Newsletter for Thursday, Sept. 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A reader soaks in the last rays of summer at Point State Park. Related: Happy first day of fall! (Photo via @loganrielyphoto.)
ERIN BROCKOVICH’S CARCINOGEN FOUND IN TAPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
A study from the Environmental Working Group says there’s a cancer-causing chemical in tap water across the country — and here in Western Pennsylvania. That carcinogen, chromium-6, was made famous by Erin Brockovich. Pennsylvania American Water told KDKA’s Kym Gable that it’s in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
ROAD CLOSURE & RALLIES
Donald Trump is in Pittsburgh today to speak at the Shale Insight conference and may appear for a fundraiser at the Duquesne Club, too. While he’s here, Pittsburgh police will block off 10th Street near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. “We prepare for the worst-case scenario. If we prepare for a large amount of protesters and 10 show up, we’re better off. But we don’t want to prepare for 10 and [have] 1,000 show up,” public safety Director Wendell Hissrich told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Adam Smeltz.
SICK LEAVE, RESTAURANT BY RESTAURANT
Restaurant Opportunities Center United has swooped in to try to bring paid sick leave to city businesses while a local law trying to enforce that is tied up in court. Three restaurants in the Penn Avenue corridor in Bloomfield-Garfield have signed on so far: Apteka, Bantha Tea Bar and Mixtape. Co-owner at Mixtape, Katie Molchan told 90.5 WESA’s Mark Nootbaar, “One of the things we were trying to do was really set up a very collaborative environment where everyone felt like they were really part of the team and invested.”
The Pittsburgh Opera will put on a free concert at the Market Square Farmers Market. Seven singers will perform “a selection of well-known opera favorites, including arias from 'La bohème,' 'Carmen,' 'The Barber of Seville,' 'La traviata' and more," a spokesman said via email.
Where: Market Square Farmers Market at 23 Market Place (Downtown)
When: September 22, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
THE INCLINE LIKES
COFFEE ON WHEELS
Longtime barista Braden Walter Jr. decided that “Serving Pittsburghers awesome coffee is definitely what I want to do with the rest of my life.” OK, Braden. If you insist. To do that, he’s wheeling around the city in a food truck stocked with caffeinated drinks, pie and, wait for it, bacon jam. Redhawk Coffee will be at Washington’s Landing from 8:30 to 11:30 Saturday morning.
CREEPY CLOWNS? NOT HERE, POLICE SAY
Reports of lurking clowns across the country reached Western Pennsylvania this week, the Tribune-Review’s Jacob Tierney writes. Not so fast, the Greensburg police department posted on its Facebook page: “We can assure everyone we do not have any rogue clowns running around town.” Well, that’s a relief.