Our spring membership drive ends Thursday, so we're celebrating tonight at a members-only event at Threadbare Cider House and Meadery complete with local cider and local history. Become an Incline member now to support local journalism and help us reach our goal of 250 members. (We're halfway there.) Be sure to RSVP, and know that your contribution makes it possible for us to keep doing the work we love — and that you love, too. Thanks for your support.
— Colin (@colin_deppen)
Republican Congressman Lou Barletta is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in November and touting his tough-on-illegal-immigration record in the process. But in a recent interview with the Fox Business Network, Barletta claimed that he won re-election as mayor of Hazleton with 90 percent of the vote in a half-Latino city while serving as the driving force behind a highly controversial crackdown on illegal immigration there. So we looked into the claim for PolitiFact Pennsylvania and found only one of those numbers is accurate.
- Antonio Brown let loose in an interview with reporters on Tuesday, taking issue with the media's coverage of him and the scrutiny he's received, at one point asking "Am I really free?" (TribLive)
- Nine months ago, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first in the nation since 9/11 to open its doors to non-flyers. Has anyone taken them up on the offer? (WESA)
- The bankrupt YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh will keep paying rent on its shuttered Downtown location, a court has ruled. (Post-Gazette)
- The former Google executive who developed YouTube original programming will now lead studios and content at the East Liberty-based tech company Duolingo. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Vote now to choose our next Peculiar Pittsburgh story, a series on what makes the city unique and sometimes downright strange. You've suggested some awesome questions for us to investigate, and now we're putting those suggestions to a popular vote. Think of it like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book — but with the news. Check out the questions here and vote.
Our Tuesday newsletter incorrectly described the experiences of two former inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. The women told TribLive they were sexually harassed. We apologize for the error.
🍎 6 tonight (Spring Garden): Support our spring membership drive by becoming an Incline member today and gain access to this members-only event, where you'll venture behind the scenes at Threadbare Cider House and Meadery.
🍦 Vote in Round 4 of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Frozen Treat bracket by 10 a.m. Friday.
🍹 5:30 p.m. June 25 (Allegheny Center): Meet our Who's Next: Food and Drink class.
❓ Choose our next Peculiar Pittsburgh story by voting through June 26.
🎤 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Downtown): Discover new ideas at TEDxPittsburgh — and get 10 percent off with discount code INCLINE
Other events you'll love
🗣 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Strip District): Read some poetry and sip some brews at Poetry and Pints.
🌱 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday (Shadyside): Free mint yogurt ice cream.