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26th Annual Ligonier Ice Fest scheduled for Jan. 21-22

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 26th annual Ligonier Ice Fest on Saturday, Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22, in downtown Ligonier.  More...

General News

‘Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — William Peter Blatty, the author of “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89.  Blatty’s widow, Julie, says her husband died Thursday at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. More...

Report: FAA not prepared for major air traffic outages

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration still isn’t prepared to handle major air traffic control outages despite promises to update plans, a government watchdog said Friday.  More...

Obama’s EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will be difficult for the incoming Tr More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

The value of historical buildings

People claim there’s a building falling down in downtown Johnstown. More...

Bulletin Board

I received this alert from The Weather Channel Wednesday afternoon:  More...

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Lifestyles

St. Vincent announces 658 students qualify for fall 2016 dean’s list

Six hundred fifty-eight students were named to the Dean’s List of St. More...

St. Vincent senior finds career path at Information Age Technologies Inc.

Christina M. Whetzel of Mount Pleasant, a senior mathematics major and sociology minor at St. Vincent College, has discovered an exciting and promising career path during an internship at Information Age Technologies Inc. More...

James Madison president’s list

Ligonier resident Christopher Brian Huber has been named to the president's list at James Madison University for the fall 2016 semester, the Harrisonburg, Virginia, campus announced Friday.  More...

Four rescued after home shifts off foundation in Latrobe

Latrobe firefighters and other emergency personnel were called to a home at 175 Eleanor Drive in the Cramer Heights neighborhood of Latrobe Friday morning after the home’s foundation began to shift.  More...

Ligonier Twp. Police to receive reporting program upgrade

The Ligonier Township Police Department is getting an upgrade to its police reporting program.  Township supervisors recently purchased Informant Technology system for the department for $9,760 using Act 13 moneys. More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

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Carnegie Mellon spinoff getting $250M to push technology

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A consortium led by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University is receiving more than $250 million to launch American Robotics, a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing new technology.  More...

Posh Philadelphia park bans wall-sitting over pot concerns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A park in a posh section of Philadelphia is banning patrons from sitting on walls near a fountain after neighbors complained the practice led to pot smoking.  The ban went into effect on Thursday at Rittenhouse Square.& More...

World News

Report says Chicago police violated civil rights for years

CHICAGO (AP) - The Justice Department on Friday laid bare years of civil rights violations by Chicago police, blasting the nation’s second-largest department for using excessive force that included shooting at people who did not pose a threat a More...

Woman stolen at birth learns true identity; ‘Momma’ charged

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) - Stolen from a hospital just hours after she was born, an 18-year-old woman finally learned her true identity and was reunited Friday with her birth family, by video chat. More...

Critics attacked, history revised as China nationalism rises

BEIJING (AP) - Writer Lu Yong had merely wanted to show support for a professor who had taken flak online for criticizing Mao Zedong, the founder of the communist state who died more than four decades ago.  More...

Sports

No. 5 Fox Chapel upends second-ranked Greater Latrobe in overtime, 84-82

Hands ’Cats first home loss in nearly three years

It just wasn’t the Wildcats’ night.  More...

Lady Wildcats lose early lead, fall to Fox Chapel

Despite being past the season’s halfway mark, the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team is still searching for a little consistency.  Lady Wildcats’ head coach Mark Burkhardt said his squad has a tendency to have good stretche More...

Cole, Mercer agree to deals with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — No quibbling over Gerrit Cole’s salary this season. The quibbling over closer Tony Watson’s salary is heading to a arbitration panel.  More...

Entertainment

Movie review: In ‘Patriots Day,’ a community disarms terrorism

Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism.  More...

Movie review: Scorsese’s ‘Silence’is a gorgeous, tedious journey

Martin Scorsese's "Silence " is not an easy film to watch. At times it's grotesquely violent, at others tediously slow. But it is a full and worthy cinematic experience that is bold, thought provoking and utterly singular.  More...

Don Draper and ‘Mad Men’archive land at University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The last America saw of Don Draper, he was meditating on a Pacific hillside, imagining one of the iconic ads in television history.  What’s left of the flawed protagonist of “Mad Men” has now gone to More...

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