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Lyft leaves room for creativity

post-gazette.com — Matt Peterson has developed a customer base by picking up strippers. To clarify: Mr. Peterson is a Lyft driver who works very late night (or early morning) hours, and several young women who work at Pittsburgh-area adult entertainment clubs such as Blush Downtown and Cheerleaders in Polish Hill arrange rides with him when their shifts end at 2 or 3 a.m.
Dec 19, 2014

“Uber drivers are more Mt. Lebanon, but Lyft drivers, we’re more Bloomfield and Lawrenceville." post-gazette.com/news/transport…

Dec 19, 2014

Matt Peterson has developed a customer base by picking up strippers. He is a @Lyft driver post-gazette.com/news/transport… pic.twitter.com/XREXFJLKgJ

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SocialKimLy: A: Strippers, Hello Kitty and a vomit bucket. Q: What are three things in my latest story about @lyft drivers post-gazette.com/news/transport…

Dec 19, 2014

A: Strippers, Hello Kitty and a vomit bucket. Q: What are three things in my latest story about @lyft drivers post-gazette.com/news/transport…

Pirates sign Corey Hart to one-year deal

post-gazette.com — The Pirates signed first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year contract Friday in an attempt to solidify first base. Hart will make $2.5 million in 2015 with an additional $2.5 million available in incentives, according to an industry source. CBS Sports first reported the terms. The 32-year-old Hart missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from surgical procedures on both knees.

Movie review: 'Foxcatcher' presents a compelling tale of brothers drawn into a warped millionaire's orbit

post-gazette.com — It's a recollection as sad as it is telling. "I only had one real friend growing up," John du Pont (Steve Carell) recalls in "Foxcatcher." The pal was the son of his mother's chauffeur. "When I was 16, I found out my mother was paying him to be my friend."

Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

earlyreturns.post-gazette.com — Happy Friday, everyone. 1) Given the recent attention paid to ethics - what with Gov.-elect Tom Wolf forbidding members of his administration from accepting gifts and the announcement of charges against two Philadelphia lawmakers for accepting too many - Lloyd Smucker his compadres in the General Assembly should have much tougher rules about accepting gifts.

ICA approves Pittsburgh budget without rental registration fee

post-gazette.com — The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, one of two financial overseers for Pittsburgh, has scheduled a meeting for today to vote on Mayor Bill Peduto's 2015 operating and capital budgets. The authority's board has voted twice since October to "disapprove" the operating budget, with some board members criticizing Mr. Peduto's administration for failing to provide detailed information on revenue assumptions and other aspects of the spending plan.
Dec 19, 2014

ICA approves Pittsburgh budget without rental registration fee post-gazette.com/local/city/201… via @pittsburghpg

Zatkoff still wants to be part of Penguins' future - 12-19-14

blogs.post-gazette.com — The last time Jeff Zatkoff was promoted, it was because former goaltender Tomas Vokoun suffered a blood clot. Earlier this week, Zatkoff earned a promotion when goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Thomas Greiss were each tested for mumps. Suffice it to say, Zatkoff has been the beneficiary of circumstances which are bizarre compared to those typically related to dangers of playing professional hockey.
Dec 19, 2014

A chat with Jeff Zatkoff about his brief return to the NHL and his future with the #Penguins: bit.ly/1sGYsqI pic.twitter.com/mRMessw4tc

Penguins' Maatta tests positive for mumps

post-gazette.com — The Penguins announced today that defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for mumps and remains in isolation. Center Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup in Thursday's overtime win against Colorado after missing three games because of the mumps. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who had shown mumps-like symptoms a few days earlier, started against the Avalanche after his test results were negative.

Pennsylvania lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

post-gazette.com — HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania lawmakers' willingness to stop taking gifts from lobbyists, state contractors and other people who want to influence state government is about to be tested. State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster County, said Thursday that he will introduce a sweeping bill next month to ban nearly all gifts to public officials and employees in Pennsylvania, including state and local government employees.

