A Week In Review: Headlines From The Week Of May 31st Through June 6th

Rachel Kalas
June 05, 2020 - 9:54 pm
George Floyd Protest Thursday June 4

Joe DeStio/ KDKA Radio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A look back at the headlines from the week of May 31st through June 6th: 


Protesters Walk Down West Liberty Avenue In Beechview For Sit-In At Liberty Tubes
"Between 200-400 people gathered outside the McDonalds on West Liberty Avenue Friday afternoon in Beechview to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody." Continue Reading

We're Now In The Green Phase, But What's Next?
"Most counties are currently in the green phase of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation, with Beaver County moving into the green next Friday." Continue Reading

Taskforce Created Related To Protests In Pittsburgh
"Pittsburgh Police along with multiple local agencies and the public have created a new taskforce to investigate the “small group of people intent on causing destruction” during protests calling for change after a black man, George Floyd, died while in police custody." Continue Reading

Police Are Looking For Another Individual Involved In Destroying Cop Car During Saturday's Protests
"Pittsburgh Police are looking for help identifying a man who was involved in destroying a police cruiser during Saturdays protests downtown." Continue Reading

Rivers Casino Launches 'Rivers Clean' Initiative Amid COVID Reopening
"Rivers Casino is launching a new cleaning initiative called "Rivers Clean" as it prepares to reopen next week following weeks of being closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak." Continue Reading

Healthcare Workers Outside of AHN's West Penn Hospital Kneel In Support of Black Lives Matter Movement
"Healthcare workers kneeled outside of Allegheny Health Network's West Penn Hospital in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as protests have grown around the country" Continue Reading

Four Pittsburgh JCPenney Locations To Close Permanently
"The list of stores JCPenney is closing includes four Pittsburgh area locations."  Continue Reading

Guidelines For Restaurants And Bars In Green Phase
"Most of Southwestern Pennsylvania entered the Green Phase on Friday." Continue Reading

Mayor Peduto Announces Immediate Police Reforms, Calls For More Action
"Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling for immediate reforms to the Pittsburgh Police Department after recent clashes with protesters in the city." Continue Reading

Allegheny County Ready For A Possible Spike In COVID-19 Cases
"Is a spike in new coronavirus cases ahead in Allegheny County? It is known when large groups gather at events like protests, the risk of infection" Continue Reading

Peduto Calls For Investigation Of Police After East Liberty Protest
"Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling for a full investigation into the way crowds were dispersed in East Liberty following protests on Monday, June 1." Continue Reading

West Jefferson Hills Students Protests Floyd Death, Snap Chat Video
"Students in the West Jefferson Hills School District, their parents, other adults and clergy gathered to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd, but also protested a Snapchat video taken by middle schools students in the district over the weekend mocking the death of Mr. Floyd." Continue Reading

Donate Blood And Find Out If You Had COVID-19
"Vitalant (formerly the Central Blood Bank) will now test all blood donations for antibodies to COVID-19." Continue Reading

Man Accused Of Starting Riot In Pittsburgh Saturday Due In Court Next Week
"The man accused of starting the riots in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday is expected to appear in court next week." Continue Reading

Bishop Zubik Issues Statement on Racial Healing
"The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's Bishop David Zubik issued a statement Tuesday regarding the rising tensions since the death of George Floyd." Continue Reading

Hundreds Hold Sit-In At Allegheny County Jail To Protest Death Of George Floyd
"People continue to express their feelings over the death of George Floyd." Continue Reading

Altercation Over Voter Not Wearing A Mask Gets Physical At Pittsburgh Polling Place
"A physical altercation over not wearing a mask broke out at a polling place in Allegheny County Tuesday." Continue Reading

University of Pittsburgh Creates Lab-Built Mini-Livers, Successfully Transplants Them Into Rats
"The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has synthesized a manmade mini-liver in the lab." Continue Reading

Protesters March Down Streets In East Liberty Monday
"Demonstrations continued Monday in Pittsburgh over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minnesota and others throughout the country." Continue Reading

More Charges, Arrests Coming After Saturday's Protest Got Out Of Control
"In a wide-ranging news conference Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill Peduto, Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich and Chief of Police Scott Schubert addressed the events of the past 72 hours." Continue Reading

Multiple Areas In Highland Park Vandalized With Graffiti
"Police are investigating after receiving multiple calls about vandalism in Highland Park around 1:30 p.m. Monday." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Clergy Peacefully Protest Death Of George Floyd
"Concerned clergy and community members rallied in the Hill District Monday afternoon, protesting institutional racism." Continue Reading

