Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:44:28 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/ 1 dead in western Pennsylvania mobile home fire http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2590 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8691283341007086898.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARMONY, Pa. (AP) - A man is dead after an explosion and fire ravaged his mobile home in Butler County.The blaze burned for more than two hours Thursday night on Beahm Crest Lane in rural Jackson Township.Firefighters say the victim was in his 70s. They haven't released his name.Assistant Fire Chief Dale Hall says the fire appeared to start in an outside wood burner next to the mobile home.No one else was injured. A state fire marshal is investigating.Jackson Township is in Butler County in the Zelienople area.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2590 Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2589 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1213161565184318965.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Freezing rain and wind chills in the teens have prompted school delays in western Pennsylvania, and scattered vehicle accidents, including an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 north of the city.That crash, near Wexford, had northbound traffic down to one lane during Friday's morning rush hour. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was hurt.Temperatures hovering just below freezing were causing rain to ice over roads in several areas.Dozens of school districts were delaying classes by an hour or two to give parents and buses more time to get children safely to school.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2589 Cameras put Pittsburgh's bald eagles back online http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2588 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg9082305106064824206.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - <a href='http://www.aswp.org/baldeaglecam.html'>A live video feed is again turning Pittsburgh into eagle country.</a>A round-the-clock stream featuring the city's beloved bald eagles went back online Thursday after volunteers mounted a pair of cameras in nearby trees.The cameras trained on the eagles' nest in the city's Hays neighborhood are back in time for the breeding season beginning in mid-January.The newspaper reports a stream from a single camera earlier this year captured the eagles' eggs hatching, chicks being fed, learning to fly and leaving the nest. It attracted 3.5 million views.Murrysville-based security PixController provided the cameras and is working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on the project.__Online: <a href='http://www.aswp.org/baldeaglecam.html'>http://www.aswp.org/baldeaglecam.html</a>Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2588 VIDEO: Underwater view of one of the training techniques of nationally ranked Titan swim & dive teams http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2585 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4441532560040161016.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams are both nationally ranked in the latest CollegeSwimming.com Division III rankings.Team members say they're training extra hard. WCN's Gabe Ferraro shows us a view from under the water of how the team is cranking up one training technique they use to make sure they do well in PACs and beyond.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='428' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/114286736?byline=0' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='760'></iframe>The rankings account for meets from November 3-December 14. The Titan men (5-0, 2-0 PAC) are ranked 20th in the country with 685.1 points, while the Titan women (5-1, 3-0 PAC) are ranked 33rd with 561.63 points.The ranking accounts for teams' top performances over the preceding month and is the only objective ranking of college swimming for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, and NJCAA.Westminster is idle until it travels to Eagle Rock, California to compete against Occidental College and Lewis & Clark College for their annual winter break trip on January 6 at 2 p.m. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2585 Saving Westminster history with digital technology http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2572 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5286594623471504078.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- An quiet effort to save history is underway in a part of McGill Library at Westminster College.  Staffers are doing it with modern technology as they preserve original, local, historical documents.These documents tell the story of Westminster College as they make up the archives of the student newspaper, <strong>The Holcad</strong>, and yearbook, <strong>The Argo</strong>.  Some of the documents date back to 1884.WCN's Nick Pizzuto shows us how the preservation effort is a chance for some to do some time traveling.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='400' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/114169142?byline=0&color=ff0179' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='711'></iframe><a href='http://vimeo.com/114169142'>Save The Holcad</a> from <a href='http://vimeo.com/wcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2572 Noyce Scholars receiving up to $30K each to become local STEM teachers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2587 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2164071943916380296.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - <strong>Westminster College</strong> recently awarded <strong>National Science Foundation</strong> <strong>Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship</strong> to four students for the first stage of a $1-million grant to create the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (<strong>STEM</strong>) teachers for local school districts.  It's part of the Westminster <strong>IQSTEM </strong>program.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/westminstercollege/15162582253' title='IMG_9333 by Westminster College, on Flickr'><img alt='IMG_9333' height='427' src='https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8569/15162582253_4d999747f9_z.jpg' width='640' /></a><strong>Torey DeAngelis</strong>, a senior mathematics major, is a daughter of Lyn DeAngelis of Lyndora and a graduate of Butler Area High School.<strong>Shawna Howard</strong>, a senior mathematics major, is a daughter of Robert and Cynthia Howard of Bristolville, Ohio, and a graduate of Bristol High School.<strong>Brooke Mancuso</strong>, a sophomore biology major, is a daughter of Louis and Margaret Mancuso of Wexford and a graduate of North Allegheny High School.<strong>Cody Postupac</strong>, a junior physics major, is a son of Thomas and Janet Postupac of Export and a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/westminstercollege/15596848767' title='IMG_9363 by Westminster College, on Flickr'><img alt='IMG_9363' height='427' src='https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7549/15596848767_e92b0b7350_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>Candidates for the scholarships completed an application and screening process that included three recommendations, an essay, a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and an interview by the selection committee. They also committ to teaching for local school districts in need of high quality STEM teachers.<br /> <br />Noyce scholars will receive a grant of up to $15,000 per year during their junior and senior years and stipends to: attend a conference during their junior year; present at a conference during their senior year; cover the cost of certification tests and application fees for teacher certification; and assist with summer teacher workshops. IQSTEM will create a total of 20 Noyce Scholars during the next five years. <a href='http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=P59fca304e87ba5fbb08dc1b5131bf75fZVl%2FS3ZuY2N2Ug&buffer=5&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&autoplay=1&brand=1&player=ap21'><strong>INSIDE THE BUBLE</strong></a>:  Listen to our interview podcast featuring our discussion with Education Professor <strong>Amy Camardese</strong> about the Noyce Fellowships and IQSTEM program.