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Pittsburgh (/ˈpɪtsbɜːrɡ/ PITS-burg) is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania (behind Philadelphia), and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

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~ Katharine Hepburn, 1984

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Leaders of the G-20 countries present at the Pittsburgh Summit
The 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit was the third meeting of the G-20 heads of state in discussion of financial markets and the world economy, which was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on September 24–25, 2009. Announced shortly after the April 2009 G-20 London summit, U.S. President Barack Obama volunteered to host this summit, initially planning to hold it in New York City and coordinating it with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. However, due to coordination issues, on May 28, 2009, the Obama Administration announced a change of venue to Pittsburgh in order to highlight the city's economic recovery following the collapse of its manufacturing sector in the latter half of the 20th century. In response to the Global credit crisis, a G20 summit in one year was proposed shortly after the London summit in April 2009.

Amongst the issues discussed was a proposal to radically reform the International Monetary Fund. French President Nicolas Sarkozy also suggested that there would be an evaluation of measures already taken.

The primary venue of the summit was the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which was at one point the largest LEED certified building in the world. A working dinner for world leaders was held at the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, chosen to highlight its environmentally friendly features including an earth-sheltered welcome center and a Tropical Forest Conservatory described as the world’s most energy efficient. Other venues to be used around the city include The Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Rosemont, the working farm of Teresa Heinz Kerry.

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Chip Ganassi
Floyd "Chip" Ganassi, Jr (born May 24, 1958, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American racecar driver and current racecar owner.

He is currently the owner and president of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates which operates teams on both the IndyCar, NASCAR and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series circuit. His NASCAR operation is under the banner Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, after a merger with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

His Indy team has won multiple Indianapolis 500 races and the CART championship.

On February 14, 2010, Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 in a Ganassi-owned car, and on May 30, 2010, Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 in one of Ganassi's cars, making him the first owner to win both races in the same year and joining Penske Racing as the only owners to win both races all time. On July 25, 2010, Jamie McMurray won the Brickyard 400, making Chip Ganassi the first team owner to win the "Triple Crown" of American auto racing.

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Austrian Room
The Nationality Rooms are a collection of 27 classrooms in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning depicting and donated by the ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh. The rooms are designated as a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation historical landmark and are located on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Cathedral of Learning, itself a national historic landmark, on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Although of museum caliber, twenty-five of the 27 rooms are in almost constant use as functional classrooms and utilized daily by University of Pittsburgh faculty and students, while the other two are display rooms which can be explored only via guided tour. The Nationality Rooms also serve in a vigorous program of intercultural involvement and exchange in which the original organizing committees for the individual rooms remain as participants and includes a program of annual student scholarship to facilitate study abroad. In addition, the Nationality Rooms inspire lectures, seminars, concerts exhibitions and social events which focus on the various heritages and traditions of the nations represented. The various national, traditional and religious holidays of the nations represented are celebrated on campus and the rooms are appropriately decorated to reflect these occasions.


Pitt Panthers basketball at the Petersen Events Center
The Pittsburgh Panthers, commonly also referred to as the Pitt Panthers, are the athletic teams of University of Pittsburgh. Pitt fields 19 varsity teams at the highest level of competitive collegiate athletics in the United States, NCAA Division I, which compete as members of the Big East Conference, Eastern Wrestling League, East Atlantic Gymnastics League, and Eastern College Athletic Conference. The 26 time bowl qualifying football team founded in 1889 and the thirty time tournament qualifying basketball team founded in 1905, are the most popular sports Pitt fields and enjoy significant local and national followings. Heinz Field hosts the football team and the Petersen Events Center hosts the basketball team.

The university's athletic program is one of only five current NCAA Division 1A schools to have won multiple national championships in both football (9) and basketball (2), and the Panthers have been ranked as having among the best combinations of football and basketball programs by multiple publications. Pitt was ranked as having the fifth best combination of football and basketball programs in CBSSports.com's Flourishing Five ranking in 2010. In its "Hoops & Helmets" list of the best combinations, CollegeFootballNews.com has ranked Pitt fifth in 2010 and 3rd in 2009.



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On this day in Pittsburgh history...

  • (1909) The Pirates win their 1st World Series, the only to duel members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class, the 1st Game 7 in history, the 1st series to field 4 umps & Babe Adams as the 1st & only rookie to pitch 3 complete game ShOs including the decisive game 7 allowing Ty Cobb just 1 hit all series as well as the 1st to record 3 series wins, as the Pirates set the record for stolen bases 8-0 on 7 hits & 10 walks at Detroit, Wagner finishes with .333, 7 RBIs & 6 steals v Ty Cobb's .231, 6 RBIs & 2 steals.
  • (1937) In a never duplicated rivalry the 3-0 Panthers fight at 2-0 Fordham to the 3rd straight 0-0 tie in as many seasons, after a Marshall Goldberg TD is called back on a phantom holding call.
  • (1943) USS LST-50 is launched at Neville Island.
  • (1962) Pitt Bradford is announced with an initial $6.13 millionia outlay.
  • (1963) Claude LaForge scores a hat trick for 5 points v Providence at the Civic Arena as the Hornets take over 1st place.
  • (1969) The $40.5 millionia Ft. Duquesne Bridge opens.
  • (1971) The Pirates blow a 2-1 lead in the 10th as Brooks Robinson's sac fly barely brings in Frank Robinson after Al Oliver is replaced by weak armed Vic Davalillo to field allowing 2 runs & then leave the bases loaded to lose 3-2 & tie the World Series 3-3 at Baltimore. Roberto Clemente homers & has a highlight throw in the bottom of the 9th, a 1 hop strike to home that freezes the winning run at 3rd after a 2-out double.
  • (1978) Press corner CMU professor Herb Simon on news that he won the Nobel Prize, always the scholar he replies: "I have a class to teach."
  • (1979) John Candelaria & Kent Tekulve win 4-0 at a championship parade planning Baltimore to even it 3-3. The top & bottom of the order (Omar Moreno, Tim Foli, Ed Ott & ScrapIron Garner) combine for 9 hits & score all 4.
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