Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Frontiers Conference — and POTUS — are in Pittsburgh today. (Photo via @tobyatticusfraley.)
President Barack Obama is in Pittsburgh today for the White House Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The conference looks to the future and the latest and greatest in everything from health care to robot assistants. These exhibits are open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m., and you can follow along on Twitter via #WHFrontiers. Here are some other basics for today’s conference.
On the Pennsylvania Turnpike without cash? That’s no longer an issue. The Turnpike now accepts credit card payments at toll booths, as The Incline first reported. The Commission quietly rolled out credit card payments, accepted statewide, last month. But while drivers can now pay with credit cards, the Commission said it should be a Plan B. Read more here.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN PA.
Slate takes a look at Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. While the state is leaning blue, “it has made little progress when it comes to reforming its criminal justice system, in stark contrast to places such as North Carolina, which shares Pennsylvania’s swing-state profile, and Texas, which is blood-red but far more progressive when it comes to passing laws to curtail practices that contribute to the conviction of innocent people,” Lara Bazelon reports.
|What||Every Thursday this month, Mixtape will show two Halloween movies. This week: "It's just a bunch of hocus pocus." First-come, first-served seating, with free popcorn. 21+.|
|Where||Mixtape at 4907 Penn Ave.|
|When||October 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm|
THE INCLINE LIKES
The four new crosswalks at 11th and Penn, Downtown, are undeniably eye-catching, but they’re also designed to slow drivers and make pedestrians safer. They even have a bit of “Pittsburgh flair,” expressed in a bridge motif, Envision Downtown’s Sean Luther said. The project took one night to complete and cost $15,000. It could also be gone by next year.
Nearly 900,000 people have used the Pa. state department’s online voter registration tool to become a new voter or to update their information since it went live last August. Billy Penn looked to see how online registration affected numbers by comparing them to previous election cycles. “And perhaps surprisingly it looks like the online effect was not substantial — at least not compared to the effect of having an immensely popular candidate like Barack Obama in 2008,” Mark Dent writes.