The race for Pennsylvania governor is already well underway with Republican nominee Scott Wagner and Gov. Tom Wolf trading jabs. And one of Wagner's favorite lines of attack involves his claim that Wolf's severance tax proposal would burden Pennsylvania utility customers with higher bills. So we decided to vet this claim, as it's likely to be repeated often in the months to come, by putting it through PolitiFact's patented Truth-O-Meter. We found a more complicated picture of how a severance tax works and who would pay.
As soon as next month, a fleet of 100 electric Scooters, provided by on-demand mobility company called Scoobi, will be available in Pittsburgh, KDKA reports. The company's CEO Mike Moran said the goal is to reinvent the way Pittsburghers travel by "providing an affordable, environmentally conscious way to experience the City." Charging stations will be set up throughout Downtown Pittsburgh and the East End, but the scooters will be dockless, so they could be anywhere in the city.
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There's bound to be something for everyone at the first OpenStreetsPGH of the year. Go for a fitness class — yoga, insanity, zumba and more — for a silent disco, for axe throwing, for live music and more. The route includes Downtown, Uptown and South Side with multiple bridges and the Armstrong Tunnel.
Where: Downtown, Uptown and South Side
When: May 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Celebrate at one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the country. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends an hour later at Allegheny Cemetery with a memorial service that includes Civil War reenactors, a dove release, a wreath-laying ceremony and an official call to order by VFW Post 214. After the ceremony is a free community picnic with music, giveaways, face painting, food trucks and a classic car show.
Where: Butler Street and Allegheny Cemetery at 4734 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: May 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: Free
As Donna Meagle would say, "Treat yourself" to a night of trivia and fun. This "Parks & Recreation"-themed trivia will serve up five challenging rounds for a chance to win "all the bacon and eggs we have." As the event listing states: "Li'l Sebastian will be watching from heaven, doing the two things he loves doing the most: eating carrots and urinating freely."
Where: Pittsburgh Improv at 166 E. Bridge St. (Homestead)
When: May 29, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Join us as we celebrate The Incline's Who's Next: Tourism class, a group of young leaders who are showing off our city to visitors. Who's Next, presented by S&T Bank, is a monthly series honoring under-40 Pittsburghers shaping the city. Your ticket includes appetizers, beer, wine and spirits, as well as your chance to meet this talented class of Pittsburghers.
Where: Biergarten Hotel Monaco at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When: May 30, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25 for public | Free for Who's Next: Tourism honorees
Think of it like "Shark Tank" but for local journalism. As part of the 100 Days in Appalachia project, journalists will have 60 seconds to pitch their idea for a story, and then you — as an audience member — get to vote for whose idea should get funding. And, by the way, your friends at The Incline will be there pitching a story, so join us, and let us win your vote. Your $10 admission gets you beers, wings, pepperoni rolls and a vote.
Where: Center for Media Innovation, Point Park University at 201 Wood St. (Downtown)
When: May 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Stop by Strawberry Way (next to Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh) for a free bicycle tune-up from Healthy Ride mechanics. Plus, everybody who stops get is entered to win a one-night stay at Hotel Monaco.
Where: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When: June 1, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Stock up on some fresh fruits and veggies at the Bloomfield Saturday Market. Described as "two parts farmers' market, one part weekly festival," the event focuses on locally grown, produced, and created items. While you're there, chat with the composting crew behind Steel City Soils.
Where: 5050 Liberty Ave. (Bloomfield)
When: June 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour through Heinz History Center's American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition. Hear stories about Prohibition, check out hands-on items from the collection, and discover more about the exhibit’s Pittsburgh connections. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes. While you're there, here are all the things you won't want to miss.
Where: Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: June 2, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: $16
Goat yoga? GOAT. Practice yoga in the presence of these furry creatures with NamastHay Goat Yoga. We tried it out last year — along with every other weird yoga class we could find — and here's what to expect.
Where: Potential Farm at 101 Boyds Run Road (Presto)
When: June 2, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
How much: $20
Get ready for the Deutschtown Music Festival (co-founded by Who's Nexter Cody Walters, by the way) at Deutschtown goes Downtown, a preview show to promote the main event. Hear from LoFi Delphi, André Costello and the Cool Minors, Grand Piano, and DJ set The Lopez.
Where: Market Square at 210 Forbes Ave. (Downtown)
When: June 2, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
If you're single and ready to mingle, this event is for you. At Swipe Right IRL, The Frick will "offer the perfect setting and subtle nudges to help you connect with other singles in real life." Your ticket includes admission to 'Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' and one drink at the bar.
Where: The Frick Pittsburgh at 7727 Reynolds St. (Point Breeze)
When: June 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $20 ($10 members)