Positive Spin Middle Schoolers Complete Long Distance Bike Ride

After training all summer long, Positive Spin youth completed a 50-mile ride along the Great Allegheny Passage

Positive Spin is our cycling program for middle school youth. Positive Spinners learn the rules of the road, basic bike maintenance, how to become civically involved, and how to navigate Pittsburgh while also training to complete a long-distance ride. This program operates on a seasonal basis in Fall, Spring, and Summer, and works primarily with Pittsburgh Public Schools. This summer Positive Spinners rode a combined 5,000 miles with their instructors. Check out the photos below and please donate to this wonderful program by clicking here.

Positive Spin Youth stopping for a break after biking to the river during Summer Dreamers 2016









We taught seven kids how to ride bikes from scratch this year

Positive Spinners Learned to Fix Flats













The Positive Spinners learned how to fix flats

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Rode to the ice cream shop after completing a 16-mile training ride

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Learned how to print student-designed artwork onto t-shirts for the big ride

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Photo taken outside of their school before students rode back to the Northside from Perryopolis.

Positive Spinners complete a 50 mile culminating ride from Perryopolis all the way back to their school on the Northside.













Positive Spinners lining up to start the 50 mile ride!

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Obama: Donald Trump ‘is unfit to serve as president’

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSKRCO

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  A presidential broadside today aimed at Donald Trump.  President Obama took on the man who is running to succeed him in his strongest terms yet.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president.  I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The rebuke came at a news conference with the visiting prime minister of Singapore.  The president drew a sharp distinction between Donald Trump and the Republican nominees he had faced, John McCain and Mitt Romney.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  I never thought that they couldn’t do the job.  And had they won, I would have been disappointed, but I would have said to all Americans, they are – this is our president and I know they are going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense, will observe basic decency.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  All of this followed Trump’s repeated criticisms of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of a U.S. army officer who died in Iraq.

Republican leaders condemned the remarks, but Mr. Obama said that’s not enough.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making.  There has to be a point at which you say, this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  One New York Republican congressman, Richard Hanna, did just that today.

In a newspaper opinion columnist, he wrote: “Mr. Trump has attacked the parents of a slain U.S. soldier.  Where do we draw the line?  While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Trump was speaking in Northern Virginia as the president held his news conference, and he made no mention of the Obama criticism or the Khans.  But it was in the air just the same.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presidential Nominee:  A man came up to me and he handed me his Purple Heart.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The Purple Heart, given to those wounded or killed in action, came from a retired lieutenant colonel.

DONALD TRUMP:  I always wanted to get the Purple Heart.  This was much easier.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Later, Trump did answer the president in a statement, charging he and his former secretary of state betrayed American security and American workers.

And Trump declared – quote – “Hillary Clinton has proven herself unfit to serve in any government office.”

Trump supporters at the rally appeared unfazed by the latest blowup.

DALE NYLEC, Trump Supporter: The coverage is just insane.  I think they make a big deal about that.  First of all, he was speaking from his heart.  And he wasn’t accusing them or saying anything.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Trump moves on to campaign in Florida tomorrow.  Clinton will be in Colorado.

Also today, Donald Trump told The Washington Post he is not ready to endorse Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for reelection.  He also said he won’t support Republican Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte for new terms.

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Joy Global to be purchased by Komatsu unit in $3.7B deal

Surface and underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Komatsu America Corp., a Peoria, Ill.-based unit of Japan’s Komatsu Ltd., in a $3.7 billion deal.

Joy Global has extensive operations in the Pittsburgh region, including a mining equipment operation in Houston and its recently moved underground mining operation.

Under the terms of the agreement, Joy Global stockholders will receive $28.30 per share in cash for each outstanding share of common stock.…


So I had this idea that I could kind of shrink into the shrubbery of the internet in a quiet, very non-dramatic way, and boy, did that not happen.

