Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:33:10 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/news/rss/ Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/news/images/logo_blue.gif http://www.westminster.edu/ Manhunt underway for suspect wanted for shooting Pa. troopers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2148 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8996871600857295154.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the area should be alert and cautious, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect's name.'He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder,' Noonan said. 'What his reasons are, we don't know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society.'Frein was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses. About 200 law enforcement officials were combing the rural area of northeastern Pennsylvania marked by dense forest, but 'we have no idea where he is,' Noonan said.The gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a Friday night shift change, then slipped away.Authorities were led to Frein after a resident who was walking his dog in a wooded area two miles from the barracks Monday spotted a 2001 Jeep lightly submerged in a pond and called 911. Police found shell casings inside the vehicle that matched those found at the shooting scene, Noonan said.[Police Barracks Shooting] This photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed by a gunman as he left the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police Investigators also found Frein's Social Security card, a Pennsylvania Game Commission range permit, camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, two empty rifle cases and military gear, Noonan said.Frein has held anti-law enforcement views for many years and has expressed them both online and to people who knew him, said Lt. Col. George Bivens.'This was not unexpected,' Bivens said. 'As we've interviewed a number of people, that's been the common theme. This was not a surprise.'Frein's father, Michael Frein, a retired major in the U.S. Army with 28 years of service, told police that his son is an excellent marksman who 'doesn't miss,' according to a police affidavit released Tuesday.Three state police patrol cars were parked at Frein's parents' home, a well-kept two-story in a private community. Several other cars were in the driveway Tuesday afternoon. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2148 Jail guard charged with selling drugs suspended http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2147 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8935061181665930617.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County  jail guard charged with selling drugs to an undercover informant during a work break has now been suspended without pay.The Lawrence County Prison Board on Monday voted to suspend 29-year-old Michael Llewellyn, of Cranberry Township. Under union rules, Llewellyn will keep his medical and other benefits until the charges are resolved.Llewellyn allegedly sold four prescription painkillers on Aug. 28, and four more of the pills on Sept. 8.Police say the second deal occurred in the jail's parking lot while Llewellyn was on break from his shift at the jail. Llewellyn was in uniform during both alleged drug deals.Court records don't list an attorney for Llewellyn who remained jailed Tuesday. He faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2147 Federal study finds fracking didn't ruin water http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2146 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7573466825360572267.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at one western Pennsylvania site.The Department of Energy report released Monday was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems.<a href='http://1.usa.gov/1u21vuL'><strong>Click here for the DOE report.</strong></a>A separate study published this week by different researchers examined drilling sites in Pennsylvania and Texas using other methods. It found that faulty well construction can cause pollution, but not fracking itself.The DOE study monitored six wells at one site. Other drilling locations could behave differently.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2146 Jameson Hospital merging with UPMC http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2145 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg216680009661733577.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP & WCN Staff) - Officials at Jameson Health System in New Castle say they are seeking to join with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.Officials with UPMC and Jameson revealed this week they've signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into UPMC's hospital network. UPMC is western Pennsylvania's dominant network with 20 hospitals.Jameson is Lawrence County's largest employer.  Hospital leaders says both sides hope to develop a plan within six months for Jameson Memorial Hospital and related facilities to affiliate with UPMC.<strong><a href='http://http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/pdf/JMHUPMCrelease.pdf'>CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY JHS & UPMC.</a></strong>As part of the deal, UPMC would assume Jameson's $40 million in long-term debt and $15 million in outstanding pension obligation. The deal also call for UPMC to invest $70 million into Jameson facilities as well as two Horizon hospitals in nearby Farrell and Greenville, which are already part of UPMC's network.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2145 Bill would let Pa. school employees carry guns http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2144 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3610086310595562077.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Teachers and other school employees in Pennsylvania could carry guns at work under a bill that's before a state legislative committee.Sen. Donald White, a Republican, is presenting his proposal to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.The Indiana County lawmaker says the proposal is an option worth considering in the aftermath of school shootings in other states.The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students. They would have to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon and trained in the use of firearms.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2144 Police: Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2143 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6306664809445244009.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa.-- Pennsylvania State Police say the gunman who ambushed two troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.Lt. Colonel George Bivens said Monday that investigators are focusing on the possibility that the killer had an 'ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government' and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically.Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. The killer slipped away, sparking a manhunt.Addressing the killer directly, Bivens says, 'You are a coward. ... We will find you.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2143 Volant to celebrate Witches Night Out http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg82312827413171781.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> VOLANT, Pa.- A Saturday in September seems a bit early for Halloween, but on Sept. 27th the shops and sidewalks in the village get swept up in <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Witches Night Out</strong></a>.Organizers of the 7th annual Witches Night Out take advantage of the September air to promote local merchants and the community to set the mood for the season.  Even before the fall colors begin to punctuate the countryside, the event casts a spell on some unsuspecting visitors.  Suddenly they're drawn to construct elaborate and ornate capes and pointy hats. Dozens of women, children, dogs and even a few men and cats will don costumes as they raced around the town for games and events. In recent years dozens adults competed for the top prizes for the best witch. WCN cameras show you what it looks like when fashion gets a bit whimsical with a broomstick theme.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/76296362?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'></iframe>Some of the night's events include a mock witch trial, a costume parade and a witches ball.  