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  • Jung Ho Kang Not Granted Visa to Enter the United States (Pittsburgh Pirates Infielder)

    03/24/2017 9:52:44 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | 3/24/2017 | Craig Calcaterra
    Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa to enter the United States. The report just broke this morning and has yet to hit the English language press. Kang, who was just convicted of a third DUI in Korea, may have a DUI conviction in a third country, though that part is unconfirmed. It’s also unclear whether that, or the mere fact of his conviction in Korea, has held up his visa. Either way, Kang has yet to see a day of camp and will almost certainly not be ready to start the season for the Pirates, even if...
  • John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

    02/23/2017 7:34:17 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 38 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 22,2017 | Dion Nissenbaum
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  • Trump to hold rally in Orlando on Saturday at 5PM

    02/15/2017 12:19:43 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    Trump Twitter ^ | 2/15/2017 | RealDonaldTrump
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump · 34 minutes ago Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5pm for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport! Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lQarqaFLORIDA
  • Executive Director of Allegheny Co. Republican Committee accused of punching girlfriend

    02/14/2017 12:21:50 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 9 replies
    TribLIVE.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | Megan Guza
    Pittsburgh police arrested the Executive Director of the county's Republican Committee over the weekend for allegedly yanking his 26-year-old girlfriend from the car and punching her, according to the affidavit filed Saturday in support of the arrest. John Schnaedter, 36, is charged with one count of simple assault and released from the Allegheny County Jail on non-monetary bail, court records show. A witness on Bailey Avenue called police after he saw a man, later identified as Schnaedter, and a woman arguing in a Jeep parked on the street, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he heard a woman...
  • Trump travel ban 'detrimental' to health care, doctors say

    02/03/2017 8:17:44 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 54 replies
    PGH TribLive.com ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | Wes Venteicher
    President Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven countries will have a “detrimental effect” on the nation's graduate medical education and the health care system as a whole, two UPMC physicians wrote this week in a major medical journal. Drs. Ahmad Masri and Mourad Senussi, fellows in UPMC's cardiovascular fellowship training program, examined available data on doctors and students from some of the banned countries, publishing the results Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Trump's order bars U.S. entry of people from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. “By doing these blanket...
  • Police seek man who robbed gas station at gunpoint ‘to feed my kids' (BLM robber)

    02/02/2017 6:32:30 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | uncredited
    BELLEVUE, Pa. - Authorities are searching for a man caught on surveillance video robbing a Bellevue gas station at gunpoint. The armed robbery happened Monday night at the convenience store at the Shell gas station in Bellevue, police said. Amber Kalupson was working inside at the time of the robbery. “He didn't take the change. He just took the cash. And as he was taking it, he said, ‘Your paychecks are guaranteed. (Expletive) you. (Expletive) white people, and (expletive) Trump. I have to feed my kids,’” Kalupson said. Kalupson said the armed man entered the store from the parking lot,...
  • Media Matters Says It Is Secretly Working with Facebook to Fight ‘Fake News’

    01/26/2017 1:10:28 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies
    The Free Beacon ^ | 1/26/2017 | Lachlan Markay
    Left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America has been quietly working with social media giant Facebook to combat what the group describes as “propaganda” and “fake news,” internal documents reveal. Media Matters told current and prospective donors at a retreat in Florida over the weekend that it has been in discussions with Facebook leadership about their policies on inaccurate and partisan news stories on the website that many liberals blame for political losses last year. “We’ve been engaging with Facebook leadership behind the scenes to share our expertise and offer input on developing meaningful solutions,” the group said in a...
  • Police: Subway employee shoots would-be robber; 2 in custody in related SWAT incident

