A Pennsylvania legislator wants to ban indoor smoking at establishments like bars and casinos — for good. The Clean Indoor Air Act banned smoking in places open to the public like schools, theaters and restaurants, but allowed for a number of exemptions including casinos, private clubs and bars that meet a number of standards. Pa. House Health Committee Chairman Matthew Baker now wants to get rid of those exemptions, TribLive reported, and has the support of 17 other lawmakers, including Pittsburgh’s Dan Frankel, Tony DeLuca and Ed Gainey. There are about 3,000 exempt establishments in the state, according to TribLive. Hundreds of them are in Allegheny County — and we mapped them for you.
Abby Lee Miller, of "Dance Moms" fame, was sentenced Tuesday, WTAE reported. She's heading to prison for one year and one day and will pay a $40,000 fine and be on supervised release, a federal judge decided. Miller pleaded guilty last year to bankruptcy fraud and bringing unclaimed Australian currency into the country. Read on to see what Miller said before the court and after her sentencing.
"A Gathering of Sons" is a jazz opera set in the aftermath of the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer. Hear pieces from the new opera and listen to the people involved talk about the creative process. There will also be panelists, including Brandi Fisher from the Alliance for Police Accountability.
Where: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council at 810 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
When: May 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The Incline Likes
A Pittsburgh-based service is helping travelers know where the locals go before their trips even start. ViaHero pairs a local, aka a "hero," with travelers to create a personalized itinerary all online and all in advance. Although expansion is the goal, it's limited to three countries that don't have a lot of tour books: Cuba, Iceland and as of this week, Japan. Start planning your next trip now.
You'd know them to see them. Those colorful circles on signs dotting Western Pennsylvania's roadways. But where do they go? Do they go anywhere? 90.5 WESA takes a look at the system from the 1940s implemented by engineer Joseph White. Keep reading to learn more about the belts, and check out this map to see where they go. If you liked this story, you should subscribe to our Peculiar Pittsburgh series, where we take a look at the things that make our city unique, like why people give directions using bygone landmarks and why drivers slow down in tunnels. "Follow this" and provide your email to have updates sent to your inbox.