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: August 22-26




(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette)

Traffic was backed up (more than usual) this morning in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland.

The culprit? Love.

Rescuers, including from the city public works department, had to break through a wall from the inside of the Qdoba restaurant to reach the 22-year-old student, police said.

He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian with a broken ankle.

Despite being closed, the store kept its sense of humor. 

And from all this, the hashtag #PittSpiderman was born.

But also....



The plot thickens in the Ryan Lochte/Rio scandal.

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A USA TODAY Sports investigation is raising new questions about the Rio police, and how they acted during the whole incident.

The report states the bathroom that was supposedly vandalized by the U.S. Olympic swimmers wasn't actually completely trashed — and in fact, some parts in the report may have been exaggerated. 

The report states:

  • "An extensive review of surveillance footage by a USA TODAY Sports videographer who also visited the gas station supports swimmer Gunnar Bentz’s claim that he did not see anyone vandalize the restroom, an allegation that in particular heightened media portrayals of the four as obnoxious Americans behaving recklessly in a foreign country. Meanwhile, Rio authorities have declined to identify the guards or offer any details beyond confirming they are members of law enforcement who were working a private security detail."

Also brought into question is if the police acted accordingly in demanding money from the Olympians to pay for the damage caused, and how much of Lochte's story is true concerning them drawing their guns.


Jeffrey Ostrow, Lochte’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports that he stands by his original statement in saying the swimmers were robbed.

  • “That part of the story will never change,'' Ostrow told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. "We stand behind that."


Lochte has lost a majority of his sponsors due to the incident.


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(Christopher Dolan/The Times & Tribune)

Donald Trump called for Hillary Clinton to shut down the foundation after reports surfaced that she had met with donors during her stint as Secretary of State.

Via The Associated Press:

  • At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

So what's the problem? As the AP reports, "the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton."

Feeling the heat, Clinton's campaign is deciding to act....



If you recall yesterday, Upworthy put up an article about how Black women are now America's most educated group — yet they remain largely underpaid.



Ryan Lochte


(Associated Press)

The fallout has begun for the Olympic swimmer.

Despite his TV apology over the weekend, many had suspected the 32-year-old would face backlash from his sponsors after the controversy he caused in Rio and sure enough, Speedo was the first to act.

Ralph Lauren followed after, saying it would not renew its current deal with Lochte.

Lochte had been one of the key athletes featured on Ralph Lauren's website, modeling the Team USA gear designed by the company.

Added to the list:

  • Syneron-Candela, the parent company of Gentle Hair Removal where Lochte served as a spokesperson, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that it had cut Lochte loose. And, late Monday, airweave, a mattress company, said it had "ended its partnership" with Lochte.

In a video posted by TMZ today, Lochte said he was remorseful, adding it would be "heartbreaking" if the USOC ruled he couldn't swim again.

Lochte mentioned his top priority right now was getting together with his family and addressing his drinking behavior.


David Freese


(Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

Get used to seeing Freese, Pirates fans: The organization reached a 2-year contract with the 1B/3B.



It's hard to pinpoint exactly how this hashtag started trending, but many women took the opportunity to share their success and inspire others.

At the same time, there is this reality that there is a lot of work to be done in term of reaching equality.


Robbie Rogers


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The United Soccer League is investigating after Robbie Rogers of the L.A. Galaxy said a player from the OC Blues used an anti-gay slur against him during a match last weekend.

Rogers, 29, retired from soccer four years ago after coming out, saying he wanted to be himself and didn't think he could do it while playing, but later on signed with the L.A. Galaxy.

In a Facebook post, Rogers said he was "shocked" after "a player from the opposing team called me a 'queer' repeatedly."

Rogers continues:

  • "This is my fourth season back in the MLS and I've yet to hear another player use that or any other gay slur during a game. I quickly became enraged, I spent the drive home wishing I had channeled my inner Zidane and punched or head-butted this player even though I knew punching this person wouldn't have helped either of us, my team, or the greater cause of advancing equality in sports."

Since coming out, Rogers has been a strong advocate for the LGBTQA community while trying to encourage other professional players to come out.

He wrote about his coming-out experience in a best-seller, "Coming Out to Play."

His full post is below. (Warning: Some cuss words are used)



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(Amy E. Voigt/The Blade)

The famous gorilla that was killed in May lives on in the Internet — but the Cincinnati Zoo would like for you to know it is "not amused" by your memes.

The Associated Press first wrote a story today about the impact the late 17-year-old ape has had on the Internet, from "tongue-in-cheek petitions to rename the hometown Cincinnati Bengals, to add his face to Mount Rushmore or the Lincoln Memorial, and to put him on the dollar bill. He has grown the angel wings and halo of a deity in social media memorials."

However, this has made it hard for Cincinnati Zoo officials to move on from the tragedy, says the director.

  • "We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe," Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, said by email. "Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us. We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us ."

If you take a look at the Cincinnati Zoo's Twitter, just about every time they tweet, the Harambe jokes come.



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