Democrat Austin Davis won the Pa. House seat for the 35th District by a landslide in a Tuesday special election. The Allegheny County Democratic Committee vice chairman and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's executive assistant defeated Republican Fawn Walker-Montgomery, a McKeesport council member. Davis' priorities will be "expediting job growth in the Mon Valley, reforming the state's charter school law and finding more state resources to improve roads, bridges and transit systems," TribLive reports. The race to represent areas including Duquesne, McKeesport, Munhall and part of West Mifflin was touched off by former state Rep. Marc Gergley’s corruption conviction and subsequent resignation last year.
The only Republican candidate running for Pittsburgh's vacant District 8 city council seat is having his eligibility for the office challenged, officials confirmed Tuesday. In a legal challenge filed by two District 8 electors this week, Republican candidate Rennick Remley is accused of lying about his address in declaring his candidacy for the office. In response, Republicans allege a political motivation is behind the challenge, citing the involvement of an attorney with ties to the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, it’s unclear what kind of impact the challenge will have on the Republican Party’s chances in an already expedited special election.
Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, died Saturday at 96 years old, per her obituary in The New York Times. During World War II, she worked in the machine shop at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. And it was a 1942 newspaper photo of her, also printed in The Pittsburgh Press, that likely inspired the now famous Westinghouse Electric Corporation poster. Learn more about her life and why it took decades to confirm her as the real Rosie.
Unfortunately, our event tonight, Cold Weather, Warm Hearts, Hot Boozy Drinks, has been cancelled. But! If you still want to donate cold weather clothing items to PNC YMCA, please come to our Who’s Next: Fitness happy hour on Jan. 31. More details here.
Round up your favorite muggles and form a team to compete in Harry Potter trivia. It's every Wednesday at The Claddagh through Feb. 14. Make a reservation by calling 412-381-4800.
Where: The Claddagh at 407 Cinema Dr. (South Side)
When: January 24, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Next time you're at Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street, look up at the Park Building, named for one of Pittsburgh's famous steel families. Built in 1896, the building is the oldest skyscraper still standing in Pittsburgh, per Pittsburgh Magazine. While a lot about the building has changed, there are still several classic details — like the 30 kneeling atlases hoisting the roof on their shoulders. But building it wasn't easy.
It's no secret that multiple companies are using Pittsburgh's streets to test their self-driving vehicles. But companies aren't willing to reveal exactly which streets they use. So we launched a map in the fall to track those testing areas with your help. One thing we learned? Why Uber expanded its testing to the McKnight Road area. Help us keep adding to the map by sending us texts, tweets or emails.