A 60-year-old zoning code provision making drag shows illegal in much of Pittsburgh is one step closer to finally being erased from the books. A bill to remove the zoning code provision outlawing drag shows outside of the city's "urban industrial" zones was the subject of a public hearing before city council on Thursday after months of campaigning by LGBT advocates and roughly one month of signature collecting in support of the code being updated. Those signatures, 331 in all, were presented during the public hearing attended by dozens of LGBT advocates who urged the body to update the law. Council could vote on the revision as soon as next week. If they vote in favor of revising the code, the bill would go to the desk of Mayor Bill Peduto who is expected to sign it.
If you’re near Station Square on the South Side or the National Aviary on the North Side, keep an eye out for Argo AI’s self-driving cars. The Pittsburgh startup's growing presence is a sign of what's to come this year — more autonomous cars and more staff. Continuing to track where self-driving cars are in Pittsburgh, here's our latest map, plus why Argo AI often have four people inside.
Wendy Bell and WTAE have settled the lawsuit she filed against her former employer alleging racial discrimination, the Post-Gazette reported. On Jan. 29, the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can’t be filed again, the PG reported. But the details are not being disclosed and lawyers aren’t commenting. Bell sued the station in 2016 after she was fired following her Facebook post speculating about the race and backgrounds of the suspects in the March 2016 mass shooting in Wilkinsburg.
At this Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night, learn about the science behind sex and the human body. The evening features speed dating, lessons in scents believed to have an aphrodisiac effect and a chance to meet with experts "who are happy to discuss the kinds of questions you've always been afraid to ask." Plus, live music and cash bars.
Where: Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
When: February 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $12
The Incline Likes
Actually, those strange lights seen over Pitt's campus this week, visible for miles around it, were part of a new victory celebration on campus made possible by a donation from an alumnus of the university. The spotlights are affixed to the 42-story Cathedral of Learning and face skyward. They were tested this week in advance of being regularly used to celebrate sporting victories in the coming year. But absent an immediate explanation from school officials, there were plenty of theories about the lights and their reason for being — some outlandish, some hilarious, and some out of this world.
Maybe you’ve heard about it before — the long tunnel beneath Lawrenceville from the river to the old Allegheny Arsenal. WESA checked in with historian John Schalcosky to find the tunnel’s opening and take a look at the blueprints for the 40th Street Bridge where you can still spot an entrance. Per WESA, the Allegheny Arsenal was used for ammunition manufacturing and storage during the Civil War, and the tunnels were used to send things back and forth from ships in the river to the arsenal via light-rail or cable car.