Pittsburgh officials remove controversial Stephen Foster statue | Blogh

Early in the morning on April 26, the controversial Stephen Foster statue was removed from its post in Oakland. In October 2017, the Pittsburgh Arts Commission voted to remove the statue, which many Pittsburghers had deemed racist for its minstrel-like depiction of a black man sitting at Foster’s feet. Foster, a native Pittsburgher, is the famous composer of songs like “Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races.”

The statue came off of its post fairly easily. A crew of several Department of Public Works employees wrapped thick rope around the statue and it was pulled off the base with a backhoe. The ropes were removed after the statue was loaded onto a flatbed truck; the truck drove slowly away and nothing was damaged.

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The Penguins rallied back Thursday night by deflecting pucks past Braden Holtby – PensBurgh

It took a couple deflected shots to get pucks past the Capitals netminder

Last night, through two periods and change, Capitals netminder Braden Holtby looked dialed in, like he was going to be tough to beat. The Penguins kept at it, giving him their best looks but he was all over everything sent his way.

Into the third period, you could just feel that it was going to take a bounce or something tricky to get one behind him and the floodgates might open.

The Penguins rallied from down 2-0 to up 3-2 in 4 minutes and 46 seconds, with two of the three goals coming on deflected pucks from in front of the net.

On the first goal, Justin Schultz exercised great patience to wait out a diving Alexander Ovechkin before putting a shot on net that Patric Hornqvist would redirect around the defense and past Holtby.

Minutes later, Sidney Crosby would send a puck towards the Capitals net, where Jake Guentzel would get a stick on and just find enough room past Holtby to give the Penguins the lead, which they would hold onto for the 3-2 win.

 

Source: The Penguins rallied back last night by deflecting pucks past Braden Holtby – PensBurgh

Thanks to our extended winter, a ‘pollen tsunami’ may hit Western Pennsylvania this spring

“The only thing different about this year’s pollen explosion will be the timing, said Dr. Ellen Lu, an allergist with Allegheny Health Network.

“There’s no way to avoid pollen, but if you want to reduce your exposure, you can certainly keep your windows closed, certainly recirculate the air, if possible,” she said. “If you come inside after gardening or doing whatever you’re doing outside, change your clothes and take a shower just to keep it off your indoor furniture.”

Source: Thanks to our extended winter, a ‘pollen tsunami’ may hit Western Pennsylvania this spring

West Virginia University Student Dies After Fall From Balcony « CBS Pittsburgh

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia University says a student who fell from a balcony this week has died.

The university said in a news release that 22-year-old Colton Hodge of Falls Church, Virginia, died Friday. He was an exercise physiology student in his third year at WVU.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Hodge fell backward off a balcony Wednesday afternoon and was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said earlier that the incident was accidental.

University Dean of Students Corey Farris said the school is “deeply saddened” by Hodge’s death.

Source: West Virginia University Student Dies After Fall From Balcony « CBS Pittsburgh

Gay-rights lawyer David S. Buckel sets himself on fire in protest suicide – CNN

(CNN)A prominent gay rights attorney who led lawsuits legalizing same-sex marriage set himself on fire in Brooklyn on Saturday morning in a fatal plea for action on issues related to the environment.

The body of David S. Buckel, 60, was found near Prospect Park’s baseball fields about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday after a passerby reported a severely burned individual, the New York Police Department said.
“I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,” read a handwritten suicide note, according to the New York Daily News. “I apologize to you for the mess.”

Source: Gay-rights lawyer David S. Buckel sets himself on fire in protest suicide – CNN

Cyril Wecht testifies in Arnold double murder case | TribLIVE

Forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht testified that Bonnie Broadwater, 46, suffered as many as 11 blows, including eight to her head, as she was bludgeoned to death nearly five years ago. Her adult son, Lance Holt, 24, suffered four head wounds, Wecht said.

The prosecution contends Robert Briestensky, 44, of Brackenridge, Allegheny County, used a wooden baseball bat to kill Broadwater and Holt during the attack. Their bodies were discovered Oct. 4, 2012.

Scientific evidence took center stage Friday during the fourth day of Briestensky’s double murder trial. The prosecution contends Briestensky intentionally killed his victims and left them dead for about a week before they were discovered.

“They were in an advanced state of decomposition,” Wecht testified.

Source: Cyril Wecht testifies in Arnold double murder case | TribLIVE

US to hit Russia with new sanctions after Syria airstrike, Haley says | Fox News

The Trump administration will levy new economic sanctions against Russia over its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.

“We’re letting Russia know this is not something that we want to be a part of,” Haley told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s not something we’re going to tolerate and they’ve got to make a decision. Right now, they don’t have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm.”

Source: US to hit Russia with new sanctions after Syria airstrike, Haley says | Fox News

Pens Beat Flyers 5-1 On The Road

The Penguins answered plenty of questions with their 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, one that gave them a two-games-to-one lead in this best-on-seven series, and how it happened was hardly surprising.

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2018/04/15/penguins-vs-flyers-game-3-stanley-cup-playoffs-nhl/stories/201804150141