Country fans wreak havoc at Luke Bryan’s Pittsburgh show 

Public-safety officials broke up 15 fights, ferried 34 people to hospitals and responded to at least 150 emergency calls related to a Luke Bryan concert in Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto said Sunday in calling for event organizers to pick up part of the tab.

About 50,000 fans descended on Heinz Field for Saturday night’s show by the country superstar. Tailgaters arrived up to nine hours before the event, leaving behind mounds of trash in parking lots, surrounding neighborhoods and the Allegheny River, Peduto said.

At least seven people were arrested, and Department of Public Works employees were still cleaning up Sunday morning, Peduto said in a statement.

“The continued trashing of our city has to stop,” Peduto said. “There is no reason ... [for taxpayers] to bear the burden for outsized amounts of garbage removal and public safety response.”

The aftermath appeared less overwhelming than the mess left after a Kenny Chesney country concert last year, when crews hauled off more than 45,000 pounds of garbage, according to DPW Director Mike Gable. More than 70 arrests were made related to that show.


Stop the presses: Broadway’s “Newsies” is closing.

Disney Theatrical Productions said Sunday it will shutter the high-energy musical about newsboys after the Aug. 24 performance, pulling the plug on a 2-year-old show that has earned more than $100 million over some 1,000 shows but has seen its weekly take dip in recent months.

The bad news for “Newsies” fans may be softened somewhat by details on a North American tour that launches in October and will play 25 cities — including San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington, D.C — during the 2014-15 season.


Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died. He was 86.

The Las Vegas-set ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical, “Jersey Boys.” The Kevin Hart-starring sequel “Think Like a Man Too” narrowly edged out “22 Jump Street,” which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates.


Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 37.

Rock singer KT Tunstall is 39.

Actress Selma Blair is 42.

Writer-director Joss Whedon is 50.

Actress Frances McDormand is 57.

Former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is 58.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 66.

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