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Inside Pittsburgh (Jul 17th, 2019)

Happy Wednesday, Inside Pittsburgh readers!

Get your plans for Thursday and this weekend set now because it is going to be too hot for anything. One forecast I saw suggests a heat index (which is basically what it will feel like) for Friday of 105 degrees. (Meanwhile, I'm here listening to Christmas music — it is Christmas in July, after all.)

Speaking of... the 39th Annual Golden Glow of Christmas Past Vintage Christmas Convention is happening across the state in Lancaster through July 21. The event features Christmas ornaments and decorations made before about 1980. You can follow their Facebook group for all sorts of holiday fun.

– Bobby

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1. Calvin Hall, 36, the off-duty Pittsburgh police officer who was shot Saturday, died Wednesday at UPMC Presby. Hall was visting friends in Homewood when he was shot three times in the back. "We as a Bureau are heartbroken. We are in mourning. We are supporting each other, and we are keeping Officer Hall’s family in our prayers and doing whatever we can to support and lift them in this dark, devastating time,” police Chief Scott Schubert said in a statement. Hall had been with Pittsburgh Police for two years. He previously worked as a part-time officer in Braddock. Mayor Bill Peduto ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in the city and in a statement said, “The coming days will once again be difficult ones for our city, as we come together to mourn in pain and sadness.” Officials are investigationg Hall's death as a homicide. – WPXI

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2. Butler County Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-16) is making national headlines for saying he is a person of color because he's white. “You know, they talk about people of color. I'm a person of color. I'm white. I'm an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don't get offended,” Kelly said to a Vice News reporter. His comments came before Tuesday's resolution condemning President Trump's racist tweets over the weekend that targeted four minority congresswomen. Four Republicans sided with Democrats to approve the resolution. Locally, Republicans Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-15) voted against the resolution. Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17) voted in favor. – VICE

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3. I said, it's gettin' hot in here. With extreme temperatures headed this way, cooling centers are prepared. The City Paper has a long list of cooling centers, so share this with family and friends. In addition to cooling centers, the list includes a number of places to cool off and learn a thing or two, like The Frick, Wood Street Gallery, or cool off in a local spray park or splash pad. In the 'burbs, Moon Township recently added a splash pad – just in time, too. – CITY PAPER

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4. Pickles, an adorable 3-year-old cat, is recovering after Humane Animal Rescue officials said someone tied firecrackers to her front left paw. Veterinarians were forced to amputate her leg after discovering the extent of her injuries and finding it infested with maggots. “There wasn’t really any paw left. What was still there was barely hanging on by the rubber bands,” said Jamie Wilson, director of medical business. Pickles is expected to make a full recovery. When she does, the shelter says she will be available for adoption. – HUMANE ANIMAL RESCUE

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5. Pittsburgh can require private employers to provide paid sick leave, Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The ruling could have implications statewide. “Guaranteeing paid sick leave is a huge win for those who live and work in Pittsburgh,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement. The ruling means a 2015 ordinance passed by City Council can stand. The ordinance said employers with 15 or more workers must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually. Employers with fewer than 15 workers must provide up to 24 hours paid sick leave. Business organizations sued the city twice in lower courts and won. The Service Employees International Union supported the 2015 law, saying that “77 percent of the City’s service workers, especially food service workers and healthcare workers, lack access to paid sick time.” – WESA

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6. A new, 78-acre health and sports complex is coming to Coraopolis. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Allegheny Health Network and several local elected officials on Wednesday celebrated the groundbreaking of the AHN Montour Health and Sports Medicine Center. The complex, which is set to be completed in 2021, will become the practice center for the Riverhounds and will be home to a youth training center for more than 5,000 soccer players between 4 and 18 years old each year. It will boast 10 turfed FIFA regulation-sized soccer and multipurpose fields, plus two full-sized indoor fields. – PG

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7. It appears Chicken Latino has opened along the Red Line on Broadway Avenue in Beechview. Reddit user vtinpgh shared a photo, which appears to be taken from the trolley. The thread includes a lot of chatter about some excellent Latino food that can be found around the city. And vtinpgh recommends Mexican popsicles from Alquisiras Paleteria, which they say are "amazing." – REDDIT

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8. Revv up those engines, it's time for the 37th Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The nation's largest vintage street racing event takes place this weekend at Schenley Park. The “Passport to Elegance” Jet Center Party will be held Thursday night. And the “Forbes Ave of Speed” race car parade takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday along Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill. According to its website, the organization has donated more than $5.5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. – KDKA

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9. Giant Eagle (or Gian'Iggle if you're me and other yinzers) appeared to test a new logo this week. The attempt backfired in the depths of a Facebook comment thread, which prompted the regional chain to issue a statement saying the company "is committed to always honoring our long history of serving our communities, while also innovating to ensure we resonate strongly with our customers." What stood out most to Facebook users (including me) was how similar the logo looked to the company's former Good Cents grocery stores that were created around the time Bottom Dollar and Aldi entered the market. As one commenter said, "Who thought this was a good idea???" – GIANT EAGLE FACEBOOK

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10. "Peter Pan" is playing at the Benedum Center and stars one of my favorite actors. You might know him as Maxwell Sheffield from the 1990s hit sitcom "The Nanny," but I know Charles Shaughnessy as ISA agent Shane Donovan from NBC's "Days of our Lives." He's here in the 'Burgh as Captain Hook through July 21. Jenn Colella, who stars as Peter Pan, has performed on Broadway in "Come From Away," where she received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. On KDKA's "Pittsburgh Today Live," Colella said she remembers Shaughnessy from "Days" as she used to record it on VHS tape. – BROADWAY WORLD

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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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