    12/23/2016 9:00:18 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI ^ | 12/23/2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - An armed man who was attempting to rob a business Friday morning on Pittsburgh’s South Side was shot by an employee, authorities told Channel 11 News. The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. at the Subway restaurant in the 2700 block of East Carson Street. Authorities said the armed man entered the Subway and demanded money. One of two Subway employees told officers that he felt threatened and shot the man in the chest. "One of the employees who has a concealed carry permit and has a firearm apparently felt threatened for him and the other employees...
  • Pittsburgh council prez says conversion therapy is 'soul murder'

    12/08/2016 6:33:21 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 42 replies
    PGHTrib.com ^ | 12/7/2016 | Bob Bauder
    Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday advanced legislation that would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from subjecting minors to “conversion therapy,” the practice of attempting to change a person's sexual orientation. The legislation is intended to protect gay and transgender people younger than 18 and was a response to the election of Republican Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as president and vice president, said council President Bruce Kraus, a South Side Democrat. Kraus, who is gay, called conversion therapy “a form of soul murder.” “I think it's obvious if anyone has followed national news there's clearly been a change...
  • Inventor of General Tso's Chicken dies in Taipei at age 98

    12/02/2016 7:30:28 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | 12/2/2016 | Keoni Everington
    Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), the founder of the famous Hunan-style restaurant chain Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant (彭園湘菜館) and inventor of the world famous Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from Pneumonia. A native of Changsha, Hunan Province, Peng began training at the age of 13 under the tutelage of the famous Hunan chef Cao Jing-chen (曹藎臣), who was the family chef of Tan Yan-kai (譚延闓), the prime minister of the Nationalist government from 1926 to 1928. After WWII, he was put in charge of running Nationalist government banquets, and in 1949 he...
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ends 24-year print edition run (Dead Tree Media Obit)

    11/30/2016 11:50:39 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 7 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | uncredited
    he Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper printed its last edition and has laid off 106 workers as it transitions into an online-only publication. Wednesday's edition ends a 24-year run that began when the late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife established the paper to compete with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which remains the only printed daily newspaper in the city. Trib Total Media will continue publishing two daily print editions for the suburbs, the Greensburg-based Westmoreland edition of the Tribune-Review and the Tarentum-based Valley News Dispatch edition, as well as 11 of the other 14 weeklies owned by Trib Total Media. The company announced...
  • Big Mac inventor passes away aged 98 nearly 50 years after creating McDonald’s iconic (trunc)

    11/30/2016 11:25:47 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 81 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 11/30/2016 | Neal Baker and Mark Hodte
    THE inventor of the Big Mac has died at the age of 98. Michael “Jim” Delligatti came up with the iconic McDonald’s burger nearly 50 years ago. McDonald’s initially did not approve of deviating from its strict formula of simple hamburgers, cheeseburgers and milkshakes. But the creation of a two-patty burger with lettuce, cheese, gherkins, onions and “special sauce” proved an instant hit, and was rolled out to his other 47 outlets across the US. McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that Delligatti died at his home in Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family on Monday night. He opened his...
  • Legendary Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passes

    11/25/2016 9:01:10 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 3 replies
    Fort Wayne Komets ^ | 11/24/2016 | Press Release
    Fort Wayne, IN-- Legendary Fort Wayne Komets broadcaster Bob Chase passed away at 2:40am ET Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the age of 90. Chase completed 63 seasons as the voice of the Komets radio-rinkside last year after first arriving in Fort Wayne in 1953. Chase hailed from Negaunee, Michigan, where he was born January 22, 1926. He grew up in Marquette, Michigan and after high school joined the U.S. Navy where he served from 1943-1947. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Bob entered Northern Michigan University at Marquette and graduated in 1952. While in college, Bob started his radio...
  • Pucker Up, Buttercup - Jr. Walker and the All Stars

    11/17/2016 6:24:12 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog
    Youtube ^ | 11/17/2016 | n/a
    Given all of the recent posts, should be re-recorded as "Suck It Up, Buttercup!"
  • More than half of arrested anti-Trump protesters didn't vote in Oregon

