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As season goes on, Steelers increasingly reliant on running game more than in recent years

Chris Adamski
| Friday, December 13, 2019 10:03 a.m.
Over the past three games, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had 105 running plays. That accounts three of their top four high-carries games of the season and makes for a 16-game pace of 560 carries – a figure they have not topped since 2004. By comparison, the Steelers had just 345...
Categories: Sports | Steelers

Pittsburgh Record Fest in Lawrenceville to bring out the vinyl fans

Mary Ann Thomas
| Friday, December 13, 2019 10:01 a.m.
Classic vinyl with music fans sporting interesting hair is a strong possibility at the Pittsburgh Record Fest Sunday in Lawrenceville, where aficionados can peruse thousands of albums while local DJs spin their favorites. Pittsburgh Record Fest features large and small collectors alike offering up new, used, and collectible imports and...

Letter to the editor: We need action on climate

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Walter Williams’ op-ed “On climate, are scientists dishonest or afraid?” (Nov. 22, TribLIVE) begins with the sentence, “The absolute worst case of professional incompetence and dishonesty is in the area of climate science.” It doesn’t take but a few minutes to find that both he and Tony Heller, whom he references, have been attacking climate science for years. I put my faith in the 13 agencies of the U.S. government that produced the fourth National

Letter to the editor: Trump empowering Russia

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00 a.m.
Dec. 7 was a day of infamy when over 2,000 American servicemen were killed at Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, America experienced another day of infamy on Nov. 8, 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president. Vladimir Putin was celebrating. From his inauguration on, Trump has enhanced Russia’s military power in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He successfully weakened NATO by withholding and reducing funds and even indicated that the United States may not adhere to

Firefighters working to rescue person trapped on hillside in Unity

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:55 a.m.
Firefighters were working Friday morning to rescue someone who was trapped on a wooded hillside in Unity Township, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher. Two people became stuck on the hillside in the Horseshoe Drive area of Lawson Heights at 9:30 a.m. after a dog they were walking got away,...
Categories: Local | Westmoreland

Local artists featured in new Heinz History Center exhibit

Mary Pickels
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:54 a.m.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, is opening a new exhibition featuring the work of accomplished local artists. “Master Visual Artists VII: Preserving the Legacy,” opens Dec. 14 and will remain on display in the museum’s Barensfeld Gallery through Sept. 13, 2020. The exhibit is presented...
Categories: AandE | Museums

Virginia city says Michael Vick owes $70K in unpaid taxes

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:13 a.m.
HAMPTON, Va. — Former football star Michael Vick owes tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes on luxury cars that he owned in Virginia, officials said. Officials said Vick owes the city of Hampton about $70,000, the Daily Press of Newport News reported Thursday. Vick lived in Virginia after...
Categories: Sports | NFL

First Call: Antonio Brown struts his Google status, John Tortorella pouts after Pens loss

Tim Benz
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:01 a.m.
In “First Call” Friday, Antonio Brown is bragging about his wild “popularity,” John Tortorella wasn’t happy after Thursday’s loss in Pittsburgh, and Rob Gronkowski is staying retired. This made his day Antonio Brown spent most of the day melting down on social media again Thursday. I simply think he has...

DUI, drug cases recently handled by Judge Herbst in Monroeville

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:01 a.m.
Monroeville District Court Judge Jeffrey Herbst handled these cases recently. Defendants will have court dates set in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Charges were filed by Monroeville police unless otherwise noted. Held for court • Jeffrey Sever, 38, of Monroeville on charges of strangulation, resisting arrest, harassment and...
Categories: Local | Monroeville

Winter classes, activities help dogs (and their people) fight cabin fever

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, December 13, 2019 9:01 a.m.
Cabin fever — it’s not just for humans. Your canine companion might feel cooped up during the wintertime, too, when snow covers the yard, sidewalks are icy and temperatures fall below freezing. Who wants to go out for a walk in those conditions? Even a well-trained dog might get a...
Categories: Lifestyles | Westmoreland

5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Dec. 13-15

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Friday, December 13, 2019 8:37 a.m.
We’re halfway through December. Go out and do something fun this weekend in Pittsburgh in between that holiday shopping frenzy. We’ve got a few choices. Holiday tunes Daniel Meyer will conduct the Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops in nine performances over two weekends. “Highmark Holiday Pops” starts Friday and...

China says trade deal with U.S. must be ‘mutually beneficial’

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 8:11 a.m.
BEIJING — Expectations for a U.S.-Chinese trade truce rose Friday, though Beijing accused Washington of unfairly attacking its economy and said a settlement to their costly, 17-month-old conflict must be “mutually beneficial.” A senior Trump administration official said an announcement regarding China would take place Friday. The official spoke on...
Categories: Business | News | Wire stories | World

Great Recession having effect on U.S. Christmas tree supplies this year

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 8:04 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons’ limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. Instead, she was shipped some smaller ones for her lot at...
Categories: Business | News | World

Forest Hills man partially ate food, put it back on shelf at Sheetz during Facebook video, police say

Megan Tomasic
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:52 a.m.
A Forest Hills man is facing three citations after police say he partially consumed food at a local Sheetz and then put the items back on the shelf. Dorian Moore can be seen opening 12 containers at the Sheetz on William Penn Highway in Wilkins, eating and drinking some of...

Pound and stocks jump on U.K. election, talk of U.S.-China deal

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:33 a.m.
BANGKOK — Stock markets and the British pound rose Friday after Britain’s Conservative Party claimed a big win in the country’s general election, easing uncertainty over Brexit, and amid talk of a China-U.S. trade deal. The British pound jumped to $1.3470 from $1.3150 late Thursday but then eased back to...
Categories: Business | Wire stories | World

House panel approves 2 Trump impeachment charges

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The charges now go to the full House for an expected vote next week. The abuse of power charge stems from Trump’s July phone call with the Ukraine president pressuring him to announce an...

