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Inside Pittsburgh (May 15th, 2019)

1. Allegheny County reported two new cases of measles today, but of the seven cases reported so far this year, six are within one family. The Allegheny County Health Department said the latest cases are unvaccinated adults who live in Allegheny County. The affected family has been quarantined, and health department officials say there is no additional exposure risk for the general public. Four cases in one family were reported May 2, which involved three people who were visiting from overseas. The health department is offering free MMR vaccines at its immunization clinic, but supplies are limited. --WTAE

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2. The Post-Gazette has a superlative piece of health/environmental reporting by David Templeton and Don Hopey looking at the cases of rare childhood cancer in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties. The PG found a total of 27 cases of Ewing sarcoma over the past 10 years in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette and Greene counties. For the cases to be designated a "cluster," there needs to be "a known link to an environmental cause." Thus far, the state health department determined that three known cases in Washington County did not constitute a cluster, but the prevalence of shale gas drilling and fracking in the southwestern part of the state has many concerned. The Marcellus Shale Coalition says there are “no known lifestyle-related or environmental causes of Ewing tumors," but a doctor and researcher at UPMC noted the number of cases "ought to raise some eyebrows." --POST-GAZETTE 

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3. A Strip District church that was converted into a nightclub is being converted into -- a church again. Rossilynne Culgan at the Incline has the story of the former St. Elizabeth Church, which will reopen this Sunday as Orchard Hill Church. The building underwent a huge renovation, including restoration of stained glass windows. --THE INCLINE

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4. Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro filed suit against Purdue Pharma, the company that makes Oxycontin. Shapiro said the company helped to exacerbate the opioid epidemic, which has hit Pennsylvania particularly hard: More than 4,000 people died of drug overdoses in the state 2018. Pennsylvania becomes the 39th state to file this kind of lawsuit against Purdue. --AP

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5. Kennywood changed the cheese it uses on its Potato Patch fries and people melted down (you're welcome). Following a social media outcry, the amusement park admitted it had changed the cheese in its sauce and agreed to change it back. Congrats? I guess? Pittsburghers using those social media powers for good, at least. And PS: I will pretty much read anything by Dan Gigler, but bravo on the number of cheese puns herein, sir. --PG

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6. There will be a concealed carry expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this weekend. It was scheduled in April 2018, and organizers declined to cancel despite a plea from city councilor Ricky Burgess, who cited the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue that left 11 people dead. 

7. City Paper profiles Olivia Lindstrom, the 24-year-old president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the U.S. Bartenders' Guild. 

8. Antonio Brown was back in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a court hearing and posted something on social media about "goodbye fans" ... honestly, I have lost interest. 

9. A group of patients held a rally in Harrisburg this week to protest the pending divorce between UPMC and Highmark, which is still slated to go into effect July 1. 

10. The Pittsburgh accent is not sexy according to a dumb new clickbait survey aimed at stoking faux outrage. (Do we care? Hit reply and let me know, but I am very, very over these marketing "surveys" that tell us we're great/we suck.)

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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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