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We collect this information:
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Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies.
As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including without limitation:
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- Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.
The information we collect automatically is statistical data and may include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
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- Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
- Speed up your searches.
- Recognize you when you return to our Website.
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include without limitation:
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- Any industry standard data and website information collection methodologies then in existence.
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We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
- To present our Website and its contents to you.
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- In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
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We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers' target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.
Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
- To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
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- With your consent.
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- If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, other users of the Website, our customers or others.
Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:
We do not control third parties' collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative ("NAI") on the NAI's website.
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You can review and change your personal information by logging into the Website and visiting your account profile page.
If you delete your User Contributions from the Website, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Website users. Proper access and use of information provided on the Website, including User Contributions, is governed by our Terms of Service.
Your California Privacy Rights
California "Shine the Light" law permits users of our Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at: 535 Media LLC, 535 Keystone Drive, Warrendale, PA 15095.
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Rostraver Ice Garden has scored the biggest goal (so far) of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
And it's about to become home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For a night, anyway.
Still, we can't wait for what promise to be a groovy night for local hockey.
The Ice Garden won a competition to be named Kraft Hockeyville USA for 2017. An announcement was made during an NBC broadcast of the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers playoff game Saturday afternoon.
Congrats @IceGardens ! Great choice @NHL @NHLonNBCSports @penguins @Jeremy_Roenick #Pittsburgh #Hockey pic.twitter.com/ZYaR0FBOt2
— bryan wilson (@brw066) April 29, 2017
For its victory, the Ice Garden will receive funding for facility improvements. Also, it will welcome the Penguins for a preseason game in September.
From Tribune-Review: Lynne Bangsund and her daughter Krista wanted to go to Cuba, but they didn't want to go with the standard guided tour.
"We both speak a little Spanish, and we didn't really want to go with 30 other people," Bangsund said.
So, when they found travel site ViaHero online, they decided to give it a try. They got a personalized itinerary prepared by a bona fide Cuban guide for a fraction of the cost of a travel agent, Lynne said.
"It was amazing, we had the entire trip planned," she said. Not only did they get to see sights they wouldn't otherwise have known about, Bangsund said the pair felt like they had an edge over other travelers. As they made their way around Havana, they encountered other tourists at restaurants. "They would be waiting but we had all our reservations planned ahead of time."
When it launches in Japan in May, East Liberty-based travel startup ViaHero will add a third island country to its small but growing portfolio.
An AlphaLab alumni company, ViaHero creates customized travel guides that allow travelers to experience their destination like a local. Rather than compensating the hotel or airline trying to sell the most expensive trip, ViaHero relies on the person providing the expert advice (the "heroes," if you will) to create the best possible travel experience.
"People really value the local insight they wouldn't have access to otherwise," said ViaHero CEO Greg Buzulencia. "You'd have to go through thousands of reviews on a site like TripAdvisor to get this depth of information."
ViaHero has started small, launching in Cuba and Iceland as its first markets. The company uses a blend of Airbnb hosts, freelance tour guides and local travel writers, many of whom come with their own audiences, to help plan the trips for customers.
With Cuba a relatively new destination for American travelers and Iceland becoming a more popular destination due to low-cost airfares, ViaHero has found a niche within the very crowded online travel space.
Buzulencia says the typical customer for ViaHero is an experienced international traveler, who might have visited a place with a tour guide in the past but wants a more authentic and independent experience.
Pitt's James Conner is a Pittsburgh Steeler. So we asked a Pittsburgher who knows a lot about the football programs that occupy the Rooney Sports Complex for his thoughts on the feel-great story of the 2017 NFL Draft.
James and the Steelers as only the Tribune-Review's Jerry DiPaola can tell it.
Injured and ill, James Conner joins Pitt teammates on the field prior to a bowl game in 2015. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
I'm sorry. I can't think of James Conner without seeing the sun set over Lake Erie.
People who live in or near Erie — and James proudly numbers himself among them — will tell you it's the most beautiful sight on earth.
Yeah, there's a story.
Before he came to Pitt and turned into an All-American running back as a sophomore and, Friday night, a Steeler, James was just another football player at Erie McDowell High School. Making friends, trying to make an impact, looking out for others.
