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Latrobe zoning board OKs modified parking lot plan

The Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board has approved a variance request for a new parking lot at the corner of Ligonier Street and Avenue D, but not without first requiring some modifications to the plan.  More...

Pittsburgh man jailed after police shoot out windshield

A Pittsburgh man is in Somerset County Jail after state police ended a standoff early Tuesday morning by shooting the windshield of the truck he was driving toward police.  State police at Somerset barracks were advised around 1:08 a.m. More...

Alex Hribal trial set to begin Aug. 7

The trial of a former high school student accused of a brutal knife attack at Franklin Regional High School in 2014 has been set to begin in August.  More...

General News

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to un More...

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announces 20 medal winners

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Massachusetts man who died saving a waitress from being stabbed by a mentally ill man and a 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died trying to save his father from a house fire are among 20 people being honored with Carnegie me More...

Trump signs NASA bill, ponders sending Congress to space

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. Could sending Congress into space be next?  More...

Sports

Plum uses early momentum shift to topple IceCats, claim PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup title

— A series of unfortunate events in succession helped lead to the first championshipgame loss in the history of the Greater Latrobe hockey program. More...

SEC: Football league has three teams vying for NCAA basketball Elite Eight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee’s Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He’s made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four. He’s been around. More...

GL, LV change spring events

A varsity track meet was added to the schedule for Friday’s opening day of spring sports. Greater Latrobe will host Ligonier Valley on Friday (4 p.m.) in an exhibition track and field meet to be held at Memorial Stadium. More...

Lifestyles

SVC students complete study tour in Iceland

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Events of Area Interest

RACM meeting Thursday   St. John the Evangelist Rosary Altar Christian Mothers’ March meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the parish hall, 306 St. John Drive, Latrobe. More...

New York reggae act to perform Saturday

Multi-album independent reggae group Mosaic Foundation will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave., Johnstown.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  More...

LMA to look into Ridge Avenue sewer line issue

Latrobe Municipal Authority (LMA) members on Tuesday approved for engineer Mark Gera to explore an issue along the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue in Latrobe, where it was recently discovered that four individual sewer lines are running through adjacent p More...

Former school board member to step in to fill vacancy

The Greater Latrobe School Board didn’t have to look far to find a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board.  The school board unanimously appointed former school board member Heidi Kozar to fill the unexpired term of William Mohler, who r More...

Divers recover object from Derry Twp. lake

Firefighters from Bradenville, Lloydsville, New Alexandria and Greensburg helped state police recover an object Tuesday afternoon from a lake at the Derry Rod and Gun Club in Derry Township.  More...

Hollow Tavern arsonist appeals sentence

The Latrobe man convicted of arson for setting fire to the Hollow Tavern in 2008 has appealed his sentence, claiming his defense attorney did not properly question witnesses during the trial.  Edgar Wiltrout, 64, was sentenced to 28 years in pri More...

Celebrating 50 years . . .

Gary and Dave Lamolinara celebrate 50 years in business with founder Ed Lamolinara during a toast at Monday’s golden anniversary open house at Special Lite Products in Loyalhanna. More...

Local & State News

Prosecutor: Not reporting Jerry Sandusky let evil ‘run wild’

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

More training vowed after firefighters forced to jump

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fire department officials in western Pennsylvania say more training is planned after a review of actions at a New Year’s Day blaze in suburban Pittsburgh last year in which five firefighters jumped out of a second-story window. More...

Pepsi pulls 12-packs, 2-liters from shelves over Philly soda tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pepsi is pulling 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city’s new tax on sweetened drinks.  The company says it wants to offer products and package sizes wor More...

World News

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

NEWYORK (AP) - As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk t More...

GOP leaders boost pressure as health bill crunch time nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and House leaders are revving up pressure on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch time approaches on the party’s health care overhaul bill, a drive GOP leaders concede they can’t afford More...

Dozens dead or missing from airstrike in IS-held northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian activists say dozens of civilians are dead or still missing after an airstrike on a shelter for the displaced in an Islamic State-held village in northern Syria.  More...

Health

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

AP Chief Medical Writer  A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.  More...

Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

NEW YORK (AP) — Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age?  More...

Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

NEW YORK (AP) — Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.  More...

Entertainment

For juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare, the world’s a stage

PITTSFIELD, Mass. More...

Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners’suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. More...

Schwarzenegger on Trump approval ratings: ‘You got swamped’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning the table on Donald Trump by taking to social media to criticize the president’s own approval ratings.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Mailboxes damaged in Hempfield Township  State police at Greensburg report between 7 and 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, someone knocked two mailboxes off their posts along Fosterville Road in Hempfield Township. More...

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