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I’LL GO AWAY: Malkin, Penguins Sound Like They Know It’s Over

The pending free agents of the Pittsburgh Penguins core did not strike an optimistic tone. Nay, it was not only the opposite of optimism, it sounded like a regretful concession to a coming reality. Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Bryan Rust spoke to the Pittsburgh media and fielded the obvious questions about their contract status, their hopes, and what comes next.
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Three Pittsburgh-area farms for when you want to just vibe with animals

It would be an understatement to say that life has been quite hard for many people lately. As the pandemic continues, the world seems to be in a constant state of disarray. Sometimes, what you need is a little self-care. Sometimes, what you need is to look at cute baby animals at a local-ish farm. Here are three farms to visit just outside of Pittsburgh if you want to go be at peace with pigs, cows, and little baby goats.

Steelers adding Hall of Honor Museum to Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A new addition is coming to Heinz Field that will honor the team's legends.The Steelers are adding a Hall of Honor Museum that will pay tribute to former players, coaches, staff and other contributors to the organization and team. Forty-five people have been inducted into the Steelers' Hall of Honor since it was established in 2017. The new museum will tell the detailed and storied history of the Pittsburgh Steelers."This will provide our fans the opportunity to not only learn more about the Hall of Honor inductees, but also about the history of the team with many great videos, pictures and displays that highlight great moments and players in Steelers history," Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement. "We have the best fans in the world, and we know they will enjoy this interactive museum upon its opening later this fall."Fans will soon be able to find it near Gate B, above the team's Pro Shop. It should be open in time for the upcoming season, the team said. 

Protect PT to host discussion on gas well development

Community group Protect PT will host a May 26 meeting at 6:30 p.m. to host a discussion about gas well development in the Level Green area. It will take place at the group’s new Community Environmental Education Center, 3344 Route 130, Suite B in Penn Township, and will include Protect PT’s attorney, Tim Fitchett of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.
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Rangers’ Defense Needs New Approach in Round 2

If nothing else, the Pittsburgh Penguins co-created a wildly interesting series in Round 1 with the New York Rangers. The series was of course forced to seven games due to the “no quit” mentality of the Rangers and the poorly timed deconstruction of the Penguins. Though it is by no means a deflection regarding the performance from either team, the Penguins were without their starting goaltender, Tristan Jarry, their backup goaltender, Casey DeSmith, for most of the series, and without their star captain, Sidney Crosby, for Game 6.

Penguins’ First-Round Loss to Rangers Was a Series of ”Almosts”

When the Pittsburgh Penguins were drawn to meet the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, it was billed as one of the marquee matchups in the Eastern Conference. It lived up to the hype, as the Rangers stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Penguins in seven games. While the tension was palpable through those seven games, it looks quite different for the Penguins in retrospect. For the boys from the ‘Burgh, the 2022 Playoff loss boils down to the things that they almost did.

Bitter Ben Roethlisberger watches as reloaded Steelers move on without him

Listen to the latest episode by clicking above -- or on your favorite app including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts. There’s nothing worse than seeing a former significant other getting along just fine without you. No wonder a miffed Ben Roethlisberger, who apparently thought he had more to give the Steelers beyond last season, is at the bitterness stage of his recent retirement. Big Ben had some choice words when asked about the sudden unretirement of the ageless Tom Brady and Tom’s triumphant return to the Tampa Bay Bucs for yet another season. Roethlisberger indicated he was basically unwanted by the Steelers for 2022, telling WDVD radio in Pittsburgh: “First off, my coach and GM don’t want me back.” Ouch! Then there was the cryptic report by the dean of Steelers’ beat writers, Gerry Dulac, who’s wired into the team like no one else. Dulac was doing an online fan chat for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when someone asked about “bad blood” between Ben and the Steelers. Replied Dulac: “I would say it’s very very safe to assume that.” So, yeah, big Ben is in a bad mood. Making matters worse, the Steelers didn’t waste a moment to anoint, not one, but two possible heir-apparents in Pittsburgh. First, they signed former No. 2 overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky to an incentive-laden free agency deal. Then, the Steelers drafted popular Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett to remain in Pittsburgh as the Steelers’ future franchise QB. Steelers Nation, which loved Roethlisberger, is now cheering for two other quarterbacks picked to replace him. That has to be hard to take. Even harder to watch. And the Big Ben indignities don’t stop there. The Steelers have since reinforced an offensive line that was a sieve last season, leaving Roethlisberger little time to dump the ball before he, himself, was dumped by defenders. Then the team added duel receiving threat in the draft that should open up the Steelers’ passing game deep down field. The Steelers’ splash plays are back just as Roethlisberger is splashing down on his sofa. The 2022 Steelers’ offense could be downright loaded. Big Ben can’t help to look at all the improvements and upgrades and think he could have thrived one more year under center. Surrounded this new Steelers crew, Big Ben clearly believes he could strike seven in the end zone with the regularity of a clock. Put yourself in Roethlisberger’s Nikes. How would you feel? We have much more on the 2022 state of the Steelers in this transition edition of your Steelers Update Podcast. And be sure to check out my print column first thing Thursday on PennLive. As always, it will be packed with plenty of memes bringing this week’s Steelers saga to life.

Pittsburgh Opens event aims to draw people Downtown

The second Pittsburgh Opens event — one in a series of gatherings meant to bring people back to the city’s Downtown area — is scheduled to be held Thursday. The event is slated to run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Market Square. A parade celebrating the city’s minor-league basketball champions, the Steel City Yellow Jackets, will begin at 6 p.m. at the City-County Building on Grant Street and march to Market Square.

Pittsburgh planners OK new Alcosan chemical storage building along Ohio River

Alcosan has received approval to build a new chemical storage facility at its treatment plant along the Ohio River. Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission approved the plans Tuesday after the authority made some aesthetic improvements to its plans. Alcosan is planning to tear down two existing storage buildings at the site...