I’ve been writing about Pittsburgh for 11 years now as PittGirl and I’ve always been very open with you, and I guess my final column at Pittsburgh Magazine (which you should read because it’s my love letter to this city) wasn’t open enough because THE EMAILS. THE TWEETS. THE “WHAT THE ACTUAL FLIPPING MOTHERLOVING HELL?!?”S.

I didn’t give the Post-Gazette a comment because I had planned my July column to be the last I had to say for a while, but with former butler Woy’s encouragement (in the form of a text that read simply “CLOSURE”) I realized I owe you a deeper explanation.

In hindsight, I wish I had responded to the P-G’s request for comment with: “I gotta bounce; the jagoffs are making me stabby,” just to see if I could get the word jagoff into the P-G.

The jagoffs aren’t really making me that stabby. Here’s my real explanation:

I need a break. I need to recharge the creative areas of my brain. I need to not be so INSIDE the internet for a while. I need to step away, particularly from social media. I’m going to live in real life now, and I’m going to write some things I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time.

ThatsChurch.com will soon be redirected to its complete archives (including Burgh Blog archives) at VirginiaMontanez.com. The site will be working correctly in the next few days as background widgetry falls into place. Not really widgetry. I just like that word. There’s not much there now, but if you want to see it, you can use this link.

You’re not going to hear from me for a while, but when I’m ready and when I have something to say, that is where you will find me. I am not turning my back on Pittsburgh. I am not leaving the city (as if!). I am not turning my back on Make Room for Kids (AS. IF.) or any of the nonprofit boards I sit on. I am not sick. There is no trauma or drama happening in my life other than the bird that got in my house the other day and terrorized me for hours (15 seconds).

I made this decision months ago when I gave the magazine my three-months notice. WENDY BELL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT AND SHE CAN CONTINUE TO KISS MY SWEET SWEET ASS.

And I promise you, PROMISE YOU, the person Pittsburgh Magazine has taking my place is going to make you feel every emotion I’ve ever made you feel. It is who I recommended would be perfect to take over the space. I cannot wait for you to see who it is. You will see how life always comes full circle.

Much love. See you soon. PittGirl out.



News Wrap: Senate Democrats launch gun control filibuster

AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. The guns represent many of the models the ATF has come across in their investigations, and are collected through seizures from criminals or donations from manufacturers and members of the public. Picture taken December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX21L2J

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GWEN IFILL: Good evening. I’m Gwen Ifill.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And I’m Judy Woodruff.

GWEN IFILL: On the “NewsHour” tonight: As details of the Orlando massacre become clear, focus shifts away from the killer and toward his wife.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Also ahead this Wednesday: a look at the Donald Trump effect. The presumptive nominee isn’t backing down, even when his party disagrees – what this means for his campaign and the GOP.

GWEN IFILL: Plus, a “NewsHour” exclusive: After a two-year study, Stanford researchers find shocking racial injustices by the Oakland Police Department.

REBECCA HETEY, Stanford University: Even when we took out stops that resulted in arrests, we found that one in four black men, for example, were handcuffed, compared to one in 15 white men.

JUDY WOODRUFF: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”


JUDY WOODRUFF: Investigators in Orlando worked today to reconstruct the movements of the gunman who killed 49 people over the weekend. Omar Mateen died in a gun battle with police, after the massacre at a gay nightclub.

Authorities working the crime scene today said they need to know what Mateen did before the attack. They wouldn’t confirm that his wife knew of the plot and might be charged.

LEE BENTLEY, U.S. Attorney: I am not going to speculate today as to any charges that may be brought or indeed about whether any charges will be brought in this case. It is premature to do so.

It would interfere and hamper the investigation to put out premature information about where the investigation is headed.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Orlando’s mayor said today that investigators do know that Mateen visited several locations Saturday night. He didn’t elaborate.

GWEN IFILL: Senate Democrats launched a filibuster today, demanding tougher gun controls in the aftermath of Orlando. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and several others spent much of the day calling for a vote on barring gun sales to people on the terrorist watch-list.

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D), Connecticut: In the face of mass slaughter after mass slaughter, this body has taken absolutely no action.