Key takeaways from Boris Johnson’s sweeping British election victory

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:29 a.m.
LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has led his Conservative Party to a landslide victory in Britain’s election that was dominated by Brexit. Here are five takeaways from the British election: Brexit is happening Johnson’s campaign was built around his pledge to — finally — complete Brexit. With his whopping...
Categories: News | World

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:26 a.m.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy. Nearly 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and help poor...
Categories: News | World

5 things to do in Westmoreland: Dec. 13-15

Mary Pickels
| Friday, December 13, 2019 7:01 a.m.
It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, a holiday season in full swing. From celebrations of historical traditions, to dance and music, to shopping and helping others, opportunities abound to enjoy oneself and reach out in the spirit of the season. Christmas through the centuries Historic Hanna’s Town,...

Tim Benz: Josh Allen the latest mobile quarterback to test Steelers — in a whole new way

Tim Benz
| Friday, December 13, 2019 6:14 a.m.
Another one of these stories? Yup. Another one of these stories. Not my fault. I didn’t make the NFL schedule. Or create the opposing rosters of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But if the Steelers keep facing this string of mobile quarterbacks, I’m going to keep writing about them. Mainly because Mike...

Previewing the Steelers-Bills matchup — from Buffalo’s point of view

Tim Benz
| Friday, December 13, 2019 6:06 a.m.
We’ve broken down just about every angle of the Steelers-Bills game from a Pittsburgh perspective. Now, we try to figure out how it looks from Buffalo’s point of view. The Bills come in at 9-4. Their defense is almost as good as the Steelers’ overall, and it is better in...

Bridgeville gets grant to help alleviate flooding

Stephanie Hacke
| Friday, December 13, 2019 6:01 a.m.
Bridgeville leaders are hoping $525,000 in grants will help to alleviate flooding in the community. In November, the Commonwealth Financing Authority announced that the municipality received funds for two projects through the Allegheny County Gaming and Economic Development fund that will address flooding in the borough. “There is a need...
Categories: Local | Carlynton

DUI, theft cases among recent Monroeville police investigations

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, December 13, 2019 6:01 a.m.
Monroeville police filed the following charges Dec. 2-10 in District Judge Jeffrey L. Herbst’s office: • Shaquayla Peters, 30, of Pittsburgh with retail theft and possession of instruments of a crime. Charges were filed Dec. 7 in connection with an incident along the 3600 block of William Penn Highway. •...
Categories: Local | Monroeville

Carnegie, Collier and Scott happenings

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 6:01 a.m.
LifeSpan’s Chartiers Resource Center for Older Adults will host a trip to Wildwood, N.J., from May 31-June 5. The cost is $575 per person for a double and includes transportation, hotel, breakfasts, dinners, cruise and tourist attractions. Call 412-464-1300 for more information. Carnegie happenings • Escorted by the Carnegie Volunteer Fire...
Categories: Local | Carlynton

Empty Thoughts: Penguins 1, Blue Jackets 0 (OT)

Seth Rorabaugh
| Friday, December 13, 2019 2:42 a.m.
Observations from the Penguins’ 1-0 win against the Blue Jackets: Jake Guentzel was out of position on Thursday. Sure, he’s listed as a center. But he’s not a center. Yet, with all the maladies the Penguins are contending with, they were limited with who they could use as the No....
Categories: Sports | Penguins

High school scores, summaries and schedules for Dec. 12, 2019

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:34 a.m.
Basketball Boys Thursday’s schedule WPIAL Class 5A Section 3 Shaler 42, Kiski Area 39 Class 4A Section 3 Belle Vernon 78, Waynesburg 60 Class 3A Section 1 Beaver Falls 54, New Brighton 36 Class A Section 2 Geibel 55, Avella 51 Nonsection Allderdice 69, Canon-McMillan 37 Central Catholic 62, Latrobe...
Categories: High School

High school roundup for Dec. 12, 2019: Alyssa Pollice lights it up for Bishop Canevin

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:29 a.m.
Alyssa Pollice had a big night, scoring 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers and pulling down 10 rebounds to lead Bishop Canevin (1-2, 1-0) to a 52-42 Section 3-2A girls basketball win Thursday night. Diajha Allen added 14 points. Emily Prasko had 14 points and Madison Kozares added 11 for Burgettstown...
Categories: High School

Jackson, Ravens beat Jets 42-21 to clinch AFC North title

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:06 a.m.
BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson threw five touchdown passes, scurried into the NFL record book and guided the Baltimore Ravens to their second straight AFC North title and 10th consecutive victory, 42-21 over the New York Jets on Thursday night. Baltimore (12-2) took control with touchdowns on its first three possessions...
Categories: Sports | NFL

Curtain goes up on WPIAL boys basketball section play Friday

Don Rebel
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:05 a.m.
For the last several years, one of the better rivalries in WPIAL boys basketball has been going toe-to-toe in Section 3-2A with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy. There might be a new sheriff in town, however, this season. On opening night of section play on Friday,...

New fire hall in Jeannette to replace Clay Avenue building

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
A new building is in the works for the Jeannette Fire Department Relief Association. Officials hope to be in it sometime next year at the association’s current location on Clay Avenue, said president Bob Carter. The current building, which previously housed a service station, is in disrepair and is slated...
Categories: Local | Westmoreland

Marzolf Primary students take part in Reading with Rover program

Erica Cebzanov
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Marzolf Primary School students excitedly whispered and giggled upon noticing Animal Friends volunteer Kathryn Bort escorting her white boxer down the school’s halls Dec. 9. The duo didn’t have time to chat, though. They had important work to accomplish through Animal Friends’ Reading with Rover program. Second-graders enrolled in Marzolf’s...
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Bring spring indoors early — very early — by forcing bulbs

Associated Press
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Daffodils sitting on a windowsill against a backdrop of white snow make a fragrant and pretty midwinter scene. This picture, with bulbs “forced” for early bloom, takes planning that should start now. Choose plump, fresh-looking bulbs from those now on display at garden centers, hardware stores and supermarkets. Prep the...
Categories: Lifestyles | Home Garden

Baldwin Borough residents get a lesson in owning chickens

Stephanie Hacke
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Luke Fitzgerald smiled as Pot Pie — a two-and-a-half-year-old Buff Orpington chicken — climbed onto his lap inside Baldwin Borough Public Library’s program room. “What are you doing there?” he asked, while telling his dad that he would like to get a chicken for a pet. Less than three months...
Categories: Local | South Hills

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, art show and more around Penn Hills

Dillon Carr
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
All are welcome to attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Penn Hills Free Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The church is located at 715 Universal Road in Penn Hills. For more information, please contact the church at 412-793-7263. Art show Allegheny League of Artists is having...
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The Stroller, Dec. 13, 2019: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Tribune-Review
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:01 a.m.
Volunteers needed to tutor students at Peoples Library Peoples Library in New Kensington is seeking adult volunteers to tutor elementary students in its afterschool program. Adult tutors work one-on-one with at-risk students from the New Kensington-Arnold School District from 4 to 5:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the New Kensington...

