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Kecksburg UFO Festival schedule of events

The festival will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 24, which is half-price night for burgers, fries and hot dogs. Music will be provided by DJ Power Bomb. More...

Unfinished Unity Twp. house destroyed by fire

An unfinished house in Unity Township was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. According to emergency dispatchers, the fire occurred on the 1600 block of Route 130. More...

Working for the community

Greater Latrobe Junior High School students Drew and Nate Clair prep the fence at the Latrobe Post Office for new boards. More...

General News

Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.  More...

Trustees rating health of Social Security, Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government’s two largest benefit programs face short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries. More...

‘Person of interest’ in Pennsylvania arson dead from burns

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man police considered a “person of interest” in a home fire ruled arson has been found dead with severe burns. More...

Editorial

In Pennsylvania, shift from 65 to 70 mph no big thing

The data are still being sifted and analyzed, but Pennsylvania’s oneyear experiment with a higher speed limit on rural stretches of interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike points to one conclusion: The 70 mph limit is here to stay.  More...

Speed cameras worth a try

Pennsylvania’s $2.3 billion transportation law finally has provided some of the money needed to address a deep backlog of highway and bridge repairs and reconstruction.  That’s good news by itself but the program also will boost dire More...

Can’t just lock ‘em up

If you have seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption, you may remember that line from the scene in which the character played by Tim Robbins is about to become the victim of a brutal prison assault. More...

Lifestyles

Father Edward named 12th rector of St. Vincent Seminary

The Rev. Edward Michael Mazich, OSB, a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, has been named the 12th rector of St. Vincent Seminary.  More...

Adams library lists August activities

Adams Memorial Library, 1112 Ligonier St., Latrobe, will hold five events during August:  • Fairy/Miniature Gardening Demonstration Thursday, Aug. 6, @ 6:30 p.m.  More...

WMAA gets $150,000 grant from Henry Luce Foundation

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art this week announced that the directors of the Henry Luce Foundation have approved a oneyear grant of $150,000 to help reinstall the museum’s American art collection following its recent expansion and reno More...

Inquest set into death of stabbing suspect shot by police

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inquest is scheduled today into the death of a stabbing suspect who was shot when state and local police responded to a slaying at a western Pennsylvania apartment complex.  More...

DBMA manager: ‘No issues’ with 2014 audit

Manager Amy Forsha said “no significant findings” were found in a 2014 audit of the Derry Borough Municipal Authority (DBMA), days after Derry Borough Council members voiced concerns over alleged issues with the authority’s financial records. More...

Latrobe motorcyclist killed in collision

Charles B. Sloan Jr., 41, of Cherry Street, Latrobe, died following a two-vehicle collision in Washington Township on Wednesday.  According to the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office, at approximately 6:45 a.m. More...

Youth Field Day July 25 at Mammoth Park

Children can learn about the great outdoors at Youth Field Day at Mammoth Park, Mount Pleasant Township, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Local & State News

US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis’ approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll rele More...

Police: Man who called 911 sought help with air conditioner

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — State police say a western Pennsylvania man with a penchant for making unnecessary emergency calls recently complained of chest pains so he could ask medics to help him fix his air conditioner.  More...

Wolf to make announcement in wake of top aide’s departure

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to make an announcement about his administration a day after his top aide departed to run for U.S. Senate.  More...

World News

US Defense Secretary arrives in Iraqi capital on unannounced visit

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. More...

Obama administration officials take hot seat on Capitol Hill to defend Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trio of Obama administration officials will stand stalwart behind the Iranian nuclear deal despite deep concern on Capitol Hill that Iran will try to evade nuclear inspectors and use billions from sanctions relief to further More...

Man accused in church shooting indicted on dozens of federal charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of More...

Sports

DA grad Dolan ready for mat comeback at UPJ

In the summer of 2007, Troy Dolan was on top of the world.  The Derry Area High School graduate had just joined an elite group by capturing a third PIAA wrestling championship. More...

F.O.E. topples Derry Ukes to reach Teener finals

F.O. Eagles knocked top ranked Derry Ukes from the Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League playoffs on Wednesday, completing a series sweep with an 14-8 victory at Rosa-Oglietti Park.  More...

Navy to play Notre Dame in San Diego in 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy and Notre Dame will play their annual rivalry game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in 2018, the first meeting between the longtime rivals west of the Mississippi.  The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen have played 88 tim More...

Entertainment

Cosby’s embattled lawyer remains chair of Temple University board of trustees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby, once the very public pride of Temple University, parted ways with the school last year amid allegations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted women. More...

Powers behind ‘Power’lobby Hill lawmakers for support

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Power” star Omari Hardwick and the creator of the popular Starz series lobbied lawmakers Wednesday for greater support for cable programs that appeal to minority audiences.  More...

‘I Am Cait’ debuts as a docuseries with a broader purpose

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the next step in the biggest celebrity story of the year.  It’s the long-awaited debut of Caitlyn Jenner’s docuseries charting her new life as a transgender woman.  More...

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