Forecasts had Pittsburgh set to receive another winter blast overnight and into this morning, with up to 5 inches of snowfall expected today, Patch.com reported. You know the drill: This means city roads will be messy and that you'll want to leave yourself extra time to get to work. The snowfall also marks the first since Mayor Bill Peduto announced planned reforms for snow removal in the city on the heels of complaints about the pace of the job being done across the city last month. It's also time to consider becoming a Pittsburgh snow angel to help residents — some of them your neighbors — who need help with snow removal.
If you've turned on your TV set recently, you may have noticed a barrage of political ads vying for your attention during most commercial breaks. The ads are part of the special election underway for former U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy's vacant 18th district seat — and the product of big spending by Democrats and Republicans. But what are the ads trying to do, and what do they reveal about the candidates, the voters of the 18th district and the importance of this race to politicians in Washington, D.C.? In an attempt to find out, we binge watched the ads and talked to experts for their perspective. Here's what we found.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday unveiled his latest budget plan complete with a severance tax on natural gas production and calls for an increase in the minimum wage, the Associated Press reported. The plan is expected to renew battles with the state's Republican-dominated legislature ahead of the 2018 elections, in which Wolf is among the crop of candidates. Some say his budget address on Tuesday served as a dry run for that reelection bid, delivering a speech full of General Assembly critiques, touting his own legislative achievements and recommitting himself to public education and more.
If Amazon decides to locate its HQ2 project in Pittsburgh, the company has promised billions in investment and as many as 50,000 jobs. But does Pittsburgh have a talent pool large enough to meet the demand? According to WESA, "while Pittsburgh boasts more than 50 post-secondary institutions and a high proportion of people holding bachelor’s degrees, the region annually loses half of graduating college students." This raises questions about the city's Amazon HQ2 viability. But all is not lost for Amazon HQ2 proponents in Pittsburgh: experts say no HQ2 contender has 50,000 perfectly suited employees waiting by the phone. Additionally, there are other oft-overlooked demographics in Pittsburgh that could help meet demand if Steel City were to win the HQ2 competition.
As part of its Black History Month programming, Heinz History Center will host a screening of the new documentary, “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X.” The film captures the rise and fall of Malcolm X, told through newscasts, speeches and rarely seen archival footage.
Where: Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: February 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration required)
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In Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood, the local butcher dreams of expanding into a “nose-to-tail” shop to serve the Hilltop community. Black Market Deli adds to the growing list of new business along Allentown’s busy Warrington Avenue as the town experiences something of a renaissance. Here’s what’s in-store now at Black Market Deli and what could lie ahead.
Know a rising star in the business and/or finance worlds who you just know will be at the front of the boardroom one day? Or maybe that young leader makes time to also make a difference in the community through volunteer work. Tell us about them. We're taking nominations for Who's Next: Business & Finance through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.