10 plants sure to please this holiday season

Doug Oster
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00 a.m.
There was a time when poinsettias, paperwhites and amaryllis were the only three traditional plants being offered for the holidays. The details of growing and enjoying those plants are covered below, but there are some other interesting things to grow indoors for this festive season. There’s nothing wrong with the...
Categories: Lifestyles | Home Garden

Grow fresh herbs on your windowsill all winter long

Jessica Walliser
| Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00 a.m.
Question: I’d like to grow some herbs on my windowsill in my kitchen this winter. Can I use any herbs, or do they have to be a special type for growing indoors? Any tips for success? Answer: Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow in containers and many...

Sophomores help Fox Chapel beat Penn Hills, pass early season test

George Guido
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:06 p.m.
It was a night for sophomores to shine as Fox Chapel won its fourth game of the season, leading Penn Hills the entire way to a 66-45 final. Eli Yofan led the Foxes with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals while J.P. Dockey had 13 points – 11 in...
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Southmoreland girls stop West Mifflin, continue promising start to season

Bill Beckner
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:46 p.m.
With long arms and long legs, Southmoreland is not the longshot it once was in WPIAL girls basketball. One of the tallest teams in Class 4A from guard to forward and head to toe, the budding Scotties used their size and athleticism to take care of visiting West Mifflin, 63-34,...

West Virginia rebounds from 1st loss, crushes Austin Peay

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:41 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an 84-53 victory over Austin Peay on Thursday night. Oscar Tshiebwe added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (8-1), who bounced back from their first loss of the season Saturday...
Categories: Sports | WVU

Conor Lamb supports impeachment: ‘What the President did was wrong’

Natasha Lindstrom
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:28 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said Thursday he plans to vote in favor of both impeachment articles Democrats plan to lodge against President Trump. The Mt. Lebanon Democrat — a rising-star politician serving his first full year in Congress — said the last few weeks of evidence and testimony in Washington...
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Penn Hills pre-K classrooms have kids excited for school

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:18 p.m.
Transitioning into kindergarten can be challenging for young students and their parents. That’s why a local nonprofit recently opened two new classrooms to make those efforts as smooth as possible for Penn Hills families. “Every transition in life has their own anxieties,” said Rene Ozias-Hawthorne, pre-k manager with the Private...
Categories: Local | Penn Hills

Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Revelations that the FBI committed serious errors in wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide have spurred bipartisan calls for change to the government’s surveillance powers, including from some Republicans who in the past have voted to renew or expand those authorities. Anger over the errors cited in this...
Categories: News | Politics Election

Bryan Rust’s goal gives Penguins more bang for the buck in win vs. Blue Jackets

Seth Rorabaugh
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 9:39 p.m.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are scheduled to be on the road Friday and Saturday to face the Cleveland Monsters at venerable Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse near the frosty shores of the Cuyahoga River. It will be a showcase of two of the American Hockey League’s more prominent franchises. For those reluctant to...
Categories: Sports | Penguins

Indoor lettuce growers find a wedge to market amid another E. coli outbreak

(Minneapolis) Star Tribune
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 9:20 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — The latest outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce has sickened more than 100 people nationwide and left others wondering if raw salad is safe. As food-safety investigators clear the vegetable aisle of contaminated lettuce, authorities provided more guidance on how to shop for safer product. Consumers should...
Categories: Business | Wire stories

Laurels & lances: Honored, poured and gifted

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 9:01 p.m.
Laurel: To good lessons taught by a good teacher. Joseph Welch is the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. He teaches American history at North Hills Middle School, and it’s not the first time he has been singled out for his extraordinary work making history more than a dusty subject...
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Grand jury fingers 7 in alleged Pittsburgh region heroin scheme

Natasha Lindstrom
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:56 p.m.
A federal grand jury indicted seven people from Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s eastern and southern suburbs in a purported scheme to sell more than 2 pounds of heroin, documents unsealed Thursday show. From June through December of this year, the co-defendants are accused of plotting to acquire and sell the...

Mississippi family says 8-year-old daughter’s Ring security camera was hacked

Bret Gibson
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:56 p.m.
A mother in Mississippi said hackers commandeered her daughter’s Ring security camera and taunted her 8-year-old daughter. A video obtained by NBC affiliate WMC shows a view of the child’s room while mysterious music starts playing from the Ring. A voice can also be heard saying, “Hello there.” During one...
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Jeannette residents call for hemp plant closure

Jacob Tierney
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:09 p.m.
Jeannette residents asked City Council on Thursday to keep the hemp drying facility on Thomas Avenue closed permanently. “I don’t know how this happened. Why was this allowed to come into the city?” Diane Shaw asked. Shaw lives on Lafferty Street, near the facility owned by Colorado-based Patriot Shield LLC....

Pittsburgh man admits to breaking into cars to steal identities, rack up charges

Natasha Lindstrom
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:07 p.m.
A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty to breaking into parked cars as part of a scheme to steal the identities of Western Pennsylvanians, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Terry Porterfield, 44, admitted to taking the driver’s licenses, credit cards, debit cards and Social Security cards from the unoccupied vehicles he ransacked around...

