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Hi all. I’m back in your inbox this chilly morning to walk you through everything you need to know about what’s happening in town. In today’s Daily, you’ll find news about these stories and more…

  • Oaklander Hotel invites Pittsburgh guests to use recording studio
  • Pittsburgh ranked #6 as ‘Best City for Vampires’
  • Dave Matthews to perform at John Fetterman rally in Pittsburgh

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Here are the top stories in Pittsburgh today:

1) A traffic jam was building along the Parkway East near Squirrel Hill Tunnel this morning due to an accident. A multi-vehicle accident on the outbound side is reportedly the reason for the backups. The crash happened just after 6 a.m. and it involved two tractor trailers and two cars. Several emergency vehicles are blocking the right and center lanes. Traffic is slowly getting by on the left-hand side of the roadway. There is no word on any injuries or how long crews expect to be at the scene.

(WTAE Pittsburgh)

2) Guests of The Oaklander Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh now can record a song at an on-site studio. Interested guests will step into a professional sound booth near the lobby to sing, play a musical instrument, or do any other bit they would like to have recorded. A pro recording engineer will produce the track that will be presented to the guests in digital form. The recording studio and upcoming open mic nights in the Oaklander’s 10th-floor lounge, Spirits & Tales, are efforts by the three-and-a-half-year-old hotel to tie in with the neighborhood’s rich musical past.

(The Times)

3) If you know any out-of-town vampires, tell them that Pittsburgh might be a nice place for them to live. A national group recently ranked the best U.S. cities for vampires, and Pittsburgh came in at Number 6 on the list. With the second-most blood centers in the nation and the least number of sunny days among 200 chosen cities, Pittsburgh met the needs of vampires, the survey said. “Yes, this ranking is tongue-in-cheek — or rather fang-in-neck — for the most part, but there’s a serious side, too,” the emailed release said. “Unfortunately for vampires and humans, our nation’s blood supply is still in a vulnerable state. If you’re eligible, consider making a difference by donating blood at your local blood drive.”


4) A pro-life activist from Pittsburgh could face up to 11 years in prison after a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., indicted him for blocking access to a D.C. abortion clinic. Herb Geraghty, 25, is charged with conspiracy against rights and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act offenses after he participated in an October 2020 “pro-life block and lock rescue” of the Washington Surgi-Clinic. In a release, the Department of Justice alleged that Geraghty and others “forcefully entered the clinic and set about blockading two clinic doors using their bodies, furniture, chains and ropes.” Geraghty tweeted about the indictment on Monday. He called the protest non-violent and said the Biden administration is using the Justice Department as “a weapon against political dissidents.” Geraghty, who attended the University of Pittsburgh, serves as executive director of nonprofit human rights organization Rehumanize International.


5) Musician Dave Matthews will perform at a Pittsburgh rally for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman. The free event is slated for Oct. 26 at Stage AE on the city’s North Shore. The RSVP page for the event says that demand is expected to exceed capacity, and that admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. “We’re excited to have Dave perform for all of our fans in Pittsburgh to thank everyone for their hard work to get to this point, and emphasize the stakes of this race for people across Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said in a statement released by his campaign.

(WTAE Pittsburgh)

Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Madden Tournament (5:00 PM)
  • Writing (and Reading!) Scary Stories (6:00 PM)
  • Budget Meeting – Franklin Park Borough (6:15 PM)
  • Crafterdark – Community Library of Castle Shannon (6:30 PM)
  • Red Flags for Seniors: Avoiding Scams (6:30 PM)
  • Civil Service Commission Meeting – Ross Township Meetings (7:00 PM)
  • Teen Creative Corner – Brentwood Library (7:00 PM)
  • Live Music Casino Bar (7:00 PM)
  • Sondheim on Sondheim – Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse (7:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Pittsburgh Bureau of Police: “Pittsburgh Police will once again be participating in the annual “Get Stuffed with Love” event that provides fresh, hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, more than 3,000 meals were hand-delivered to Pittsburgh residents.” (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police via Facebook)
  • The Andy Warhol Museum: “Thanks to The Zoe Report for including us in “The Top Museums To Visit In The US This Fall”: https://bit.ly/3VPlEs7″ (The Andy Warhol Museum via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History: “Pigeons on the football field! Jon Rice, our Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator, tells us why the pigeons at last weekend’s Steelers game were unflappable despite intense gameplay and the refs shooing them off the field. https://fal.cn/…” (Carnegie Museum of Natural History via Facebook)
  • Visit Pittsburgh: “Fill your calendars with all the fall fun happening this week in Pittsburgh! 😍🍂 🐶 Dogtober Fest Kennywood 🕯️ Pitch Black: Dining in the Dark Revival on Lincoln 💀 Haunted Museum After Dark at Carnegie Museum of Natural History 🪄 ” (Visit Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Tree Pittsburgh: “Help us choose the next Tree Pittsburgh tee! We need your help to decide which shirt to add to our awesome Tree Pittsburgh swag. Let us know your vote in the comments or by liking a photo! There are three options to choose from: -.” (Tree Pittsburgh via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: “Dealing with a relative’s estate and will after death may seem daunting. Join us October 26 to learn more about the process and many documents required for completion, and where to go to file documents.” (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh via Facebook)

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Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is a native Pennsylvanian with stops in Erie and State College before making Pittsburgh her home in 2020. She’s got a background in a little bit of everything… from working in media newsrooms and public health to the 2016 Presidential election in Washington, D.C. and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality T.V., attending local events and trying new food in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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