You can find out more by visiting <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Volant Villages Shops online</strong></a>. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 Brothers admit sending 239 pounds of pot on plane that landed in New Castle http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2142 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8824542549255479906.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to ship 239 pounds of marijuana on a single-engine plane from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island.Thirty-seven-year-old Benjamin Daniels, of West Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty Monday. His brother, 32-year-old Michael Daniels, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty in August.Authorities said at the time the brothers were arrested that they had monitored the plane as it crossed the country. It was piloted by another man from Utah and was zig-zagging and flying at a low altitude to avoid detection.After the aircraft landed in New Castle, Lawrence County, authorities discovered the drugs. The pilot was allowed to continue to Rhode Island, where he met Michael Daniels and turned over the drugs.The brothers each face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2142 Medical marijuana supporters stage Capitol rally http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2141 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7923759778391074297.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Dozens of medical marijuana supporters rallied for a bill's passage as Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to the Capitol after their summer recess.Parents of sick children and patients with painful medical conditions spoke at Monday's rally about the consequences of state laws that make marijuana illegal.Sen. Mike Folmer, a Lebanon County Republican and a sponsor of the bill, says he expects the bill to be sent to the floor next week. He says it has strong support in both houses, despite opposition from Gov. Tom Corbett,The bill would authorize doctors to prescribe marijuana to provide pain relief and other benefits for patients with a wide range of medical needs.Under the bill, it could not be smoked, but delivered in other forms, including extracted oil, edible products and vapor.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2141 Governor vows capture of trooper's killer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2140 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8792978703323032545.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURGH, Pa. (AP)-- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says investigators won't rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two state police troopers outside their barracks, killing one.Corbett spoke briefly at Blooming Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon. He was joined by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the Blooming Grove barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.Corbett calls the late-night ambush an 'assault on society.'The governor will meet with family members later Monday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2140 Women's Soccer: Titans Win Third-Straight Shutout http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2139 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6422194610607083623.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Westminster women's soccer team won its third-straight shutout on Sunday after a 1-0 win on the road at Lycoming.Titan junior Raechel Pusateri (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) scored the game-winner in the 18th minute of the first half. Pusateri broke free of the Lycoming defense and placed the ball in the right lower corner of the net for her second goal of the week.Westminster (5-2) out-shot Lycoming (0-6), 18-5, and also had a shots-on-goal advantage of 9-1.Titan junior goal keeper Rachael Letscher (Canfield, OH / Cardinal Mooney) improved to 2-1 on the season.Westminster will play at La Roche on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2139 Police: Surviving trooper in ambush conscious, talking http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2137 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6889802974321024260.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack.The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks and another was arriving. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed.Kelly said in an emailed statement Sunday that police are getting a large number of tips, and some are 'fantastic.'He said they are keeping details of the investigation quiet to preserve the integrity of the leads.Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from the barracks where they were ambushed.Troopers also set up a checkpoint near the site where they were stopping motorists to ask if they had seen anything that could help with the case, Kelly said.The developments come as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday's deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.Reporters saw investigators walk into the dense forest surrounding the barracks in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday, though authorities suggested a day earlier that the suspect had already left the area.Police said there would be no news conference Sunday.Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago.Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said the 'cowardly attack' was directed at state police and a 'very dangerous, armed criminal' eluded quick capture.'Our troopers were ... shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,' Noonan told reporters Saturday afternoon. 'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen.'Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, which posted the reward offer, asked anyone with information to call 800-4PA-TIPS or submit the tip online (http://bit.ly/1qOzY13).Law enforcement officers from at least three states on Saturday searched state game lands surrounding the barracks in Pike County and beyond.'There has been an exhaustive search conducted by hundreds of members of law enforcement,' said Lt. Colonel George Bivens. 'We have canvassed the wooded areas, neighborhoods. We are convinced this individual is no longer in that immediate area.'Police interviewed a man they called a 'person of interest,' but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.The slain trooper was married with two young sons. He was described by friends as devoted to work and family.'They were a committed couple,' Melissa Contorno, a friend of Dickson's wife, told The Times-Tribune. 'They were raising a beautiful young family. It's not fair.'Memorial contributions can be made to the Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II Memorial Fund c/o NBT Bank 1230 O'Neill Highway Dunmore, PA 18512.Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton. State police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed said the barracks cover most of Pike County, a primarily rural area that runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2137 35th Annual Lawrence County Band Festival Scheduled for Wed. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2136 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7009150995403843554.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- New Castle High School hosts this year's Lawrence County Band Festival marking the 35th anniversary of the county-wide showcase.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/6150456807' title='neshannock (1) by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='neshannock (1)' height='480' src='https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6065/6150456807_182bf56e7a_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>The show begins at 7 on Wednesday night at Taggart Stadium.  A rain date of Sept. 24th is on the schedule.  Organizers say each area high school will participate with a special performance prepared for the event.The show also has a Westmisnter College connection.  WC music professor R. Tad Greig leads the Westminster Marching Band to the celebration.If you can't see the show in person, don't worry.  WCN will produce a television special for the band festival featuring retired Wilmington Area band director Gary Taylor and Westmisnter Cable's Harry Greene hosting the coverage.  