    11/15/2016 6:14:36 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 16 replies
    KGW.com ^ | November 14, 2016 | Kyle Iboshi
    Portland, Ore.—More than half of the anti-Trump protesters arrested in Portland didn’t vote in Oregon, according to state election records. At least sixty-nine demonstrators either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state. KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during recent protests. Those names and ages, provided by police, were then compared to state voter logs by Multnomah County Elections officials. Records show 34 of the protesters arrested didn’t return a ballot for the November 8 election. Thirty-five of the demonstrators taken into custody weren’t registered to...
  • Trump Reveals Policy Goals: "Building That Wall", End "War On Coal", Repeal Obamacare, (trunc)

    11/10/2016 1:55:59 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 10, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On his transition website GreatAgain.gov, the Trump team has laid out the framework of his initial policies with policies focused i) on American Security including as Defense and National security, Immigration Reform and Building That Wall, and Energy Independence; ii) Getting America Back to Work Again including Tax Reform; Regulatory Reform; Trade Reform; Education; Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Reform; and iii) Government for the people including Healthcare Reform (Obamacare), Veterans Administration Reform and Protecting Americans' Constitutional Rights. The key highlights include: overhaul in immigration policies, including "Building that Wall" , the Trump transition team will "execute on the...
  • Voting Issues: Some Trump Voters Reporting Ballots Switching To Clinton

    11/08/2016 10:20:18 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    KDKA ^ | November 8, 2016 | Rick Dayton
    Election judges in Clinton Township, Butler County confirmed there were issues with two of their eight automated voting machines. Most of the issues came when people tried to vote straight party ticket. However, other said they specifically wanted to vote for Republican Donald Trump only to see their vote switched before their eyes to Democrat Hillary Clinton. “I went back, pressed Trump again. Three times I did this, so then I called one of the women that were working the polls over. And she said you must be doing it wrong. She did it three times and it defaulted to...
  • Review board says Pittsburgh police chief shouldn't have worn uniform for DNC speech

    10/26/2016 11:26:06 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 3 replies
    WPXI ^ | October 25, 2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - While the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations cleared the Pittsburgh police chief of any wrongdoing for giving a speech in uniform at the Democratic National Convention, the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board’s report did not. Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay came under fire in July after appearing in his police uniform on stage at the DNC in Philadelphia, where the Democratic nominees for president and vice president were picked. “A suit would've been a whole different story,” CPRB Executive Director Beth Pittinger said Tuesday following the release of the board's seven-page report. Pittinger said McLay sent a letter...
  • Student found with 10 stamp bags of heroin at Pittsburgh school, authorities say

    10/18/2016 1:39:38 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 10/18/2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - An 11th-grade student at University Prep 6-12 school in Pittsburgh was found in possession of 10 stamp bags of heroin, according to a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Security said they became suspicious of the student when he arrived at school Tuesday morning and appeared to be under the influence. When staff members escorted the student to the office, spokeswoman Ebony Pugh told Channel 11 News that he placed three stamp bags in his mouth. He spit out the stamp bags and was examined by paramedics. The student was released to his parents and will face charges, Pugh...
  • WikiLeaks Confirms: Ecuador Cut Off Assange's Web Access

    10/17/2016 1:46:44 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 86 replies
    Twitter - Wikileaks Feed ^ | 10/17/2016 | Wikileaks Twitter Feed
    Mystery Solved. Apparently John Kerry put the heat on Ecuador, and it worked. They took away Julian Assange's internet access. Apparently right after the first transcripts of Hillary's Wall Street speeches went out.
  • Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials

    09/30/2016 10:38:22 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 135 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sept. 30, 2016 | Liz Goodwin
    Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she wants to enlist 5 million new volunteers into a “national service reserve” aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds. “What if we strengthen the culture of service in America? So it wasn’t just something we did one day a year, but it became a regular part of our lives,” she asked in a Florida rally on the topic of national service Friday. The former secretary of state argued that her volunteer plan would help combat growing self-segregation in America, where people surround themselves with people who think, talk, look and read the same news as them....
  • Obama's half brother is backing Donald Trump

