December 9, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

‘Merry Xmas’ and ‘Happy Holidays’

This is the time of the year when you will hear various people lament the fact that some people write “Merry Xmas” instead of “Merry Christmas” and say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”&nbs More...

EWCTC spaghetti dinner to benefit Make-A-Wish

An event that began as a service project for the students at Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) has morphed into a full-blown annual community affair.  And every year it makes a difference in the life of a local child.&nbs More...

General News

Auto safety ratings to include collision prevention

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Tuesday announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes, in addition to how well it protects occupants in accidents.&n More...

FDA clears cold cap to save hair during breast cancer chemo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hair loss is one of the most despised side effects of chemotherapy, and now breast cancer patients are getting a new way to try to save their locks.  The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it would allow marketing More...

Hill Democrats seek spotlight to curb terror suspects’ guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats took to the floors of the Senate and House on Tuesday to draw attention to their drive to prevent suspected violent extremists from obtaining guns, an issue they believe has gained potency from last week’s shoo More...

Sports

Rams lose early lead, fall to Saltsburg, 53-37

The Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team had yet to find its shot through three games.  Unfortunately for the Rams, Tuesday’s District 6 Heritage Conference opener was more of the same. More...

’Cats outlast Pine-Richland in early-season matchup of two of WPIAL’s top-ranked teams

Greater Latrobe 78, Pine-Richland 76.  This one had a little bit of everything.  There were 17 — count ’em — lead changes, and 16 three-pointers, including 11 by one team.  A game-tying buzzer-beater that wasn’t More...

Pens’ forward Dupuis forced to retire because of blood clots

DENVER (AP) — Pascal Dupuis knew his comeback from the blood clots that sidelined him for most of last season would pose a unique set of challenges.  In the end, the risk proved to be too much. More...

Lifestyles

Father, son medical professionals to be honored, speak Dec. 19 at SVC

Hospital, Christopher Gessner served for two years as the vice president of health services administration for Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield where he created strategic business relationships with key primary care groups and integrated health sy More...

Events of Area Interest

‘A Family Christmas’ Saturday   More...

PBT’s ‘Nutcracker’ gets better every year

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opened its annual production of “The Nutcracker” this past weekend to the delight of everyone in the audience from the very young to the very old.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Copper pipe swiped from Latrobe home  Frank Pampena, 72, of Monroeville, reported to City of Latrobe police Friday, Dec. 4, that copper piping had been cut and removed from the basement of a home he owns at 509 Main St. in Latrobe. More...

Ligonier Township balances budget with no tax hike

The Ligonier Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday night unanimously approved a balanced budget for 2016 that spares residents from a property tax hike.  The roughly $2.26-million budget projects steady tax revenues and other funding sources wit More...

Snowbirds to perform at 2016 airshow

Next year’s Westmoreland County Airshow will have some international flavor.  Don Rossi, a county airport authority member, said on Tuesday that the Royal Canadian Air Force’s aerobatics squad will be the featured performers at the M More...

50 years later: What really landed in Kecksburg?

Stan Gordon has heard all the speculations and all the so-called explanations about what descended from the sky and landed in Kecksburg on Dec. 9, 1965. None of them, as far as he’s concerned, have been conclusive. More...

Latrobe man charged with vehicular homicide

An accident that caused in the death of one man and the serious injury of another resulted in a homicide by vehicle charge for the survivor.  More...

Local & State News

House GOP launches new round in budget battle

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Pittsburgh-based Easter Seals lays off 22 over state budget

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based chapter of the Easter Seals charity has temporarily laid off 22 workers due to the state budget impasse.  The lack of a budget is holding up $1.25 million in state funding for Easter Seals Western and More...

Toys for Tots donations accepted at Bulletin office

The Latrobe Bulletin is again participating in the Toys for Tots campaign sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps League.  Bring new, unwrapped toys before Dec. 14 to the business office, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. More...

World News

Text to mom announcing death reveals 3rd Bataclan attacker

PARIS (AP) - The third gunman who terrorized Paris’ Bataclan concert hall before being killed last month in the attack was identified Wednesday as a Frenchman who left for Syria in 2013. More...

House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the U.S. and require visas for anyone who’s been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years.  More...

Cardinal: If climate talks stall, pope may gently intervene

LE BOURGET, France (AP) - If international climate talks really stall, don’t be surprised if there might be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis.  More...

Education

Greater Latrobe Junior High School Aloha Fest

The 7th-grade general music classes at Greater Latrobe Junior High School recently finished their ukulele unit with an Aloha Fest, including students Mia Paluzzi, Joseph Hill, Cole Cerny, Ray Henders More...

LVFD contest winners

Latrobe Elementary School students who were winners in the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department (VFD)’s recent fire prevention-themed coloring and poster contest included: Sage Burket, Gracie Bair More...

Spaghetti Challenge

The after-school science club at Christ the Divine Teacher School in Latrobe recently had a Great Spaghetti Challenge where they had to create a structure using only spaghetti and marshmallows. More...

Entertainment

Trump’s Muslim proposal makes for electric TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Among Chris Cuomo, Joe Scarborough and George Stephanopoulos, it was tough to tell which television host became more exasperated talking to Donald Trump about his proposal to block Muslims from entering the United States.  More...

Wiz Khalifa, 4-year-old dancer top popular YouTube videos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wiz Khalifa and a dancing mini-diva are among 2015’s top online video subjects.  More...

Spotify mulls a ‘paid only’ option for new music releases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music-streaming giant Spotify is considering allowing musicians to reserve new releases for paying subscribers, although it balked at doing so for Coldplay’s latest album, according to a person familiar with the matter. More...

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