Meet Dr. Shannon Thieroff, a chiropractor from the North Hills who wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Deutschtown. This morning, she'll appear before Pittsburgh's Zoning Board seeking the city's first variance for a business of that kind. Thieroff told The Incline she's seen patients with chronic conditions like MS and PTSD who could benefit from this type of treatment. "These are people that are just trying to literally stay alive," she said.
The city plans to give every Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customer a free lead filter, Mayor Bill Peduto's administration announced Wednesday. Peoples Gas will pay $500,000 toward the $1 million initiative, while the city and PWSA will split the remainder of the cost, the Post-Gazette reported. Residents whose lines have tested positive for high levels of lead, people in areas where PWSA is replacing lead service lines and low-income residents will be given priority.
The Incline’s model is expanding to another city by merging with a fledgling site that’s already operating in Denver, Colo., and its newly expanded ownership team has plans to seek funding to continue its mission of finding a sustainable model for local news. Spirited Media will take over the operations, staff and assets of Denverite, a nine-person team that launched in June of 2016 to cover the Mile High City. The addition means Spirited Media now employs 27 people across three cities in regions with a population greater than 10 million: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Denver. Read on to learn more about our new family.
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It doesn’t matter what the Penguins did last week; all that matters with so few games remaining is the health of Kris Letang, and the Penguins are being super weird about it. Letang hasn’t played since Feb. 21 with an “upper-body injury,” which could be a concussion or heart-related issue, two things that have felled Letang in the past. No news is said to be good news, but in the case of the Letang, no news is scary news, Dave Lozo writes in this week's edition of Pittsburgh Penstravaganza!
Hold onto your guts, because a bunch of new restaurants are opening this spring, and you're gonna need to try them all. Several are opening Downtown, including Yuzu Kitchen (ramen, robata) and City Works Eatery and Pour House (beer!). Check out a complete rundown from Next Pittsburgh.