Last week, Rep. Tim Murphy announced he wouldn't be seeking re-election next year amid the fallout of a sex scandal that brought national infamy to the eight-term congressman and all but ended his political career. But Murphy's campaign had amassed more than $1.4 million for the race he'll never run now. In examining what becomes of that money — and what's allowed to become of it — The Incline delved into the byzantine underworld of campaign finance law. We found a complex array of regulations, toothless watchdogs, more than a few loopholes and an expert who says Murphy's best bet may be to lie low for a while.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, 2017 Stanley Cup champions, will visit the White House today in honor of their big win over the Nashville Predators in June. They'll meet with President Donald Trump amid a strange drama that is currently playing out between professional athletes and the Trump administration. The Pens said they're attending out of respect for the office, while Mayor Bill Peduto, himself an avid hockey fan, has declined to join them this year in a thinly veiled protest of the president. Meanwhile, others argue that the team's decision to go owes more to the racial makeup of the sport of hockey and its fanbase than anything else.
Today is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration if you want to vote Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania. We enjoy procrastination as much as anyone, but there's no time left! Register now! And follow along with Election 2017 here.
Row House Cinema will explore the role of women in film through a discussion and a screening of "Manifesto." A film studies expert will introduce the film, unpack the work's themes and examine the history of women in cinema.
Where: Row House Cinema at 4115 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: October 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
How much: $9
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Dogs, owls, goats, beer, a DJ at a grungy steel mill. None of these may conjure images of eastern spirituality, but maybe they should, as our own Rossilynne Culgan recently found out. Her journey through the weirdest yoga sessions in Pittsburgh included all of the above. It also changed her life. She then pulled together this guide for you, so you can get your crystal (yes, a protective crystal) and second-string mat ready.
What can robots tell us about humanity? Well, according to the academics behind this Carnegie Mellon class, maybe more than we realize. The class, dubbed “Artificial Intelligence and Humanity,” poses questions about the definition of humanity, in the context of slavery and colonialism to rapidly developing technology and artificial intelligence. It's meant to be provocative and push boundaries. It may also uncover some fundamental truths in the process.