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.

DC Stabbing

D.C. Police and Metro Transit Police are looking for a man and a woman in their 20s after a person was fatally stabbed at the Union Station Metro.
Police responded to a stabbing before 9 a.m. Sunday, less than an hour after Metro opened for the day. D.C. Fire confirmed the victim was declared dead at the scene.
Officers say they are looking for two suspects: A black woman wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and a clean-shaven white man wearing a denim bandana, a dark jacket and carrying a black bag with white stripes. It's unclear how the suspects left the scene.
DC Police Department @DCPoliceDept
Stabbing in the Unit block of Massachusetts Avenue, NE. Lookout for S(1) B/F, 20's, medium build, wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, and brown boots; S(2): W/M, 20's, clean shaven, medium build, wearing a denim bandana, dark jacket carrying a black bag with white stripes.
The stabbing appears to have occurred at a ticketing area near the Metro station entrance.
Red Line trains are bypassing the station as police investigate, Metro says. Entrances to the Metro station are closed. Shuttle buses have been requested.
Source: Manhunt for Suspects in Fatal Stabbing Near Union Station, Red Line Service Impacted: Police – NBC4 Washington

Monday, January 20, 2020

SpaceX Launches Falcon 9

A commercial space launch industry, with companies such as SpaceX and Boeing competing against one another, has every potential to lower the cost of space travel.
The commercial spaceflight company launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a crewed Dragon on top. About 90 seconds into the flight, the Falcon 9’s engines switched off. Detecting that an anomaly had taken place, the Crewed Dragon fired its Draco rocket engines, separating it from the Falcon 9. As the Falcon 9 broke apart in midflight, the crewed Dragon soared away in safety. The spacecraft eventually splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean using parachutes. NASA and SpaceX will spend the next several months examining data garnered by the flight.
While the possibility of an inflight abort is an extreme event, it is not a theoretical one. In October 2018, a crewed Soyuz launch suffered an unplanned inflight abort. After the booster failed, the Soyuz capsule broke away and eventually landed near the launch site with its crewmembers, Russian cosmonaut Alexsey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, shaken but alive and well.

Downtown Greensburg Project

Greensburg wants to show off its good side, and the Downtown Greensburg Project is looking for public feedback on how to do that.
“We’re not the same old city we’ve been for a long time, we want more collaboration, we want a stronger city,” said Jessica Hickey, director of the Downtown Greensburg Project. “So we wanted to create a new brand to help move it along a little bit.”
DGP organizes events and promotes businesses in the city.
City council hired DGP last year at a rate of $1,250 a month to help market the city. Part of that work has been a major rebranding.
Hickey is in the early stages of that project. She’s collecting feedback from an online survey and public focus groups to learn how people see Greensburg, what they like about the city and what they don’t.
Feedback so far has included some complaints — parking is a perennial gripe — but the tone has been generally optimistic, Hickey said.

UK Heating and Cooling

London (CNN Business)The United Kingdom made history last year when it became the first major economy to commit to pumping no more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than it removes by 2050.
Dozens of countries have since followed its lead to achieve "net zero" emissions, and with three decades to go before the deadline, Britain's progress provides a promising blueprint.
Its carbon emissions were 44% below 1990 levels in 2018, with renewable energy now accounting for 33% of its energy mix and coal contributing just over 5%. That is thanks in large part to its success with offshore wind and focus on nuclear energy.
Source: Britain has to solve its heating problem to meet its ambitious climate goals - CNN

Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2020

On Jan. 18-19, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art hosted a weekend of events celebrating the legacy of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.
Honoring King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, visitors were invited to stop in the Greensburg museum’s Center for Creative Connections and post their own dreams on a vision wall. The center also featured photos of King, along with many of the slain civil rights leader’s most inspiring quotes.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter .
Source: Out & About: The Westmoreland celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. |

Who is your all-time favorite DJ

PITTSBURGH, PA - National Disc Jockey Day occurs every January 20 to commemorate the death date of Alan Freed, one of the nation's early influential DJs. Freed is credited with popularizing the term "rock and roll" while working at radio stations in Akron, Cleveland and New York in the 1950s.
Pittsburgh has had numerous talented DJs since Freed coined that term. Given that today is meant to honor them, it's an appropriate time to ask: Who is your all-time favorite DJ and why?
  • Randy Baumann (WDVE)
  • Big Bob (96.1 KISS)
  • Jack Bogut (KDKA, WTAE, WSHH, WJAS)
  • Bubba (B-94, Star 100.7)
  • Chuck Brinkman (KQV, WTAE, WFFM-WMYG)
  • Bill Cardille (WJAS)
  • Porky Chedwick (WAMO, WEDO)
  • Jeff Christie a.k.a.Rush Limbaugh (KQV)
  • Rege Cordic (KDKA)
  • Chris DeCarlo (WYDD, WDVE, Y108)
  • John Garry (WTAE, WHTX)
  • Steve Hanson (WDVE, WMYG, 3WS)
  • George Hart (KQV, WXKX, 3WS, WPNT)
  • Jim Krenn (WDVE)
  • Terry Lee (WMCK, WIXZ)
  • Sean McDowell (WYDD, WYTK, WRRK, WDVE)
  • Jim Merkel (WPEZ, 3WS)
  • Michele Michaels (WDVE)
  • Mikey (96.1 KISS)
  • Larry O'Brien (WTAE, WHTX)
  • Scott Paulsen (WHTX, WDVE, WRKZ)
  • Clark Race (KDKA)
  • Jimmy Roach (WDVE, WMYG, Y108)
  • Cris Winter (WXXP, WDVE, WISH)
Source: Who Is Your All-Time Favorite Pittsburgh Disc Jockey? | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Virginia gun sales soared

