Assignment Pittsburgh

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Assignment Pittsburgh is a photo scavenger hunt from 90.5 WESA. Participants will be featured here and on our Facebook and Google + pages. To participate, just add your photo to our Flickr pool with the tag LINES.

Our monthly theme for October is "LINES." Add your photos by 9 p.m. Oct. 31.

RULES:

*Monthly assignments will be posted on the first of each month unless otherwise indicated and are due no later than 9pm on the last day of the month or other date indicated.

*To enter, add your photos to our Flickr pool.  Essential Public Media, Inc. reserves the right to remove or block any photos deemed inappropriate, in violation of copyright or unacceptable to the themes and purpose of this project.  By posting your photos to our Flickr pool, you agree that we are able to use the image on our content platforms without paying a fee to you.

*All submitted photos must be original work.

*Contestants must follow all federal, state and local laws. Do not put yourself or your subjects in danger. Do not trespass on private property. Participation is at your own risk. Essential Public Media, Inc. cannot be held liable for any actions you undertake while participating in this contest.

*People employed by Essential Public Media, Inc. or WYEP and their families are not eligible to compete.

*No purchase necessary. Membership is not required to enter.

*Essential Public Media, Inc. reserves the right to change these contest rules without notice. Changes to the rules will be posted to the wesa.fm website.

Video
2:09 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Rubber Duckie, You're the One: Pittsburgh Welcomes Giant Floating Duck

The Rubber Duck Project passes by Point State Park in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Scores of Pittsburghers turned out Friday evening to welcome a much-anticipated four-story inflatable duck as it made its U.S. debut.

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Transportation
7:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside

A worker looks north down the inbound Liberty Tunnel as crews work on the ventilation arch wall.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

For drivers heading in and out of the South Hills in recent weeks, the daily commute has been trying at times.

Construction on the 5,888-foot-long Liberty Tunnel has prompted 24-hour closures of first the outbound side, then the inbound.

That's meant detours.

And while commuters making their way around the tunnel closures have likely seen workers on the north and south ends of the tunnel restoring concrete facades, much of the work inside the tubes has gone unseen.

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Community
6:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Photos: Volunteers Descend on the Andy Warhol Bridge for Yarn Bomb Effort

Volunteers spent much of Saturday and Sunday blanketing the Andy Warhol Bridge with brightly colored yarn panels as part of the Knit the Bridge project.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

If a "yarn bomb" can be compared to a foot race, this one was a marathon.

Over the weekend scores of volunteers beset the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, affixing hundreds of pre-made, brightly colored yarn panels to the steel span.

But it was all months in the making, with hundreds of knitting and crocheting artists from across the region getting involved in the grassroots Knit the Bridge project.

Among those hanging panels on the bridge over the weekend was Pam Volz of Mt. Lebanon.

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Sports
11:21 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces

The half-mile cycling track features banked walls to help riders maintain their speed.
Haldan Kirsch 90.5 WESA

Fifteen years ago, the Allegheny Cycling Association was hosting their summer cycling races in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Today, racers have found a more fitting home at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park. Formerly a driver training course, according to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the track is a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill.

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Community
7:08 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Photos: Venture Inside Anthrocon, the World's Largest Furry Convention

Furries gather for a photo op Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh as part of Anthrocon, which organizers bill as the world's largest convention for those fascinated with animal characters.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

Since 2006, furries, or people fascinated with anthropomorphics, have descended on Pittsburgh for Anthrocon. It's billed as the world's largest furry convention, and this year, organizers expected the event to attract more than 5,500 participants.

"Anthrocon has become so deeply entwined with Pittsburgh itself," said Anthrocon CEO Samuel Conway. "This is a magnificent city, and heck, if they want to keep having us, we'll keep coming back."

History
11:55 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades

Before the Point was a state park, the space was used for warehouse and parking space, as shown in this photo from the 1950s.
Courtesy Riverlife

After years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on this Friday.

Since April 2009, Point State Park has undergone a $35 million renovation, including $9.6 million for the fountain makeover.

Point State Park's history goes back decades, with planning for the space beginning in the 1930s. Construction didn’t start until the 1960s, and the original fountain opened in 1974.

Community
6:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

It's NPR Coffee Week, Pittsburgh! Share your best mug shots

Hopefully your coffee mug is a bit more lively than this one.
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All this week, NPR's Morning Edition will be telling the stories behind your morning cup of coffee. If you're anything like us, you take pride in your coffee cup. Show your mugs via Twitter and/or Instagram with #PghCoffee.

If Pittsburgh stopped serving coffee tomorrow, bean aficionados in Brooklyn or Seattle might not gnash their teeth or tear their hair at the loss, but the loyal patrons of this city’s coffeehouses would mount a full-on revolt.

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