Now that the special election for the 18th Congressional District is mostly over, savor the limited time without political ads all around you because more campaigning is coming. In just two months, voters will be back at the polls for a May 15 primary. Candidates are scrambling to get petitions in by next week's deadline to be able to run in the primary and in the new districts, the Post-Gazette reported. And Tuesday's election isn't totally over. Today, Allegheny County will begin the process to examine provisional and military/overseas ballots as well as unscannable absentee ballots. So, yeah, voter fatigue is real. Here's more about the impact that fatigue might have at the polls.
It started as a question this fall as discussions swirled about the fate of the controversial Stephen Foster statue. “Where are all the women, especially women of color?” asked Jessie Ramey, director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, in a column for the Post-Gazette. Here's how that question and the seven women Ramey said are statue-ready led to a new city task force. Now, that group wants your feedback on a tribute to an African-American woman that would replace the Foster statue.
A day after Pittsburgh students joined those across the country in calling for greater gun safety, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced the state is seeking public input to help a new task force explore ways to make Pennsylvania schools safer and more secure, WITF reported. The task force, headed by Wolf and Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, plans to collect concerns about safety and ideas about policy changes; see if additional funding will help; and measure the effectiveness of student support, physical and mental health programs and information sharing. It comes at a moment of heightened anxiety in school rooms nationwide, with at least 14 school shootings reported in the U.S. so far this year, per CNN. The latest, in Parkland, Fla., prompted Wednesday's walkout at Pittsburgh schools and those across the country as students demand politicians do more to keep them and others safe from threats of mass gun violence.
Soar through the night sky in Carnegie Science Center's Buhl Planetarium at SkyWatch. Admire the Great Orion Nebula, the Pleaides open star cluster and Sirius, the brightest star in the night-time sky. Then, if skies are clear, head to the observatory to gaze at the sky through a telescope. SkyWatch is held at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: March 16, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $4
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It's Friday and that means it's time for fried fish and hearty helpings of haluski, mac 'n' cheese, and pierogis. But it's also your last chance to taste test before you vote for the champion of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket. Luckily, the two finalists aren't that far apart — Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #32 is in Carnegie and Our Lady of Grace is in Scott Township. So it is possible to go to both in one night. (Just sayin.') Voting closes at 10 a.m Wednesday. Here's a look back at the bracket matchups.
Four North American river otter pups are making their debut at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The four pups, two males and two females, were vaccinated, weighed and microchipped during a checkup yesterday, and KDKA has the adorable video. The otters, who were born in January, may begin venturing out of their den in the next few weeks, where visitors may see them. The tiny creatures are truly significant otters, as river otters are a protected species in Pennsylvania.