Councilwoman Darlene Harris smells a rat — a Christmas rat to be exact. This, after a nativity scene went missing from beneath City Council's Christmas tree, prompting Harris to air her suspicions publicly and threaten to involve the police, according to the Post-Gazette. It's unclear where the nativity scene went or why, but Harris likely won't rest until she finds the true culprit. What happened to council's creche?
With Gov. Tom Wolf urging Democratic state Rep. Tom Caltagirone of Berks County to resign after it was reported that $248,000 in payments were issued in 2015 to settle a sexual harassment complaint against Caltagirone, PennLive reports that state Dems paid a total of $514,300 to settle claims by employees since 2007. Two of those cases involved sexual harassment claims against two different members. Five of them involved other types of employment matters, according to a statement from state House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. But the numbers are likely to draw even greater scrutiny with a wave of similar revelations emanating from state houses and halls of government nationwide.
University of Pittsburgh officials say they've launched a Title IX investigation after a former professor's published essay revealed allegations of harassment and discrimination in the university's communications department in the early 2000s, The Pitt News reports. Carol Stabile was a professor in Pitt’s Department of Communications from 1994-2005 and recently described her experiences at the department in a recent Ms. Magazine article, referring to the department as a "nest of predators." Pitt officials say they're investigating her claims.
In recognition of the winter solstice, a Downtown yoga studio will host a candlelight yoga practice set to live music. Held on the longest night of the year, this class will be an intention-setting practice for an abundant 2018.
Where: Inhale Yoga at 100 7th St. (Downtown)
When: December 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $17 drop-in rate
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All the Steelers would say when asked about Antonio Brown's injury prognosis is that he's out for this week's pivotal game against Houston on Christmas. But reports have said Brown will be out for the remainder of the regular season, with the postseason still up in the air. Even if he is back in time for the playoffs, it's hard to expect him to be anywhere close to 100 percent. National football columnist Andrea Hangst, who has covered the AFC North for years, took at look at what the Steelers can do to survive without the game's top receiver.
The holidays are here and if you live in or hail from Pittsburgh, you may be familiar with the region's many unique holiday traditions — everything from Christmas pickles hidden in trees to oranges placed in Christmas stockings. All of these customs have a place here, in no small part thanks to the influence of European immigrants throughout the years. Here we examine the origins of these traditions. It's the holidays after all, a time for doing things we've always done for reasons we don't fully understand.