Group of moms show up at hearing to support ‘overwhelmed’ mom who left special needs son at hospital

Samson X Horne
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:59 p.m.
It takes a village. A mother who left her 14-year-old special needs son at an Atlanta hospital last week was shocked to find out a group of mothers showed up to court Thursday in support of her during her child cruelty hearing. According to Atlanta’s NBC-affiliate WXIA-TV, Diana Elliott reportedly...
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PCN will re-air Pine-Richland’s snowy 2003 PIAA football final

Chris Harlan
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:59 p.m.
The images are among the most iconic in PIAA football championship history. Hersheypark Stadium was blanketed in white and snowflakes fell from the sky as Pine-Richland and Manheim Central battled through two overtimes in the 2003 Class 3A state final. The Pennsylvania Cable Network will rebroadcast the game statewide at...
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Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot enjoys membership in the fraternity of the undefeated

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:34 p.m.
Duquesne is off to its best start in 48 years, thanks in large part to a defense that is allowing an average of 56.9 points per game (11th in the nation). That’s a distinct improvement over coach Keith Dambrot’s first two years at Duquesne. The Dukes, who have yet to...
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Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Fox Chapel, Highlands and Springdale build perfect records

Greg Macafee
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:31 p.m.
Building an undefeated record early in the season is the best a team can do, and three Alle-Kiski Valley squads entered Thursday unbeaten. Fox Chapel (3-0), Highlands (3-0) and Springdale (4-0) each stayed perfect in its own way. Led by a core of players like Dimitri Fitch, Logan Dexter and...
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Clinton Portis, Joe Horn among former NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in two separate indictments filed in federal court in...
Categories: Sports | NFL

While in Akron, Duquesne will visit school founded and funded by LeBron James

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:25 p.m.
When Duquesne travels to Akron’s Ellet High School on Saturday to play Radford, the game’s final score and what happens between the whistles will matter. And not just because the Dukes (8-0) are one of five undefeated teams left in college basketball. The video Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot will carry...
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Browns receiver Jarvis Landry: Odell Beckham ‘wants to be here’

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:18 p.m.
BEREA, Ohio — If Odell Beckham is making plans to bolt the Cleveland Browns, the flashy wide receiver hasn’t told his best friend. Jarvis Landry thinks he would know, and he doesn’t believe Beckham is going anywhere. Landry said Thursday that Beckham has given him no reason to feel he...
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Paul Kengor: Bad things happen in Cleveland

Paul Kengor
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
“I’m telling you!” yelled Myron Cope in the voice of, well, only Myron Cope. “Something bad always happens in Cleveland!” I was sitting in my car in Shadyside, waiting to pick up my wife from her aerobics class, listening to the legendary Myron on WTAE-AM. The subject was the Steelers...

What was trending on Google in 2019? Find out here

Zach Brendza
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:41 p.m.
Can you believe it? Another year (almost) gone. But while you get nostalgic about 2019 or try to find ways to skip ahead to 2020, check out the work Google has done to recap what was trending in the United States this year. In overall searches, Disney took the top...
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Conor Lamb supports impeachment: ‘What the President did was wrong’

Natasha Lindstrom
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:40 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said Thursday he plans to vote in favor of both impeachment articles Democrats plan to lodge against President Donald Trump. The Mt. Lebanon Democrat — a rising-star politician serving his first full year in Congress — said the last few weeks of evidence and testimony in...

Officials: Ohio weatherman sent nearly 16,000 child porn files

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:33 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio television weatherman accused of downloading child porn emailed himself nearly 16,000 such images to view on other devices, investigators said in recently unsealed search warrants. Mike Davis used one email account to regularly send himself “batches” of files depicting sexually explicit images of young...
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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys moving up to Class 6A

Bill Beckner
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:12 p.m.
When the PIAA last week released a list of schools that plan to play up in classification for the 2020-21 and 2012-22 school years, one team stood out. Greensburg Salem was one of the 10 WPIAL schools among the “voluntary upgrades” for the next two-year cycle. The Golden Lions are...

U.S., China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war. “We’re close to a deal,” said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s head of international affairs, who has...

Murrysville man fell in love with the great outdoors

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:55 p.m.
Whether it was his career as a railroad engineer, hunting moose and grizzly bears in Alaska, or running Wilson’s Nursery in Murrysville, Bill Wilson wanted to be outside. That love of the outdoors also led him to his wife of 64 years, Marie (Rosenbayger) Wilson. “There was an archery place...
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Friends of the Riverfront appoints Kelsey Ripper executive director

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:52 p.m.
The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront appointed one of its board members, Kelsey Ripper, as executive director. She succeeds Valerie Beichner, who left several months ago to take the helm at another outdoor recreation nonprofit, Venture Outdoors. Ripper, 33, of Lawrenceville, has been vice president of Friends of the Riverfront’s...

Apollo Borough office closed for move to new location

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:46 p.m.
The Apollo municipal office closed this week and will remain closed until Dec. 20 when it reopens at a new location at 809 N. Warren Avenue. The move was prompted by the expiration of the borough’s lease at the end of the year at 616 First St., the former Apollo...

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin out vs. Blue Jackets

Seth Rorabaugh
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:44 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will miss Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena because of an illness, according to coach Mike Sullivan. He is the fourth member of the team struck by an illness in recent weeks, joining forward Zach Aston-Reese as well as defensemen...
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Cousin accused of aiding convicted cop killer Rahmael Holt ordered to stand trial

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:41 p.m.
New Kensington District Judge Frank Pallone refused to lower Lisa Harrington’s $100,000 bond Thursday after holding her for trial on charges of getting rid of the gun her cousin used to kill city police Officer Brian Shaw two years ago. Harrington, 33, is a cousin of Rahmael Holt, who a...

