Pittsburgh Ranked No. 3 Safest Major City in U.S.

Farmers Insurance study names Pittsburgh one of the most secure metropolises in America.

Photo by Dave DiCello


Party time! We’re going to be celebrating with a jug of delicious milk and and a stimulating board game by a cozy fire because Pittsburgh has been named the No 3. most secure major city in the U.S. by Farmers Insurance.

Wannabee-cool city Portland wasn't in the top 5, coming in at spot No. 9 on the list. PittGirl will be quite happy.

The study took into account (*takes enormous breath*) economic stability, crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, environmental hazards, life expectancy, motor vehicle fatalities and employment numbers.

Oh yeah, baby. Rock and roll.



#Martians: Bricolage recreates Welles’ “War of the Worlds”


When reflecting on a shocking historical event, people love to pose this hypothetical: Imagine if Twitter was around then!  It’s an interesting thought experiment, but it’s important to remember that some of the most indelible moments of history would have been ruined by the social media age. Think of the “Dewey Defeats Truman” debacle.

This is especially true of Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds," a fictional radio drama that was so realistic that thousands of Americans believed that Martians had actually attacked New Jersey.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Welles’ infamous yarn, Bricolage’s Midnight Radio series will perform a live version of “War of the Worlds” on Thursday – Saturday at 9 p.m.

The performance is complete with vintage sound effects and fake news breaks. The Bricolage crew is even considering moving the site of the Martian attack to western Pennsylvania.

Get tickets for $25.


#Props: Three Pirates named Gold Glove finalists


The Pirates’ incredible year will extend into MLB awards season. This morning, center fielder Andrew McCutchen, left fielder Starling Marte and catcher Russell Martin were announced as finalists for National League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

McCutchen won a Gold Glove last season. Martin won the award in 2007. This is Marte’s first nomination.

McCutchen and Marte are favorites to win for their positions. If they do, they will be the first Pirates outfield tandem to win in the same year since Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke in 1992.


#FridayFun: Pandas on a slide? Pandas on a slide!


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