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Inside Pittsburgh (Apr 15th, 2019)

1. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, for its coverage of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October. The Pulitzer judges said the newspaper's work was "compassionate" and "captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief." Former PG executive editor David Shribman, who stepped down in January, said the staff was doing "the job we were put on this earth to do." The prize caps a tumultuous period for western Pennsylvania's oldest newspaper, which saw a newsroom meltdown by publisher John R. Block in February, and ongoing criticism of its editorial page content. The newspaper's owners have been locked in contract negotiations with the union that represents the newsroom employees, who have not seen a pay raise in 13 years. --POST-GAZETTE

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2. Cartoonist Rob Rogers, who was fired by the Post-Gazette's management in 2018, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning. It is the second time Rogers has been a finalist for the award. He has claimed he was fired for his cartoons that depicted President Trump in a negative light. -- PULITZER CENTER

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3. University of Pittsburgh graduate students have started the process to vote on whether they want the Steelworkers Union to represent them. Pitt has opposed student efforts to form unions in the past, claiming students don't qualify as employees. But the National Labor Relations Board has affirmed the students' claim that they're entitled to union representation. --WESA

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4. The Supreme Court will not consider the case of a Pittsburgh rapper seeking to have a conviction overturned. Jamal Knox, aka Mayhem Mal, argued that his free speech rights were violated when he was convicted of terroristic threats and witness intimidation. His song "F*** the Police" has a lyric suggesting the killing of two police officers who arrested Knox in 2012 on drug and gun charges, and the Allegheny County District Attorney had argued the words constituted a specific threat not protected by the First Amendment.  -- PG

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5. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at Pitt's campus on Sunday and told the university it should negotiate with its graduate students who seek to form a union.

6. The USDA is offering low-interest disaster relief loans for farmers in Pennsylvania affected by flooding, but it's not appealing to farmers who have a lot of debt already and don't want to take on more.

7. I am not a professional hockey coach, but the Penguins are on the brink of elimination and Mike Sullivan canceled practice, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  

8. WESA has a look at Duolingo's quest to make learning a foreign language available to everyone.

9. Megan Snatchko is walking all of Pittsburgh's streets (partly because she doesn't like running) (agree). 

10. One week left to vote in the May 21 municipal primary in Pennsylvania.

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This newsletter is curated with care by Inside Managing Editor and Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist Kim Lyons.  

Editing team: Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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