Saturday, January 19, 2013
Better buy your Forever Stamps now because the U.S. Postal Service has announced that prices will increase to 46 cents on Jan. 27.
Saturday, January 19
The cost to mail a letter will rise slightly later this month when postal rate changes go into effect, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters, effective Jan. 27. The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, according to an announcement from the postal service. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Letters under one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10, the announcement states. Those looking to save a few cents could stock up on the postal service's Forever stamps (costing 45 cents until the one-cent increase on Jan. 27), which are …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall was killed in early November.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Elizabeth Derkosh, the mother of the late Maddox Derkosh, who was killed in a tragic mauling accident at the Pittsburgh Zoo in early November. However, according to KDKA, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is investigating a possible criminal negligence charge against the zoo. Elizabeth and 2-year-old Maddox, both of Whitehall Borough's Highgrove Road, were visiting the zoo on Nov. 4 when Maddox fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of an African painted dogs exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The store in the Village at Pine carries a wide array of sports-related items
Looking for a gift for a Pittsburgh sports fan? Planet Pittsburgh is a good place to go. Located in the Village at Pine along Route 19 in Wexford, the two-year-old store has clothes—from baby sizes to adults—as well as framed photos, team gnomes, bobble heads and more. Owner Jeff Schlichtkrull said sweatshirts are a big seller and he's expanded his store's selection to include Pittsburgh items like cups, snow globes and a pen with an Incline floating in it. You can find jackets, T-shirts, Troy Polamalu Bobble Heads, wine glasses, bibs, a little-girl Steeler cheerleader outfit, Steeler salt-and-pepper shakers, a Steeler birdhouse and caps. Schlichtkrull will celebrate Small Business Saturday by giving customers a 10 percent discount on …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Just click the blue dot on the map to see which areas you may want to avoid.
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Summer is over, but the PennDOT paving season is far from finished. Crews will be busy again this weekend on several key highways in our area. We've provided you with a simple map to see where the construction crews will be busiest. Just click on the Weekend Construction Work link at the bottom of the map to see which areas you might want to avoid.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Follow Patch for a timeline of events as the hostage situation unfolds at the Gateway Center complex, Downtown.
Update: The stand-off ended peacefully. Here for a full story. An armed man continues to negotiate with police as he holds a hostage onthe 16th floor of Three Gateway Center, Downtown. No shots have been fired, and no one is hurt in the hours-long standoff, though one to two individuals are being held hostage in the offices of law firm Breitsman Associates, police said. The suspect is identified as Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, according to KDKA and WPXI. Police initially said he is from Altoona, Blair County, but court records show his address as McKeesport. Authorities have not determined his motivation for the stand-off. Pittsburgh Police negotiators are speaking to Thaxton, who police said had served in the military They have described…
The amicus brief filed in support of affirming the efforts of seven municipalities, a medical doctor and a nonprofit challenging the state's Marcellus Shale law was filed Tuesday.
State Sen. Jim Ferlo has enlisted the support of 15 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in signing on to an amicus brief affirming the efforts of the seven municipalities that sued the Commonwealth to overturn zoning provisions of Act 13—although state Sen. Tim Solobay was not among those who signed. Solobay represents three of the Pennsylvania communities that challenged the law. The amicus brief specifically requests that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirm the decision of the Commonwealth Court’s majority ruling that found that these sections of Act 13 were unconstitutional. “In my opinion, it means higher taxes, higher energy costs and loss of jobs and I don’t support any of that,” Solobay said, explaining why he did not sign onto …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The South Park haunted house attracts residents from all over the Pittsburgh area.
In operation for nine years as the largest not-for-profit haunted house in Pennsylvania, Hundred Acres Manor in Bethel Park opened its doors for the 2012 Halloween season Friday. Hundred Acres Manor, located at 100 Acres Drive, Bethel Park, in Allegheny County's South Park, is considered by many critics, including those at TopHaunts.com and at HauntWorld.com, to be one of the world's top haunted houses. Hundred Acres is also a top philanthropic organization, as proceeds from the yearly attraction benefit two major charities in western Pennsylvania—the Homeless Children's Education Fund and Animal Friends. According to a news release, two new attractions hit Hundred Acres Manor on its opening night, as guests were treated to The Brine …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Local nonprofit Familylinks is celebrating the initiative by offering two free workshops this month.
Editor's Note: September is National Recovery Month—one that "promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible." It is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A young girl struggles to find someone to depend on after facing a life of abuse at the hands of her own uncle and her mother’s boyfriend. Desperate to dull the pain, she turns to alcohol and drugs that bring on yet another brick wall—homelessness. After two decades of …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The motion to intervene was filed Friday.
Two state Republican leaders on Friday entered a motion to intervene in the appeal made by the state in the wake of a Commonwealth Court judge striking down provisions of the new Marcellus Shale law that dealt with local control of zoning—deeming them unconstitutional. State Senator Pro Temore Joe Scarnati and state Leader of the House Rep. Samuel H. Smith made the request to intervene in the appeal, which was filed a day after the Commonwealth Court ruled that portions of the new law was unconstitutional. The request was previously made to the Commonwealth Court, which found that Scarnati and Smith had no basis to intervene in the Act 13 litigation. To read the motion, click on the PDF attached. To read about the challenge, click here. To…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
With record number of infected mosquitoes recorded locally this year, Allegheny County Health Department takes steps to kill adult mosquitoes to prevent spread to humans.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever in the United States. CNN is reporting the number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 38 states had reported human infections. "Here in Pennsylvania, there've already been some human cases," said Guillermo Cole, Allegheny County Health Department spokesman. Cole said, though, none of the approximately eight cases have been from western Pennsylvania. Since 2002, when the first case appeared here, there have been 21 humans infected and "a few deaths," he said. There was one human case reported last …