Friday, May 19, 2023


Investigators: Pittsburgh police officer fired shot at armed suspect in Mount Washington

Incident happened on Thursday

Investigators said the officers were conducting an investigation when a suspect who is known to officers ran from a home with a handgun in his hand.

Investigators said an officer who encountered the suspect fired a shot and the suspect continued to get away.

Police said it is not believed the suspect was struck by the gunfire.

Allegheny County police said that, following their investigation, their findings will be turned over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office for review.

Source: Investigators: Pittsburgh police officer fired shot at armed suspect in Mount Washington

Friday, August 27, 2021

Pennsylvania Lottery Treasure Hunt jackpot worth $130,000 shared by three tickets


PITTSBURGH — Three winning Treasure Hunt tickets from Wednesday’s drawing will split a jackpot prize of $130,000.50.

The winning tickets were sold in Montgomery, Snyder and Westmoreland counties.

Each jackpot-winning ticket matched all five numbers drawn, 8-9-20-25-27, to win individual prizes of $43,333.50, less applicable withholding. The winning tickets were sold by:

  • 7-Eleven, 2033 Freeport Road & Murray Avenue, Arnold, Westmoreland County
  • Wawa, 1600 Egypt Road, Oaks, Montgomery County
  • GIANT Food Stores, 330 Marketplace Boulevard, Selinsgrove, Snyder County

More than 39,150 other Treasure Hunt tickets won prizes in the drawing. Players should check every ticket, every time.

The prizes must be claimed and the tickets validated before winners can be identified. Treasure Hunt winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. Winners should immediately sign the back of their ticket and call the Lottery at 1-800-692-7481.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Three found dead in South Side home | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Three found dead in South Side home | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Police are investigating an incident where three people were found dead Saturday evening inside a home on the South Side.

Jason G. Heintzelman, 34, Micah Danielle White, 30 and Davon Tae Lipscome 25, all of Pittsburgh, were found deceased in a residence in the 100 block of South 18th Street around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to reports from the medical examiner’s office.

There is currently no cause of death listed.

The police do not suspect any foul play, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Public Safety spokesperson Maurice Matthews.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit and Group Violence Intervention are the investigating agencies, according to the medical examiner’s report.

Source: Three found dead in South Side home | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.

The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.

Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.

The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.

Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

 6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers held practice at Heinz Field for 2021 Training Camp on Saturday as the concluding even to Steelers Fest. Since the Steelers were back on the field, we were also given the typical media session from head coach Mike Tomlin. Therefore, it’s time to look at the players mentioned by Coach Tomlin during his media time. Remember these are current players where a specific question was asked during the Q&A period.

Pat Freiermuth & Alex Highsmith

“56 (Alex Highsmith) is a guy that has big-time urgency in his play; his motor runs hot. We’re just trying to develop that, and Pat… You partner those guys together to create that. That’s the iron-on-iron principle. There’s a rhyme and reason to a lot of the matchups and usually it’s about one man’s strength versus another element of the next man’s game that needs improvement. In the case of those two, we just like the finish of Alex, and so we’re going to pit Pat in those circumstances”

Ben Roethlisberger

During Saturday’s practice, it was reported Ben Roethlisberger made quick work of the two-minute drill as the Steelers weren’t forced to go the entire length of the field. Coach Tomlin was asked if he will make it more difficult on Roethlisberger the next time.

“No, we work on the short field sometimes because usually that puts you in a position where you gotta choose from a large number of plays down in here in the high red.

Najee Harris

As the Steelers are going through training camp, it appears there have been highs and lows when it comes to the running game as they have broken off some nice runs while having several negative ones as well. Coach Tomlin was asked if he was upset about the negative plays or if he was more impressed with what Najee Harris did.

“I don’t know that I was upset at all to be honest with you. It’s just ebbs, and flow associated with play this time of year.”

Zach Gentry

One player reportedly having quite a nice training camp coming off of injury is third-year tight end Zach Gentry. Coach Tomlin was asked if Gentry has an appetite for one-on-one drills. In his response, Coach Tomlin brought up Pat Freiermuth once again.

“He did. But, boy, we’re gonna put him in more circumstances. The tight end position is a unique one because of the challenges that they face week in and week out in the NFL. Some weeks they’re blocking outside linebackers, some weeks they’re blocking big men four-three ends. And so that’s why some tight ends look like Pat (Freiermuth) and some tight ends look like Zach. Zach is a guy that has a skillset and a body to match up with four-three people, and so he better distinguish himself in those circumstances.”

