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Jun 13, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine, Dan Gigler, Dan Majors, Finnegan Schick / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins won the fourth Stanley Cup more than 2,500 miles away from home but their fans here in Pittsburgh are ecstatic that the team defeated the Sharks in the Stanley Cup final Game 6. Jubilant crowds were celebrating well past midnight. Below are the sights and sounds from Consol and around Pittsburgh: UPDATED 1:18 a.m. — CELEBRATION Shortly after 12:30 a.m., although the crowd in South Side had dwindled already, police cleared the streets first by a phalanx of mounted poli
Jul 22, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine and Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bekezela Mguni stood in the middle of Liberty Avenue reading scores of names. “These are the people that were killed from the beginning of 2016 through the last few days of July,” said Ms. Mguni, 31, of Carnegie, pointing out that police somewhere in the U.S., on average, have killed at least one person every day of the year. About 300 people stood silently, encircling her on the Downtown street Thursday afternoon as she memorialized people such as Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Bruce
Jul 19, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine and Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At an emotional prayer vigil Tuesday evening for a critically wounded little girl, attendees prayed not only for her recovery, but also for the man police say is responsible for firing the stray bullet that pierced her head. Kamau Thomas Jr., 19, of Carrick, told Pittsburgh police Monday that he lost control of a handgun he’d intended to fire once at a Knoxville house to scare a man on Sunday, but later realized he’d shot 6-year-old Isis Allen. Mr. Thomas said the he went to provide “securit
Jul 16, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will soon begin sending invoices to about 28,000 sewer-only customers in the South Hills who have not been billed recently and owe a total of $6.9 million. Interim PWSA executive director David Donahoe called it “the final really major hurdle — there are others — but it’s the major hurdle in the billing system resurrection.” PWSA’s ongoing billing issues have included thousands of dollars in overcharges for some customers and others whose bills never
Jul 13, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Adnan Hilton Pehlivan shut the doors of his Regent Square restaurant April 21 to throw a free dinner in appreciation of his customers, and he sent two customers on a trip to Turkey. “I want to be a part of Pittsburgh. Anything I can do as a small-business owner, I will,” said Mr. Pehlivan, who came to the United States from Turkey in 1995 and worked in hotels before opening Istanbul Sofra in 2014. Mr. Pehlivan joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Jul 12, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A bill aiming to bring accountability and transparency to one of Pittsburgh’s financial overseers unanimously passed the state House on Monday. The bill calls, in part, for the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to adopt a records-retention policy, file monthly financial reports, maintain a website and establish a formal process to determine how state gaming proceeds can be used in Pittsburgh’s best interest. The ICA has taken steps toward some of those practices in recent months, but w
Jul 12, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wearing black mourning bands over its badges following a week of heightened tension between police and communities across the country, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police promoted 10 of its own Monday. “These are challenging times for American policing. These are challenging times for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. I need true leaders. I need courageous leaders,” Chief Cameron McLay said. The chief began the promotion ceremony by calling for a moment of silence for the five police officers fat
Jul 02, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 12, and now Mayor Bill Peduto has a few things to brag about, too. The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and San Jose have paid off their bets. The Penguins met the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final, and Mr. Peduto made a friendly wager with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. The losing mayors donated $1,000 to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Mr. Peduto’s choice ve
Jul 02, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Mayor Bill Peduto teamed up Friday to provide an update on water quality and long-standing customer service and billing issues. The authority provides free lead testing at concerned customers’ taps. Of nearly 400 such water samples recently tested, the authority said it found no lead in 57 percent of those homes, while 5 percent — or 20 homes — were above the federal action level of 15 parts per billion and one reached four times that. PWSA’s inte
Jun 30, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Controller Michael Lamb expects Pittsburgh's surplus funds to exceed last year's $15 million, he said this morning during a mid-year update on the city's finances. The city's expenses, he said, are running on budget, and tax revenue is outperforming as of May 31. "The city is currently on target, and in many tax revenue categories performing well ahead of anticipated revenues,” Mr. Lamb said. “We see a lag in the amusement tax, but with the Penguin’s Stanley Cup Championship run, we should s
