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Local Shopping Tips + CMU Professor Defended + Oktoberfest

Hello and good morning! Rachel Tasker here with your new copy of the Pittsburgh Daily. If your Tuesday morning is already off to the races, here’s a great excuse to take a 5-minute break and catch up on all the local happenings you should know about.


A mix of clouds and sun, with cooling temperatures. High: 69 Low: 56.


Here are the top stories in Pittsburgh today:

1) Pittsburgh Regional Transit will hold a public meeting today to discuss their plans for new East Busway stations in Wilkinsburg and Brushton. The agenda is to consider moving the Wilkinsburg station closer to the business district, as well as creating a new station a few blocks away on Brushton Avenue in Homewood. In Wilkinsburg, planners are proposing to move the station from the middle of the park-and-ride site near North Avenue closer to the borough’s business district between Penn and Wallace Avenues. The aim is to make the station more accessible to pedestrians. The agency is seeking public opinion on both the new station design and the amenities that should be featured, such as benches, machines for ConnectCard and other payment options, bike racks and screens display showing bus times and locations. The first meeting will take place virtually at 11:30 a.m. and the second will take place in person at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in the 11:30 a.m. online meeting should register in advance. No registration is necessary for the 6 p.m. in-person meeting at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg.

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

2) The National Labor Relations Board gets involved in grievances reported by local Starbucks workers. The agency recently filed an unfair labor practices lawsuit against Starbucks and its treatment of unionized workers at four Pittsburgh stores in Market Square, Oakland, East Liberty and Bloomfield. Workers at these locations have filed unfair labor practice complaints focusing on allegations that Starbucks management intimidated workers and attempted to break up unions. The union said some Starbucks employees in the Pittsburgh area were terminated due to union activity, but those issues were not part of the recent complaint and are being investigated separately. Specific intimidation tactics cited by workers were: the company threatening employees that they would not receive a previously announced pay rise if they unionized; all benefits frozen, meaning employees would lose tuition; and the company’s threats to discipline employees who have joined a union, among others.

(TribLIVE)

3) Although it may only be September, City Works in downtown Pittsburgh is gearing up to kick off its Oktoberfest celebration. The bar and restaurant located on the market square will celebrate Oktoberfest with limited-time German-inspired food and festive beers. These specialty themed dishes will be available from September 17 to October 3. Menu-exclusive dishes will include smoked currywurst, crispy pork belly spaetzle and pork cutlets. In addition to food, City Works will offer a variety of Oktoberfest-inspired beers as part of its lineup of over 90 draft beers, including Penn Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Goose Island Oktoberfest, Dogfish Head Punkin’ and ACE Pumpkin. .

(Lismarie Gomez)

4) Shoppers looking to buy locally can check out these great new products and manufacturers in their own backyard. Compostable Artifacts specializes in eco-friendly bath products ranging from natural soaps to lotions. Their products are available at Saturday night market – a weekly open-air shopping market on October 22 and 29 on the market square. With 100% hand poured soy wax candles, PGH CANDLE specializes in long lasting natural candles. Candles can be found in several stores around town, including Pageboy Salon & Boutique Lifestyle at Millvale and The Farmer’s Daughters Flowers on the north side. OC Glass is a stained glass company in Bloomfield that focuses on making small, unique stained glass decor such as suncatchers. Glass art can be found at love, Pittsburgh places around the city.

(Pittsburgh Magazine)

5) Thousands of people have signed a petition to defend a local CMU professor whose critics tweet about the recent death of the Queen of England gone viral. Uju Anya, a professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University and a renowned Nigerian-Trinidadian-American scholar, tweeted in the hours before the official announcement of Elizabeth’s death. He said: “I heard that the chief monarch of a genocidal, thief and rapist empire is finally dying. May his pain be excruciating. The tweet quickly went viral and many condemned it, including a quoting tweet from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Carnegie Mellon University responded to the incident with an official statement citing the expression of free speech as a core value, but the institution did not condone “offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya on his personal social media account. But now, a petition in favor of Anya has garnered thousands of signatures, including from scholars and Carnegie Mellon alumni around the world. Additionally, the letter was also signed by professors from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Stony Brook University and the University of South Florida. As of noon on Monday, September 12, the petition had 3,821 signatures from professors at universities around the world, including Notre Dame, Brown, Oslo Metropolitan University, University of Buenos Aires and University of East London.

(Pittsburgh Magazine)


Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Coffee & Contacts – September – North Side/Shore Chamber of Commerce (8 a m)
  • Volunteer Event – August Wilson Park (8 a m)
  • Indoor Wise Walk – Brentwood Library (9 a m)
  • Scrapbooking – Plum Community Library (ten a m)
  • RADical Day – Free Museum Admission – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum (ten a m)
  • Estate planning seminar (11 a.m.)
  • LOVE YOUR LIBRARY MONTH – Mount Lebanon Public Library (12 pm)

From my notebook:

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “It was a rollercoaster, but the #Steelers came away with the win. a…” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Instagram)
  • The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: “☂🌞☂ The Umbrella Sky Project is back in downtown Pittsburgh! ☂🌞☂ Last seen at the 2017 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a brand new installation of the project is now at Trust Oasis (131 7th Street).” (The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: “Welcome to CLP – Main, YINZ Coffee! We’re so glad to have you! Come help us celebrate and enjoy 50% off drinks today until 7pm! ☕️” (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium: “Have you bought your tickets for Sip & Swirl yet? Taste wine from local and national vineyards and vineyards at the PPG Aquarium and Water’s Edge on November 4! 🍷 Buy tickets ➡️ https://bit.ly/ 3R9Es2f” (Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium PPG via Facebook)
  • POGO: “Saturday September 17th, @worldpittsburgh is hosting the Rhythm of the Trails Community Bike Ride with live music from @byron_nash412 @mcgjazz @martyjashby. RSVP and book a free POGOH! https://tr.ee/YC_IsUZglM #burghbikes #bikeshare #bi…” (POGO through Facebook)

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You are now in the loop and ready to start this Tuesday on the right foot! I will see you soon.

Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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