His best friend and quarterback since sixth grade, Sean Gallagher, has a sister, Meghan, who five years ago was in a hospital room at UPMC Hamot, getting treatment for a kidney ailment. The room had no view of the lake.
James thought that was just plain wrong.
So, he picked Meghan out of her bed, cradled her in his massive arms, carried her out of the room and set her down in front of a window.
"The sunset relaxed her mind," James told me.
That's part of what the Steelers are getting, and he couldn't have come around at a better time for a franchise recently beset by too much bad news, up to and including the death of Dan Rooney.
That's a part of this story, too.
The late Dan Rooney after the AFC Championship game in 2009. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
James was in Dan's company many times at the South Side practice facility Pitt shares with the Steelers. But never as boss and employee. And were Dan alive, he and James still wouldn't have had the boss-employee relationship many people know in their companies.
Indeed, James and Dan would have shared a great, long-term relationship. Both men would have made sure of it.
Which brings me, finally, to the reason I'm writing these words the morning after James was drafted by the team that Dan helped build into the Super Bowl era's flagship football franchise.
These words are about James. They are also about the Steelers. I want everybody reading these words to realize what drafting James means for the Steelers.
James did beat cancer. He was an inspiration while battling the disease, and that fight reflected who he is and how he lives. But that fight was only a chapter of James' story.
Just. One. Chapter.
Through his wonderfully crafted Players Tribune essay, James spoke of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a goal. He told me years ago, "The NFL is on my mind every day."
Nice to hear from a college star, but James should know that much more relevant stuff needs to happen for him to run into the most famous building in Canton, Ohio.
Conner's letter to NFL GMs: 'I'm more than guy who beat cancer' https://t.co/YaGnXLlz6J via @TribLIVE
— Jerry DiPaola (@JDiPaola_Trib) April 20, 2017
The easy (if fortuitous) part was getting drafted by the Steelers on Friday night. It happened three picks from the end of the third round. The Steelers selected him with a pick provided by the NFL for former players who had left Pittsburgh as free agents.
If not for that bit of largesse by the league seeking to level the playing field, James would have been on a plane to somewhere else Saturday morning, not sitting across from coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II. (James actually did have a 10 a.m. appointment at Steelers headquarters.)
With that appointment, James was in a spot similar to one by another college star upon whom the Steelers used a compensation pick at the end of a third-round. You might remember that guy.
He is Hines Ward. And without their drafting of Hines in 1998, the Steelers may not have written the great chapter that was their first decade of this century.
You might think James would sign in blood for a career similar to Hines' Hall-of-Fame caliber tenure.
James will gladly work to make his own mark, thank you.
Look out Pittsburgh!!!! @L_Bell26 & @JamesConner_ #HereWeGo #H2P pic.twitter.com/OAshzZwJ2J
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) April 29, 2017
On the field, James will provide the Steelers a nice complement to Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell, a way to extend that possible Hall-of-Fame career by having someone else share all those carries, absorb some of those hits. James won't make many long runs in the NFL, but he'll break the spirit of some defensive backs.
Duke's 180-pound cornerback Breon Borders found that out the hard way one day at Heinz Field. With one of the same arms that carried Meghan Gallagher toward that Lake Erie sunset, James viciously stiff-armed Breon out of bounds while trying to rally Pitt to a victory.
Through the years covering Pitt's football program, I enjoyed the one-on-one, sit-down interviews with James and grew to appreciate and understand why he addressed his elders as "Sir" and "Mister." Not all of college athletes take that approach.
It's something called respect.
With James, as it was with Dan Rooney, respect is earned because it is first given.
James affords the game of football that respect, too. He prepares to play on so many levels, from practices on the field, video work with coaches, lifting weights, bonding with teammates, even walking around the offices clutching a jug of water so he'll be properly hydrated.
Unlike in college, Conner won't find many defensive backs reluctant to tackle him. I can tell him from having seen it with my own eyes, his own new teammates didn't shy from trying to tackle Jerome Bettis during his first training camp with the Steelers in 1996.
But when the collisions come for James this July, they won't be pretty. I hope James' new Steelers teammates heed my warning.
