On this date in 1911, Pittsburgh got its "H" back after a roughly 20-year saga. And we're throwing a party tonight to celebrate. There's drinks and food and games and, this should go without saying, a spelling bee. Free tickets are available here. And while you're brushing up on your spelling in preparation, brush up on your H Day history, too. See you tonight.
— Colin (@colin_deppen)
In all but three states, people accused of murder can still deploy what’s known as a gay or trans panic defense. State Sen. Larry Farnese wants Pennsylvania to be the next to pass a ban. In an interview, the Philadelphia Democrat said he found it hypocritical that the Republican-controlled General Assembly won't pass hate crime legislation to protect LGBTQ people but will keep this defense on the books. The Incline was unable to locate any recent cases where a gay panic defense was used in Pennsylvania, but it's still attempted elsewhere.
- In an effort to keep secret the incentives it's offering Amazon to bring the e-commerce giant's HQ2 project to the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania is again headed to court. Officials are appealing a ruling by Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records that found aspects of the project bids are public documents and should be released. (Post-Gazette)
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) thinks President Donald Trump has shown "inexplicable blindness" on Putin. Toomey then held a tele-town hall on Wednesday with less than an hour's notice, drawing complaints from some constituents. (PennLive)
- Jordan Brown — who prosecutors said killed his father's pregnant fiancée with a shotgun when he was 11 years old — had his conviction overturned by the Pa. Supreme Court. Its 5-0 ruling clears Brown, now 20, of wrongdoing. (Associated Press)
- Six people believed to be part of a white supremacist group are now facing charges of assault and ethnic intimidation following the violent beating of a black bar patron in Avalon earlier this month. Police said several people in a group at the Jackman Inn had tattoos marking them as skinheads or had symbols associated with skinheads. (TribLive)
It's time for our inaugural Who's Next: Transit class, in which we're looking for the under-40 professionals shaping transit in Pittsburgh. But, as always, we need your nominations. We're looking for professionals shaping the future for planes, trains, automobiles, bikes and walkers. Learn more, and submit your nominations here.
- Wiz Khalifa has a Steelers-themed game room in his L.A. mansion, because of course he does. (Architectural Digest)
- Eater created a list of places to eat on the drive from D.C. to Pittsburgh. Cool trick: The list also works in reverse. Also feel free to consult our guide to eating the Pa. Turnpike, which you'll probably need for a portion of your drive. (Eater/The Incline)
- Craigslist missed connections from Pittsburgh have been brought to life by an artist. (Electric Literature)
- A massive Jeff Goldblum statue recently appeared in a London park. May we suggest bringing the West Homestead native's likeness to Point State Park next.
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H 5:30 tonight (Greenfield): Honor pittsburgH getting its H back with games, discounts and prizes at HougH's. rsvp Here.
🍎 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.
🖼 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.
🛍 8 a.m. Saturday (Friendship): Find some new-to-you treasures at the Friendship Yard Sale.
🛶 9 a.m. Saturday (Downtown): Kayak through Pittsburgh history at this Venture Outdoors program.
🎨 11 a.m. Saturday (Bellevue): Stroll an artists’ market and sidewalk sale while shopping for handmade wares.
🥒 Noon Saturday (North Side): Celebrate all things pickled at Picklesburgh.
🤣 8 p.m. Saturday (Downtown): Laugh out loud at this evening of comedy, drama and music at Arcade Comedy Theater’s “My Dinner with André: The Musical.”