⚾ The Pirates made baseball history with their lineup 50 years ago this week
Plus, everyone is getting The Incline's exclusive weekend guide.
By Francesca Dabecco
Happy Friday, Pittsburgh.
I hope you all stayed safe and dry from all the rainfall this week brought by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. There was major flooding in several Pittsburgh-area communities and a state of emergency along the Monongahela River, but the good news is that we’ll have mostly sunny skies over this holiday weekend.
Speaking of, we won't be publishing on Tuesday. So I’ll be back with regular programming on Wednesday.
Until then, let’s get you caught up on the news to send you into the weekend. Plus, everyone is getting a specially curated weekend guide... as a treat. (It is typically a members-only perk, but if you like it, you can take advantage of our 50% off membership deal until Monday.)
What Pittsburgh is talking about
4 things to know today
📈 COVID-19 cases among school-age children are on the rise in Allegheny County. Most of the students aren’t old enough to be vaccinated, and there are concerns that they could pass the virus onto immunocompromised friends and family members. (TribLIVE)
- Related: Statistical modeling from the University of Pittsburgh predicts a “twindemic” this flu season. Last year, public health officials warned of this, but it fortunately didn’t happen thanks to COVID-19 mitigations like face masks and physical distancing. (90.5 WESA)
- Quotable: “We normally have hundreds of thousands of people who get admitted to the hospital with influenza. And if that happens on top of the current Covid pandemic, there is a tremendous chance that some of these hospitals will be stretched beyond their breaking point.” — Dr. Mark Roberts, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Public Health Dynamics Laboratory.
🚫 Pittsburgh-area schools are seeing movements against Critical Race Theory (CRT). While these local campaigns at Sewickley Academy, Fox Chapel, Gateway, and Mars Area schools claim their anti-CRT campaigns are non-partisan, many of the individuals leading the campaigns have ties to Republican elected officials and reference right-wing media sources in their rhetoric. According to the City Paper article, CRT is an “academic framework dating back to the 1980s at Harvard University that seeks to understand how racial hierarchies continue to exist.” (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🚧 Development of a 26-story office tower in Lower Hill began this week nearly 15 years after state and local officials signed over rights to the land in order to keep the city’s NHL team in town. The site has been empty for more than 60 years, and deputy director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority said that transformation “can be done with the community’s interest in mind, or it can be done at the interest of business and development, and we’ve already seen that story.” (90.5 WESA)
🎨 Calling all crafty teens: The Handmade Arcade is accepting applications for its Youth Maker Scholarship until next Friday, Sept. 10. Winners will receive a $500 stipend for materials, a free standard-size booth at the marketplace, and an assigned professional maker-mentor. A virtual marketplace will take place Nov. 27 through Nov. 29, and an in-person event at the Convention Center will run on December 3 and 4. (NEXTPittsburgh)
4 things to make you smile
⚾ Fifty years ago this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit an inclusive milestone. On Sept. 1, 1971, the Pirates’ first starting nine included all Black and Latino players. Up until that point, racial integration in baseball hadn’t progressed much since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Twenty four years later, Black and Latino players still made up just 25%of all major-league players despite longtime Black stars like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson. That year, the Pirates went on to win the World Series. (90.5 WESA)
🏡 The Mattress Factory’s newest exhibit making home here opens today. The collection features work by five Pittsburgh artists who examine the complexity surrounding the idea of home, spanning everything from where you live to the place you feel most free to be yourself. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
🐶 Who are Pittsburgh’s cutest pets? Pittsburgh City Paper announced the winners of their photo contest, crowning puppers Sydney, Bentley, Chloe, and Harold the gecko with the honors. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
💐 Helping budding florists bloom. Vicki Beuth, a master florist based in Sarver, just launched a series of courses in the Strip District through the Pennsylvania Floral Academy. (NEXTPittsburgh)
- Quotable: “This is the only business where you can see people in the happy times and the sad times. You celebrate weddings and new babies and then you sit there crying with them when their mother dies. You become part of the fabric of the community.” — Vicki Beuth
✨Yinz got weekend plans?
🍹Sip: Enjoy a drink of Steel City Sunrise, Arsenal Cider’s collaboration with Pittsburgh-based podcast Girls Running Shit. It’s a refreshing combo of apple, mango, and pineapple. By the way, you can check them out next week at the Barrel and Flow Fest, America’s first Black arts and craft beer festival.
🍽️ Taste: Is there a better way to wrap up the summer than a farm-to-table dinner? Tickets are going fast for Churchview Farm’s dinner series, so snag a spot to the September date now to enjoy food from Chef Csilla and drink pairings by Allegheny Wine Mixer. (P.S. meals can be made vegetarian friendly.)
💵 Shop: Find some new-to-you treasures this Saturday at the Mexican War Streets Yard Sale on the North Side.
🎧 Listen: A couple weeks ago, I (your Incline newsletter editor, Francesca) sat down to talk with local podcaster Chad Medved of I’ll Call You Right Back. Chad has such a knack for good conversation and highlighting amazing people, places, and things in the ‘Burgh. I had such a good time. Listen to our interview here. (Warning, it’s a long one.)