In a case that could shape the 2018 elections and many to follow, a panel of Pennsylvania judges this week will begin considering a lawsuit involving the state's congressional districts, which critics say were redrawn to give Republicans nearly impenetrable electoral advantages. The case is scheduled for trial in Philadelphia this week, the Associated Press reports. And depending on the outcome, the case could force the redrawing of congressional maps before the 2018 elections.
Pittsburgh's bid for Amazon's second North American headquarters is currently being considered by the company along with the hundreds of others submitted. But little is known about the details of Pittsburgh's bid and that's how city officials want it. Most recently, the city denied a handful of right-to-know requests seeking the details of its Amazon HQ2 bid, prompting questions about what the law legally requires them to divulge and who wins when private sector interests, public sector ambitions and the public's right to know collide.
Twenty black men were honored this weekend as Homewood Heroes for their work in making spiritual, economic, educational and social contributions to the neighborhood, the Pittsburgh Courier reported. On the list was James A. Brown, director of youth development at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, who was also honored in The Incline's Who's Next in Music class. He has served the Homewood community for nearly a decade, impacting more than 500 students through transformative opportunities to engage in the arts, find their voice and prepare for college and career.
At "The Tipping Point," talk with restaurant owners, bartenders, servers and guests alike about the future of pay in the restaurant industry. A panel will be led by Nicole Battle, President, United States Bartenders' Guild - Pittsburgh; Don Mahaney, owner of Scratch Food and Beverage; and Brian Keyser, owner of Casellula (which recently abandoned its no-tipping policy).
Where: Scratch Food and Beverage at 1720 Lowrie St. (Troy Hill)
When: December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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If you'll be in or around Market Square on Tuesday night, consider yourself warned: Krampus is coming to town. Who's Krampus? The short answer: He's a half goat, half demon that's the opposite of Santa Claus. It also turns out he has a band called Sleigher. Here's why he's in Pittsburgh and how you can see him — at your own risk, of course.
Pittsburgh officially has its own esports franchise now, TribLive reports. It's called the Pittsburgh Knights, and it was launched by a pair of Pittsburghers who grew up watching the city's big-league teams and who now hope the Knights will become as popular and profitable as they are. But before you dismiss the idea, know that esports is big business. And while it might not be huge in Pittsburgh — at least not yet — its worldwide following is truly massive.