Seven weeks into the job, Port Authority of Allegheny County's new CEO, Katharine Eagan Kelleman, says she's focused on reviewing troves of internal data and determining where and how Pittsburgh buses and trains could be most effective here. Kelleman came to Pittsburgh from Tampa, where she served as head of that city's public transit system. But unlike Tampa, Pittsburgh is a finalist for Amazon's HQ2 project, one with massive implications for public transit in the city. And while Kelleman says she hasn't seen a copy of the city's HQ2 proposal, she recognizes the seismic potential it holds for commuters here and for the system she now heads. In the meantime, she's keeping an eye on Amazon's original home in Seattle — just in case.
Losing in the 18th congressional district special election would be embarrassing for the GOP, multiple members acknowledged to Politico. And party leaders have made that clear to candidate Rick Saccone. But as the election gets closer, nearly two dozen in the party said they have their doubts, while others say that Saccone will win given the amount of conservative voters and the money and visits poured in from the national party. And that includes another visit from President Donald Trump who will campaign with Saccone Saturday evening. Read more from Politico here.
After starting the year with a flood raining water into his Lawrenceville restaurant Morcilla, acclaimed chef Justin Severino is ready to reopen the Butler Street spot on April 4. To begin, the restaurant will be open five days a week (Wednesday-Sunday) and will add a sixth day by early May. Reservations are open now for April 4. We sat down with the chef for a behind-the-scenes look at the renovations, so you'll know what to expect in the space and on the menu.
At "The Greater Good: How Historic Designation Saves Our City," learn about city-designated historic buildings and districts with a special focus on the East End. Preservation Pittsburgh and the East Liberty Valley Historical Society will lead the discussion.
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 116 South Highland Ave. (East Liberty)
When: March 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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When Stamatis Marinos first learned about fish frys, he was enchanted by the intersection of faith, food and Pittsburgh culture — and he was shocked that there wasn't a documentary about it. He started working on his own and hopes to finish it this year. During filming, Marinos stopped at two of the final four contenders in the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry bracket. Watch a few clips, and find out what Marinos says are the overarching trends of any fish fry.
Can you put down your phone for 24 hours? That's the challenge from unPLUG Pittsburgh, which wants you to avoid your phone from sundown tonight to sundown Saturday in honor of the National Day of Unplugging, per TribLive. Local life coach Holly Maust organized the local challenge and eight businesses will offer deals such as free yoga and discounted facials. Read more about how to get involved, and what to do instead of checking your phone.