Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Mayor Bill Peduto submitted the CROWN Act earlier this month, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” Act.The bill will now go back to Peduto’s desk for his signature.Peduto’s motivation for introducing the bill was part of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission’s 2019 report that suggested the city is the most inequitable for Black women when it comes to personal, professional, housing and educational outcomes.

Source: Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

The district said it was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday that one additional high school student and one additional middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said a total of 12 high school students have tested positive since Monday, Oct. 12.

The high school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 26 for students of group “A.”

The district said free meals can continue to be picked up at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. High school athletics are canceled for the remainder of this week.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Elementary parents, please follow this link to access a survey indicating if you would like your child to receive a
district-issued Chromebook for remote instruction. Please complete this form no later than Friday, October 23,
2020, by 4:00 PM so that Chromebooks can be prepared for distribution in the event of remote instruction.

Source: Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

Two people shot in Jeannette, sources confirm

Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location. There is a heavy police presence in the area.

Two people were shot along South 3rd Street in Jeannette early Tuesday evening, sources confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Sources said one of the victims was able to get to a second location on South 5th Street.

The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening and there is currently no word on any suspects, sources said.

Police were at the scene for several hours on Tuesday. Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

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1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

At least one person is dead following a late-night crash along Interstate 279.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person is dead following a late-night crash involving a tractor trailer along Interstate 279.

Pennsylvania State Police say the victim was in his 30s and was driving the car involved. Police also said that the impact was so intense that the tractor trailer itself was damaged, which they say is rare.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

According to state police, the driver of the car was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-279. The tractor trailer, which was a Pepsi truck, was traveling northbound.

It was around midnight when the two crashed head-on.

“Struck each other head-on,” State Police Tpr. Melinda Bondarenka said.

Watch as KDKA’s Lindsay Ward provides the latest updates:

The car was crushed underneath the tractor-trailer.

“After impact, the vehicle at fault caught fire. The operator of the semi-trailer was able to get out and extinguish that fire,” said Tpr. Bondarenka.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer)

I-279 was closed for several hours overnight, forcing early-morning drivers to take detours. It finally reopened around 6 a.m.

At this time, state police say they do not know if speed or alcohol was a factor.

As for the driver of the Pepsi truck, he’s expected to recover.

“Was transported to a local area hospital with minor injury,” Tpr. Bondarenka said.

At this point, it’s being investigated as to why the driver of that blue car was traveling the wrong way.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

LINDSAY WARD

Source: 1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election | US news | The Guardian

Who elects the US president?

When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.

Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the presidency.

The process of nominating electors varies by state and by party, but is generally done one of two ways. Ahead of the election, political parties either choose electors at their national conventions, or they are voted for by the party’s central committee.

The electoral college nearly always operates with a winner-takes-all system, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes in a state claims all of that state’s electoral votes. For example, in 2016, Trump beat Clinton in Florida by a margin of just 2.2%, but that meant he claimed all 29 of Florida’s crucial electoral votes.

Such small margins in a handful of key swing states meant that, regardless of Clinton’s national vote lead, Trump was able to clinch victory in several swing states and therefore win more electoral college votes.

Biden could face the same hurdle in November, meaning he will need to focus his attention on a handful of battleground states to win the presidency.

Under the winner-takes-all system, the margin of victory in a state becomes irrelevant. In 2016, Clinton’s substantial margins in states such as California and New York failed to earn her enough electoral votes, while close races in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan took Trump over the 270 majority.

Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Voting woes continue in Westmoreland County, with the clock ticking. Leaders are now scrambling to figure out a solution as thousands of residents still don’t have their mail-in ballots that they applied for.

A company based out of Ohio, Midwest Direct, has been tasked with getting them sent, but now Channel 11 learned that county officials at the courthouse may take matters into their own hands.

Earlier in October, officials accused Midwest Direct of sending out tens of thousands of ballots later than planned. There are still questions over how many have actually gone out.

In the past, Midwest Direct has blamed the delay on mechanical issues.That confusion is forcing leaders to make some tough decisions. They are considering having county elections staff at the courthouse print and mail out ballots themselves and avoid the third-party company altogether.

Source: Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

Pittsburgh garbage truck falls into sinkhole

A Pittsburgh garbage truck fell into a sinkhole Monday in Pittsburgh’s Homewood South neighborhood.

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh garbage truck fell into a sinkhole Monday in Pittsburgh’s Homewood South neighborhood.

It happened around 10:15 a.m. when a water line ruptured along Susquehanna Street, causing a garbage truck to fall into a sinkhole.

When a Channel 11 crew got there, the garbage truck was already out of the sinkhole, but water was bubbling out of it.

Source: Pittsburgh garbage truck falls into sinkhole

Pittsburgh police searching for missing 20-year-old woman

Police said Shaqualla Williams was last seen in the Perry Hilltop neighborhood around 8 a.m.

Pittsburgh police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 20-year-old woman.

Police said Shaqualla Williams was last seen in the Perry Hilltop neighborhood around 8 a.m. wearing a black pullover, blue jeans and pink sneakers. Police said she is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and wears glasses.

Source: Pittsburgh police searching for missing 20-year-old woman

Live! Casino Pittsburgh set to open Nov. 24 at Westmoreland Mall

Live! Casino Pittsburgh will feature 750 slots, 30 table games, and multiple entertainment venues and restaurants, including a Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar.

The new casino at Westmoreland Mall will have 750 slot machines, 30 table games and multiple entertainment venues and restaurants, including a Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar.

Officials have estimated the casino will bring 500 jobs to the area and have an annual economic impact of $188 million.

A series of invitation-only events will be held in advance of the public opening, including charity nights on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank and Sage’s Army.

Source: Live! Casino Pittsburgh set to open Nov. 24 at Westmoreland Mall

Asteroid could strike Earth day prior to election: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson | Fox News

An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson — but it’s not large enough to do any serious damage.

The famed astrophysicist said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on Nov. 2.

NASA IS GETTING READY TO LAND ON AN ASTEROID THAT MAY HOLD THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE

“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” he wrote on Instagram.

But he added that the flying object is nothing to lose sleep over since “it’s not big enough to cause harm.”

Source: Asteroid could strike Earth day prior to election: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson | Fox News