90.5 WESA http://wesa.fm en Presidential Treatment: How This Pittsburgh Band Met Obama http://wesa.fm/post/presidential-treatment-how-pittsburgh-band-met-obama <p>In a matter of minutes, a Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll band went from jamming in a driveway to meeting the leader of the free world.</p><p>The four members of Comfort Tech will remember those few moments for the rest of their lives.</p><p>“It was completely unexpected,” guitarist and vocalist Eric DiFiore said.</p><p>It started with a simple idea Wednesday afternoon to set up and play outside while the motorcade carrying President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made its way to the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center, where the two would be speaking.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:37:04 +0000 Julian Routh 27809 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-globally-engaged-groups-join-forces-through-global-switchboard <p>Social media and the internet have connected the world in ways once thought impossible. However, computer connections cannot take the place of human contact.</p><p>There are a number of organizations in the city with the shared goal of engaging others across the globe.</p><p>Nathan Darity and Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of <a href="http://amizade.org/">Amizade Global Service Learning</a>, are two of the members that connected these organizations together through the <a href="http://amizade.org/resource/the-global-switchboard/">global switchboard</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27802 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Globally Engaged Groups Join Forces Through the Global Switchboard Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras http://wesa.fm/post/helping-lgbtq-communities-honduras <p></p><p></p><p>Honduras is one of the world’s deadliest countries, overrun by gangs and violence.</p><p>Women, journalists, lawyers and members of the LGBTQ community have been singled out as victims. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27798 at http://wesa.fm Helping the LGBTQ Communities in Honduras Turning Personal Passion into Global Service http://wesa.fm/post/turning-personal-passion-global-service <p></p><p></p><p>Two Pittsburgh residents, Tim Wesley and Drew Harvey work with the <a href="http://www.nyadire.org/">Nyadire Connection</a> to provide medical help in Africa.</p><p>Tim Wesley is a volunteer at the Nyadire Connection and Drew Harvey is the chairman of the Nyadire Connection. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27801 at http://wesa.fm Turning Personal Passion into Global Service Overcoming Unique Challenges With Doctors Without Borders http://wesa.fm/post/overcoming-unique-challenges-doctors-without-borders <p>Last November, Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful tropical cyclone devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.</p><p>When cataclysmic events such as this happen, many organizations are dispatched to these areas to provide medical treatment and aid.</p><p><a href="http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/"><span class="st">Médecins Sans Frontières/</span>Doctors Without Borders </a>is one such group providing help. Brett Davis, an aid worker for Doctors Without Borders recently returned from the Philippines. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27796 at http://wesa.fm Overcoming Unique Challenges With Doctors Without Borders Pittsburgh Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-based-thread-recycles-bottles-and-brings-jobs-haiti <p>When local photographer Ian Rosenberger saw garbage piled in the street and thrown into canals untouched by a stretched public works system, he was moved to do more than take photos.</p><p>He jotted in his journal how it would be good to turn Haiti’s trash into money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27789 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development http://wesa.fm/post/holistic-approach-global-health-and-development <p>Many students flock to the warmer climes of Florida for a week of partying on spring break.</p><p>In contrast, many other students use their vacation to help others around the world. Two of those students are Carnegie Mellon sophomore Nicole Huang, and senior Nick Zuniga who volunteer with <a href="http://www.globalbrigades.org/">Global Brigades</a> a global health and development movement. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27797 at http://wesa.fm A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development Fight a Fire, Get a Tax Break http://wesa.fm/post/fight-fire-get-tax-break <p>To attract more volunteer firefighters and emergency response volunteers across Pennsylvania, two state senators have introduced a bill that would offer a new incentive.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) and Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), would give municipalities the power to give volunteer first responders a credit on their local earned income tax.</p><p>Each municipality would be allowed to determine the amount of the tax credit and guidelines of the program, including the number of calls a volunteer must answer and the level of training they must have.