Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Checking If You've Been Following Summer's News

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Checking If You've Been Following Summer's News

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The last day of August is as good a time as any to check whether you've been following the news all summer.

If you haven't been doing so, you're probably a very relaxed, stress-free person, and shame on you. But regardless, please pick which answer best completes the following sentences:

1. The biggest threat to the safety of animals in 2015 comes from ...

a. Medical practitioners who take part in African safaris.

b. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's procedures for care of elephants.

c. Surfers who punch sharks in the nose any time they come within striking distance.

d. Steelers backup quarterbacks.

2. The worst snub suffered by Pittsburgh this summer came in the form of ...

a. US Airways officials' decision to bypass it in favor of all of the airline's current hubs when taking one last ceremonial flight.

b. Macy's announcing it would soon vacate Downtown property that had served as a major department store attracting shoppers to the city for more than a century.

c. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum being denied participation in the first big Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.

d. The lack of international media coverage given to the first Picklesburgh festival.

3. The record crowd that turned out for the U.S. women's soccer team's 8-0 defeat of Costa Rica at Heinz Field offered proof that ...

a. Local sports enthusiasts are ready to support high-level soccer if the team they root for is guaranteed to crush its opponent.

b. People will turn out to watch female athletes to the same extent as men if they're wearing outfits that show a lot of leg.

c. By the time July rolls around, there is a lot of pent-up demand to see something at Heinz Field on a Sunday afternoon.

d. Meghan Klingenberg's friends and relatives will drive a half-hour from Richland to watch her do just about anything.

4. The Steelers will be missing many key players in their season opener against the Patriots because ...

a. A lot of unnecessary injuries occur in meaningless preseason games, due to the NFL's obsession with maximizing revenue.

b. …

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