College freshman, 18, stabbed to death near her Barnard campus in NYC

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:41 p.m.
NEW YORK — An 18-year-old Barnard College freshman from Virginia was fatally stabbed in a park near the school’s campus in New York City. Tessa Majors was walking in Manhattan’s Morningside Park just before 7 p.m. Wednesday when she was accosted by an unknown number of people — possibly as...
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Zach Rocco helping Penn-Trafford boys basketball be all it can be

Bill Beckner
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:39 p.m.
Zach Rocco is an Army of one. Not in terms of his role on the Penn-Trafford basketball team this season — although he is the only returning starter and senior — but rather in the way he goes about his business. The way he deals with an always regimented, always...
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New Kensington-Arnold preliminary budget spikes taxes, exhausts reserves

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:28 p.m.
Even with a property tax increase more than double its state limit, the New Kensington-Arnold School District will empty its reserves by the end of the 2020-21 school year and go into the red, the district’s business manager projects. A 7-mill property tax increase is included in the $38.96 million...

Kiski Area boys basketball on verge of taking next step

Greg Macafee
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:28 p.m.
A year ago, the Kiski Area boys basketball team finished their 2018-19 season with just four wins in the first year of coach Will Saunders’ tenure. Now, after a 54-52 win over Connellsville this past Tuesday, the Cavaliers are already halfway to that total, and with the team that Saunders...
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Kevin Gorman: Tackling the big question — will the Steelers throw the ball to Zach Banner?

Kevin Gorman
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:26 p.m.
The question for Duck Hodges came from the back of the media scrum in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room, from the offensive tackle that is their most-eligible receiver and has a personal interest in the rookie quarterback’s answer. How open does someone have to be to get the ball? Duck...

Washington County man wants conviction overturned for 2013 Donegal murder

Rich Cholodofsky
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:23 p.m.
A Washington County man said in court on Thursday he was coerced by his former defense attorney to not testify in his 2015 murder trial and now wants his conviction of first-degree murder overturned. Michael Martin, 46, contends he was the victim of a poorly conceived defense by a lawyer...
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Unity man facing at least 16 years in prison for child rape, pornography

Rich Cholodofsky
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:15 p.m.
A Unity man was sentenced Thursday to serve up to 10 years in prison for the rape of a child. Timothy D. Piper, 24, pleaded guilty in September to three charges, including counts of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Prosecutors said Piper had repeated sexual contact with a young...
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New Kensington police seek info about missing city youth

Chuck Biedka
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:12 p.m.
New Kensington police and the family of Da’Montae Brooks on Thursday said they are looking for the youth. Police said Brooks, no age or address available, is a runaway. He is about 4 feet, 6 inches and weighs 90 pounds. It is unknown what the juvenile was wearing when last...

$10K donation from ‘Secret Santa’ will buy gifts for Leech Elementary students

Joyce Hanz
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:09 p.m.
An unexpected letter delivered this week to David Leech Elementary Principal David Keibler brought him to tears. The two-page, handwritten note from a man wishing to remain anonymous included a check for $10,000 with instructions that the money be used to provide every Leechburg Area student in pre-kindergarten through fifth...

Penn Hills’ Clayborn to continue soccer career in college

Andrew John
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
Several Penn Hills girls soccer players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Midfielder Taylor Clayborn is the most recent Indian to make her college decision. After careful consideration, Clayborn committed to Thiel on Dec. 5. This moment has been something Clayborn has dreamed about...
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Penn Hills swimmers start fresh under new coach

Andrew John
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
The Penn Hills swimming program has a fresh, new look this year. A familiar last name isn’t on the roster for the first time in many years, and a new coach has taken over for the Indians. Nick Page, a 2013 Penn Hills alum, will lead the team after Cheryl...
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Carlynton, Chartiers Valley expect to send several wreslters to WPIALs

Chuck Curti
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
Jesse Valentine and Bill Evans are good friends. Both are wrestling coaches — Valentine at Carlynton and Evans at Chartiers Valley — and they have kids who wrestle together. Both are anticipating strong seasons for their respective programs, as the Colts and Cougars return a handful of 2019 WPIAL qualifiers....

Focus on defensive effort lifts Shaler Area girls to fast start

Josh Rizzo
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
Senior guard Meghan Lacey wants this season to be a revenge tour for the Shaler Area girls basketball. The Titans made quite a statement to open the season at the Ambridge tournament. Opening against two teams that beat Shaler by double digits last season, the Titans showed they’ve learned from...
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Hampton boys swim team primed for strong season

Devon Moore
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
If last year’s 15th-place team finish at WPIALs was any indicator of what this small team can do in a pool of big fish, Hampton’s last year in Class AAA could be one of its best. Having lost no major senior contributors and returning all of its swimmers that participated...
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Competition fuels Hampton girls swim team

Devon Moore
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
The only way to get better is to compete with the best. Bolstered by a team environment provided by the seniors, along with some fresh talent, the Hampton girls swim team hopes to do just that. Seniors Rosie Oh, Lydia Quaglia, Ansley Haught and Emily Berkebile look to lead a...
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North Hills’ Hillegas motivated by loss in PIAA semifinals

Andrew John
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
North Hills’ senior Sam Hillegas seemed to be on his way to a third PIAA Class AAA title last season. However, Hillegas suffered his first loss of the season in the state semifinals, denying him a chance to become a state champion all four years. The Virginia Tech recruit has...
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Shaler Area grad Mike Heinl hits wrestling milestone at W&J

Josh Rizzo
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
Reaching the 100-win milestone wasn’t out of the question for Washington & Jefferson senior Mike Heinl. But the Shaler Area graduate knew the math wasn’t in his favor after his freshman season. Heinl’s first go-round as a collegiate wrestler ended up with a 14-14 record in his ledger. But after...
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NA grad Josh Luchini wraps up stellar sophomore year for Lehigh soccer team

Karen Kadilak
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
North Allegheny graduate Josh Luchini had a banner season as a sophomore on the Lehigh men’s soccer team. Luchini, a 6-foot forward, was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-league. He led the Mountain Hawks (13-5-3 overall, 6-0-3 in the conference) to the conference title and...
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North Allegheny alum Marc Migliozzi makes history on Akron cross country team

Karen Kadilak
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:07 p.m.
North Allegheny graduate Marc Migliozzi made history as a senior on the Akron men’s cross country team. Migliozzi, 21, of Franklin Park became the school’s first cross country runner to qualify for the NCAA championship meet. He placed 103rd of 249 competitors in the Division I men’s 10K race Nov....
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Thirty-six from WPIAL make all-state volleyball teams

Bill Beckner
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:04 p.m.
North Allegheny made it a PIAA Class AAAA three-peat this season in girls volleyball, while North Catholic won its first Class A state title in the sport. The best teams in the state usually produce the best players and each school had multiple players selected to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches...

