The Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Steel Valley Authority have helped save thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania over the past five years. But in a move that appears "contradictory to the president's agenda," Trump's budget proposes to eliminate or cut funding to these two programs, the Post-Gazette reported. "It’s really a modest investment of taxpayer dollars, with enormous impact on the economy," Petra Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of Catalyst Connection, told the paper. In other Trump budget news: Local libraries could lose millions in federal funding, according to TribLive.
Near newer apartment buildings at Penn and Centre avenues in East Liberty, dozens of people marched Saturday to protest for affordable housing policies that would prevent another Penn Plaza from happening: where low-income tenants were evicted to make way for a mixed-use development. "We’re going to be calling on the city to purchase the Penn Plaza site again to bring affordable housing back to the site where it has been for 50 years,” community organizer Randle Taylor said at the protest, according to KDKA. But as The Incline reported, Peduto's administration has already made offers to buy Penn Plaza, "but the developer has not expressed any interest in selling."
Allentown's Black Forge Coffee is experiencing Fox News infamy, as the shop has been inundated with negative backlash after introducing a punch card that includes a photo of the president. While the majority of the reaction online has been negative, sales are actually up at the store, Pittsburgh City Paper reported. But that doesn't mean it's been a pleasant experience. In shades of Pizzagate, co-owner Ashley Corts told City Paper she's received calls accusing Black Forge’s owners of being pedophiles. "When people say 'You pee in your coffee,' that's funny because it's not true. They've never been here. But when you go out of your way to say something like that, it hurts," she said.
It's a silent disco combined with yoga every Monday night. The class is open to all levels. Make sure to bring a yoga mat, water and hand towel.
Where: Belvederes Ultra-Dive at 4016 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: April 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
How much: Suggested donation $10
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It's the final day to vote for the winner of the Ultimate Pittsburgh Fish Fry. You have until 10 a.m. to cast your vote for St. Alphonsus in the North or St. Joan of Arc in the Southwest. The champion obviously gets bragging rights, but they also win a trophy, and you can be there Tuesday at Alloy 26 on the North Side when they do. Tickets are $5 and include snacks and libations.
A University of Pittsburgh law professor uses HBO's "The Wire" to teach students about the criminal justice system, and — to nobody's surprise — it's a really popular class. But be warned, interested legal eaglets, there's no TV watching in class. Professor David Harris told the Post-Gazette the show is a jumping-off point "to study many of the most important and intractable problems in the criminal justice system in America today." Harris said "The Wire" is "the most nuanced and accurate portrayal of what goes on." Oh, indeed.