After nearly a year of contract negotiations between the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Pittsburgh Public Schools, local teachers are trying to decide if they'll go on strike. The teachers' union sent ballots to members asking if there should be a strike-authorization vote and the results are expected to be tallied next week, Pittsburgh City Paper reported. Meanwhile, education watchdog group A+ Schools is working on ways to provide child care if a strike does happen.
A Pittsburgh-based startup, Velocity Robotics, that creates smart construction tools won the Mid-Atlantic Regionals of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup. The smart tools, including tape measures and miter saws, ensure more accurate lines and cuts which reduce do-overs and waste, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Started in 2015, the Hardware Cup is a contest focused solely on helping companies with physical products find funding. Velocity Robotics now advances to the Hardware Cup finals, which will be held this spring in Pittsburgh.
Bryan Kline, the Westmoreland County clerk of courts, wants Michael Korns, the Westmoreland GOP committee chairman to return a campaign donation from former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, TribLive reported. Kline even added that the funds — $1,000 — should be given to an anti-abortion charity. But Korns isn't just the chairman of the party that Kline belongs to, the two are running against each other in the Republican primary for state rep. in District 54. Korns said he's keeping the funds. And he's not the only one who received donations from Murphy — so did Rick Saccone, who is running in the special election to replace Murphy. And his campaign wants to give it back.
Amanda Lucidon, White House photographer for former First Lady Michelle Obama, will visit the library to talk about her experience photographing the Obamas and the power of art, education and mentorship. After her talk, she'll answer questions and sign books. A traveling exhibition of 10 photos from her best-selling book "Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer" will be on display at the library through March 4.
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Homewood at 7101 Hamilton Ave. (Homewood)
When: February 8, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Bad news: You still have to wait almost a week to eat at your favorite fish fry. Good news: You can vote now for your favorites to advance in the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry Bracket. After nearly 250 nominations, we narrowed it down to 32 contenders in the first round of the fish face off. The categories are: fire halls and social clubs, eateries, churches in the western portion of Pittsburgh and churches in the east. Time to start dreaming of fried fish and get those votes submitted.
Sometimes you want to try out that fancy-schmancy restaurant but not spend a day’s worth of pay — we get it. Enter our new occasional series Bougie on a Budget, in which we'll share a guide for how to eat at Pittsburgh's fine dining establishments for $50 or less. In this edition, we headed to Mt. Washington's renowned Altius. It's listed as $$$$ on TripAdvisor, so this was a challenge. Here's what to order to leave full, try out a variety of dishes and keep some money in your wallet.