Lori Falce: Term limits are half the story

Lori Falce
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:01 p.m.
Joe Biden might be thinking about the presidency as a one-term option. Or not. Politico’s reporting on the issue has since been denied by Biden, who is running for commander in-chief for the third time. But it’s an interesting question, not just for the 77-year-old former vice president and longtime...

WPIAL wrestling standings through Dec. 11, 2019

Don Rebel
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:54 p.m.
Here is the latest WPIAL team wrestling standings for the 2019-20 season through Dec. 11. The top three teams from each sub-section qualify for the section tournaments. The top team in each sub-section faces the runner-up in the opposing sub-section with the two winners then doing battle for the section...
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Unity man charged in cryptocurrency fraud scheme

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:47 p.m.
A 23-year-old Unity man could face 22 years in prison and lose the $942,500 house he bought near Mountain View, his Ferrari and expensive jewelry if convicted on federal accusations that he stole from executives and investors of cryptocurrency firms. Anthony Francis Faulk was charged in California with conspiracy to...

Arnold ordinance would allow backyard fires

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:46 p.m.
Arnold residents would be able to have contained fires in their backyards under a new ordinance city council is considering. Fires at residences would have to be burned in a container no more than 36 inches in diameter and at least two feet high, according to the proposed ordinance. The...

Thousands of 10-inch ‘penis fish’ wash up on California beach

Steven Adams
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:43 p.m.
Some beachcombers were puzzled by the thousands of 10-inch wiggling sausages littering a section of California coast but one researcher knew exactly what they were. Penis fish. Or, more formally, fat innkeeper worms. Not formal enough? How about the scientific Urechis caupo? These are a variety of spoonworm, writes Ivan...
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Game Commission investigating shooting of 3 elk in Benezette

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:29 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating the shooting of three elk along a highway with a small caliber firearm in Elk County’s Benezette Township. A cow and two bulls were found Thursday along Quehanna Highway. Anyone with information related to the incident should contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Region Office...
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In 1st year with Steelers, Steven Nelson emerging as shutdown cornerback

Joe Rutter
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:24 p.m.
Steven Nelson is happy to be part of the most disruptive defense in the NFL, one that leads the league with 33 takeaways. He’s thrilled to be among a secondary that has excelled at creating havoc, the Pittsburgh Steelers ranking second with 18 interceptions. He’s quick to join teammates in...
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Terrelle Pryor says girlfriend accused of stabbing him should be let out of jail

Tom Davidson
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:19 p.m.
Former NFL player and Jeannette native Terrelle Pryor said Thursday that his girlfriend accused of stabbing him should be let out of jail. Pryor, who nearly died from stab wounds Nov. 30, was in Pittsburgh Municipal Court for a hearing on charges filed against him in connection to the stabbing....

General manager of Harrison McDonald’s receives company’s top award

Teghan Simonton
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:16 p.m.
For Laurie Naugle, just to be nominated for the prestigious Ray Kroc Award was an honor. But to win it was astonishing. “It’s just mind-blowing,” Naugle, general manager of the McDonald’s in Harrison, said Thursday when she was honored with one of the corporation’s most prestigious awards. The McDonald’s Corporation’s...

Allegheny Health Network cuts the ribbon on new neighborhood ‘mini’ hospital in McCandless

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:12 p.m.
Allegheny Health Network cut the ribbon on its new neighborhood hospital in the McCandless Crossing shopping center and should be ready to start accepting patients in the next several weeks. In addition to an emergency department and 10-bed inpatient unit, the hospital will provide diagnostic imaging, laboratory and other medical...
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Hambone’s in Lawrenceville padlocked for not paying alcohol tax, treasurer says

Madasyn Lee
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:07 p.m.
A popular Lawrenceville bar was shut down Thursday for not paying its alcoholic beverage tax, officials said. Hambone’s at 4207 Butler St. was padlocked at 1 p.m. after Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein obtained a roughly $13,000 judgment against it, according to a news release. “I am committed to ensuring...

Appeals court rehears arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:59 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. — A divided federal appeals court spent more than three hours Thursday sparring over whether President Donald Trump is illegally profiting from the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia asked 15 judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...
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Franklin Regional school board won’t delay construction on Sloan intermediate building

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:57 p.m.
Construction of the new Sloan intermediate school in the Franklin Regional School District will continue after three of the four new school board members were unable to muster enough support to suspend work for a month. “Many of us ran for this position because people in the community were questioning...

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:56 p.m.
NEW YORK — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it’s implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to...
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Westmoreland food bank benefits from annual United Way/Shop ‘n Save shopping spree

Megan Tomasic
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:33 p.m.
When David Sipes shot down the aisle at Route 66 Shop ‘n Save in Greensburg, buggy in tow, he had a game plan. In three minutes, the 48-year-old Irwin resident had to collect as much food as possible to donate to the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Thursday’s shopping spree was...
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Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster downgraded; James Conner, Jaylen Samuels practice fully

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:25 p.m.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was downgraded Thursday to a limited practice participant on the Pittsburgh Steelers official injury report. A day after practicing fully for the first time since suffering a knee injury during a Nov. 14 game at the Cleveland Browns, Smith-Schuster’s status for Sunday’s AFC showdown with the Buffalo Bills...
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Potential owners surface for shuttered Regent Square Theater

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:20 p.m.
While the Regent Square Theater sits quiet, there is interest in the movie screen illuminating again. The Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media closed the South Braddock Avenue movie theater on Nov. 25 for financial reasons. The PCAM continues to explore options for the theater, spokeswoman Hannah Arnold said in...

