Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

In a unanimous ruling, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to remove the controversial statue honoring the 19th century songwriter and Pittsburgh native from Schenley Plaza in Oakland Wednesday afternoon. 


The statue, erected in 1900, honors Foster, who is often considered the father of American music and penned classics like “Camptown Races” and “Oh, Susanna.” However, the statue’s content, including a proper looking Foster sitting above a barefoot, rag-wearing African American man plucking a banjo, draws criticism for its similarities to racist minstrel show stereotypes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Outside an old fire station in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, surrounded by firefighters who have already saved 40 lives this year alone from opioid overdoses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new $5 million grant that puts 120,000 doses of naloxone, an overdose reversing drug, in the hands of first responders statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

At the announcement of Pittsburgh's perfect score in the Municipal Equality Index, which measures how well city's respect the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city's insurance policy will now cover surgical solutions to gender affirmation treatment.

Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Allegheny county is spending within its means for 2017, but issues like the opioid crisis and the fate of transit funding in Harrisburg could cause trouble for a future balanced budget. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Farmer's market consultant hire spurs conversation on government waste

Farmer's market consultant hire spurs conversation on government waste

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith held a meeting to talk food policy and hunger groups with Pittsburgh non-profit and charity leaders. But the conversation quickly turned to a $46,000 resolution to hire a consultant to study the city’s farmers’ markets. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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