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Potholes, we've got potholes

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

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Our Sunday report about the early onset of pothole season caused quite a stir. Other news organizations jumped on the story, and soon, the new Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto, was ordering a 72-hour "blitz" by road crews to fill as many potholes as possible.

All well and good, but if the city wants to get the upper hand on potholes, it must pave more than the 40 or so miles that it typically does in a construction season. The city has about 1,000 lane-miles of streets to maintain, and good practice would be to repave them at least once every decade. That means a 100-mile paving program each year.

Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski wants the city to build its own asphalt plant, or enter a joint venture with Allegheny County to build such a facility.

You can read our coverage of the pothole outbreak here and here, including where to call to report a pothole and get it fixed.

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An extended Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance for PennDOT, whose driver's license and photo centers will be closed Saturday and Monday.

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Gasoline price update: The average per-gallon price in Pennsylvania as of today, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, was $3.532. That is up 7.5 cents since Dec. 30. The transportation bill passed in November effectively raised the Pennsylvania gasoline tax by 9.5 cents on Jan. 1, and shifted all taxation to the wholesale level. There was some disagreement over whether the entire tax increase would be passed to consumers at the pump. At this point, the tax increase clearly has pushed up the price, but not quite as much as some had feared.

The national average price today was 3.306, or 22.6 cents lower than Pennsylvania's average.

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week's latest installment of Pop-Up C.O.R.E. project features designer Elaine Healy

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson announced earlier this month that she would be "popping-up" across Pittsburgh, and perhaps beyond, to feature talents in the fashion, style and beauty industries as part of the new Pop-Up Fashion C.O.R.E. (Create Opportunity for Real Exposure) project.

For the first interview, Ms. Anderson met with Pittsburgh-based designer and recent Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate Elaine Healy in her design studio. The two talked about Ms. Healy's fashion inspirations and shared a peek of her collection.

Check it out in the video above, and keep an eye on Ms. Anderson's Facebook page for the next video installment.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week will return for its fifth year Sept. 22-28. Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com

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Mac Miller is leaving Rostrum

Written by Scott Mervis on .

macmiller14Mac Miller is a free agent. Let the bidding start.

After two albums on Rostrum Records, the Pittsburgh rapper is parting ways with the hometown label.

He told MTV that his contract expired and will not be renewed.

“Rostrum is my family. That is forever,” he said. “No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever.”

Miller signed to Rostrum in 2010 on the success of his independently released “K.I.D.S.” The next year his “Blue Slide Park” became the first independently distributed debut album to top the Billboard charts (with 144,000 sales) since Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” in 1995.

Rather than jump to the majors, he stuck with Rostrum and last year, he landed at No. 3, right behind Kanye West and J. Cole (at 102,000) with his more experimental “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.”

Miller’s label mate and fellow Allderdice grad Wiz Khalifa issued his first two albums on Rostrum before signing a cooperative deal with Atlantic Records.

Rostrum President and CEO Benjy Grinberg told MTV, “Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him. We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-15-14

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-James Neal (above) is day to day due to an "upper-body" injury.

-Robert Bortuzzo will not receive supplemental discipline for his hit against Calgary captain/defenseman Mark Giordano Saturday.

-Consol Energy Center has been kind to the Penguins.

-The Penguins recalled forward Nick Drazenovic from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and placed the great Joe Vitale ("upper body") on injured reserve. Drazenovic, 26, has appeared in 26 AHL games this season and has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists).

-The Penguins also recalled forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 31 games this season Letourneau-Leblond has two points (one goal, one assist) and 131 penalty minutes.

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-Drazenovic speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Nick D’Agostino from Wheeling and released defenseman Barry Goers from his professional tryout agreement.

-Happy 38th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak. Acquired along with Sergei Anshakov early in the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent Martin Straka to the Kings, Strbak's Penguins career amounted to 44 games and 14 points with the Penguins that season. During the 2004-05 lockout, he joined HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga. He still currently plays for HC Kosice.

-After the Jump: Yet another milestone for Jaromir Jagr.

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Brewed On Grant: Mayor's Office

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Bill Peduto has been sworn in and it is clear he is out to change the culture Boy Mayor left behind. 

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