With the Commonwealth in the grips of a worsening public health crisis, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday officially declared the opioid epidemic a "disaster emergency," the Morning-Call reports. The designation allows Wolf to waive certain regulatory and legal procedures to speed up recovery efforts without legislative approval. Pennsylvania saw an 83 percent increase in overdoses between 2015 and 2017, according to Kaiser Health News.
Two passengers in an Argo AI self-driving car were injured Wednesday when the vehicle was T-boned by a box truck that had run a red light near the 16th Street Bridge. Officials say those injured were in stable condition. Argo, meanwhile, said it was aware of the incident and gathering information. The company did not say whether this would impact their self-driving tests being conducted in the area.
PPG, the Pittsburgh-based business that makes PPG Paints, may not be the first company you think of for self-driving car technology. But the company has been working on paint coatings for autonomous cars, describing two that are in the works.
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If you've ever wanted to learn the regal art of calligraphy, this two-hour workshop will teach you the basics. Learn how to hold a pen and form strokes to create a modern calligraphy style. No experience required. Materials included with the cost of registration.
Where: Hatch Art Studio at 6739 Reynolds St. (Point Breeze)
When: January 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $50
Get through the cold weather with a warm heart and hot, boozy drink at this clothing drive for Pittsburgh’s PNC YMCA. Bring something to help a neighbor in need stay warm this winter — anything from a scarf or gloves to a gently used jacket or blanket. Stay warm at the event with hot alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) specialty beverages from The Commoner, Scratch Food & Beverage, Market Street Grocery, and Threadbare Cider, plus light appetizers, included with your ticket supporting The Incline’s local journalism.
Where: Lobby of 11 Stanwix at 11 Stanwix St. (Downtown)
When: January 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $20 in advance | $25 at the door
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Cousins Maine Lobster Truck is coming to Pittsburgh in March, per Good Food Pittsburgh. The L.A.-based food truck chain appeared on Shark Tank and is known for a variety of dishes including lobster quesadillas, lobster tots and lobster grilled cheese. This will be the first Cousins truck in Pennsylvania.
It's warm today — unseasonably so — and all part a January thaw taking hold after weeks of brutal cold. This warm spell will be the mildest weather seen in much of the country in the last three weeks, the Washington Post reports. But it's not expected to last. In Pittsburgh, a deep freeze is expected by this weekend, according to WTAE. So don't put your winter coats away just yet.