That'll Do: MAHS Presents 'Shrek' Through Sunday

April 08, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area High School's production of "Shrek: The Musical" opened Thursday and continues tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

Based on the hit 2001 DreamWorks film, as well as William Steig's 1990 book, "Shrek: The Musical" features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It premiered on Broadway in December 2008, closing after a run of more than 12 months and after being nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults.

 

Spring Concerts Underway at McKeesport Palisades

April 08, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The spring concert series is underway at McKeesport's Palisades ballroom.

Tomorrow night's concert features Dancing Queen, a '70s disco and rock tribute band, in a performance that benefits the White Oak and Turtle Creek Rotary clubs, a spokeswoman said.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $20 each. For additional information or to reserve seats, call (412) 877-7491 or (412) 823-7800.

 
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Port Vue Uni-Mart Sells $2.1 Million Winner

April 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Someone in Port Vue is $2.1 million richer --- minus taxes, of course.

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Lottery says the Uni-Mart on Romine Avenue last week sold a lotto ticket that matched all six winning numbers in the March 31 drawing.

The winning ticket, on the lottery's Match 6 game, bears the numbers 10-13-14-26-27-47.

The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before the winner can be identified, the spokesman said. Match 6 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Claims may be filed at the Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at the Pittsburgh regional office on Pittsburgh's North Side at 1424 Western Avenue.

 

Police Log: April 1, 2016

April 01, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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White Oak Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

March 30, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A White Oak man pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud after prosecutors say he submitted inflated invoices to his employer and gave the extra money --- more than $376,000 --- to his girlfriend.

Anthony A. Aubrey, 50, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said today.

Aubrey will be sentenced on June 29, a court spokeswoman said.

 
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County, U.S. Steel Reach Agreement on Clairton Pollution

March 28, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

2013 Roy Luck photo, via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Editor's Note: The writer of this article has a conflict of interest; he is a U.S. Steel Corp. stockholder.

. . .

The Allegheny County Health Department has reached an agreement with U.S. Steel regarding what health officials called "numerous violations of both county and federal emission standards" at the Clairton Coke Works.

The agreement and the associated complaint were filed last week following judicial review in the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

County officials recognize that U.S. Steel "expends considerable resources to understanding and fixing" pollution problems at the Clairton Works, said Jim Thompson, deputy director of environmental health at the Allegheny County Health Department. The plant heats coal to remove impurities and create coke, a fuel used in blast furnaces, as well as produce chemicals used in pharmaceuticals, paints and other products.

But, a health department spokeswoman said, U.S. Steel has failed to meet various commitments made to the county as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce air polluting emissions.

In January, the non-profit environmental activist group PennFuture announced plans to sue the county, U.S. Steel, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency for what the organization's chief legal counsel, George Jugovic Jr., called a continuing failure to enforce clean air laws.

A search of the federal court database over the past weekend did not find any record of the lawsuit yet being filed.

 
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State Legislature Passes Budget Nine Months Late

March 25, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Commentary-Editorial, Editorial Cartoons

© 2016 Jason Togyer/Tube City Community Media Inc.

Pennsylvania budget achieves too little, costs too much

The Democratic governor is standing by his principles by not signing the $6 billion remainder of a $30 billion budget that he believes is unbalanced. But, by letting it become law by Monday without his signature, Wolf is sparing school districts the cost of borrowing additional money to make up for undelivered state funding ...

The question for Wolf is why he did not accept defeat on taxes sooner.

The question for Republican state lawmakers is whether their political victory was worth the heavy costs it imposed: on social service agencies that had to cut staff; on counties ... that paid interest on loans or ... lost interest on reserves they had to spend; and on school districts.

The question for both is how they're going to avoid a replay in fiscal year 2016-17, the budget for which is due by June 30.

—Editorial, the Reading (Pa.) Eagle

 
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Retired Trooper Indicted for Mail Fraud

March 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former state trooper from the Mon Valley has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he tried to trick his pension fund into not paying out benefits to his ex-wife.

Steven P. Grados, 51, of Carroll Twp., Washington County, was charged with mail fraud and counterfeiting a federal court seal, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Published reports indicate that Grados is a former Pennsylvania state police corporal, at one time assigned to Troop A, Greensburg barracks.

According to the three-count indictment, Grados created false documents that consisted of an opinion and court order and mailed them to the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System offices in Harrisburg in order to deceive that office into discontinuing paying a portion of his state police pension to his former spouse.

 
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Remembering the Flood of '36

March 22, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History

© Tube City Community Media Inc., all rights reserved


(Above: Scene in the East End of McKeesport, below Highland Grove, during the March 1936 flood.)

. . .

The winter of 1936 was like a lot of winters in Western Pennsylvania --- gloomy and cloudy, with rain and snow, alternating with snow and rain. But in mid-March, a storm center traveling south from Canada collided with another storm moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Then two smaller storms merged into those.

And beginning March 9, 1936, and continuing for the next two weeks, parts of New England, New York and Pennsylvania were drenched with up to 12 inches of rain. It saturated the ground and filled creeks and streams. And when another storm system moved through on March 16, 1936, the water had nowhere to go.

The end result was the so-called "St. Patrick's Day Flood of 1936" --- the worst ever seen in Western Pennsylvania. More than 80 people in the Pittsburgh area died in that flood, 80 years ago this month, including a McKeesport police officer, and property damage was estimated at well over $100 million.


(Above: Crowd watches the Monongahela River rise at the end of Market Street. This area was redeveloped in the 1950s and is now part of U.S. Steel's idled McKeesport Tubular Operations plant.)

At the beginning of March, snow was 4 to 6 inches deep in parts of the Allegheny and Applachian mountains.

Then came the rain. On March 16 and 17 alone, more than 2 inches of rain fell in McKeesport. Clairton reported 2.5 inches and Irwin nearly 3. More than 4 inches of rain was recorded in Somerset and 2.5 inches in Connellsville.

The combination of rain and warmer-than-usual temperatures melted that snow quickly. From the hills, the rain and melted snow flowed into creeks, and then into the Allegheny, Monongahela, Kiskimenitas, Youghiogheny and Conemaugh rivers, which all ultimately drained into the Ohio.

Catastrophe followed.

 
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Police Log: March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
 
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