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Inside Pittsburgh (Jul 31st, 2019)

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The Regatta might be canceled, but there is some good news about a couple Regatta-related events. Read on for more.

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1. The Fayette County Republicans booth at the Fayette County Fair featured a dartboard with pictures of the so-called “Squad” of Democratic congresswomen. The chairman of the Fayette County GOP said the dartboard was removed “as soon as someone complained.” The group of women includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – all of whom were attacked earlier this month by President Trump who suggested they “go back” to where they came from (three of the four women were born in the United States, and all four of them are legal citizens). The Fayette County GOP chairman said he saw no harm in the dartboard, adding that it was people’s way of saying, “we’re never going to meet these four, but we’ll have our say.” – PG

2. The Pittsburgh Pirates are making national headlines and it is for reasons other than winning last night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. The fight broke out after Reds pitcher Amir Garrett charged toward the Bucs’ dugout. Tensions apparently have been brewing since April after Derek Dietrich (of the Reds) stopped to take in his home run against the Pirates. In last night’s game, Pirates pitcher Keone Kela threw an inside pitch at Dietrich. “We stood up for ourselves,” Pirates player Kyle Crick told the PG. Suspensions should come today from the MLB, and Reds manager David Bell could face a major suspension after already having been ejected from the game. A total of eight players among the two teams had been ejected throughout the game. – YAHOO

3.A new map charting landslides and slide-prone areas across Allegheny County will help, among other people, prospective home buyers in determining if a location is suitable to move, leaders said. The interactive map will allow local municipal leaders and residents better understand where landslides are and where they could occur. The resource also provides tools for reporting and dealing with landslides. “It’s basically being developed to provide an educational guide for municipal leaders,” Steve Shanley, the county’s public works director said. – TRIBUNE-REVIEW

4. Pittsburgh Planning Commission’s chair asked the owner of a building that dates to the Reconstruction era to draw up a new plan that incorporates the facade. Michael Troiani wants to tear down a building at Market Street and First Avenue and replace it with an office tower. The building housed the once-popular Froggy’s bar. Commission Chair Christine Mondor told Troiani that other projects nearby incorporated old facades. – PUBLIC SOURCE

5. Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu doesn’t belong in the Steelers Hall of Fame yet, PG sports writer Paul Zeise offers in a hot take for the Post-Gazette. Polamalu, who retired in 2014, has been a no-show at Steelers events since leaving, which is why it “just wouldn’t feel right” to induct him “when he no-showed the banquet,” Zeise wrote, adding that, he thinks, the Steelers Hall of Fame is about more than on-field performance. Not everybody was having Zeise’s take, though. On Twitter, user @wealthprepared said Polamalu “was paid to work and produce. He did that and more. He doesn’t owe the Steelers or Pittsburgh anymore than he wants to offer. Historically, Terry Bradshaw and Jack Lambert walked away and not seen. Yet they were inducted. The article reads like a bad breakup wanting closure.”

6. If you’re traveling out of Pittsburgh International Airport any time soon, Reddit Pittsburgh users have offered an array of (mostly) helpful tips. A smart tip that has saved me multiple times comes from monk3ythym3: “There is a Rite Aid in the mall that has normal prices.” I buy toothpaste and mouthwash in there to avoid bringing TSA-approved sizes through security, and I also use Rite Aid for bottled Diet Pepsi and cheap snacks. Another tip I’ve done before comes from user ricksebak (who apparently is not THE Rick Sebak): “As you're leaving the airport, assuming no checked bags, order your Uber as you're passing the Franco statue. It takes about 7 minutes for the Uber to arrive, and you'll probably lose signal in the little subway.” And the best tip for getting you through the airport comes from, Jmyles23: “Remember not to bring a loaded handgun through security.” At least 12 people could’ve used that advice this year alone.

7. Git Aht: Here’s a look at some events you’ve got to set a reminder to attend. Have an event? Email me at

  • VaultArt Gallery opening featuring Tafara and Tarira Bundrige: Oxford Development Company is partnered with ACHIEVA to host art from the VaultArt Studio. The opening is set for 6 p.m. July 31 at The Yards at 3 Crossings.
  • Hand to Hand Pittsburgh premiere: This event was relocated to PPG Place and it set for Aug. 3 with four showtimes. It features musicians stationed around massive animatronic hands.
  • Love-A-Bull Ink: You can get a tattoo to support pit bull nonprofit group Hello Bully. This event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 4.

8. RIP Regatta. But at least the sand art display at Point State Park apparently will be completed.

9. A new Amazon fulfillment center is coming to a suburban Pittsburgh community, and the company says it expects the warehouse to bring 800 new full-time jobs to the area. Officials report that Amazon is investing more than $30 million in the 1,000,000-square foot distribution center that will be built near the Pittsburgh International Airport and that the new jobs will all offer starting wages of $15 per hour. Amazon currently employs nearly 10,000 full-time employees across Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was among 20 cities considered for Amazon's HQ2 project, but ultimately lost that bid. Amazon already has a tech hub in the city's South Side neighborhood, where more than 80 engineers work on voice technology and machine learning for Alexa. — KDKA

This item originally appeared in Inside Amazon.

10. InstaBurgh: Instagram account @pittsburghbeautiful reminds us all to “Give Pittsburgh a little love.”

Bobby Cherry is a senior editor at 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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