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Inside Pittsburgh (Jun 12th, 2019)

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1. Outside of California, the Pittsburgh area ranked the worst in the nation for the number of air pollution-related deaths. The study, from the American Thoracic Society and New York University’s Marron Institute for Urban Management, put the region in fourth place with 232 deaths relating to air pollution in 2017. Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario and Bakersfield led the list. — CITY PAPER

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2. A closed door meeting in Plum between local officials, the state DEP and oil and gas industry representatives was made public after citizens protested. The invitation-only meeting was hosted by Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration. “When you have industry and lobbyists and lawyers and regulators in a room together and the public wasn’t invited, we felt like that was a problem,” Plum resident Matt Kelso said. — TRIBLIVE

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3. By the Numbers: Pittsburgh Produce Terminal in the Strip District

The Strip District's iconic Pittsburgh Produce Terminal building is shedding its past use and looking to the future as the neighborhood around it also changes. Chicago-based development firm McCaffery Interests hosted a groundbreaking this week to mark its new chapter. We take a look at the property by the numbers:

1926: Year the Terminal building was built

277: Number of parking spaces the development will add

120,000: Square feet of retail and office space available

$100 million: Combined amount of the cost to redo the building and an adjacent office

40: Percent of the building that would have been demolished under a former plan from Buncher Co.

0: Number of tenants that have been publicly announced

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4. It’s not quite like FastPass at Disney, but soon, Port Authority customers will be able to use a wearable band instead of swiping their ConnectCard. Only a limited number of these futuristic devices will be made available June 20. Would you wear this to pay for bus/T fare? Hit the reply button and let me know.PORT AUTHORITY

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5. We apparently all say "Pittsburgh" wrong. So says Richard Thomson, who implored Pittsburgh City Council to change the pronunciation of the city to more of a "Pittsboro" (think, "Edinboro"). This isn’t the first time he’s made his case publicly known. — POST-GAZETTE

6. From Inside Bitcoin: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is an advisor to a religious-themed cryptocurrency named Cathio. - GIZMODO

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7. Tiny-home cabin retreats might just be the summer getaway you need. Inside Real Estate explains that Getaway, a company that offers cabin retreats outside of major cities, opened its most recent location just a short drive away in Lisbon, Ohio. Getaway currently has six locations outside of Boston, New York City, Atlanta and other cities with a total of 140 cabins. — PITCHBOOK

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8. If the sun ever appears again, The Incline has a list of spray parks, pools and other spots to cool off, which includes my absolute favorite place to take a swim: Presque Isle in Erie. — THE INCLINE

9. Even though he now plays for the *sigh* Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh still loves Andrew McCutchen. — WPXI

10. Instaburgh: Oh, hey. The views from the Cathedral of Learning are great, but so are the views of this mighty tower. By the way, it is the second tallest educational building in the world. This view comes from Instagram user ntovorni.

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Bobby Cherry is a senior editor at Inside.com. Follow his love of all things Pittsburgh and more on Twitter and Instagram.

Editing team: Inside Managing Editor and Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist Kim Lyons and David Stegon, senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology.

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