Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here’s How | WIRED

Eleven of them behave a lot like Jupiter’s other moons, but the twelfth one is weird (in a good way).

SOMETIMES A SEARCH for one thing presents the chance to look for something else. If you’re like me, that something else is usually something small: Rummaging in the couch cushions for the TV remote might prompt you to dig for spare change. Two birds, one stone, etc. But if you’re astronomer Scott Sheppard, the second bird occasionally turns out to be a doozy.

Or several doozies. Like, say, a dozen previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter, the discovery of which was announced Tuesday by the International Astronomical Union.

Source: Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here’s How | WIRED

Mt. Pleasant Township woman dies in Route 711 accident | www.dailycourier.com | Daily Courier

A Mt. Pleasant Township woman died Friday when the car she was in collided headon with another vehicle on Route 711 in Donegal Township, authorities said.Gloria J. Randall, 75, of Freeman Falls Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Jonathan Jenkins.

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Greensburg officer’s lips, throat numbed by white powder during drug arrest

A Greensburg officer, who noticed numbness to his lips and throat after being exposed to a white powder Friday during an arrest, is fine, police said.

Officers arrested three people on drug charges after finding three bags of an unidentified white powder, suspected crack cocaine and several other items associated with drug dealing at a Cleveland Street home. Cornelius D. Scaine, 36, who is listed as homeless; Amanda Burkhart, 27, of Turtle Creek; and Rachael R. Revers, 39, of Greensburg, are being held in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Source: Greensburg officer’s lips, throat numbed by white powder during drug arrest

Westmoreland Fair maintains dwindling ties between farmers, public

The county fair is quickly becoming one of the last points of contact that Americans have with farms and farmers, organizers of the Westmoreland Fair said.

“Less than 2 percent of the American population is in farming,” Craig Lash, fair president, said Monday. “We’ve ‘efficiencied’ ourselves out of business.”

Lash, who operates a dairy farm in Sewickley Township, said that fact of life makes county fairs in Westmoreland and elsewhere even more important.

Source: Westmoreland Fair maintains dwindling ties between farmers, public

WESTMORELAND COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY HIT WITH RANSOMWARE ATTACK

The Tribune-Review reports that the authority issued a statement on Friday saying they were attacked by ransomware, and the ransom to have the computers restored was $6,500 bitcoin, approximately $40 million in US dollars.

Leaders with the Authority say they will not pay the ransom, and they are working with the FBI to get to the bottom of the case, and no personal data has been compromised.

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Train hits commercial truck

There were some tense moments when a train hit a commercial vehicle in Versailles Boro Saturday.

A CSX spokesperson tells Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that a westbound CSX train hit a weed-sprayer truck at the Juniper Street railroad crossing.

Driver of truck transported to hospital

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