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February 15, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norfolk Southern Corp. train bound for the Philadelphia area and carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed in Vandergrift in Western Pennsylvania on Thursday, the company confirmed. Twenty-one tank cars came off the track and at least three tank cars leaked crude oil onto the ground, said a Norfolk Southern spokesman. There were no injuries or fire. The thick, heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands is not as explosive as the light, volatile North Dakota crude that has been involved in several recent rail accidents that caused explosions.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Carrie Goretzka's two young girls ran out onto the porch of their suburban home 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in the late afternoon on June 2, 2009, what they saw was a scene of unrelenting horror. "Mommy, Mommy," yelled the oldest child, 4-year-old Chloe. "Mommy is on fire. Mommy is on fire. " Moments earlier, Carrie Goretzka had stepped outside her home in Irwin, Pa., to call the power company to report an outage and downed line on her property. She either stumbled into the line or it fell on top of her - no one knows for sure.
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August 13, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Self-driving vehicles are coming, a top Pennsylvania transportation official said Thursday, and they will change life beyond anyone's wildest imagination. A new state task force that includes industry heavy hitters General Motors and Uber has been meeting with state officials and transit trade groups to prepare Pennsylvania for arrival of the still-experimental twist on transport. The group is working to devise guidelines for how to safely test such vehicles on Pennsylvania roads, said PennDot policy director Roger J. Cohen.
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October 28, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A massive national study of online charter schools has found that 70 percent of students at cyber schools are falling behind their peers at traditional public institutions. The study, released Tuesday by three policy and research centers, found the online schools have an "overwhelming negative impact. " Stanford University researchers said their analysis showed severe shortfalls in reading and math achievement. The shortfall for most cyber students, they said, was equal to losing 72 days of learning in reading and 180 days in math during the typical 180-day school year.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA For years, Omar Sharif Cash honed a reputation for increasingly violent crimes and escaping prosecution. Cash's criminal career ended in spring 2008, in a violent three weeks when he killed a Philadelphia man and, while on the run, carjacked a Bucks County couple, and killed the man and raped his fiancee. He was arrested shortly afterward. On Friday, it took a Philadelphia jury of 10 women and two men barely 90 minutes to sentence Cash to death by lethal injection for the execution-style slaying of a man polishing his car outside a Frankford car wash.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | Staff Report
A ticket sold in western Pennsylvania won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. The ticket had the first five numbers - 10, 47, 50, 65 and 68 - but not the red Powerball number, 24. No one had all six numbers and the jackpot for Saturday's drawing climbs to $479 million annuity, or $330.6 million cash. The $1 million Pennsylvania ticket was sold at the Shop 'N Save, 5001 Library Road, Bethel Park, Allegheny County. Tickets sold in Ohio, Virginia and Florida also had the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, with the Florida ticket winning $2 million because the buyer had picked the powerplay option.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is out with the old and in with the new at the 500-acre waterfront facility formerly known as the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, now the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. Workers last week ripped down aging petroleum-processing equipment, part of a labyrinth of machinery that has produced gasoline, diesel, and kerosene for more than a century. Other crews built cryogenic storage tanks more than 130 feet tall with three-foot-thick walls that will hold the future: new fuels from the prolific Marcellus Shale region.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Princeton University on Monday announced its largest gift in history: a rare book and manuscript collection - including the first six printed editions of the Bible - valued at nearly $300 million. The 2,500-volume collection, which includes an original printing of the Declaration of Independence and Beethoven's autographed music sketchbook, has been housed at Princeton's Firestone Library since 1959. That's when alum and Philadelphia native William H. Scheide moved it there from Titusville in Western Pennsylvania, the town where he was reared.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
I'm ready to toss my E-ZPass transponder in the trash - and that may be possible in the future. With one transponder shared among the Sturgis Family of Fine Automobiles, I've stumbled into a labyrinth of missed transponder readings, missed letters, and added fees. So I took my indignation to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, from whom I purchased the transponder a few years back, and stumbled upon a plan to make everyone's ride on the turnpike a little quicker, and some tips to avoid E-ZPass problems.
NEWS
February 25, 2012 | Associated Press
CLINTONVILLE, Pa. - A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 80 in Western Pennsylvania was closed for hours Saturday after a series of crashes involving at least 20 vehicles left three people dead. Venango County 911 supervisor Mary Beth White said the chairn-reaction crashes began in the snow about 2:20 p.m. Vehicles either crashed into one another or into a median strip. White said there are three confirmed fatalities. The county coroner did not immediately return calls. The same snowy weather prompted a 30-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 in western Pennsylvania, but no serious injuries or fatalities were reported.
