The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said Wednesday night that it had not found any traces of contaminants or bacteria in its system, while a third of the city remained under a boil water advisory. A first round of testing showed that “all indicators are stable,” the authority’s interim executive director Bernard Linstrom said, and “chlorine is increasing.” But the city was unable to provide an exact estimate of when the advisory will be lifted. Here's what you need to know about the waterborne parasite that caused concern, how universities and hospitals responded and a list of resources for those under the advisory. City schools that closed Wednesday reopened today. (To have updates on the boil water advisory sent to your inbox, "follow this" and provide your email.)
Old newspaper articles and photos provide a few clues about the city's century-old time capsule in the City-County Building. But that's all volunteers have to go on as they hunt for a copper box (which is surrounded by bricks and sealed behind granite — surely making the search even easier). Here's more about where and how the bomb squad, North Pittsburgh Past Finders and the city have searched for the elusive time capsule.
A new institute at Pitt wants to be the go-to place for discussions about solving cyber problems, and today it's hosting its first panel. You needed to RSVP to attend “Russian Hacking: What Do We Know and How Is This Different?” in person, but you can watch online at 1:30 p.m. as it addresses a variety of questions from “What is the state of Russian activities in cyberspace?” to questions about the historical context, misconceptions, finding common ground and “Ultimately, how should the U.S. and other countries respond?”
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If you didn't trek to Gobblers Knob this morning for Phil’s 131th Groundhog Day Prognostication, you can always re-watch as Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog tells us we have six more weeks of cold and misery. Yes, he saw his shadow, so here are a few ways to mourn more weeks of winter without even leaving Pittsburgh.
Since last week, the Pens split their two games, losing their last game before the All-Star break and winning their first game out of the break. Read on for more on Crosby's latest trophy, player of the week and of the weak and this week's question.