January 9, 2019 RSS feed / Front Page

Testimony begins in Latrobe murder trial of Zachary McGrath

Prosecutors in the first-degree murder trial of the man accused of firing the fatal shots in a botched January 2016 robbery in Latrobe contend the man killed as he tried to intervene recognized his killer.  More...

Derry Twp. Auditors approve 3-percent raise for roadmasters

The Derry Township Supervisors, all three of whom serve as roadmasters for the township, will be getting 3-percent raises in 2019 after township auditors on Tuesday approved the salary increase.  More...

General News

Lessie Brown, oldest person in US, dies at 114

Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old Ohio woman who was believed to be the oldest person in the United States, died Tuesday, her grandson said.  Brown, who had been living with one of her daughters, died at the home in Cleveland Heights, according to Ro More...

Samuel Snipes, lawyer for first blacks in Levittown, dies at 99

Samuel Snipes, a white lawyer who held off an angry mob while representing the first black family to move into the all-white development of Levittown, Pennsylvania, has died. He was 99.  Snipes died Dec. More...

Border ’crisis’ echo in Texas is faint as lawmakers return

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to press for a border wall to end the government shutdown. More...

Sports

’Cats struggle before finishing off Connellsville in fourth quarter

A fourth-quarter breakaway dunk by Greater Latrobe standout guard Reed Fenton was a release of frustration more than it was a crowd-pleasing, energizing jam. The Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team managed to get the job done, but it wasn’t pretty. More...

Players hit milestones in Rams’ conference victory over United

Two players reached individual milestones, including another by 6- foot-8 senior forward Marrek Paola, and the Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team continues to win.  With Paola going over the 1,500-point mark and junior guard Michael Mar More...

Trojans rally for section OT victory vs. Yough

The Derry Area boys’ basketball team was forced to rally, but once the Trojans’ offense caught up, the defense took over.  Derry Area came up with a big fourth-quarter rally and sealed it in overtime during a 56-52 road victory at Yo More...

Lifestyles

CSC SkyWatch: Super Blood Wolf Moon, total lunar eclipse

The red planet; a sparkling, silver sliver, and a total lunar eclipse are among the astronomy marvels that stargazers can expect to see at Carnegie Science Center’s January SkyWatch events, presented by PPG. More...

Phipps Conservatory: Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show opens Jan. 12

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will present Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Eye Candy, inviting visitors to a sweet escape of candy-inspired natural beauty, opening Saturday, Jan. 12. More...

Hamilton College dean’s list

Benjamin Gardner of Ligonier has been named to the Hamilton College dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester, the Clinton, New York, campus reported Tuesday.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

No injuries reported in Center Twp. hit-and-run crash   More...

Unity planners OK change for proposed residential development

The Unity Township Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended preliminary approval for a modification of a proposed residential development off Route 30 East.  The development, called Eagles Landing, will cover nearly 7 acres along Grayhawk Cour More...

County Commissioner Anderson won’t seek another term

Westmoreland County Commissioner Charles Anderson announced Tuesday he plans to retire at the end of the year and won’t seek another term.  Anderson, 76, of Hempfield Township was appointed to the board of commissioners in 2008 to fill the More...

Unity Twp. Auditors reorganize, OK compensation and benefits

The Unity Township Auditors voted to keep township employees’ benefits and vacation policies the same and held the compensation for supervisors and roadmasters at 2018 levels during a reorganization meeting Tuesday. More...

Local & State News

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Two kids die in Pa. house fire

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving house fire in southwestern Pennsylvania has left a 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister dead.  The fire in South Union was reported around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. More...

Database, gum help convict DJ in killing

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A popular DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative had submitted to a genealogy database. More...

World News

AP Fact Check: Trump and disputed border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into t More...

US, China wrap up talks on tariff battle

BEIJING (AP) - Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up Wednesday in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!” More...

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

BANGKOK (AP) - Australia’s government said Wednesday that it will assess the resettlement case of a Saudi woman who fled from her family now that the United Nations has deemed her a refugee, taking the woman’s high-profile quest for asylu More...

Health

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top increase

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. More...

Plan aims to protect citizens’ access to SNAP in February

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. More...

American cancer death rate reaches big milestone: 25 years of decline

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. More...

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