Melvin Ingram III

By the time to 2021 regular season rolls around, I hope that I don’t continue to call Melvin Ingram the improper “M” first name. Coach Tomlin was asked a similar question to what he’s been asked before in what stands out about Ingram. Of course, the answer was not all that different from when Coach Tomlin has discussed Ingram in the past.

“He knows how to play. He’s a veteran. You feel his veteran presence. You see the thoughtfulness in his skills relative to his position. He looks like a guy who’s done this for a while at this level.”

Source: 6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin following Saturday’s practice

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Boston trains collide, leaving at least 25 hurt, authorities say | Fox News


A collision between two Boston passenger trains Friday evening left at least 25 people with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The Green Line trains crashed near Babcock Street around 6 p.m. ET, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) said in a statement.

Miltch Pierre, who works at a nearby Blaze Pizza, told FOX 25 he felt the ground start shaking while he was making pizzas.

“Everything started shaking over there and when I looked over, I was just a bunch of smoke. … I saw someone holding their neck. One girl had blood all over her face and her chin. Pretty gruesome.”

Source: Boston trains collide, leaving at least 25 hurt, authorities say | Fox News

Friday, July 30, 2021

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized



ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures, was largely contained, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said. But another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north, kept firefighters engaged.

Three people were killed in those fires, and authorities evacuated nearly 20 neighborhoods or villages.

The Antalya region is a popular vacation destination for tourists from Russia and other parts of Europe.

Fires also broke out Thursday in 16 other locations, including in the Icmeler region, close to the resort of Marmaris, 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Antalya, that briefly threatened holiday homes and hotels. A hotel in the Aegean beach resort of Guvercinlik, near the town of Bodrum, was also evacuated, Pakdemirli said.

Source: Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Biden confuses Trump with Obama, calls it ‘Freudian slip’ | Fox News


President Biden mixed up former President Obama and former President Trump during a speech Wednesday in what he referred to as a “Freudian slip.”

Source: Biden confuses Trump with Obama, calls it ‘Freudian slip’ | Fox News

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Suspect shoots Pittsburgh U-Haul employee, leads police on chase along Rt. 28 – WPXI


PITTSBURGH — An employee at a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck and the suspect took off in a U-Haul truck before being arrested along Route. 28, according to police.

Investigators said the shooting happened at the U-Haul rental store on Washington Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said they were able to find the suspect fleeing in a U-Haul truck on Route 28. During a brief pursuit, the suspect fired a weapon at another vehicle. A police vehicle was hit during the chase and an officer suffered a minor leg injury as a result.

The chase ended near the 31st Street Bridge when the U-Haul truck was damaged. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Source: Suspect shoots Pittsburgh U-Haul employee, leads police on chase along Rt. 28 – WPXI

Trib Live Reports:

A carjacking and shooting near a U-Haul facility in Pittsburgh spurred a police chase that culminated in an arrest made on Route 28 during rush-hour traffic Tuesday evening, initial reports indicate.

A Pittsburgh officer was injured when the suspect’s stolen rental truck struck him in the leg during the pursuit, police said. The officer’s injury was described as minor, and city public safety officials said he transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials told Trib news partner WPXI-TV that during the carjacking, an employee at the U-Haul dealer on Washington Boulevard in the city’s Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck.

The wounded employee was rushed by medics to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a request for police, fire and ambulance support along Route 28 near the 31st Street Bridge, an Allegheny County 911 shift commander told the Tribune-Review. The dispatcher confirmed that the dozens of police cars swarming the highway and re-routing passing drivers were there in connection to an incident involving police in Larimer.

During the pursuit, the suspect shot at a civilian vehicle, according to city public safety officials. The vehicle was hit but the driver was not injured.

A Pittsburgh police SUV with a badly damaged rear-end was parked along the highway. A bit farther south, a smashed-up U-Haul pickup truck was wedged against the highway’s barrier.

The suspect who was arrested and taken into custody was not immediately identified. All lanes of Route 28 were reopened before 6 p.m.

Police have not released further details.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Hunter Biden’s art dealer said he wanted to be the ‘lead guy in China’ in 2015 | Fox News


Georges Berges, who is representing Hunter Biden as he ventures into the art world, has talked about his business dealings in China in the past, but his reported ties could pose an ethics issue as he sells Biden’s art to anonymous buyers.

A representative for Berges previously told Fox News that the sales of Biden’s art will be kept “confidential.” The White House has said they have an ethics plan in place to ensure the president’s son doesn’t know who buyers are, though Hunter has raised eyebrows with plans to attend art shows where potential buyers will be in attendance.