And I know that times are tough here. I know that we’re often at each others’ throats, but that, in and of itself, is unacceptable. Let’s find some limited common ground on issues that the broad American electorate support, and let’s move forward on it.

GWEN IFILL: Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally in Atlanta, carnage could have been avoided if some of the Orlando victims had themselves been carrying guns.

DONALD TRUMP (R), Presumptive Presidential Nominee: If the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at this guy who was just open target practice, you would’ve had a situation, folks, which would’ve been always horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we all, as a people, suffered this weekend.

GWEN IFILL: Trump said he will meet with the National Rifle Association to discuss tying gun sales to the terror watch and no-fly lists. In response, the NRA says it supports delaying gun sales to terror suspects for 72 hours, but it wants a way to take people off the watch list, if they’re wrongly accused.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Another tragedy played out in the Orlando area today, after an alligator snatched and killed a 2-year-old boy at Walt Disney World. It happened Tuesday evening at the Seven Seas Lagoon, as the boy was wading near shore. Police reported that search teams found the body today and that it was intact. The resort closed all its beaches.

GWEN IFILL: The wreckage of a missing EgyptAir plane has been spotted deep in the Mediterranean Sea. Egyptian officials say they have identified several main locations on the ocean floor. The flight disappeared on May 19, killing all 66 people on board. The cause of the crash remains unclear.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The Federal Reserve left a key short-term interest rate unchanged today, in light of an uncertain jobs picture. In a statement, the central bank said – quote – “The labor market has slowed, while growth in economic activity appears to have picked up.”

Fed Chair Janet Yellen elaborated:

JANET YELLEN, Chair, Federal Reserve: Although recent labor market data have, on balance, been disappointing, it’s important not to overreact to one or two monthly readings. The committee continues to expect that the labor market will strengthen further over the next few years. That said, we will be watching the job market carefully.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Yellen said Fed policy-makers are also watching for any economic fallout from Britain’s vote next week on whether to stay in the European Union.

GWEN IFILL: The Fed’s news failed to reassure Wall Street, as stocks fell for a fifth day. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 34 points to close at 17640. The Nasdaq gave up eight points, and the S&P 500 dropped nearly four.

JUDY WOODRUFF: President Obama met with the Dalai Lama today, despite China’s warnings that it would damage U.S.-Chinese ties. Beijing accuses the spiritual leader of Tibet’s Buddhists of campaigning to split the region from China. The White House released a photo of the meeting, but allowed no other coverage.

GWEN IFILL: Medical news on two fronts today.

The World Health Organization now says there’s no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer. That reverses a 25-year-old warning. Instead, the WHO says the real issue is temperature. If you routinely drink anything that’s very hot, about 150 degrees or more, there’s limited evidence it could lead to cancer of the esophagus.

JUDY WOODRUFF: A major city in southern India is on high alert for polio after an active strain was found in sewage water. The alert in Hyderabad means about 350,000 children will be vaccinated next week. India was declared free of polio in 2014.

GWEN IFILL: And astronomers have picked up new echoes of two black holes crashing into each other deep in space. The collision generated a gravitational wave that gave off a high-pitched chirp. It’s only the second time that Earth-based instruments have detected a gravitational wave, and it helps prove the first time wasn’t a fluke.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Still to come on the “NewsHour”: Donald Trump takes an unexpected stance on gun control; a new report detailing racial bias by the Oakland California police; how the Muslim community is responding to the attack in Orlando; and much more.

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Pittsburgh-bound flight diverted after turbulence; 5 sent to hospitals

Three passengers and four flight attendants were injured when their Pittsburgh-bound flight encountered turbulence after departure from the Dominican Republic.

Allegiant Air Flight 7001, an Apple Vacations charter Airbus A319 carrying 137 passengers and six crew, landed safely at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 2:43 p.m., according to a statement by Allegiant Air.

Two flight attendants and two passengers suffered head injuries and were transported along with another passenger,…