Pennsylvania has joined 16 other states, the District of Columbia and six cities suing the U.S. government over a plan to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional, WITF reports. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court and argues that adding the citizenship demand to the 2020 census questionnaire was an arbitrary decision that will "fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count." State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is leading the charge on Pennsylvania's behalf and said the Trump administration directive will depress turnout, decrease the accuracy of Census findings and hurt Pennsylvania in the long run.
Democrat Conor Lamb's success in the special election for Pennsylvania's reliably red 18th Congressional District was nothing short of an upset. But can it be replicated in what will be the new, ultra-conservative 14th congressional district under a statewide redistricting plan? The Post-Gazette reports that the new 14th will be even more conservative than the 18th District was and a test for Democrats who think they've hit on a new model for using moderate candidates to flip Republican-leaning districts and strongholds. We're soon to find out. Four Democrats have already declared their candidacies in the new 14th ahead of the May primary.
A Pittsburgh police officer seen in a May video kicking and punching a man being placed under arrest outside a South Side bar has resigned, TribLive reports. The officer, Raymond Toomey, resigned last month, Mayor Bill Peduto's office confirmed. Toomey was involved in the arrest of Nathan Stanley III, who allegedly threatened a security guard at The Flats bar on East Carson Street. Toomey wrote in the criminal complaint that Stanley kept reaching toward his waistband and resisted arrest. Toomey had been under investigation and on desk duty for nearly a year following a May 7 incident. He resigned March 23.
Practice your steady hand and get ready for some Friends-themed trivia. This is a great excuse to binge-watch the show on Netflix and catch up on our Big List of all the trivia nights in Pittsburgh. Oh and remember, it's Miss Chanandler Bong.
Where: Claddagh Irish Pub at 407 Cinema Drive (South Side)
When: April 4, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Smallman Galley's new “Flashback Flavors” menu, which launched Tuesday, seeks to stir up cocktails and memories. Its menu is printed on old-school viewfinder reels and on Twister boards. And its drinks, with flavors inspired by Cool Ranch Doritos, Froot Loops and pizza rolls (yes, really), offer a taste of nostalgia. Here's what's on the menu, a list that might just transport you back to those Saturday mornings watching cartoons.
Cinnamon Faulkner and her older sister India are fixtures at the Pittsburgh Marathon, where they make sure runners crossing the finish line get some liquids, and fast. And they're just two of the many volunteers who will tend to runners when the marathon sets off next month. The Post-Gazette, in a profile of some of the roughly 5,000 medical and non-medical race volunteers expected, examines their reasons for coming back year after year and why the marathon is an event unlike any other.