The owner, seven employees, and a hired trainer, were all within close proximity and no one was wearing PPE. The day before, multiple employees complained to the owner that they were concerned for their health at a training session the day before. Middle Creek Roofing was previously warned about compliance by State Police on April 20 and then by Millcreek Township Police on April 22.
Date: April 26, 2020
Incident Type: SWAT
Location: Zone 5
Pittsburgh Police responded to multiple Shotspotter alerts for the vicinity of Lincoln Avenue & Lyric Street around 12:20 a.m.
Responding Zone 5 officers came upon an idling vehicle at the intersection of Laxton Street & Odessa Place. Immediately upon seeing the officers, the driver and passenger fled the vehicle. At least one of the suspects was observed by officers running into a nearby house on the 6700 block of Deary Street. He refused to come out when instructed by officers. With the assistance of SWAT and negotiators, the two individuals were taken into custody without incident following a brief standoff. There were no reported injuries or shooting victims found.
Police are investigating.
Reporting PIO: Maurice Matthews
Source: Public Safety Media Blotter
Sunday marks the 66th anniversary to the day when the first inoculations began on nearly 2 million children who received Salk’s vaccine candidate in 1954. By 1955, the pivotal public health experiment was deemed a success, with the vaccine proving to be safe, potent and 90% effective in thwarting polio.
The achievement put Pittsburgh on the global map as a leader in cutting-edge medical research and set the stage for decades of investments and advancements in Pitt’s vaccine research capabilities. As the nation confronts the covid-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh scientists have joined the global race to stop the spread of yet another disease horrifying the world.
“Pittsburgh has such a tremendous track record in infectious disease research. There are people working on influenza, there are people working on viruses that cause cancer, there are people who work on HIV. There’s a phenomenal cohort of people in the University of Pittsburgh — and that’s what attracted me,” said Paul Duprex, a virologist who took the helm last year as director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research.
US women may soon achieve a level of equality not everyone wants – ending 40 years of all-male precedent by becoming eligible to be conscripted in a time of war, writes James Jeffrey.
One of the starkest ways American women have achieved equality with men in the workplace has occurred in the military.
The decision five years ago by then Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to open all positions in the armed forces to women – including combat duty – was largely applauded as a necessary step that benefited the military and society.
But this levelling of the military playing field has led to a more divisive consequence – at the end of March the government’s National Commission on Military, National and Public Service declared it is now time that women become eligible for the military draft – the procedure by which individuals are chosen for conscription – just like their male counterparts between the ages of 18 and 25.
Currently, all male US citizens in that age bracket, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants – documented and undocumented – residing within the US, must register through the Selective Service System.
Women aged 18-25 could soon become conscription-eligible for the first time in US history.
Walt Disney Studios has moved around a few more release dates following the amid lockdowns and quarantines, including two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The Doctor Strange sequel has been pushed from 2021 to 2022, Disney said Friday afternoon, although has been given an earlier release date, moving from Feb. 18 to Feb. 11, 2022.
will now release March 25, 2022, instead of its previous scheduled release date of May 11, 2021.
Disney’s other date reshuffles are all of untitled movies — an unnamed live action that was meant to release March 25, 2022, has been removed entirely, while another will now release on April 8 of that year. An untitled 20th Century movie slated for release on April 8, 2022, has also been removed completely, while an unnamed “Disney event film” will be hitting screens on July 9, 2021.
Into the Spider-Verse 2 has also been delayed from April 8, 2022 to Oct. 7, 2022, while the next Spider Man starring Tom Holland has been delayed by Sony from July 16 until Nov. 5, 2021.
The City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management Agency are working in consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City of Pittsburgh is committed to continuous operations throughout the pandemic. Please stay alert for additional notifications and resources.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your primary care provider. If you do not have one, call the PA Department of Health hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (724-3258).
Pittsburgh Police Respond to Gunshot Victims Dropped Off At a Local Hospital
Date: April 24, 2020
Incident Type: Shooting
Location: Zone 2
Pittsburgh Police responded to a report of gunshot victims at a local hospital around 3:50 p.m.
Munhall EMS along with Southeast Regional EMS were outside the hospital and saw the victims being dropped off by a private vehicle. Those Medics gave aid and escorted the victims inside hospital. The two male victims stated they were shot in the area of the block 1800 Bedford Avenue. One victim was shot in the arm. The second victim was shot in the arm and leg.
