After weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, Pennsylvania got a new congressional map on Monday courtesy of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, per The Morning Call. Last month, the court had invalidated an earlier map that it said was gerrymandered and unconstitutional, setting off a rush to submit proposals by Republicans and Democrats. Both parties had until Thursday to reach a consensus, and when they failed, it was left to the court to decide. The new map revealed on Monday won't impact the upcoming special election for Tim Murphy's former 18th district congressional seat, but it could have a profound effect on the 2018 midterms. It's also expected to face a challenge from Republicans given the fact that it all but ensures that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats, the Associated Press reports.
EMS workers have a tough job, and not just due to the stress and strain of emergency response. The shifts they work, 40-hours straight in some cases, make the job even more difficult. But new guidelines issued by the University of Pittsburgh suggest ways to overcome this or at least offset it, WESA reports. Among the suggestions are more access to caffeine and shorter shifts to prevent accidents like one that occurred in the state of Indiana last year, when the driver of an ambulance transporting a 5-month-old patient to a hospital fell asleep and crashed into another vehicle.
The race for Tim Murphy's former 18th district congressional seat is winding up ahead of next month's balloting with TV ad blitzes and Monday's televised debate between the candidates, Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb, KDKA reports. According to the station, which hosted the debate, it began with a discussion about the recent high school shooting in Florida and moved on to medical marijuana and the Trump tax cuts. The debate ended with the candidates sparring over their experience levels and connections to the least popular aspects of their respective parties.
Ahoj! (Hi!) Practice the basics of Slovak with the Western PA Slovak Cultural Association's free weekly classes for beginners.
Where: The Brashear Association at 2005 Sarah St. (South Side)
When: February 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Incline Likes
In the first round of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket, more than 3,800 voters told us which fish fry contenders should advance to the next round. The fire halls and social clubs quadrant dominated over the eateries and two church categories with nearly 4,500 votes in its four races. Plus, a majority of the match-ups were close ones with 40-something percent to 50-something percent vote splits. Meet the Sweet Sixteen.
In the latest installment of our ongoing Who's Next series, we want you to tell us Who's Next in Pittsburgh style. This means fashion designers, hair and makeup artists, costume designers, interior designers and anyone with a sense of style you want other people to know about. We'll need your nominations of under-40 Pittsburghers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Submit a nomination and read more about the Who's Next series here. This time, style points are everything.