March 14, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Conservation District announces 14 roadway improvement projects

Fourteen roads in several communities will be part of the 2016 Dirt, Gravel and Low-volume Roads Maintenance Program, the Westmoreland Conservation District recently announced. More...

Orthodox period of Great Lent underway

Orthodox Christians throughout the world ushered in a the annual period of Great Lent on Sunday, March 13, with the Forgiveness Sunday vespers.  More...

General News

Special election to be held Tuesday

On Tuesday, voters in the 57th District will choose a replacement for former state Rep. Tim Krieger in a special election. More...

Ohio capital finalist in national ‘Smart Cities’ competition

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal officials say Ohio’s capital is a finalist in a national competition to find a city to fully integrate innovative technologies such as self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors into its transpor More...

Florida deputy killed after being hit by wrong way driver

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida sheriff’s deputy who worked as a traffic crash investigator was killed after his car collided head-on with another vehicle early Saturday.  More...

Sports

Three cheers for the PIAA 138-pound champs!

Greater Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher (above, left) is on his way to a third PIAA Class AAA State Wrestling Championship following a 3-1 victory against Evan Fidelibus of Easton during the 138-pound More...

GL’s Pletcher finds another way to win his third state wrestling title

McCoy, Shaffer also place in top seven

HERSHEY— In the process of winning 166 high school wrestling matches, Greater Latrobe’s Luke Pletcher has managed to do so in an amazing variety of ways. He’s used his power to break opponents down, pinning a lot of them. More...

DA’s Phillippi uses ‘flying squirrel’ move to secure third state mat title

HERSHEY — As odd as it was, even the Flying Squirrel wasn’t going to take away from Micky Phillippi’s moment. More...

Lifestyles

Two SVC faculty members co-author textbook chapter

Two St. Vincent College faculty members in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government: Dr. Bo Liang, assistant professor of marketing, and Dr. More...

Irish Genealogy Workshop March 19; registration open

Westmoreland County Historical Society education coordinator Joanna T. Moyar announced registrations are being accepted for the Irish Genealogy Workshop slated for 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. More...

Space Out! Astronomy weekend March 19-20

Carnegie Science Center will host its annual SpaceOut! Astronomy weekend on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

DUI arrest in Center Township   State police at Indiana report on March 1, in Center Township, a 37-year-old New Florence man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia in the parking lot of She More...

Chamber optimistic about Route 981 improvement project

The idea of an improved roadway between the Greater Latrobe area and the Pennsylvania Turnpike has a considerable history that spans four decades, and has been discussed, studied, planned and tabled any number of times. More...

Bradenville man arrested after allegedly biting state trooper

A Bradenville man was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated assault and related offenses after an altercation with a state trooper responding to a call at the man’s home on Latrobe-Derry Road.  Trooper Matthew Myers confronted Brian Kei More...

Five area students featured in His Passion Forever

Five senior students will take part in the annual Living Stations of the Cross, His Passion Forever. The passion play will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ligonier Borough, and at 7:30 p.m. More...

Local & State News

Funeral set for first of 6 in Pennsylvania cookout ambush

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Afuneral is set for the first of six victims gunned down in an ambush at a cookout in the Pittsburgh suburbs last week. More...

Medical examiner IDs passenger killed in Pittsburgh crash

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Allegheny County medical examiner has identified a passenger killed in a one-vehicle, early morning crash in Pittsburgh.  The dead woman is 21-year-old Briauna Slaughter.  Pittsburgh police say she was the front- More...

Pennsylvanian faces sentence in shoulder-surfing check scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Awoman federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say was one half of “the Bonnie and Clyde of counterfeit checks” is set for sentencing.  Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer MacVittie was scheduled Monday to appear before a More...

World News

Rubio’s political reckoning arrives in Florida primary

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the Republican Party’s biggest stars when he burst onto the national stage in the tea party wave of 2010. More...

Trouble remains following failed for-profit schools’ revival

WASHINGTON (AP) - When one of the country’s largest for-profit college companies failed in 2014, the Education Department faced a choice. More...

Obama credits Nancy Reagan with spurring medical research

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is crediting the late Nancy Reagan with spurring research into Alzheimer’s and other diseases.  More...

Health

SVC student researchers update FBI on addiction study

Dr. Eric Kocian, assistant professor of criminology, law and society at St. Vincent College (SVC), accompanied his student research group to the office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Pittsburgh on Feb. More...

Study backs kidney transplant method for hardest-to-match

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1 in 3 patients who needs a kidney transplant is especially hard to match, and new research suggests a painstaking treatment to help those patients tolerate an incompatible organ is worth considering. More...

FDA settles with drugmaker in fish-oil drug marketing case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a prescription fish-oil drug says it has reached a legal settlement that will allow it to promote unapproved uses of its drug for lowering fat levels. More...

Entertainment

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ opens well, but ‘Zootopia’ roars

NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoers didn’t have much to go on with the mysterious “10 Cloverfield Lane,” but the words “Cloverfield” and “J.J. Abrams” were enough. More...

‘Star Wars’ wins, John Stamos slimed at Kids’ Choice Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Ferrell, Adele and Jennifer Lawrence won at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, while John Stamos and favorite music group winner Fifth Harmony were among those doused with the show’s trademark green slime. More...

Marvel Studios invites female Avengers to a science contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calling all would-be female Avengers: Marvel Studios wants you.  The Disney-owned company launched a national contest Friday that invites girls in grades 10 through 12 to create science or technology projects that &ldquo More...

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