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Inside Pittsburgh (Jul 26th, 2019)

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-Kim Lyons, Inside Managing Editor

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1. Rep. Sara Innamorato said someone put a sticker from a white nationalist group on her Lawrenceville office building. The sticker read "better dead than red," which hearkens back to an anti-Communist Cold War slogan, and had a link to a website for the Patriot Front. "They espouse hate, racism, antisemitism, & anti-Muslim & anti-immigrant views," Innamorato tweeted. Innamorato was supported by the Democratic Socialists (who apparently are being conflated with Communists but are ... not the same) in her primary election victory in 2018. --POST-GAZETTE

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2. Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Katharine Kelleman said Friday that transit police will not be working with agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She said at the authority's board meeting that she wasn't necessarily aware of ICE raids in the Pittsburgh area, but wanted to let people know all were welcome regardless. "We want people to know they’re safe before they have a reason to be worried about it," Kelleman said. --WESA

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3. Veteran reporter Ralph Iannotti retires today after 37 years at KDKA and about 11,000 stories (“give or take a hundred either way”). Colleague Susan Koeppen told the PG "he comes to work every day with enthusiasm and ready to tackle anything that is thrown his way." Iannotti says the only part of the job he will miss is "...being out in a snowstorm at 11:00 at night telling people to stay home." --KDKA

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4. Several of Pittsburgh's public staircases will become public art projects as part of a collaboration between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's Office of Public Art and Bike Pittsburgh. Staircases (among the 800 sets of public steps across the city) in Troy Hill, the West End, Polish Hill and Fineview neighborhoods were selected for the project. The artists included are fashion designer Bradford Mumpower, Danny Bracken, Erin Anderson, H. Gene Thompson and architect Nina Chase. They'll work with community groups on the design and performance elements, slated to get underway this fall.-- PGH CITY PAPER

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5. A track replacement project at the Mt Washington tunnel will make South Hills commutes extra fun. The tunnel will close starting tonight at 7, and inbound light rail cars will be rerouted through Allentown. Buses will be rerouted through the Wabash Tunnel and Allentown while the Port Authority replaces about 480 feet of track and pavement. Work is expected to continue through the end of August. --TRIBLIVE

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6. Hey it's Steelers training camp time and some diehard fans got to Latrobe this morning before 5 a.m. (training camp groupies are a phenomenon that still amazes this non-native Pittsburgher). George Muentzer told WTAE this is the 49th year he has come to training camp, and early arrival is where it's at. "We have people coming in from New Jersey, Ireland, Maryland, Virginia," he said. "We all get together. Have a reunion. Play corn hole. And sit around and talk, having a discussion of what we think of the team." Well OK then. The first practice at St. Vincent College got underway at 3 p.m. today. --WTAE

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7. My friend Mike Woycheck, himself an avid Pittsburgh booster, confirms that Pittsburgh is everywhere.

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

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