Berges said in a 2015 interview with Resident that he wanted to be the art world’s leader in China.

“My plan is to be the lead guy in China; the lead collector and art dealer discovering and nurturing talent from that region,” Berges said. “I plan to find and discover and bring to the rest of the world those I consider China’s next generation of modern artists.”

He also said that that he believes “China’s economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing because of a rising China,” and that he was fascinated by “cultural impact” China is “having on the world.”

Source: Hunter Biden’s art dealer said he wanted to be the ‘lead guy in China’ in 2015 | Fox News

Biden calls reporter ‘pain in the neck’ for question about Veterans Affairs COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Fox News


President Biden called a reporter a ‘pain in the neck’ Monday in the Oval Office for asking him a question that was off his preferred topic of Iraq.

Sitting in the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Biden smiled as NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked him to comment on Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough’s announcement that front-line VA workers would be required to get a coronavirus vaccine.

“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other for so long,” he said. “It has nothing to do with Iraq … I’ll answer your question. Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are going to have to be vaccinated.”

Biden was genial with O’Donnell, but he has lashed out in the past at reporters over questions he finds unfair or unfounded. Last month, he snapped at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins for a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling her she was in the “wrong business” at one point, and he also had sharp replies on the subject of his son Hunter Biden throughout 2020.

Biden has at times been criticized since he took office for being too scripted and expecting questions to be on his topic of choice. He’s lately been more loose with his words, such as when he had to walk back remarks to reporters that Facebook was “killing people” because it allowed the publication of misleading information about coronavirus vaccines.

One White House reporter anonymously told journalist Julia Ioffe earlier this month that Democrats generally expect the media to take their side and are more “thin-skinned” than Republicans as a result.


Source: Biden calls reporter ‘pain in the neck’ for question about Veterans Affairs COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Fox News

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Politicians lead backlash to renewed mask mandate in St. Louis and St. Louis County


ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Political opposition to a new mask mandate in St. Louis and St. Louis County appears to be building, with several state and local politicians vowing to stop the public health orders set to go into effect on Monday.

The new orders — a response to the resurgence of deadly COVID-19 cases and pleas from area hospital officials — will require most people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks in indoor spaces and on public transportation. People in the city and county also will be urged, but not required, to wear masks outdoors, especially in group settings.  

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin, and St. Louis County Councilmen Tim Fitch, R-3rd District, and Mark Harder, R-7th District, are among politicians voicing opposition to the new orders. 

Fitch said he wants County Executive Sam Page’s administration to explain the reasoning for the proposed mandate, and said he is prepared to ask the council to rescind the public health order.

Harder also signaled support on Saturday for council action.

“Many bipartisan state representatives and senators in the region feel the same way. That is why they passed House Bill 271 to give councils like ours the ability to push back on these health orders,” Harder said in an email to the Post-Dispatch. HB 271, which was signed last month by Gov. Mike Parson, limits the time frame local health orders can be in effect without approval from local elected officials.

Schmitt, who is running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, announced Friday he plans to file a lawsuit on Monday to block the city and county from enforcing the renewed mandate.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

1 dead, another injured after crane tips over in Philadelphia


One man was pronounced dead and another injured after a crane toppled over at a Philadelphia construction site.

One man was pronounced dead and another injured after a crane toppled over at a Philadelphia construction site. Police said the accident happened Tuesday night in the University City section.

The crane reportedly fell over with one worker inside the cab and another trapped under the equipment. According to fire officials, heavy equipment was being moved off a tractor-trailer to a job site when the crane fell.

One fire commissioner said it helped emergency teams that the event happened at night due to high traffic in the area during the day. However, he said “there were two individuals that were hurt here, that’s still tragic in the same.”

Both men were eventually taken to the hospital where one man was pronounced dead and the other’s condition is currently unknown. The area remained closed on Wednesday as investigators evaluated the scene.

Source: 1 dead, another injured after crane tips over in Philadelphia

Monday, October 26, 2020

 With about a week still remaining until Election Day, Americans have already cast a record-breaking 62 million early ballots, putting the 2020 election on track for historic levels of voter turnout.

That's some 15 million more pre-election votes than were cast in the 2016 election, according to the U.S. Elections Project, a turnout-tracking database run by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald.

McDonald calculates that nationally, voters have cast more than 45% of the total votes counted in the 2016 election.

"We continue to pile on votes at a record pace. We've already passed any raw number of early votes in any prior election in U.S. history," McDonald told NPR on Monday.

With about a week left, Americans have already cast 62 million early ballots, putting the 2020 election on track for historic levels of voter turnout.