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:12:38 +0000 Julian Routh 27732 at http://wesa.fm A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds http://wesa.fm/post/17th-century-emoticon-cmu-professor-who-originated-smiley-responds <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An online debate broke out earlier this week over two otherwise unremarkable lines in a 1648 poem by the English poet Robert Herrick:</span></p><p><a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=c2wiAAAAMAAJ&amp;pg=PA210&amp;dq=herrick+%22to+fortune%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=mA1QU9mNLcKyyASIpYHgBA&amp;ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=herrick%20%22to%20fortune%22&amp;f=false"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tumble me down, and I will sit / Upon my ruins, (smiling yet :)</em></a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:38 +0000 Josh Raulerson 27729 at http://wesa.fm A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds Pittsburgh-Area Students Tackle World Water Crisis http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-area-students-tackle-world-water-crisis <p>According to the United Nations, nearly 800 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water — a daunting challenge for political leaders, humanitarians and scientists, but it hasn’t stopped a group of Pittsburgh area students from working on a solution.&nbsp;</p><p>”We actually didn’t realize how extensive it was until we did all of our research,” said&nbsp;Kambree Love, a junior at South Fayette High School. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 27734 at http://wesa.fm Megs Yunn, Spreading Birthday Cheer All Year http://wesa.fm/post/megs-yunn-spreading-birthday-cheer-all-year <p><a href="http://www.wesacelebrates.org/difference/megs-yunn/"><strong>Read and listen to a story about Megs Yunn</strong></a> as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives:<strong><a href="http://www.wesacelebrates.org/"> 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference</a></strong>.</p><p>Megs is spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year to homeless kids who have never had a party.</p><p>It began in March&nbsp; of 2011, when Megs was volunteering at a local after-school program, and she met a young girl named Beverly.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:25:39 +0000 90.5 WESA 27766 at http://wesa.fm Megs Yunn, Spreading Birthday Cheer All Year Friday Rundown: Pittsburghers Helping Others Around the World http://wesa.fm/post/friday-rundown-pittsburghers-helping-others-around-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><strong>These topics air Friday April 18, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>. &nbsp;</strong></em></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:03:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27764 at http://wesa.fm Friday Rundown: Pittsburghers Helping Others Around the World Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day http://wesa.fm/post/black-friday-vinyl-local-shops-gear-record-store-day <p>What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major music industry events, limited edition album releases and people camped out in front of record stores.</p><p>Saturday is <a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/">National Record Store Day</a>, and it’s <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/recordstoredayyeareight041614.aspx">one of the biggest days of the year for record stores</a> and collectors alike.</p><p>“I like that it was started to bring back the whole record store experience,” said James “Selecta” Scoglietti, part owner of <a href="http://720records.com/">720 Records</a> in Lawrenceville. “People used to go every weekend to their local record store, and it was a social event. It was like a barbershop, where guys and gals would come in and discuss the latest hot tracks of the week. So I love that it’s bringing that back to the mainstream.” Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Heather McClain 27755 at http://wesa.fm Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day The History of Minors Being Tried As Adults http://wesa.fm/post/history-minors-being-tried-adults <p>Alex Hribal, the 16 year-old student apprehended during a stabbing rampage at his high school last week, was charged as an adult. What is the history behind this decision? How did the idea manifest itself in practical terms? We posed these questions and more to our legal expert, Pitt Law Professor David Harris.</p><p>Prior to the late 1980’s, children were only tried as adults after they went through the juvenile court system. If a judge decided that they were unable to be rehabilitated, the case was passed along to adult court.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:15:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27718 at http://wesa.fm The History of Minors Being Tried As Adults Report Details Effects of Gas Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/report-details-effects-gas-drilling <p>The effects of natural gas drilling under state forests aren’t being ignored, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).</p><p>The department’s first Shale Gas Monitoring Report, released Wednesday, outlines its efforts through 2012 to monitor the impacts of gas development on water, air, energy, forest health, soils and wildlife.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:06:04 +0000 Julian Routh 27740 at http://wesa.fm President Obama Wants to Model CCAC's Job-Driven Approach to Education http://wesa.fm/post/president-obama-wants-model-ccacs-job-driven-approach-education <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;">Community College of Allegheny County's</span> West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/obama-when-it-comes-job-training-roboburgh-model-nation?nopop=1">to announce system-wide reforms of federal job training programs</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:55:43 +0000 Heather McClain 27739 at http://wesa.fm Coalition of African American Groups Hold Forum for Democratic Gubornatorial Candidates http://wesa.fm/post/coalition-african-american-groups-hold-forum-democratic-gubornatorial-candidates <p></p><p>How are the candidates for governor planning to take on the issues in the commonwealth’s African American community?