Remember jumping from one couch to another while playing 'the floor is lava' as a kid? New artwork coming to Strawberry Way downtown combines the favorite childhood game with images of local fruit and thought-provoking social justice questions. The new piece will stretch the length of the alley from Grant Street to Liberty Avenue. We talked to artist Julie Mallis about their inspiration.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that he designated $180 million to fill potholes and do other winter-related road repairs across the state, the Associated Press reported. It was a particularly bad winter for potholes and by the end of April, PennDOT used nearly 23,000 tons of asphalt to repair potholes. That’s 8,000 tons more than the same timeframe in 2017 and 2016, per the AP.
A district judge dismissed two of the charges against Melanie V. Carter, who was arrested in February at a North Versailles movie theater, the Post-Gazette reported. Carter filmed her confrontation with North Versailles police officer Christopher Kelly as he tried to escort a group of girls from the theater and was later arrested on five charges. At her preliminary hearing on Thursday, a crowd of supporters rallied outside, per the PG. While two charges were dismissed, Carter was ordered to stand trail on three charges — defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania recognized The Incline with two Golden Quill awards Thursday night as part of its annual journalism contest. A judge said "energetic writing carried me along into this fascinating world" in our Four One Brew column, noted as the best continuing blog. In the digital lifestyle category, the club also honored our article, "Eating the Turnpike: All of Pennsylvania’s 15 East-West rest stops, ranked," as being "a great idea executed with engaging humor and attitude." Earlier this year, The Incline received a Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for this business article: "Meet the woman behind Black Tech Nation in Pittsburgh."
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A sure sign of summer: Farmer's market season. Do a little grocery shopping on your lunch break at the Mellon Square Farmers Market. Grab some hot prepared lunch items, and take home some fresh fruits and veggies, all while enjoying live music.
Where: Mellon Square Park at 415 Oliver Ave. (Downtown)
When: May 25, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Incline Likes
It’s the unofficial start to the summer, and that means buds, burgers, and beer. Just in case you run out of the third item on the list this weekend, fear not. You can have beer delivered directly to your door with two recently launched delivery services in Pittsburgh. Here's how to do it.
There's been a lot of ice cream news this week: A vegan ice cream shop coming to Sharpsburg, Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream opening in Upper St. Clair, and business woes at Gus & YiaYia's. In other frozen treats news, it's the last day to vote in round one of our Ultimate Frozen Treats bracket, spotlighting 32 beloved Pittsburgh shops. Which should make the Sweet Sixteen? Voting in this round ends at 10 a.m. today. Find your ballot here.