The television special will begin airing on Thursday night (Sept. 18) at 8:00 and repeat every morning and evening at that time through Sept. 30.  The show will also be available online at <strong><a href='http://www.wcnlive.com'>www.wcnlive.com</a></strong> in the Westminster Cable archives.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/5398216303' title='DSCF9508 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='DSCF9508' height='480' src='https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5215/5398216303_6235a75e95_z.jpg' width='640' /></a> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2136 Education Major Brings Little Free Library to New Wilmington http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2134 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7855107855595520223.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Hannah Roscoe, Westminster College sophomore early childhood/special education major, spearheaded the effort to bring a Little Free Library to New Wilmington Borough.According to Little Free Library's website, 'It's a ‘take a book, return a book' gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.'NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Located on South Market Street next to Huntington Bank, the New Wilmington structure was privately funded.  New Wilmington borough council accepted it as a gift from Westminster and approved its installation.  It is intended for children's books appropriate for newborns through elementary students.  No fees are involved and borrowing is based on the honor system.'I got the idea from my mom, a teacher in Ohio who had these libraries brought to the town where she teaches,' Roscoe said.  'I thought it would be good for New Wilmington, so we worked together to bring one here.'Roscoe is a daughter of Kurt and Jodi Roscoe of Solon, Ohio, and a graduate of Solon High School.Donations of children's books for the Little Free Library are accepted at the front desk of Westminster's McGill Library. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2134 Men's Soccer: Westminster fails to overcome Lycoming 1-0 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2138 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4244052213486754510.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Westminster men's soccer team lost, 1-0, at Lycoming College in a non-conference match on Sunday.After a 0-0 tie at halftime, Kevin Seymour of Lycoming (5-0-1) scored the lone goal in the 48th minute after he received a cross from Abdullahi Abdi and placed the ball in the upper left corner of the net.Titan junior goalie Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) collected a career-high seven saves in his first loss of the season. Little is 3-1 between the pipes this season.The Warriors out-shot the Titans, 14-8.The Titans (3-4-1) registered five shots on goal, including two within the final four minutes of the game. Junior Matthew Kiernan (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) and senior Dan Bishop (Burlington, NJ / Holy Cross) had their shots stopped by Lycoming goalie Connor Keenan in the 86th and 89th minute, respectively. Keenan had five saves on the day.Westminster is back on the field Wednesday when it travels to LaRoche for a 5 p.m. matchup. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2138 Western Pa. Police destroy 92 marijuana plants worth $200K http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2135 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7824239742863227764.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLARKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - State police say they seized dozens of marijuana plants worth about $200,000 from a property in western Pennsylvania.Authorities say they acted on a tip when they began investigating the 132-acre farm in Morgan Township, Greene County. That's about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.Police say they found 92 pot plants in a chicken coop adapted to grow marijuana. Troopers say the greenery ranged from 2 feet high to 6 feet high.Authorities say they also seized related paraphernalia, two guns and three vehicles.Three people were arrested Friday and charged with various drug offenses.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2135 $50K reward offered for tips on Pa. trooper's slaying http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2133 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1214268366821936249.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A nonprofit group is offering a $50,000 reward for tips about the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in northeast Pennsylvania.One trooper died and a second was critically wounded in the shooting Friday night at the remote post in Pike County.Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers posted the reward offer Sunday. It's asking anyone with information to call 800-4PA-TIPS or submit the tip online (<strong><a href='http://bit.ly/1qOzY13'>http://bit.ly/1qOzY13</a></strong>).Law enforcement officers from at least three states searched state game lands surrounding the barracks in Blooming Grove on Saturday. No arrests have been made.The attack killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore, a married father of two. Trooper Alex Douglass remains hospitalized.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2133 Pa. State Police: Deadly ambush 'has touched us to the core' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2132 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6268825665163325894.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - After scouring woods around the Pennsylvania State Police barracks where a trooper was gunned down and another critically injured, authorities suspect the shooter or shooters has left the area.State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the attack Friday night was directed at state police. He says, 'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen.'The troopers were ambushed at the barracks in Blooming Grove in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed. Trooper Alex Douglass was injured. He later underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago. He was married with two young sons.The search for their assailant continues.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2132 Football: Titans Drop to W&J, 56-21 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2131 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4735984530316853936.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost, 56-21, to Washington & Jefferson on Saturday under the lights of Harold Burry Stadium. The game did not count towards the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) standings due to the unbalanced schedule.  Titan freshman Jametrius Bentley had 190 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch and an 88-yard punt return for a score.Westminster seniors Jared Heck and Rich Ellebie led the defense with game-highs of 13 tackles each.After a three-and-out for Westminster (0-2) on its opening drive, W&J (2-0) drove the ball 65 yards off seven plays for a score after Pete Coughlin found Ryan Ruffing for a 26-yard touchdown pass. An extra point from Blake Davis gave the Presidents a 7-0 lead with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter.Westminster's defense stopped W&J on the Presidents' ensuing drive on four-and-seven from the Titans' 15-yard line. Titan junior Joe Glennon tackled Michael Giampole three yards short of the first down. The Titans' following drive of 13 plays and 72 yards, over six-and-a-half minutes, was halted with an interception in the end zone on second down.After a Titan muffed punt in the beginning of the second quarter, the Presidents conducted a 10-play, 46-yard drive for their second score when Ruffing ran from two yards out. Another successful extra point from Davis put W&J ahead, 14-0.W&J went up 21-0 on its next possession when Ruffing scored his second-straight rushing touchdown from the one-yard line and Davis made the extra point. The score came on fourth-and -goal from the Titans' 1-yard line.In their opening drive of the second half, the Presidents added to their lead with a touchdown. Coughlin ran it in from two yards out and Davis's kick attempt was good, giving W&J a 28-0 lead. The Titans quickly responded with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Bentley. After an extra point from sophomore