“It sounded like boom, boom, boom. Real fast. It sounded so close to us," Marissa Jones said of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, already the deadliest in U.S. history. "I didn't know where it was coming from.” Jones was one of a handful of Pittsburghers in the vicinity of the Las Vegas Strip at the time. Three of them spoke to WPXI on Monday, recalling what they'd seen and heard and describing the sense of shock that was still just setting in. While many politicians expressed their thoughts and prayers Monday, Pittsburgh's public safety director told the Post-Gazette that the massacre in Vegas will influence responder training here.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a partisan gerrymandering case that could have a big impact on Pennsylvania. That's why a handful of former and current Pa. state representatives signed on to a friend of the court brief that details how the practice has negatively affected governing in the commonwealth. (Here's a rundown about what you need to know about Gill v. Whitford from The Capital Times.)
The first in a pair of public hearings on Pittsburgh's embattled Stephen Foster memorial will take place this week. The city's Art Commission will hold a special hearing Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Additional public testimony will be heard in a second hearing, this one to be held Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Art Commission's recommendation on what should become of the statue is expected at that time. Read up on the controversy, and sign up here to have updates on the statue sent to your inbox.
In honor of RADical Days, enjoy a free concert at Heinz Hall. Associate conductor Andrés Franco will lead the orchestra in a program of classics, such as Rossini’s Overture to La gazza ladra.
Where: Heinz Hall at 600 Penn Ave. (Downtown)
When: October 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Relief efforts continue in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed the U.S. territory, wiping out power and leaving food and water in scarce supply. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, aid drives continue today, with one slated at PNC Park from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It follows a similar drive effort seen at the stadium on Monday and another at the Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville over the weekend.
Nicole Battle, Pittsburgh chapter president for the United States Bartenders Guild and a member of The Incline's Who's Next: Drink class, is sparking a discussion on the treatment of females and women of color in the bartending industry, a City Paper profile highlights. Battle talks everything from issues with management to unruly patrons — and says a conversation about these subjects is long overdue.