More than 100 people gathered Friday in Pittsburgh to kick off Wear Orange Weekend, a national gun violence awareness effort. The gathering began in Allegheny Commons Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side and concluded with a peace march. Rabbi Jonathan Perlman of New Light Congregation was among the featured speakers.
The RNC officially set the debate rules. Let the games begin.
The RNC unveiled its qualifying criteria for the Aug. 23 debate on Friday. While it’s too early to know exactly which candidates may or may not make the stage, the various party-loyalty requirements and polling and fundraising thresholds raise plenty of questions about a number of prominent candidates.
The field is already large and poised to grow next week, if, as expected, Christie, Mike Pence and Doug Burgum each jump in. Those potential entries would bring the number of major candidates who have held federal or statewide office to eight.
And with a handful of other Republicans who’ve never been elected spending seven figures on self-funded TV ads, the number of credible candidates is quickly approaching double digits.
The bigger the field, the greater the chance the party has a number of candidates too large to fit on one stage together. The RNC said in its announcement that it could add a second debate the night after, if needed, to accommodate more candidates, though it didn’t specify what kinds of numbers would require splitting the field.
A Greensburg man was jailed Friday after state police said he sold heroin/fentanyl to an undercover trooper three times in eight days. Tywan David, 25, who also has an address in East Pittsburgh, was charged with drug offenses in three cases. His cumulative bail was set at $225,000. According to court papers.
A new study says Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into “the danger zone,” not just for an overheating planet that’s losing its natural areas, but for well-being of people living on it. The study, published Wednesday, looks not just at guardrails for the planetary ecosystem but for the first time it includes measures of “justice,” which is mostly about preventing harm for groups of people. The study looks at climate, air pollution, phosphorus contamination, nitrogen pollution, groundwater supplies, fresh surface water, the unbuilt natural environment and the overall natural and human-built environment.
The right-wing outcry over the fast food chain, briefly explained.
Conservatives went after Chick-fil-A, a fast food restaurant they’ve often supported in the past given its Christian roots and its prior donations to anti-LGBTQ groups. Despite Republicans’ longtime backing, the chain’s decision to employ a vice president of DEI has prompted backlash from some who now slam the company for being too “woke” for considering policies that help support people of color and other underrepresented groups in the workplace.
For now, the outrage appears to be confined mostly to social media, where prominent conservative commentators including Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk and Wade Miller, the head of the Citizens for Renewing America, which seeks to combat “woke” proposals, have weighed in. Given how recent the backlash has been, it’s not yet evident whether it has had any impact on the restaurant’s sales.
Chloe Stein, 23, waived a preliminary hearing at the district court in Jeannette, Westmoreland County.
State police say the hoax kidnapping happened just days before Stein was supposed to graduate from Penn State University, but they later learned she hadn’t been enrolled in school for over a year and a half.
The House voted on Wednesday night to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the bill codifying the deal between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to raise the debt ceiling. The final vote — 314 — 117, with Democrats providing the majority of the votes in favor — highlighted just how much the final agreement changed versus when the GOP passed its “Limit, Save, Grow Act” in April.
With just days before a June 5 deadline that would have left the U.S. unable to pay its bills, there’s been no time to spare in actually getting the deal through Congress. Tellingly, the vote reflects the fact that the deal is bipartisan in the sense that it’s gotten votes from both parties, not that it is a win for both parties equally. Likewise, it is a compromise in that only some Americans will have their lives impacted for the worse. The alternative was either a massive hole Republicans tried to cut into the social safety net with their original bill, or widespread economic chaos a default would have caused.
In all, though, it is clear that the bill could have been much worse. The Republican priorities it contains have been significantly pared back and there are a few Democratic priorities that were unexpectedly worked into the deal.
First, the deal raises the debt ceiling until Jan. 1, 2025.
The bill includes federal spending caps for the next two fiscal years.
The bill further rescinds about $28 billion in unspent Covid relief funds.
Politics aside, the bill as passed is one based on a principle that government should do the least harm possible while benefitting the most. In this case, a decision was made to only hurt some people rather than allow a debt default that would have hurt everybody. Of course, the “some” isn’t ever the wealthy, whose tax rates were never at risk of rising thanks to Republicans shielding them. Predictably, the burden falls on the poor and needy, who are expected to be grateful they get any help at all.
