With students marching on the Florida Capitol on Wednesday in a call for stricter gun control, a Facebook post by Pennsylvania Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe implied those students may not actually be students, reinforcing a conspiracy theory floated in the week since a gunman shot and killed 17 people at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School. That theory alleges the students are paid actors or Democratic operatives. In his post, Metcalfe seemed to support this notion by using quotation marks when referring to the Florida students who went to their state’s capital on Wednesday to ask for gun law changes, the Washington Post reports. Commenters were quick to defend the students and criticize the post, while those familiar with Metcalfe's history of incendiary comments remained appalled but unsurprised.
Peoples Natural Gas pitched the city a $1 billion plan to fix PWSA, the Post-Gazette reported. Peoples is one of nearly 20 companies to create an unsolicited plan for PWSA, but it’s the only one that confirmed that it approached the city to the PG. It’s also the new employer of Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto’s former chief of staff, who left for Peoples in January. Peduto, however, maintained that PWSA should stay publicly owned. Here’s what members of the PWSA board had to say about the pitch.
The Pittsburgh-Columbus-Chicago will be the second corridor in the U.S. to be studied for the feasibility of a hyperloop, the Post-Gazette reported. The hyperloop would send people and things from one end to the other in less than 30 minutes, through "low-pressure tubes at 700 miles per hour" — similar to the tubes used at the bank drive-thru, per the PG. The study will look at possible added stops, station locations, economic benefits and more. There will also be an environmental impact study as well.
Escape from winter and explore a tropical jungle at the National Aviary. At Welcome to the Jungle, enjoy a rainforest-inspired evening featuring music from DJ Scottro, tropical foods, a chance to hang out with a sloth, air plant souvenirs and caricature portraits.
Where: National Aviary at 700 Arch Street (North Side)
When: February 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $30 in advance; $35 at the door
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While mapping the fish fry locations for the Sweet Sixteen of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry, we found several clusters of fish strongholds — Pittsburgh, eastern boroughs and Carnegie and Scott Township. Those neighboring towns are the only locations to have more than one fish fry advance out of the first round of our bracket. So we had to know — why is this area just south of the city so popular for fish?
Where are the best places to people watch in Pittsburgh? According to Pittsburgh Magazine, the answer includes a coffee shop, an iconic landmark and an airport. The magazine listed five spots to get your sociology on. Not to be outdone, Four Square Labs compiled a similar list earlier this month with 15 of the best people watching spots in the city. Both have some good suggestions — and cost little to nothing. It's like Charles Bukowski said, "People are the best show in the world, and you don't even pay for the ticket."