<br /><a href='http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=P59fca304e87ba5fbb08dc1b5131bf75fZVl%2FS3ZuY2N2Ug&buffer=5&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&autoplay=1&brand=1&player=ap21'><img border='0' height='91' src='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/poweredby.gif' target='_blank' width='372' /></a><object data='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/en_us/xplayer01.swf?v=28' style='width: 136px; height: 32px;' type='application/x-shockwave-flash'></object><object data='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/en_us/xplayer01.swf?v=28' style='width: 136px; height: 32px;' type='application/x-shockwave-flash'><br /> <param name='allowScriptAccess' value='sameDomain' /><br /> <param name='menu' value='false' /><br /> <param name='wmode' value='transparent' /><br /> <param name='movie' value='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/en_us/xplayer01.swf?v=28' /><br /> <param name='FlashVars' value='audioid=P59fca304e87ba5fbb08dc1b5131bf75fZVl%2FS3ZuY2N2Ug&buffer=5&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&brand=1&layout=ap21' /><br /> <param name='quality' value='best' /><br /></object><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <div style='width:650px;height:500px;text-align:center;margin:auto;'><object classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000' codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0' height='500' width='650'><param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwestminstercollege%2Fsets%2F72157646949313693%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwestminstercollege%2Fsets%2F72157646949313693%2F&set_id=72157646949313693' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='src' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' /><embed allowfullscreen='true' flashvars='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwestminstercollege%2Fsets%2F72157646949313693%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwestminstercollege%2Fsets%2F72157646949313693%2F&set_id=72157646949313693' height='500' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='650'></embed></object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2587 Women's Basketball: Titans Fall 72-47 to La Roche http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2586 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1053380121588764427.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 72-47, to La Roche College on the road Wednesday night.With the loss, the Titans fall to 1-6 overall. With the win, the Redhawks improve to 6-3 overall.  First-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) led the Titans with nine points. Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) and junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) registered seven points apiece. Fromknecht and Borts led Westminster on the glass with six rebounds each. Sophomore Morgan Haibach (Corry, PA / Corry Area) dished out a team-high three assists.The game was tied 14-14 with 9:45 remaining in the first half. La Roche, however, finished the half with a 22-6 run to lead 36-20 at halftime. The Redhawks maintained their double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.For the game, La Roche out-shot Westminster 42.0% (29-69) to 34.1% (15-44) and held a slight 36-33 rebound edge. La Roche's defense forced 30 turnovers, while Westminster forced 16.Westminster is back on the courts Monday, December 29, when it hosts Pitt-Greensburg at 4 p.m. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2586 Corbett weighs options in final weeks as governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2583 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4259625790342862321.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - His days as Pennsylvania governor numbered, Gov. Tom Corbett says his options for life outside of government could include working on a 2016 presidential campaign.In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Corbett said he has 'great interest' in the evolving field of potential candidates for the Republican nomination.Corbett will step down in January after serving one four-year term.Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible presidential hopeful, campaigned for Corbett in his unsuccessful re-election bid. Corbett says he knows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, also potential contenders.Corbett says he's not settled on any candidate, but would be available if the right candidate seeks his help.Corbett says he also might teach or accept a seat on a corporate board.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2583 Western Pa. Police: Man killed, dismembered mom and stepdad http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2582 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg664884957381129048.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing and dismembering his mother and stepfather.Allegheny County police charged 47-year-old Frederick C. Harris III on Wednesday with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in the deaths of 73-year-old Olivia and 76-year-old Lamar Gilbert.Neighbors say Harris had been living in their home recently. Olivia Gilbert's daughter asked Penn Hills police to check on the couple Tuesday afternoon after they hadn't been heard from since Saturday.Their body parts were found in trash bags and containers inside their house.Harris has been in custody since Tuesday. He is being arraigned overnight by a district magistrate. Court records don't list an attorney for him.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2582 Lawrence County teen gets new hearing in death of dad's pregnant girlfriend http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2581 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7368699327034266021.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County teen is getting a new chance to argue there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict him in the shooting death of his father's pregnant fiancee when the boy was 11 years old.The state Supreme Court on Monday sent the matter back to Lawrence County juvenile court to hold a hearing about the evidence used to convict Jordan Brown of the February 2009 shotgun killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son.One of Brown's lawyers, Lourdes Rosado, says his lawyers will file a motion seeking a new trial, arguing that his prior conviction in juvenile court went against the weight of the evidence.The 17-year-old Brown remains in a juvenile facility.Messages seeking comment from the attorney general's office weren't immediately returned.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2581 Pa. woman who used child porn to frame husband gets jail http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2580 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1597347094329144249.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman convicted of downloading child pornography to frame her estranged husband must spend six months to two years in county jail.Meri Jane Woods, 43, was sentenced Monday by an Indiana County judge who rejected her attorney's request for leniency and flexibility to start serving the sentence after the holidays.A jury previously found Woods downloaded 40 images to the family computer, took it to police in August 2013 and blamed Matthew Woods for the material.But when police examined time stamps, they determined the images had been downloaded more than two weeks after Meri Woods had her husband kicked out of their Clymer-area home with a protection-from-abuse order.Woods continues to deny wrongdoing saying, 'I only wanted to protect my children.' Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2580 Women's Basketball: Titans Snap 5-Game Skid, Top Medaille 66-62 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2584 BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Westminster College women's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak after a 66-62 non-conference win at Medaille College on Monday. A second-half surge, including a 16-0 run, guided the Titans to victory.With the win, the Titans improved to 1-5 overall. With the loss, the Mavericks dropped to 3-4 overall.The Mavericks were ahead 24-8 with 9:05 to play in the first half. The Titans, however, closed out the half with a 24-8 run to knot the game at 32 at intermission.Westminster continued its hot streak in the second half with a 16-0 run, capped off with a three-pointer by senior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville), with 14:54 remaining in the game.Medaille eventually tied the game at 55 with 2:11 to play. After the Titans regained the lead, the Mavericks cut Westminster's lead to 64-62 with 14 seconds to play. Westminster sealed the victory after senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) knocked down a pair of free throws.Four Titans scored in double figures, led by junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) with 14 points. First-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) scored a career-high 13 points, while Grandy and Borts scored 10 points each. Marsh and Grandy both registered a double-double as they both had a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) added nine points and six rebounds.Westminster out-shot Medaille 43.1% (25-58) to 32.8% (22-67) and out-rebounded the Mavericks, 49-34. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2584 Man found guilty of fatally stabbing police dog http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2579 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-123792529070107720.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog in an incident that prompted state lawmakers to stiffen the penalty for harming police animals.An Allegheny County judge didn't immediately set a sentencing date after 22-year-old Stowe Township resident John Rush was convicted Monday of a charge of torture of a police animal.Police say Rush stabbed the dog in the back and wounded two officers trying to arrest him in January on warrants for violating probation and failing to register as a sex offender.Rush also was convicted of 10 of 11 other charges he faced. He was acquitted of a charge he burglarized a building.Rush says he stabbed the dog in self-defense. He faces up to seven years in prison on the dog charge, which now carries up to 10 years in prison.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2579 First health coverage deadline arrives on exchange http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2578 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1204676956746644256.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvanians who are seeking health insurance through the federally run exchange are bumping up against a deadline if they want coverage by Jan. 1.If they miss Monday's deadline, they can still enroll through the exchange through Feb. 15.New enrollment figures in Pennsylvania aren't available through the federal government. Non-profit health care advocates are active trying to help people sign up and say they're strengthening their focus on harder-to-reach populations, including those in more rural areas and immigrants.More than 317,000 Pennsylvanians signed up for coverage through a policy sold on the exchange during the first enrollment period from October 2013 through March.That's according to the federal government. It hasn't said how many Pennsylvanians remain on an insurance plan sold on the exchange.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2578 Edinboro U, Penelec to train electrical workers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2577 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7240385747585590873.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Edinboro University and Penelec plans to team up to train students to work on electrical utility lines and substations.The Erie Times-News says Penelec president Scott Wyman and the school's president, Julie Wollman, were to detail the partnership at a news conference Monday afternoon.According to a Penelec news release, a 'high percentage' of a two-year Power System institute program will be offered jobs with the utility. It was not immediately clear when the new program will begin or how many students it will accommodate.Edinboro is a state-owned university in northwestern Pennsylvania. Penelec is a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy, and supplies power to several Pennsylvania counties.Officials with the school and the utility declined to release details in advance of the news conference. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2577 Flags at half-staff for officer killed in crash http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2576 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3403557267982227490.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PERRYOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered flags at the state Capitol and two western Pennsylvania counties to be flown at half-staff to honor a western Pennsylvania police officer killed in an on-duty crash.The flags at state facilities in Fayette and Westmoreland counties will also be lowered until sunset the day that Perryopolis Officer Richard Champion is buried. His funeral arrangements were pending Monday.Champion was killed when his cruiser collided with another vehicle while he was trying to catch up to a suspected speeder on Route 51 on Sunday afternoon. State police are blaming the other driver for the crash, which happened while Champion's lights and siren were on.That man hasn't been charged but remains in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2576 DA expects charges soon in $1.2M township thefts http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2575 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2974695965055313226.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - The district attorney says he hopes to file charges before Christmas in the theft of $1.2 million from a Lawrence County township.Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa says he will push for a prison sentence and won't agree to probation or house arrest after he files charges in the Shenango Township investigation.Lamancusa won't say who will be charged, but his office has previously obtained search warrants for records kept by Brian Tanner, who was fired as the secretary/treasurer in July. Tanner doesn't have a listing for a working home telephone.Tanner was fired after an audit determined he wrote more than 200 checks worth more than $453,000 to himself and a township auditor - who has also been fired - from 2011 to 2013.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2575 A 'different kind' of Pa. gov, Wolf pays his way http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2574 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5791833873187901845.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vowed in his campaign to be 'a different kind of governor' and he's raising eyebrows as he demonstrates what that means.This week, the businessman-turned-politician said he'll break with tradition and solicit private contributions to finance the transition from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration to his new Democratic one.Wolf says taxpayers should not have to bear that cost. But the director of Pennsylvania Common Cause contends the transition is an official government task and taxpayers should foot the bill.Wolf also refuses to accept a salary as governor, bars his transition team members from accepting gifts and plans to rent office space for his state police security detail when it guards him at his private residence, where he plans to live as governor.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2574 Marchers in Pennsylvania join national protests http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2573 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4690119339726409874.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Marchers in Pennsylvania joined protests across the nation aimed at calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.More than 100 people gathered Saturday at the Capitol in Harrisburg calling for changes to state, local and national police policies.They referenced the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.But they also cited the 2006 death of 26-year-old Adeleno Oliver-Horton, who was shot after a struggle with an officer who thought he was reaching for a weapon rather than a cellphone.In Philadelphia, more than 100 people marched silently around and through City Hall handing out black cards that each bore the name of someone killed by police over the past few decades.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2573 Camera set to capture hatching of penguins in Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2571 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2710655243706782436.