December 30, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Turnpike tolls increase next week

Motorists will have to dig a bit deeper in a few days to pay for travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Turnpike tolls will increase by 6 percent in 2016, largely to repay loans taken out to help fund roadwork projects under legislation passed in More...

Latrobe woman admits to stealing lottery tickets

A Latrobe woman told police she was having money problems and in “dire straits” when she allegedly stole bundles of lottery tickets from a gas station where she served as manager.  More...

General News

Campus activists unite in call for divestments at colleges

BOSTON (AP) — Campus activists who often fight in parallel with one another for their respective causes are now starting to form alliances as they turn up the pressure on some U.S. More...

WESTERN PA. BRIEFS

Pittsburgh’s Fort Pitt Museum to close for most of January   More...

‘Affluenza’ teen, mother planned flight to Mexico

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A teen fugitive who’s known for using an “affluenza” defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, More...

Sports

GL hit with injuries in Powerade wrestling tourney

Pletcher, DA’s Phillippi nearing another showdown, reach semifinals

CANONSBURG — In a wrestling event bulging at its seams with talent like Powerade Tournament annually is, there are no givens.  Great expectations often lead to greater disappointments, and such was the case Tuesday in the opening day of th More...

First Love Christian Academy puts on show, beats host Rams in championship game of LV holiday basketball tournament

The No. 14-ranked team in the state came to Ligonier Valley on Tuesday and put on quite a show.  More...

Howard lifts Bearcats to another win in Las Vegas with last-second shot

J.C. Howard connected on a 17-foot jumper with two seconds remaining, lifting the Bearcats to a hard-fought, 73- 71 victory over Ramapo College (N.J.) in the d3hoops.com Classic, held at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  More...

Lifestyles

Resolve to give blood in Jan., National Blood Donor Month

This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.  More...

Science Center to host train weekend Jan. 9-10

Locomotion Weekend at Carnegie Science Center, Jan. 9 and 10, is the year’s biggest celebration of trains and the grand finale of the holiday season.  More...

Cooking on a Deadline

Swedish meatballs perfect for a cocktail potluck party

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooking on Deadline features fast, weeknight friendly meals that are big on flavor, but not on labor.   Full confession: I’ve never known what Swedish meatballs were.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Derry Township business recipient of threatening call  State police at Greensburg responded to an incident at 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. More...

After weeks in limbo, county budget passes unanimously

It’s official: The Westmoreland County budget for 2016 has been passed unanimously by the commissioners.  More...

Commissioners pass tax and revenue anticipation note of up to $10 million

Westmoreland County Commissioners on Tuesday passed an item they rather would not have.  Republicans Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney, as well as Democrat Ted Kopas, voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of a tax and revenue anticipatio More...

Elderly residents warned about home scams

Four people recently gained entry into the home of an elderly Derry area resident, stating they were seeking living arrangements for a senior citizen in the private home, according to the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging.  More...

Wolf vetoes part of budget, but releases cash for schools, social services

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A stern-faced Gov. More...

Local & State News

Pittsburgh police academy’s latest class includes 2 blacks

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Less than 6 percent of the new police officers graduating in Pittsburgh’s latest training academy class are black, yet diversity activists say the department is making strides in minority recruitment.  The Pittsburg More...

Some answers to questions about the partial state budget

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday vetoed portions of a long overdue state budget plan, while releasing more than $23 billion for certain programs. More...

Woman severely burned by exploding oxygen tank dies

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. More...

World News

19 levees in Illinois, Missouri monitored for flooding

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Pilot killed in Alaska crash wasn’t authorized to fly plane

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The pilot of a small plane that smashed into a building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday was not authorized to fly the aircraft used in volunteer search-and-rescue missions, authorities said.  More...

Gains in Iraqi city vindicate US-led strategy, at high cost

BAGHDAD (AP) - The advance of Iraqi forces into the heart of Ramadi, a restive city that fell to the Islamic State group earlier this year, in some ways vindicated the U.S.-led coalition’s strategy for rolling back the extremists -- but victory More...

Education

Ligonier Valley High School announces November Students of Month

Ligonier Valley High School recently announced its Students of the Month for November. More...

LES student council rings bell

Latrobe Elementary School Student Council rang the bell for the Salvation Army on Dec. 18 at the Latrobe Shop ‘n Save on Lincoln Road. The students sang Christmas carols and spread good cheer. More...

GL honors December champions

Greater Latrobe Senior High School Principal, Steven LoCascio, joined faculty, staff and school administrators in honoring six students at the December Breakfast of Champions. More...

Entertainment

Happy (nearly) 2016: Time for New Year’s resolutions big and small

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, sure, sure. You’re gonna quit smoking, lose weight, get organized and work for world peace in 2016.  And we’re pulling for you. We really are. You can do it!  More...

Blockbusters propel 2015 domestic box office to record $11B

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been a record-breaking, $11 billion year at the movies.  Box-office tracker Rentrak said Tuesday that the industry has already reached the benchmark and is expected to end the year with an unprecedented $11.1 More...

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child porn possession

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say former “Glee” star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography.  More...

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