🗳 ‘Bike Lane Billy’ rides again
Plus, remembering Mrs. Rogers.
Hello and welcome to Friday.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this coming Monday, and the civil rights icon was no stranger to Pittsburgh.
He visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District in 1956 and preached at Sunday services at Central Baptist Church in the Hill two years later. He spoke to a rally of thousands at Forbes Field in 1960 and again the following year.
Three years after delivering his "I Have a Dream'' speech, King returned for a final visit in 1966, speaking to an overflow crowd at the University of Pittsburgh’s student union. His 1968 assassination touched off devastating riots in the Hill District and, to a lesser extent, the North Side and Homewood.
You can dig through the Post-Gazette's archive of Dr. King photos here or read Rick Sebak's chronicling of King's Pittsburgh travels for Pittsburgh Magazine here.
Keep scrolling for these stories: Remembering Mrs. Rogers, Mayor Peduto's surprise (not really) announcement, another print day cut at the Post-Gazette, and the Pittsburgh buildings you love to hate.
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💛 Joanne Rogers died yesterday at the age of 92. Her death was confirmed by Fred Rogers Productions and the McFeely-Rogers Foundation. A cause was not immediately given. Married to Mr. Rogers for 50 years before his death in 2003, Joanne became a torchbearer for his unique brand of kindness and compassion, speaking out in the wake of 2018's mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue and more recently lending her support to fundraising efforts for the synagogue's rebuilding. "Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization," Fred Rogers Productions said in a statement. Tributes began pouring in as soon as the news broke, including this one from author and friend Tom Junod.
📣 Bill Peduto will run for a third term as Pittsburgh mayor. After teasing a big announcement, the mayor officially confirmed his plan to run again in a live-streamed speech yesterday. The announcement may have been disappointing for those who hoped it would involve the shaving of his now-trademark whiskers or the feet pics he promised, but it wasn't unexpected. The mayor has been open about his plan to go for three since 2019. But a lot has changed since, with the city's finances now ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and his critics digging in on both the right and the left. That begs the question: Who might challenge him in the Democratic primary? 90.5 WESA has a few names, but says only time will tell.
🗞 Western Pennsylvania's largest newspaper plans to cut another print day from its schedule. A letter sent to Post-Gazette employees says the paper's owners plan to cut the Friday edition at the end of February, meaning hard copies would only be available on Thursdays and Sundays. The Post-Gazette has been pivoting away from more-expensive-to-make print products to focus instead on online coverage. But as we've reported, the rush to grow digital news production can have unintended consequences for readers who rely on print. Here's the report we filed after the first round of P-G print day cuts in 2018.
🍑 How did Pa. lawmakers vote on the second impeachment of President Donald Trump? In predictably partisan fashion. All nine of the commonwealth's Democratic members of Congress voted yes on impeaching the president for “incitement of insurrection,” while all nine Republicans voted no. Eight of those Republicans also supported Trump's last-ditch effort to block the certification of the presidential election results — and that's likely to cost them corporate campaign contributions. City Paper takes a look at the corporate backlash those votes have prompted and what it might mean for one area congressman, Republican Guy Reschenthaler. Here's their story.
🏥 Some remote UPMC employees received the COVID-19 vaccine before frontline workers. How? Broad government guidelines that left priority groups open to interpretation. But 90.5 WESA reports that delays in vaccine distribution funding and a willingness to let private health systems do the heavy lifting — as opposed to the government — has made snafus and bureaucratic blindspots even more possible. Find the full report here.
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📍 Meet the Brooklyn baker who's inventing a pie for every American state. Feast your eyes on Pennsylvania's here.
🎬 A new Netflix series starring Sandra Oh — from "Grey's Anatomy" and "Killing Eve" — will film in the Pittsburgh area, and producers are looking for stand-ins and extras between the ages of 18 and 25. The Post-Gazette has more on the callout.
🍿 What are the best movies ever filmed in Pittsburgh? Here's NEXTpittsburgh's Top 16.
🎶 Let's keep the list thing going … These are the 10 best albums of 2020, according to WYEP's SoulShowMike.
🏠 This classic Tudor home in Mt. Lebanon is on the market for the first time in 50 years and it's … just take a look at these pictures from Pittsburgh Magazine.
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Things to do
Submit your events to our calendar.
📣 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)
🍺 Join author Alison Feeney for a talk about the cultural heritage of Pennsylvania breweries (Online)
Saturday, Jan. 23
♻️ Be confident that you're doing recycling right with this virtual tutorial from Inhale and Recycle This Pittsburgh (Online)
Monday, Jan. 25
📰 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)
Wednesday, Jan. 27
🌱 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)
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One more thing ....
"If Pittsburgh was Sim City, what building would you wipe off the map?"
That's the question posed in this Reddit post with a prolific comment section — even by Reddit's standards.
Responses include: "Allegheny Center Mall," "The highway and railroad tracks that cut the Northside off from the North Shore," "The skyscraper in the middle of Highland Park," and so on.
Thanks for reading to the bottom. Have a great weekend. We'll see you back here on Tuesday.