This year when Punxsutawney Phil said there'd be six more weeks of winter, he really meant it. Yes, with spring's official arrival on Tuesday, it felt and looked more like the middle of winter in Pittsburgh. That snow was set to continue overnight, with up to 5 inches possible by Thursday, the Post-Gazette reports. The worst of the snowfall was expected by this morning, with PennDOT issuing interstate restrictions in anticipation. And roads may be a mess this morning with a winter weather advisory in effect until 8 p.m. tonight, according to Patch, so be careful out there. And if you're up for it, Pittsburgh still needs snow angels in a number of neighborhoods to help shovel out those who can't do it themselves. In the meantime, stay warm and stay safe. And let's all agree to never doubt Punxsutawney Phil again.
The bobcat that captured Pittsburgh's heart (and definitely its attention) after being found on the Gateway Clipper over the weekend has officially moved on to a new home, this one far from the city and its tourist attractions. According to KDKA, the unnamed cat has been transported by game officials to state game lands in Armstrong County. Officials said they believe the bobcat was living in a wooded area at the bottom of Mount Washington, across Carson Street and near Station Square, where the Gateway Clipper Fleet is docked. The cat was discovered by crew members preparing for an afternoon cruise on Sunday. Needless to say, the new rural home should be to its liking. As for how unusual is to find a bobcat in the middle of the city, game officials say very, telling TribLive that this weekend's encounter may be the first here in decades or longer.
On Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus proposed legislation that would require mandatory anti-harassment training for all city employees, the Post-Gazette reports. It’s legislation Kraus has had in the works since late 2017, following the #metoo movement. In addition, council member Corey O’Connor is introducing legislation that would prohibit non-disclosure agreements in settlements of workplace harassment cases at the city, per the PG.
As National Public Radio’s social science correspondent and host of the Hidden Brain Podcast, Shankar Vedantam offers insights into how unconscious biases affect decision-making. He bases these insights on data to reveal unconscious patterns and ways we can avoid the mistakes they often cause. Register in advance online.
Where: Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: March 21, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration required)
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Pittsburgh is home to more than two dozen podcasts on everything from activism to mental health to careers to music. For many local podcasters, they started out simply by loving the medium of audio. We chatted with seven of Pittsburgh’s most active podcasters and pulled together a list of every Pittsburgh podcast we could find. Here’s what to add to your must-listen list.
The Incline and Billy Penn are proud to host a 2018 Report for America corps member, who will cover the state legislature in Harrisburg and focus on issues of importance to residents of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — from abortion laws to education funding, from the environment to the minimum wage. The corps member will also cover the swing state’s midterm elections and contribute to PolitiFact, for which The Incline and Billy Penn are its Pennsylvania partners. Interested? Apply here for Report for America by Friday. (Know someone who might be interested? Forward this email to them!)