In September, Rep. Tim Murphy admitted to having an affair with a "personal friend," Shannon Edwards. Now texts obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggest that the pro-life legislator asked Edwards to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare. "And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options," Edwards texted Murphy, who could not be reached for comment. In other documents obtained by the PG, Murphy's chief of staff detailed the state of "terror" created by the congressman's behavior.
After video emerged showing Pittsburgh police officers beating a suspect during a forcible arrest outside PPG Arena last month, The Incline filed Right-to-Know requests for the officers' records. This includes any past uses of force and any complaints previously made against them. But experts say the odds are slim that these requests will bear fruit, mostly because Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law leaves much of the decision making to local officials, often with little in the way of guidance. As a result, compelling such documentation in Pennsylvania is difficult — more difficult than it would be in a more progressive open records state like, say, Arkansas.
The Bloomfield Halloween parade has been resurrected a week after it was cancelled amid a funding shortage that threatened to end the 50-year tradition, TribLive reports. A community fundraising effort launched in the wake of that announcement has been credited with saving it, along with major donations from Highmark, Allegheny Health Network and West Penn Hospital. "This is a nearly 50-year-old tradition beloved by generations," Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement, "and there was no way we were going to let it end." The parade will live to see another year.
It's one part college seminar, one part hanging out with friends (and cats). Colony Cafe's "Living Room Learning" will bring Avigail S. Oren, a historian, writer and teacher, to discuss the topic "Lena Dunham: Feminist Friend or Foe?" During the discussion, you can pet cats, sip wine and snack on cheese and veggies.
Where: Colony Cafe at 1125 Penn Ave. (Strip District)
When: October 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $30
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We're on a quest to determine what is the Ultimate Pittsburgh Pizza? We started out with a bracket of 32 parlors, food trucks and eateries, based on your nominations, and you have until 10 a.m. today to cast your vote in round one. We'll announce the winners of this round Saturday morning, so stay tuned. (You can sign up here for email updates on our pizza bracket.)
It's postseason season in Major League Baseball, which means one thing here in Pittsburgh: Hockey season! But for those of you still interested in watching baseball even though the Pirates season seemed to end a long time ago, we ran through the World Series contenders to give you a sense of who you should support. Hint: Not the Cubs. Check out our rundown of former Pirates in the playoffs.