RICHMOND, Va. — Gun dealers in Virginia say sales soared in December due to growing fears of increased firearms restrictions backed by Democrats who control the state government.
Estimated firearm sales totaled 73,849 last month, a 47% increase over December 2018,the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, citing mandatory criminal background checks on Virginia gun buyers.
A review of data that goes back to 1990 shows that tally is second only to December 2012, when when 75,120 transactions were recorded.
Several gun dealers told the newspaper many of the customers are first-time buyers. Others said customers are purchasing guns and accessories they believe will be banned.
Source: Data show Virginia gun sales soared ahead of session | WTOP

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced his initial plan

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that his initial plan of a pre-trial dismissal of the impeachment case against President Trump is now unlikely to happen, but he is pushing for trial to now begin and end as quickly as possible.
Source: Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses | Fox News

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Plane dumps fuel

An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, dousing several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.
Delta Flight 89 — a Boeing 777 — had taken off from LAX with more than 140 passengers on board and was en route to Shanghai when it turned around and headed back to the L.A. airport.
“Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return quickly to LAX,” Delta said in a statement released Tuesday night. “The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. Delta is in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the L.A. County Fire Department as well as community leaders, and shares concerns regarding reports of minor injuries to adults and children at schools in the area.”
Source: Elementary school kids doused as jet dumps fuel before emergency landing - Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

No More Plastic Bags By 2025

Giant Eagle is eyeing a future without plastic bags, and for several stores, it begins Wednesday.
Some Giant Eagle stores are part of a six-month pilot program that eliminates single-use plastic bags.
As an alternative, reusable bags will be sold for 99 cents. Paper bags will cost a dime.
For a limited time, a "one perk per reusable bag used" promotion will be available to customers who bring their own bags.
The program is being tested at Giant Eagle's Waterworks Market District store in the Pittsburgh area, as well as at stores in Cuyahoga County and Bexley, Ohio.
According to a press release, Giant Eagle is committed to phasing out the blue-colored plastic bags in all city of Pittsburgh stores "in the coming months."
Giant Eagle aims to eliminate single-use plastics by 2025.
For more information about Giant Eagle's sustainability efforts, go to
Source: Giant Eagle testing elimination of plastic bags at 3 stores, including one in Pittsburgh

Iowa Democratic Debate

The top six candidates debated Tuesday night in Iowa, the last chance for them to stand beside their rivals before Iowa voters kick off the nomination fight in 20 days' time.
Source: Democratic debate winners and losers, according to Chris Cillizza - CNNPolitics

Monday, January 13, 2020

Movie Making In Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you noticed helicopters flying and hovering over the city last night, there was no cause for alarm; it was just film crews continuing work on Jason Momoa’s newest Netflix movie.
“Sweet Girl” started filming right here in and around the Pittsburgh area in late 2019. Production is now continuing into the new year.
Crews were spotted near the Golden Triangle over the weekend.
A camera rig, attached to the back of a car, was set up along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue.
There were also lighting crews and service trucks in Gateway Center.
The helicopters flying over PNC Park and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center were also part of the excitement.
However, there were no Momoa sightings.
IMDb says he will play a grieving father protecting his daughter while trying to get justice in his wife’s death.
Source: Helicopters Over City Part Of Jason Momoa’s Netflix Movie Shoot – CBS Pittsburgh

Man Tries Breakin

Charles Beiter, 33, facing several charges
Police said after the confrontation, Charles Beiter, of Delmont, tried to break into a detached garage and then ran off.
Police said Beiter was wearing firefighter apparel and was driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV.
Investigators said home surveillance video helped them identify Beiter as the suspect.
Louis Gradisek lives in the home and told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that he was home as this all was unfolding.
"I just happened to look out on the deck and I just happened to see him walking around out there,' Gradisek said.
Investigators said troopers searching nearby heard about a man with the same description stealing items from a car and then running away.
Police also said Beiter was streaming on Facebook live around the time of the incident but attempts to locate him based on that were unsuccessful.
Police said he was later discovered in the area and taken into custody after a traffic stop.
Beiter is now in the Westmoreland County Prison facing several charges including attempted burglary and impersonating a public servant.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.
Source: Investigators say a man tried to break into a home, said he was a firefighter, and then ran off. Now he's in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Pittsburgh Fire In Oakland

2179486_web1_web-firetruckThe residential fire was reported around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Robinson Street.
When firefighters arrived, they found the roof on fire and downed power lines on the roof, according to Chris Togneri, public safety spokesman.
Togneri said the blaze went to two alarms about an hour after it was reported, but crews were able to put it out after Duquesne Light shut off power to the lines.
The Fire Investigation Unit, which made up of police detectives and fire investigators, will determine the cause of the fire.
Source: No one hurt when roof catches fire in Oakland |

Intruder Shot In Baldwin

BALDWIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say the man shot and killed last night in Baldwin was armed and allegedly trying to break into a family’s apartment.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the alleged intruder as 22-year-old Joshua Brandon Long of West Mifflin.
According to police, Long was shot and killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday while attempting an alleged armed robbery at an apartment on Rosewood Court.
(Photo Credit: KDKA)
Police say the 25-year-old man living in the apartment retrieved his own gun during the incident and shot the suspect. The man was at home with his 24-year-old fiancée and their 10-month-old child.
Officers took a 19-year-old man into custody nearby shortly after arriving at the scene. He is facing drug charges.
Allegheny County Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.
They will be working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).