Justin Dahl, W&J led 28-7.After the Titan defense forced a three-and-out, which included a sack from freshmen CJ Armstrong and Michael Martin on third-and-long with 9:13 on the clock in the third, Westminster cut W&J's lead with its second score. This time it was freshman Dominique McKinley for a 53-yard run. A Dahl extra point cut W&J's lead to 28-14 with 7:51 remaining.The Presidents countered on their next possession with a score, capping off an 11-play, 54-yard drive, when Ruffing scored his third rushing touchdown of the game from one yard out. A Davis extra point gave W&J a 35-14 lead with four minutes remaining in the third.Ruffing scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 10:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.Bentley had his second big play of the game after a 74-yard catch from sophomore quarterback Brandon Heeter with 9:47 remaining in the game. After a Dahl extra point, W&J led 42-21.The Presidents added two more scores in the fourth; one off a 26-yard run and the other off a 13-yard pass.McKinley led the Titans with 79 yards rushing and score. Heeter, who subbed in for freshman Paul Columbo, led Westminster through the air as he went 8-for-22 for 115 yards and a touchdown. Titan freshman Xavier Eubanks had a team-high four catches for 22 yards, followed by classmate Khurazze Williams who had three receptions for 37 yards.Ruffing led W&J with a game-high 172 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. Coughlin went 24-for-35 with 281 yards and a score. Max Creighan had a game-high 104 yards off seven catches for the Presidents. Jared Pratt led the W&J defense with seven tackles.The Titans will play Bethany for their third-straight home game next Saturday at 1 p.m. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2131 Women's Golf: Titans Compete at Thiel http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2130 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2649397204855601558.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster women's golf team finished fifth at the Thiel Fall Invitational on Saturday. The invite took place at the Tam O'Shanter Golf Course. The Titans scored a 418.Carnegie Mellon won the event with a team score of 341. Summer Kitahara from CMU was the medalist with a 77 (39-38).Titan freshman Kelsey Phillips (Pittsburgh, PA / Allegheny) led Westminster with a sixth-place finish and a score of 87 (45-42).Senior Morgan Pierce (Greenville, PA / Reynolds) (102/49-53), junior Carly Boughner (Cooperstown, PA / Rocky Grove) (113/56-57), and first-year Ava Hoag (McKeesport, PA / Elizabeth Forward) (116/58-58) rounded out the Titan scorers. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2130 Women's Soccer: Titans Blank Susquehanna, 2-0 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2129 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7515920626343687741.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The Westminster women's soccer team shutout Susquehanna, 2-0, on the road in a non-conference match on Saturday.  Titan sophomore Sammy Creese scored the first goal of the game in the 26th minute as she connected on a free kick from the left side of the field. This was Creese's first goal on the season.Westminster junior Rebecca Bradnam added insurance for the Titans with her second goal on the season in the 80th minute.Titan first-year goalie Laura Page improved to 2-1 on the season, while collecting two saves, in her second shutout-win in 2014.Westminster (4-2) out-shot Susquehanna (1-4-1), 17-13, and held a, 7-3, shots-on-goal advantage.The Titans are back on the field tomorrow when they travel to Lycoming for a 3:30 p.m. matchup. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2129 Volleyball: Titans Win Penn. State-Behrend Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2128 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1021027718044116112.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team won the Penn. State-Behrend Invitational on Saturday after concluding the two-day event with a 3-0 record. Titan senior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) was named the Tournament MVP, while classmate Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) was named on the All-Tournament Team.On Saturday, Westminster (6-5) upset host Penn. State-Behrend (9-2) with a 3-1 win in match one. The Titans recovered after a 25-21 loss in set one by winning the next three sets (25-13, 25-23, 26-24).Three Titans had double-digit kills, led by Hanssen with a match-high 14. First-year Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) and classmate Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) followed with 13 and 10 kills, respectively.Five Titans had double-digit digs, led by Freyermuth with a career-high 19. Dickson (18), junior Tiffany Jackson (Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas) (16), first-year Anna Thompson (Sherrodsville, OH / Tuscarawas Central Catholic) (12), and junior Erin Kennedy (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) (12) rounded out the Titans in double-figure digs. Freyermuth added a match-high seven blocks.Jackson dished out a match-high 29 assists, followed by Thompson with 18.Westminster finished the day with a 3-0 (25-10,27-25,25-11) shutout of D'Youville (5-6).Hanssen and Freyermuth led the Titan offense with a match-high nine kills each. Dickson led the defense with eight kills. Jackson and Thompson tied for a match-high with 15 assists each. Freyermuth once again added a match-high three blocks.On Friday, Westminster blanked Morrisville State, 3-0. The Titans have now won four-straight matches.Westminster will next compete in the Chatham Tri-Match on Wednesday for its PAC opener. The Titans will face Waynesburg at 6 p.m. and Chatham at 8 p.m. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2128 Men's Cross Country: Titans Compete at Bethany Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2127 BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster men's cross country team placed 10th at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday. The Titans finished with a team score of 267. A total of 156 runners competed from 16 schools.  Sophomore John-Scott Somora led the Titans by finishing 29th with a time of 28:43. Classmate Matt Slagle was right behind at 28:51.Westminster will next compete at the Dickinson College Long/Short Meet in Newville, Pa. next Saturday. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2127 Women's Cross Country: Jones Paces Titans at Bethany Invite http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2126 BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster cross country team placed fifth at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday. The Titans scored 175 points out of 14 schools.Senior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) led Westminster by finishing 12th out of 149 runners with a time of 24:48.Waynesburg won the event with a team score of 42 points. Junior Emily Rabenold of Grove City was the medalist with a time of 23:11.First-year Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) also finished in the top-20 for Westminster by finishing 17th with a time of 25:23.First-year Paige Baierl (Bellevue, PA / Northgate) (26:12), sophomore Keilah Ireland (Nashua, NH / Nashua North) (27:57), sophomore Jenny Rodgers (State College, PA / State College) (28:06), junior Sara Monts (Duncansville, PA / Hollidaysburg Area) (28:13), and junior Hannah Kappel (Ligonier, PA / Ligonier Valley) (28:25) rounded out the Titan finishers.Westminster will next compete at the Dickinson College Long/Short Meet in Newville, Pa. next Saturday. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2126 State Police identify trooper killed in ambush http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2125 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2513980075000566791.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.He identified the dead lawman as Cpl. Bryon Dickson and said Trooper Alex Douglass was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.'This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were . shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,' Noonan told reporters Saturday afternoon. 'It's a cowardly attack. It's an attack upon all of us in society.'Noonan provided few details on the shooting but said the attack was directed at state police.'