There’s never been a more important time to uphold the First Amendment rights of journalists and citizens. So with a conference about the amendment in town yesterday, I had to be there. “The First Amendment for the 21st Century: Current Threats and Community Responses” focused on our political system, elections and digital media. I live tweeted some of the sessions for you — including Grant Oliphant's interview of Rob Rogers. Thanks for following along as we exercise our First Amendment rights every day.
— Lexi (@LexiBelc)
Protests for Antwon Rose Jr. continued for a third day Friday, with protestors taking over streets Downtown during rush hour. Here’s what you need to know:
- Protestors marched Downtown to PNC Park on Friday evening holding a giant banner reading “Fire killer cops” and chanting “What do we want? Justice.” (The Incline)
- Allegheny County disputed reports about a video of the North Braddock shooting that led to the traffic stop in East Pittsburgh, but confirmed there is a video. (The Incline)
- Officer Michael Rosfeld, who fatally shot Antwon, has a new attorney — high-profile criminal defense defense attorney Pat Thomassey. (WTAE)
- The East Pittsburgh Police Department is one of more than 100, often overlapping, departments in the Pittsburgh metro area, and that can cause problems. (CityLab)
- Meet Gene and Robert, two truck drivers who were stopped in Parkway traffic on Thursday night, and weighed in on the shooting. One urged officials to “really investigate it” and “don’t try to cover it up.” (WTAE)
- Thursday night's protest on the Parkway lasted until 2:30 a.m. and ended with one arrest. Ciora Thomas said she was ready to go to jail for the cause. (TribLive)
- Vice President Mike Pence will be in Moon Township at noon today. He'll stump for Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus who is running against Democratic U.S. Congress member Conor Lamb in new Pa. District 17. (KDKA)
- The Uber employee behind the wheel of a self-driving car was watching "The Voice" in the minutes leading up to a crash that killed a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year. That information was part of a 300-page report released by Tempe police Thursday. Documents also indicate that police are seeking manslaughter charges against Rafaela Vasquez, who was behind the wheel. (AZ Central)
- Allegheny County police will no longer criminalize condoms in prostitution-related cases. Last year, police charged people in 100 cases with both prostitution and possessing an instrument of crime. In 15 of those cases, condoms were the alleged instrument of crime. County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said the changes take public health concerns into consideration. (TribLive)
At the turn of the century, Pittsburghers founded the city's first Slovak parish. They found a home at Sixteenth Street and Penn Avenue in the Strip District where they worshipped for 85 years. Then, the building sold and became a nightclub. Then, it became music venue Altar Bar. But now, more than a century after it first opened, it's becoming a church once again. Here's the unlikely story of the building that's housed everything from church-goers to club-goers to concert-goers and church-goers once again.
- It was Take Your Dog to Work Day at the City County Building yesterday and plenty of Pittsburgh pups showed up.
- A litter of lynxes at Pittsburgh Zoo got their first check-up, and these furballs are adorbs and sassy — scroll to 1:16 in the video. (KDKA)
- A detailed newsletter on Mister Rogers because "The world could really use Fred Rogers right now." (Quartz)
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👟 10 a.m. today (South Side): Bring your walking shoes to this South Side house tour.
🔎 10 a.m. today (Avella): Take an insider tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with an expert.
🍻 11:30 a.m. today (Bethel Park): Try some new brews at the Philadelphia Invades Pittsburgh Beer Fest.
✨ Noon today (Tionesta): Trek to the Pennsylvania wilds for the annual Firefly Festival.
🚲 9 a.m. Sunday (Downtown, Strip District, and Lawrenceville): Get outside for Open Streets.
🚺 Noon Sunday (Garfield): Check out the Feminist Zine Fest.