Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Stabbing follows clothing taunts outside nightclub

Pittsburgh police said comments about a man's attire led to an argument that led to one man stabbing another and critically wounding him early Friday morning.

Officers arrested Brion R. Harrison, 20, whose address was not listed, on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime.

Police said they saw a group chasing each other not far from Whim nightclub in Station Square and that they initially thought the group was playing. Moments later, two men approached them and one said Mr. Harrison had just stabbed his friend, William Murphy, 20, of Homestead, according to a criminal complaint.

Police wrote that they began handcuffing Mr. Harrison, who asked them if they wanted the 7-inch-long knife in his hand.

Mr. Harrison told police he is a regular at Whim nightclub and at the end of the night he told Mr. Murphy and his friends not to forget to wear their pink tights for breast cancer awareness day.

Mr. Harrison, who was wearing gray running tights, a skin-tight shirt and a blue stuffed animal Pitt bookbag, told police the group then began taunting him and calling him derogatory names. He also told them Mr. Murphy threatened him with a brick, a statement Mr. Murphy's friends said was not correct.

People who were with Mr. Murphy told police they initially ignored Mr. Harrison because they did not recognize him and that Mr. Harrison then taunted them. Both sides agree that a chase ensued.

Police wrote that Mr. Murphy is expected to survive but was listed in grave condition for a period during surgery at UPMC Mercy.

African-American heritage parade set for this morning

African-American heritage will be celebrated with a parade in Downtown Pittsburgh today, starting at 11 a.m.

The African-American Heritage Day Parade, which will be held rain or shine, was organized by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. Organizers, however, announced only that the parade would take place Downtown and could not be reached Friday for details regarding the start location and specific route. …

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