no bueno

Another day, another clusterf*ck at Chipotle

As if crapping your brains out from E. coli wasn't bad enough, Chipotle announced it recently detected unauthorized activity on the network that supports its payment system in restaurants.

According to the Associated Press:

An investigation is focused on restaurant transactions between March 24 and April 18, and would not provide further details since the investigation is ongoing.
A Chipotle representative said the company has notified card networks, which notifies issuing banks, which in turn notifies customers.

The company released a statement that said those that visited the restaurants recently should monitor their card statements: "Consistent with good practices, consumers should closely monitor their payment card statements. If anyone sees an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank that issued the card. Payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for such charges," the statement said.

Fifty-three people in nine states were sickened with the same strain of E. coli in 2015; 46 had eaten at Chipotle in the week before they fell ill.

that's some dedication

Man runs into burning home to save beer — twice

You'd think it'd at least be some kind of awesome craft brew. Nope.

A man faces obstruction charges after police in South Dakota said he ignored orders from firefighters and ran twice into a burning building to "save" his beer.

Sioux Falls police spokesman Officer Sam Clemens told KELO that Michael Casteel, 56, ignored a police officer who tried to stop him on Sunday from running into a burning apartment building. He ran into the building a second time, despite protests from firefighters battling the flames, police said.

On his second exit, Casteel carried a pair of Bud Ice beers with him, KELO reported.

Authorities determined Casteel had a blood-alcohol content level of .082 percent, KELO reported. He was charged with obstruction and violating a 24/7 sobriety program.


not the sharpest crayon in the box

Facebook Live video helps Pittsburgh police crack case

From WTAE: Investigators said a Facebook Live video helped them get the break they needed to file charges against a suspect in the murder of a 25-year-old woman in December.

Myanne Redman, 25, was shot and killed in Pittsburgh's East Hills neighborhood on Dec. 19.

According to a criminal complaint, police developed Isaiah Booker, 23, as a potential suspect in the case very early in their investigation.

In February, Booker had posted a Facebook Live video in which gunshots are heard along with what sounds like a police officer saying "Stop, get your hands up. Stop." The video goes off after a police siren is heard.

Read more about how police solved the case at WTAE.

along for the ride

UberEATS' next destination: Pittsburgh

Arriving soon in Pittsburgh: UberEATS.

OK, so Uber won't confirm it. But we're pretty sure about this one.

(There's even an UberEATS website for Pittsburgh.)

Uber spokesperson Craig Ewer gave a cryptic message to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "We're cooking up a big announcement for next week, so set the table and stay tuned!"

UberEATS, which operates through an app, allows users to buy food from their favorite restaurants and have it delivered by Uber.

It operates in 75 cities.

celebrate arbor day

Get off your ass and into the woods

So you want to hike among giants? Here's your chance.

Environmental educators from Forbes State Forest and Laurel Hill State Park will lead a "hike for the trees" walk connecting the two chunks of public land from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29 in honor of Arbor Day.

Arbor Day, of course, is a once-a-year-celebration of trees usually focused on adding a few to the landscape. It's marked on the last Friday in April.

The hike won't involve planting anything. But it is a chance to see trees that took root perhaps before George Washington — yeah, that one, the first president of the United States — walked the Earth.

"The Hemlock Natural Area is the starting point for the hike, and winds through an old-growth hemlock forest," said Rachael Mahony, environmental educator with the Forbes.

Read more about the hike at Everybody Adventures.

'power can ruin you'

Pope's surprising TED talk

Pope Francis gave a surprise TED talk on Wednesday, telling those listening that the future has a name, and it is "hope."

The pontiff went on to say that while Christians should be optimistic, they should not ignore those who are suffering.

Here is the text of his speech:

"Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference.

I very much like its title – "The Future You" – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a "you."

"The Future You:" the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone's existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.

As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: "Why them and not me?"

I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today's "discarded" people. And that's why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: "Why them and not me?"

First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent "I," separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone.

Read the rest of his speech from WPXI.

survey says

Pittsburgh drivers really are the f*cking worst

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: This is one category where Pittsburghers didn't want to be tied with New York City residents: worst drivers in the country, according to a report released this morning by EverQuote Inc., an online insurance marketplace.

EverQuote studied 11 months of driving habits through March 6 for 150,000 drivers who use the company's EverRide cellphone app and released the rankings Wednesday. The rankings are based on five driving activities during 20 million trips recorded by the app: speeding, cellphone use, excess acceleration, hard braking and hard turning.

Drivers can get a regular report of their driving habits and the company maintains an aggregate of all drivers but doesn't keep or report individual reports, said Ryan Ruffing, director of communications for the Massachusetts company. The company released the study as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

What the app found out about Pittsburgh drivers isn't good.

Read more about the findings in the P-G.

Booze changes advance

Beginning of the end for Pa. state stores?

Pennsylvania House Republicans have pushed ahead a set of changes to how alcohol is sold in the state, moving to privatize wholesale wine and spirits sales and expand the retail outlets where booze is available.

Lawmakers voted 105-84 on Tuesday in favor of the wholesale divestment proposal, sending it with other proposals to the Senate for its consideration.

The House voted to allow more grocery stores to seek permits to sell wine, no longer restricting the permits to stores with seating capacity, and retailers would be able to buy wine from brokers in the private sector.

"Every day that passes that we're not able to continue to update our antiquated liquor systems is another day of missed opportunities," said Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster.

Rep. Joe Markosek, a Democrat from Allegheny County, said the change would help businesses at the expense of taxpayers, as state stores would have to compete with groceries that can focus on just the most popular varieties.

"If there ever was a template on how to crash a business and hurt taxpayers, this is it," Markosek said.

Representatives also approved letting restaurant and hotel licensees sell up to 3 liters (almost 1 gallon) of takeout liquor per customer.

— Associated Press