Iconic car dealer Bud Smail dies | TribLIVE

Iconic Greensburg-area car dealer Clarence “Bud” Smail Jr. died Wednesday.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Smail, 81, was CEO of Smail Auto Group in Hempfield.

“We competed against each other, but Bud was always a gentleman. Everything was upfront with Bud,” said Bill Mohler of Sendell Motors Inc., whose grandfather started in the automotive business in the 1920s.

Mohler joked that he and Smail, along with fellow dealers Paul Schimizzi of Hillview Motors and the late Bob Mentzer, owner of the former Greensburg Ford, would get together for a lunch around Christmas and tell stories — some of which might have been true.

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Drugs and thefts are part of recent Monroeville police cases | TribLIVE

Monroeville police filed  charges July 17-31 in District Judge Jeffrey L. Herbst’s office:

• Rodney Jones, 19, of Penn Hills,

• James P. Gist, 50, of Pittsburgh,

• Dylan Pierce, 18, of Monroeville,

• Tyrone R. Mathews, 29, of Monroeville,

• James Schutzer, 55, of Pitcairn,

• Kierra Walker, 22, of Penn Hills,

• Crystal J. Steinman, 36, of Trafford,

• Joseph M. Duffy, 34, of Monroeville,

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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Some Bacteria Are Becoming ‘More Tolerant’ Of Hand Sanitizers, Study Finds : Goats and Soda : NPR

 In the early 2000s, hospitals across Australia began installing more hand-sanitizer dispensers in their rooms and hallways for staff, visitors and patients to use. Research showed these alcohol-based disinfectants helped battle staph infections in patients and certain kinds of drug-resistant bacteria. And rates of these infections went down.

But other infections didn’t drop when people started using the sanitizer stations. In fact, certain infections went up.

In particular, enterococcal infections — caused by bacteria that affect the digestive tract, bladder, heart and other parts of the body — started increasing.

This wasn’t only happening in Australia. Countries around the world saw rises in this type of infection even as hand sanitizer became more popular. Globally, enterococci make up ten percent of bacterial infections acquired in the hospital. In North America and Europe, they are a leading cause of sepsis, a deadly blood infection.

Now, researchers say, they may have found the cause. Blame it on the alcohol.

New research published by Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday shows that several strains of these bacteria have begun adjusting to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. They’re not resistant to the alcohol — at least, not yet — but they’re becoming “more tolerant” of it, the authors write. That means the bacteria were able to survive for longer periods of time after being doused with alcohol.

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U.S. Economy Added 157,000 Jobs In July; Unemployment Dips To 3.9 Percent : NPR

The economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month, and the unemployment rate remained low. Analysts have been looking for signs that wage growth might pick up, but it held steady, too.

Payrolls grew by a lower-than-expected 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, as projected, the Labor Department said Friday.

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China says it will retaliate with tariffs on $60 billion in US goods

  • China is preparing to retaliate in the escalating trade war with tariffs on about $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.
  • The import taxes would range in rates from 5 percent to 25 percent, the Chinese government said.
  • “Any unilateral threat or blackmail will only lead to intensification of conflicts and damage to the interests of all parties,” China’s statement said.

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Family races home from vacation after vehicle crashes through their Penn Hills home

Homeowners, Annette and Jerry Devinney were on vacation at Lake Pymatuning for their 24th wedding anniversary. They turned around and came home after receiving a phone call about what happened.

The driver told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Jim Madalinsky he was working up the street when the brakes gave out and the truck came down the hill.

No injuries were reported.

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Cops: Greensburg man arrested after twice snoozing during traffic stop | TribLIVE

An 18-year-old man twice dozed off at a traffic signal on South Main Street early Wednesday including when an officer knocked on his window in an attempt to rouse him, Greensburg police said.

Brandon J. Giron of Greensburg denied he was under the influence of anything, but was subsequently arrested by Patrolman Garret McNamara after he failed three field sobriety tests. McNamara alleges officers also confiscated three prescription-size bottles of medicated cannabis syrup, two containers of cannabis wax, three small plastic bags of marijuana and eight separate bags of edible marijuana-laced gummy bears from inside the vehicle.

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