Pittsburgh is moving ahead with plans to expand its gunshot-detection system in 2018 from 3 square miles of coverage in the East End to 14.5 square miles citywide, TribLive reports. The city has earmarked about $3.4 million to cover the costs and also plans to spend about $2.3 million on new surveillance cameras, some of which will be linked to the gunshot system.
In response to the opioid epidemic and the concerns of residents, Pennsylvania's Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs set up a toll-free hotline staffed all day, every day to connect people seeking treatment with nearby service providers. Since last November, the PA Get Help Now 24/7 hotline has fielded more than 18,000 calls, Keystone Crossroads reports. About half of those calls lead someone to treatment. Other calls may be from someone asking about resources — such as a parent looking for a support group. The PA Get Help Now helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” is a new documentary about Mister Rogers, the beloved children's television host and Pittsburgh icon. The film, set to be released theatrically in June, is a look at how Fred Rogers "navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time," Variety reports. The film's producers say the answer may be as relevant now as ever.
Join us as we recognize stellar under-40 political leaders working to make Pittsburgh better. Your ticket includes appetizers, beer, wine and spirits, as well as your chance to meet The Incline's Who's Next: Politics class, presented by S&T Bank and C Shoemaker Custom Clothier. (Please bring ID to present to PPG Place security.)
Where: Industrious at One PPG Place, 31st Floor (Downtown)
When: November 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $20 for public | Free for Who's Next: Politics honorees
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Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium employees on Tuesday revealed the twin tiger cubs they're hand rearing since the cubs' mother failed to show an interest. The cubs, a male and a female, were born in September. The cubs have been removed from their mother, a decision zoo officials made reluctantly, WPXI reports. “Removing the cubs from their mother is the last thing that we want to do,” says Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, director of animal health at the zoo. “But after witnessing [the mother's] prolonged disinterest and lack of nursing, we knew that we didn’t have a choice.”
If you’re a fan of heavy music who lives in Pittsburgh (or outside of Pittsburgh, for that matter), you’ve likely encountered "Metal" Mary Bielich. If you're not familiar with her, you should be. She's a bassist, mechanic, sometimes barista and lifelong hesher who's made her mark on Pittsburgh's metal scene. In this Noisey profile for Vice, "Metal" Mary is introduced to the rest of the world.