Plus, we are once again asking you to look at Bernie Sanders memes.
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✍️ Pittsburgh, not Paris, the sequel

Plus, we are once again asking you to look at Bernie Sanders memes.

Hello and congratulations, it's Friday.

It's been three-and-a-half years since President Trump removed the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, saying he was elected to represent the citizens of "Pittsburgh, not Paris." And it took all of three hours for his successor to put us back in.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg cheered our return, along with foreign dignitaries. Everything was fine. Then Sen. Ted Cruz logged on. 

In a tweet that's earned maybe the harshest ratio in the history of the platform, Cruz slammed Biden's decision to rejoin the international treaty, saying, "President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh …" 

Pittsburgh Twitter users responded calmly and — I'm just kidding, they tore the tweet to shreds, noting that Pittsburgh's economy is no longer propped up by steel mills and refineries, that its air quality is still consistently poor, and that Cruz himself seemed unconcerned with Pittsburgh's needs or wants when he was trying to block its votes from being certified just two weeks ago.

Sen. Cruz followed all of this up with a tweet announcing a line of black-and-gold "Pittsburgh > Paris" bumper stickers. That tweet quickly earned the second-harshest ratio in Twitter history.

Here's what else we have for you today: That inescapable Bernie-in-a-chair meme — à la 'Burgh, Wendy Bell returns, from Trump House to state House, and why Pennsylvania wants your pandemic photos.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

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5 things to know today

📸 Your images from the pandemic could be used to fill an online exhibition being launched by First Lady of Pennsylvania Frances Wolf. Anyone can submit photos for the exhibit, titled “One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views." The submission period opens Feb. 8 and lasts through March 8, with a limit of three photos per person. Find more details here from TribLIVE.

📻 Conservative shock jock Wendy Bell is returning to the airwaves. Months after being taken off the air by KDKA-AM radio amid a string of controversies and mounting backlash, Bell is headed to WJAS where she'll join Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the station's lineup next week. Patch has the story here.

🐘 From Trump House to the Pa. House. Leslie Baum Rossi, who turned a Westmoreland County home into a massive roadside tribute to the 45th president, wants the Republican Party’s nod to fill a vacant state House seat in the May 18 primary. Rossi's political platform is a Trump tribute of its own. TribLIVE has more

🚍 Port Authority's first-ever director of diversity and inclusion has come aboard. Fonda Dusé, a "human resources veteran," according to the Post-Gazette, has taken on the role and will work to inform the agency's approaches to business dealings and decisions around planning, technology, and land use. Here's more on the hire.

  • Related: A federal court this week ruled against a Port Authority policy banning transit workers from wearing Black Lives Matter masks. Here's more on the case.

💻 Pittsburgh Public Schools students may not return to in-person learning until April. A final vote on the proposed postponement is expected at Wednesday's board meeting. The district said this would postpone the return until after the anticipated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to its staff. WTAE has more here.

5 things to make you smile

Weekend with Bernie. (📸: Incline illustration)

➡️ We are once again asking you to look at Bernie-Sanders-in-a-chair memes. Here's our contribution to the zeitgeist

👀 Are there more Bernie Sanders memes with Pittsburgh flair? You bet your mittens. Here's a sampling, via City Paper.

💛 Food bank CEO Lisa Scales is Pittsburgher of the Year, recognized for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's herculean efforts during the pandemic. Read more here from Pittsburgh Magazine.

⚾️ Former Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove is saying goodbye to Pittsburgh with a hand-written note titled “To Pittsburgh, with Love.” Here's a copy.

🤗 Meet Magnolia, a three-year-old boxer mix who's looking for a forever home. Interested? Set up an appointment to meet her in real life. Here's how.

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This is everything to us. We want to send you off into your day with information and a smile, and we’re overjoyed to hear that this local journalism experiment is working for you.

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Things to do 

Submit your events to our calendar.


🍹 Explore new ways of supporting Pittsburgh's service industry and the next generation of hospitality entrepreneur with this virtual cocktail fundraiser (Online)

💛 Learn how you can empower women who are entering and returning to the workforce at this Dress for Success Pittsburgh volunteer info session (Online)


♻️ Be confident that you're doing recycling right with this virtual tutorial from Inhale and Recycle This Pittsburgh (Online)


📰 Learn the story of journalist Nellie Bly in "How a sassy girl from Pittsburgh became a legend," a virtual event from Doors Open Pittsburgh (Online)


⭐️ Embrace the light side of the force with a discussion of author and knitting expert Tanis Gray's newest work, "Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy: The Official Star Wars Knitting Pattern Book" (Online)

❄️ Marvel at the wonders of nature in winter and what lies above and below the snow with this free virtual story event (Online)


🌱 Explore the many options for bringing more plant-based ingredients into your cooking and baking with this lunchtime webinar from Phipps and the Pittsburgh Vegan Society — multiple dates (Online )


🎧 Develop audio and interviewing skills in this free podcasting workshop geared toward Mon Valley teens — multiple dates (Online)

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