U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Pittsburgh on Monday to address the opioid crisis and tout a new resource targeting online drug traffickers, KDKA reports. Sessions' Justice Department is also taking a new data-driven approach to combating the opioid epidemic in cities like Pittsburgh, employing a warning system to alert authorities to the presence of pill mills overprescribing dangerous narcotics to patients. In his remarks inside the U.S. Courthouse Downtown on Monday, Sessions described this as “the deadliest drug crisis in our history," adding, "These are not numbers — these are moms, dads, daughters, spouses, friends and neighbors." A small group of protesters gathered outside the courthouse during Sessions' appearance.
On Jan. 11, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials visited the Union Grill in Oakland and detained an undocumented immigrant, City Paper reports, in what the agency called "a targeted enforcement operation." The man taken by ICE that day, Vicente Sandoval, is a 47-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has lived in Pittsburgh for more than 12 years. Throughout his time here, he has worked as a chef/cook and has volunteered his free time to support the Latin dance community. And while he now has considerable support from advocates and community members, no one is sure what might happen next.
When District Judge Mik Pappas ousted a long-time incumbent to take the bench in the 31st Magisterial District of Allegheny County, his victory was unexpected to say the least. And while Pappas touted his as a fresh perspective, new questions are being raised about whether Pappas' lack of experience has become a liability. According to the Post-Gazette, prosecutors, defense attorneys and police officers all expressed frustration at District Judge Pappas’ behavior on the bench, "noting that he demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of the criminal process." There were also concerns about backlogs in his court and what some say are his misinterpretations of the law. This includes during a recent hearing in the Pizza Milano assault case. Others are hopeful that these are just kinks that will be ironed out shortly.
Use a piece of century-old wood as your canvas at this reclaimed wood art workshop. Choose from several design options or bring your own ideas to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted decoration. Workshop fee includes materials and instructions.
Where: Bigham Tavern at 321 Bigham St. (Mount Washington)
When: January 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $42
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In news that seems so obvious you almost can't believe you hadn't thought of it first, America's sweetheart, Tom Hanks, will play Pittsburgh's sweetheart Fred Rogers in an upcoming film about the beloved children's television host. The Hollywood Reporter notes the film, titled “You Are My Friend,” will be inspired by the real-life friendship of the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, and Tom Junod, a cynical journalist whose life was profoundly affected in reporting a profile of Fred Rogers. 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' director Marielle Heller will direct the film.
On Wednesday, we at The Incline will celebrate our Who's Next: Fitness class. It's full of young people working to make Pittsburgh a happier, healthier and fitter place. And we want you to join us for a happy hour in their honor at Highmark Stadium. Tickets can be purchased here, and you can learn more here about our latest Who's Next class. Make your move. We look forward to seeing you there.