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A high-resolution, infrared camera is set up, ready to capture the pending hatching of two penguins at a Pittsburgh zoo.The eggs laid about a month ago are expected to hatch sometime next week at the <a href='http://www.aviary.org/penguincam/index.html'>National Aviary</a>.The parents, Sidney and Bette, had two other sets of chicks at the zoo in 2012 and last year.The aviary's managing director calls the webcast a way to raise awareness about the plight of penguins as well as what the facility does to care for them.The Penguin Point exhibit encompasses 17 African penguins. There are fewer than 20,000 of them currently living in the wild.The new chicks will live with Sidney and Bette for a month or so.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2571 Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity dedicating home just in time for Christmas http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2570 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1604469532291268492.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- Organizers of Lawrence County's Chapter of Habitat for Humanity say they will dedicate their 23rd home on Thursday, December 18th at 10 a.m.  on Madison Avenue in Mahoningtown.Habitat officials say they owe special thanks to the Church of Genesis for the donation of the land where this house now sits. Through donations of money and materials and volunteer labor, Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity was able to build the home and sell it at an affordable price. The Thornton family purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and their monthly mortgage payments will be used to fund the building of more Habitat houses in Lawrence County.'Having a place to call 'home' means so much more than a roof over your head, it is a safe haven, a place that belongs to family which in turn, allows the Habitat family to grow strong bonds together, strengthening themselves amd the community around them,' Habitat Chapter Executive Director Teri L. Perry said.  'We are so fortunate that God has allowed us to partner with Anika and Kay'oni in this home build!'Habitat also thanks the following: Teri Miles & Mike Cantakis, Castle Builders Supply, Inc., Central Heating & Plumbing, Desco Lighting, Dunkin' Donuts, Ed Stevens Masonry, Ken Shiderly Construction, Lear Crane, LLC, Pitzulo Brothers, Pizza Joe's, Pressure Seal, T.C. Redi-Mix, Venango Supply, Wilson Lumber and the many people that gave devotions and prepared and delivered lunches to all the hungry workers.Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity is a Non-Profit Christian organization that builds homes for families in need.  Along with many dedicated volunteers and generous donors, we have been serving the needs of people in this area since 1997.  We have placed 23 families in homes thus far!  We are looking forward to our next home build in 2015!  We have chosen a family, are in the process of choosing a build site and will break ground in the Spring. If you would like to partner with us in any aspect of this new home, you may contact the office by phone at (724) 652-3438, <a href='http://www.lchfh-pa.org'>http://www.lchfh-pa.org</a> and visit the chapter's Facebook page for updates. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2570 Pittsburgh firm offering 'moon mail' delivery http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2569 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-393269894451733380.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh firm working with Carnegie Mellon University to put a lunar rover on the moon next year is trying to help pay for the trip by offering to 'mail' personal keepsakes to the moon.Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon are competing for $20 million in an international contest sponsored by Google to promote private exploration.Astrobotic on Thursday launched <a href='https://www.astrobotic.com/moon-mail/'>moonmail.co</a>, a website that lets people sign up to send their keepsakes.The money people spend for their tiny MoonMail packages - $460 to $25,800 depending on the size - will help Astrobotic fund the rocket launch.Astrobotic has leased a rocket built by a private California firm to get the lunar rover to the moon. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2569 AG charges New Castle firm in storage tank blast http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2568 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3958164337260006133.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - The attorney general's office says a Lawrence County fuel company violated state environmental protection laws that led to a storage tank explosion that killed a welder last year.Reed Oil Co. of New Castle has been charged with two counts of violating those regulations at the plant of one of its subsidiaries, Brownies Oil Co. in Pymatuning Township.Thirty-seven-year-old Brian Krauss, of New Castle, was killed when the tank exploded while he was reattaching a catwalk to the top of a storage tank on Aug. 19, 2013.The attorney general contends Reed Oil violated the law because Krauss allegedly didn't have the proper certification to work on the tanks and because the tank that exploded and three others hadn't been properly inspected for more than 10 years.Reed Oil declined comment Thursday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2568 Snow advisory now storm warning in parts of western Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2567 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-796200852053194788.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The National Weather Service has upgraded a winter weather advisory in northwestern Pennsylvania to a winter storm warning.The weather service now says up to 10 inches of snow is possible in Crawford and Erie counties by 11 p.m. Friday.The same system is expected to produce three to six inches in Warren and McKean counties by Thursday night.Flurries were forecast farther south, with the Pittsburgh area expecting less than an inch of snow. More was possible in the Laurel Mountains east and southeast of the city.Clearfield and Dauphin counties remain under an advisory through 1 p.m. Thursday and were forecast to receive two to three inches of snow. Centre County, home to Penn State's main campus, should get two to five inches.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2567 Pittsburgh Police to Get Body Cameras http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2566 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2373655500849225628.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says he's allocating $650,000 from next year's budget to outfit the city's entire police force with body cameras.The administration said Monday it expects federal funding for a nationwide body camera initiative to match city funds diverted from senior centers and splash zones.That'll cover the estimated $1.3 million cost.President Obama has asked Congress to provide $263 million for 50,000 body cameras and training for local police departments.Demands for police to wear the cameras have increased since an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in August.Pittsburgh's city council will take a final vote on Peduto's proposed budget on Dec. 15. He's calling for the city to spend $508 million on operations and $76.6 million on capital expenses.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2566 Wolf plans to live at his home instead Governor's mansion http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2565 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3568780163310894076.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's governor-elect, Tom Wolf, plans to use his own money to rent office space for state police security officers while they are guarding him at his private residence, where he plans to live as governor.Wolf's transition team isn't saying how much he'll pay for the office space. Wolf's spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan is only saying that he'll pay 'full market value.'Decades of governors have lived at the governor's official residence along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, where there is space for the security team. But Wolf prefers to live at his residence in Mount Wolf, about 20 miles south of Harrisburg.Wolf also isn't taking the governor's salary of nearly $191,000 in 2015. The businessman reported $1.3 million in adjusted gross income in 2013.He takes office Jan. 20.