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SVC’s annual Pasta Bridge Engineering Contest March 11

St. Vincent College (SVC)’s 13th annual Pasta Bridge Engineering Contest for local high school students will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the Fred M. More...

General News

Police: Husband, not panhandler, killed woman in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland woman whose death last year was blamed on an attack by a panhandler was actually killed by her husband and his adult daughter, police said Sunday.  Keith Smith, 52, had told police that his wife, Jacquelyn, an e More...

Cat that lived 6 years in Alaska general store gets evicted

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A cat named Stormy that has spent more than six years as a fixture in a remote Alaska general store is being forced out after officials notified the store owners that the cat’s presence violates food safety standards. More...

Man indicted for Snapchat threat that panicked Ohio school

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a man has been indicted for threatening to shoot Ohio school students on Snapchat.  Authorities say the April 2018 threat targeted Parma High School in suburban Cleveland and led to hundreds of stud More...

Sports

GL sends two wrestlers to state tourney

Willochell runner-up, Angelicchio fourth in regional

CANONSBURG — There are a few ways to earn a trip to the PIAA Wrestling Championships in Hershey. Actually, four in each weight class in the PIAA Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional. Securing one is an accomplishment in and of itself. More...

IceCats start PIHL Class AA hockey playoffs

LV boys, Blairsville girls prepare for state basketball tournaments

The state playoff matchups are set for the Ligonier Valley boys and Blairsville girls’ basketball teams, while the post-season is set to begin today for another area team. More...

GL’s Lenz, DA’s Buhite qualify for state swim meet

One swimmer from Greater Latrobe and Derry Area have qualified for the state championship meet.  More...

Lifestyles

Nine instituted into Ministry of Lector at St. Vincent Seminary

Nine seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Lector at St. Vincent Seminary on Wednesday, Feb. 27, by the Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. More...

Black Tie for Hope benefit deadline March 8

This year’s signature fundraising event hosted by Westmoreland/ Frick Hospital Foundation also raises hope for patients in need of cancer care.  More...

Area Church News

Christ United Church of Christ adds Wednesday Lenten services More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Charges pending in Salem Township altercation   More...

Sunday snowfall leads to accidents, road closures

While Sunday’s winter storm wasn’t as severe as first predicted, the latest rash of winter weather contributed to several accidents and road closures across the region. More...

Blairsville man killed in Derry Twp. crash; two others injured

A Blairsville man was killed and two others were injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash along Route 217 in Derry Township.  According to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher, emergency crews responded just before 5 p.m. More...

State appeals court upholds verdict in Excela stent case

A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel last week upheld a 2017 Westmoreland County jury verdict clearing a doctor and Excela Health of wrongdoing for implanting cardiac stents into a patient who later claimed the stents were unnecessary. More...

Caretaker charged with using elderly Derry Twp. woman’s credit card

A Greensburg woman working as a caretaker for an 88-year-old Derry Township woman was accused of purchasing nearly $2,200 in pre-paid Visa cards using the woman’s credit card.  More...

Local & State News

Slickville Volunteer Fire Department receive funds for hand-held gas meters

The Slickville Volunteer Fire Department last month received a $3,500 check from Energy Transfer Partners for the purchase of hand-held gas meters for first responders in the field.  Fire officials said the life-saving equipment will help firefi More...

Razing once-grand Belvedere Hotel proves problematic, costly

OKLAHOMA, Pa. (AP) — The dilapidated Belvedere Hotel along Route 66 in Oklahoma Borough could collapse anytime, spilling debris onto the road and perhaps beyond, local officials are warning.  More...

GOP state lawmaker becomes favorite in US House election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker survived four rounds of voting Saturday to become the heavy favorite to fill an open congressional seat in northern Pennsylvania. More...

World News

‘Sanctuary’ cities getting their grants despite threats

MONTPELIER, Vt. More...

Trump delivers a slashing speech that rouses the right

OXON HILL, Md.  More...

3 big US churches in turmoil over sex abuse, LGBT policy

(AP) — It has been a wrenching season for three of America’s largest religious denominations, as sex-abuse scandals and a schism over LGBT inclusion fuel anguish and anger within the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist and United Methodist churches. More...

Health

Haunting ‘Roma’ scene shines a rare spotlight on stillbirths

Of all the little moments of joy and strife that fill the top-nominated Oscar film “Roma,” the most gut-wrenching takes place in a Mexico City hospital room, where a doctor coolly tells a frightened young woman, “Your baby was born dead.” More...

After ‘botch,’ Walmart moves to keep disabled greeters

Walmart endured more than a week’s worth of bad publicity before announcing publicly that it was making “every effort” to find a role for disabled workers who had been threatened with job loss as the retailer gets rid of greeters at 1,000 stores. More...

Don’t panic: How parents can deal with internet hoaxes

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest parental panic on social media — over a purported challenge for kids to complete harmful tasks — elevates the importance of establishing an open dialogue with children and taking advantage of online parent More...

Entertainment

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ stays No. 1, ‘Madea’ a strong 2nd

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” topped the North American box office for a second week, but close on its tail was Tyler Perry’s final installment of the “Madea” franchise. More...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ compromise offered to small theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. More...

Johnny Depp sues ex-wife for $50 million in defamation suit

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, in a $50 million defamation lawsuit, citing a piece she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic abuse.  More...

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