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen,' he said.Law enforcement officials from across the region, including New York and New Jersey, descended on the Pocono Mountains to help with the search on foot and by helicopter. The Blooming Grove barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands.Police interviewed a man they called a 'person of interest' but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed Saturday. Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton.Trooper Adam Reed, a state police spokesman, said the Blooming Grove barracks covers most of Pike County, which runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.'There's a lot of rural area up where they patrol,' he said. 'As the primary police force in the county, they're going to respond to anything and everything.'Gov. Tom Corbett said he was praying for the slain trooper's family as well as the injured colleague.'Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society,' Corbett said in a statement. 'The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2125 State Police: 1 Pa. trooper dead in barracks shooting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2123 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3291295868442269419.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. A search is underway for the suspect.The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. Friday at the barracks in Pike County's Blooming Grove, a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton. Nearby Lackawanna County dispatched its SWAT team, and helicopters were seen flying over the area.State police spokeswoman Maria Finn tells The Times-Tribune newspaper that one trooper was killed and another was injured. She did not elaborate on the severity of the injuries.State police didn't immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press seeking further details.Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2123 Poll: Likely Pa. voters strongly back Wolf for Governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2122 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5659562316956734412.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) -A poll of voters likely to cast ballots in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election shows they prefer Democrat Tom Wolf over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a 24-point margin.The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Wolf, a wealthy businessman, is favored by 59 percent of likely voters compared with 35 percent for Corbett.At least half said Wolf would do a better job handling the issues of jobs, education, government spending and taxes. Fifty-four percent said they believe Wolf is honest and trustworthy but they were tied at 43 percent over Corbett.Quinnipiac culled the 1,161 likely voters from more than 1,500 registered voters, based on their stated intentions and voting records, in telephone interviews between Sept. 3 and 8. The sampling error margin is plus or minus 2.9 points. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2122 Penn State pulling Gideon Bibles from hotel rooms http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2121 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6796366164983944840.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State has pulled Gideon Bibles from rooms of two hotels it runs and will, instead, make them available upon request in public access areas.University spokeswoman Lisa Powers tells the Centre Daily Times (<a href='http://bit.ly/1uz1hwC'>http://bit.ly/1uz1hwC</a> ) that the school made the move 'in the spirit of recognizing other religions and beliefs among our guests.'Powers says other groups who want to donate religious books can do so, and The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel will make them available along with the Bibles.The Gideon Bibles are now located in the libraries of both hotels, and are available in other public areas.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2121 Troopers investigate report of child luring in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2119 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8885543552136352765.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- State police in Lawrence County say they are investigating an report of a man in a van asking a 14-year old Enon Valley girl to go for a ride with him.Troopers say the attempted luring report came in from Little Beaver Township on Thurssday afternoon.  They say it happend shortly after school let out.According to the police report,State police are investigating a reported attempt to lure a child getting off a school bus.The incident occurred Thursday afternoon on Cherry Hill Road. Troopers responded to the call and fouhd a suspect in a minivan matching the description called in to authorities.  They say the 50-year old man from Beaver Falls admitted he asked the first if she wanted a ride.  Police are still investigating. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2119 Pa. Ed secretary outlines Common Core review http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2118 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3747567698417316973.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The head of the Pennsylvania Department of Education says a website should up next month to collect public comment on aspects of the state's new reading and math standards.Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq to the State Board of Education on Thursday the site should be available by Oct. 14.The site will provide information about 'eligible content,' or how the standards apply to classroom instruction. It will also give the public sample test questions.Gov. Tom Corbett is calling for public hearings on the state's Pennsylvania Core, a modified version of the Common Core standards that have attracted criticism.The Pennsylvania Core standards were adopted last year. To graduate, students in the class of 2017 must show they understand literature, biology and algebra.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2118 News orgs seek info on Pa.'s execution drugs http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2117 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5093677979925444650.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Four news organizations are asking a federal judge to unseal information about where the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to get drugs for use in executing inmates.The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Guardian U.S. on Thursday filed an emergency motion in a long-running federal lawsuit that challenges the state's execution procedures.The organizations say the Corrections Department is contracting with compounding pharmacies to obtain the drugs, but the court has prevented disclosure of those pharmacies.The media groups say they want to investigate the quality of execution drugs and make the public aware of them as part of reporting about the use of lethal injection.An execution scheduled for Sept. 22 is on hold while a federal appeals court considers whether to take the case.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2117 Corbett vows special state pension reform session if he's re-elected http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2116 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg410269722244620648.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is promising to call a special legislative session on public pensions if he's re-elected.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1rNTVkX ) that the Republican governor told its editorial board that he would call lawmakers into special session early next year to redouble his so-far-unsuccessful efforts to rein in the public cost of pensions for state and school employees.Corbett charged that his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, is ducking the issue and that nothing will be done if he's denied a second term.A poll released Thursday of voters likely to cast ballots in the gubernatorial election shows they prefer Wolf over Corbett by a 24-point margin. The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Wolf favored by 59 percent and Corbett by 35 percent.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2116 Women's Soccer: Pusateri's Goal Lifts Titans Past Penn. State-Altoona http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2115 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6922799783159598417.