Liquor law violations: Is your local bar or restaurant on this month’s list?

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has cited many Pittsburgh-area drinking establishments for alleged violations.

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Uniontown’s mayor found to have violated state Ethics Act | New Today | heraldstandard.com

Uniontown’s mayor violated the state Ethics Act when he used his authority to participate in council discussions and votes to appoint himself as mayor and his daughter as city clerk, according to a finding released Monday by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

The commission found that Mayor Ed Fike’s January 2018 votes to appoint himself mayor and his daughter Kim Marshall as city clerk were a conflict of interest under the state Ethics Act.

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Judicial Watch: FBI Probed 14 Employees for Leaking, Only Fired 4

On Tuesday, Judicial Watch announced it had received records showing that the FBI referred 14 employees to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for leaking sensitive or classified information. Of those 14 employees, only four were fired.

“No wonder the FBI was leaking so profusely. Collectively, these documents show a show lenient treatment for evident criminal activity. Only four of the 14 employees found to have made an unauthorized disclosure were dismissed from the FBI,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “And even though Andrew McCabe was fired and referred for a criminal investigation for his leak, no prosecution has taken place.”

During the early years after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, The New York Times and The Washington Post would have stories seemingly every other day citing anonymous sources from within the FBI. Last September, a high-ranking official published an op-ed in the Times detailing a deep state or “resistance” effort to sabotage Trump from within.

Source: Judicial Watch: FBI Probed 14 Employees for Leaking, Only Fired 4

Former Mt. Pleasant police chief sues borough over firing | TribLIVE.com

Douglas Sam, 52, of Mt. Pleasant Township, Mt. Pleasant’s former police chief filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming that he was fired after defying instructions from officials to ignore what he described as “wrongdoing” on the borough’s part.

“… Sam’s continued employment as police chief was conditioned on the state of his personal relationship with members of the Mt. Pleasant government,” the suit states.

Sam is seeking back pay and other compensation.

Council voted 6-3 to fire Sam in February after four years on the job.

Source: Former Mt. Pleasant police chief sues borough over firing | TribLIVE.com

FX is tackling the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. The timing has raised eyebrows.

“There is nothing that Trump would like more than to turn the homestretch of 2020 into a revisitation of the Clintons,” one prominent critic said.

Bill and Hillary Clinton won’t be on the ballot next November. But with the news that the third season of FX’s “American Crime Story” will chronicle the impeachment of the former president and his affair with Monica Lewinsky, some critics are worried that they could still loom over the 2020 election.

FX, a cable giant known for its provocative programming, announced Tuesday it was moving forward with an adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President” — with Lewinsky herself serving as one of the co-producers.

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PA REAL ID: The most Real IDs in the state have been issued in Allegheny Co. | WPXI

There’s still about 14 months before Real IDs are fully implemented nationwide.

Starting in October of 2020, you will have to have a Real ID to get onto a plane or enter a federal building, unless you have a passport.


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PITTSBURGH REGATTA LAWSUIT: Lawsuit filed against Three Rivers Regatta promoter by sheriff’s office | WPXI

On Tuesday, when the regatta’s cancellation was announced just three days before it was set to begin, officials said LionHeart Event Group had been hired for several years to handle event management of the regatta.

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The company’s responsibilities included purchasing insurance, securing permits, acquiring sponsors, collecting sponsorship money, contracting with food vendors, working with the race boat organizations and working with the city and others to provide security, officials said.

STORY: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta canceled days before scheduled start

Officials said they learned last week that insurance for the event had not been purchased.

“We’ve worked with LionHeart on events in the past with the City of Pittsburgh, and we’ve never experienced any problems. They paid, it wasn’t  always prompt, but they paid. This is the first time they failed to make any payment whatsoever,” Kraus said.

Pittsburgh police detectives have launched a criminal investigation.

Source: PITTSBURGH REGATTA LAWSUIT: Lawsuit filed against Three Rivers Regatta promoter by sheriff’s office | WPXI

Johnstown’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens today | WJAC

Today is the grand opening of Beyond/Hello, Johnstown’s first of two medical marijuana dispensaries to open.

Beyond/Hello is located on Main Street and offers products for all 23 conditions eligible to be treated by medical marijuana. There are eight point of sales in the shop and the facility also includes a private consultation room.

According to Blythe Huestis, the president of Beyond/Hello, there will always be a security guard and a pharmacist on site. She also says patients must be a registered card holder to even enter the business.

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Equifax Data Breach Settlement Totals Up To $700 Million : NPR

The credit reporting agency will pay up to $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers over a massive 2017 data breach that affected more than 148 million people.

The proposed settlement, which is subject to approval by a federal court, was announced Monday by the company, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 50 states and territories.

The consumer data exposed in the breach included Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.

Source: Equifax Data Breach Settlement Totals Up To $700 Million : NPR

Pennsylvania school district tells parents to pay their lunch debt, or their kids will go into foster care – CNN

(CNN)The Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of letters this week telling parents who had lunch debt to pay or their children could go into foster care.

The letter, which was reviewed by CNN, told parents that there have been “multiple letters sent home with your child” and that no payments had been made.
“Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” the letter read. It also said failure to provide children with food could result in parents being sent to Dependency Court.

Source: Pennsylvania school district tells parents to pay their lunch debt, or their kids will go into foster care – CNN

Nearly $100K missing from Washington County Clerk of Courts office | WPXI

Nearly $100,000 is missing from the Washington County Clerk of Courts office.

An audit showed the office took in more than $4.2 million in 2018 and showed that $96,000 of that was accepted but never deposited in the bank.


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Kevin Spacey: Charge against actor dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th – CNN

(CNN)Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case against actor Kevin Spacey, a week after a man who accused him of assault pleaded the fifth on the witness stand.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the decision was made “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness,” according to a court filing.
Spacey, 59, had faced criminal charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with a July 2016 incident where he was accused of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar. The former “House of Cards” star had pleaded not guilty and faced up to five years in prison, if convicted.

Source: Kevin Spacey: Charge against actor dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th – CNN