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Transcripts Reveal Pittsburgh Judge Mark Tranquilli Told Woman Her Children's Fathers Were 'Dogs' In the closed-door meeting with a defense attorney and an assistant district attorney, Tranquilli is quoted as calling the black woman juror "Aunt Jemima" and musing about her having a drug-dealing "baby daddy" at home.

'We Care About You': Former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass Sends Heartwarming Video To Dying Pirates Fan PITTSBURGH - Pirates legend Steve Blass sent a heartwarming video to a woman who says her father - a Pirates fan of 70 years - is dying in the hospital. Katy took to Twitter to tell the Pittsburgh Pirates that her father was a long-time loyal Bucco fan.

Man Admits To Stealing $287,000 In Donations Meant For Military Care Packages - A West Virginia man pleaded guilty Thursday to pocketing donations to a bogus charity he advertised for military members. Christopher T. Engle, 30, of Bunker Hill, entered the plea in federal court to one count of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a news release.

'It's Just Heartbreaking:' Thieves Steal Medicine From Toddler Battling Cancer "It's just heartbreaking. We have a little girl fighting for her life, and we've been in the hospital so many times," Hailey Allen, Holder's mother, told WXIA. The little girl's cancer beads of courage and mom's diary were also stolen. "These sentimental things, they mean so much.

Philadelphia group details plans to open first supervised injection site in US A Philadelphia not-for-profit group has detailed plans to open what would be the US's first medically supervised injection site designed to combat drug overdose deaths, despite opposition from some neighbors and opposition from the local federal prosecutor.

What You Need To Know: Latest Coronavirus Information From Pennsylvania State Health Dept. Local officials are preparing for the possibility by outlining plans and educating the public. The CDC expects more cases of the coronavirus to be confirmed in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks. "No one in Pennsylvania has tested positive for COVID-19," said Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health Doctor Rachel Levine on Wednesday.

Hospital Nurses Throw Surprise Birthday Party For Cancer Patient: 'It Made Me Kind Of Tear Up A Bit' A Kentucky woman who has been fighting a life-threatening blood disorder for more than a year got a big surprise for her 18th birthday.

'We're Not All Friends Online': Kathleen Barber On Simon & Schuster Book 'Follow Me' & Social Media We're not all friends online." "Follow Me" came after Barber's first book was turned into the Apple TV+ series "Truth Be Told" starring Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul. Barber still can't believe her debut novel found its way in front of Reese Witherspoon's production company Hello Sunshine and was turned into a TV show.

Bill Would Ban Competition By Transgender Females In Ohio High School And College Girls Sports COLUMBUS, Ohio - Transgender females would be banned from competing in Ohio high school and college girls and women's sports under a bill introduced Wednesday by House Republicans. The legislation would apply to all public schools and colleges and any private schools or colleges that are members of a state or national athletic association.

Mosquitos in Philly: City Council to hold hearings on potential 'dizziness and nausea' A month after the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation announced it would keep using Mosquitos indefinitely, Councilmember Helen Gym said she would hold hearings to determine whether they're harmful to young people.

Rick Dayton Makes Candy Bars For Recipes For Hope PITTSBURGH - The Recipes For Hope charity event is celebrating 15 years of great food, drinks and prizes to benefit women with cancer. KDKA's Rick Dayton and Hair Peace Charity Founder Bonny Diver came to the Pittsburgh Today Live Kitchen to talk all about the Recipes For Hope charity event.

Featured Local Job: Service Coordinator II CYFS Ongoing and Service Coordinator III The County of Venango is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Service Coordinator II CYFS Ongoing and Service Coordinator III plus $750 sign-on bonuses and, upon qualification, future retention bonuses. Full-Time, 40 hrs./wk. For both positions, the caseworker exam must be successfully completed.

South Park Police Look For Suspect Accused Of Smashing In Multiple Glass Doors And A Car Window - Police are trying to figure out who smashed several windows in South Park. According to South Park Township Police, it began Saturday night around 6:30 p.m. when someone walking along Ridge Road tore out a mailbox. The suspect then allegedly tried to use the mailbox to smash in the front glass door of a home on Ridge Road.

Offset Guest Stars On An All-New Episode Of NCIS: Los Angeles, Sunday March 1st Rapper Offset from The Migos makes his acting debut as he guest stars on an all-new episode of NCIS: Los Angeles this Sunday night, March 1st at 9:00PM ET/PT.

Ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker pleads guilty in child porn case - A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged last fall with possession of child pornography pleaded guilty Thursday. Mike Folmer entered a guilty plea in Lebanon County Court to three counts of possessing child porn and one count of criminal use of a communications facility for having items on his cellphone.

Pennsylvania lawmakers want to shield reasons for expenses - The Pennsylvania Legislature is concealing with whom lawmakers and staff met, and why, in records on how it spends its roughly $360 million annual budget, two news organizations reported Thursday.

Two face more burglary, theft charges - Two people arrested in January after an alleged burglary of an occupied house in Nanticoke were charged Thursday with stealing multiple tools and construction materials from a home in Newport Township.

LA Fitness Reportedly Coming To Downtown Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH - An LA Fitness is reportedly moving into the old downtown Pittsburgh YMCA fitness facility. According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, real estate sources say Millcraft Investments and LA Fitness have reached a deal to lease the space.

Former State Sen. Mike Folmer Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case - A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged last fall with possession of child pornography pleaded guilty Thursday. Michael Folmer entered a guilty plea in Lebanon County Court to three counts of possessing child porn and one count of criminal use of a communications facility for having items on his cellphone.

Judge to decide if teacher will face child corruption charge WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Vough will decide if a Luzerne Intermediate Unit teacher will face a child corruption charge alleging she told a female student to send nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend.

Robert Morris University Cancels Study Abroad Programs Amidst Worldwide Coronavirus Outbreak PITTSBURGH - Robert Morris University is canceling all of its faculty-led study abroad programs out of an abundance of caution as the coronavirus continues to spread. In a letter to students, faculty and staff, RMU says that study abroad programs for the rest of the spring semester and those scheduled in May will be canceled.

'I'm Really Upset': Girl Scouts Cheated Out Of Cookie Proceeds With Fake Cash Girl Scout cookies are big business this time of year and fraudsters from Florida to Oregon are taking advantage by passing along fake money.

La Colombe is testing self-heating coffee cans Enter the latest product from La Colombe: self-heating coffee cans. Just twist the bottom, wait two minutes, and boom - you're holding a tasty steaming beverage with a welcome jolt of caffeine. The cans are the latest development to come out of the company's Philadelphia R&D lab, according to La Colombe communications director Alicia Gentile.

Home Depot Recalls Dresser That Could Tip Over And Hurt Children PITTSBURGH - Home Depot is recalling one of its dressers because it may tip over. It's a four-drawer dresser from the Home Decorators Collection. Safety experts say it can be unstable if it's not anchored to the wall, which could injure or even kill children.

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