The Pens take on the Flyers in the first round of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with Game One starting at 7 p.m. tonight. But if you haven't snagged tickets to see the cross-state rivals face off, don't worry: The game will air on the NBC Sports network. The big screen outside PPG Paints Arena will also be out again for home playoff games, including tonight's. As for who will win the series, you'll have to wait and see, although there are plenty of predictions to go around, many of them favoring the Pens. In fact, CBS Sports says the odds — or more specifically the computer simulations — have the Penguins with a serious shot at winning the whole thing again.
The rate of Pittsburgh renters facing eviction judgments is lower than state and national averages and trending downward, but most displaced tenants never make it to the courtroom, WESA reports, meaning the trend might not be as pronounced as it seems. WESA reports that tenants often don’t have enough legal help or don’t understand the eviction process and never even appear before a magistrate. When they get a 10-day notice from their landlord, they just leave, assuming that they would otherwise be locked out. This means fewer eviction cases making it to court, giving the appearance that fewer are taking place when that may not actually be the case.
Gov. Tom Wolf arrived at the scene of a massive landslide and roadway collapse on Route 30 in East Pittsburgh on Tuesday to survey the damage, calling it "devastating" and "scary" and also marveling at the lack of any injuries as a result, the Post-Gazette reported. The collapse occurred last week and an official fix remains months away, officials said. Meanwhile, TribLive reports officials are surveying costs associated with the damage to see if they meet the threshold to qualify for federal disaster funds. If so, Wolf can send a letter to President Donald Trump requesting help. Wolf said that in the meantime, the state will work to make sure displaced residents have the money to stay in hotels.
- Reporter/curator Colin Deppen is ISO the next fact he'll check for PolitiFact Pennsylvania, which The Incline and Billy Penn oversee. Have you read or heard something that seems like the speaker had Pants on Fire!? Let Colin know.
- Mark your calendar: We're super excited about our new membership program and will celebrate next week and welcome new members at Third Thursday Trivia. Get your tickets now.
- Hear from reporter/curator MJ Slaby at this event tonight:
What's fake news? What's real? Attend to learn how to avoid fake news, tell your story and bridge art with activism through interactive presentations from The Incline's MJ Slaby, as well as Queer PGH, New Pittsburgh Courier, 1Hood Media, PublicSource and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Organized by Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh.
Where: Allegheny County Department of Human Services at 1 Smithfield St. (Downtown)
When: April 11, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
How much: Free
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A 1940 mural, a set of 1890s-era flags, and a 1916 Lincoln statue are on the list for restoration in Wilkinsburg through the "Preserving Wilkinsburg's Art-i-facts" project. The crowdfunding campaign would bring in experts to rehabilitate the pieces, which one project leader calls "our culture ... our identity." Explore the stories behind the artifacts and find out how to help.
Superior Motors in Braddock has been named to Food & Wine's coveted "best restaurants" of the year list. The brainchild of chef Kevin Sousa, Superior Motors has been open for less than a year and represents a foundational change taking place or at least gaining steam in Braddock. It was also a long time coming, with the rollout stretching well over the anticipated timeframe and over budget. Food & Wine writes: "Taste a simple halibut seared off in the gut of the hearth or a juicy slice of pork loin cut with trout roe’s salty pop, and you’ll see Superior Motors as a very good restaurant. Look a little deeper, and you’ll see it as something even richer: a testament to the power of persistence, of stamina, of keeping a white-knuckle grip on ideals, even in the most challenging moments."