International counterfeiting ring stretches from Uganda to Pittsburgh

post-gazette.com — A $2 million international counterfeiting operation began to unravel with the purchase of a $3.85 cup of coffee in Oakland a year ago. Federal authorities say Ryan Andrew Gustafson, 27, set up an operation in Uganda that involved an elaborate reshipping process, an Internet network of contacts, rubber hand molds and bills hidden in fliers about a children's charity.
Dec 19, 2014

International counterfeiting ring stretches from Uganda to Pittsburgh post-gazette.com/local/region/2… via @pittsburghpg

Who polices legislative ethics in Pennsylvania?

post-gazette.com — The Pennsylvania's Ethics Commission is a key oversight body for state lawmakers and other public officials at the state and local levels of government. The body serves under the "guiding principle that public office is a public trust and that any effort to realize personal financial gain through one's public office other than compensation provided by law is a violation of that trust."
Dec 19, 2014

RT @EarlyReturns: In today's installment on ethics and government, Joe Smydo looks at the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission: post-gazette.com/news/politics-…

Councilman Kraus found not guilty of littering, 'cooling-off period' ordered on harassment charge

post-gazette.com — A colorful court hearing in which the judge and key witness both held trash as evidence ended this morning with Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus being found not guilty of littering and ordered to avoid contact for 90 days with a woman he is charged with harassing.
Dec 18, 2014

Via @LizNavratil: Judge finds @BruceKraus not guilty of littering, orders 'cooling-off' period on feud with neighbor bit.ly/1r33Mco

Dec 18, 2014

City Council president found not guilty of littering, "cooling-off period" ordered in harassment charge -- post-gazette.com/local/city/201…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @EarlyReturns: Curious about the outside interests of your legislators? This interactive shows who's doing what: newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/leg_ethics/

Dec 18, 2014

RT @EarlyReturns: Curious about the outside interests of your legislators? This interactive shows who's doing what: newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/leg_ethics/

Dec 18, 2014

RT @EarlyReturns: Curious about the outside interests of your legislators? This interactive shows who's doing what: newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/leg_ethics/

They're back: Bald eagle camera makes its return to nest in Hays

post-gazette.com — Eagle watch 2015 starts today. This morning volunteers from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and PixController installed an improved high-tech wildlife camera system overlooking the bald eagle nest in the Pittsburgh community of Hays.

PUC grants ride-share company Lyft experimental license

post-gazette.com — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission this morning granted ride-sharing company Lyft an experimental license to operate in Pittsburgh and statewide. But like the authority granted to rival Uber last month, the terms of the agreement contain specific conditions Lyft must adhere to before the permission takes effect.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @PittsburghPG: ICYMI: @PA_PUC sets conditions for @lyft's license in Pa. Lyft isn't too thrilled, however. post-gazette.com/local/region/2… via @SocialKimLy

Dec 18, 2014

As promised: @PA_PUC grants ride-share company @Lyft experimental license post-gazette.com/local/region/2… updates soon

Crosby a game-time decision - 12-18-14

blogs.post-gazette.com — Penguins center Sidney Crosby could to the lineup for tonight's home game against the Avalanche after missing three games due to the mumps. He centered the team's first line with Evgeni Malkin on the left wing and Patric Hornqvist on the right wing at today's morning skate.

About the Avalanche - 12-81-14

blogs.post-gazette.com — A preview of the Avalanche. When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Altitude (Denver market), NHL Network (rest of the United States), SportsNet 360, TVA2. Record: 10-13-7, 27 points. The Avalanche is in last place in the Central Division.
Dec 18, 2014

Previewing #Penguins-#Avalanche with a stab at lines, injuries, notes, etc.: bit.ly/1AwkJMw (31st in an 82-part series.)

Paul McCartney leads list of best 2014 pop concerts in Pittsburgh

post-gazette.com — In promoter speak, there was no shortage of inventory here in 2014. Look no further than Stage AE having its most active year (157 concerts, 197 events) since opening in 2010. Beyond that, even without the Stones paying a visit, it was a solid year here for legendary acts with catalogs that don't quit, starting with the No.
Dec 18, 2014

50 years of his debut here with the Beatles, @PaulMcCartney delivered the Best Concert of 2014 post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

post-gazette.com — 1. Bob Dylan, "The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11": Obviously, this is not a new album -- far from it -- but the 38-track, two-disc reissue from the 1967 sessions at Big Pink, with unreleased tracks and alternate versions, plays like a proper album and allows us to fall in love with this timeless classic all over again.
Dec 18, 2014

Dylan, Beck, St. Vincent, War on Drugs top PG list of the Best Albums of 2014 post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

post-gazette.com — As ever, your duly appointed Munches in 2014 visited restaurants new (Ormsby Ave. Cafe, established 2014) and old (Jim's Famous Sauce, established 1927). As ever, we drove north (ShuBrew Handcrafted Ales & Food in Zelienople), south (The Blue Flame diner in Jefferson), east (Lupi & Leo in Greensburg) and west (Big Shot Bob's House of Wings in Avalon) in search of a good meal and a cold drink.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @PGMunch: Get in ta mah belly! Munch recounts favorites from 2014, including the pierogie of the year! post-gazette.com/life/munch/201… pic.twitter.com/hZkyibX7gN