December 17, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Task force prepares for holiday season

In order to make the holidays a little safer, the Laurel Highlands DUI Task Force will be running impaired driving operations from Friday, Dec. 18, through Jan. More...

Chestnut Ridge firefighters contain early morning fire

A fire began early this morning in a Cook Township home and firefighters were able to keep it contained mainly to a single room. Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Chief Shawn Kestler said the call came in about 3:15 a.m. More...

Parkway West, tunnel closures to continue this week

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has changed its maintenance schedule for closures on the Parkway West and Fort Pitt tunnel.  The inbound lanes through the tunnel will be closed until 6 p.m. today, Dec. 17. More...

General News

States explore blocking gun sales to terror watch lists

NEWYORK (AP) — Congress may have declined to ban the sale of guns to people on federal terrorism watch lists, but one state — New Jersey — has, at least theoretically, been stopping such purchases since 2013.  More...

Donor pays off $106K in shoppers’ layaways at 2 Ohio stores

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio.  WEWS-TV in Cleveland says the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday e More...

World Bank approves $1.5 billion loan for toilets in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — The World Bank has approved a $1.5 billion loan for a sanitation program in India, where millions of people have no access to toilets. More...

Editorial

Run, hide, fight: How about preventing mass shootings in the first place?

Last Sunday, we asked readers for their thoughts about how to stem mass shootings in the United States.  And many of you did respond, writing letters to the editor and posting comments on LNP’s Facebook page, and on LancasterOnline.com.&nb More...

Political Cartoon

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Off The Wall

True sense

It behooves me to write this column after recently having a discussion with Mildred Wanachurch of Norvelt. More...

Lifestyles

SVC philosophy professor delivers paper in New York

Dr. Gene Torisky, associate professor of philosophy in St.  More...

Kitchen Wise

Roasted duck is easier, more delicious than you think

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kitchen Wise is a weekly column that uses delicious recipes to teach basic cooking skills. The prospect of roasting a duck strikes many a home cook as a mountain too high, but I’m not sure why. More...

Grammy-winning artist’s concert Jan. 10; tix on sale

Grammy award-winning artist Travis Tritt is scheduled to perform an intimate solo acoustic concert on Sunday, Jan. 10, at The Palace Theatre, Greensburg. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Greensburg man’s credit card used fraudulently  Robert Snyder, of Greensburg, reported to state police at Greensburg that unauthorized purchases were made using his credit card Dec. 10.  License plate goes missing   More...

UTMA approves $5.78-million budget with no rate hike

The Unity Township Municipal Authority (UTMA) Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a $5.78-million budget which does not include a rate increase for customers.  More...

Derry Borough MA okays preliminary budget

Derry Borough Municipal Authority (DBMA) on Wednesday approved its preliminary 2016 budget with no rate increase for customers.  More...

DTMA amends grease trap policy

Derry Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) members on Wednesday approved amendments to its grease trap regulations.  The revised policy calls for existing businesses to install a 1,000-gallon grease trap interceptor before March 18, 2018. More...

Ligonier man gets prison time for indecent assault of teens

A Ligonier man was sentenced to prison time Tuesday stemming from charges that he provided alcohol to a pair of teen girls and later assaulted them.  More...

The ‘Santa Force’ awakens

With all the excitement mounting about the new Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens,” which opens in select theaters today and everywhere else on Friday, Ted Falbo didn’t have to thin More...

Local & State News

House GOP eyes interim budget if $1-billion tax plan lacks enough support

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

A look at the budget plan in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, the Senate and House Democrats have largely agreed on a budget package to end the state government’s 5 1/2-month stalemate. More...

Cops: Conniving duo steals $68K Christmas stash from man, 94

GREENSBURG, Pa. More...

World News

Led by GOP, House poised to renew over $600B in tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are ready to whip a year-end tax-cut compromise through the House as Congress prepares to finish 2015 in a flurry of accomplishment that belies the partisan collisions sure to dominate the coming election year.  More...

Officer’s mistrial in Gray’s death a letdown for both sides

BALTIMORE (AP) - As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when Gray died of a br More...

Mental health care would curb violence, some at hearing say

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Advocates for gun safety are among those telling a congressman that closing loopholes in federal background checks and providing more mental health help would reduce gun violence.  More...

Sports

’Cats pin their way to section win against Armstrong

Greater Latrobe’s wrestling team pinned its way to a 57-24 victory against host Armstrong in a WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B match Wednesday.  The Wildcats recorded 10 victories, eight of them by fall, including a run of six straight in the More...

Trojans roll through preseason section mat favorite Southmoreland

 Derry Area head coach Mike Weinell was a little worried last week about wrestling Southmoreland, stating that the Scotties were picked to win the section. More...

Tuukka Rask, Bruins blank Penguins

BOSTON (AP) — New coach or old, it didn’t matter for Pittsburgh Penguins the way Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask is playing.  Rask stopped 34 shots for his fourth shutout, Jimmy Hayes ended a 15-game goal-scoring drought and the Bruins More...

Entertainment

N.W.A. joins quartet of 1970s hit makers in rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers — Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller — as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More...

Force is strong with new ‘StarWars’say critics

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics are praising J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” as a return to form for the “Star Wars” franchise, albeit one that replays many of the saga’s familiar story lines. More...

FX says scripted shows hit record 409 in US this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maybe there is too much TV.  FX Networks said Wednesday that it counted 409 scripted shows that aired in the U.S. in 2015, nearly double the number from six years ago. More...

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