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an “agreement in principle” late Saturday as they raced to strike a deal to limit federal spending and resolve the looming debt crisis ahead of a June 5 deadline, the House speaker said. A deal would avert a catastrophic U.S. default, but risks angering both Democratic and Republican sides with the concessions made to reach it. The Democratic president and Republican speaker reached the agreement after the two spoke earlier Saturday evening by phone, said McCarthy, speaking Saturday night. The country and the world have been watching and waiting for a resolution to political standoff that threatened the U.S. and global economy.
Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to have the Rialto in downtown Greensburg declared a nuisance bar.
If approved by a county judge, the move would shutter the restaurant and bar — which has been closed since the end of last year — for 12 months.
“That the Rialto Inc. has been operated in a manner that constitutes a public nuisance under the Liquor Code for reasons outlined … the continued operation of Rialto Inc. bar-club will result in irreparable injury to the commonwealth because of the strong likelihood of continuance of … conduct,” the lawsuit states.
Meanwhile, a proposed consent decree between the district attorney’s office and the Rialto’s owner about the bar’s future is under review by a county judge, according to a statement released Friday by the prosecutor’s office.
A Pittsburgh woman was arrested on multiple charges after allegedly using pepper spray on court employees in Munhall, Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin M. Kraus announced. Santhiya Mahilkanthan, 32, went into the courthouse of District Judge Patrick Campbell around 3 p.m. Thursday and began arguing with court staff members
She left the office but returned a short time later and continued to yell at the staff members. Mahilkanthan also reached through a glass partition and began discharging pepper spray.
PITTSBURGH — Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Pittsburgh restaurant Tuesday afternoon.
Officers were called to the Liberty Avenue Subway restaurant in Bloomfield around 2:30 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. The man was described as being about 50 years old, approximately 6 feet tall with a black head wrap and missing teeth.
Anyone with information is asked to call 412-323-7161.
The Voice crowned its winner tonight as Blake Shelton also said goodbye to the NBC competition series after 23 seasons.
Gina Miles, from Team Niall won Season 23 with Grace West from Team Blake taking second place.
Throughout the night, Blake Shelton was honored as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) as the coach retires from The Voice. NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn, country music singer Dolly Parton, Olympic track and field champ Jackie Joyner-Kersee and former NFL star Peyton Manning chimed in to honor Shelton as he retired from the show.
“He has pushed his button nearly 600 times, coached over 300 artists, worn 210 pairs of boots and drunk 100 gallons of whatever is in this cup,” host Carson Daly said about Shelton’s stats on the show.
Daly went on to commemorate Shelton’s time on The Voice retiring his jean jacket which highlighted his 9-season wins.
Police responded to the 200 block of Elmore Street around 4:20 p.m. Monday for shots fired. Officers found a 17-year-old male who was shot in the ankle, according to a report from Pittsburgh Public Safety.
HARRISBURG — Authorities could temporarily seize firearms and background checks would be expanded for gun buyers, under two bills passed Monday in the Pennsylvania House, where Democrats are using their razor-thin majority to push gun-control measures after a yearslong standstill in the politically divided government.
Navigating around Max, the new version of HBO Max that launches today (May 23) I was mostly impressed and pleased by how little has changed. But I picked up on a subtle change that should make a world of difference to streamers.
Discovery — as in finding stuff to watch — is the biggest low-stakes problem that most of us face every day. And I’ve found a few ways that Max will improve on this when compared to HBO Max (already the best streaming service).
Unfortunately, there’s also one change that I don’t agree with, though Max head of product Tyler Whitworth told me he believes they’re making the right call. So allow me to explain why Max looks like a good thing — not a bad thing.
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met Monday to discuss the debt ceiling.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will not waive the House’s three-day rule amid ongoing debt ceiling talks Monday, despite negotiations coming closer and closer to a potential date of default.
The three-day rule requires that legislation be posted for at least three days to allow House members to study it before it can be voted on.
“No, I’m not going to waive the three-day rule because you have the three-day rule for a reason,” McCarthy said after his meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House. “You lend your voice to your elected officials. You want to make sure they have their voice.”
McCarthy then proceeded to criticize former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for previously moving legislation so quickly that “nobody could read the bill.”
Emergency responders were called to the scene of a structure collapse in Pitcairn Sunday.
Dispatchers say the first call came in just after 9:30 a.m.
First responders at the scene told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the incident could have possibly been due to a gas explosion, but Pitcairn police later said through social media that the collapse was not the result of an explosion.