Leaders: 'Extremist Factions' Undermined Saturday's Pittsburgh Protests
"Religious and political leaders are reacting to Saturday’s violence in the City of Pittsburgh." Continue Reading

44 People Arrested In Pittsburgh Protest For George Floyd
"Pittsburgh Public Safety announced that 44 people were arrested from protests that were held Downtown on Saturday for the death of George Floyd." Continue Reading


Former Steeler Arthur Moats Wants To 'Help Make This World Better'
"Former Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats grew up experiencing some of the racial inequality that people are talking about it today." Continue Reading

The Week That Was in Pittsburgh Sports...Week of 6/1
"It was a heavy week, filled with a lot of difficult yet very important conversations about social injustice issues in our country. Here are some things that happened in Pittsburgh sports this week that may not be directly tied to that, along with my spin on them as well. " Continue Reading

Penguins Players Can Return To The Ice On Tuesday For Voluntary Small-Group Training
"The Pittsburgh Penguins can return to the ice for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on Tuesday, June 9th at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex."Continue Reading


Beaver County To Move Into Green Phase Next Friday
"Twelve more counties in Pennsylvania, including Beaver, will move into the state’s green phase next Friday, June 12." Continue Reading

Former VP Joe Biden Declared Winner In PA Primaries
"Former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner in today’s Presidential Primary for the state of Pennsylvania. "Continue Reading

Gov. Wolf Says He 'Took A Real Gamble' Participating In Protests
"Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is acknowledging he “took a real gamble” participating in George Floyd protests in Dauphin County earlier this week, seemingly going against he and PA Health Director Dr. Rachel Levine’s guidance on avoiding large crows." Continue Reading

PA Turnpike Lays Off 500 Toll Collectors, Going All Cashless Permanently
"The PA Turnpike is laying off 500 fare-collectors amid the coronavirus pandemic and will utilized the cashless, All-Electronic Tolling system permanently." Continue Reading

Dept. Of Health Launches Dashboard For Reopening Counties During COVID-19 Pandemic
"The Department of Health launched an online dashboard to show Pennsylvania counties’ progress as they move through the COVID-19 reopening." Continue Reading

Use of Paper Ballots Could Continue In Pennsylvania Elections
"Pennsylvania's primary elections were held this week - delayed from the usual May date due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Kathy Boockvar, PA Secretary of the Commonwealth and Senior Adviser to the Governor on Election Modernization, told KDKA Radio's Larry Richert and Kevin Battle that the mail-in voting process was a success." Continue Reading

Wolf Administration to Distribute $80 Million in Food, Extends Disaster Household Distribution program
"The Wolf administration is extending Pennsylvania's Disaster Household Distribution program to continue efforts to help get food to residents affected by COVID-19." Continue Reading

PA WIC Participants Warned of Possible Scam
"There's a potential scam targeting people in the Pennsylvania's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program." Continue Reading

Calls For Penn State Student To Be Expelled Over Nazi Logo
"There are calls for A Penn State student to be expelled after a photo surfaced online showing her with a Nazi swastika drawn on her shoulder." Continue Reading

Wolf Announces Police Reform Measures in Pennsylvania 
"Following days of protests throughout Pennsylvania over the death of Goerge Floyd in Minnesota, Governor Tom Wolf announced Thursday that his administration will be implementing multi-facetted police reform." Continue Reading

K-12 Schools Can Resume In-Person Instruction July 1
"The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday that elementary and secondary schools in the commonwealth can resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1." 


Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in George Floyd's death
"Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast to coast to fight police brutality and racial injustice." Continue Reading

Barack Obama Holds Virtual Town Hall to Discuss Death of George Floyd
"Former president Barack Obama hosted a virtual town hall to discuss the death of George Floyd and encourage Americans to make a “real change” following a wave of protests that has swept the nation in response." Continue Reading

Medical examiner: Floyd's heart stopped while restrained
"A medical examiner on Monday classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and suppressed his neck, in a widely seen video that has sparked protests across the nation." Continue Reading

Trump Takes Victory Lap On Jobs Report, But Rate Still High
"President Donald Trump took a victory lap Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was in the rear-view mirror." Continue Reading

Pier 1 Imports To Close All Stores Nationwide
"Pier 1 Imports has approval from bankruptcy court to close its stores nationwide." Continue Reading


French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander
"French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the Sahel." Continue Reading

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