Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Mayor Bill Peduto submitted the CROWN Act earlier this month, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” Act.The bill will now go back to Peduto’s desk for his signature.Peduto’s motivation for introducing the bill was part of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission’s 2019 report that suggested the city is the most inequitable for Black women when it comes to personal, professional, housing and educational outcomes.

Source: Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination – CBS Pittsburgh

Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

The district said it was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday that one additional high school student and one additional middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said a total of 12 high school students have tested positive since Monday, Oct. 12.

The high school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 26 for students of group “A.”

The district said free meals can continue to be picked up at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. High school athletics are canceled for the remainder of this week.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Elementary parents, please follow this link to access a survey indicating if you would like your child to receive a
district-issued Chromebook for remote instruction. Please complete this form no later than Friday, October 23,
2020, by 4:00 PM so that Chromebooks can be prepared for distribution in the event of remote instruction.

Source: Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

Two people shot in Jeannette, sources confirm

Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location. There is a heavy police presence in the area.

Two people were shot along South 3rd Street in Jeannette early Tuesday evening, sources confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Sources said one of the victims was able to get to a second location on South 5th Street.

The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening and there is currently no word on any suspects, sources said.

Police were at the scene for several hours on Tuesday. Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

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1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

At least one person is dead following a late-night crash along Interstate 279.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One person is dead following a late-night crash involving a tractor trailer along Interstate 279.

Pennsylvania State Police say the victim was in his 30s and was driving the car involved. Police also said that the impact was so intense that the tractor trailer itself was damaged, which they say is rare.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

According to state police, the driver of the car was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-279. The tractor trailer, which was a Pepsi truck, was traveling northbound.

It was around midnight when the two crashed head-on.

“Struck each other head-on,” State Police Tpr. Melinda Bondarenka said.

Watch as KDKA’s Lindsay Ward provides the latest updates:

The car was crushed underneath the tractor-trailer.

“After impact, the vehicle at fault caught fire. The operator of the semi-trailer was able to get out and extinguish that fire,” said Tpr. Bondarenka.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer)

I-279 was closed for several hours overnight, forcing early-morning drivers to take detours. It finally reopened around 6 a.m.

At this time, state police say they do not know if speed or alcohol was a factor.

As for the driver of the Pepsi truck, he’s expected to recover.

“Was transported to a local area hospital with minor injury,” Tpr. Bondarenka said.

At this point, it’s being investigated as to why the driver of that blue car was traveling the wrong way.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

LINDSAY WARD

Source: 1 Person Killed, 1 Injured In Crash Between Tractor-Trailer And Car Along Interstate 279 – CBS Pittsburgh

Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election | US news | The Guardian

Who elects the US president?

When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.

Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the presidency.

The process of nominating electors varies by state and by party, but is generally done one of two ways. Ahead of the election, political parties either choose electors at their national conventions, or they are voted for by the party’s central committee.

The electoral college nearly always operates with a winner-takes-all system, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes in a state claims all of that state’s electoral votes. For example, in 2016, Trump beat Clinton in Florida by a margin of just 2.2%, but that meant he claimed all 29 of Florida’s crucial electoral votes.

Such small margins in a handful of key swing states meant that, regardless of Clinton’s national vote lead, Trump was able to clinch victory in several swing states and therefore win more electoral college votes.

Biden could face the same hurdle in November, meaning he will need to focus his attention on a handful of battleground states to win the presidency.

Under the winner-takes-all system, the margin of victory in a state becomes irrelevant. In 2016, Clinton’s substantial margins in states such as California and New York failed to earn her enough electoral votes, while close races in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan took Trump over the 270 majority.

Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Voting woes continue in Westmoreland County, with the clock ticking. Leaders are now scrambling to figure out a solution as thousands of residents still don’t have their mail-in ballots that they applied for.

A company based out of Ohio, Midwest Direct, has been tasked with getting them sent, but now Channel 11 learned that county officials at the courthouse may take matters into their own hands.

Earlier in October, officials accused Midwest Direct of sending out tens of thousands of ballots later than planned. There are still questions over how many have actually gone out.

In the past, Midwest Direct has blamed the delay on mechanical issues.That confusion is forcing leaders to make some tough decisions. They are considering having county elections staff at the courthouse print and mail out ballots themselves and avoid the third-party company altogether.

Source: Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

Jeannette man jailed following heroin, crack cocaine arrests on consecutive nights | TribLIVE.com

A Jeannette man arrested on consecutive nights last week holding several thousand dollars and large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine was deemed to be “a danger to society” by a judge and ordered held in the county jail without bail.

District Judge Wayne Vlasic of Monessen made the notation in court documents when he refused to set a bond for Duran E. Foster, 25, on multiple drug distribution and possession charges.

Vlasic arraigned Foster after state troopers searched his Division Street home on Friday, seizing 14 bricks of heroin, more than one ounce of crack cocaine, 21 anxiety pills, multiple cell phones and $4,348.

Source: Jeannette man jailed following heroin, crack cocaine arrests on consecutive nights | TribLIVE.com

Quake info: M5.6 earthquake on Monday, 19 October 2020 07:31 UTC / – 191 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia – 1 user experience report / VolcanoDiscovery

Detailed earthquake information – overview map, magnitude, time, depth, information source, shake map, list of reports.

Source: Quake info: M5.6 earthquake on Monday, 19 October 2020 07:31 UTC / – 191 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia – 1 user experience report / VolcanoDiscovery

Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported early Mon. by the U.S. Geodetic Survey (USGS), which monitors seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 7.1 km (4.4 mi) beneath the epicenter, near Sanchez, in the Dominican Republic’s northeast. “The magnitude could be revised within the next few minutes as the agency updates and refines its calculations, or as other agencies issue their report,” says Google.com.

Source: Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes the Dominican Republic

7.5-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami warning

SAND POINT, Alaska — A preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sand Point, Alaska, on Monday afternoon, prompting a tsunami warning.

The quake, which struck about 62 miles southeast of Sand Point at 12:54 p.m., triggered the tsunami warning for areas along the coastline of the Alaska Peninsula, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center.

The warning extends from Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer, to Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Unalaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources said there is no tsunami threat for Washington, KIRO reported.

The earthquake, which yielded no immediate damage reports, was felt in coastal communities across in the region.

Source: 7.5-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami warning