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The Federal Drug Administration has recently put a ban on the sale of some flavored products that are used by e-cigarettes and other vaping devices in an effort to dissuade teenagers from continuing or starting the habit.

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If it weren’t for the existence and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania’s deer population, especially in this part of the commonwealth, last Saturday’s opening of the firearms deer season would have had virtually no major concern besides the always important issue of safety.

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Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas.

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Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that.

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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.

Death Notices

BEATTY - Robert H. Sr., 89, of Stewartstown, West Virginia, formerly of Dilliner, February 3.

HAYDEN - Robert F., 74, of Waynesburg, February 3.

HOWARD - Donald S., 70, of Mount Morris, January 30.

MOORE - Mary Jo (Hopkins), 79, of Rogersville, February 2.

MURRAY - Clancy A., 82, of Jefferson, February 1.

SANTEE - Katherine J. (Huffman), 99, of Waynesburg, January 31.

THOMAS - Billy Jackson, 91, of Waynesburg, January 30.

THOMAS - William P. Jr., 91, of Waynesburg, January 29.

WHITE - Larry Pete, 74, of Dilliner, (Poland Mines), February 2.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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