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Tickets still available for 'Golden Ticket' raffle for ultimate Pittsburgh sports fans

Need a last-minute gift for a huge Pittsburgh sports fan — and want to do some good at the same time?

We got you.


Tickets are still available for the Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania's Golden Ticket sports raffle.

(Check out this brilliance by our friend John Chamberlin and his YaJagoff Media. If you're a Penguins fan, you just might see a familiar face.)



The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will receive two season tickets for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Riverhounds; the Washington Wild Things; Pitt men's basketball and football; Penn State football (plus a parking pass); Robert Morris football, basketball and men's hockey; and Duquesne men and women's basketball.

Whew.

Tickets are $50 for four chances and will be sold until 6 p.m. Aug. 31. The winner will be based on the Pennsylvania Lottery Big 4 evening drawing on Aug. 31. In the event the Big 4 number on that date does not correspond to purchased ticket, a winner will be drawn randomly on site. Winner need not be present.

Buy your ticket here.

All tickets purchased online will be mailed.

Proceeds will support programs that Junior Achievement provides for 66,000 K-12 students in western Pennsylvania each year.

NATION

Hey, our veterans' flags are missing! Blame the woodchucks

Authorities say furry critters, not vandals, are likely to blame for American flags that disappeared from veterans' graves in Massachusetts.

The flags at Bellevue Cemetery, in Adams, were first reported missing earlier this month. Residents volunteered to replace the flags by hand, but then those went missing, too.

Police were called to investigate, and Chief Richard Tarsa told The Boston Globe on Monday that officers found evidence that a woodchuck is likely using the flags in its burrow.

Tarsa says a similar incident happened in New York in 2012, where police linked a woodchuck to about 75 flags that disappeared from Cedar Park Cemetery.

He says about 12 to 18 flags were damaged in Adams.

Police say they still plan to keep an eye on the cemetery.

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Starbucks CEO stepping down; rumored to be considering presidential run

National news outlets are reporting that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will step down later this month, and Schultz has also said he may consider running for the U.S. Presidency.

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Boulder-size asteroid disintegrated harmlessly over Africa

A boulder-size asteroid disintegrated harmlessly over Africa, just hours after its weekend discovery.

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Valedictorian trolls graduation with Obama quote

A Kentucky student wanted to leave his classmates with some thoughtful words so he looked to the president, or rather a former president.

"This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google," Ben Bowling said in his speech, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. "'Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.' — Donald J. Trump."

The crowd burst into applause.

"Just kidding," Bowling said. "That was Barack Obama."

The crowd went quiet.

According to the report, Bowling said he thought it was a really good quote, but knew that if he just attributed it to Obama, the crowd wouldn't appreciate it as much, so he said it was Trump and got a strong reaction.

Bell County High School is located in southeastern Kentucky, a state that went for Trump in the 2016 Presidential election.




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We don’t want to say Kanye should stick to music, but when he does, it’s usually great

This isn't going to be a political thinkpiece on why Kanye West should stay out of politics, stop doing insane things and stick to music.

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New Primanti’s sandwich swaps fries for pierogies

If you're going to remove the fries from a Primanti's sandwich, you'd better replace it with something Pittsburghers know and love.

How about kielbasa and Mrs. T's pierogies?

That's the recipe for Primanti's latest limited-edition offering, "The Polish Hill." It will be available from June 8 through mid-August in all Primanti Bros. locations except its restaurants in Indiana, where Mrs. T's pierogies are not available, a company spokeswoman said.

The sandwich unites Pennsylvania culinary institutions from either side of the state, pairing South Side-based Primanti Bros. with Schuylkill-County-based Mrs. T's Pierogies.

The sandwich will also include provolone cheese, hot grilled slaw, beer mustard and tomato, jammed between two slices of Italian bread.

"I don't let them make changes to our sandwiches like this unless they're good," said Toni Haggerty, manager of Primanti's original location in Pittsburgh's Strip District, in a news release. "Everybody in Pittsburgh knows Mrs. T's Pierogies, and now they'll know them on 'The Polish Hill' sandwich."

"If polka music was a flavor — I'm pretty sure this would be it," Haggerty said.

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Satanic Temple claims Twitter discriminated against it

SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts-based organization called The Satanic Temple is accusing Twitter of discriminating against it on religious grounds.

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Grave Mistake

Son finds wrong man with father's name buried aside his mother

A surprise of surprises.

During a trip to his mother's gravesite at a Milwaukee cemetery, R.C. Smith saw a fresh mound of dirt covering the adjacent plot.

Plot twist: the space was reserved for his 90-year-old father whom WISN News describes as "very much alive."

The station spoke with R.C. Smith about his reaction to the wrong Otha L. Smith being buried beside his mother.



Smith made it clear Wednesday that "Someone's in the grave that shouldn't be in the grave."

Union cemetery manager said his staff is working to find out how the mistake happened.

Despite the acknowledgment, Smith made declared he is unhappy with the confusion.

"If I had not come to the cemetery like I do, I would never have been aware of this Mr. Otha is not the Otha that should be here," he told the station. "I'm not pleased with the gentleman laying next to my mom."

It remained unclear Wednesday how the situation would be resolved. Attempts to find the family of Otha L. Smith buried in the grave were unsuccessful. Cemetery officials said they're working to contact family members.