🎩 Abe Lincoln's eerie advice for Pittsburgh
Plus, PPG Place has a Seoul mate.
Hello and welcome to Wednesday.
Abraham Lincoln came to Pittsburgh just once. It was during his pre-inauguration tour and two days after a southern mob gathered outside the U.S. Capitol and tried to force its way in. The goal? To block the counting of the electoral certificates that would confirm Lincoln as the nation's new president. It was a goal supported by some members of Congress. The modern parallels are painfully obvious.
When Lincoln arrived in town, he gave this speech to an eager crowd gathered at Smithfield and Fort Pitt streets (the latter now Fort Pitt Boulevard).
"The condition of the country, fellow-citizens, is an extraordinary one," he told the crowd, "and fills the mind of every patriot with anxiety and solicitude."
Lincoln went on to appeal for calm, saying, "If the great American people will only keep their temper, on both sides of the line, the troubles will come to an end."
The Civil War commenced two months later and lasted four years. I wish this story had a happier ending.
Heinz History Center CEO Andy Masich has more on Lincoln's words and his Pittsburgh visit in this interview with Pittsburgh Today Live.
Here's what else we have for you today: State Sen. Jim Brewster wins re-election (again), the good of the vaccine order, why one reporter left the Post-Gazette, and PPG Place's Seoul mate.
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5 things to know today
🔢 Pennsylvania will soon begin COVID-19 vaccinations of police officers, teachers, and grocery store clerks, as warnings continue about the pace of the national rollout. Pennsylvania's Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, said some providers are already vaccinating people in this secondary group because of waning demand from the first priority group — nurses and residents of long-term care facilities. “We don’t want any vaccine wasted,” Levine added. Some 300,000 Pennsylvanians have received at least one round of the vaccine, but that's less than one-third of the total doses distributed to the state. PennLive has more.
🗳 A federal judge has upheld state Sen. Jim Brewster's narrow win in District 45 a week after Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg refused to seat him during a chaotic opening to the legislative session. The court's decision clears the way for 200,000+ Allegheny and Westmoreland County residents to once again have representation in the state Senate after a weeklong vacancy. It's expected that Brewster will be sworn in today. Spotlight PA has the latest.
📂 Conor Lamb says members of Congress were briefed on new threats against lawmakers and the U.S. Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration. A separate FBI memo warns of “armed protests” being planned for all 50 state capitols. Officials say Pennsylvania's Capitol is on alert. The U.S. House plans to vote today on the impeachment of President Donald Trump for his role in last week's Capitol attack. The New York Times has the latest.
💵 If you don't receive your $600 stimulus payment by Friday, you may need to claim the amount as a credit on your taxes this year instead. Here's how. The payments are part of a new federal COVID-19 relief package passed last month. Also from that package: Unemployment payments in Pennsylvania are set to grow by $300 for an estimated 127,000 claimants as early as Tuesday. TribLIVE explains why all of this aid still isn't enough.
🗞 Why are so many reporters leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette? One longtime scribe, Diana Nelson Jones, gives her reasons in this interview with NEXTpittsburgh.
5 things to make you smile
💛 A teacher at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is getting some much-deserved recognition for her extraordinary efforts in this virtual school year, thanks to a student's grateful family. The Post-Gazette has the story.
📸 A couple was seen getting engaged at Highland Park recently and a bystander wants to turn over copies of the candid pics they snapped from afar. If you recognize the couple, let this Reddit poster know.
🍎 Cider house rules! Lawrenceville's Arsenal Cider just won the 2020 U.S. Open Cider Championship. The Post-Gazette has a closer look at the competition.
📍 If you're ever in Seoul, South Korea, be sure to visit this PPG Place doppelgänger and grab a selfie. Here's more on the towering twin from PennsylvAsia.
🏆 Feeling competitive? Enter your pet in this year's Biggies Bullies' pet calendar contest or try your hand at butter-sculpting with this year's “Butter Up!” contest at the virtual Pa. Farm Show. Or do both. The choice is yours.
🎉 Don't miss the next one
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Just before the holidays, we threw a virtual party just for our members — aka Incline Insiders. (That's me welcoming them in the image above 👋.)
We played live rounds of I Spy and our news quizzes. Pittsburgh food blogger and author Shannon Daly showed us how to make latkes.
An Instagram post from an attendee of last month's event, at left, and one from special guest Shannon Daly. (📸: Photos submitted)
A good time was had by all. Except you. But we can change that.
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Things to do
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🎹 Explore the people, places, and stories that make Pittsburgh unique with jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams in this event for early learners (Online)
🎤 Drop by the first installment of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's four-part virtual series on global choral traditions with experts in Appalachian, Gospel, Bulgarian, and South African choral music — multiple dates (Online)
🔮 Take on the new year with a free vision board workshop from the Pittsburgh Professional Women group (Online)
👩💻 Join Hazelwood Local and Digital Bridges for a virtual marketing workshop geared toward small business owners to help jumpstart your business goals for 2021 (Online)
📣 Join Pennsylvania's Second Lady, Gisele Fetterman, and The Ellis School for a discussion about activism and high schoolers making authentic social change (Online)
🎵 Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 14th annual Let Freedom Sing Concert live-streamed from the Hill District (Online)
🎟 Hear the Pittsburgh opera group Aria412 perform its annual Wheel of Opera fundraiser concert on Zoom, with all proceeds going toward more programming in 2021 (Online)
⚾️ Explore "The Story of the Great One" Roberto Clemente in this virtual event from Doors Open Pittsburgh and the Clemente Museum (Online)
One more thing ....
Apologies to the sign guy at this church, but the disastrous end to this Steelers season is raising lots of questions about the next one. From JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency to a salary cap reduced by COVID-19, here's ESPN's look at some of the biggest choices facing the franchise this off-season.
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