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Trendsburgh: What were yinz tweeting n'at this week?

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Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday, we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh throughout the day. 

This week: May 2-May 6

Tuesday

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#TonyAwards

No surprise here: "Hamilton" set a record with 16 Tony Award nominations.

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Letang

The Penguins defenseman was — as expected — suspended for one game for his hit Monday night on Capitals player Marcus Johansson.

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 #whitewashedOUT

This tweet says it all: 

Leading to reactions/conversations like these:

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Afeni Shakur

The mother of Tupac Shakur passed away today at the age of 69. The #DearMama hashtag was also trending in her honor, named for a song Tupac wrote for Afeni.

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Lee Harvey Oswald

We kid you not, this is a thing.

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Viral video making rounds:

 Radiohead, the English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire is back! They released a new song and video.

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Monday

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The Washington Capitals coach got the Penguins fan base riled up in saying he was disappointed with the length of Brooks Orpik's suspension, but was "not surprised based on who we're playing and all that."

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#TeacherAppreciationWeek

Fictional or real, teachers were being, well, appreciated on all social media platforms. 

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Space Jam 2

We know, we know. There's been rumors about a sequel since the first one was released in 1996 (yup, gonna be 20 years in November). But this time they're looking to be true...

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HBCU

Forbes' article — What is the role of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the 21st century? — drew a good amount of conversation, including debates about HBCUs and PWIs (Predominately White Institutions).

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#GameOnPGH

Another year, another successful Pittsburgh Marathon for the thousands that took part— even if it was a little bit wet.

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Viral video making rounds:

President Barack Obama's White House Correspondents Dinner 2016 jokes

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Now available on your phone: Wiz Khalifa emojis

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That's right, Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa now has his own emojis.

Coincidentally on 4/20, too.

The Grammy-nominated artist that attended Taylor Allderdice High School has publicly made it known in interviews and songs he is a marijuana user, so it comes as no surprise there would be emojis of the recreational/medical drug. He even has his own brand.

His fans are, well, a fan of these.

The emojis are available for $.99 and include other emojis from other artists, for those of you interested.

And for some background reading on 4/20 aka "Weed Day," there's this.

You can catch Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, another pot proponent, this summer at First Niagara Pavilion.

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A Penguins playoff musical journey with Plum High School

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Props to the students at Plum High School.

In their 6th annual lip dub, the students (and some former ones too) take you on yet another Penguins playoffs journey with the songs that were big during that time.

Even more impressive: They do it all in one 15-minute take — and got Penguins mascot Iceburgh involved too.

They start with the 1969-1970 season — the first year the Penguins qualified — with The Jackson 5's "ABC", working their way up to other hits.

Among them:

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- Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" and Grease's "You're the One That I Want" in the 70s

- The Bee Gees' "Staying Alive" and The Village People's "YMCA" in the 80s

- Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" (1990-1991 Stanley Cup champions) and "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory (1991-1992 Stanley Cup champions)

- Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" and Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" (2008-2009 Stanley Cup champions)

Not to be overlooked: Songs also by Bob Seger, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Lou Bega, Katy Perry, Adele and more.

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Take a look at the full video:

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Pittsburgh named among Top 10 Best U.S. Downtowns

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The praise keeps coming.

Just last week, Men's Journal listed Pittsburgh and nine other cities in its annual offering of the best places to live in the U.S.

The city was also listed as the top place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Niche and also a Top 10 city for romantics by Amazon.

Well, Pittsburgh can now add to its resume a Top 10 U.S. Best Downtown, according Livability.com.

To be more specific, the fifth best Downtown in the U.S.

"Pittsburgh is growing and thriving, offering expanded housing options, rising population, affordability, diversity and around-the-clock entertainment," the press release states.

According to Livability, editors used figures provided by Esri, the Census Bureau, the United States Department of Agriculture and other sources to come up with the list. They looked for places with low vacancy rates, new development and an influx of people into those spaces. Furthermore:

"We looked for cultural attractions and nightlife that draw people into the heart of their cities. Finally, we added in factors that we typically include in all our lists, including the city’s Walk Score and measures of affordability and diversity. We also included population parameters to ensure we identified places with more than just a quaint Main Street."

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That's right, they know our Downtown is more than just Market Square.

“Having a great downtown is about more than just great stores, and great restaurants. A great downtown needs people,” said Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com, in the press release. “Great cities need great spaces to gather. These cities and towns are wonderful places to get out and engage with your friends, family and other residents.”

The release credits Pittsburgh's downtown for being an area that "remains a vibrant mix of culture, arts and innovation."

Point State Park, the Cultural District, our riverfront trails and growing dining scene are also given high praise.

Alexandria, Va., took the top spot in the list, followed by Santa Monica, Calif., Greenville, S.C., Bellevue, Wash., and Pittsburgh rounding out the top 5. The full list can be found here.

Enjoy Downtown!

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The best U.S. city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Pittsburgh, of course

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We'll take the honor.

According to Niche, a content startup founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as CollegeProwler.com, Pittsburgh ranks as the top city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Queue Pittsburgh's reaction:

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But in all seriousness, as one Post-Gazette staff member said, "About time we get our due."

This could also explain why Guinness is the most talked-about beer among fans when it comes to watching Steelers games.

So what did Niche take into account when creating their list?

The site lists:

  • Access to bars: A combination of bars per 1,000 residents and bars per square mile (Carries 35% weight)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype: Percentage of residents interested in the topic "St. Patrick's Day" on Facebook compared to the percentage of residents on Facebook (Carries 35% weight)
  • Percent Irish: Percentage of the population that identifies as, well, Irish (Carries 20% weight)
  • Parade: The year the city's first St. Patrick's Day was held (Carries 10% weight)

Other factors that played a role were that a city had to have a population of at least 100,000 residents, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade had to be at least 25 years old, and the city had to have a positive "Facebook Hype." (This last factor disqualified large cities like San Francisco and New York City — in other words, get more social online, people.)

In the list, Chicago took the 10th spot, with a 6.9% Irish population, an A+ grade for access to bars, 1843 as the year their parade was established, and 16% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype.

Among other regional cities on the list are Cleveland, Ohio, at No. 8 (8.0% Irish population, A+ access to bars grade, parade established in 1867, and 75% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype) and Philadelphia at No. 5 (11.3% Irish population, A+ access to bars grade, parade established in 1771, and 27% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype).

Pittsburgh, of course, took the top spot with a 13.5% Irish population, A+ in access to bars grade, 1869 as the year our parade was established, and an impressive 136% St. Patrick’s Day Facebook hype (though, gotta say, not as impressive as No. 6 Savannah, Ga.'s 567% Facebook hype).

Boston — who many will probably argue deserves the top spot — came in second.

But as we like to say:

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The full list can be found here.

Until then, get your green ready — there's no excuse for this.

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