Uber paused its self-driving vehicle testing a week ago after a pedestrian was hit and killed by an autonomous vehicle. Elaine Herzberg wasn’t in the crosswalk but “appeared in the camera right before she was hit,” per The New York Times. So we at The Incline wanted to know — what do crosswalk requests look like in Pittsburgh, especially in neighborhoods where self-driving cars are testing? And what’s the process for adding crosswalk lines? Here’s what we found.
A day after marches by students and their supporters calling for stricter gun laws swept across the country, former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, a western Pennsylvania native, suggested that those students would be better off doing something useful — like learning CPR. "How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that," Santorum said on CNN's "State of the Union" program. On social media, the response was swift, with many pointing out that 1) the students were taking action by marching 2) governments like ours are paid to solve just this type of problem and 3) accepting school violence as inevitable is part of that same problem. There were also calls for CNN to drop Santorum as a paid commentator. That had not happened as of early Sunday evening and Santorum had yet to address the backlash himself.
A "long-dormant" plan for a hotel on Mount Washington is gaining traction once again, Patch.com reports. The parcel sits next to the Monongahela Incline on Grandview Avenue and for nearly four decades has been the subject of redevelopment plans that never got off the ground. That may now be changing. Patch reports the first movement toward that effort in three years occurred recently when a stalled hotel proposal was revived with a $1 million state grant. There are skeptics who doubt that anything will materialize from this, however, given the location's history. But others say this time may be different. Here's why.
Mohsin Hamid, author of the book Exit West, will speak as a part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series. Exit West is described as a "visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands," per Pittsburgh Lectures. Carnegie Library recommended the book this summer.
Where: Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: March 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 and up
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In Pittsburgh, a trip to the grocery store means a visit to Giant Eagle’s or Aldi’s … despite the fact that the signs at those stores call them Giant Eagle and Aldi. There’s a peculiar Pittsburgh penchant for adding a possessive “s” (or sometimes just a plural “s”) to words when it’s not actually a part of the name. So what’s up? We talked to linguistics experts — plus Pittsburgh Dad and Sally Wiggin (not Wiggins!) — to find out.
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