    09/21/2016 1:20:41 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 11 replies
    McPaper ^ | September 21, 2016 | Tonny Onyulo and Hellen Wagaluka
    <p>KOGELO, Kenya — In Barack Obama's ancestral home here, excited residents are preparing to go to the polls next month for what has become a tradition every four years since their favorite son became president: a mock election. But not everybody is supporting his choice for a successor.</p>
  • NFL denies Cowboys' request to wear helmet decal honoring Dallas police

    08/11/2016 12:52:07 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 73 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Pete Blackburn
    Despite their best efforts, the Cowboys' helmets will not feature a decal supporting Dallas police officers this season. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the NFL denied the team's request for permission to include a decal reading "Arm In Arm" on their lids for the upcoming season. That decal, which the team has been wearing on its helmets during training camp, is in support of Dallas Police and the officers killed in July's sniper attack.
  • Armed homeowner scares off would-be burglars in Pittsburgh neighborhood

    08/10/2016 6:35:08 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 22 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH — A homeowner armed with a gun scared off two would-be burglars who broke into his home early Tuesday morning, Pittsburgh police said. Authorities said the men smashed a kitchen window to enter the home on Adelaide Street around 2:30 a.m. The sound of the breaking glass woke up the homeowner. Police said he grabbed his gun and confronted the men in his kitchen. According to police, the homeowner told the men to get out and they followed his orders, backing out of the kitchen and climbing back down a fire escape. Zone 2 police are investigating the attempted...
  • One Of Hillary Clinton’s DNC Delegates Literally Tried To Murder Someone, But Media Are Silent

    07/20/2016 12:24:59 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 20, 2016 | Bre Peyton
    A Democratic National Committee delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton tried to murder her husband with a gun on Sunday, but the national media won’t talk about it. Deanna Vicites, a 47-year-old Hillary Clinton delegate from Pennsylvania, was charged with attempted homicide after shooting her husband in the neck with a revolver over the weekend. The two admitted to authorities they had been drinking all day, and while Deanna initially told authorities it was a mistake, the district attorney said there was no way the shooting was an accident. Democratic Party officials said the Clinton campaign would have to find a...
  • Police: Woman who admitted to drinking 8 beers crashes into beer distributor

    07/15/2016 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 23 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | July 15, 2016 | uncredited
    BUTLER, Pa. — A woman who was drunk on beer crashed into a beer distributor Thursday, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at Inside Butler County reported. Lynly Broge, 53, of Butler crashed her car into the side of O’Donnell’s Beer Distributor on Route 68 in Oakland Township. According to Inside Butler County, Broge’s vehicle crossed the center line, traveled into the parking lot and struck a block wall. State police said in a criminal complaint obtained by Inside Butler County that the entire front end of the vehicle went through the building’s wall. The complaint said Broge admitted to drinking...
  • Clinton unveils debt-free education plan with nod to Sanders

    07/07/2016 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 36 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/7/2016 | Ivan Levingston
    Hillary Clinton announces debt-free college plan Hillary Clinton announces debt-free college plan 4 Hours Ago|00:46 Hillary Clinton's newly unveiled higher education plan would eliminate tuition for families with incomes up to $125,000 at in-state public colleges and universities. That proposal, a keystone of her plan announced Wednesday to reduce student debt and the burden of student loans, is also a victory for her primary rival Bernie Sanders, who campaigned on a platform to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Indeed, the proposal drew praise from Sanders, who wrote on Twitter that he applauded Clinton's "very bold initiative for...
  • Being Politically Correct at Work A Survival Guide for Employers