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August 13, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Self-driving vehicles are coming, a top Pennsylvania transportation official said Thursday, and they will change life beyond anyone's wildest imagination. A new state task force that includes industry heavy hitters General Motors and Uber has been meeting with state officials and transit trade groups to prepare Pennsylvania for arrival of the still-experimental twist on transport. The group is working to devise guidelines for how to safely test such vehicles on Pennsylvania roads, said PennDot policy director Roger J. Cohen.
SPORTS
August 12, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Robert Rohanna fired a 4-under-par 68 and won the Pennsylvania Open for the second time, capturing a 6-stroke victory Wednesday at the Club at Nevillewood in Western Pennsylvania. Rohanna, a former Penn State player who won the Open in 2010 at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, used an eagle at the par-5 third hole to kick-start his round and was never threatened in posting a 54-hole score of 12-under 204. He also carded five birdies. Four players tied for second at 210, including first-round leader Cole Willcox of Malvern, who closed with a 70. Mike Van Sickle of McKees Rocks shot the day's best round, a 66, to join David Denlinger of Lancaster (70)
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | Staff Report
A ticket sold in western Pennsylvania won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. The ticket had the first five numbers - 10, 47, 50, 65 and 68 - but not the red Powerball number, 24. No one had all six numbers and the jackpot for Saturday's drawing climbs to $479 million annuity, or $330.6 million cash. The $1 million Pennsylvania ticket was sold at the Shop 'N Save, 5001 Library Road, Bethel Park, Allegheny County. Tickets sold in Ohio, Virginia and Florida also had the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, with the Florida ticket winning $2 million because the buyer had picked the powerplay option.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The second of two men accused of robbing and killing a Strawberry Mansion couple two years ago has pleaded guilty in a deal in which he was sentenced to prison for 38 to 76 years. Terry Ballard pleaded guilty Friday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to two counts of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery in the slayings of former neighbors Rufus Perry, 79, and his wife Algladis, 66. Ballard, 28, was scheduled for trial next Monday but asked to plead guilty during Friday's status hearing, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax. Sax said Ballard's boyfriend and accomplice, Justen Smith, 21, pleaded guilty May 2 to the same charges and received an identical sentence from Judge Glenn B. Bronson.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A 24-year-old Bucks County woman charged with beating her 2-year-old daughter to death told police that she "lost it" when she began kicking the toddler. Kayla Moore was arrested Tuesday night in the death of Athena Wolfe, who underwent emergency surgery to relieve swelling on her brain Sunday but died the next day at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma. Officials said the girl's injuries were so severe, they were more like those of someone involved in a car accident.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By John Baer
LET'S TAKE a peek at the race for attorney general. It's overshadowed by contests for president and U.S. Senate. But it offers insights into Pennsylvania's geopolitics and Philadelphia's clout. Also, it's about an office that's both stepping-stone and banana peel. Of the five elected A.G.s since 1980 (previously, the post was appointed), three ran for governor (Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher, and Tom Corbett); one, Corbett, became governor; and two were charged with crimes. Preate went to prison; current A.G. Kathleen Kane awaits trial.
NEWS
March 15, 2016
"I have greatly sinned ... in what I have done and in what I have failed to do. "   - From the Confiteor, a prayer said during the Penitential Act during a Roman Catholic Mass By Thomas P. Murt In Western Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown knowingly protected priests who were known child molesters, according to a grand jury report. The diocese, the report continued, through church connections and pathetic public officials, protected the child-molesting priests from law enforcement and prosecution.
NEWS
March 10, 2016
THE NAME Glen Lyon, a community south of Wilkes-Barre, won't ring any bells. And that surely is true of tiny Crucible, located in Greene County in the southwest corner of the state. These two communities have the distinction - if that's the right word - of being the most distressed in Pennsylvania, according to a recent report from the Economic Interest Group, a Washington think tank. Where's Philadelphia on this list? It's there - right near the top. Of the city's 46 ZIP codes, 16 have distress scores of 80 or above.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Betsy E. Huber
F ield of Dreams , the iconic 1980s movie, coined the phrase, "If you build it, they will come. " As it pertains to energy infrastructure, Pennsylvania needs to follow the same philosophy. Not long ago many were concerned about the cost and availability of much-needed energy resources. Gas crept north of $4 a gallon and some residents in the Northeast, including Pennsylvanians, felt the effects of propane shortages during cold winter months. With the development of the Marcellus shale in Western Pennsylvania, we have an opportunity to play a major role to ensure increased access to affordable, clean-burning energy resources.
SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The 76ers' season has been too gloomy to label any particular defeat the most pitiful. But the 111-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night was especially deflating. The Sixers (8-49) looked sluggish and uninterested in a game that was basically over midway through the second quarter. They couldn't stop Tobias Harris from scoring. They couldn't deny Andre Drummond on the glass. And they couldn't shoot. All that led to their sixth straight loss and 10th in their last 11 games, dropping their record against the Eastern Conference to 2-31.
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