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Most Social Security recipients are rightly disappointed in the 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase that they will be receiving in 2020.

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As municipalities prepare for the annual Halloween festivities, with trick or treating at the top of the list for many area children anxiously awaiting the opportunity to be in disguise and collect a sugary bounty, safety should remain a top priority for everyone.

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Another fall season is upon us in its typical fashion of conjuring up all things pumpkin spice. Of course here in Western Pennsylvania, we have the opportunity to watch the leaves turn from healthy green to vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red.

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U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said last week that 15 defendants in cases involving the exploitation of children have been charged, pleaded guilty or were sentenced in recent weeks.

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A teen in the United Kingdom lost his eyesight to nutritional optic neuropathy, a condition most often seen in countries where nutritious food and the ability to eat a varied diet isn’t plentiful.

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Despite agreement across Pennsylvania that bullying in schools is a problem that needs much more preventive action, it is hard to imagine that proposals being prepared by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, will achieve passage without formidable challenges.

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Federal regulators should continue their current push for more consistent labeling to help consumers identify when food should no longer be kept for consumption.

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Pennsylvania’s status as the epicenter of a spotted lanternfly invasion — a hungry pest that found its way here from Asia — is much more than a backyard annoyance or an extra spraying chore for farmers. It has developed into a serious economic threat to vineyards, orchards, nurseries and har…

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It’s that time of year when fairgrounds all around the country come alive with the sights, smells and sounds of fun, food and entertainment.

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It’s easy to understand why opponents of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania are wary regarding the apparent “compromise” legislation that passed the state Senate on June 26, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Joseph Francis Knapp Sr.

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