For more than a decade, Democrat Jim Ferlo represented district 38 in the state Senate. Then the map was redrawn after the 2010 census, and the district's makeup radically changed. Ferlo retired, and Republican Randy Vulakovich was elected to the seat in 2014 without any opposition. That won't happen in 2018, when he will be challenged by whichever Democrat emerges victorious from the primary. Meet the candidates vying for that chance.
We're still mapping the location of self-driving cars in and around Pittsburgh — and your help has been invaluable. See a self-driving Uber in a neighborhood where you haven’t noticed one before? Or a self-driving car that’s *not* an Uber? Snap a picture, and tell us the location. Here's how you can send us that info, including by texting 412-567-8808 (other news tips welcome there, too). Go ahead, and add that number to your phone now. We'll wait.
You're driving down the road. Everything is going fine. Then bam: There's a tunnel on the horizon and a stream of brake lights. A CMU professor told The Incline last year that you can blame drivers' brains for the slowdown. PennDOT tells the Post-Gazette that keeping tunnel walls nice and clean also ensures smooth cruising: “Washing tunnels is very important because light in a tunnel is a major issue for motorists, and it keeps them moving. The darker the tunnel gets, the slower they go." Meet the crew keeping the tubes clean.
In a theater series at Threadbare Cider House, professional actors read new full-length plays. Cider tastings start at 6 p.m., a reading of Tammy Ryan's "Hurricane Colleen" starts at 7 p.m. and a talkback with the actors follows. The cider house officially opens on Oct. 20, by the way.
Where: Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When: October 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free admission
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We've been chronicling unconventional college classes in Pittsburgh, such as some on texting, Beyonce's “Lemonade” and pro wrestling in Pittsburgh. Catch up on all the articles here, and sign up to have them sent to your inbox. This week, a Duquesne associate professor aims to determine if tree pose can help you stop worrying about what other people think. If the answer is yes, you might want to check out some of these other weird yoga classes in Pittsburgh, too.
The Steelers finally looked like the team we thought they'd be this year, winning 19-13 in Kansas City on Sunday, stifling the previously undefeated Chiefs with stellar defense while getting huge contributions from the key players on offense. Antonio Brown caught the eventual game-winning score on a crazy deflection, but the story of the game was Le'Veon Bell, who ran all over Kansas City's defenses again, to the tune of 179 yards on 32 carries. Bell is back, for sure, you won't believe just how important that is.