In the most recent municipal election, there was only one candidate on the ballot for Pittsburgh mayor. That candidate, incumbent Bill Peduto, got more than 95 percent of the vote. The rest of the vote went to a stream of write-in options, some of the most absurd being "Mickey Mouse," "A glazed donut" and chief Pittsburgh nostalgist "Anthony Bourdain." These protest votes, in essence, highlight a political angst and disaffection. But they also raise the questions: "Why do people spend their votes this way?" and "Do write-in candidates ever win?" We answer both here.
In this year’s election, Democratic Socialists of America-backed Mikhail Pappas defeated Ronald Costa for district judge. And in 2018 two more DSA-backed candidates, Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee, are taking on Paul and Dom Costa (respectively) for their state representative seats. The Costas stand by their records and seem confused as to why they're being challenged, the Post-Gazette reported. Meanwhile, Innamorato and Lee are advocating for change in their districts. Keep track of who is running in what race in 2018 with this handy list.
The Steelers had one heckuva night on offense, while the depleted defense held the Baltimore Ravens just enough to secure a big win Sunday night, locking up the AFC North title and setting their eyes on the Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 500 yards and two scores. Antonio Brown had more than 200 yards receiving — and is making the case for MVP — while Le'Veon Bell scored three touchdowns and might also be in the MVP picture. And they did it all for their fallen teammate Ryan Shazier, who sent his love to the team after the win. Check out some of the key highlights and look at the historic numbers from Sunday's big win here. To the King of the North!
Speaking of Shazier, it’s been a week since he injured his spine on a tackle against the Bengals. With the nature of his injury and ugly way the win over Cincinnati unfolded, that game has reignited a conversation about the violence of football. TribLive checked in with four longtime and famous NFL players with ties to the Pittsburgh area — Rocky Bleier, Mike Ditka, Tunch Ilkin and Mike Logan — to get their thoughts. Here’s what they said.
LUXE Creative will transform Hotel Monaco into a winter wonderland. Grab a holiday-inspired sandwich and some cider to shop from a long list of The Wintermarket vendors. Check out a selection of handmade items like glassware, soft goods, leather goods, jewelry and more from local makers.
Where: Kimpton Hotel Monaco at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When: December 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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Now that the Andy Warhol bridge is reopened to traffic, we couldn't help but notice how shiny its new coat of Aztec Gold looks. The very specific shade of yellow is something Pittsburghers love and defend when the idea of changing the color of the sister bridges comes up. We talked with a color expert from PPG Paints to find out how you can incorporate the color — or one close to it — into your home.
The days are winding down to finish your holiday shopping. As you're checking off names, don't forget your furry friends, whether that's a pet of your own or a friend's pet that you jump to pet-sit. Here's a list of five locally-made gifts for good boys and good girls.