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6 Wounded Outside Funeral for Shooting Victim

Investigators look for a connection to the death of 20-year-old earlier this month

(Newser) - The funeral for a 20-year-old shooting victim was interrupted Friday by gunfire outside a Pittsburgh church. Six people were wounded, one critically, in the Brighton Heights neighborhood during the service at Destiny of Faith Church, police said. The funeral of John James Hornezes Jr. was livestreamed, and viewers saw mourners...

Biden Praises Unions, Refines MAGA Criticism

Democrats and other Republicans must act, president says

(Newser) - President Biden celebrated unions on Monday, while leaving time for attacks on "MAGA Republicans, the extreme right, and Trumpies" in his Labor Day speeches. "The middle class built America," Biden told workers in Milwaukee, CNBC reports. "Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class."...

These Are the 10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly US Cities

San Francisco ranks No. 1, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - June is Pride Month, and as LawnStarter notes, "Everyone wants the American dream—a home in a safe and supportive community—including LGBTQ people." That's why the site looked at 200 of the country's largest cities to see which ones qualify as LGBTQ-friendly, factoring in 19...

11 People Shot During Airbnb Party

No arrests yet in Pittsburgh; two juveniles were killed

(Newser) - A second mass shooting in the US is making headlines this weekend. Police in Pittsburgh say two young males—both juveniles—were fatally shot and nine others were wounded when gunfire broke out at an Airbnb party Saturday night, reports the Post-Gazette . In a statement , the city's department of...

Cops: Banned Magician Entering Casino Was Just the Start

Shaun Benward accused of scamming Pennsylvania casino—and not for the first time

(Newser) - A self-described "magician" and "illusionist" with a long history of scamming casinos has allegedly struck again. Shaun Joseph Benward, 35, of Ocean Springs, Miss., is accused of working with 42-year-old Denielle Yvonne Derohan of Gulfport, Miss., to steal more than $10,000 from Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pa....

Before Passenger Allegedly Killed Her, Uber Driver Pleaded: 'I Have 4 Kids'

Calvin Crew charged in Pittsburgh murder

(Newser) - During an attempted robbery by an armed passenger on the night of Feb. 10, Uber driver Christina Spicuzza was captured on dashcam video pleading for her life before her passenger eventually killed her, police say. Calvin Crew, 22, allegedly held a gun to Spicuzza's head as he had her...

Biden: We'll Fix That Bridge, Others

There are many more like the span that collapsed, local officials say

(Newser) - President Biden had planned to give a speech about infrastructure needs Friday at Mill 19, a research and development hub that once was a major metals producer in Pittsburgh, WTAE reports. He did that, but he made a stop first at a place that made his point for him: the...

After Bridge Collapses, a Human Chain Forms

10 suffered minor injuries early Friday in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Ten people suffered minor injuries when a two-lane vehicle bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh early Friday, hours before President Biden was due to visit the city to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan . The bridge, which stretches over a wooded ravine and creek in the Point Breeze neighborhood's Frick Park,...

Meteor Likely Exploded Over Pittsburgh on New Year's Day

Happy 2022!

(Newser) - Residents of suburban Pittsburgh were startled on the first day of the new year by a large boom, which even shook homes. It was heard and felt throughout much of western Pennsylvania, CBS Pittsburgh reports. After much speculation (earthquake? bomb? thunder? demolition?) the National Weather Service tweeted later on Saturday...

Here Are America's Most Caring Cities
10 US Cities Where
People Really Care

10 US Cities Where People Really Care

Madison, Wis., ranks highest in WalletHub's ranking

(Newser) - In a world that's become unpredictable, it's comforting to know that across the country, there are still people who care. In some US cities, that compassion and concern for others' well-being has taken priority, and WalletHub is giving them their due. The site looked at America's 100...

Attorney Who Thinks 'Like a Criminal' Is One Himself

Daniel Muessig, who put out viral ad, is now a felon in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - In 2014, Pittsburgh defense attorney Daniel Muessig got internet famous with a YouTube video in which he fishes for clients with the boast, "Trust me, I may have a law degree, but I think like a criminal.” Any guesses on what just happened? Correct: The 39-year-old became an...

Cops: Man Blocked Mail Truck, Shot Worker Multiple Times

Suspect Erik Kortz claimed that Louis Vignone had poisoned him

(Newser) - A 58-year-old Pittsburgh-area mail carrier who was looking forward to retirement has become the latest postal worker to be killed in the line of duty. Police and postal inspectors say Erik Kortz blocked Louis Vignone's mail truck with his van in a Collier Township neighborhood before shooting him multiple...

Pittsburgh Moves to Switch Democrats

Ed Gainey beats two-term incumbent for mayor, nearing historic general election

(Newser) - Democrats voted out Pittsburgh's mayor in their primary Tuesday, putting a challenger on track to become the first Black person to hold the city's top job. Mayor Bill Peduto, who's in his second term, called Ed Gainey to congratulate him. "Wishing him well," Peduto tweeted...

'Shoot This Thing!': Alarming Posts Fill Cops' Private Group

AP finds transphobic posts about Rachel Levine

(Newser) - In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs who took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, whom they called "terrorists" or "thugs." The AP reports they made transphobic posts...

Woman Charged in Death of Husband Found Near Porch

An 'overwhelming' stench of decay led police to his body

(Newser) - Late last year, Janet Winbush joined in on the search for her missing husband, Deric Davis, whose body was later found wrapped in garbage bags and duct tape and placed under a deflated air mattress near the front porch of the couple’s Pittsburgh duplex. Now, Winbush is a suspect...

Jet Comes Off Snowy Runway in Pittsburgh
Delta Jet Slides Off
Snowy Runway

Delta Jet Slides Off Snowy Runway

No injuries reported in Pittsburgh incident

(Newser) - Firefighters had to help 77 passengers and crew members off a Delta Air Lines plane after it came off the runway amid snowy conditions in Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening. WPXI reports that it took several hours to get everybody off the Atlanta-bound Boeing 717 because it was slanted toward the...

Pittsburgh Rocked by 2 Separate Explosions

Device used in one of the incidents appears to be an IED, police say

(Newser) - Police in Pittsburgh are investigating after explosions in two different parts of the city over the weekend. Per the Tribune-Review and NBC News , police first responded to calls Sunday between 9pm and 9:30pm that reported an improvised explosive device had been chucked from a moving vehicle in the Lawrenceville...

USPS Finds Trash Bags Full of Mail on Employee's Curb

Pennsylvania employee is on unpaid leave

(Newser) - Garbage bags filled with undelivered mail were left on the curb for trash collectors outside the home of a postal employee in Pennsylvania, according to the US Postal Service, which describes such cases as "exceedingly rare." Special agents with USPS on Sunday discovered the bags holding "several...

These 11 Cities Receive a COVID Warning

Dr. Birx is worried about Baltimore, Cleveland, and 9 others

(Newser) - White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx is worried about 11 US cities in particular because of a surge in positive tests, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity . Birx warned state and local leaders—the exact participants are unclear—in a private phone call...

Reporter's Tweet Gets Her Banned From Covering Protests

Alexis Johnson is now suing the 'Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter prohibited from covering the city's Black Lives Matter protests because of a tweet sued the paper on Tuesday, the AP reports. Alexis Johnson, who is black, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Pennsylvania alleging the Post-Gazette was engaging in racial discrimination and illegal retaliation....

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