Police are investigating.
Source: Public Safety Media Blotter
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A 10th Port Authority employee has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Port Authority said on Friday that a sixth maintenance worker at the West Mifflin garage has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee was last at work on Tuesday and is now in self-quarantine.
“The entire West Mifflin garage was deep cleaned and sanitized by Service Master of Greater Pittsburgh today after consultation with union leadership as there has been a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among maintenance personnel at this facility,” the Port Authority said in a release.
Employees at the West Mifflin garage will have their temperatures taken before their shift and be sent home with pay if they have a fever. The number of maintenance employees is also being reduced at the facility.
“We wish this employee a speedy recovery and our thoughts go out to all of our employees affected by the virus,” said Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman in a release. “Our team is focused on this cluster of cases at West Mifflin and we have been working with union leadership to address this. We are doing everything we can to balance the safety of our employees and maintaining critical transit services that operate out of this garage.”
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New York (CNN Business)Nintendo revealed on Friday that 160,000 accounts were breached since the beginning of April, by hackers using others’ Nintendo Network IDs without permission. The company announced users will no longer need to use these IDs to log into their accounts, and that passwords on accounts that may have been breached will be reset.Over the past month, users on social media were complaining of missing funds from their Nintendo accounts and, in some cases, seeing their money being used to buy Fortnite’s virtual currency, V-Bucks.In addition to logging in to potentially play other users’ games, the hackers were also able to see individuals’ date of birth, country or region and email addresses. They could also access payment services linked to these accounts, including PayPal accounts or credit cards to buy items on Nintendo’s platform.“We sincerely apologize to our customers and related parties for any inconvenience and concern. In the future, we will make further efforts to strengthen security and ensure safety so that similar events do not occur,” said Nintendo in an announcement originally written in Japanese.
Kim Jong Un is rumored to be dead, according to a Hong Kong broadcast network, while a Japanese magazine is reporting that North Korea’s rocket man is in a “vegetative state” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month.
A vice director of HKSTV Hong Kong Satellite Television, a Beijing-backed broadcast network in Hong Kong, claimed that Kim was dead, citing a “very solid source.” Her post on the Chinese messaging app Weibo has been shared widely on social media, according to a report in the International Business Times.
Other unconfirmed reports, attributed to senior party sources in Beijing, said an operation to insert a stent went wrong because the surgeon’s hands were shaking so badly.
PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh police officer talked with a man holding a knife to his neck for an hour in order to keep the man from killing himself early Friday.
Police said Sgt. Lee Myers responded to a call for the suicidal man around 1:30 a.m. Sgt. Myers talked with the man until he trusted the officer enough to drop the knife.
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Looking for something sweet? These Pittsburgh bakeries open for takeout and delivery have cookies, special occasion cakes, bread and more.
BreadWorks Bakery: BreadWorks Bakery is open for curbside pickup, offering a bakery bread list that includes baguettes, ciabatta, rustic raisin bread, and many other options. To place an order, call 412-231-7555 or order online with the time you will be picking up.
Brother Tom’s Bakery: Brother Tom’s Bakery in Sharpsburg is open for pickup only right now, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pick up fresh bread, pies, cookies, cakes, and assorted pastries and sweets. Call 412-781-2253 to order. (808 Main Street)
Butterwood Bake Consortium: You can order slices of regular cake, vegan cake, chocolate tea cakes, Blondies, Brownies, gingerbread, olive oil cakes, lavender almond olive oil bread, sweet potato pie and whole custom cakes (vegan cakes available) from Lawrenceville’s Butterwood Bake Consortium. They’re currently open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. for take out, and they’re also offering delivery. Order online.
ConfectionsPGH: Pastry superstar Casey Renee launched her own pastry business, ConfectionsPGH, last year, offering custom cakes for purchase through her website. Orders are currently open for pickup in Swissvale and delivery, and seasonal cake flavors include Rhubarb Red Velvet, Chocolate Tuxedo Cake, and German Chocolate Cake, along with standard flavors, too.
