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Pittsburgh architect's Vatican chapel will be used in an historical moment

Pittsburgh's own Lou Astorino is  the only American architect in history to design a chapel for The Vatican. When the Cardinals are sequestered to vote on the next pope, they'll attend mass in The Chapel of the Holy Spirit; a small, intimate chapel designed by the Pittsburgh native.

Though the construction of the chapel faced a few obstacles, the least of which was the plot of land Vatican officials selected for the chapel, it now stands pristine next to the hotel the sequestered Cardinals will be frequenting.

To read more, click here.

Pittsburgh's Modcloth execs named among most influential entrepreneurs 2012

Eric Koger and Susan Gregg Koger are featured in Under 30 Ceo's list of the 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs of 2012 for Modcloth, a Pittsburgh based online clothing distributor specializing in vintage style apparel. The Krogers are in good company, with Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger of Instagram, and Daniel Elk of Spotify all appearing in the same list.

To read more, click here.

New Castle's Epiphany Labs hot new idea for charging your phone

You've probably never wondered what it would be like to charge your phone with a hot cocoa or maybe an ice water. Epiphany Labs did. With their new Epiphany onE Puck, the New Castle startup wants you to charge your phone with your beverage--or any other source of hot or cold you can find. A simple heat engine, a drink coaster, and a USB port combined into one device creates what Epiphany hopes will be a solution for people who never have enough time in the day to plug in their smartphones and pave the way for future application of heat engines to places and people in need of electricity.

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Youth opportunity index: see how PA ranks, including Butler and Allegheny Counties

Our statewide sister publication, Keystone Edge, reports encouraging news on the just released Youth Opportunity Index. Allegheny and Butler County are both showing signficant gains in youth population.

"Increases in residents ages 18-24 in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the 2010 census signalled the beginning of the end for the longstanding "brain drain" conundrum across Pennsylvania."

Read more in the article here.

Who's more likely to vote for Peduto? For Ravenstahl? Now we know, thanks to data profiles.

Move over, Nate Silver. Civic Science just released data on profiles of voters and who's more likely to vote for Ravenstahl or Peduto in the mayoral election (done before Michael Lamb announced).

As an example, college-educated voters are twice as likely to vote for Peduto while those 65 and older favor Ravenstahl by a wide majority.

From social media (Peduto reigns with Twitter users while the candidates evenly split with Facebook users) to technology, the findings are quite interesting. There's even a favored Big Burrito restaurant category.

Read the blog here.

Pittsburgh makes the list for happiest cities for young professionals

"Irvine, Pittsburgh and Plano may not be the first places that come to mind when you think about where you’d be happiest—but it turns out those three cities are where some of the nation’s most contented young professionals are, according to online career site Careerbliss.com.

"Its list of the 20 happiest cities for young professionals is based on analysis from more than 38,000 employee generated reviews between 2011 and 2012. Young professionals, defined by CareerBliss as employees with less than 10 years’ experience in a full-time position, were asked to rate ten key factors that affect workplace happiness, including work-life balance, one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, the work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job autonomy."

Read more here.

Lynn Johnson wins National Geographic photo award

For the third time, the renowned photographer Lynn Johnson, who is based in Pittsburgh, won the prestigious National Geographic Photographers' Photographer Award. 

"Our winner is one of those people who is assiduously understated, does meticulous research, and enters the subject’s world with extraordinary depth of compassion. The pictures this photographer takes are the slippery pictures of ephemeral moments and framed in a way that, to be perfectly honest, would even elude almost everyone in this room..."

Read the full comments as the award was presented, here.

Pittsburghers and Pittsburgh featured in latest Public Enemy video

Find the Pittsburghers! How many Pittsburghers and Pittsburgh scenes can you spot in this latest video by Public Enemy?

To get you started, the first person you see is Justin Strong.

See the video here.

Unicorn Market, a collective of Pittsburgh artists, has third anthology reviewed

Unicorn Mountain is a collective of Pittsburgh artists that publishes anthologies of local art, comics, music and literature. Their third anthology, The Black Forest, takes a different tack from their previous collections by exploring much darker, stranger themes. My friend Tara Helfer did the layout and supplementary illustrations for The Black Forest and sent me a copy to check out.
The collection covers a broad range of styles, and is packed with more than twenty different artists' work. Some parts are creepy and scribbly. Others are intricate and mysterious. I've picked some samples of a few of my favorites here.

Read the piece here.

PNC earns perfect score in top place to work for gays and lesbians

PNC was just named one of the 2013 Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index, scoring a perfect 100 points.

Over the past 11 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. The CEI rates companies on 40 such policies and practices. A total of 889 businesses have been rated in the 2013 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. This year a record 293 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses have an official CEI rating, with the other 201 rated based upon publicly-available data.

Read the full report here.

Pittsburgh movie to premiere at Sundance film festival

"Congratulations are in order to the Pittsburgh makers of "Blood Brother."

The documentary will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It's one of 16 films in the documentary competition and just 113 features (chosen from thousands of submissions) at the Jan. 17-27 festival in Park City, Utah."

Read the full blog here.

MAYA designers on their new book, Trillions

In this excerpt from "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology" by Peter Lucas,
Joe Ballay and Mickey McManus (Wiley, 2012), the principals at MAYA present the challenges we face in this information age.

"There are already many more computing devices in the world than there are people. In a few more years, their number will climb into the trillions. Moreover, we are quickly figuring out how to make those processors communicate with each other, and with us. We are about to be faced with -- not a trillion isolated devices -- but a trillion-node network: a network whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today's Internet. And, unlike the Internet, this will be a network not of computation that we use, but of computation that we live in..."

Read the excerpt here in the Huffington Post.

South Side Stories rap by Tami Dixon

Tami Dixon, who wrote and is currently performing in South Side Stories at the City Theatre, performs this rap number that is in the show, a tongue-in-cheek perspective on partying on the South Side.

View the video here.

East End Brewery gets a new home

Last week, after eight years of operating in a 4,000-square-foot brick building in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, Scott Smith and his coworkers at East End Brewery relocated. They quadrupled their size in a warehouse that Smith purchased in nearby Larimer.
“It’s been a long climb,” says Smith with a chuckle. “But it’s still the most satisfying job I can imagine. We still have so much ahead of us to get us all moved in.  But it’s awesome.”

Read the story of this much-loved brewery here.

Pittsburgh's education collaborative lauded

"The Greater Pittsburgh Region is a 21st century model of a creative, collaborative, and connected community committed to creating remarkable learning experiences for children and youth that enhance achievement in science, technology, and the arts.

Researchers, university labs, cultural institutions, and child-serving agencies are working across disciplines to forge dynamic partnerships with educators and administrators of public, private, charter, and virtual school systems, civic leaders, and the burgeoning entrepreneurial private sector focused on technology and media.

With millions of dollars invested, thousands of children and youth engaged, hundreds of dedicated practitioners active in dozens of organizations, and a thriving ecosystem to support and sustain this work, Pittsburgh's approach has yielded tangible results for children, youth, and the community at large..."

Read the full story here.
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