It's officially the dog days of summer, which is the best time of the year in my opinion (don't @ me). As such, there's so much good stuff to do outside this week, from dancing to kayaking to shopping to writing poetry. Whatever you pick, soak up these summer days while we've got 'em, so we can remember them in January.
— Rossilynne (@rossilynne)
A bill requiring universal background checks for gun purchases failed to move out of a Pennsylvania House committee in June by just one vote. But that doesn't mean the fight is over. State Rep. Perry Warren of Bucks County plans to introduce his own background check bill, just in case an opportunity arises to advance such a measure. There's already plenty of public support. (The Incline)
- Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren spoke at the convention for the American Federation of Teachers held Downtown this weekend. In her remarks, Sen. Warren said "Union members are strong. They speak out. They don’t sit down and shut up. Or, to say it another way — nevertheless, we persist." Sen. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to speak today. (WESA / Post-Gazette / KDKA)
- Mayor Bill Peduto presented in Cleveland this week about government transparency and Burgh's Eye View, Pittsburgh's open-data app. "Can the same thing be done to improve the quality of life for Cleveland residents?" Cleveland's local newspaper asks. (The Plain Dealer)
- A petition to ban summer reading is circulating in West Allegheny School District. "What happened to kids being kids in the summer?" the petition states. (WTAE)
Fresh Fest, a festival for black brewers debuting in Pittsburgh next month, will be the first of its kind here — or anywhere. It will showcase more than a dozen black-owned breweries from around the country, along with Pittsburgh breweries that partnered with local black entrepreneurs to brew Fresh Fest-exclusive beers. We dug into what to expect at the event and how it's making history.
- A pedal-powered party boat has launched in Pittsburgh. (KDKA)
- In case you've got $2M burning a hole in your pocket, you could buy this Downtown condo. (TribLive)
- Now at The National Aviary: A 15-foot-tall waterfall, bird-friendly glass, and some new creatures. (WESA)
- A very Pittsburgh proposal for these LEGO lovers at Carnegie Science Center.
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Other events you'll love
🎭 10 a.m. today (Carnegie): If you've ever dreamed of being in a play, here's your chance to audition with the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
🌤 6:30 p.m. Monday (Friendship): Find your inner poet at this free, outdoor haiku event.
🐶 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oakland): Meet a therapy dog at the Cathedral of Learning.
💃 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oakland): Get moving with some "Summer Soul Line Dancing."
🖼 8 p.m. Thursday (Oakland): At Third Thursday: Crossroads, be the first to explore Carnegie Museum of Art's new modern galleries.
🍿 7 p.m. Friday (North Shore): Travel back to 1968 in a yellow submarine at Carnegie Science Center's Rangos Giant Cinema.