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALTOONA, Pa. - A second half goal was all the Westminster women's soccer team needed for the Titans' 1-0 win at Penn. State-Altoona on Wednesday.After a scoreless first half, Westminster (3-2) scored the eventual game winner in the 50th minute when junior Kelsey Rogers (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper Saint Clair) found classmate Raechel Pusateri (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmingto) for a score. Pusateri took the pass, raced down the left side of the field, and shot from the left side of the box for her first goal of the season.The Titans and the Lions (0-4) registered 13 shots each.  Titan first-year goalie Laura Page (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) improved to 1-1 on the season, while collecting two saves.Westminster is back on the field on Saturday when it travels to Susquehanna for a 5 p.m. matchup. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2115 Men's Soccer: Titans Dominate in 5-1 Win at PS-Altoona http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2114 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2988418030430485882.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALTOONA, Pa. - Titan junior Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) scored two goals, leading Westminster to a 5-1 win at Penn. State-Altoona on Wednesday.McCarthy scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute after he received a pass in the center of the box from classmate Marcus Gurgiolo (Edinburg, PA / Mohawk).Westminster (3-3-1) scored two more goals within two minutes of each other later in the first half. Senior Dan Bishop (Burlington, NJ / Holy Cross) scored in the 41st minute when he connected on a direct kick from 18 yards out. Freshman Fedja Smajic (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) followed with a goal in the 43rd minute, the first of his collegiate career, after he received a pass from classmate Zack Walters (Hermitage, PA / Hickory).Trend Landis broke up the shutout as he put the Lions (1-3) on the board in the 54th minute in the second half.Freshman Kornel Foremski (Shaker Heights, OH / Shaker Heights) gave the Titans a 4-1 lead after a goal in the 61st minute for his second goal of the game. Gurgiolo picked up his second assist on the night.McCarthy capped off Westminster's scoring with his second goal of the evening when he scored in the 71st minute after he beat the goalie in a 1-on-1. Bishop earned the assist.Titan junior goalie Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) improved to 3-0 on the season, while collecting two saves in 81 minutes of work.The Titans will look for their fourth-straight win when they travel to Lycoming on Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2114 'Her Campus' names WC one of 2014's &quot;The Most #GirlBoss Colleges&quot; http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2112 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3145068114629805202.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BOSTON-- The website <a href='http://www.hercampus.com/'><strong>Her Campus</strong></a> has named Westminster College as one '<a href='http://www.hercampus.com/life/campus-living/most-girlboss-colleges'><strong>The Most #GirlBoss Colleges</strong></a>' in the country in its 2014 rankings.  WC came in at #2 in the top 10 ranking.The site markets itself  as 'A Collegiette's Guide to Life.' According to the site, 'Whether they're in the classroom, on the playing field or promoting feminism, collegiettes™ at these 10 colleges are making positive changes in the world.  Inspired by Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and <a href='http://www.hercampus.com/life/campus-living/most-girlboss-colleges'>#GIRLBOSS</a>, we came up with a list of schools where girls are empowered, supported and really smart!'Her Campus says Westminster ranked high on its list because of a ranking Westminster received from another website.  Her Campus cited Forbes.com's review of Westminster, which noted 36 percent of 2008 graduates were science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) majors, with more women than men - and Westminster statistics that show its math and computer science department is more than half female. 'You might think that the best colleges for butt-kicking women in STEM fields would be in Silicon Valley or tech hubs like Austin, Texas,' Her Campus posted. 'But look no further than rural New Wilmington, PA - the home of Westminster College.'Other schools in the category include UC Berkley, Barnard College, Harvey Mudd College, George Washington University, Vassar College and American University.<a href='http://www.hercampus.com/'>HerCampus.com</a> has more than 4,000 contributors on over 240 campuses and features content on style, health, love, life, career and high school.  The site offers products, programming and tools to fulfill its mission of serving college women across every platform. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2112 What's next for western Pa.'s Flight 93 Memorial http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2111 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5633868155344981122.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The National Park Service will provide tours of the visitor center being built at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the week of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers fought back against hijackers.A permanent memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Last year, the Park Service awarded a $20 million contract to URS Group Inc. of Morrisville, North Carolina, to build the visitor center and do other site improvements.The visitor's center is expected to open late next year. Officials hope it will increase the number of people who visit the memorial annually from about 300,000 to 500,000.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2111 Mother to trial on charges she gave baby booze http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2109 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg807890874867248140.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges she gave her 13-month-old daughter booze in her sippy cup, which resulted in the child's hospitalization.Twenty-six-year-old Jessica Bachmaier (BAWK'-my-er), of Erie, has told police she believed a visiting friend might have provided the alcohol. But the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1tKgTQ0 ) reports witnesses at a two-hour preliminary hearing contend she was the only one with the child when the alcohol would have been provided.The girl was hospitalized with a blood-alcohol content of 0.289 percent May 14. That's more than three-and-a-half times more than the legal level of intoxication in Pennsylvania.Bachmaier told police she gave the girl water and some baby formula, and that the girl seemed lethargic after hitting her head on a table. She continues to deny the charges.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2109 Allegheny County council rejects 'In God We Trust' motto http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2108 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-843760155877543854.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania county council has voted 8-6 against posting the national motto, 'In God We Trust,' in its chambers.Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had threatened to veto the measure, which he called 'a movement by the right-wing evangelical Christians across the country basically to impose Christianity' in public buildings.Fitzgerald is a Democrat, as are the eight council members who opposed the display, which would also have included Pennsylvania's state motto 'Virtue, Liberty and Independence' and another U.S. motto, 'E Pluribus Unum.'All five Republicans on council voted for the display, as did Democrat Bill Robinson.A Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, Councilman Charles Martoni, voted against it saying, 'The more I looked at it, it's unnecessary.' Another Democrat co-sponsor, Councilman John Palmiere, didn't attend Tuesday's meeting. Council has 15 members.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2108 Butler County man guilty, gets prison in boy's YMCA sex assault http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2107 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6476911429397033288.