Amid a constant stream of overdose patients, UPMC Mercy Hospital is trying something different, the Post-Gazette reports. Starting last month, many of the overdose patients treated there began leaving with a vial of Narcan, an appointment for treatment and the expectation that their health insurer will be offering help the next day. It's part of what's called the "warm handoff" method, one that aims to push people into treatment shortly after a drug emergency. And while not everyone takes it, hospital officials believe that for those that do, it's likely the difference between life and death.
Former State Rep. Marc Gergely, a White Oak Democrat, was sentenced Monday to 18 months of house arrest and three years of probation after pleading guilty in August to charges related to an illegal gambling ring, TribLive reports. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement that the sentence confirms public corruption as a priority for his office. The charges against Gergley stemmed from a state investigation into Ronald “Porky” Melocchi, the ring's mastermind, who was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to charges in 2014.
Today marks the first day of Hanukkah, and Pittsburgh is kicking off the Festival of Lights with a parade of lights stretching from Shadyside to Squirrel Hill — and onto the Waterfront. Go for the vehicles adorned with menorahs, and round out the evening with a concert, festival and menorah lighting, TribLive reports. Check out the parade route here, which starts at 5 p.m.
Monday's newsletter item about DSA-backed candidates running against Paul and Dom Costa incorrectly listed competitors — Sara Innamorato is challenging Dom Costa, and Summer Lee is challenging Paul Costa. Sorry about that.
The annual Menorah Parade and Festival will kick off Chanukah in Pittsburgh. At the festival, expect live music, food, games and activities for kids. A 12-foot grand menorah will be lit at 5:45 p.m.
Where: The Waterfront at 149 W. Bridge St. (Homestead)
When: December 12, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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You’ve heard of eight maids-a-milking. Well, The SpringHouse has nine. At this Washington County dairy farm, the matriarch's daughters and granddaughters do everything from overseeing the budget to taking catering orders to peeling apples at the farm, country market and buffet-style restaurant. We talked with the women behind the farm to learn about their work and the family tradition they're upholding through agriculture.
Lawrenceville-based Grounds & Hounds is all about the animals — as the name implies. For proof, look no further than the fact that the company is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from sales of its coffee to animal rescue organizations and no-kill and open-door shelters, Next Pittsburgh reports. Grounds & Hounds products are sold online and in 20 local specialty food stores and pet boutiques, including all Giant Eagle Market District locations, Soergel Orchards, Animal Friends and Humane Animal Rescue. These coffee bags make a great stocking stuffer for a really great cause.