Source: 62 Million And Counting: Americans Are Breaking Early Voting Records : NPR

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Helen Reddy, Voice of the Feminist Anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ Dies at 78

“I Am Woman” became the unofficial anthem of the Women’s Liberation Movement, and Reddy said in a 2013 interview that she was just trying to represent the women in her life with the empowering song. “There were a lot of songs on the radio about being weak and being dainty and all those sort of things,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “All the women in my family, they were strong women. They worked. They lived through the Depression and a world war, and they were just strong women. I certainly didn’t see myself as being dainty.”

A biopic about Reddy titled after her signature hit debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and I Am Woman star Tilda Cobham-Hervey spoke with Billboard at the time about the song’s staying power. “As much as this song is so relevant today, I think it will always be relevant to women,” the actress said. “It’s a really empowering song. It talks about the future and it’s really about bringing people together. I hope it’s a song that’s really inclusive of all people, of all gender identities. I also think that as much as there’s still a long way to go, it’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come too. She had to live through a lot of things that I know today I don’t have this struggle with.

Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to remember introducing Reddy at the Women’s March back in January 2017, calling the moment “the honor of my life.

Source: Helen Reddy, Voice of the Feminist Anthem ‘I Am Woman,’ Dies at 78


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Gas leak in India’s LG Polymers plant leaves at least six dead and 200 hospitalized

Six people have died from a gas leak at a major Indian chemical plant, with another 200 hospitalized and hundreds more potentially affected, said Indian authorities today.

Police seek public’s help to find pair who robbed, assaulted woman on Pittsburgh’s North Shore |

Pittsburgh police are asking for the public’s help to find two suspects wanted in connection to the robbery and assault of a 59-year-old woman on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.
The suspects, a male and a female, are accused of assaulting the woman at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Isabella Street, Pittsburgh Public Safety spokesman Maurice Matthews said.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police seeks the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects involved in the robbery and assault of a 59-year-old woman in the 200 block of Isabella Street on May 2 at 5:45 a.m.
The male was wearing all black clothing with distinctly copper-colored shoes. The female suspect was wearing a puma sweatshirt during the robbery, but then changed into a Baltimore Ravens sweatshirt.
Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects, is asked to contact Pittsburgh Police Zone 1 Detectives Lang and Pascucci at (412) 323-7201.

Monday, January 27, 2020

A plane crashed Monday in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province

A plane crashed Monday in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, and within hours, a swarm of conflicting reports had coalesced around the wreckage.
According to a U.S. official, the plane was a small American fixed-wing aircraft with two people on board, both of whom died in the crash. The official told NPR that the plane went down because of mechanical problems.
But that's not the only account of the incident.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NPR that insurgents with the group shot down the plane and that it had CIA officials on board. Earlier Monday, Mujahid referred to the plane on Twitter as an "enemy intelligence aircraft" and said the bodies of the intelligence officials were still lying near the crash site in the Sado Khelo region of Ghazni.
The militant group frequently exaggerates battlefield actions, and the claims could not be confirmed.
Source: Afghanistan Plane Crash: Conflicting Reports From U.S. And Taliban : NPR

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad

(CNN)Three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, a US official told CNN.
The official said one person was injured in the attack, but that the injury was minor and the individual had since returned to duty.
A State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening that they "are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone," but did not address the US embassy itself. The State Department did not respond to a query as to whether any embassy employees were injured.
"We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities," the spokesperson said.
The State Department did not directly blame Tehran for the rocket strikes in the Iraqi capital, but the spokesperson's statement made reference to Iranian threats in the region and past attacks by Iranian-backed militias on US interests. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
"The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant," the spokesperson said. Since September there have been more than 14 attacks by Iran and Iranian-supported militias on US personnel in Iraq, according to the State Department.The spokesperson said the State Department would not comment further on the security situation in Baghdad.
Source: US embassy attack: Rockets strike embassy in Baghdad - CNNPolitics

A former Illinois State trooper was killed

(CNN)A former Illinois State trooper was killed and two others were injured when a woman opened fire in a cigar lounge before taking her own life, police say.
The Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance footage, appeared to show several people watching television in a media room when the woman sitting behind the victims stands up “without apparent provocation,” the Lisle Police Department said in a news release.
The woman draws a handgun, shoots one victim in the head and then fires several rounds at the other two victims, the department said, before turning the gun on herself.
One of the victims, 51-year-old retired Illinois State Police Trooper Gregory Rieves succumbed to his injuries in a nearby hospital, Illinois State Police said.