    06/08/2016 1:41:43 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 21 replies
    Avant Resources ^ | June 8, 2016 | Avant Resources
    Question: What does human resources have in common with the U.S. presidential campaign? How about taxes, foreign trade, labor relations, minimum wage, rights for women, immigration, wage stagnation, education, health care, religion ... Every one of them is a core HR issue. Your employee's core beliefs track those of the candidates who have been shouting, lying and name-calling for months. Being “politically correct” may not sound great but it’s a survival skill that could keep your company productive and keep you out of court. That's why we have updated our popular 75-minute "Being Politically Correct at Work" training course with...
  • Wendy’s Serves Up Big Kiosk Expansion As Wage Hikes Hit Fast Food

    05/12/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 11, 2016 | Jed Graham
    Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost...
  • Andrew Shaw Suspended One Game for Use of Homophobic Slur During Hawks Game

    04/21/2016 6:28:51 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 46 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | April 21, 2016 | Lauren Petty
    Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game after using a homophobic slur twice during Tuesday night’s playoff loss against the St. Louis Blues. The league announced the suspension Wednesday along with a $5,000 fine for "directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials" during the game. Shaw will also be required to undergo sensitivity training, according to the NHL. The suspension means Shaw will miss Game 5 of the team's series against the Blues, where they are facing elimination.
  • R.I.P. Doris Roberts, 'Raymond' mom and 'Remington Steele' star

    04/19/2016 11:30:23 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 23 replies
    MeTV ^ | April 19, 2016 | uncredited
    Doris Roberts, beloved mother on Everybody Loves Raymond, died on Sunday of natural causes at the age of 90. An actress of film, stage and television, Roberts will be remembered as an instantly recognizable character actor who had portrayed many memorable roles. Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, Roberts spent her childhood in the Bronx in New York City. Her acting career began during the 1950s on Broadway and in television with a 1952 role in Studio One. Roberts landed more television roles in the early 1960s, appearing in episodes of Suspense (1952), Way Out (1961), The Naked City (1962,...
  • Rick Scott vetoes contentious alimony bill

    04/15/2016 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 18 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a controversial alimony reform bill, saying in his veto letter the legislation had the potential to put the “wants of a parent before the child’s best interest.” [snip] In his veto letter, Scott commended the bill’s sponsors — Sens. Tom Lee and Kelli Stargel, and Reps. Colleen Burton and Ritch Workman — for their efforts to reform the state’s divorce and alimony laws. However, Scott expressed concerns that the legislation would have an adverse effect on children.
  • Police: 78-year-old nun shoplifted coffee, soap, snacks

    03/17/2016 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 42 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | March 17, 2016 | uncredited
    BERWICK, Pa. — State police say a 78-year-old nun was caught shoplifting $23 worth of coffee, snacks and toiletries from a store in central Pennsylvania. Troopers say Sister Agnes Pennino was seen shoplifting the items from the Surplus Outlet near Berwick on Monday afternoon. WNEP-TV reports police determined the woman captured on surveillance video was the nun who lived about 20 miles away at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Convent in Danville. Store manager Zane Kishbach says he "couldn't believe it that a nun would actually do something like that."
  • 30 girls involved in large fight at University Prep in Pittsburgh

    02/29/2016 12:01:10 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 79 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | February 29, 2016 | uncredited byline
    PITTSBURGH — Police reponded to reports of a large fight at University Prep High School in Pittsburgh’s Hill District Monday morning. Officers were dispatched to the school at about 9:45 a.m. Ebony Pugh, a spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, said 30 female students were involved in the brawl that began with an argument over a boy. Pugh said they were sent home and will face charges from a magistrate.
  • Kasich, Cruz ballot paperwork challenged in Pennsylvania

    02/26/2016 6:47:22 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 33 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | uncredited byline
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Court challenges seeking to knock Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich off the Pennsylvania primary ballot have been scheduled for hearings in March. The challenge to Kasich was filed by a Marco Rubio activist and will be heard March 9. It questions the signatures collected to get Kasich on the April 26 ballot. Two Cruz challenges will be heard March 10. One was filed by Carmon Elliott, a Pittsburgh Republican, who says Cruz isn't qualified to run for president because he was born in Canada. The other challenges the signatures collected to put Cruz on...
  • FBI joins probe of Flint, Michigan's lead contaminated water

