Trendsburgh: What were people talking about online?

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After a hiatus, Trendsburgh is back! Every Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier), we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh and U.S. throughout the day.

This week: July 18-22.




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"Inspiring" were the words used by Republicans. Democrats called it "frightening." Either way, Donald Trump made himself into a trending topic with last night's speech.

For those looking for a transcript, we have you covered here.

And for those looking for what was accurate and what wasn't in the speech, FactCheck has you covered here.


Jon Stewart


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Not long after Trump's speech, the former "Daily Show" host started trending (and continued all day today) after his brutal take on Trump and his followers. Stewart took over Stephen Colbert's desk on "The Late Show," a rare sight since retiring from his Comedy Central show a year ago. He had quite the message to Republicans, among them:

  • "The Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America. They articulated it throughout the convention," he said. "No. 1, jail your political opponent. No. 2, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and a Red Bull enema. And then No. 3, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejesus out of everybody."
  • "You just want that person to give you your country back, because you feel you're this country's rightful owners," he said of Trump supporters. "There's only one problem with that – This country isn't yours. You don't own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don't own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don't own it. You don't own patriotism. You don't own Christianity."

You can watch the full video below:




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The Steelers running back could be facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Ray Fittipaldo reports.

His contract is up at the end of the year and depending on what happens here, it could have an impact on whether the team re-signs him or not. Paul Zeise weighs in on the issue.

Shortly after the news broke, Bell made his Twitter account private.



Mixed reports coming in of how many people are dead in an apparent shooting in the German city. Stay tuned for updates.



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Welcome to the "Scream Queens" party.

Colton Haynes revealed he will have a guest role on the hit Fox series today.

Haynes, known for his roles on The CW's "Arrow" and MTV's "Teen Wolf," made the announcement to his 1.8 million followers on Twitter and 4.7 million followers on Instagram.

Joining the already star-studded lineup of returning cast members Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer and Jamie Lee Curtis this season is John Stamos ("Full House") and Taylor Lautner ("Twilight" series).


Prince George

Happy Birthday to the British prince! (and let's be honest, America's unofficial prince too). New photos were released in honor of his third birthday.

And because this is the internet, that last photo prompted this:



Ted Cruz


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Day 3 of the Republican National Convention brought some protests early in the day and drama at night. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz managed to steal some of the spotlight and talking points this morning from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, with his speech last night in which he refused to endorse Trump. In a speech that started with a warm welcome, Cruz was met with boos and jeers near the end after telling the crowd to "vote your conscience" — basically not Trump.

Cruz still stands with his decision.

His name was trending along with "I Choose Ted" and on the other end, let's say some NSFW names directed at him.




Having no shame in saying I've seen One Direction in concert twice, this blogger's personal bias will show on this topic, but it WAS/IS trending on Twitter, as you'll see if you click on the hashtag.

And while I'll use any excuse to use a 1D .gif on the Post-Gazette newsletter (which you can sign up for here), or Twitter in general, it guts me to have to use them for this post.

While the group announced they would be going "on break" a year ago, many Directioners had kept hope that said break would be just that — a break. The fandom couldn't blame them — the guys put in five nonstop years of hard work, including albums, tours, awards shows, a hit movie, etc. They knew it would only be a matter of time said "break" would happen, especially after the departure of Zayn Malik, who (I begrudgingly admit) has found a good amount of success as a soloist.

And while in the past months reports have surfaced of one member or the other pursuing solo careers, in this day of age, nothing's really official until it's on Twitter, right?


Liam even took to removing the One Direction website from his bio and adding his own,, along with "Payne enterprises."

Does this mean One Direction is really over over?


Who knows, former bands like Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and New Kids On The Block have reunited as of late to do comeback shows. I'm using said examples to convince myself that this is just an experimental stage for the 1D guys.

In the meantime, some fandom reactions:

Some are keeping hope:

Going to be an interesting couple of months for the fandom. For those not familiar with the group, give this video (which also happens to be the last one they released) a shot to get to know them:


Matt Spaeth


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The Steelers released the veteran tight end today. He played for the Steelers for seven of his nine years in the NFL.


Charles Kinsey

Caught on cell phone video, Kinsey, a black therapist, was shot in the leg by a police officer while trying diffuse a tense situation in North Miami between the officers and an autistic patient that had wandered off. Many are calling for the officer to be fired; he has been put on administrative leave as the department investigates. 




Bill Cardille, co-creator and host of "Chiller Theatre," a popular late-night show for horror flicks, and host of “Studio Wrestling,” died early this morning. He was 87.


Rupert Murdoch

Amid sexual harassment allegations, Fox News chief Roger Ailes has resigned; Rupert Murdoch will be taking his place in the interim.


Alex Iniguez

Despite getting the verification snub by Twitter, our digital editor for sports was trending in the 'Burgh for a bit.


The reason? This video we're sure Penguins fans will enjoy:





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It's a new day, but Melania Trump's speech is still at the center of the conversation — along with Donald Trump Jr.'s speech he made last night. Via NBC News:

  • Donald Trump Jr. in his headline address at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland delivered a near-exact repetition of a small part of an American Conservative article written by F.H. Buckley, titled "Trump vs. the New Class." "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-Era Department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers," Trump's son said in his speech Tuesday night. The line in Buckley's article reads, "Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers."

Plagiarism? Not so fast, Buckley said.

As for Melania's speech, an update:

Meanwhile, things got pretty chippy outside of the GOP Convention. We'll have live updates here all night. 

In other convention-related items:

- Remember Third Eye Blind? Yea, the band that gave us "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "Never Let You Go." They were trending because apparently they only played one of those hit songs Tuesday night  at a charity event in Cleveland. There may or may not have been some RNC members — either way, the band wanted to let them know where they stood on some issues.

