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What happened this week in Pittsburgh news

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Here's what's been going down in the Steel City that is Pittsburgh:

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT ROLLER/PITTSBURGH PARKS CONSERVANCY
  • Photo courtesy of Scott Roller/Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
1. August Wilson Park officially opens this weekend in the Hill District, on Cliff Street, just a block from the street where the two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson lived. The park is fully accessible for children with disabilities and includes a half-basketball court and performance space, and as City Paper's Bill O'Driscoll writes has "one of a better view[s]" in the city.

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CP PHOTO BY BILLY LUDT
  • CP photo by Billy Ludt
2. National Night Out — a campaign that encourages outdoor stronger relationships between communities and police — took place in Pittsburgh and around the nation this week. On Tuesday evening the North Side's Spring Garden neighbors gathered at Catalano Park for food, entertainment and discussion about community awareness. “The neighborhoods are safer when they’re together,” says Spring Garden block watch chair Denise Pierce.

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CP PHOTO BY ASHLEY MURRAY
  • CP photo by Ashley Murray
3. Cheswick and Springdale residents as well as employees of the Cheswick coal-fired power plant testified at the Allegheny County Health Department hearing on a proposed stricter permit for the plant. "We all want clean air, but the plant workers are very concerned that the proposed Title V permit from the county would increase operating costs," said union worker Kenn Bradley. Meanwhile, Dianne Peterson, who lives 10 miles from the plant said, "How many of us need clean air to breathe, to live? We have a responsibility." The health department is now considering each verbal and written comment before it makes a decision on the final permit. 

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Juliana Huxtable
  • Juliana Huxtable

4. VIA, a music festival that aims to create a diverse space for the intersection of art and technology, announced its lineup this week for its upcoming October dates. Among the performers are post-punk group ESG, legendary MC Rakim and prominent LGBT artist Juliana Huxtable. This year's fest will take place at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty.

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CP PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
  • CP photo by Ryan Deto
5. A prayer vigil was held on Friday for Martin Esquivel-Hernandez, a local man who is facing deportation.  A group of 15 supporters held a vigil on the doorsteps of the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Grant Street, Downtown, where the offices of Western Pennsylvania U.S. District Attorney David Hickton is located. Hickton is prosecuting Esquivel-Hernandez for felony re-entry. "We are out here to reunite the Esquivel-Hernandez family," Guillermo Perez, of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, told the crowd. "Martin has committed no crime, unless you think wanting a life free of violence is a crime." The supporters say they're hoping Hickton's Catholic faith will guide him.

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CP PHOTO BY RENEE ROSENSTEEL
  • CP photo by Renee Rosensteel
6. And, just ICYMI, OpenStreets Pittsburgh expanded its car-free celebration into the North Side and the West End for its final 2016 iteration last weekend. See our slideshow here.

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On our podcasts (Listen up!):

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARLO ALDO
  • Photo courtesy of Arlo Aldo
This week we speak with David Manchester of the band Arlo Aldo. Manchester dropped by the CP studios this week to discuss Arlo's latest record House & Home, and he treated us to a live performance of three tracks.


CP PHOTO BY CELINE ROBERTS
  • CP photo by Celine Roberts
On our food podcast Sound Bite (food for your ears), barista D Stubblefield schools us on the difference between first-, second- and third-wave coffee. "Think of Folgers and diner coffee as the first wave of coffee in the U.S."

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From the pages of our print edition:

CP PHOTO BY JOEFF DAVIS
  • CP photo by Joeff Davis
City Paper's Ashley Murray talks to politics experts who say Pennsylvania is "going to see a lot of these candidates," as the state is an important battleground in the 2016 presidential election. Last Friday, after the DNC finished up, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and her veep pick Tim Kaine, boarded a bus for three stops across Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Republican nominee Donald Trump stopped in Mechanicsburg, Pa. on Monday night. “Trump needs to run the table. It’s simply how the math works out this year,” Kristin Kanthak, of the University of Pittsburgh whose expertise is American politics, says. “He has to win Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, or he won’t get enough votes. So we’re going to get a lot of attention here.”


Editor's note: This post was updated to include information about a prayer vigil that was held on Grant Street, in Downtown Pittsburgh, Friday afternoon.

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