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What you need to know about Pittsburgh news this week


Here's what went down in Pittsburgh and the region this week:

If you live under a rock, maybe you've kept yourself away from this in-your-face political season. The Pennsylvania primary was last Tuesday, and leading up to it, the presidential candidates made their last pleas to Western Pennsylvanians.

Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stopped by Gateway High School in Monroeville to remind everyone that does not believe in "little girls" being in bathrooms with "grown men."

On Monday, the day before the primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave young people a talkin' to at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House about political participation and why college debt in the U.S. is unfair.

On primary day, Braddock Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman spoke to media outside of his Braddock polling place, saying he was disappointed by the millions the Democratic party poured into fellow U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty's campaign. "You would expect that from the Republicans to pour [money] into a race but not your own party."

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By now, we all know what went down in Pa.'s primary (although if you want to re-live what happened throughout the day, check out our live Pa. primary blog), but editor Charlie Deitch has this postmortem on why votes went the way they did on Tuesday. (Spoiler alert if you've been living under that rock: Clinton and Trump won Pa.; Zappala lost the Pa. Attorney General Dem nod to Shapiro; and McGinty won the U.S. Senate Democratic primary, but Fetterman did much better than expected.)


This week, the Affordable Housing Task Force delivered its recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council, which include creating an affordable housing trust fund of $10 million and utilizing incentive-based inclusionary zoning.

Ronell Guy of the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing speaks critically of the city's Affordable Housing Task Force's new recommendations. - PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
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  • Ronell Guy of the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing speaks critically of the city's Affordable Housing Task Force's new recommendations.
CP''s Ryan Deto covered the press conference held outside of Pittsburgh City Council chambers before the hearing, where most of the 60 attendees challenged some of the draft recommendations. “They did not come up with one new suggestion. We knew to do this 20 years ago,” Guy said. “There is no reason to continue to study. Just get it done.” Read more.

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CP's Rebecca Nuttall covered the hearing where City Council received an update on the work of the task force, which has met more than 30 times since it was created last year. "One of the things that is critical to any kind of affordable-housing effort in the city is a dedicated source of funds to pay for it," said task force co-chair Raymond Gastil, on the suggestion to develop a trust fund. In addition to the trust fund and incentive-based inclusionary zoning, the task force also recommended expanding utilization of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.



The Port Authority Board of Allegheny County voted unanimously this week to pass new fare changes that will take place in 2017. New changes would incentivize use of the ConnectCard and rid the system of higher fares for areas farther away from Downtown, among other changes. Read more about the changes here.


Despite heated political battles, life goes on in the arts and nightlife realms. 


The iconic Lava Lounge on Pittsburgh's South Side is marking its final weekend, with events this Friday and Saturday. Owners Steve Zumoff and Scott Kramer, who opened the Lava Lounge in 1996, plan to reopen it in May as Monster, an LGBTQ-friendly bar.

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This weekend marks the final performances of Quantum Theatre's production of Master Builder. The production takes place on the ninth floor of Building Two of Nova Place on the North Side (formerly Allegheny Center), offering interesting views of the city, which arts editor Bill O'Driscoll writes is "alone is worth half the price of admission."  Read CP contributor Stuart Sheppard's review here.


On our podcast:

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This week on the City Paper podcast, our panel, featuring editor Charlie Deitch, multimedia editor Ashley Murray and staff writer Ryan Deto, breakdown what happened on primary day in Pennsylvania. The conversation gets a little crazy, but Charlie keeps order with a gavel he brought to the studio. (Really, it was a gift from when he was a courts reporter back in the day.)


On our music blog:

Each week on our FFW music blog, we make a Spotify playlist containing tracks from artists mentioned in the current music section. Listen below!


From the pages of our print edition:

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This week, freelance contributor Melinda Nanovsky writes about a technique called “tactile target-training" — a major advancement used at zoos around the country — that was developed at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. The technique allows scientists and aquarists to give individualized and efficient care to each creature in the aquarium.


This week in City Paper history:


This week last year, we recreated four iconic album covers starring local kids for our 2015 music issue. The photo shoots were hilarious and endearing, and we documented the making of each cover in our behind-the-scenes video. Two covers were initially approved. However, after the four possible cover shots came in from photographers Sarah Wilson, John Colombo, Renee Rosensteel and Heather Mull, art director Lisa Cunningham made a last-minute push, just a few days before the paper was printed, to include all of them. While it was a bit of a logistical nightmare for our circulation manager and drivers, the end result was one for the ages. Read here for more stories from this week in City Paper history.

Editor's note: This post was updated at 2:27 p.m.

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