EW further reports: "While onstage, [frontman] Stephan Jenkins also spoke in favor of liberal causes as he championed LGBT rights, referencing his gay cousins as he stressed the importance of bringing gay people 'into the American fabric.' "

The band didn't seem to have any regrets.

They later released this statement:

- New Hampshire Rep. Al Baldasaro is making the rounds after some pretty controversial comments on Hillary Clinton. BuzzFeed News reports Baldasaro, a N.H. delegate and official adviser on veterans’ affairs to Trump, made the comments on the "Jeff Kuhner Show" on Tuesday. Among some of the things he said: "Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason." The clip and story can be found here.



At least 160 civilians in Syria were killed by an airstrike; some are saying the death toll is higher. The U.S. military said it is investigating claims that American airstrikes were responsible for the deaths.



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Twitter suspended the controversial figure's account on the grounds of abusive content. Prior to being suspended, the conservative blogger and tech editor of the site Breitbart was being very critical of "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones as she was being harassed online. As The Washington Post reports:

  • Yiannopoulos, using his now defunct handle @Nero, cheered on the attacks, marshaling his 340,000 followers. Twitter, in its ban, cited its policy “prohibiting participating in or inciting targeted abuse of individuals.” 

On Twitter, several of his followers were demanding Twitter unblock his account, saying the social media site was denying Milo his right to express his opinion.

Milo seemed unfazed by the suspension, cracking jokes during a "Gays for Trump" party at the convention. Via @LukeBrinker, "At LGBT for Trump party, Milo says he got banned from Twitter for fighting with "tertiary star of a f*****g terrible feminist flop".

Towerload has all the details on the "rally that showcased a series of militant, xenophobic, anti-Islamic speakers who argued that the Republican party is the real friend of the LGBT community."


Shannen Doherty

The former "Beverly Hills 90210" star posted a series of pictures on Instagram documenting her shaving her head as she continues her battle with breast cancer.


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She was diagnosed in March 2015.


My Chemical Romance

Is the band getting back together? A cryptic tweet seems to suggest so....

Fans are freaking out.


Viral video(s) of the day

Don't Pokemon Go and drive, folks. If it was up to me, don't Pokemon Go in general.





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She started trending last night, getting high praise for her speech. Things quickly went south though in the morning after this came to light.

Did she plagiarize or didn't she? Republicans thought the topic would have died down but things have only gotten worse, we had to write a separate blog post on the topic.

In other quick RNC notes that went viral:

- Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz had some pretty interesting things to say about immigrants. Via The Daily Beast:

  • Speaking at a luncheon the Republican National Coalition for Life hosted during the RNC to honor Phyllis Schlafly, Holtz said the high number of immigrants coming to the U.S. constitutes an “invasion.” “I don’t want to become you,” he said. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

- After Donald Trump made an entrance last night to "We Are the Champions," Queen tweeted this out about the usage of the song:

- You can follow all the latest Republican National Convention coverage here.


Megyn Kelly

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New York magazine is reporting Fox News broadcaster Megyn Kelly told investigators that Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her in the past. Via the site:

  • According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.


Leslie Jones

The "Ghostbusters" star went on Twitter so show some of the hateful/racist/misogynistic comments she's been getting. Several called on the social media site to improve their harassment, or lack of, policies. 

We won't show the offensive content here, but some of the tweets are still active on her timeline. Celebs were quick to show their support for her.


Lady Gaga

The pop signer and her fiance ended their relationship after five years. People Magazine put a positive spin to the sad news for Monster fans:


Making A Murderer

The hit Netflix show/documentary is coming back for a second season. The series will revisit the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.


Viral video(s) of the day:

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert reunited for the RNC. You can check out the video here.



Paul Ryan

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 The Speaker of the House made the rounds due to one simple act: Waving a Terrible Towel.

The Post-Gazette's Rebecca Droke was there in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention (#GOPconvention) to capture it all

Ryan was making the rounds since last night though after posting this photo on Instagram.


I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.

A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on Jul 16, 2016 at 11:12am PDT

The reason? The lack of diversity. Hashtags like #GOPSoWhite and #InternsSoWhite were then started.




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Lt. Brian Rice, left, one of the six members of the Baltimore Police Department charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives with attorney Mike Davey at the courthouse on Monday.

Via the Associated Press: A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van and later died.

The question circulating throughout Twitter:




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Baton Rouge Police Department Officer Markell Morris holds a bouquet of flowers and a Superman action figure that a citizen left at the Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where the police officers were brought on Sunday.

 The Internet is in shock and mourning once again after the death of three police officers.


Taylor Swift


Bad blood? It's a real thing between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

The feud escalated to a new level after Kim Kardashian (Kanye's wife) leaked on Snapchat a recorded conversation between Kanye and Taylor concerning the song "Famous." Taylor was not pleased, to say the least.

We'll let Entertainment Weekly explain the drama:

This all comes a week after ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris called out Taylor and her team after it was revealed Taylor had a small part in the hit song "This Is What You Came For."



Arian Foster

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly signed the former Houston Texans running back.


Mary Fallin

The Oklahoma governor spoke during today's #GOPConvention, but she was making the rounds among the LGBTQA community for her explanation, or rather lack of, on the GOP's platform concerning its stance on gay issues.

As Towerload reports:

  • Asked what she would say to gay people who don’t feel included in the platform, Fallin responded, “Well, there were gay people on the platform committee themselves and we respect that. We’re an inclusive party; we’re a big tent.”


Viral video(s) of the day:

Pokemon Go: The story that keeps on giving.

"What happens when hundreds of people are gathered at the edge of Central Park to play Pokemon Go at 11pm'ish and a Vaporeon shows up in the park?" Watch for yourselves:

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