    02/03/2016 12:21:20 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 2, 2016 | David Shepardson
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Federal prosecutors in Michigan were working with an investigative team that included the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said. An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was determining whether federal laws were broken, but declined further comment.
  • Lobbyists Declare Victory After Visa Reform Measure Dies Quietly

    12/18/2015 6:26:02 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 6 replies
    ABC News (via Yahoo!) ^ | 12/17/2015 | Matthew Mosk
    A bi-partisan attempt to reform a little-known immigration program that offers wealthy foreigners access to visas and U.S. Green Cards but has been beset by allegations of fraud and abuse. The EB-5 program, called so due to its visa designation, allows rich foreign nationals a shortcut to a Green Card as long as they invest $500,000 in a designated job-creating project in the U.S. Designed to spur the American economy, the program is also feared to have been exploited by spies, money launderers and other criminals, as revealed in an ABC News investigation earlier this year. "There are well-documented national...
  • Police make arrests, issue citations after incident in Downtown Pittsburgh (BLM Strikes Again!)

    12/17/2015 6:51:55 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 News has learned that several people were arrested or issued citations after an incident in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon. According to Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph, the incident started in the Wood Street T Station around 3:30 p.m. Brandolph said two Port Authority police officers "attempted to identify a Brashear High School student who was tampering with escalator equipment when the student kicked them." According to Brandolph, four other people attempted to intervene in the initial arrest. He now appears to be in bigger trouble than any of those who were apprehended. One adult was taken...
  • Feel the Bern! UFC champ Ronda Rousey endorses Bernie Sanders for President

    11/11/2015 11:20:40 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 11, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Mixed martial arts' Ronda Rousey's mind may be focused on her upcoming bout but she has already weighed in on the 2016 presidential race ahead of her weigh in for a fight on Saturday. The undefeated UFC champion, 28, has said that she is supporting Vermont's senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination and the White House. Rousey told Maxim that she voted for comedian Roseanne Barr for president in 2012, and is supporting the democratic socialist this election because he does not take corporate money for his campaign.
  • Allegheny Co. public works supervisor accused of stealing 11,000 lbs. of aluminum

    11/03/2015 8:04:15 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | uncredited
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA - Channel 11's Joe Holden confirmed Monday that a regional maintenance supervisor for Allegheny County Region 1 has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, James Schrott is accused of stealing more than 11,000 pounds of aluminum signs. County police said the signage is valued at more than $21,000. Schrott has been suspended without pay, a county spokeswoman said. The criminal complaint named Steven Beswick as Schrott's accomplice. According to arrest papers, county workers set up a sting and were able to track the aluminum to a local scrap yard. Investigators...
  • Amish man challenges photo ID requirement to buy firearms

    10/26/2015 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 90 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | Oct. 25, 2015 | uncredited
    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An Amish resident of central Pennsylvania is challenging the photo identification requirement to purchase a firearm, saying his religious beliefs prevent him from being photographed. Andrew Hertzler argues in a suit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court that the requirement violates his religious freedom and his constitutional right to possess a firearm. Hertzler said his beliefs as a member of an Amish community in Lancaster County bar photographs being taken of him, but he was prohibited from buying a gun in June for self-defense purposes.
  • Pennsylvania launches online voter registration

    08/27/2015 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 15 replies
    abc27.com ^ | 08/27/2015 | Myles Snyder
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State officials have launched Pennsylvania’s online voter registration system. The online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, is available for use by eligible citizens at register.votesPA.com. The new site also allows registered voters to easily update their voter record with a change of name, address or party affiliation, and voters may use the site to ask for help at their polling place. Governor Tom Wolf, who promised online registration when he ran for the office last year, said it will make the voting experience more convenient and accessible.
  • (PA)Attorney General Kane charged with crimes for leaking grand jury material

