Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
A child adds stained glass to a Pittsburgh Art Car. (Photo via @clavicle_havoc.)
Pennsylvania’s auditor general announced this week that his office will look into the state’s contract with Real Alternatives, which gets millions in public funding to promote alternatives to abortion. The nonprofit does this through so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which have been criticized for giving women misleading or discredited information about abortion. Meanwhile, the state General Assembly is considering a bill that would further limit abortion access.
30-TON LIMIT RESTORED TO LIBERTY BRIDGE
Three days after imposing a 9-ton weight limit on the newly reopened Liberty Bridge, PennDOT OK’d a 30-ton limit on Thursday, Michael Walton at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote. The bridge between the South Hills and Downtown had been closed since a fire Sept. 2 damaged a portion of the bridge’s truss, nearly causing it to collapse. Vehicles larger than 30 tons must continue using detours, per PennDOT.
MORE BIKE LANES SET FOR DOWNTOWN, NORTH SIDE
One bike route will connect Grant Street near the Mon to Point State Park, by way of Fort Pitt Boulevard, Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue. “The other will extend existing North Side lanes on East Street from Suffolk Street about a mile north to Mount Pleasant Road, near Interstate 279,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Adam Smeltz reported. On Wednesday, city council approved spending $837,000 on the projects — with about $200,000 from the city supplementing a federal grant for bike infrastructure.
Demos at "Learn to Tree for FREE" include successful planting, proper mulching and protecting trees from critters. Saplings — including tulip poplar, yellow birch and sweetbay magnolia — free to first 100 guests.
Where: Busy Beaver at 4743 Plummer St. (Central Lawrenceville)
When: October 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
THE INCLINE LIKES
THIS WOMAN OFFERS SHELTER, HELP TO HER CUBAN COMPATRIOTS IN PITTSBURGH
Gregoria Fernandez left Cuba in the mid-1990s and lived in South Florida before coming to Pittsburgh to find work. Now, she and her partner live in a run-down, two-bedroom apartment where they welcome Cubans trying to start lives here. “I said, ‘Look my house isn’t big but I live in Pittsburgh. If they’re willing to come here, here there’s work, there’s possibility for everyone,’ ” Fernandez told Erika Beras of Public Radio International.
YOU WON’T REGRET WATCHING THIS VIDEO ABOUT A WILD ROOSTER
At the corner of Roberts Street and Wylie Avenue in Crawford-Roberts, WTAE’s Shannon Perrine talked to people about the wily Wylie rooster that no one can seem to catch. Yes. A rooster. Dallas Duffy, who “likes the rooster,” admitted to feeding him, while Othella Frazier, who “does not love the rooster,” said she could do without its early morning wake-up calls. (Owner Henry Gaston said he can’t catch it, but a judge told him he has 30 days to do just that, Diana Nelson Jones reported in the Post-Gazette.)