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2565 Pa. deer hunters find ATM in the woods http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2564 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1425169006855697317.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> FLEETWOOD, Pa. (AP) - They were looking for deer. They found a cash machine instead.State police say a father and son stumbled upon an ATM while hunting Saturday in an eastern Pennsylvania woods.Now troopers want to know where the machine came from and how it wound up in the woods.They issued an appeal Tuesday asking the public for help.They say they don't know how long the machine was in the woods or how much, if any, money is inside.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2564 Mercer County high-rise victims can't return yet http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2563 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5817845546498947155.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WHEATLAND, Pa. (AP) - Some tenants of a fire-damaged Mercer County senior citizens' high-rise won't return to their apartments until the end of January.That's according to Karen Twinem, a spokeswoman for National Church Residences which owns Buchanan Manor in Wheatland.A third-floor apartment burned just before midnight Wednesday after its tenant smoked in bed. That tenant and all others in the five-story, 40-unit building got out safely.Twinem says residents of 20 units on the fourth and fifth floors will return after fire alarms and sprinklers are fixed, probably by Tuesday. Residents in 17 other apartments with less serious smoke and water damage should return by Christmas.Residents in the unit that burned, and apartments on either side, probably won't return until late January.The displaced residents are staying in hotels or with family members. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2563 Ex-judge in porn scandal gets $11K monthly pension http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2562 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4232393224441301619.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice who quit in late October after being linked to a pornographic government email scandal is collecting an $11,000-a-month public pension.The State Employees' Retirement System told The Associated Press on Monday that Seamus McCaffery cashed out $455,000 of his own contributions plus interest.His years of service include time in the military and as a judge in Philadelphia and on state Superior Court.McCaffery stepped down in October after seven years on the state's highest court. His colleagues had suspended him amid ethics investigations that dealt in part with his role sending or receiving emails with explicit content or pornographic images.McCaffery didn't return a call to his former chambers, where a phone machine is taking his messages.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2562 2 western Pa. teens charged with not helping stricken player http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2561 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8967718311693148855.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Two 18-year-old men have been arraigned and jailed on involuntary manslaughter and other charges because police say they did nothing while a 17-year-old member of a championship high school football team lay dying in the back seat of a car.Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi says Monday's autopsy is complete on the body of Dominick Treemarchi, but her findings won't be release pending further investigation.Monaca police have charged Noah Lalama, of Monaca, and Terell Shelton, of Bellevue, in Treemarchi's death. He was a backup lineman for Central Valley High School, which is scheduled to play Friday for the PIAA Class AAA championship in Hershey on Friday.Police arrested the men Sunday after finding Treemarchi's body in a car parked near Lalama's. Someone called police after seeing two people moving a body from one car to another.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2561 Ex-wife, son held in death of man behind Lawrrence County market http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2560 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5011408447007872310.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - Police say a man killed behind a western Pennsylvania grocery store apparently was beaten to death by his ex-wife and her son.Police say Lisa Jones-Orock and Zachary Jones have confessed to beating 57-year-old Fombell resident Gerald Lee Orock Jr. with a club near the loading dock of Loccisano's Golden Dawn late Sunday night. The store is in the woman and her son's hometown, Ellwood City, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.Police in March had charged Jones-Orock with trying to slice Orock's genitals with a box cutter. But those charges were dropped. Police say the couple had a history of domestic disputes.Jones-Orock and her son were in custody and awaiting arraignment Monday on criminal homicide charges. Online court records don't list attorneys for them.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2560 Report: Pa. has 4th highest paid private college president http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2559 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8154221785080504060.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The head of the University of Pennsylvania is among the highest paid private college presidents in the country.The Chronicle of Higher Education reports Penn's Amy Gutmann made $2.5 million in 2012, ranking her fourth behind counterparts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Quinnipiac and Columbia.The Chronicle on Monday released the results of its survey of the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.Six other Pennsylvania presidents ranked among the top 100.John Fry at Drexel was No. 28 with just over $1 million.James Harris at Widener was No. 37 with just under $1 million.Lehigh's Alice Gast ranked No. 50 with $884,907.Carnegie Mellon's Jared Cohon ranked No. 52 with $870,672.Dickinson College's William Durden was No. 91 with $652,765.Bucknell's John Bravman finished No. 98 with $628,094.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2559 102-year-old western Pa. man dies day after Eagle Scout honor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2557 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2396003813386306102.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CARNEGIE, Pa. (AP) - A 102-year-old Pittsburgh-area man has died a day after receiving the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.Bernard Queneau (kweh-NOH') died Sunday.Esther Queneau tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1w6iajm ) that her husband 'just hung on' so he could receive the award Saturday. That also happened to be her 90th birthday.The Scott Township man received the honor from the Laurel Highlands Boy Scout Council and the National Eagle Scout Association.The award was established in 1969 for those who have been Eagle Scouts for more than 25 years and continued to demonstrate outstanding career achievement. Fewer than 2,200 people have received the award.Bernard Queneau volunteered for 20 years with Meals on Wheels, volunteered at a local library and as an escort at St. Clair Hospital.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2557 GC College offers studies in New York City http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2556 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5562384892681435171.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) A private Christian college in Mercer County is partnering to send its students to study abroad at a similar school in New York City.Under the program, Grove City College will send up to three students a year to study for a semester at The King's College. The students in Grove City's Entrepreneurship, Business, and Communications & Visual Arts programs will be able to take courses in business, media, journalism and politics at the New York school.The school is hoping the study abroad program will help students network in a world-class city so they can find internships and make other connections to help their careers.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2556 Body behind Lawrence County market killed in fight http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2555 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1904486019574751813.