Just over a week ago, we asked you to help us as we work to report on how policing across Western Pa. works and how a short distance between municipalities can make a difference. We asked for your questions about issues, systems, statistics and solutions when it comes to policing. And we've already received multiple thoughtful questions that we're ready to dig into. But don't stop asking — submit your queries here.
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Allegheny County Council took the first step in creating a citizens’ police review board for the county — but it was a close vote. On Tuesday, council approved creating a series of up to four public meetings about a police review board, WTAE reported. Currently, the City of Pittsburgh has such a board, but the county doesn’t. Creating a county board is something community organizers have pushed for for years, but a renewed push for a board in Allegheny County followed the death of Antwon Rose II, who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld, per TribLive. See how council members voted.
- There are calls for a Bell Acres councilman to resign after he was charged with driving through crowd of protesters outside PNC Park last month. Gregory Wagner didn't attend a council meeting on Monday, but several attending said he should resign. (WTAE)
- The geese on the 10th Street Bridge will be repainted after a bridge rehab project. Allegheny County Council voted on Tuesday in favor of the dinosaur-looking creatures, which were painted as graffiti more than 20 years ago. (TribLive)
- Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are all coming to town this weekend. They'll speak at the American Federation of Teachers convention. Sanders will also appear at a rally with Lt. Gov. candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman on Sunday. (Post-Gazette / TribLive)
- The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh announced more closures. Locations in Penn Hills, Coraopolis and Wilmderding will close at the end of August as the YMCA tries to move out of bankruptcy. (KDKA)
In each of his budgets since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed an increase to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. And each year he’s been rebuffed by the Republican-controlled legislature. Democrats say a raise for Pennsylvania workers is long overdue, while conservatives argue that a minimum wage increase could mean job losses. What do the numbers show?
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H 5:30 p.m. July 19 (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.
Other events you'll love
📣 6:30 p.m. today (Garfield): Join in on "Pardons & Parole," a community dialogue at BOOM Concepts with politicians and formerly incarcerated people.
🗣 7 p.m. Thursday (Strip District): Hear from a panel of experts and veterans on the topic "Should We Bring Back the Draft?"
🎶 2 p.m. Friday (North Side): Kick off the weekend early at the Deutschtown Music Festival.
👓 6 p.m. Friday (Garfield and Lawrenceville): Uhh, find a way ... to celebrate Jeff Goldblum Day.