Pittsburgh will ring in the new year with not one but two fireworks displays. That gusto for colorful explosions isn’t surprising in a city where people requested fireworks permits for dozens of events over the past year. (Just look at this map!) But in addition to being a pretty way to mark special occasions, fireworks are also a source of fine particulate matter, an air pollutant that can cause health problems. So is Pittsburgh's enthusiasm for fireworks bad for the area's air quality and residents?
Among U.S. states, Pennsylvania tied for fifth-worst in a ranking of electoral system integrity. The Electoral Integrity Project ranks states "on the perceived integrity of 11 aspects of the electoral process, from how congressional and legislative districts are drawn to how votes are cast and counted," TribLive's Tom Fontaine reported. One big problem in Pennsylvania? Gerrymandering, an issue groups like Fair Districts PA have been trying to correct through redistricting reform.
"Giving private companies over services like snow plowing would guarantee I would be voted out of office." That's a line from an email written by Mayor Bill Peduto to Uber, just one of several interesting interactions between Pittsburgh officials and the ride-sharing company that put the city in the spotlight through its self-driving car pilot. While the relationship between local officials and Uber seems rosy in public, the emails obtained by Colin Deppen of PennLive show a sometimes-different dynamic in private.
The fourth quarter didn't go as planned for Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe bowl, the Post-Gazette's Brian Batko writes. The Panthers started the last quarter with backup players in three key positions, including a redshirt freshman seeing his first significant game action at QB. James Conner left the game late in the first half and never returned to the game. Pitt lost to Northwestern, 31-24.
It's a modified three-strikes-you're-out tournament. The points you win are World Pinball Player Ranking Points. Plus, there's a cash prize pool.
Where: The Clubhouse at 2319 Wharton St. (South Side Flats)
When: December 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $5
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