In a tweet on Wednesday night, Conor Lamb said his Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, conceded, more than a week after polls closed in the 18th congressional district special election. "I congratulate Mr. Saccone for a close, hard-fought race & wish him the best," the tweet said. Vote totals in Allegheny, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, however, were still being finalized, with Lamb leading by about 750 votes, the Associated Press reported.
Facing an unexpected loss in the 18th congressional district, President Donald Trump quickly turned his attention to the presumed Democratic winner of that race. Speaking at a fundraiser a day after the polls closed, Trump insisted that Conor Lamb's campaign had actually been complimentary and said "very nice things" about him during the race to replace former U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy. But is that true? For this PolitiFact Fact-Check, we dove back into the campaign and found a Democratic candidate doing his best to avoid the subject of the president and a president doing his best to minimize what was at that point a looming Republican loss in the party's own backyard. Find out how Trump's claim fared on the Truth-O-Meter.
Last week's special election sparked confusion from voters all over the state who thought they could cast a ballot despite not living in what's now the former 18th congressional district. So ahead of the May primary, do you know your new congressional district? The answer is pretty easy if you’re in Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene or Washington counties. But if you live in Allegheny, Butler or Westmoreland, it's a bit more complicated. Here's how to find out.
The authors of Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community during the Great Depression will share the story of Norvelt, which has links to Millvale's Maxo Vanka murals. Norvelt, the small New Deal community in Westmoreland County, shares a common history with the Millvale murals: Both were created during the Great Depression at a time of despair and hopelessness. And both offered those who experienced them a sense of hope, a vision of a more just and equal world, and a path forward.
Where: St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church at 24 Maryland Ave. (Millvale)
When: March 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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After weeks of voting and tens of thousands of votes cast, it's time to crown the winner of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket. The championship matchup between Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #32 in Carnegie and Our Lady of Grace in Scott Township was a blowout, with the winner receiving 77 percent of the vote. Find your Fry-day dinner plans here, and meet the 2018 Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry champs.
Attention Pittsburghers with a sweet tooth: Starting this spring, you can taste sweet treats from four bakers under one roof at The Bakery Society Pittsburgh, the region's first bakery incubator. TBSP announced this week its inaugural cohort of four bakers in residence, including a sweet-and-savory expert, a sourdough artisan and a pretzel pro. TBSP is slated to open in May and will be located in Mt. Oliver Borough at the site of the now-closed Kullman's Bakery, which operated for 60 years. We talked with the bakers about their specialties — meet them here.
Spring is here (technically). What better way to celebrate than to get out of the house and go volunteer? The Incline is partnering with Pittsburgh Cares to bring you a one-stop spot to find that perfect way to give back with Spring into Action: A Volunteer Fair for Pittsburgh. Attend to meet more than 30 nonprofits. Mark your calendar for April 10, and RSVP here.