Trendsburgh: What are people talking about online?

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Welcome to Trendsburgh! 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 25-29.




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Steelers quarterback Landry Jones reports for the start of training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

'Tis the season: The Steelers are reporting to camp.

While fans won't be able to attend until tomorrow, it was open to the media — and leave it up to Antonio Brown to come in style.

The wide receiver started making the rounds earlier after New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall issued a vehicular challenge on Instagram.

Looks like we're in for a fun season.

You can check out the latest Steelers news here, on Twitter (@PGSportsNow) and Snapchat (PGSportsNow).




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President Barack Obama gave quite the speech Wednesday night, endorsing Hillary Clinton, but the internet was abuzz over her VP pick — and the current one.

Vice President Joe Biden and Tim Kaine were trending all day for the speeches they gave — from heartfelt and angry to inspiring and amusing.

Among the highlights: 

On Tim Kaine:

Also making the internet going wild? These photos:

Translation: "In this photo is a young Tim Kaine and Joe Biden."


Sesame Street


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Drama on the 'Street?

These reports first surfaced....

Age discrimination? Some thought so.

Sesame Street then had to do some clarification

"Sesame Street first aired on public television in Nov. 1969 and recently moved to HBO in January." — via CBS Los Angeles.



Trending all day.

People then shared their thoughts on the subject:

It didn't take long for trolls to take the hashtag and start making jokes of the subject. We'll let yinz go and search for them. But this hit the nail:


Michael Keaton

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Leave it up to Pittsburghers to trend about Pittsburghers.

After so many years in the business, the Robinson native just today got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“All I ever wanted was to be good at what I did," he said.

In talking about his early struggles working in Los Angeles and living far from it without a car, Keaton said, “I didn’t live in the valley ... I lived in Chartiers Valley.”

In a related topic, for those hoping for a "Beetlejuice" sequel, well....don't quite bet on one.



Donald Trump

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(Depending who you ask), former President Bill Clinton gave a so-so speech Tuesday night after Hillary Clinton made history, but it's Donald Trump stealing the internet spotlight this morning.



First there was this:

Then he had a testy exchange with a reporter this morning:

After saying this about the leaked DNC emails and Russia:

Which prompted a series of "Hey Russia" jokes:

Clinton's campaign, however, was not amused and instantly jumped on the remarks:

The Donald then clarified his stance:


Bill O'Reilly

"What did he say now?"

We'll just leave this here:



Baltimore Police Death

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A mural depicting Freddie Gray is seen past blighted row homes in Baltimore at the intersection where Gray was arrested. 

All charges against the Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray case have been dropped.

What happens next? The Baltimore Sun answers that question.



Remember the ice bucket challenge?


Everyone was doing it — even your Pittsburgh Pirates.


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And Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

And all these athletes/celebrities

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Some, like Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, got very creative.


Others, well...they tried.

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It's hard to believe this all took place in 2014.

Anyways, all this led to a record-breaking fundraising year for The ALS Association — and to date, they're seeing results.

As ABC News reports:

  • Researchers credit the $220 million raised as key in funding a new study that has possibly identified a common gene that contributes to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In a study published in The Nature Genetics Journal, researchers from various institutions, including the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University Medical Center Utrecht, identified the gene NEK1 as a common gene that could have an impact on who develops the disease. Variants of the gene appear to lead to increased risk of developing ALS, according to preliminary findings. Researchers said they're eager to understand more about the disease.

The nonprofit back in 2014 reported that in just eight weeks, $115 million was donated to the association. It was transparent in saying 67% of those profits were used to help advance research for treatments and a cure. A breakdown of where the money goes can be found here, courtesy of Time.

ALS, as noted on The ALS Association website, "is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death."


Things going viral:


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In this Dec. 17, 1995, photo, Ann Moliver Ruben shares a laugh with Walmart store manager Bruce Blevins after a news conference announcing that the store will restock the shirt that Ruben created, with the saying, "Someday, a woman will be President!"

There's always a Pittsburgh connection.