Five Points Artisan Bakeshop: Five Points Artisan Bakeshop in Squirrel Hill is open for regular business hours for to-go orders. Pre-ordering is not required, but they offer it over the phone (412-521-2253) or through email. They also offer curbside pick-up. Menu items include croissants, breads, cinnamon buns, and cookies. (6524 Wilkins Avenue)
Gaby et Jules: Gaby et Jules is open in Squirrel Hill for in-store and curbside pickup from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and they also offer free local delivery for purchases of $50 or more within a 15-minute driving radius of the shop. The French bakery sells macarons, pastries, bread and confections, and nationwide shipping of their macarons, cannelés and caramels is also available. The East Liberty location will re-open on May 1. Order online, or by calling 412-682-1966.
Grandview Bakery: Mt. Washington’s Grandview Bakery is open for business from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. They have all kinds of baked goods, including cupcakes, whoopie pies, Buckeyes and pies. (225 Shiloh Street)
Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery: One of our favorite bakeries, Jean-March Chatellier in Millvale, is open for advanced orders for curbside pick up on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Available items include cakes, Key Lime pie, chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, French macarons, nut rolls and Breton Shortbread. During the weekend, you can also pick up croissants, apple strudel, cookies, bread and Quiche Lorraine. Call 412-821-8533 to place your order. (213 North Avenue)
Frontier Railroad will install new welded rails along the first four miles of the system that runs from behind the Walmart store in Hempfield’s Greengate Centre plaza to Youngwood. The rehabilitation work is expected to be completed in September.
Kim Jong Un may have left the capital of Pyongyang and could be sheltering in an undisclosed location on North Korea’s eastern coast, according to multiple reports, UPI reported Friday.
The dictator’s absence triggered speculation about his health this week, following reports he was in critical condition after heart surgery.
Kim may have been evacuated to the coastal city of Wonsan, Kangwon Province, where he may have been overseeing construction of a major resort, the South Korean news service Newsis reported Friday.
Newsis said movement by Kim’s “dedicated vehicles” suggested he may have been evacuated from Pyongyang.
A special train for Kim’s use was stationed in Wonsan, but Kim’s private plane remained in Pyongyang, the report says.
President Trump on Friday signed the nearly $500 billion “Phase 3.5” emergency interim coronavirus relief package into law after Congress passed legislation this week replenishing the fund for small businesses and adding billions of dollars in aid to hospitals across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an Oval Office ceremony, the president touted the bill as being “great for small businesses” and “great for the workers,” adding that the bill will “extend relief to thousands of African-American and Hispanic American business owners.”
The new interim emergency relief package, which provides $484 billion in additional funding, passed the House on Thursday and the Senate earlier this week.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf announced the phased color-coded plan that will be used to reopen the state region by region.
It’s broken down into three phases: red, yellow and green.
Right now, all of Pennsylvania is listed as red. Moving to yellow would mean some restrictions would be lifted, like the stay-at-home orders.
And green would mean businesses could reopen while following CDC and state health department guidelines.
Tonight, I’m announcing our plan to slowly reopen Pennsylvania.
We will use a measured, scientific approach. We will not just be flipping a switch to go from closed to open.
And, ultimately, #COVID19 will set the timeline.
There will be three phases: red, yellow, and green. pic.twitter.com/NahiYrKovo
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 22, 2020
The governor’s plan for opening Pa. details specifically what is and isn’t allowed in each of the three phases. For example, in the yellow phase in-person retail is available, with delivery and curbside preferred.
Most stores on Pittsburgh’s South Side have been closed for at least a month, as the city works to slow the spread of COVID-19. With a sagging economy, Governor Tom Wolf announced May 8 as a target to start reopening the Commonwealth.
“They need to come up with a fair balance for the economy and the health of the people, because both are important. Health is really important,” said Stacy Rodgers from the North Hills.
Several factors will be determined when moving a county or region from one phase to another, including the number of COVID-19 cases in a two-week period.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray launched a $5,000 open tab for Pittsburgh police officers at Primanti Bros. on Thursday.
Murray and Primanti Bros. will offer access to the police tab at the downtown restaurant located at 2 Market Square. The location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“I want to thank the people on the front lines who put themselves at risk every day to keep us safe,” said Murray.
Primanti Bros. is currently offering pick-up only service, but orders may be placed by calling ahead or in-person at the restaurant. Officers should be present and show a badge to access the tab.