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - State police say a man whose body was found behind a western Pennsylvania grocery store was apparently beaten to death in a fight.Troopers from New Castle say the dead man is 57-year-old Gerald Lee Orock Jr., of Fombell.Police say someone reported a fight near the loading dock of Loccisano's Golden Dawn about 11 p.m. Sunday. Police arrived to find the dead body, but nobody else in the area.Police say in a news release that they're following several leads, but have yet to release details or whether they have a suspect or suspects in mind. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2555 Swimming & Diving: Both Titan Teams Finish Fourth at Wooster Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2554 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8617087358400195620.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WOOSTER, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both placed fourth at the Wooster Invitational, held at Wooster High School from Thursday through Saturday. The event included schools from Division II and Division III.The Titan men's team finished with 1042.5 points out of nine schools, while the Titan women's team posted 1041.5 points out 11 schools. Both teams combined for a total score of 2084 for third-place.Titan senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) highlighted the night with a record-performance in the 200 backstroke. He broke the pool, meet, and school record with a first-place NCAA provisional time of 1:48.59. Brooks also placed second in the 100 backstroke (49.82) and third in the 500 freestyle (20.92).Junior Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) also earned an NCAA provisional mark as he placed third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.95. Baurle achieved a faster NCAA provisional time in the preliminaries at 2:06.50. Baurle also notched a fourth-place in the 100 breaststroke (58.10).Brooks and Baurle teamed up with first-year Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin) and junior Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak) for a fourth-place time of 1:34.79 in the 200 medley relay. The duo also teamed up with Kolesar and first-year Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) for a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:23.95).Junior Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) and Kolesar placed third in their respective events: Karper in the 100 backstroke (51.72) and Kolesar in the 100 butterfly (50.43). Freshman Nate Kern (Gibsonia, PA / Pine Richland) also placed third in the 1-meter dive with a score of 349.90.       Stahara and senior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) placed fourth in their respective events: Stahara in the 500 freestyle (4:44.51) and Smith in the 1,650 freestyle (16:39.25).First-year Megan Douds (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) achieved three individual top-5 finishes and was part of a fifth-place relay team. Douds placed third in the 100 butterfly (58.46), fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.27), and fifth in the 200 butterfly (2:11.29). Douds also teamed up with sophomore Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston), junior Sara Peace (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk), and senior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) for a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.68). Rozick also placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (59.52).    Tillie was also part of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished second with at time of 8:01.05. Senior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), sophomore Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) completed the quartet.Wyland also placed third in the 1,650 freestyle (18:11.29), while Tower finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.24). First-year Stephanie Dorsch (Harmony, PA / Seneca Valley) placed fourth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 332.15.    Westminster is idle until it travels to Eagle Rock, California to compete against Occidental College and Lewis & Clark College for their annual winter break trip on January 6 at 2 p.m. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2554 Activists stage protest in Pittsburgh area mall http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2553 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6574964207209878780.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Activists ignored a request to demonstrate on public property and marched through a Pittsburgh-area mall to protest the failure of two grand juries to indict white officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.Dozens of protesters walked through the Ross Park Mall for about 30 minutes on Saturday afternoon, holding signs and chanting 'All lives matter.' They also staged a 'die-in' by lying on the floor.Police and mall security accompanied the protesters. There were no arrests.Ross Park management had said protests were not allowed inside the mall, which is private property. The mall released a statement after the protest ended saying the mall is open and 'operating as usual.'Protesters around the country have been rallying over what they view as police brutality and a broken justice system.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2553 Wolf's claim of a $1B drilling tax prediction might off http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2552 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6433495073983771519.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania's incoming governor might have been off the mark by hundreds of millions of dollars when he said during his campaign that a new severance tax on natural gas drillers would raise more than $1 billion.Democrat Tom Wolf is pushing a 5 percent tax on gas pulled from the Marcellus Shale, saying drillers are failing to pay their fair share while state government and school districts grapple with persistent fiscal crises. He made the tax a centerpiece of his successful gubernatorial campaign.But his estimate that such a levy would raise $1 billion assumes a rebound in the wholesale price of natural gas. At current prices and production, a 5 percent severance tax would produce about $675 million a year.His spokesman says a tax on low-priced gas would still raise significantly more revenue that the state's existing fee on drillers.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2552 Men's Basketball: Titans Fall to Saints in PAC Opener http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2551 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6389497204235773876.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 71-57, to Thomas More College on the road Saturday in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action.  With the loss, the Titans fell to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in PAC. With the win, the Saints improved to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference.Three Titans scored in double-digits, led by freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) with 17 points. Junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) and freshman Jarret Vrabel (Canfield, OH / Canfield) registered 11 and 10 points respectively. Vrabel recorded his second double-double of the season as he pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.The Saints went up 6-0 early in the first half with 16:49 on the clock. The Titans responded with an 8-2 run to cut Thomas More's lead to 10-8. The Saints answered with a 28-10 run to extend their lead to 38-18 with 2:38 remaining in the half. Westminster finished the half with a 7-2 run, cutting the Saints' lead to 40-28 at intermission.The Titans opened the second half on a 19-10 run to cut the lead to 50-44 with 9:17 to play in the game. However, that would be as close as Westminster would come as Thomas More led by as many as 16 points and closed out the game on a 21-13 run for the 71-57 victory.Thomas More out-shot Westminster 48.2% (27-56) to 44.4% (24-54). Both teams had 31 rebounds.Westminster is idle until December 20 when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa. to play La Roche College at 3 p.m. