Today, voters in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, one comprising parts of Greene, Washington, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, will head to polls in a special election to find a replacement for former Congressman Tim Murphy, who resigned last year amid scandal. There will be three names on the ballot — Democrat Conor Lamb, Republican Rick Saccone and Libertarian Drew Miller. (Read up on them in our Procrastinator's Guide to the 18th District here.) But who will win remains hard to predict, with Lamb and Saccone running neck-and-neck and many variables — from weather to turnout to Lamb's cross-over appeal — making it awfully hard to foreshadow. But whatever the outcome, the race is thought to have big implications for the upcoming midterms, and if Lamb loses but manages to keep it close, Democrats are likely to still consider it a key victory.
Eighteen-year-old Pablo arrived in the U.S. with only the clothes on his back and a prayer in his pocket. Fourteen years later, he has almost everything he needs — a home in Pittsburgh, a high school education, a plan for his future, according to a profile in the Post-Gazette. But the article also examines the uncertainty facing Pablo and his mixed-status family as they navigate the current political climate here and look to stay under the radar while waiting to find out if they'll be forced to stay hidden, face deportation or if they can strike another balance. “She came here for me to have a better life, and she risked everything for me so I want to make her proud,” Pablo said of his mother. “I want to actually study something. I want to be something.”
The videotaped beating of 34-year-old Jade Martin at Uptown's Pizza Milano restaurant in January by the store's manager touched off protests in Pittsburgh and calls for a boycott. On Monday, charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing filed against Martin in connection with the incident were dropped. "I think the video speaks for itself in terms of the brutality of what happens and Jade's conduct," attorney George Kontos told WTAE after the hearing. "I don't think anyone can say she was trying to physically assault anyone and I think that's really a red herring and I think it's unfortunate that some people are suggesting that, quite frankly." Kontos is representing Martin in a pending $5 million lawsuit she filed against the pizzeria and its manager, Mahmut Yilmaz. Yilmaz, 41, of Westwood, faces trial on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault and was also fired from the restaurant following the incident, TribLive reported.
Accompanied by musicians, three Pittsburgh poets will read from new work responding to the first 12 songs of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter’s Journey). With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession and lost love, Schubert’s 19th-century song cycle speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways.
Where: Alphabet City at 40 West North Ave. (North Side)
When: March 13, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration requested)
The Incline Likes
After weeks of voting and thousands of ballots cast, the final round of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket is here. Both located in the fish fry stronghold of Carnegie and nearby Scott Township, the final two contenders both started the bracket as No. 7 seeds in their respective categories. Since then, they've proven their dominance as they advanced. Find out who's in the championship round — and vote.
Abandoned factories are now a tourism fad, the Washington Post reports, as young folks look for off-the-beaten-path destinations. It’s a fad — dubbed “ruin porn” by some — that’s gained popularity around the world and in Pittsburgh. “It gives you a sense of where we’ve been and how that has made us who we are,” Michael Boettcher, an urban planner and industrial-history buff, told the Post. Meanwhile, in Rust Belt cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit, a new wave of tourism is building — its future firmly rooted in the past.