Takeaway-savvy Steelers defense eager to face fumble-prone Bills QB Josh Allen

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:09 p.m.
Bud Dupree’s eyes lit up when someone asked him if he knew how many times Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had fumbled this season. “Is it a lot?” Dupree asked, glowingly. Yes, Bud, it is — 14 times, in fact, the second-most of any player in the NFL. “Oh yeah,...
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The Rock a betting favorite to headline WrestleMania 36

Zach Brendza
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:03 p.m.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be getting back in the ring, according to one betting website. Oddschecker, which shows bets from a number of companies, has odds from SkyBet on “who will contest the main event” of WrestleMania 36, WWE’s biggest event of the year. The favorite: Roman Reigns vs....
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4-star running back prospect Henry Parrish de-commits from Pitt

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:44 p.m.
One week before early signing day, Pitt lost one of its top targets in recruiting Wednesday when running back Henry Parrish said he is no longer committed to the Panthers. pic.twitter.com/XJwnigYnVR— 2️⃣ (@DoubleTay_21) December 12, 2019 Parrish, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, rushed for 2,319 yards and 31 touchdowns...
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Pirates wrap up Winter Meetings with trade possibilities on the horizon

John Perrotto
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:40 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — Ben Cherington left his first Winter Meetings as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday without making trade. However, it seems likely center fielder Starling Marte will be with another team by the time spring training opens in mid-February. Second baseman Adam Frazier could also be...
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Monroeville library hosts ‘Grinchmas’ party

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:25 p.m.
Monroeville Public Library hosted a Grinch-themed party Dec. 7. The “Grinchmas” party, in its second year, featured Grinch-themed games and food....
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WPIAL survey results: Schools favor 6 playoff brackets, mixed on realignment approach

Chris Harlan
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:17 p.m.
The WPIAL’s football survey produced mixed results on some topics, but a clear majority of schools want to keep six separate playoff brackets. “So we’re going to go with that approach,” WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman said. WPIAL schools also overwhelmingly opposed the idea of every football team making...
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Veteran Westmoreland sheriff’s deputy accused of indecent behavior with female inmates

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:16 p.m.
A former Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputy urged female inmates to expose themselves or grope him over his uniform in exchange for cigarettes, according to state police. State police conducted a yearlong investigation that on Thursday resulted in Daniel A. Gradischek, 32, of Unity, being arraigned on multiple criminal charges, including...

McGuffey’s CJ Cole accepts preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia

Greg Macafee
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:06 p.m.
McGuffey wide receiver and defensive back CJ Cole is heading south for college, but not too far south. McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton said the 6-foot-3, 175-pound standout athlete accepted a preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia Thursday morning. Cole also had a preferred walk-on offer from Pitt that he...
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Massage parlor chief from Mt. Pleasant admits to human trafficking, promoting prostitution

Rich Cholodofsky
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:40 p.m.
A Chinese native who state prosecutors said ran a string of local massage parlors that were fronts for prostitution pleaded guilty Thursday to human trafficking offenses. Hui Xu, 45, also known as Sherry Caruso, of Mt. Pleasant operated four Tokyo Massage Parlors in Murrysville, Delmont and Monroeville, where police said...

Overturned ship’s fuel tanks drained of 320,000 gallons

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:40 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Crews have finished draining all of the fuel from an overturned cargo ship three months after it capsized off the coast of Georgia, the team overseeing salvage operations said Thursday. Divers and other workers removed more than 320,000 gallons of oil mixed with water aboard the South...
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Oliver Luck: Steelers tried to sign Landry Jones from XFL

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:35 p.m.
Instead of Duck Mania, would Pittsburgh right now be Landry Land? According to XFL commissioner Oliver Luck, perhaps so. Luck, the former West Virginia quarterback and athletic director, told the Tampa Bay Times that the Pittsburgh Steelers tried to sign quarterback Landry Jones in September after Ben Roethlisberger suffered his...
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Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract...
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Astrobotic to set up ground control for lunar mission on Pittsburgh’s North Side

Tom Davidson
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:20 p.m.
A 47,000-square-foot building being renovated on Pittsburgh’s North Side is expected to be a key player in America’s next space odyssey. Astrobotic Technology Inc. announced Thursday it will locate its headquarters at 1016 North Lincoln Ave., near the Manchester neighborhood, thanks in part to $285,000 in state job-creation tax credits....

House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:17 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Split sharply along party lines, the panel was expected to send the charges to the full House for pre-Christmas action next week. The committee, made up of some of...

Laundromat, car dealership, grotto and pubs used in U.K. vote

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:02 p.m.
LONDON — Some citizens in the English city of Oxford could have been forgiven for bringing their dirty laundry with them when they went to their polling station to cast their vote in Britain’s first December general election in nearly a century. That’s because the Ace Launderette was pressed into...
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Sewickley Tavern, Studio St. Germain aim to set air quality precedent

Sam Bojarski
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:51 p.m.
In September, construction commenced on the Sewickley Tavern, which will occupy the space at 409 Beaver St. that once housed the restaurant Bruneaux. After it opens early in the new year, the renovated building could become the first in the world to achieve a prestigious air quality standard, said Sewickley...
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Nipsey Hussle honored by girlfriend Lauren London in new Puma campaign

New York Daily News
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:50 p.m.
Nipsey Hussle’s legacy will live on. The 33-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed earlier this year, is being honored by his girlfriend, Lauren London, in a new Puma campaign. A promo for the “Forever Stronger” collection — which does not yet have a launch date — dropped Tuesday, showing...
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Kevin Gorman’s Who Runs the North?: Ravens clinch playoffs but division title still undecided

Kevin Gorman
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:45 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff berth but not the AFC North Division title, the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a 13th consecutive non-losing season but not a playoff berth and the Cleveland Browns kept their slim postseason hopes alive. The Cincinnati Bengals? Well, they have a 69.6% chance of having the...