The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation providing roughly $484 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses, hospitals and expanded medical testing, capping weeks of contentious negotiations that had stalled Washington’s latest round of emergency aid.
The vote was 388-5-1, with four conservative Republicans breaking with GOP leaders to oppose the measure, citing its effect on federal deficit. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also voted against the measure, while Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted present.
PITTSBURGH — Be careful what information you share on social media. That’s the warning from FBI Pittsburgh as a number of trending social media topics can lead to fraud.
While they might seem like fun games, they can reveal answers to common password retrieval security questions, according to the FBI. Fraudsters then use that information to reset account passwords and gain access.
Examples of things the FBI wants you to be careful of are posting high school photos in support of the Class of 2020, posting pictures of your first car, answering questions about your best friend and providing the name of your first pet, as well as identifying your first concert, favorite restaurant or favorite teacher. Tagging your mother is also advised against because it could reveal a maiden name.
Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on a roughly $480 billion coronavirus relief package to deliver aid to small businesses and hospitals and expand Covid-19 testing, in the latest attempt by lawmakers to blunt the devastating impact of the pandemic.The measure passed the Senate on Tuesday and will go to President Donald Trump for his signature after it is approved by the House. Trump has expressed support for the legislation and indicated that he will sign it.The total price tag of the bill is approximately $484 billion. It will add to the already historic levels of spending to deal with the pandemic by authorizing an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which was set up to help small businesses struggling from the economic deep freeze triggered by coronavirus. Funding for the program ran dry earlier this month, prompting an outcry from the business community.In addition, the legislation provides $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers to address coronavirus expenses and lost revenue and $25 billion to facilitate and expand Covid-19 testing. The increased funding for testing comes at a time when there is widespread recognition that testing capacity must increase and improve as states consider when to reopen businesses and lift lockdowns.The House is expected to hold a recorded roll call vote on the package, forcing many lawmakers to return to Washington from their home states and districts during the pandemic.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are trying to find the person they say shoplifted $8,000 worth of merchandise from Tractor Supply.
According to state police, a burglar cut the chain to a fenced lot at the Tractor Supply in Mount Pleasant early Tuesday morning.The suspect allegedly took a $4,000 zero-turn mower, a $2,100 mower and a $2,100 utility trailer.
Police say the suspect then fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Greensburg.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fire crews battled a four-alarm fire in the Strip District that destroyed a building.
Wednesday’s fire was in the 1700 block of Penn Avenue in the building above the Yinzers In The Burgh store.
Pittsburghers will remember this building as the long-time home of Mike Feinberg Company, a party supply store.
Yinzers purchased it a couple of years ago and is considered a must-stop in the Strip District.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Daryl Jones said the blaze started on the third floor of the red-brick building and jumped next door.
Seventy firefighters were on the scene with multiple ladder trucks, attacking the fire and roof.
There is heavy damage to Yinzers and the fire chief said the blaze was under control at approximately 9:20 p.m.
Jimmy Coen, the owner of Yinzers, says he raced to the building when he got the call and his heart broke seeing the fire.
The owners of other Penn Avenue stores consoled him when he arrived. Coen said that merchandise stored in the building’s basement was saved thanks to the firefighters’ work.
hen we first started hearing about Windows 10X (codenamed Santorini at the time,) it was clear that this new, modern version of Windows was going to be quite different from the Windows 10 we know and love. It was positioned internally as a lightweight OS for mobile PCs, including laptops, 2-in-1’s, and indeed foldable PCs. But when Microsoft officially announced Windows 10X in October, it positioned the platform as being exclusive to foldable PCs.
Microsoft did this as to set expectations for Windows 10X. Its entire user experience is new and different, and since Windows 10X is built on Windows Core OS, it’s also missing a lot of legacy features and components that some users may be accustomed to. Limiting Windows 10X to a new ecosystem of devices would’ve allowed Microsoft to set the stage appropriately and have users come into the platform with fresh eyes.
But now, new rumors suggest that Microsoft is shifting back to prioritizing Windows 10X for traditional form factors too. This is great news for early adopters who like the look of Windows 10X but aren’t entirely sold on the idea of foldable PCs. However, this shift also opens up Windows 10X to a whole new level of customer expectation that it previously didn’t need to worry about. If Windows 10X is launching on laptops, it needs to be good enough to replace Windows 10 on day one.
