In Pennsylvania, there are no “rules, oversight, or tracking of police encounters with undocumented immigrants,” reported ProPublica in a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer. Yet that doesn’t stop state and local police across the state from taking it upon themselves to act as unofficial versions of ICE, especially in the center of the state, reporters found. In Allegheny County, DA Stephen A. Zappala Jr. warned police that “officers are not permitted to independently enforce federal immigration law, they cannot extend the period of an investigatory stop to investigate immigration status without risking a constitutional violation.” Read more.
Conor Lamb is officially the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, having been sworn in on Thursday by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Moments later, from the floor of the House, Lamb continued with the bipartisan theme that had colored much of his campaign, saying of his new position, "I will do my level best to reach out to find common ground to help this great American institution deliver the results we need and deserve.” But Lamb's road to Congress was an unusual one, and he's also already running again in a new district that's being established as part of a statewide redistricting campaign. Lamb also appears to have the blessing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi whom he criticized during the campaign, indicating Democrats want to maintain a unified front headed into the midterms. Here we look at how Lamb got to this point, how this unusual, nail biter of an election unfolded and what happens now.
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At the Farm to Table Buy Local Conference, meet local farmers, food and beverage leaders, and nonprofit organizers. Check out cooking demos, pick up some gardening tips, taste food samples, and shop for everything from seedlings to dairy products to spirits. The event motto is: "Keep it real, keep it local."
Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)
When: April 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $20 to $60
Hear from six local writers during a poetry and spoken-word fundraiser that benefits the Millvale Community Library's summer children's programming. Afterward, there's an open mic. Next door, Tupelo Honey Teas will give 10 percent of purchases to the kids's summer food program.
Where: Millvale Community Library at 213 Grant Ave. (Millvale)
When: April 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
How much: $5 suggested donation
Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century, amassing 13 Grammy awards and selling more than 40 million albums. In celebration of her 100th year, this tribute concert presents many of her original big band arrangements, some of which have not been heard in concert in more than 40 years. The show features vocalist Delores King Williams and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. It's co-presented by Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Jazz.
Where: Hillman Center for Performing Arts: Richard E. Rauh Theater at 423 Fox Chapel Rd. (Fox Chapel)
When: April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
How much: $50
This new visually stunning show deploys an assemblage of custom-crafted inflatable scenery that expands, contracts and collapses in exploration of a universe of creation and destruction. Inflatable Space weaves a dramatic tale about possible extraterrestrial life, moments on earth and new interstellar discoveries.
Where: KST Alloy Studios at 5530 Penn Ave. (Friendship)
When: April 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay what makes you happy pricing