Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates usher Phil Coyne spent 81 of his 99 years working for the team. In that time he's seen everything — championship runs, stadium changes, legendary games and legends of the game and no less than 14 presidential administrations. But Coyne has been missing from PNC Park so far this season. And when we spoke to him by phone Thursday, he said he won't be going back. “I’m sad. I tried to make it to 100, but I just couldn’t make it,” Coyne said by phone. He turns 100 this month and wanted to return this season but said mobility issues and a recent fall confirmed his inability to do so. As a result, his legendary run has come to an end, and a void in Pittsburgh's sports tapestry is quickly being revealed.
On Thursday, Erika Strassburger took the oath of office and became a member of Pittsburgh City Council. She is the first woman to represent District 8 on council, reported TribLive, and she will lead council's Innovation, Performance and Asset Management Committee. During the ceremony, she thanked her family and supporters for their support and said she'd “work hard, listen and collaborate” with residents, including her three opponents during the special election.
Landmark Theatres, co-owned by Pittsburgh native and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is one of several companies in talks to operate a Downtown movie theater, the Post-Gazette reported. The proposed Downtown multiplex would have five screens in the former Bally Total Fitness Club on Sixth Street. Also in the talks are Bow Tie Cinemas and Rick Stern, owner of the Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill, per the PG.
At "In Steel & Stone," explore the architectural history of Pittsburgh's East End with the East Liberty Valley Historical Society. Justin Greenawalt, of the historical society, will lead the conversation.
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 116 South Highland Ave. (East Liberty)
When: April 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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By the end of this year, you'll be able to stream and download music by Pittsburgh musicians for free through a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh portal. Carnegie Library is teaming up with a start-up's Pittsburgh office to spotlight the work of local musicians in a program that’s like kind of like Spotify for libraries (but better). Libraries pay musicians up-front for their work, and you can tune in for free.
412 Food Rescue is going national. The nonprofit is offering its app and the technology behind it to programs across the country, TribLive reported. First up is an organization in San Francisco followed by a group in Cleveland, and maybe one in Philadelphia, too. Locally, 412 Food Rescue will relaunch its app with streamlined and easier-to-use features.