar surface, Pittsburgh once again finds itself in the celestial spotlight. (Pittsburgh Magazine)
North Side resident and painter Ulric Joseph won the Best in Show prize at this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival. Joseph’s works are poignant and politically charged and, according to the Arts Festival’s juried visual art exhibition coordinator, some of the best they’ve seen. (TribLive)
Pittsburgh concert venues, much like people, have their own distinct character traits. Now, there’s now a quiz that can help you determine which venue is most like you. If you see enough live music, you probably already know the answer, but you might also be surprised — very surprised. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
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Today is Juneteenth, a day when cities and states across the country celebrate the emancipation of slaves in America more than 150 years ago. In Pittsburgh, the festivities will be underlined by a more solemn anniversary, that of the fatal police shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II one year ago today.
Here’s how Pittsburgh is recognizing both anniversaries — and more about what Juneteenth means, what it remembers, and how Pennsylvania is making the date official.
🍎 June 26: Celebrate The Incline’s Who’s Next: Education class, 19 up-and-comers preparing Pittsburgh for the future, at a happy hour in their honor (Downtown)
Treat yourself to some free ice cream this week. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is bring its ice cream truck to grocery stores across the region to offer free samples. Here’s where to find a stop close to you.
Make it a sweet Wednesday.