Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak — who represents Pittsburgh's South Hills neighborhoods including Beechview, Brookline and Carrick — won't seek reelection next year. “A lot changed for me when my mother passed away," Rudiak told Chris Potter of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, adding that she wants to rebuild bonds with her family in Europe. So who will run for Rudiak's seat? Ashleigh Deemer, Rudiak's chief of staff, plans to run, as does Anthony Coghill (a roofer who's active in the local Democratic party), Tony Griffith (who works in Sheriff William Mullen's office) and Jim Sheppard (who works for Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner).
Pittsburgh is back to being the only city where Uber users can ride in self-driving cars, but we won’t have that title for much longer. California pulled the registrations for Uber’s self-driving cars, so the company packed up its self-driving Volvos and sent them to Arizona where another pilot program is coming. So what happened? It comes down to definitions and differences between Pennsylvania and California laws.
While patrolling in the East Hills earlier this week, Pittsburgh police saw people holding signs near where there had been two recent shootings, one of which was fatal. "Upon closer inspection, officers discovered that one of the citizens holding a sign turned out to be Zone 5 Officer Aundre Wright ... and on his day off he chose to promote peace within the community,"city police posted on Facebook.
Arcade Comedy Theater is roasting the fictional character Ralphie from the classic holiday film "A Christmas Story." The theater also promises "some of the best local comics and improvisors as some of your favorite holiday movie characters." BYOB for $2.
Where: Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave. (Downtown)
When: December 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10
The Incline Likes
With Christmas right around the corner, it's understandable to feel a little nostalgic. The Incline looked through Historic Pittsburgh's archive and pulled 15 classic photos of parties, decoration and merriment from the past 100 years. That includes a photo of the Christmas tree in the City-County Building portico — in 1933.
2016 is almost over, and you didn't make a dent in your reading list. OK, maybe you didn't even have one this year. To sort through all the new releases over the past 12 months, Littsburgh asked local indie booksellers — including City Books, White Whale Bookstore and Mystery Lovers Bookshop — for their recommendations. Here's what they picked.