After the Pittsburgh Steelers remained absent from the sidelines during the National Anthem at Sunday's game against the Bears, Steelers Nation remains mixed. Some supported the move, one coach Mike Tomlin said was actually an attempt to skirt controversy rather than court it. Others were less forgiving in their interpretations, launching a string of social media videos that included jersey burnings, denunciations of the team's actions and renunciations of fan support. Additionally, ESPN reported that the lone appearance of left tackle Alejandro Villanueva during the anthem came as a surprise to his Steelers teammates. And by Monday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he regretted how the whole thing played out.
The change taking place here didn't happen overnight and won't be settled tomorrow. Instead, CityLab argues that the city's future will be defined not by the sprint to land Amazon's new HQ, but rather by the marathon race to "lead in the research, development, and commercialization of breakthrough technologies." In this respect, Pittsburgh is on solid ground. But that footing has yet to translate into widespread economic gains. In response, CityLab says Pittsburgh must do more to best its global competitors, sharpen its competitive edge and master the fields of governance and finance. If it succeeds, there's no telling what it might do. The future, as CityLab puts it, would be Pittsburgh's to lose. (Btw: Anyone feel like playing BINGO?)
Following a series of "fights, shootings and other violent incidents" at large events Downtown — July 4 fireworks, the EQT Three Rivers Regatta and Light Up Night — the city is moving forward with plans to add a police substation to the area. According to TribLive, City Council is considering a five-year lease with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for space in the Lantern Building at 600 Liberty Ave. near Market Square. The city would pay a $5,000 security deposit, utility bills and nominal rent of $1 per year. Additionally, it's expected that the substation will open in time for Light Up Night on Nov. 18.
Author KJ Landis will discuss the history, science and health benefits of eating high-quality chocolate. And, yes, tastes will be provided.
Where: The Chocolate Moose at 5830 Forbes Ave. (Squirrel Hill)
When: September 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free, but register in advance
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So far our series on the wackiest college courses in Pittsburgh has brought us a Lemonade-themed course devoted to Beyonce's landmark visual album, another dedicated to the art of texting and a class on the "Business of Concert and Touring." Now, the series takes you to the Community College of Allegheny County, where a new course on the history of pro wrestling was inspired by another CCAC class, The Extraordinary Life of Pittsburgh’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino, and promises to delve deep into the culture and people of pro wrestling, as well as the Pittsburgh region's ties to and love for the sport. And since it's a non-credit course, you can sign up to take the two night history class.
Today is National Register to Vote Day, and events are being held nationwide to coincide with the effort to get you ready and legally prepared to perform your civic duty. The gatherings include a handful of events in Pittsburgh, listed here, and more across the state. Participants in the sixth annual nonpartisan effort include the League of Women Voters, which said in a statement: “There are important elections in many states this year, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to register and vote. [...] Local elections matter. Now is the time to make sure your registration, and that of your friends and family, is up to date." You can register online, as well. Meanwhile, organizers hope to register hundreds of thousands of voters today nationwide — and just think, you could be one of them.