February 7, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Winter storm causes slippery roads, school cancellations

A mix of snow, sleet and rain early today led to slippery road conditions and scores of school cancellations.  According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. More...

Unity planners OK second phase for shop addition

The Unity Township Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of the second phase of a site plan at Reparex Inc.’s machine shop, pending the receipt of some remaining items.  More...

General News

Derry Twp. man on probation jailed after strip search yields drugs

A Derry Township man on probation for firearms violations is back in Westmoreland County Prison after prison guards allegedly discovered he was hiding prescription pills during a strip search. More...

Cops: Naked man covered in cooking oil attacked family

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is facing charges after police say the 19-year-old attacked his family while tripping on LSD and then resisting arrest while naked and covered in cooking oil.  More...

First lady announces April 2 for White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is holding its annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 2.  More...

Sports

Fox Chapel denies Wildcats chance at another section title

For the first time in four years, there will be no section title — outright or a share — for the Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team.  But the Wildcats have known for a week now that they’re headed back to the playoffs More...

Trojans take to ‘big stage’ for first time as team

State mat playoffs in Hershey

Achieving little goals.  That’s how the Derry Area wrestling team made it to the PIAA Class AA Championships that begin Thursday, and that’s how coach Mike Weinell plans to prepare his Trojans for their 4 p.m. More...

Trojans can’t keep up with Freeport Area

The Derry Area boys’ basketball team couldn’t keep up with Freeport Area in the second half. More...

Lifestyles

Young Artists Competition Winners’ Recital Feb. 11

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and co-presenter Seton Hill University announce that the 2018 Young Artists Competition Winners’ Recital will take place 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. More...

Eve nts o f Area Interest

Knitters to convene Feb. 15   More...

PCT: Multiple Choice Series’ Dance/Machine Thursday

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced Multiple Choice: Dance/Machine featuring Antony Hamilton Project’s Meeting with musician Alisdair Macindoe and a dance marathon after party 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. More...

Wolf renews battles on natural gas, minimum wage in budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s election-year budget plan unveiled Tuesday will renew battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage. More...

County taxpayers on hook for $230K to pay for special election

The Westmoreland County Commissioners voted Tuesday to move $230,000 from the county’s surplus account to pay for costs being incurred for the special election to replace former Republican U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy. More...

Convenience makes satellite sites top way to apply for, renew gun licenses

Whether applying for the first time or renewing a license to carry, gun owners don’t have to travel to the county courthouse. More...

Trial for man accused of fatally shooting police officer to begin Thursday

The capital murder trial of a New Florence man accused of killing St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed in November 2015 will begin Thursday with opening statements. More...

USPS to hold dedication ceremony for stamp honoring Fred Rogers

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will hold a special dedication ceremony for the new Forever Stamp honoring Latrobe native and children’s television icon Fred Rogers next month at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio. More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania redistricting decision gives Democrats a boost

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania already figured prominently in Democrats’ attempt to win back control of the U.S. House. Adecision this week in a long-running redistricting case is set to give those efforts a boost. More...

A library without books? Universities purging dusty volumes

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Alibrary without books? More...

Mayor hopes ‘knucklehead contingent’ avoids Eagles parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.  More...

World News

Bertha Otto Potthoff

Latrobe Brewing Retiree’s Funeral Mass Feb. 9

Bertha Otto Potthoff, 92, of Latrobe died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at her daughter’s home.  Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Latrobe, she was a daughter of the late Joseph J. Hoffmann Sr. and Mary Hritz Hoffmann.  More...

Russian hackers hunt hi-tech secrets, exploiting US weakness

WASHINGTON (AP) - Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found.  More...

Trump continues to paint immigrants as criminals

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is continuing his habit of painting immigrants as criminals, highlighting gang connections, calling family reunification a national security threat and bemoaning the death of a pro football player involved in More...

Health

$300-million health care system cost to protect religious rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $300 million to set up, according to a More...

Second man has gene editing; therapy has no safety flags so far

A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or safety issues have emerged from the first man’s treatment nearly three months ago, doctors revealed Tuesday.  Gene editing is a More...

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes across nation

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

No injuries reported in Unity Township crash   More...

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