On Friday, an official Facebook account belonging to State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican, posted a diatribe against his Democratic colleagues in incendiary and often derogatory fashion. The post came days after one of those colleagues had filed a complaint against Metcalfe, alleging an exchange with the State Rep. had left the accuser fearful for his safety. But while much of the subsequent media coverage — and there was lots of it — focused on what Metcalfe said, we decided to fact-check his tirade to see what was true and what wasn't. We reached out to colleagues and party leaders and Metcalfe himself — his office declined comment — to vet some of these claims, which included references to ethics investigations, criminal convictions, provocative touching and more. Here's what we found.
24-year-old Samson L. Bailey Jr. of Spring Garden is a registered medical marijuana patient, one of thousands currently on the books in Pennsylvania. He was also recently out on bond for credit card fraud when a positive urine test for THC saw him jailed for 10 days after neither he nor his lawyers could produce his medical marijuana certificate. “When they put me in handcuffs I was really confused, I didn’t understand what was going on,” Bailey told the Post-Gazette. “That was the hardest 10 days of my life.” Health officials overseeing Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program acknowledge some kinks are still being worked out. Meanwhile, patient advocates and law enforcement officials have questions of their own.
Hundreds gathered at the Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Ross Township Monday morning to bid farewell to wrestling legend and Pittsburgh icon Bruno Sammartino. He died last week at the age of 82. On Monday, KDKA said the mourners included fans, friends, fellow wrestlers and former teachers. Family friend Roland Lazzaro called Bruno's “the greatest Italian immigration story ever told." Retired pro wrestler Dominic DeNucci said of Sammartino, he "was loved everywhere, the whole world,” adding, "He did so many good things for the people of every country, especially Pittsburgh.” Mayor Bill Peduto has called Sammartino one of the best ambassadors Pittsburgh has ever known. Bruno was hospitalized for months before his death. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Take a theatrical journey through this sunny, 1950s-style production of the light-hearted show "The Elixir of Love," a comedy about a traveling medicine show huckster who claims to possess a love potion. The Opera's costume shop manager Jason Bray — a Who's Next: Style honoree — created dozens of detailed costumes featured in the show. Readers of The Incline save 20 percent on the show with code POINCLINE for performances on April 24, 27 and 29.
Where: Benedum Center at 237 7th St. (Downtown)
When: April 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10-$127 with POINCLINE discount
The Incline Likes
Pittsburgh is full of fabulous people, and this month we're highlighting a group of 14 such individuals, all of whom are making Pittsburgh a more stylish and fashionable place. Join us and the members of our Who's Next: Style class at Avenu for a happy hour in their honor on Wednesday. You can learn more about the class here and purchase your tickets here, which also support our journalism.
If we were ranking the sentences we never expected to publish in this newsletter from least to most unlikely, this one would be right up there at the top: A Pittsburgh funeral home is expertly trolling the Flyers with custom-made prayer cards a day after the Penguins finished them off in Round 1 of the NHL playoffs. (Somehow that looks even weirder than it sounds.) But it's true, thanks to the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory in East Pittsburgh, which in a Facebook post is asking Penguins fans to “Help us send our condolences to the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans, with these custom prayer cards memorializing their run in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs." With that we say good morning to everyone except the Philadelphia Flyers — and the Washington Capitals, who the Pens will face in Round 2. We also say welcome to those of you just joining us: the playoffs are here in Pittsburgh, and things are bound to get a little weird.