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2551 Women's Basketball: Titans Fall at Nationally Ranked Thomas More, 110-38 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2550 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3099130091997769598.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 110-38, to nationally ranked Thomas More College on the road Saturday in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action. The Saints remained undefeated with a 6-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the conference, while the Titans fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the PAC.Thomas More's defense forced 36 Titan turnovers and didn't allow any Titan to score in double-digits. Thomas More's offense had six players in double-figures, led by Sydney Moss with 23 points.The Saints out-shot the Titans 52.4% (43-82) to 29.3% (12-41) and out-rebounded Westminster 46-30.Titan sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) led the Titans with nine points. Senior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) and first-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) added six points each. First-year Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) and senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led Westminster on the glass with four rebounds apiece. Quinn also pocketed a team-high three steals.Westminster will look to snap a five-game skid when it travels to Medaille College in Buffalo, New York for its make-up game on Monday, December 15. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2550 Soccer: Both Titan Teams Earn NSCAA Team Academic Award (VIDEO) http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2549 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6137680145467746988.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> KANSAS CITY, Ks. ---Westminster College was one of only 208 schools of all divisions to have both its men's and women's soccer programs recognized with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/westminstercollege/15617594985' title='9Q9D0833 by Westminster College, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5606/15617594985_fb01dd6d2d_z.jpg' width='640' height='427' alt='9Q9D0833'></a>To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.The Titan men's team posted a grade point average (GPA) of 3.09, while the Titan women's team posted a GPA of 3.38.Both teams were under the guidance of head coach Girish Thakar.  Find out more about Coach Thakar and is approach to leading both men's and women's team in this video.<iframe src='//player.vimeo.com/video/111566013?byline=0&amp;color=ff0179' width='711' height='400' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <a href='http://vimeo.com/111566013'>WC's Head Soccer Coach Girish Thakar</a> from <a href='http://vimeo.com/wcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2549 Track & Field: Westminster Opens Indoor Season at YSU Icebreaker http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2547 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8155004322538449891.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's track & field teams opened their 2014-15 indoor season on Friday at the Youngstown State Icebreaker. A selected number of Titans competed.For the women's team, sophomore two-time indoor All-American Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) captured the lone Titan win as she placed first in the pole vault with a mark of 3.80 meters (12'5.50'), while sophomore All-American Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) placed fourth as she cleared 3.40 meters (11'1.75'). Junior Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) placed 16th in a field of 35 runners in the 400 meter dash (1:01.66).    For the men's team, junior Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) made his presence felt in the throws as he placed eighth in the weight throw (12.07 meters/39'7.25') and seventh in the shot put (13.58 meters/44'6.75'). Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) tied for sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.10 meters (13'5.25'). Junior Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) placed 21st in the 400 meter dash (52.88) and was also the fourth leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that placed sixth with a time of 3:30.26. Completing the quartet were junior Anthony Yasko (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), senior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), and sophomore Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler).    Westminster will next compete at Oberlin College on Friday, January 9. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2547 Women's Basketball: Titans Raise Awareness for Brain Cancer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2548 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-193635292932231002.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team honored Lauren Hill, who has an inoperable tumor, during their game at Chatham University on Wednesday with wearing '#Layup4Lauren' T-shirts.Hill played basketball for Division III Mount St. Joseph. Hill has helped to raise more than $324,000 for cancer research and treatment.Read more of Hill's story by visiting <a href='http://www.thecurestartsnow.org'>www.thecurestartsnow.org</a> and <a href='http://layup4lauren.org/'>http://layup4lauren.org/</a>. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2548 Swimming & Diving: Titans Compete in Day 2 of Wooster Invite; Brooks Sets School Record http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2546 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5261870518930422840.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WOOSTER, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed in day two of the three-day Wooster Invitational hosted by The College of Wooster on Friday.The Titan women's team currently stands fourth out of 11 schools with 697.5 points, while the Titan men's team stands fifth out of nine schools with 688.5 points.For the women's team, sophomore Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.24) and was the second leg in the 800 freestyle relay team that placed second with a time of 8:01.05. Completing the quartet were senior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), and sophomore Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston). First-year Megan Douds (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) placed third in the 100 butterfly (58.46), while senior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (59.52). First-year Stephanie Dorsch (Harmony, PA / Seneca Valley) placed fourth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 332.15.  Senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) broke a school-record as he placed second in the 100 backstroke, breaking his own school-record with an NCAA provisional time of 49.82. Brooks was also the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that placed fourth with a time of 1:34.79. Junior Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin), and senior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) completed the quartet.  Kolesar also placed third in the 100 butterfly (50.43), while Baurle placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (58.10). Junior Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) touched third in the 100 backstroke (51.72). First-year diver Nate Kern (Gibsonia, PA / Pine Richland) scored 349.90 points for third place.         The third and final day of the Invite starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow for the preliminaries. The finals will begin at 5 p.m. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2546 Pa. infant blinded by hunter's bullet returns home http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2545 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6937369820789474950.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLUNE, Pa. (AP) - An infant blinded by a hunter's stray bullet that came through his living room window has returned to his Pennsylvania home.Shayne Iverson returned home near Saltsburg on Wednesday after spending more than two months in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.The boy was 6 days old when his father, 42-year-old Jeremie Iverson, was cuddling the boy on their couch on Sept. 25. Doctors have said the boy likely survived because the bullet that hit his head exited through his eye socket rather than hitting his brain.Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty has said the hunter had an agricultural deer control permit. No charges have been filed, though investigators have continued to review whether game regulations or other laws were violated.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2545 Kane won't defend NRA-backed law on firearms rules http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2544 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2543683334840839437.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's attorney general is leaving it to the governor to defend a lawsuit challenging a National Rifle Association-backed law that was designed to dismantle illegal municipal firearms ordinances.Gov. Tom Corbett's office said Friday that it's defending the law against a challenge led by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office sent word earlier this week that she wouldn't defend it.Kane's office says it's more efficient and in the best interest of Pennsylvania for the governor's lawyers to defend the law.The law signed by Corbett last month widens the ability of the NRA or gun owners to successfully sue over municipal firearms ordinances. It takes effect in the coming weeks.Democrat Tom Wolf takes office Jan. 20. His campaign said recently that he opposes the law.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2544 Pa. college facing federal sexual violence probe http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2543 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2088849604626707868.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania college is the latest institution facing a federal investigation into the handing of a sexual violence allegation.An Elizabethtown College spokeswoman says Friday the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights notified the school near Lancaster of the investigation Nov. 24.Elizabeth Braungard confirmed the complaint stems from an alleged sexual violence incident and that it alleges the college 'engaged in discrimination and retaliation against a student.'Braungard says the college's president notified faculty and staff Friday. She says the college is complying with the investigating and has begun gathering requested documents.Elizabethtown is among a half-dozen Pennsylvania schools and about 90 nationwide under investigation. The others include Penn State, Temple and Franklin and Marshall.Elizabethtown reported seven forcible sexual offenses in 2013 and one in 2012.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2543 WC Student & Vietnam Vet to Graduate 50 Years after Starting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2540 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8290043393099509330.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Mark Fowler, a Westminster College Latin major, will complete the requirements for his degree later this month, more than 50 years after entering as a freshman.The Mt. Lebanon native who now lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., grew up in a family with well-educated parents - his father earned two doctorates - who expected their children to go to college.  Fowler came to Westminster in the 1960s to fulfill those expectations but left after three years 'academically weak, tired and unable to decide on a major.'  Without his family's knowledge Fowler joined the Marine Corps: 'Needless to say, my parents were not happy with me.'The Marines trained Fowler in electronics and he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  Nearly a dozen years later he left the military with the rank of staff sergeant and worked in the food service industry for more than 25 years.  Since retiring, he's been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, hospice and 'anything to keep busy.'  One of the items on his bucket list was to complete his college degree. He had originally planned to return six years ago until he was told it would require a two-year commitment due to changes in graduation requirements.  He looked at a school closer to his home but found it 'cold.'  Unwilling to give up his goal, Fowler took a class or two when and where he could fit it in.  With the extra credits, he was able to pare down the required time at Westminster to the capstone and a cluster course, which could be taken in a single semester.Everything was in place for Fowler to return in January.  However, the losses of his brother, who had been his biggest supporter and cheerleader, and his great niece, paired with his own surgeries and recuperation, put that plan on hold until the fall semester.'It has been challenging but it's been fun!' Fowler said, citing dress code, food options, the library and technology as the most significant changes since he was last a student.  'The professors have bent over backward to accommodate me and the staff [in McKelvey Campus Center, where Fowler works at the Information Desk] have become like family.  It took the students a little longer to warm up to me, but we've had some great discussions.''Mark has been the greatest addition to campus,' said the Rev. Jim Mohr, Westminster chaplain, whose office is just around the corner from the Information Desk.  'We've shared books, coffee and life experiences in the weeks he's been here.'Fowler will earn his bachelor of arts degree in Latin this month and will return, with at least 12 guests, for commencement in May 2015. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2540 Pittsburgh mayor dresses up for 'Undercover Boss' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2542 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6033049794789754857.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Hey, that trash man looks familiar!A disguised Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto recently joined the city's government's rank-and-file for an upcoming episode of CBS's hit reality show 'Undercover Boss.'The episode airing Dec. 21 shows the 50-year-old mayor as a garbage collector, carpenter, and a forestry worker sawing down trees.Peduto, a Democrat, donned a wig and fake beard to blend in with city workers.He says CBS approached him in June after seeing a clip of him on YouTube. He says he beat out several other mayors being considered for the show.Peduto says going undercover was the only chance he'll ever have to hear what people say about him when he's not around.He says the show provided a great opportunity to show off the Steel City.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2542 Westminster SAAC Raises Awareness and Funds for the Wounded Warrior Project http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2541 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-9114084208126015217.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) completed a community service project supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.In the week leading up to a Veterans' Day recognition event planned for Westminster's final home football game of the season, SAAC reps distributed information and collected donations to support the Wounded Warrior Project. At the football game, SAAC reps also sold homemade baked goods to raise funds.  A total of $336.63 was raised through the bake sale and other donations to the project.Three senior SAAC reps, Lauren Fling (Norton, OH/Norton HS - Tennis), Carly Leffakis (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic HS - Softball), and Jenny Jones (Erie, PA/Fort LeBoeuf HS - Cross Country/Track & Field) took the lead in organizing the fundraising and bake sale. Those three student-athletes were joined by other SAAC members and supporters of Titan athletics in contributing the homemade baked goods.'This was a new initiative for our campus SAAC this year and it was great to see it be successful,' noted Westminster Director of Athletics Jim Dafler.  'All of the credit goes to Lauren, Carly, and Jenny for their efforts. I hope some of the underclass SAAC reps will follow the lead of these three young women and this project will become an annual fundraising initiative for SAAC.'Other annual Westminster SAAC community service projects include involvement with Special Olympics bowling and basketball, a Field Day for area 4th-grade students, and organizing campus dodge ball and kickball tournaments to benefit worthy causes.The Wounded Warrior Project is a military/veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of military actions and their families. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2541