The above photo went viral early this morning after Hillary Clinton made history last night.

In case you missed this moment from the convention:

Back to the Pittsburgh connection: In said above photo to the left is Ann Moliver Ruben, a psychologist from — you guessed it — Pittsburgh.

Via The Washington Post, Ruben created T-shirts in the 1990s with the "Dennis the Menace" character Margaret on them saying "Someday a woman will be president!"

She got the idea when she ran across the comic strip and then sold the shirts to a Walmart store in Florida.

However, The Miami Herald reports they were pulled because "the message went against their philosophy of family values," Ruben said 

Jane Bockholt, spokeswoman in the chain's corporate office in Bentonville, Ark., said then at the time: "In this case, it was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people, and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor."

After people protested and demanded the shirts be brought back, the company did just that. Ruben then said she created a new version with "Someday is now" on the back.

Ruben would later return to Pittsburgh after spending a good portion of her life in Florida.

She describe her yearning to come back in a Post-Gazette Local Dispatch:

  • "Forty years ago I began teaching at the graduate school at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. I must admit I loved teaching psychology and I adored the weather. After four decades, I realized it takes more than sunshine to make life good. Pittsburgh might not be a sunshine city, but most of all it has good people, like my loving friend, Temmie. She told me when I called her from Florida that she was very happy living in the Riverview Towers retirement community in Squirrel Hill."

Earlier in April, one of the Post-Gazette's photographers caught up with her. She said a while back, Ruben sent a handmade doll that wore the T-shirt to Hillary Clinton, to which Clinton responded with a personal note. Ruben then dropped off another doll and more T-shirts to the Clinton campaign headquarters in East Liberty.


"I’ve been waiting 83 years to see what happened yesterday," she told The Washington Post about Hillary's nomination. "This is a wonderful time in our history, and I thank God I’ve lived to see it happen."


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Michelle Obama


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After the Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start (Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning, Bernie Sanders supporters booing), it was Michelle Obama to the rescue.

And rescue she did.

From her dress to her speech, people are still buzzing over the first lady.

Among the reactions:

Michelle Obama for President? Some are thinking it.

On the other hand, the fight for Bernie Sanders' supporters is still ongoing.

Things got a little heated last night after Sarah Silverman had this to say:

Fellow Bernie supporters took to Twitter to express unity:



The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out. Leading the list is, no surprise, Adele and Beyonce.

Also nominated:


Daya, the 17-year-old singer from Mt. Lebanon.


Miss Cleo

TMZ broke the news first: The iconic TV psychic lost her battle to cancer. She died today at age 53.

Many remember Youree Harris (Miss Cleo's real name) for her "Call me now!" catchphrase in the 90s commercials using a (fake) Jamaican accent. Miss Cleo was actually born in Los Angeles.

A little throwback:


Roger Federer


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The tennis superstar is calling it a year.

Roger Federer will not be taking part in the upcoming Rio Olympics or any tournaments this year — but promised he'll be back in 2017.

He posted the following on Facebook:


Alan Grayson

The legislator from Florida is going viral, but not for a good reason.





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New week, new convention, new drama. 


 The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was trending before it even began — and not for the right reasons.

Outgoing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and released email leaks were the main topics of conversation, followed shortly by Bernie Sanders getting booed.  

We'll have all the updates from today's action here.


Michael Jordan

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The NBA legend not only spoke out against the recent gun violence — he's doing something about it.

Jordan is donating $2 million to groups dedicated to improving police-community relations.


Faith Ekakitie

The Iowa football player has been trending since Sunday after sharing a scary experience he had with police officers.



MTV will be airing a "True Life" episode that will focus on some of the survivors from the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Via Deadline:

  • The individuals included in the episode are Tony Marrero, who was shot four times during the attack, including once in the back. He faces a long road ahead as he heals from his physical wounds, but is finding it more challenging to accept the loss of his best friend Luis Vielma, who was killed in the attack.



The hashtag was trending all weekend and into today. New shows and movies were revealed, along with announcements of some ending (gonna miss you, "Teen Wolf.")


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