Ex-Penguins prospect Scott Harrington finds fit with Blue Jackets

Seth Rorabaugh
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:38 p.m.
“He’s probably scratched tonight.” That was the warning a Columbus Blue Jackets media relations staffer offered to a Pittsburgh reporter inquiring about the availability of defenseman Scott Harrington on Nov. 29. As his teammates conducted pregame interviews then shuffled off to takes showers, change into street clothes and head home...
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Delmont moves ahead with Shields Farm log cabin repairs

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:36 p.m.
Delmont officials will spend about $2,500 on white pine logs for the Shields Farm cabin on East Pittsburgh Street, and members of the Delmont Visionary Committee are hoping their research can help locate a trust to fund the cabin’s maintenance. Committee member AnnaMarie Stackiewicz said she found minutes from the...
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Pirates GM Ben Cherington sticks with ‘authentic’ approach while retaining coaches, scouts

John Perrotto
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:21 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — There is a certain segment of fans and media members who have advocated that the Pittsburgh Pirates fire everyone. Owner Bob Nutting has done his share of firing since the end of a season in which the Pirates had a 69-93 record and finished last in the...
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Cases recently handled by Judge Linda Zucco in Plum

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:20 p.m.
District Judge Linda Zucco recently handled the following cases. Charges were filed by Plum police unless otherwise noted. Waived preliminary hearings • Michael Basch, 28, of Jefferson Hills on charges of careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle and accident involving damage to attended vehicle/property. Charges were filed Oct. 10. •...
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‘Turf wars’ alarm Florida panel probing Parkland shooting

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:17 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida grand jury looking into last year’s Parkland school shooting chided schools, law enforcement and other local jurisdictions over continued “turf wars” that could hamper the response to another crisis. In a report released late Wednesday, the statewide grand jury said the continued squabbling and other...
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Sinclair Broadcasting drops political commentary by former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn

Bret Gibson
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:15 p.m.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has put an end to airing political commentary segments from former Donald Trump aide Boris Epshteyn and others. The final “must-run” segments end Friday. The move is part of Sinclair’s efforts to shift away from political commentary in favor of investigative reporting, according to NBC News. NBC...
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Trailer debuts for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ movie musical

Chris Pastrick
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:45 a.m.
Before “Hamilton,” there was “In the Heights.” It was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway musical. And now it’s his first work to get a movie adaptation. The first trailer for the new film was released Thursday. The movie will hit theaters June 26. The story, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel...
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Video: Jeannette neighbors’ spat ends with a shot fired, 1 arrested

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:44 a.m.
A Jeannette man narrowly escaped injury early Thursday after police said a neighbor shot at him. Dale A. Shaw, 63, is accused of firing a handgun at his Chestnut Street neighbor at 12:30 a.m. after threatening the man and shining a spotlight at him, police reported in court papers. Shaw...

Penguins recall Joseph Blandisi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Seth Rorabaugh
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:38 a.m.
The Penguins have recalled forward Joseph Blandisi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. The parameters of that emergency are unclear, however. The Penguins did not stage a morning skate in advance of Thursday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and did not have media...
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Maurkice Pouncey named Steelers’ nominee for Walter Payton award

Joe Rutter
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:36 a.m.
Because of his fiery playing demeanor and the respect he commands as an offensive captain for the Pittsburgh Steelers, center Maurkice Pouncey is a hard person to miss on the football field. In the community, however, Pouncey prefers to take a low-key approach and not be in the spotlight for...
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New Western Pennsylvania Food Guide ready for ordering

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:35 a.m.
The 2020 Western PA Local Food Guide, a directory of farmers markets, restaurants, wineries, retail stores and other businesses that produce or support local food in the region, will be available before the new year. Orders can be placed for free delivery by visiting constantcontact.com. It also can be downloaded...
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FNB announces plans for 24-story office tower on former Civic Arena site

Bob Bauder
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:23 a.m.
First National Bank announced plans Thursday to anchor the Penguins’ long-awaited development in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District with a 24-story, $200 million office tower that will include its corporate headquarters, first-floor shops and a state-of-the-art FNB branch. FNB Financial Center, planned for the corner of Washington Place and Bedford Avenue,...

Monroeville holiday lights winner announced

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:20 a.m.
The Monroeville Recreation and Parks Department chose a winner for its 32nd annual Holiday Lights Contest. The winners, Marcia and Mark Heffelfinger of 2370 Tilbrook Road, will receive gift cards from local businesses for their display of inflatable holiday characters, lighted trees, candy canes and wreaths. The Heffelfingers represent the...
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Beaver County man pleads guilty to robbing Cranberry PNC Bank over the summer

Madasyn Lee
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:56 a.m.
A Beaver County man this week pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing a Cranberry bank over the summer. Michael Ryan Neppach, 40, of Patterson, pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery, prosecutors said. Authorities said shortly after 4:45 p.m. Aug. 28, Neppach went to the PNC Bank at...
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Derry Township man charged with assaulting woman during argument

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:49 a.m.
A woman was treated at an area hospital Wednesday after state police said she was assaulted and choked by a Derry Township man at his home during an argument. Troopers arrested James W. Lewis, 41, who lives in the 9500 block of Route 22, following the incident. Lewis was arraigned...
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Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor

Associated Press
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection “ridiculous.” The Swedish teenager has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading...
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New Kensington’s Peoples Library to stage play written by city residents, petting zoo

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:27 a.m.
Free events planned Saturday at New Kensington’s Peoples Library include an original Christmas play written by two city residents and an indoor petting zoo. “We’re glad to have a double bill for the day,” library Director David Hrivnak said. Members of the Valley High School Drama Club will perform the...

Roger Goodell backs Michael Vick as legends captain for 2020 Pro Bowl

Chris Pastrick
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:27 a.m.
The honor is still gonna be Michael Vick’s. Despite the pleas of more than 560,000 people, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that the former quarterback and one-time Pittsburgh Steeler will be a legends captain at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Goodell told reporters Wednesday Vick’s troubled...
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Armstrong County Jail receives $150,000 to fight drug addiction

Teghan Simonton
| Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:23 a.m.
Armstrong County received a $150,000 grant to expand the county’s jail’s Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) program, the office of Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced Wednesday. The program provides drug treatment services and cognitive behavioral therapy to offenders with drug addiction. The grant was provided by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and...