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Protestors Target Clarion University Fall Community Breakfast

An estimated eighty protestors showed up to greet those arriving at the Clarion University Fall Community Breakfast on Thursday morning, showing their disdain for the school’s Workforce Plan, which includes the potential loss of 35 or more jobs and cuts in several academic departments. The protestors handed out flyers urging others to air their voices, and…

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Former Probation Officer Bound For Trial In Rape And Sexual Assaults Cases

A former Venango County probation officer has been ordered to stand trial on seventeen charges stemming from accusations that he sexually assaulted two women who had been court-ordered to the county supervision program. The charges against 39 year-old Marc Taylor, from Knox, include rape. In a preliminary hearing Wednesday, one woman testified that she engaged numerous times in sex…

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Driver Dies When Cement Truck Overturns Near Mercer

A New Castle man died Tuesday afternoon when the cement truck he was driving left a highway near Mercer and rolled over. Police say the truck, driven by 51 year-old James Minteer, left Route 318, hit a culvert, caromed back onto the road, and slid on its side into an oncoming car carrying two people. …

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Red Sox Win Eighth World Series Title

For the third time in ten years and the eighth time overall, the Boston Red Sox are Major League Baseball’s World Series champions. Shane Victorino slammed a three-run double and an RBI single, Stephen Drew homered and Mike Napoli singled home a run as the Sox clinched the title on their home field for the…

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Pens Continue Winning Streak Over Boston Team Which Swept Them In The Playoffs

Although they were swept in four games by the Boston Bruins in last spring’s NHL Eastern Conference finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins now have a seven-game regular season winning streak over Boston, thanks to a 3-2 win by the Pens on Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Chris Kunitz, Brandon Sutter and Jussi…

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Steelers Release Zoltan, Sign Punter Mat McBriar

In one move among an expected many intended to restructure a floundering Pittsburgh Steelers teams, the Steelers on Tuesday released punter Zoltan Mesko, and signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar. Mesko was signed September 2, and punted 34 times in seven games for the 2-5 Steelers.  He ranked last in the AFC, and 31st…

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Conneaut Lake Park Mishaps Investigated; State Official Says Safety Not Threatened

Even as state inspectors investigate a pair of incidents involving a vintage Conneaut Lake Park roller coaster, some state lawmakers say that perceptions of problems with Pennsylvania’s amusement parks normally stem from record-keeping, not with matters of safety. As a matter of fact, state Representative John Maher, from Allegheny County, who is the chairman of the…

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Attorney General Wants Conneaut Lake Park Trustees Removed

The state Attorney General’s office has filed a petition in Crawford County Court for the removal of the board of trustees overseeing Conneaut Lake Park. The petition asks the court to appoint a new board, order trustees to cover the costs of the damages from the fires that destroyed the Beach Club at the park…

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Clarion University’s Workforce Plan Finally Released In Hopes Of Saving $12 Million

Clarion University officials finally released the final version of their Workforce Plan on Monday, meant to address a $12 million budget deficit projected to evolve by 2015. The school’s budget for the current year already includes a deficit of about seven-and-a-half million dollars. The plan still projects the elimination of 35 positions, down from an…

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Sharpsville Woman Charged In Mercer County Courthouse Bomb Threat

A Sharpsville woman has been charged for allegedly making a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Mercer County Courthouse on Monday morning. The courthouse was shut down from shortly before 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM following an anonymous call that police say was eventually traced to a woman identified as Margie Small.  Reports indicate that…

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