On Monday, the final recommendations of a consultancy firm studying possible fixes for Pittsburgh's troubled water and sewer authority were revealed. The 50-page report from Infrastructure Management Group includes suggestions that the entire water system be transferred from the city to an independent entity, in part to prevent political influence, the Post-Gazette reported. Meanwhile, a panel appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto is reviewing IMG’s work and is due to deliver its own recommendations to the mayor by year’s end.
An annual report from the College Board rates Pennsylvania's public universities as some of the most expensive in the country. And the costs are rising as state appropriations funding falls flat, experts say. "In Pennsylvania, the decline in appropriations per student has been much sharper than it has been in most other states," Sandy Baum, co-author of the College Board report, told WITF. "And in fact, in Pennsylvania they appropriate less per student than in every other state except for Vermont and New Hampshire." The report goes on to cite average in-state tuition and fees totaling more than $14,000 in the 2017-18 academic year — the third highest in the country.
Today, the Pa. Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of Jamal Knox, whose 2009 rap lyric referencing a convicted Pittsburgh cop killer earned him criminal charges and two to six years in state prison. Knox took his case to the high court arguing that the lyrics amounted to artistic expression and protected speech under the First Amendment. But authorities disagree, the PG notes. Depending on the state Supreme Court's ruling, Knox's case could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Three films plus a post-screening discussion will offer attendees of this event a window into the best European media arts has to offer, all without leaving Pittsburgh. The European Media Arts Festival is itself known for offering attendees a current overview of experimental films, installations, performances, digital formats and hybrid forms from around the world.
Where: Melwood Screening Room at 477 Melwood Ave. (North Oakland)
When: November 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Incline Likes
We're in for a cold and snowy winter, Pittsburgh. In anticipation of blustery days ahead, we’ve tracked down some of the city’s best hot cocktails. From an espresso-chai concoction to a hot spin on a tiki classic featuring a garnish of butter (!!!), these winter warmers offer up fresh new tastes, a dose of heat, and spirits to keep you in good spirits.
Gather with us Wednesday as we celebrate our latest Who's Next: Politics class with a party at Industrious at One PPG Place. This class includes 18 up-and-comers who are shaping the political scene in Pittsburgh and beyond. So come talk politics with us — or any subject, really — as we celebrate with a happy hour in their honor. Get your tickets now.