The age-old debate of whether a hot dog is a sandwich has been renewed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who late last month staked his position with a tweet declaring the two food items one and the same. And now households (and newsrooms like ours) are divided. So we went looking for answers and found that, unsurprisingly, there are many takes and that much of it comes down to which sources of information you choose to believe. And with that the best inadvertent metaphor for the 2018 election was born. So tell us: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
The shopping mall is dying. That much is clear. The recession, online shopping and changing consumer tastes have led to extensive closures at malls nationwide and in the Pittsburgh area, too. But a new report by the Post-Gazette finds that absent the troubles at Pittsburgh Mills, the local market is actually pretty healthy. And Ben Atwood, an analyst at CoStar, told the PG that while the struggle is very real for malls in more rural locations, other areas, like Bakery Square in East Liberty and Cranberry, are thriving with "high-end shops and new shopping centers, so Pittsburgh is pretty strong."
In 2017, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby was one of four local women who beat primary opponents to become first-term mayors. In an interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier, Nesby said that once her term started, she had several financial issues to address including unpaid bills and missing financial documents. But she's hoping to move the city forward with more economic development and added opportunities. “Hey, I’m just getting started...I’ve got three more years. I hope it works.”
Hear from six panelists about how 2018 may be a watershed in the history of women in politics. The panelists, all women in government leadership, will explore the factors leading to an increase in women running for office, the challenges women face in these roles, and how women are leading through strategies, stories, and social movements. Before the event, catch up on our reporting about how Pennsylvania women did in the 2018 primary — and what that means for November.
Where: Coro Center-Civic Leadership at 26 South 27th St. (South Side)
When: May 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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For 18-year-old Ashley Lynn Priore, "chess and life are so connected.” The Oakland teen started playing at 4, teaching at 8 and at 14, launched a nonprofit, The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute, to increase kids' access to the game. Next month, the institute will have its first Pittsburgh chess conference, complete with tournaments and a civic twist.
If getting up close and personal with the animal kingdom left you wanting more thrills, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has a new way to ratchet up the adrenaline. Now you can fly over them on a zip line that's 25 feet in the air and crosses over the enclosures for giant anteaters, capybaras and pygmy hippos. The 170-foot long flight will also fly over the African Savanna and the Tropical Forest — with a chance to see elephants, giraffes and cheetahs, WTAE reports. The attraction opens Saturday and runs through Labor Day weekend.