If you feel confused about whether people should wear masks and why and what kind, you’re not alone. COVID-19 is a novel disease and we’re learning new things about it every day. However, much of the confusion around masks stems from the conflation of two very different functions of masks.
Masks can be worn to protect the wearer from getting infected or masks can be worn to protect others from being infected by the wearer. Protecting the wearer is difficult: It requires medical-grade respirator masks, a proper fit, and careful putting on and taking off. But masks can also be worn to prevent transmission to others, and this is their most important use for society. If we lower the likelihood of one person’s infecting another, the impact is exponential, so even a small reduction in those odds results in a huge decrease in deaths. Luckily, blocking transmission outward at the source is much easier. It can be accomplished with something as simple as a cloth mask.
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A key transmission route of COVID-19 is via droplets that fly out of our mouths—that includes when we speak, not just when we cough or sneeze. A portion of these droplets quickly evaporate, becoming tiny particles whose inhalation by those nearby is hard to prevent. This is especially relevant for doctors and nurses who work with sick people all day. Medical workers are also at risk from procedures such as intubation, which generate very tiny particles that can float around possibly for hours. That’s why their gear is called “personal protective equipment,” or PPE, and has stringent requirements for fit in order to stop ingress—the term for the transmission of these outside particles to the wearer. Until now, most scientific research and discussion about masks has been directed at protecting medical workers from ingress.
It was business as usual Wednesday for North Korean state media, which reported about Kim Jong Un’s achievements and undated musings on the economy — without mentioning the despot’s health or whereabouts.
Speculation about the leader’s condition first arose when he didn’t show up for the anniversary celebration of the birthday of the hermit kingdom’s founding father and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on April 15.
The top headlines from the state news agency KCNA on Wednesday included pieces on sports equipment, mulberry picking and a meeting in Bangladesh to study the rogue regime’s “juche,” or self-reliance ideology, Reuters reported.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published older or undated comments attributed to Kim about the economy, the textile industry and city development, among other topics.
The tiny fossil is unassuming, as dinosaur remains go. It is not as big as an Apatosaurus femur or as impressive as a Tyrannosaurus jaw. The object is a just a scant shard of cartilage from the skull of a baby hadrosaur called Hypacrosaurus that perished more than 70 million years ago. But it may contain something never before seen from the depths of the Mesozoic era: degraded remnants of dinosaur DNA.
Genetic material is not supposed to last over such time periods—not by a long shot. DNA begins to decay at death. Findings from a 2012 study on moa bones show an organism’s genetic material deteriorates at such a rate that it halves itself every 521 years. This speed would mean paleontologists can only hope to recover recognizable DNA sequences from creatures that lived and died within the past 6.8 million years—far short of even the last nonavian dinosaurs.
But then there is the Hypacrosaurus cartilage. In a study published earlier this year, Chinese Academy of Sciences paleontologist Alida Bailleul and her colleagues proposed that in that fossil, they had found not only evidence of original proteins and cartilage-creating cells but a chemical signature consistent with DNA.
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday clarified comments he made to The Washington Post earlier this week about a potential second wave of the coronavirus later this year.
“I didn’t say that this was going to be worse, I said it was going to be more difficult and potentially complicated because we’ll have flu and coronavirus circulating at the same time,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said during Wednesday’s White House briefing.
“It doesn’t mean it’s going to be more impossible, doesn’t mean it’s going to be worse, it means it’s going to be more difficult because we’re going to have to distinguish between the two [viruses],” he continued.
While President Donald Trump repeatedly insisted the Post had “misquoted” Redfield, the CDC chief said he was only clarifying the story’s headline.
In its report Tuesday, titled “CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating,” the Post quoted Redfield as saying there’s “a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through.”
Port Authority has deep-cleaned its West Mifflin garage, put maintenance workers on a reduced schedule and will soon begin taking temperatures of employees when they show up for work after three employees tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in four days.
Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said Tuesday the deep cleaning occurred after the first positive test and the others who tested positive already were not reporting to work because they had symptoms. An outside company on Saturday cleaned and sanitized not only the maintenance area but also the other facilities at the West Mifflin garage.
For the next two weeks, maintenance employees will work on reduced schedules and those who do work will have their schedules spread throughout the day so less are working at any one time.