November 3, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Go vote: Polls open until 8 p.m.

Readers who are registered voters are reminded to head to their assigned polling places today to vote in the general election.  Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.  More...

Wolf signs bill letting people over 74 opt out of jury duty

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Judges, mothers who are breastfeeding and people over age 74 don’t have to serve on Pennsylvania juries under new state law.  Gov. More...

Western Pennsylvania Reserve unit going to Guantanamo

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An Army Reserve unit in western Pennsylvania will be trained early next year and assigned to guard prisoners for nine months at Guantanamo Bay.  More...

General News

‘Dance Moms’ star Lee Miller pleads not guilty to fraud charges

PITTSBURGH (AP) — “Dance Moms” star Abigale Lee Miller has pleaded not guilty to charges that she tried to hide $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.&n More...

Man gets 17-34 years in prison after fatal racing crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man accused by prosecutors of drag racing before a Philadelphia crash that killed a mother and three of her four children two years ago has been sentenced to 17 to 34 years in prison.  Khusen Akhm More...

Man pleads guilty to 3rd-degree murder in friend’s slaying

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Aman granted a new trial in the drug-related kidnapping and killing of a friend more than a dozen years ago has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the case.  Jared Henkel, of Mount Lebanon, was sentenced to 10 to 20 More...

Editorial

Dems hope to claim all 3 open seats on state’s highest court

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Anyone for doughnuts?

Okay, so I haven't mastered the art of baking donuts. But I gave it a whirl recently, and it turned into a dismal attempt at what I thought might be a fun effort. More...

Signs of progress on critical rules for drones

When drone operators themselves endorse registration, regulators should move full steam ahead. More...

Lifestyles

Nationally known organist in benefit concert Friday

A nationally known organ recitalist will perform the work of an early-20th-century Johnstown composer on Friday, Nov. 6, at The Grand Halle on Broad Street in Johnstown. More...

Seton Hill to host performances in November, December

Seton Hill University, Greensburg, will host the following music, art, theatre and dance performances in November and December:  MUSIC  Organ Recital by Dr. Gregory Hand, University of Iowa, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. More...

Compelled to serve green beans?

Holiday side dish

We apologize if you are a huge fan of green beans. We apologize if you are the sort of person who longs for the green beans at Thanksgiving. We think it’s a little strange, but we still apologize.  More...

Derry council to gauge county authority’s interest in buying DBMA

Derry Borough Council is again looking into selling the borough’s water authority.  Al Checca said on Monday that he and fellow councilman Tom Lipinski, along with council president Chad Fabian, will meet with Municipal Authority of Westmo More...

Contributions to high court candidates reach nearly $11.5M

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Greensburg man featured in documentary about puppy mills

Joe Lackey of Greensburg is not going on raids and kicking down barn doors to save dogs at puppy mills. More...

IRS seeks volunteers for free tax help programs in county

The Internal Revenue Service seeks local volunteers to assist low-income families and individuals as well as seniors to file their 2016 tax returns and claim qualifying, valuable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child T More...

Local & State News

Pa. high court defers email probe to ethics panel

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

POLICE ROUNDUP

Indiana girl consumes Halloween candy containing razor blade   More...

Criminal court decisions

This is a list of criminal cases handled by judges in the most recent hearings of Westmoreland County criminal court. Some of these cases involve first-time offenders enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. More...

World News

TransCanada asks US to suspend its review of Keystone pipeline

TORONTO (AP) — After waiting seven years for a decision, the company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas has asked the U.S. State Department to suspend its review of the project. More...

Vatican leaks scandal heats up with book exposing waste, internal resistance to pope

(AP) — The Vatican’s new leaks scandal intensified Tuesday as a book detailed the mismanagement and internal resistance that has been thwarting Pope Francis’ financial reform efforts.  More...

Broken system lets problem officers jump from job to job

(AP) — Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job — and at times faced fresh allegations that include raping women — because of a tattered network of laws and lax screening that allowed them to More...

Sports

Centurions, Vikings continue long-standing WPIAL football playoff traditions

The Greensburg Central Catholic and Mount Pleasant football teams are extending a tradition of WPIAL playoff excellence.  They want to add to that legacy in November and beyond.  Mount Pleasant grabbed the No. More...

LV sweeps Huntingdon Area to reach District 6-AA girls’ volleyball quarterfinals

Faces No. 1-seed Somerset Area today in road playoff match

Prior to the season, Ligonier Valley head girls’ volleyball coach Ryan Podlucky was hoping to finish .500 and to earn one win in the playoffs with his very young, but talented team.  More...

Penn State’s defense returns to form, offense evolves

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Anthony Zettel stepped into Beaver Stadium’s interview room Saturday afternoon wearing an old-school hockey mask similar to one worn by horror movie villain Jason Vorhees.  More...

Entertainment

CBS to debut subscriber-only ‘StarTrek’ in 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” is going boldly where it hasn’t gone before with a brand-new edition of the sci-fi TV empire. CBS Television Studios said Monday the “totally new” series will arrive in January 2017. More...

‘Hunger Games’ attractions coming to U.S., China

NEW YORK (AP) — “Hunger Games” fans in the U.S. and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favor.  Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. More...

Teens spend an average of 9 hours a day with media

NEW YORK (AP) — Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.  Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend More...

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