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.
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).
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:
Vice President Joe Biden: "Barack and I married way up." pic.twitter.com/OTc38rMJjp— POLITICO (@politico) July 28, 2016
On Tim Kaine:
Love Tim Kaine... He definitely wears socks with his velcro sandals.— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) July 28, 2016
Also making the internet going wild? These photos:
En esta foto Tim Kaine y Joe Biden de jóvenes. pic.twitter.com/bY2qjhcKHb— David Fernández (@naroh) July 28, 2016
Translation: "In this photo is a young Tim Kaine and Joe Biden."
Drama on the 'Street?
These reports first surfaced....
Age discrimination? Some thought so.
Layoffs on Sesame Street? Times really are tough all over— Jock Cartier (@JockCartier) July 28, 2016
Sesame Street then had to do some clarification
Regarding our beloved cast members: pic.twitter.com/NzZ3HAuIc6— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) July 28, 2016
"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:
#IAMAFeminist becuase it's 2016 and a little bit ridiculous that we're still discriminating based on reproductive organs— Soumi Sarkar (@soumisarkar) July 28, 2016
#IAmAFeminist because women's rights are human rights and human right are women's rights— Hattie Miller (@onceuponahattie) July 28, 2016
#IAmAFeminist because I want gender equality.— Josiee (@ayyjosiee_) July 28, 2016
#IAmAFeminist bc I know it's not about hating men or "playing victim." It's about fighting for equality for many intersecting communities.— Cayla (@skyparad0x) July 28, 2016
#IAmAFeminist because I believe in social, political and economic equality.— Kinaya Bryant (@supermishelle) July 28, 2016
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:
(Nick Ut/Associated Press)
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.
(Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
(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:
“He was not very popular in New Jersey.” — Donald Trump on Tim Kaine. It’s true. The senator of Virginia is probably not well known in NJ.— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 27, 2016
Trump referenced Tim Kaine doing a poor job "in New Jersey" twice before someone corrected him.— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 27, 2016
Then he had a testy exchange with a reporter this morning:
After saying this about the leaked DNC emails and Russia:
Donald Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." https://t.co/f522S7Tn0F— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2016
Which prompted a series of "Hey Russia" jokes:
Hey @Russia you're taking some heat over here in America. Sending me some vodka would be really helpful on the Public Relations front— Nate Ellman (@DailyAntagonist) July 27, 2016
Hey Russia, if you're listening, can you do anything about releasing the Republican nominees tax returns?— Oliver Jones (@oliverjones) July 27, 2016
Hey @Russia if youre taking requests can u please hack into my old email acct? Forgot my password and im locked out!— sarah hagi (@geekylonglegs) July 27, 2016
Russia, if you're listening, Alexander Ovechkin is one of the most overrated hockey players of all-time. https://t.co/R2gFD8Gci6— DJ Gallo (@DJGalloEtc) July 27, 2016
Hey Russia while you hack Clinton can you hack some textbook ebooks for me??— natatouille (@rattattatnat) July 27, 2016
Hey Russia, while you're at it, can you get into Kim's emails too? I wanna know what really went down between Taylor and Kayne.— JimmyReuben (@JimmyReuben) July 27, 2016
Hey Russia, while you're at it... Would you mind hacking Martin Shkreli and leaking the new Wu-Tang album?— Shane Morris (@IamShaneMorris) July 27, 2016
Hey Russia, once you find Hillary Clintons emails for Trump, see if you can get next seasons House of Cards scripts for me.— JP Clauson (@LafayetteJP) July 27, 2016
Russia, if you're listening, bring back Harambe— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) July 27, 2016
Dear Russia,— Neil (@NeilAnAlien) July 27, 2016
If you have a video copy of Doc Ellis' 1970 no-hitter, please share it with the American people.
Clinton's campaign, however, was not amused and instantly jumped on the remarks:
Clinton camp response to Trump pic.twitter.com/9YoygohTzm— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) July 27, 2016
The Donald then clarified his stance:
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
"What did he say now?"
We'll just leave this here:
Bill O'Reilly says slaves who built the White House were ‘well-fed’ https://t.co/g5efGfE8e4— TIME.com (@TIME) July 27, 2016
(Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
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.
And Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
And all these athletes/celebrities
Some, like Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, got very creative.
Others, well...they tried.
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.
- 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:
(David Bergman/Miami Herald)
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."
(Pam Panchack/Post-Gazette photos)
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.
Michelle Obama: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." pic.twitter.com/K5G4PwEQpA— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 26, 2016
Among the reactions:
A Twitter story in four parts pic.twitter.com/Ik8r1jwSz5— end comment sections (@tauriqmoosa) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama can give a speech.Saw her speak after Barack in Chicago once & it was like seeing Joan Rivers do a set after your funny uncle— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 26, 2016
I think we can agree @MichelleObama stole the show tonight. I wish even those on the other side of the aisle could recognize that as well.— Larry King (@kingsthings) July 26, 2016
Here's how you know Michelle Obama gave a great speech: Trump has blasted Booker, Warren & Sanders on Twitter. Not a peep about FLOTUS.— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 26, 2016
I'm not crying...I just got @MichelleObama's speech in my eye.— Tanisha Long (@tanishalong) July 26, 2016
Hillary should just break this Michelle speech in to 60 second clips and forget about making ads— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 26, 2016
damn michelle came for @PFTCommenter— Greg Howard (@greghoward88) July 26, 2016
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:
I voted for Bernie in the Dem Primary, will vote Hillary in the general. Without question, without hesitation. I mean c'mon— David Rees (@david_rees) July 26, 2016
I hear you, Sanders supporters who plan to vote Trump. One time I asked for Coke but they only had Pepsi, so I set fire to my head.— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) July 25, 2016
The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out. Leading the list is, no surprise, Adele and Beyonce.
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.
Every insomniac 90s kid knew Miss Cleo, and some of us had to explain the phone bill to our parents. RIP.— Lauren DeStefano (@LaurenDeStefano) July 26, 2016
I prank called Miss Cleo once then my buddy and I hid under the bed for two hours cuz we thought cops were coming. That's the whole story.— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) July 26, 2016
Miss Cleo dying just reminds me that I owe my dad $65 for that one time in 4th grade when I called her with my best friend.— Krispy (@P0tterhead_394) July 26, 2016
> Miss Cleo dies at 53 from cancer.— Omni (@InfernoOmni) July 26, 2016
> Internet: "bet she didn't see that coming!" pic.twitter.com/4oXVcnnmvY
Maybe Miss Cleo died because she knew how this election was going to turn out?— Amanda B (@amandajpanda) July 26, 2016
A little throwback:
(Andrew Brownbill/Associated Press)
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:
The legislator from Florida is going viral, but not for a good reason.
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.
(Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)
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.
The Iowa football player has been trending since Sunday after sharing a scary experience he had with police officers.
Iowa DL Faith Ekakitie said police mistook him for a robbery suspect and pointed their guns at him in a local park https://t.co/TzvWoTL0e6— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) July 25, 2016
MTV will be airing a "True Life" episode that will focus on some of the survivors from the Orlando nightclub massacre.
- 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.")