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Angela’s Angels gives prom gowns to Kenyan refugees

Fifteen years ago, Angela Rose O’Brien of Unity Township didn’t know exactly what she was going to do with an inventory of about 150 gowns that someone had given to her when their bridal shop closed. More...

Ligonier man seeks new trial on double murder convictions

A former Ligonier man serving two life sentences after being convicted in the 2011 murders of a Washington Township couple is seeking a new trial after his new attorney filed court papers claiming a previous lawyer provided an inadequate defense.&nbs More...

General News

Prize-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85

NEWYORK (AP) — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. More...

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

NEWYORK (AP) — Areporter for The Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants in which some reporters were More...

Dems want to scrap tax cut for rich to fund teachers’ raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers’ salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation’s top 1 percent of earners.  More...

Sports

LV set to avenge championship loss to P-O in D6 semifinals

The Ligonier Valley girls’ softball team finds itself in an all too familiar position.  The Lady Rams visit No. 1 seed Philipsburg-Osceola Thursday (4 p.m.) in the District 6 Class AAA playoff semifinals. More...

DA boys volleyball headed back to WPIAL Class AA Championship

Will play longtime playoff rival Ambridge Area

WEXFORD — The Derry Area boys’ volleyball team is championship bound after sweeping No. More...

Lady Wildcats face Baldwin for spot in WPIAL softball title game

The Greater Latrobe girls’ softball team has a chance today to cross a big accomplishment off its season long checklist. More...

Lifestyles

Ervin Boyce named 30th District Mason of Year

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Martin Luther College graduate

Joseph S. Kasper, who has Unity Township ties, graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, May 12 with a bachelor’s degree in languages (Latin, German, Greek and Hebrew). More...

Bucknell University dean’s list

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2017- 18 academic year, the Lewisburg campus reported Monday.  A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or hig More...

Planners, MAWC talk flooding in Ligonier Borough

Ligonier Borough residents should call the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC)’s 24-hour emergency number as soon as they are hit by flooding. More...

Judge approves sale of LES

Students are set to file out of Latrobe Elementary School for the last time later this month, and Greater Latrobe School District on Tuesday moved a step closer to finalizing the sale of the 114-year-old building to a local energy services company.&n More...

Christmas wreck heroes honored

Devin Siko, Will Ankney, Stone Kepple and Brandon White received certificates from Bruce Trego of the Pennsylvania Fire Commission at Saturday night’s Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department C More...

Road work will halt left turns on Route 981 near airport

Construction work on an adjacent section of Route 981 will temporarily suspend left turns for motorists, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced on Tuesday.  More...

Venomous snake reportedly found near Loyalhanna Dam

Warmer temperatures could bring an increase in snake encounters, but state officials say most species found in Pennsylvania aren’t a danger to humans. More...

Local & State News

UTZHB approves variance for garage space

The Unity Township Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday approved a variance to give an area homeowner additional garage space at his property.  More...

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track pe More...

Bill would revamp how Pennsylvania draws district boundaries

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

World News

Hawaii volcano producing toxic lava haze plume called ‘laze’

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. More...

US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. More...

Trump boosts pressure on Justice Department in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department, declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents f More...

Health

Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients

Many women with a common and aggressive form of breast cancer that is treated with Herceptin can get by with six months of the drug instead of the usual 12, greatly reducing the risk of heart damage it sometimes can cause, a study suggests.  It& More...

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Josephine Rizo survived chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, but breast cancer treatment wrecked her finances.  More...

A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report.  More...

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