The special election for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district entered a second day on Wednesday with the race too close to call and absentee and provisional ballots still being tallied and examined in places, including Allegheny County. The New York Times called the race for Lamb, saying his lead "appears insurmountable" but other outlets have not. While a winner hasn't been formally declared, the Democrats — and candidate Conor Lamb — have already won just by managing to stay not only competitive, but lead in what has traditionally been a conservative stronghold. The math remains on their side and a recount would require voter petitions. Republicans are reportedly planning to challenge the results. Meanwhile, Democrats are eyeing the 2018 midterms with renewed optimism.
Drew Gray Miller, the Libertarian candidate for Pa. Congressional District 18, is the self-proclaimed “most hated man in America” right now — and he loves it. A first-time candidate in the controversial race between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, Miller unofficially earned 1,380 votes, which is drawing ire from some Republicans who said his voters would have been conservative voters. But Miller, formerly a registered Republican, calls the criticism that he “stole” votes from Saccone “ridiculous.” Instead, he sees his role in the election as the beginning of what he predicts will “be a revolution in this country” and a “new sense of purpose” for the Libertarian party.
With a deadline nearing for action on a plan to remove and relocate Oakland’s Stephen Foster statue, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announced it is “seeking the public’s help in selecting an African-American woman to be honored with a statue” replacing it. Much like it did in deciding the Foster statue's fate, the city will convene a round of public meetings to gather input. The city has also launched a web forum allowing interested parties to choose one of seven replacement options — Gwendolyn J. Elliott, Madam C.J. Walker and Selma Burke among them — and all with Pittsburgh connections. The forum also allows users to write in other suggestions. The public meetings have yet to be scheduled, but the Foster statue is still expected to be removed by an April deadline.
Hear from four Pittsburgh women who are making strides in engaging, connecting and inspiring women. Speakers will be: Sharice Nance, author and licensed therapist; Tiffany Huff, founder of When She Thrives; Marita Garrett, mayor of Wilkinsburg and representative of CORO: Women in Leadership; and Sossena Wood, national chairperson for National Society of Black Engineers.
Where: Carmi Soul Food Restaurant at 1825 E Carson St. (South Side)
When: March 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $10 (free for members of the Professional Women's Network)
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For the second time, Uber released its Lost & Found index today. While the most commonly lost items likely won't surprise you, there are some real gems when it comes to the "most unique" forgotten items. In Pittsburgh, that list includes a painting of Pikachu and a Pokeball as well as a rainbow teddy bear. Here's a look at the items left behind — both in Pittsburgh and across the U.S.
The world's largest potato — weighing in at six tons — will appear at this weekend's St. Patrick's Day parade Downtown. “Nothing says Ireland like a potato,” the parade organizer told TribLive. Here are some stats about the staggering starch: It weighs 12,130 pounds and is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide and 11.5 feet high. It's also pulled by a giant truck. Here's where to find the potato in town this weekend.