January 22, 2019 RSS feed / Front Page

N.Y. man files lawsuit after Ligonier Twp. fireworks accident

A man from New York has filed a personal injury lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania alleging he was blinded in one eye in a fireworks accident two years ago in Ligonier Township. More...

Cook Twp. home destroyed by fire

Firefighters battled flames and frigid temperatures overnight as a fire destroyed a home along Jefferson School Road in Cook Township.  More...

General News

Paying for funerals impossible for many poor families

DETROIT (AP) — Darlene Hardison would have loved to have a funeral for her father and uncle and bury them in marked graves at a Michigan cemetery. More...

Unclaimed veterans buried with dignity, thanks to kindness of strangers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the flags were removed from the caskets and folded with military precision, there were no family members there to receive them. So, the banners were passed, hand-to-hand, through the crowd. More...

Ex-school official who stole $217K gets probation

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — Aformer Iowa school district official has been given three years of probation for embezzling nearly $217,000 over the course of several years.  More...

Editorial

The real crisis in America is stubborn belly fat

A review of television advertising turns up keys to what is really bothering Americans — making them grouchy, despairing and causing them to vote in strange ways.  More...

Teacher retention in Pa. should become very real concern

GUEST EDITORIAL

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might some More...

Grammar Guy

The Super Bowl of grammar

Last week I discussed the topic of subject-verb agreement.  Many of you wrote in and asked about sports teams, particularly sports teams whose names don’t end in “s”: are they considered singular or plural? More...

Lifestyles

One-woman show, ‘They Call Me Q,’ Thursday at Pitt-Greensburg

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg presents “They Call Me Q,” a one-woman show written, performed and co-produced by Qurrat Ann Kadwani. The show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Ligonier couple celebrates 60th

Happy Anniversary!

Robert F. and Ina Mae (Johnson) Smithley of Ligonier celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary during the week before Christmas.  More...

‘Legally Blonde - The Musical’ Feb. 20 at UPJ Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center

International award-winning ‘Legally Blonde - The Musical’ is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power!  “Legally Blonde - The Musical” will be at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, University of Pittsburgh at Joh More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Minor injury reported in Unity Twp. crash   More...

Crabtree artist displays his skills painting on feathers

Greg Bensko’s art these days has been focused on birds. For one thing, he’s planning another painting to enter in the annual Pennsylvania Duck Stamp Contest that benefits the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Waterfowl Management Program. More...

Schools delayed as bitter cold, gusty winds sweep region

Area students got a few extra hours to prepare to head back to school following Monday’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Westmoreland local arts grant applications now available

The Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations to support art-related projects and activities for county residents.  In all, $9,500 is available for grants this year. More...

Local & State News

Tour highlights changing lumber industry

WEST ALEXANDER, Pa. (AP) — A complex, noisy network of blades and belts turned logs into dowels before a crowd of excited onlookers Saturday.  More...

Brooks appointed to house standing committees

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Victims of shootings at church, synagogue meet

CHARLESTON, S.C. More...

World News

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) - Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. More...

MLK holiday offers stage for Democratic hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen.  More...

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

(AP) — The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week.  The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday’s absence rate compa More...

Sports

Lady Wildcats can’t build on strong start, fall to Oakland Catholic

The Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team did what it needed to do early in Monday’s WPIAL Class 5A Section 3 home game against section leading Oakland Catholic. More...

Trojans eye seeding, ’Cats wrestle to make WPIAL field in section tourneys

For not having six of its wrestlers from last year’s team that captured it second section title in three seasons, finished second in the WPIAL and became the first in school history to make it to Hershey for the PIAA Championships, Derry Area has don More...

IceCats hold off USC, stand alone atop division

For the second straight game, Greater Latrobe’s defensive effort and timely scoring were the biggest factors in a key division victory. The host IceCats held the potent Upper St. More...

Entertainment

The Daily Commuter Puzzle

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At Sundance, powerhouse documentaries will be everywhere

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For documentary filmmakers, there’s no place like the Sundance Film Festival. More...

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