Scott gets suggestions for new municipal swimming pool

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Despite a frigid night, about 25 residents and some township employees and officials turned out Monday to hear more about a proposal to build a new public swimming pool in Scott Park. “It’s time to say good-bye to the old Scott Pool and welcome the new Scott […]

Social networking turns to tales of cold and snow

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Over the past week, social media feeds and Internet sites were filled with tales of fighting the winter blues. With temperatures dropping below zero, meteorologists posted constant updates, parents shared school closing announcements and commuters took dashboard photos listing temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees. When […]

Man killed in Moon apartment fire

February 28, 2015 1:50 PM Share with others: A man died early this morning in a fire at an apartment building in Moon. The fire started just after 12:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Casa Blanco apartments, Building B, at 283 Moon Clinton Rd. Emergency responders found the man where the fire originated, […]

Mexican drug lord who led Knights Templar gang is captured

MEXICO CITY — Mexican police said Friday that they had captured the leader of the Knights Templar drug gang, a former teacher who taunted authorities by conducting interviews from hiding and releasing videos in which he talked about his close relationships with his state’s political bosses. Servando Gomez, known as La Tuta (the Teacher), was […]

Analysis: New party in charge, same challenges

WASHINGTON — The tense House meltdown Friday over funding for the Department of Homeland Security underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions, no matter which party is in charge. The outcome — conservative House Republicans defeated a stop-gap plan to fund the Homeland Security Department for three weeks to […]

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

February 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: JOHANNESBURG  — A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents of the Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus. Those are not typographical errors. The name, proposed by some local officials and tribal authorities, incorporates click-like sounds in the language […]

Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Karri Griffith’s emotional roller coaster ride ended abruptly Monday night when directors voted unanimously to keep her father’s name on an elementary school building. The news brought Mrs. Griffith, 41, of Crescent to tears, which she valiantly attempted to fight back while digging for her tissues. The […]

CMU, Duquesne receive gifts totaling $21 million

February 27, 2015 11:20 PM Share with others: Related Media: Former instructors donate $15 million estate to Point Park University Three gifts totaling $17 million will advance a pair of key endeavors at Carnegie Mellon University — the David A. Tepper Quadrangle and the Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships initiative. The gifts, announced Friday, are from […]

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday afternoon suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, however, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain because of defections […]

Bayer, entrepreneur revamping the IV pole

A former cancer patient’s frustrating hospital stay in Chicago years ago has inspired a redesign of the iconic IV pole, and she’s getting help locally from the folks at Bayer MaterialScience. In 2003, Cari Ugent — then a 30-year-old freelance journalist — underwent a successful stem cell transplant procedure that has cured her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. […]

In Supreme Court case challenging ACA, some question plaintiffs’ true problem with law

WASHINGTON — Sometimes the plaintiffs in Supreme Court cases are carefully selected and thoroughly vetted. Sometimes they come out of nowhere to become important symbols of justice. Lilly Ledbetter was a tire-plant manager from Alabama paid less than the men she worked with. She lost her Supreme Court case to hold on to the multimillion-dollar […]

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

February 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes swelling of the colon and potentially deadly bouts of diarrhea, infects almost half a million people each year and contributes to the deaths of 29,000, according to new research. In a paper published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, […]

Obituary: Leonard Nimoy / Famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek’

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock.” Two decades later, he bowed to fate with “I Am Spock,” a revisionist sequel. But for Trekkies and even casual “Star Trek” viewers, Mr. Nimoy was always the coolly composed science officer with the pointed ears and an unwavering belief […]

Obituary: Robert Potter / College student, avid skier dies in accident on slopes

May 4, 1992 – Feb. 24, 2015 February 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Robert Potter learned how to ski when he was 2 years old. By the time he was 5, he was skiing the expert slopes at Seven Springs Resort. As a high school student, he traveled to Utah as a member […]

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the former University of Notre Dame president whose vision and drive transformed the Midwestern school into an academic powerhouse, altered Catholic higher education in America, held sway with presidents and popes, and strengthened the moral authority of the civil rights and anti-war movements, died Thursday. He was 97. Father Hesburgh, […]

Antarctica’s retreating ice may re-shape Earth

CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet below to reshape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the […]

At least five sent to hospital after two-vehicle crash, foot chase Downtown

A fugitive who led police on a car and foot chase Downtown this afternoon crashed into another car before police found him severely injured in a pool of blood near First Avenue and Market Street, city public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. At least five people, including two children, were injured in the crash, she […]

Uber says security breach affected about 50,000 drivers

February 27, 2015 6:01 PM Share with others: A security breach at car service Uber may have disclosed the names and driver’s license numbers of about 50,000 drivers across multiple states, the company said in a statement on Friday. The data breach involved current and former Uber drivers, and the company has notified attorneys general […]

Study finds pedestrian deaths up 40 percent in Pennsylvania

February 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Pedestrian deaths in Pennsylvania increased by nearly 40 percent in the first six months of 2014, according to a national study released this week. While the figures are preliminary, “any increase, or lack of a drop, is a concern to us,” said Kara Macek, spokeswoman for the […]

Britain’s David Cameron defends security services over ‘Jihadi John’

LONDON — British authorities came under pressure Friday to explain how they let the suspected militant who would come to represent the extreme brutality of the group Islamic State slip from their grasp. Mohammed Emwazi, 26, a university-educated Londoner, had been on the radar of the British intelligence officials since at least 2009, five years […]