    08/06/2015 9:48:45 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 4 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 8/6/2015 | Brad Bumstead
    Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged Thursday with crimes related to leaking secret court documents to embarrass a political foe and covering up her directive to do so. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said she'll prosecute Kane for violating grand jury secrecy laws and lying about her actions under oath to a statewide grand jury in November. Kane leaked information to a political operative to pass to a Philadelphia newspaper “in hopes of embarrassing and harming former state prosecutors she believed, without evidence, made her look bad,” Ferman said at a news conference announcing the charges. Kane is...
  • Report: Tom Brady destroyed phone, suspension to be upheld

    07/28/2015 9:46:57 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 63 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/28/2015 | Steve Del Vecchio
    The NFL is going to reject Tom Brady’s appeal and uphold the four-game suspension he is facing for his alleged role in Deflategate, according to one report. Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning that a source told him Roger Goodell will not reduce or overturn Brady’s suspension. Perhaps more shocking, Smith cited a separate source who told him Brady actually destroyed his own personal cell phone rather than just refusing to turn it over.
  • Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Think Your Cable TV Bill Is Too High, And They Want The FCC

    07/10/2015 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Christopher Zara
    Attention, voters: Bernie Sanders is just like you, which is to say he’s tired of paying too much for cable. The independent Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful joined three fellow senators Thursday in asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the “ridiculous prices” charged by pay-TV and broadband services. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders -- along with Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- said American consumers are being burdened by ever-increasing monthly bills and a thicket of hidden fees. Citing lack of competition and increased...
  • NBC Cancels A.D., The Bible Continues (may live elsewhere)

    07/06/2015 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 60 replies
    NBC has canceled A.D. The Bible Continues after just one season, Deadline reports. The miniseries, created by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, was a follow-up to their record-breaking miniseries The Bible, and chronicled the early days of modern Christianity. A.D., which premiered on Easter, was positioned as an event series at NBC, but Downey, Burnett and the network had indicated that subsequent seasons were part of the plan. It's possible that the show will continue on another platform
  • Kennywood employee arrested at park on child porn charges

    06/23/2015 9:22:51 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI ^ | June 23, 2015 | uncredited
    Authorities confirm to Channel 11's Rick Earle that a man who worked at Kennywood was arrested last Wednesday on child pornography charges. Agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office arrested Nicholas Lancos at the amusement park with the help of Kennywood police. Investigators say they found child pornography on a computer owned by Lancos at his Greenfield Avenue home. Lancos was a seasonal employee who worked in the park's rides department.
  • Students at Pittsburgh-area school allegedly organize “Anti-Gay Day”

    04/17/2015 12:54:19 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 29 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | uncredited
    A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students. Several parents and students from McGuffey High School in Washington County have reached out to Channel 11 News voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students. A group of students allegedly spread the news that if they were “Anti-Gay,” they were to wear a flannel shirt and write “Anti-Gay” on their hands. Below is a statement from Dr. Erica Kolat, the superintendent of McGuffey School District. “Yesterday afternoon, April 16, 2015, allegations of harassment were brought to the attention of our administration. McGuffey School District,...
  • Up to 44 years for man in fatal Pittsburgh police dog stabbing

    03/10/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | uncredited
    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog has been sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison. A judge said Tuesday that John Lewis Rush must also serve 8 years of probation following his release. Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic reports the judge sentenced John Rush on each charge and the sentence will run consecutively. The 22-year-old Stowe Township resident was convicted in December of torturing a police animal, aggravated assault on the dog's handler, who was stabbed in a shoulder, and three other officers and other offenses. Police say Rush stabbed the dog in...
  • Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie in Washington (PA)

    10/30/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | uncredited
    Two “Stop the Violence” organizers in Washington County allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said. The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the...