If they didn't see him doing it for Pitt at Heinz Field on Saturdays, the people of Steelers Nation will love seeing James Conner run over opposing defenders on Sundays. (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)
One final story.
During a spring practice session in 2014, former Pitt safety Terrish Webb, 80 pounds lighter than James, rushed up to try to tackling him. The noise of the crash drowned out any words that could be overheard, but I have always presumed Terrish said more than "Ouch."
Later, Pitt's running backs coach at the time, John Settle, told James, "Kids shouldn't play in traffic."
"It was an accident," James said, sheepishly.
Not it wasn't, James.
Nothing you do is accidental.
Jerry DiPaola has covered every level of Western PA football for the Tribune-Review
We already know that someone somewhere is printing T-shirts this late.
All because this happened tonight:
TFW you're James Conner and you just got drafted by the Steelers pic.twitter.com/t6uP1fdfWr
— 🅱eau 🅱erman (@BeauWTAE) April 29, 2017
That phone call though... 😂 #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/Ck4VhDo2s2
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2017
Staying in Pittsburgh!
The @Steelers select @Pitt_FB RB @JamesConner_ with the 105th overall pick!#NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/mZjqXvJrGC
— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2017
Monday: James Conner empties PITT locker at Heinz Field
Friday: James Conner is drafted by the Steelers to play at Heinz Field. pic.twitter.com/hBr2RFYzB2
— 🅱eau 🅱erman (@BeauWTAE) April 29, 2017
And Steeler Nation rejoiced!
April 28th, 2017:
Phil Kessel is still a Stanley Cup champion
James Conner is a mother fucking Pittsburgh Steeler
— Nikolai Oravetz (@noriss_2412) April 29, 2017
@CoachDuzzPittFB @L_Bell26 @JamesConner_ Man I'm speechless....beyond excited. Amazing
— SteelersFan2386 (@steelersfan2386) April 29, 2017
Congratulations @JamesConner_, this has the makings of a movie.
— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) April 29, 2017
Shout out to the bar for playing "black and yellow" when we found out @JamesConner_ was drafted by the @steelers #H2P #HereWeGo
— Gabrielle (@Gabi_H2P) April 29, 2017
It's been quite some time since I bought a jersey of any kind. I'm springing for a @steelers @JamesConner_ ASAP
— Rob Bologna (@nafscub) April 29, 2017
When's the last time a 3rd round non-QB pick sold as many jerseys as James Conner is about to?
— Corey Cohen (@CoreyECohen) April 29, 2017
@StonerBrewingCo Shanahan knows QBs. So I'll live with Beathard. Hometown kid James Conner staying put in Pittsburgh
— Joe P 🌎🌍🌏 (@PlacidiJoe) April 29, 2017
Definitely will be getting a James Conner Steeler jersey
— WPIAL_Insider (@WPIAL_Insider) April 29, 2017
@Brate1423 @steelers @JamesConner_ God is great!!!!!! @JamesConner_ never quit!!!
— JJ Kitchen (@JJ_Kitchen40) April 29, 2017
Going to be a TON of James Conner jerseys sold #steelers
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) April 29, 2017
Ya count me as one of the thousands of people that wants a @JamesConner_ @steelers jersey! #HereWeGo
— Chris Gerardi (@Chris_Gerardi) April 29, 2017
@PittGuru @JamesConner_ I think there's going to be a lot of those jerseys at Heinz Field on Sundays now.
— Jen (@jenny1027) April 29, 2017
After all these years, James Conner finally gets to play at Heinz Field in front of a crowd that is more than half full. Bless up.
— Wesley Uhler (@WesUhlerWVU) April 29, 2017
Let's never forget:
It was supposed to be a weekend of bliss, booze and bops. Instead, it was chaos.
Organizers of the much-hyped Fyre music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel, the Associated Press reports.
Fyre Festival organizers announced the cancellation of what they previously billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" concert along the lines of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.
The scene didn't look so good:
Luxury #FyreFestival postponed amid chaos https://t.co/eVcYuN8xRl pic.twitter.com/4Mit5SuwKf
— Variety (@Variety) April 28, 2017
People had already begun arriving in the Exuma islands for the first of two weekends that was to include performances by Blink-182 and others.
Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed (con't)
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could (con't)
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
The event's website put it differently: "Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time and we are unable to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests."
They said they were working to arrange charter flights to Miami for people who had already arrived in Exuma and said inbound flights had been canceled.
At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017
Fyre Festival, produced by a partnership that includes rapper Ja Rule, had promised "culinary delights and luxury" over this weekend and the second one in May. Organizers had relied on models and other minor celebrities to heavily promote the festival as a glitzy destination event. It was unclear from the website if the second weekend would also be canceled.
William N. Finley IV was live tweeting the entire bungle:
So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city. pic.twitter.com/1lSWtnk7cA
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 27, 2017
This is how Fyre Fest handles luggage. Just drop it out of a shipping container. At night. With no lights. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/X5CdZRyJWo
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
These are the secure lockers at Fyre Fest. They forgot to tell us we needed locks. #fyrefestival #fyrefest pic.twitter.com/Tqyjqbg2Gy
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
Just waiting with my Fyre Fest pals to get on the flight out. The plane hasn't left Miami yet. It's lit! #fyre #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/glIYmIG0dc
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017
The Bahamas tourism ministry had expected it to be one of the largest such events ever held in the island chain east of Florida.
But attendees complained bitterly about disorganization, a lack of accommodations and inadequate food in social media posts.
And they were furious (and some furiously funny).
To all #FyreFestival attendees, may the odds ever be in your favor. pic.twitter.com/z16heZDAoB
— The Root (@TheRoot) April 28, 2017
John Travolta arrives at the #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/o2on2ceHbA
— Rodger Dodger (@Rodg3rDodg3r) April 28, 2017
Live from the VIP area of #FyreFestival pic.twitter.com/1X6wfM372a
— Geoff Holtby (@gdholtby) April 28, 2017
Anyone that WILLINGLY spends $12,000 to see Ja Rule & Blink 182 really doesn't deserve any sympathy: https://t.co/XlMEiQU6HL #FyreFestival pic.twitter.com/VO0OWQcV49
— The Root (@TheRoot) April 28, 2017
Several North Side residents who are irate over a homeless encampment in their neighborhood pitched two tents Thursday night next to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's Point Breeze home.
Peduto, 52, who is running for re-election, called the stunt a "new low in Pittsburgh politics."
Peduto on Friday morning said the North Side encampment has been there for years. He said the city has worked with social service agencies in an attempt to move the homeless into housing.
"It never became an issue until two weeks before the (May 16) election," he said. "Darlene Harris is using it on the campaign trail as a wedge, dividing issue of people in Pittsburgh."
McDonald's will begin phasing out Hi-C Orange on May 1, according to a memo posted this week on Reddit. A representative for McDonald's told Eat This, Not That that all locations will stop carrying the drink after July.
According to the memo, the chain is introducing a new "proprietary" beverage called Sprite TropicBerry that will be served exclusively at McDonald's locations. It's part of the company's partnership with Coca-Cola.
McDonald's website touts Hi-C Orange Lavaburst as "packed with crisp citrus flavor," but customers won't be able to enjoy it for much longer.
You may still have time to order the drink because McDonald's locations are advised to keep selling it until their current supply is gone.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Capital funding for projects such as the Port Authority's proposed Bus Rapid Transit system between Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland is in limbo as part of the federal budget debate.
"We are in the midst of a battle," said Art Guzzetti, vice president of policy and research for the American Public Transportation Association. "The funding is up in the air."
For these types of projects, the federal government generally provides about 43 percent of the funding, the state and local governments provide the rest. The Port Authority proposal would cost $200 million to $240 million based on the configuration of the system between Downtown and Oakland and whether it includes extensions to Highland Park, Squirrel Hill and Wilkinsburg.
The Port Authority, working with Allegheny County and Pittsburgh officials, is trying to cobble together funding from a number of sources because the project will use electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, install green infrastructure and modernize sewers in the Uptown neighborhood.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said the federal budget is "in flux" right now, but he isn't concerned about funding for the project.
"No. 1, it's a great project and it has a lot of community support," he said. "I think it will score very well and win approval."