A dramatic decline in Pittsburgh crime stats is being celebrated by officials who credit police efforts for the precipitous decline. According to the Post-Gazette, shootings in the city dropped to a 12-year low in 2017, with 147 fatal and non-fatal shootings in 2017 compared to 180 in 2016. The city also saw varying declines in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, vehicle thefts and arson in 2017 compared to 2016, according to police. “Instead of having patrols that saturate a neighborhood, where the neighborhood already feels victimized and then feels victimized twice, we look for the individual person, and we reach out and give them an opportunity to change their lives,” Mayor Bill Peduto said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday suspended Uber’s ability to test self-driving vehicles in Arizona after a fatal crash there March 18. But that's not an option allowed under current state law, according to JJ Abbott, a spokesman for Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor has called for legislation to oversee autonomous vehicle testing in the state. And in Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto said he'd like to see the results of investigations into the fatal Arizona crash before calling for any changes in Pa. Here's what makes testing in Pennsylvania and in Arizona different.
Medical marijuana has been on sale in Pennsylvania for more than a month now, and while production issues have been an issue, and while high prices remain an issue, the state is preparing to launch Phase Two of the program next month with hopes that supply constraints will continue to lessen as more growers and dispensaries come online. We talked to a representative of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and commercial cannabis lawyers about what went right and what went wrong in Phase One — see above — and where Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program goes from here on its way to becoming one of the largest in the nation.
Where: Alloy 26 at 100 South Commons; Suite 102 (Allegheny Center)
When: March 28, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25 for public | Free for Who's Next: Business & Finance honorees
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After starting the year with a flood raining water into his Lawrenceville restaurant Morcilla, acclaimed chef Justin Severino is ready to reopen the restaurant today, a week earlier than expected. Despite the rain, he took a downright sunny approach to the flood. He tackled tasks that he said would have been impossible to do if the restaurant hadn’t been forced to temporarily close — such as dramatically increasing the restaurant's charcuterie capacity. We sat down with the chef for a behind-the-scenes look at the renovations, so you'll know what to expect in the space and on the menu.
ABC's "Shark Tank" swims into Pittsburgh today, with an open call being held at Rivers Casino. WTAE reports it's the show’s first stop in Pittsburgh, where the casting team will be looking to find "fresh, new inventions and ideas, giving local business-savvy individuals" the opportunity to be on the show's upcoming season. The show's celebrity investors won't be there, but you might get to meet them after all if you make it through today's open call. So dust off that modified mop invention your family members laughed at and prove them wrong, once and for all.