</p><p>That’s what a coalition of African American organizations want to find out during its forum April 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>The coalition invited the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates - Robert McCord and Kathleen McGinty accepted, but Thomas Wolf and Allyson Schwartz were unable to clear their schedules.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:24:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 27735 at http://wesa.fm Coalition of African American Groups Hold Forum for Democratic Gubornatorial Candidates Spring Break With The New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/spring-break-new-girl <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A little madness in the spring is wholesome …even for the King, wrote Emily Dickinson. What better way to quell the madness caused by Spring fever than with a getaway? Travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> joined us this week with suggestions for Spring Break excursions.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:57:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27730 at http://wesa.fm Spring Break With The New Girl New Housing Units For Women Veterans Open In Millvale http://wesa.fm/post/new-housing-units-women-veterans-open-millvale <p>There are about 1,200 veterans in Allegheny County who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Over the last year or so there has been an increase in the number of women and women with children who are in need of emergency housing.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:56:17 +0000 Deanna Garcia 27728 at http://wesa.fm New Housing Units For Women Veterans Open In Millvale PDP Hopes Springtime in Paris Has Nothing on Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/pdp-hopes-springtime-paris-has-nothing-pittsburgh <p>There comes a time in Pittsburgh each year when storefronts look more vibrant, the Pirates open their ballpark and the city breathes a collective sigh of relief.</p><p>It’s spring, and the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership wants Pittsburghers to celebrate by dusting off their cameras for a contest.</p><p>The PDP’s “Share Your Spring” contest, which opened Wednesday, encourages people to submit photos that capture their excitement for spring in downtown Pittsburgh.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:11:47 +0000 Julian Routh 27719 at http://wesa.fm Proposed Property Tax Break for Disabled Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/proposed-property-tax-break-disabled-veterans <p>A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would allow disabled veterans to receive a real estate tax exemption regardless of the severity of their disability.</p><p>Currently, Pennsylvania offers an “all-or-nothing” program, where veterans who are 100 percent disabled receive a complete property tax exemption and those who are 80 or 90 percent disabled get nothing.</p><p>State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) said the tax exemption should be proportional to the percentage of disability.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 27341 at http://wesa.fm Wolf Says Loan For Millions Backed By Personal Money, Not Company’s http://wesa.fm/post/wolf-says-loan-millions-backed-personal-money-not-company-s <p>The front-runner in the Democratic race for governor is acutely feeling the target on his back. Tom Wolf continues to receive demands from opponent Allyson Schwartz for more details of his campaign’s financing.<br /><br />Wolf, who said he gave $10 million of his own money to his campaign, has released a summary of a $4.45 million loan he took out as part of that self-financing effort.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:05:29 +0000 Mary Wilson 27708 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Being Tried As Adults http://wesa.fm/post/thursday-rundown-legal-precedence-minors-being-tried-adults <p></p><p><em><strong>These topics air April 17, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between noon &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard <a href="http://wesa.fm/programs/905-wesas-essential-pittsburgh">here</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:46:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27695 at http://wesa.fm Thursday Rundown: The Legal Precedence of Minors Being Tried As Adults Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation http://wesa.fm/post/obama-when-it-comes-job-training-roboburgh-model-nation <p></p><p>The Community College of Allegheny County’s mechatronics program trains students to work in high-tech manufacturing jobs, and President Barack Obama said Wednesday it’s the kind of program that should be available nationwide.</p><p>“What we want to do is we want to replicate your model across the country,” Obama said. “You’re doing something right that is making a difference in people’s lives, and we want to spread the word.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:31:23 +0000 Liz Reid 27694 at http://wesa.fm Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation Obama Praises CCAC's Job-Driven Training Programs http://wesa.fm/post/obama-praises-ccacs-job-driven-training-programs <p>President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday to unveil the administration’s new job training initiatives.</p><p>Obama called CCAC’s mechatronics program an outstanding model of job-driven training that he wants to see replicated across the country.</p><p>The program trains workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs in as little as six months.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:43 +0000 Liz Reid 27683 at http://wesa.fm