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Too bad for Democrats that Bill de Blasio is mayor of New York City, and not the mayor of a city in a state narrowly carried by Donald Trump in 2016 - the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, say; or Ann Arbor, Michigan; or even Pittsburgh.

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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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Cheers to the Fayette County commissioners for relocating a North Union Township-area magistrate’s office to a more secure location. The board voted unanimously last week to approve a 10-year lease for Magisterial District Judge Nathan Henning’s office, moving it from Johnston Avenue to Nick…

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The year was 1965 and my 16th birthday was rapidly approaching in the month of March. My mother and I used to frequent what would be called a "convenience store" in today’s world, located on Morrell Avenue in the city of Connellsville near Greenwood Heights. The owners of the store were a hu…

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It was reported by Fox News this week that ISIS-affiliated gunmen had attacked a wedding ceremony in Iraq and slaughtered over 50 innocent people. Some see this as a new attempt by the Muslim radicals to reestablish an Islamic Caliphate. Yet the reports were scarcely mentioned or wholly omit…

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A recent story in the Herald-Standard examined how first responders are being besieged by drug overdose calls and how it’s affecting them personally. Overall, it seems like there’s no end to the opioid crisis which is ruining the lives of many people here locally and in numerous other parts …

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President Trump recently tweeted a video showing him beating up a man with a CNN logo on his face. The video was criticized by many as not befitting the president of the United States. Members of the media were especially critical, saying the president was encouraging violence against report…