Jun 30, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Allegheny County controller will conduct an audit of the Community College of Allegheny County after its faculty union raised concerns about the college billing students who didn’t attend classes and referring student debt to private collection agencies, according to the controller’s office. “There is nothing in our practices that we are ashamed of,” said Amy Kuntz, chairwoman of CCAC’s board of trustees. When students sign up for a class, they are informed in several ways that they will
Jun 29, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A North Side space used for sculpting and painting could soon be transformed into temporary classrooms for Pittsburgh police recruits, city officials announced Wednesday. Pittsburgh intends to lease the 32,000-square-foot Visual Arts Center and an adjacent studio from the Community College of Allegheny County for three years with an option to renew annually for three more years, pending approval from the CCAC board and the city council. On Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh officials, including M
Jun 29, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Detectives from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office seized a computer tower, correspondence and financial documentation when they executed a search warrant at the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s Downtown office in April, a 10-page inventory released Tuesday shows. Also on Tuesday, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill aiming to reform one of Pittsburgh’s two financial overseers by, in part, calling for the ICA to adopt a records-retention policy, file monthly financi
Jun 27, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nearly two years after Mayor Bill Peduto renovated his wing of the century-old City-County Building, his administration and the city controller still don’t agree on how much it cost, though both agree that updates were needed. The mayor’s chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, called the offices “hodge-podge” as he walked through them last week, pointing to some repainted white with royal blue or sage accents and others with new carpeting in a greenish hue called “nest egg.” The administration tried
Jun 23, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The City of Pittsburgh is set to make its second — and final — payment in a $1.6 million settlement over a federal lawsuit claiming that its police bureau systematically discriminated against minorities while hiring. Pittsburgh City Council gave unanimous preliminary approval to the $785,000 payment during its standing committee meeting Wednesday. A final vote could come Tuesday, followed by approval from the mayor. The suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2012 alleged a “lo
Jun 22, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A long-fought battle between the City of Pittsburgh and one of its financial overseers could soon end as they work to settle a city lawsuit seeking the release of more than $18 million in state gambling revenue. “We believe that we are in a position that we will be able to work out an agreement with the City of Pittsburgh,” the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s chairwoman, B.J. Leber, said during its board’s quarterly meeting Tuesday afternoon. The board voted to allow Ms. Leber, Exe
Jun 21, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Homewood man who has been named a suspect but not charged in the shooting deaths in March of five people and an unborn child in Wilkinsburg will remain imprisoned for at least another week, an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge decided Monday. Robert Thomas, 27, is jailed on unrelated charges — stemming from a Feb. 22, 2013, case with three co-defendants — that have been twice dismissed by Wilkinsburg District Judge Kim Marie Hoots. Attorney Casey D. White asked President Judge Jeffrey A.
Jun 17, 2016 / By Rich Lord and Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Driven by pressure from a since-deposed fiscal overseer, the city of Pittsburgh has paid more than $500,000 a year for software support and upgrades, in a deal that Mayor Bill Peduto decried Thursday, spurring a sharp defense from the city controller. The computer system, used for purchasing and payroll by Allegheny County and the city, has been the subject of fierce disagreements for most of a decade. Thursday’s disputes were the first since the former overseer, Henry Sciortino, became the su
Jun 14, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If you’re one of the 400,000 people trekking Downtown today to see Lord Stanley’s cup return to Pittsburgh, you’re going to want to get there by 9 a.m., city officials warn. As of 6:30 a.m., many Penguins fans heeded that advice and started gathering along the Boulevard of the Allies in their black and gold. The hour-long procession starts at 11:30 a.m. The cup will ride with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby — this year’s Conn Smythe Trophy winner — in one of 10 convertibles or 20 Dodge pickup
Jun 13, 2016 / By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lord Stanley’s cup is back. Pittsburghers will have a fourth chance to face off with the prized trophy at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the region celebrates the Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship with a Downtown parade. The hour-long cavalcade will begin at the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway near the U.S. Courthouse, make a left onto Grant Street at Liberty Avenue, turn right onto the Boulevard of the Allies and end at Stanwix Street. That’s the same route the Penguins followed for their

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