April 3, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Record number of county overdose deaths tallied in 2017, but trend may be improving

For several years in a row, Westmoreland County has experienced a record number of drug overdose deaths, and 2017 wasn’t any different. More...

General News

Funeral today for W. Va. firefighter killed in accident

BELLE, W.Va. (AP) — Services are being held for a West Virginia firefighter whose firetruck slammed into a rock wall while responding to a fatal accident. The funeral for Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Lt. More...

Trump pushes Republicans to use ‘nuclear option’ on border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials said Monday they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes,” hours after the president called on Republicans in Congress to immediately pass More...

Texas man who invoked ‘affluenza’ defense released from jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ethan Couch, who as a 16- year-old driver drunkenly struck and killed four pedestrians but dodged prison after suggesting at trial that his irresponsibility was a result of his entitled upbringing, walked free Monday after se More...

Editorial

On rising interest rates

The Federal Reserve announced an increase in its benchmark interest rate last Wednesday, from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, the highest level since the Great Recession began in 2008. The first such hike of new Fed chairman Jerome H. More...

Redistricting should be done by commission

Now that the federal courts have declined to intervene in Pennsylvania’s redistricting case, and this year’s congressional races will be conducted using the new map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, attention appropriately turns More...

Wolf’s ethics reform proposals deserve serious consideration

When it comes to ethics reform in Pennsylvania politics, state Capitol dwellers are content to talk about it like most talk about the weather: They’ll complain some and make noises about wanting to clean up state government’s act.  More...

Lifestyles

Campus Corner

Five St. Vincent students to attend SAP summit April 18-20 in Florida

Five St. Vincent College Alex G. More...

Pitt-Greensburg’s Written/Spoken Series to spotlight poets at April 5 reading/book signing

Pitt-Greensburg’s Written/Spoken Series will welcome poets Christine Stroud and Meghan Tutolo 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Hall, 150 Finoli Drive, Hempfield Township. More...

‘The Irish Experience in America’ April 17

The Irish have made tremendous contributions to American society as a whole, and certainly in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The public is invited to join the Westmoreland County Historical Society to hear a “The Irish Experience in America& More...

Entertainment

Deadspin video illustrates Sinclair stations’ messaging

NEW YORK (AP) — Avideo with dozens of news anchors reading a script about “fake stories” put in stark visual terms what for weeks had largely been an academic debate about media consolidation and the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s efforts to promote a co More...

Rock Hall to get $4.1M sponsorship; also to join in festival

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will receive $4.1 million over five years to help expand its youth education programs and community activities. More...

Meek Mill’s bid for release while he appeals turned down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge is keeping rapper Meek Mill behind bars while he appeals a prison sentence for violating probation. More...

Weight limit change on Derry bridge creates issues

A small bridge is causing big headaches in Derry Borough.  At its work session Monday, borough council discussed two issues — related to operations at Coles Cemetery and residential trash pickup — that have come to light since the we More...

Pennsylvania sees increase in distracted-driving citations

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Social worker testifies to Latrobe man’s troubled past in hearing

Krinock charged in Daniel McNerny murder

A forensic social worker testified Monday that a Latrobe man with a troubled home life and a history of drug and alcohol addiction should have his murder case prosecuted in juvenile court instead of adult court. More...

State police call bomb squad to check device at Derry Twp. trailer court

A “suspicious device” in the yard of a Derry Township trailer court prompted state police to call in a bomb squad Monday evening. State police at Greensburg reported at 8:48 p.m. More...

Local & State News

Doctor impressed by volunteer firefighters in action

DUBOIS, Pa. (AP) — Five minutes. More...

Couple who met in supermarket marry amid veggies in Aisle 13

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. (AP) — Attention all shoppers: wedding in Aisle 13. A couple who met at a supermarket have tied the knot there with canned carrots and peas among their wedding guests. More...

Submissions sought for Ligonier Valley Calendar Contest

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking submissions for its 2019 Ligonier Valley Calendar Contest. Photos should be recognizable as a location in the Ligonier Valley, and can include scenic landscapes, special events, landmarks and more. More...

World News

Trump administration seeks to close immigration ‘loopholes’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump administration officials said they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes” following the president’s calls for Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bi More...

US raises prospect of Trump-Putin meeting at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration says it is amenable to a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, raising the prospect of the Russian president’s first Washington visit in more than a d More...

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: A life of struggle

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Even the name given to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at birth - Nomzamo, “one who undergoes trials” - foretold a life of struggle. More...

Sports

Greater Latrobe eager for challenging track section

Last season, the Greater Latrobe boys’ and girl’s track teams reached the WPIAL playoffs, the first time in more than a decade that both squads qualified in the same year.  The boys and girls posted identical 4-1 marks in the section More...

Two DA athletes among YWCA Sportswomen award-winners

Banquet will honor 11 individuals, two teams

Two Derry Area High School seniors, Chelsea Bisi and Renee Rectenwald, will be among those female athletes and contributors to the women’s sports and fitness community that YWCAWestmoreland County will honor during a banquet Tuesday, April 10 at the More...

Villanova tops Michigan for NCAA men’s title

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — When he wasn’t dribbling behind his back, winking to the TV announcers, stuffing shots or dishing out assists, Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo was making it rain.  First, 3-pointers.  Later on, confetti.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Latrobe man charged with DUI in Unity Township   State police at Greensburg report Vincent Steeley of Latrobe was charged with DUI following a traffic stop near the intersection of Charles Houck and American Legion roads in Unity Township at 1:1 More...

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