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - A Butler County man has been sentenced to 5½ to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at knifepoint at his local YMCA.Thirty-six-year-old Jason Michael Taylor, of Butler, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated assault, indecent assault and unlawful restraint.Taylor has been jailed since shortly after the alleged incident on June 27, 2013 and will receive credit for time he's spent in jail since then.Police say Taylor put a utility knife to the boy's throat and dragged him to a rest room where he kissed, fondled and started to undress the boy. Other patrons at the Butler County Family YMCA responded when the boy screamed and subdued Taylor.Taylor has told authorities he has mental health issues, but could not afford treatment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2107 Lawrence County jail guard charged with selling drugs http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2106 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7400594024642929362.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania county jail guard has been charged with selling drugs to an undercover informant while in uniform.Investigators say that 29-year-old Michael Llewellyn, of Cranberry Township, is charged with selling four prescription painkillers to the informant on Aug. 28, and four more of the pills on Monday.Police say the second deal occurred in the jail's parking lot while Llewellyn was on break from his shift at the Lawrence County Jail, about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.Online court records don't list an attorney for Llewellyn, who was arrested Tuesday and faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 17.Llewellyn couldn't post $100,000 bond, so he's jailed in neighboring Mercer County to keep him away from the inmates he used to guard.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2106 Men's Soccer: Titans Win Second-Straight, Score Three Goals in First Half http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2113 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4838771551717937575.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUFFALO, N.Y. - Three first half goals guided the Westminster men's soccer team to a, 3-1, win at D'Youville College on Tuesday.The Titans (2-3-1), who have won two-straight, scored first at 6:58 in the first half when junior Richard Beaudoin (Adamstown, MD / Tuscarora) scored his second goal of the season.Titan senior Ryan Francis (Harwick, PA / Springdale), normally known for his defensive skills, added to Westminster's lead with a goal in the 35th minute. Beaudoin earned the assist.Westminster went up, 3-0, after senior (Dan Bishop Burlington, NJ / Holy Cross) found freshman Zack Walters (Hermitage, PA / Hickory) for a goal. This was Walters's first goal of his collegiate career.The Spartans (0-4-1) spoiled the shutout with a goal off a penalty kick in the 81st minute.Titan junior goalie Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) improved to 2-0 on the season, while collecting four saves.The Titans out-shot the Spartans, 20-12, including a match-high 11 shots-on-goal.Westminster will look to make it three-straight wins tomorrow when it travels to Penn. State-Altoona for an 8 p.m.-matchup. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2113 Lawrence County's United Way 'Day of Caring' marks 9/11 anniversary http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2104 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2209149408109886951.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The United Way of Lawrence County holds the annual Day of Caring on Thursday, Sept.  11.  This year's 'Day of Caring' rallies volunteers at Cascade Park in New Castle to start the day.This event will kick off the 2014 United Way Annual Campaign and is also in recognition of 'Patriot Day'.  This is the 13th anniversary of Sept 1. 'Patriot Day is also a day to volunteer and give back to the community', stated Sara Dudash, Chairperson.Volunteers will be painting, cleaning, landscaping and organizing projects for agencies in our county.  There are over 175 volunteers at 13 various non profit sites throughout Lawrence County.If you would like to donate or volunteer your time or your employees' time & talent, please call the United Way at 724-658-8528. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2104 GE Transportation hiring 50 machinists for diesel in Mercer Co. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2103 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-910539991082895146.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) - GE Transportation says it's hiring 50 machinists to for a diesel engine plant in Mercer County.The company says the hires are being fueled by a $700 million deal announced in March to supply 233 locomotives to TransNet Freight Rail of South Africa.The workers will be hired in Grove City where GE has a diesel engine plant and in 2012 invested $40 million in a nearby engine remanufacturing plant.GE says the new remanufacturing plant has produced 260 new jobs and should employ up to 1,200 workers by the end of the year.The plants combine to produce more than 2,000 engines annually, making the Grove City operation one of the largest diesel engine suppliers in the world.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2103 Critics say politics fuels Pa. standards study http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2102 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-474728657644528739.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Critics of new reading and math standards for Pennsylvania public schools say Gov. Tom Corbett's call for hearings seems aimed at building conservatives' support for his re-election. But they also say it may aid their fight against national Common Core standards.Corbett called on the state Board of Education to hold the hearings on the year-old Pennsylvania Core standards for grades K-12. His policy chief, Jan Branstetter, Is playing down the political implications Tuesday, saying it's a final review to clear up any confusion.Ryan Bannister, a leader of Pennsylvanians Against Common Core, says Corbett needs a 'swing-for-the-fence' move to overcome Democratic challenger Tom Wolf's double-digit lead. Bannister says making progress toward severing lingering ties between the national and state standards could be worth a lot of votes for Corbett.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2102 NCAA brings back Penn State football scholarships & ends bowl ban http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2101 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6239621602038730923.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> STATE COLLEGE, Pa.  (AP) - The NCAA has lifted the on-the-field sanctions placed on the Penn State football team for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban and restoring scholarships.Penn State was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions last year.In a news release Monday, the NCAA says that in addition to the postseason ban being lifted, Penn State will be allowed to have the full complement of football scholarships in 2015.The school still must pay a $60 million fine, 112 wins under Joe Paterno remain forfeited and the school will remain under monitoring. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2101 2 'armed, dangerous' after juvenile center escape http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2100 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg473592956694599613.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GUYS MILLS, Pa. (AP) - State police say two males who have escaped from a northwestern Pennsylvania juvenile detention center should be considered armed and dangerous.Troopers in Meadville say that 20-year-old Rafael Gordon and 16-year-old David Clinton were still missing Monday, two days after leaving the VisionQuest facility in Randolph Township.Police say the suspects were discovered missing about 4:45 a.m. Saturday after a fight at the facility, which police say was a diversion.The facility is located along Route 198 That's about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, and very near the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.Police haven't said why either suspect was at the facility. Juvenile court records are generally not public in Pennsylvania, except in limited circumstances.