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Plus, our vote for the Yinzer Hall of Fame.
Hey, hey, it's Wednesday.
Did you see our big announcement? We're looking for a new director of The Incline!
And that means my time as director is coming to an end.
I'm headed to Spotlight PA, a statewide outlet focused on politics, government, and public-service journalism. I'll be writing their newsletters and doing some reporting, too.
It's a role I'm very excited to take on and a team I'm very excited to join.
But first, a thank you to all of you/yinz.
It has been an absolute joy writing this newsletter for you over the past year — and considering the past year was 2020, that's really saying something.
Our email conversations, your voluntary financial support of The Incline, and your spontaneous hand-deliveries of Christmas ornaments to my house will stay with me long after my time here comes to an end. That isn't happening yet, though.
I'll officially sign off on Friday, Feb. 12. In the meantime, I have one final favor to ask: I am ready to hand these keys to someone ridiculously awesome. If you or someone you know would make a great director of The Incline, let us know.
Now … the news: Our vote for Yinzer Hall of Fame, Jeff Goldblum finds a way, insurrection via Butler County, a members-only I Spy, and Punxsutawney Phil goes cold.
What Pittsburgh is talking about
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4 things to know today
🚨 Why did a Butler County mother of eight storm the U.S. Capitol? A new profile in The New Yorker Magazine examines Rachel Powell's journey from farmers market vendor and organic food enthusiast to American insurrectionist. Read it here.
🗳 More Democratic candidates are eschewing the local party's endorsement. Sure, some of that owes to last year's snubbing of left-leaning female candidates by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, but there are also objections about the process itself. 90.5 WESA explains.
📓 Pittsburgh Public Schools could close eight school buildings over the next two years. The district is facing a $39 million budget deficit and considering a new proposal that would touch off a host of mergers and closures to bring down overhead. Pittsburgh Current has more.
💵 Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest budget proposal includes a sizable increase in the state’s personal income tax. The goal? To boost education spending while also working to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit. The Associated Press has a breakdown here.
4 things to make you smile
🎨 "Randy Gilson found happiness in a garbage can." The York Daily Record has a one-on-one with the creative force behind the iconic Randyland. Read it here.
❄️ “Give me the keys. I’ll plow these roads.” For the Yinzer Hall of Fame's consideration, we present William Weichler of Beechview.
😈 Serious question: Would working from home be better or worse in the serial killer's house from Silence of the Lambs? Maybe we should ask the new owner.
👓 West Homestead native Jeff Goldblum getting his COVID-19 vaccine in a bathrobe is a whole mood. See for yourself.
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Things to do
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✍️ Polish that poem you're writing with help from the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective (Online)
🗞 Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh and the accomplishments of pioneering journalist Nellie Bly (Online)
🤖 Learn about 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other digital fabrication tools with this Carnegie Science Center workshop for kids — multiple dates (Online)
🖼 Tour The Louvre Museum in Paris without leaving home (Online)
🎭 Get a closer look at “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” with things you may have missed and insider information (Online)
One more thing ....
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning we're in for six more weeks of winter.
It turns out — and I can't believe I'm typing this sentence — that weather predictions via groundhog may not be as accurate as we've been led to believe.
How bad is it?
Record keepers pulled the receipts and let's just say we might as well be flipping a coin.
"On average, Phil has gotten it right 50 percent of the time over the past 10 years," they reported.
It's alright. We were pulling for an early fall anyway.
Thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here tomorrow.