A gambling law signed by Governor Tom Wolf this week has already earned $1 million after just 2 days on the books, per WTAE. The law also includes a provision earmarking $1.7 million a year to create and operate a regional sports commission to attract high profile events such as the NCAA Final Four and perhaps even Super Bowls to Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette reports.
It was more bad news for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday with the announced results of a state audit of the organization that found further evidence of mismanagement, a lack of leadership and impaired decision making at the beleaguered entity, KDKA reported. Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale called for reforms to fix the issues. He also called for distance between the authority and City of Pittsburgh, advice Mayor Peduto seemed initially reluctant to accept.
In this firsthand account in Public Source, a pair of Pittsburgh activists describe the experience of finding a phone chord in the shape of a noose hanging from a tree outside their Regent Square home. But beyond the immediate grappling with the imagery and immediacy of the threat, Jamelia N. Morgan and Dustin P. Gibson say there are larger lessons to be learned here — for Pittsburgh and for us all.
In this Made Local conversation, the artists from PigPen Theatre Co. will talk about creative collaboration and how they learned to tell a story as a group. And, yes, considering their genre, this discussion will even include live music. The ensemble PigPen Theatre Co. met at Carnegie Mellon University as freshmen in 2007 and will now return to Pittsburgh to debut their original piece "The Old Man and The Old Moon," a new musical folktale.
Where: Carnegie Library Lecture Hall at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: November 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free (advance registration required)
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You will almost certainly recognize Nick Offerman from TV, where he's perhaps best known as the gruff, ultra-masculine prototype that is Ron Swanson on "Parks and Rec." You may be less familiar with his love of Pittsburgh, which he calls his "Disneyland" because of its aesthetic charms and plentiful food and drink options. (Note: Offerman is not a caveman and does not eat like one.) So it's extra lucky for Nick that he'll be back in Pittsburgh to perform on Sunday. It's lucky for you, too.
By now you may have seen or heard about Jeremy M. Raymer's Magneto mural in Lawrenceville. It took 60 hours and 60 cans of spray paint to create. In short, it's epic. Here's a look back at that process, as well as Raymer's growing list of artistic contributions to Pittsburgh's streetscapes. Remember his name, because more than likely you'll be seeing more of his work, like the new larger-than-life Deutschtown Sasquatch.