Despite the wind and snow, more than 100 students, faculty and staff from Pitt and CMU rallied together for "Academics United — No Visa and Immigration ban." Several took the stage to share how the ban has impacted them, including Hosseing Zareh, who said his wife made it back to Pittsburgh from Iran with just 10 hours to spare. Later on Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected President Donald Trump's attempts to reinstate the ban, per the New York Times.
State lawmakers are poised to approve a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (except in extraordinary cases) and effectively stop a safe method for second-trimester abortions. Dr. Beatrice Chen, director of family planning at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, said the bill forces doctors to abandon ethics and good care. And that's "outrageous," Chen said.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is making a change. The DA is now requiring assistant district attorneys to sign off on all felony arrests before charges are filed, meaning the charges will be up to a prosecutor and not police, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Zappala says the change will make sure charges are correct from the start. He's "not asking for permission" on this one.
Can't decide between watching "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show?" Hambones Theater Company won't make you decide with its one-night concert performance of "Little Shop of Rocky Horror." $15 for a single ticket, $60 for two plus dinner. Performances at 8 p.m. and midnight.
Where: Hambone's at 4207 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: February 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to February 11, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: $15-$60
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This week's Pittsburgh Sports Power Rankings have football, hockey, baseball and even basketball, too. There's proof that Pittsburgh loves football (yeah, yeah, you already knew that) and tweets from Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams. Read the list here.
Alert your cat and coffee (or wine and cocktail) loving friends! Colony Cafe is opening at 1125 Penn Ave. next week. Go to have coffee, a snack or a drink, and if you love cats, curl up in the loft where the kitties hang out. But those cuddles will cost you — cat time is $8 an hour. Bonus: all the cats are adoptable.