- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A court-appointed receiver says a deal has been struck to pay more than $33,000 owed to union stagehands that had threatened to derail the $8.85 million sale of a black arts and cultural center in Pittsburgh.

August Wilson Center receiver Judith Fitzgerald, a former bankruptcy judge, says the deal will satisfy the Allegheny County district attorney’s office which last week filed criminal charges against the center itself in order to freeze its assets so the stagehands could be paid.

The five-year-old center is named for the late, black Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native. But it’s been plagued by financial and attendance problems and was scheduled for a Nov. 3 sheriff’s sale to satisfy a $7.9 million mortgage default.

Instead, a coalition of charitable foundations plans to close on the center Oct. 31 and keep it open.

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