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👀 Keep a lookout for Kodiak the Steller’s sea eagle

Plus, this Star Wars-themed food truck is serving out-of-this world food.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Tuesday, Pittsburgh.

If you paid attention to the news over the weekend, there’s no way you missed the escape of Kodiak the Steller’s sea eagle from the National Aviary on Saturday. I actually had my own personal run in with the bird on the loose. Just as my partner and I were trying to pull in our moving truck, we were baffled by the sight of police cars and a crowd of people were all staring at the high rise building behind our apartment.

Upon following their gaze, I saw a giant bird sitting atop a window air conditioner. This video in Pittsburgh City Paper’s article shows Kodiak on the red brick street not too far away. It was such a wild sight (literally) and only added to the hecticness of our move-in day. Kodiak eventually flew away and is still missing.

He’s believed to still be flying around the Northside. So if you’re around, keep your eyes peeled for Kodiak. And if you come in contact, keep your distance, and report the sighting to the National Aviary at (412) 323-7235. 

Now, there’s lots more than just bird news in the ‘Burgh. Let’s catch up on the headlines.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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3 things to know today

🚡 Pittsburgh laid out its ambitious 50-year Mobility Vision Plan that will ease congestion and reduce pollution by encouraging residents to use public transit, share rides, or bike rather than driving a vehicle. The long-term plan includes concepts for a central terminal that would be a network for a hyperloop system, aerial tram cars connecting neighborhoods, and new bridges that would cross the Monongahela River to connect Hazelwood to the Hill Top neighborhoods. While the plans may seem ambitious, a lot can change with technology in the next 50 years. (Pittsburgh City Paper / TribLIVE)

  • Quotable: “What this plan is is not a plan that is written in concrete. It is a plan that is adaptable to the changes in technology and the changes in mobility and the changes in neighborhood priorities.” — Mayor Bill Peduto

🏭 The quest for cleaner air: Allegheny County has a new “Episode” rule intended to lower air pollution levels during weather events that concentrate industrial fumes near the ground. The rule requires industrial polluters in the Mon Valley to devise a plan to lower emissions during inversions (common in the fall and winter), and the county will issue inversion “watches” to notify companies when they’re expected to implement their pollution-lowering practices. Eighteen plants would be affected, including U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the biggest single source of small particle pollution in the county. (90.5 WESA)

  • A new Penn State study shows that if Pennsylvania joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), it could save the state billions of dollars in health damages. The savings would come in decreased rates of respiratory illnesses and lead to fewer hospitalizations, prescriptions, and missed work days. However, RGGI could still harm surrounding areas if neighboring states aren’t on board. (90.5 WESA)

📣 Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh shined in a strike for Climate Justice from Oakland to Downtown on Friday. The youth-led movement dedicated to stopping the climate crisis saw around 200 people join them in a strike that emphasized the intersections of climate justice with the fight for racial, migrant, and indigenous justice, unions, and housing for all. Their demands included: youth representation in local climate decisions, branning fracking in Allegheny County, and taxing large entities, such as fossil companies or UPMC, to fund green infrastructure. (Pittsburgh City Paper / 90.5 WESA)

3 things to make you smile

🎞️ Reel Q is back with its 36th Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival highlighting features, more than 60 short films, and four in-person screenings The first night will also include a drag show and food trucks. The festival runs Oct. 8-16, and you can see the full film fest schedule here. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

🌌 Old Ben’s Cantina food truck is serving out-of-this-world food with Star Wars inspired names like the Kobe Wan dog, This is the Way-gu sandwich, and Reb-bowls including the Sar-Macc Pit, a smoky macaroni and cheese served in a bread bowl. Currently, Old Ben’s is making stops in the South Hills, with regular visits to Apis Mead & Winery in Carnegie and the Upper St. Clair and Canonsburg farmers markets. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Drink a cup, help a pup: Grounds & House Coffee Co. is partnering with local org No Dog Left Behind with 100% of its Rescue Roast sales until Sept. 30 going to the organization’s mission of helping to transport dogs in danger. The founder of the California-based Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is a Pittsburgh native and has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

👻 A haunted giveaway for you!

It’s a little off the beaten path, but Ellwood City’s award-winning FearScapes Haunted Attraction is back for another thrilling October haunt season! Slip deep into the FearScapes research laboratory to uncover ghastly experiments gone wrong. Just don’t get lost in the terrifying maze!

We’re offering a whopping 25 pairs of tickets this season—valued at $30.

Enter here for your chance to win!

🎷 Tune in for City of Asylum’s Jazz Poetry Fest

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF ASYLUM

Catch the performance of James Brandon Lewis’s band’s newest album, a concept piece exploring the life and work of agricultural scientist, inventor, and social justice activist George Washington Carver. This is a deeply researched and emotional album — Lewis poured through correspondence from Carver and farmer bulletins, evoking a journey through Black genius.

James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor will perform an evening of duos, including original compositions and live improvisations. James Brandon Lewis, also a poet, will read his work and collaborate with poets M. Soledad Caballero, Joel Dias-Porter, and Youth Poet Laureate of Allegheny County Daniell Obisie-Orlu.

You can attend in person or watch online tonight from 7-9 p.m.

Tomorrow

⭐ Join United Way of Southwestern PA’s Next Generation virtual kickoff to network and give back to the community (Online)

Wednesday

🎟️ Enjoy the arts with free admission to the Andy Warhol Museum for RADical Day 2021, timed ticketing available (North Shore)

Thursday

💛 Explore at Northside Corridor Day with free admission to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Mattress Factory, Andy Warhol Museum, City of Asylum, and more with RADical Days (Northside)

👋 That’s all for today

Happy National Voter Registration Day everyone! Here’s your reminder to exercise your rights and get ready to vote in the upcoming election on November 2. Remember that the last day to register to vote is Oct. 18 and the last day to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 26. You can do both at vote.pa.gov.

Until tomorrow,

— Francesca at The Incline

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