Plus, local reporting reflects on two decades since 9/11.
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🚙 The self-driving car company Aurora is putting it in park in Pittsburgh

Plus, local reporting reflects on two decades since 9/11.

By Francesca Dabecco

Happy Friday, Pittsburgh.

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a tragic event that shook and shaped America for the following two decades. As we remember the events of that day and honor our first responders, I wanted to point you to some really thoughtful local coverage:

Now, onto today’s news. Plus, our Incline Insiders are getting an exclusive weekend guide.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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4 things to know today

📈 There’s a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among kids. On Wednesday, Allegheny County reported 450 new COVID-19 cases within the last 24 hours, and 15% of those cases were children under 12. This was the highest number of new daily infections since April. To compare, in June, there were 67 cases in children under 12, and by August, that number increased to more than 770. (90.5 WESA)

  • To see a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and vaccine data, follow this link. (PublicSource)

🚙 The self-driving car company Aurora is putting it in park in Pittsburgh. The company has had a strong presence in Pittsburgh since its founding in 2017 — one of its founders is the Chief Technology Officer and a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University. To celebrate their “new” corporate headquarters in the Strip District, Aurora is donating $65,000 to fund STEM-related requests from Allegheny County teachers. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🌎 Become a trained climate leader through this free online program. Hurricane Ida dumped 6 ½ inches of rain in Pennsylvania last week, causing flooding and revealing “a fingerprint of climate change,” according to a Penn State meteorologist. Now, Pennsylvania is the second state in the country to sponsor a program called the Climate Leadership Academy. It’s designed for people in government, business, agriculture, or community organizations to learn about how increased heat waves and flooding can disrupt their communities and operations. (90.5 WESA / 90.5 WESA)

📝 Pittsburgh City Council took a step toward a guaranteed income pilot program on Wednesday that would give $500 a month to 200 households over the next two years (with special consideration given to houses led by Black women, a disproportionately marginalized community in Pittsburgh). Council also gave preliminary approval to grant at least three days of paid leave to city government employees for bereavement due to pregnancy loss. Both bills are set for a final vote on Tuesday. (90.5 WESA)

4 things to make you smile

🌳 A tree-mendous idea: A new tree registry will recognize notable trees in Pittsburgh in hopes of encouraging maintenance and protection. Residents can even nominate trees that they think are significant based on a number of traits including size, species type, age, environmental value, and historical significance. The program, which was proposed by the Department of Public Works and the city’s Shade Tree Commission, is expected to launch this winter. (90.5 WESA)

💵 Got $20 in your pocket? Let’s go thrifting. NEXTPittsburgh put together this comprehensive list of the 31 best places to score vintage and thrift deals in Pittsburgh, all organized by neighborhood. Speaking of thrifting, check out last month's Incline interviews with five local thrifters. (NEXTPittsburgh)

📸 “Inside Out 11M” is a new public art program that highlights the importance of establishing pathways to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. The display, located in The Space Gallery and at the Sixth and Penn Garage Downtown, features black-and-white portraits of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, including the children of Pittsburgh-area immigration advocate Monica Ruiz. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

  • Quotable: "I have two sons that were not born in this country, and their faces are on the side of a wall downtown. I think that that's beautiful because they've only been in this country for a few years and what they're going to do in the future to make not only this country but the city such a better place, to me was beautiful." — Monica Ruiz

🐕 Save the date with these adorable doggos: Biggies Bullies Calendars are now available to purchase. The 2022 calendar (starting at $20) features 13 furry faces with all proceeds going directly to the pit bull rescue organization. (@biggiesbullies on Instagram)

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Today our members — a.k.a. Incline Insiders — are getting a weekend guide specially curated by us! It includes tips on where to get a refreshing end-of-summer frozen cider, the spot to shop and eat at this Sunday, how you can stretch and flow alongside adorable goats, and a local live music show that is the perfect mix of rock, soul, and funk. Don’t miss out on next week’s edition.

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🌱 View the stories of national and regional food systems at the opening night of “Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art,” by Contemporary Craft (Lawrenceville)

🇬🇧 Mystery Lovers: Hear Anna Lee Huber talk about her new book and find out what mystery series are coming up on WQED.(Online)

🎭 Continue celebrating Lights On! With live performances and a Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District (Downtown)

🎨 Browse work from nearly 100 fine artisans and craftsmen at A Fair in the Park organized by The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, through Sunday (Shadyside)

🍻 Enjoy suds and sounds at Barrel & Flow, the country’s first Black arts and craft beer festival, through Sunday (SouthSide Works)

☘️ Eat shepherd's pie, drink beer, and enjoy live performances at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival at The Lots at Sandcastle, through Sunday (West Homestead)


🎭 Celebrate the final day of Lights On! With a family-friendly first-ever Baby Rave at Allegheny Overlook, then later, performances by Pittsburgh Opera’s award-winning artists (Downtown)

🌮 Eat tacos and support the work of the Latin American Cultural Union and Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation at the Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival (Strip District Terminal)

♻️ Drop off any household chemicals for recycling at the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s recycling event (South Park)

🏙️ Explore Fifth Avenue by the Numbers, a Doors Open tour that visits site once used by Pittsburgh’s numbers gambling barons (Downtown)

🌱 Learn how to grow hydroponic plants with Contemporary Craft’s Food Justice exhibiting artist Jeff Schmuki (Lawrenceville)


👟 Learn about the history of our city’s special pedestrian travel at Simply Steps: A City Steps Tour of Troy Hill and Spring Garden by MisSteps (North Side)

🎷 Kickoff Jazz Poetry Month at City of Asylum, in person or online, with a mix of Jazz, Arabic Music, and improvisation  (North Side / Online)

🌇Enjoy One Last Summer Weekend at Bay 41 with food, beverage, and craft vendors. Register at the link and bring a $5 donation to Children’s Hospital (Lawrenceville)


💙Join United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania in giving back to the community during a very special week of volunteer activities (Across Western PA)

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