Hi, hello. Here with an important public service announcement: It's still summer. Last year, I wrote about the early fall creep in an article titled "Pumpkin Spice Pittsburgh: It's time for fall treats and Halloween decor … in August." But this year, pumpkin kitsch is appearing a full month earlier in J-U-L-Y. It's still summer. Get outside. Enjoy it. Let's appreciate the season we're in. There will be plenty of time to post Instagrams of decorative gourds in October.
— Rossilynne, who's hopping off her soapbox now (@rossilynne)
Just about everybody was talking about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's appearance this week, including Pennsylvania's elected representatives. But when a Post-Gazette reporter asked them deeper questions to push beyond their statements and social media posts, only a few would talk. All 10 of the state’s House Republicans either didn't respond to the inquiry or said they were too busy for a 10-minute phone interview. Here's what your legislator says about Trump and Russia — if anything.
- As part of the Youth Climate March, young people took to the streets Downtown on Saturday to demand climate action. Marchers urged elected officials to "enact effective and strong climate policy on all levels." (KDKA)
- Police charged two men after an incident during an Antwon Rose II protest held Downtown earlier this week. Per police, the men opened the door of a truck that was swarmed by protestors; one punched the driver and the other took the keys. WTAE said police used their Facebook live video to review the incident. (TribLive / WTAE)
- The water is undrinkable in a town less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, and it's been that way for seven years. Here's why residents have fallen silent about the story that affects them every day. (PennLive)
In less than 20 hours this week, two well-known artists teamed up to turn the blank wall of a Strip District superfood market into a canvas for superheroes. The Hulk and Wolverine now hang out on Heirloom Superfood Market, just a few blocks away from Magneto. Here's an inside look at the project from artists Jeremy M. Raymer and Matt Gondek and what you should look for when you check out the mural irl.
- Did you see that viral video of two priests on a roller coaster at Kennywood? It promoted Catholic Kennywood Day, which takes place tomorrow. (The Incline)
- In this casual $2.25 million home in the heart of Downtown, there’s an original tunnel from 1849, which could be used as a wine cellar. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
- Here’s a $2.9 million Shadyside estate on the market in case you're craving more Pittsburgh real estate eye candy. (Patch)
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🍎 5:30 p.m. July 25 (Downtown): Celebrate our Who's Next: Education class at a happy hour event in their honor. RSVP here.
🚌 5 p.m. Aug. 8: Nominate under-40 innovators for our inaugural Who's Next: Transit class.
🍍 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Allegheny Center): Don't miss the Summer Jam at Nova Place — and be sure to stop by and say hi to your friends at The Incline.
🧀 7 p.m. Saturday (Downtown): Attend the Festival of Cheese, where you can try more than 2,000 (!!!) cheeses. Incline readers get 10 percent off with the code Incline10.
🎨 6 p.m. Monday (Strip District): Drink cocktails and make crafts at this Wigle Whiskey event.
🎶 7:15 p.m. Tuesday (Downtown): Try out "Black Yoga" — vinyasa yoga set to drone, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music.
💃 4 p.m. Wednesday (Wilkinsburg): Dance at this pop-up party to advocate for pedestrian safety.
🍺 9 p.m. Thursday (North Shore): Prepare for this weekend's cheese festival with a night of cheese and beer at Southern Tier.
✨ 6 p.m. Friday (Oakland): Head to Hogwarts — well, Carnegie Museum of Natural History — for Potterfest.