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Royal baby watch: Why do we care?

Written by Kim Lyons on .

There is no logical reason why Americans should be so enamored with the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, but the imminent arrival of the heir to the British throne (second behind grandpa and dad) captured the attention of the Twittersphere on Monday: 

 

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According to a Post-Gazette poll, readers seemed to believe a princess was on the way, rather than a prince

 

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What's your guess for the Royal Baby? 

Crowds gathered in London... 

 

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and as the hours dragged on, all manner of parodies/jokes/memes started popping up: 

 

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The Guardian went so far as to activate a button that allowed readers to toggle between Royal/No Royal coverage.

 

But despite the "I don't care about this" crowd (about 14 percent of people who took our poll indicated they were not interested in the outcome), there is still a strong contigent of us across the pond who closely follow the British royal family. Why is this -- we don't have royals in the U.S.? The fairy-tale nature of the whole thing? Or some other reason-- a slow news day/summer news doldrums, perhaps. 

 

What do you think; why do we care at all? And what is your prediction for #RoyalBabyWatch? 

 

 

 

 

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On unicorns, Pirates and Pittsburgh police

Written by Pittsblogher on .

It may be attributed to the heat wave or the fact that there have not been any Pirates games in a few days, but one story that captivated the social webz of Pittsburgh had to do with unicorns, or, we should say, an adult entertainer named Andy San Dimas (who goes by a handle @LaShoeGal on Twitter) in a unicorn mask, who was kicked out of PNC Park for dancing in the unicorn mask during the Pirates game on July 13.

The story originally appeared on Deadspin, and in that story, there was a tweet from @LaShoeGal with a photo of her and a Pittsburgh police officer, a sergeant in the unicorn mask, allegedly that same unicorn mask, in which Andy San Dimas danced at PNC Park.  

KDKA reported that the Pittsburgh police are looking into the incident and have a pretty good idea of who the cop in the controversial photo is. The officer may even be facing disciplinary action. 

According to AP, a woman, who took the photo, "an adult film producer named Steviee Hughes, said she's not sure what the fuss is all about, though she's assuming it has more to do with adult entertainer Andy San Dimas posing next to the officer than it does the oversized animal head he wore on July 13."

The reaction to the story was mixed. Some got a kick out of it and others... well...

ANYWAY... Pirates are on tonight... SO, #LetGoBucs!

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Grilli on Sports Illustrated cover

Written by Kim Lyons on .

Pirates' closer and All Star Jason Grilli is on one of two covers of the latest Sports Illustrated. The headline on the story is "The Strangest but Truest Story of the Summer: The Playoff-Bound Pirates and their Sharknado Bullpen." It looks at what all Pirates fans are agonizing over this summer: Whether the Bucs will finally, finally break their 20-season losing streak. 

The PG's Brady McCullough recently wrote a great piece on the Steel City's renewed baseball fervor: "Pirates baseball is suddenly serious in Pittsburgh again".

Putting aside the jinx factor associated with appearing on the cover of SI, Grilli is in some questionable company with his cover boy status. The last time a Pittsburgh Pirate appeared on the magazine's cover was 1992, which, as you long-time Pirates fans might remember, was a profile of Barry Bonds

Do you think the Pirates will make the playoffs? 

Jason Grilli on Sports Illustrated cover

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Photographs by: Hunter Martin/Getty Images(Grilli); Ryan Pierse/Getty Images (shark)

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Rolling Stone cover stirs controversy online

Written by Mila on .

Rolling Stone magazine put a photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, the place famously reserved for... glamorous celebrities. The younger Tsarnaev is the subject of their cover story titled "THE BOMBER: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

As you can imagine, the cover is all over the twittersphere this morning with tweets expressing the outrage and reproach. Tasteless. Outrageous. Unbelievable. Disgraceful. Revolting... and more... Some folks pointed out that Tsarnaev ain't Jim Morrison. Others argued that controversy is good for business, Rolling Stone wanted people to read the story and made their best to promote it with the provocative cover. Plus, the New York Times published the same exact photo on their front page after the Boston tragedy. So what's the big deal?

The nature and genesis of the photo, however, was also reprimanded; the glamour photo of Tsarnaev is from his twitter profile that was discovered in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings by BuzzFeed back in March. 

 

UPDATE 1: Some companies announced that they will boycott the issue by not offering it to their customers

UPDATE 2: The best response, however, belongs to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who wrote a letter to the editor of the Rolling Stone magazine, "The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer think Rolling Stone deserves them."

The End.

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What the H

Written by Kim Lyons on .

So, shortly after launching Pittsblogh today, this happened:
 
 
Despite our best efforts to come up with a fresh and original name for our blog, we ended up with one that is close to a City Paper blog that's about a year old.
 
Obviously, our fair city has a unique spelling (Pittsburg, New Hampshire and Pittsburg, California don't have these problems, we'll wager), so it's almost surprising that there aren't more "bloghs" in the Steel City. 
 
In any event, it wasn't the first impression we were hoping for. But it does demonstrate the vastness of the Internet, and how even great, funny, informative blogs may not be on everyone's radar.
 
So, we want to know: What Pittsburgh blogs (or "bloghs" as it were) do you visit regularly, and why? 
 

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