Ahead of his Jan. 3 trial, Martin Esquivel-Hernandez, who is an undocumented immigrant, had a hearing Thursday, and a judge dismissed his felony charge and replaced it with a lesser one. But the change is only a "partial victory" according to supporters, because the father of three could still be deported. And the fight isn't over either, one supporter said. Catch up here on everything you need to know about the case.
Kwanzaa isn't a religious holiday, but one that's about reflection and renewal. The holiday centered around African culture and traditions marks seven days with seven principles. And you can celebrate the fifth day — Nia, or purpose — with the Community Empowerment Association tonight. Just don't forget to bring a covered dish and a toy.
After Councilman Daniel Lavelle introduced a bill Thursday to study other development options for the former Civic Arena site, the Penguins "announced it had hired a contractor for the first phase of residential construction," TribLive reported. Pittsburgh's hockey team has the right to develop the 28-acre site in the lower Hill District, but hasn't done so for several years. "What I'm asking our city solicitor to do is to also see what ability we have to move that development forward," Lavelle told TribLive. "I think if the whole site reverted back to the city we'd probably see it done more expeditiously." A representative of the Penguins said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the bill.
Comedians Shannon Norman and Andy Picarro will debate Jesus versus Santa as part of Coffin Comedy's Comedy Debate. Comedians James J. Hamilton and Felicia Gillespie will also battle, in this case over the merits of being drunk versus being sober. 21+.
Where: Club Cafe at 56-58 S. 12th St. (South Side)
When: December 30, 2016 at 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
How much: $5
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Sweet. Nut-filled. Glazed. Giant. These special pretzels are a German tradition that may just bring you luck in the New Year. The Incline went behind-the-scenes with bakers at Prantl’s as they created the holiday treats. The pretzels can be ordered online and picked up at the bakery’s Market Square or Shadyside location. They cost between $10.99 and $19.99, depending on the size.
For Pittsburgh Magazine, Rick Sebak highlights the Steel City's appearances in Bruce Springsteen's new autobiography "Born to Run." In it, the New Jersey rocker remembers several trips to Pittsburgh including one that ended with a Ping-Pong ban. "A crowd of sixty thousand Steelers fans got to watch me count off ‘Born In The USA’ while several key members of the E Street Band, Roy [Bittan] and Nils [Lofgren], were cluelessly locked in deadly battle on our backstage Ping-Pong table!” Springsteen writes, according to Sebak. “Ping-Pong tables were banned for years. Heads rolled.”