2019-09-13 E-Edition

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Defendant’s statements, text messages reviewed during homicide trial

A man accused of criminal homicide claimed to police that the late Richard Anthony Hinton pulled a gun on him inside a Uniontown home in 2018, according to testimony on Thursday in Fayette County Court. Tyree Smith, 23, formerly of Penn Hills, made his claims during a July 24, 2018, interview that he requested with Uniontown police. Both a video […]

Third suspect in Vanderbilt death pleads guilty

A Dunbar man pleaded guilty this week to criminal homicide and robbery charges stemming from an incident in which a man was shot to death last September in Vanderbilt. Sjon-Luc Bochnak, 26, pleaded guilty to counts of each charge before Fayette County Judge Linda Cordaro, court records showed. His plea agreement with county prosecutors calls for him to serve a […]

Fox’s Tavern wins Battle of the Wings

Fox’s Tavern in South Connellsville swept to victory in the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce Battle of the Wings, winning in all available categories, Traditional Wings, Specialty Wings and Best Overall. Pictured at trophy-presentation are (first row, from left, Jackie Fox, owner, holding daughter Jensyn; Duck Fox, family member; Anika Langgle, employee; Morgan Smith, employee; and Craig Peterson, customer displaying […]

CASD standardized test results presented to board

Connellsville Area student standardized assessments from spring 2019 indicate the district has “some work to do,” according to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Laura Jacob, who presented the mandated testing results at the school board meeting Wednesday night. “What I showed the board are trends that can lead to a good analysis of our curriculum and how we are teaching,” Jacob said. […]

Fed, ECB aim to avoid downturns but with limited ammo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are struggling mightily to invigorate their economies at a time when growth is slowing, governments remain on the sidelines and the banks’ usual stimulative tools appear less effective than in the past. On Thursday, the ECB delivered a blast of monetary stimulus to try to rescue Europe’s teetering economy […]

Former North Carolina chief justice who pushed for innocence process dies

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The conservative North Carolina chief justice and prosecutor who led the way for the state’s unique innocence process was remembered after his death Thursday as a man who had the political strength to improve the criminal justice system when he saw evidence of its failures. Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr, 85, died Thursday at the […]

Hungarian architect, dissident Laszlo Rajk dies at age 70

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Laszlo Rajk, a Hungarian architect, dissident and film and theater production designer, has died. He was 70. Rajk shared the name Laszlo with his father, a communist interior minister who was executed in 1949 after an infamous Stalinist show trial during the early days of Hungary’s communist regime. Rajk hadn’t celebrated his first birthday when his […]

Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New Zealand a day earlier, political adviser Lopeti Senituli told The […]

Banderas drew on his heart attack for emotions in new film

TORONTO (AP) — Antonio Banderas says his emotional state from having a heart attack a few years ago influenced his award-winning performance in the Pedro Almodóvar film, “Pain and Glory.” Banderas won the best actor trophy earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. In an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Banderas told The Associated Press that drawing […]