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2100 Families mark 20th anniversary of Flight 427 crash http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2099 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7125484917875447762.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - The families of 132 passengers and crew killed when USAir flight crashed near Pittsburgh International Airport 20 years ago gathered one last time to remember the tragedy.The group known as the Flight 427 Air Disaster Support League met at a hotel near the airport to mark the occasion Monday.The group had stopped raising money and members say it has run its course after pushing for a federal law passed in 1996, the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act. It requires government agencies, airlines and others to provide prompt information to families of crash victims.The Boeing 737 nose-dived into a hill about 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, 1994, after a valve stuck, causing a rudder to malfunction.The National Transportation Safety Board crash investigation took 4½ years, the longest ever for the agency.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2099 NCAA: State can keep $60 million Penn State fine http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2098 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5635319206181482023.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - College sports' governing body says it is willing to let Pennsylvania control the $60 million fine Penn State is paying over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.The NCAA on Friday asked Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord.The NCAA says that if Covey agrees, it also will move to end a federal lawsuit against McCord, Gov. Tom Corbett and others that challenges a 2013 state law requiring the money to remain within Pennsylvania.The child sex abuse scandal involving the former assistant football coach has led to numerous lawsuits and prolonged legal wrangling.Corman and McCord are telling Covey they still want to litigate the overall consent decree but acknowledge that may not be feasible under state law.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2098 Women's Tennis: Titans Win Third-Straight, Blank Pitt-Greensburg http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2096 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5657948898830476944.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Titan women's tennis team remained undefeated after a 9-0 shutout at Pitt-Greensburg on Sunday.The Titans (3-0) dominated the Bobcats (1-4) in singles completion, including 6-0, 6-0-shutouts from senior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton) at no. 4 singles and sophomore Maria Pallone (New Kensington, PA / Valley) at no. 6.Westminster is back in action next Tuesday, Sept. 16, when it faces Presidents' Athletic Conference foe Waynesburg at 3:30 p.m.Singles competition:<br />1. Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Corinne Kirk (PG) 6-0, 6-2<br />2. Mariah Turiano (WES) def. Cayla Ray (PG) 6-0, 6-2<br />3. Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Sydney Geary (PG) 6-0, 6-1<br />4. Lauren Fling (WES) def. Amanda Jepsen (PG) 6-0, 6-0<br />5. C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Kasey McIntosh (PG) 6-1, 6-0<br />6. Maria Pallone (WES) def. Lindsay Bonacci (PG) 6-0, 6-0Doubles competition:<br />1. Gabby Eaborn/Mariah Turiano (WES) def. Shayla Landman /Corinne Kirk (PG) 8-2<br />2. Sydney Sterner/Lauren Fling (WES) def. Cayla Ray/Sydney Geary (PG) 8-2<br />3. Maria Pallone/C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Amanda Jepsen /Emily Frye (PG) 8-5 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2096 Call for Entries for the Titan Terror Project http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2094 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6355025589167966117.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Calling all amateur filmmakers on campus and off!  It's time to enter Westminster's own mini-movie competition, <a href='http://www.westminster.edu/ttp'><strong>The Titan Terror Project (TTP)</strong></a>.  TTP organizers say they received nearly 20 entries by the beginning of September and the call for entries remains open until the undeadline on Oct. 4.  Qualifying submissions must run three minutes or less and abide by the contest's rule of telling a scary story without gratuitous violence or gore.  'We want you to show off what you can do with your smart phone, but spare us the gross out scenes or excessive violence,' said Bradley Weaver, student media advisor for the Westminster Cable Network.  'Today you can watch episodes of the BBC's 'Dr. Who' and witness some creepy and compelling scenes without sending the kids from the room.  While FX's 'American Horror Story' can haunt your dreams, we don't want to slap a parental TV label for mature audiences only because of the sex, language or violence.  We want everyone to watch.'<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/10296012195' title='Titan Terror 4 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Titan Terror 4' height='480' src='https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/10296012195_e7134081e5_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>Previous student winners have focused on zombies, ghosts and even evil roommates.  Organizers say they'd love to see someone take on alien abductions or demonic library books that control the minds of students.<br />The Titan Terror Project has grown in popularity.  In 2004, nearly 100 students from Westminster and nearby high schools joined faculty and staff at Mueller Theater to view the top 10 entries and see who would walk away the top trophy.  This year's showcase takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/10424968465' title='Titan Terror 4 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Titan Terror 4' height='427' src='https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5547/10424968465_f68f8c7348_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>It's the fifth anniversary of the annual digital short festival.'Our runner up winners last year were from Grove City High School,' Weaver said.  'We hope more schools begin entering and we'd love to see alumni and people in town start submitting.  You don't need fancy titles and credits or even an expensive camera.  Use your iPhone to scare someone or just tell a short ghost story with a flashlight under your chin.  We love creative and cheesy and simple. The short entries that last  90 seconds or less tend to win.'<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/29794241?byline=0&color=ff0179' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'></iframe><a href='http://vimeo.com/29794241'>Interrupted</a> from <a href='http://vimeo.com/wcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>.All the entries are vetted by an opening panel of judges made up of invited students, faculty, alumni and staff. After the top 10 finalists are selected, the entries are handed over to the TTP Blue Ribbon Judge Panel.  This elite panel of faculty and alumni decides on which entry takes home the top trophy and title of TITAN TERROR 5 Winner.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/74863346?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'></iframe>This year's contest features a very nice trophy for the winner and a trophy for the runner up and audience favorite.  Organizers say they've moved away from any cash or prizes because they want to make this contest for the everyday person wanting to have some fun with their camera or phone.  This is about celebrating the amateur filmmaker and the cool stuff you can do with a cell phone. The contest is free to enter.Titan Terror 5 is open to any middle and high school student, members of the community and of course all Westminster faculty, staff, students, and alumni. REMEMBER: The 'undeadline' is midnight, Oct. 4. <a href='http://www.westminster.edu/ttp'><strong>The online, electronic entry form can be found here.</strong></a><a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15172277905' title='Titan Terror Project by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Titan Terror Project' height='222' src='https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3870/15172277905_7b674a36da_z.jpg' width='640' /></a> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2094