With a wave of thefts sapping bike-share programs elsewhere, Pittsburgh's own program has been largely immune. This is according to Healthy Ride, the non-profit in charge, which reports just a handful of thefts since it launched here in 2015. But just why that is remains harder to pinpoint. It could be the security methods in place, which differ from those used in other cities. It could also be a reflection of Pittsburgh itself. Either way, as bike-share programs worldwide face an uphill battle on this front, the question remains: What is Pittsburgh doing right?
As Pittsburgh vies to host Amazon's next headquarters, plenty of people here want to know what life with the tech giant would be like. Aside from the jobs promised, what else would Amazon mean for Pittsburgh and its residents? In an attempt to answer those questions, WESA went to a member station in Seattle, home to the company's current headquarters. They found a complicated dynamic and signs of the company's influence everywhere — for better and worse.
The American Civil Liberties Union released a report Monday showing vast racial disparities in how Pennsylvania's marijuana laws are enforced. The report also shows that despite growing social acceptance of the drug, arrests for possession more than doubled between 2010 and 2016, costing Pennsylvania taxpayers millions in the process. The ACLU is using the report to urge the legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania, a move most residents and some politicians support. A number of those politicians spoke at a press conference announcing the ACLU's findings in Harrisburg, stressing the financial cost of the war on marijuana. Also on Monday, Beaver County sued 14 pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to recoup costs it has incurred fighting the county's opioid epidemic.
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a panel called "Creation and Consequence." University scholars will examine the relevance of Shelley’s novel today, particularly in the context of artificial intelligence. Pre-registration is requested.
Where: Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University (Oakland)
When: October 17, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Our Ultimate Pittsburgh Pizza bracket is into the home stretch, with voting for our Final Four continuing until 10 a.m. Wednesday. You've already helped us whittle it down from 32, so don't stop now. Vote here, and let us know who you think should claim the Ultimate Pittsburgh Pizza title.
Nothing quite says halloween like scuba divers, carving knives and pumpkins. Well, maybe not. But judging by this TribLive video of an underwater carving event in Slippery Rock, it all makes perfect sense. The event was held at Crusty's Quarry and is now something we plan to adopt as an annual tradition of our own — as soon as we learn to scuba dive, of course.