WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are checking in on Westmoreland County residents after a mystery man went door-to-door asking strange questions.
On Monday, an officer walked the beat along Jefferson and Washington Streets in South Greensburg.
The police got a few calls about a late-night visitor who was asking residents questions over the weekend.
“Saw some lights last night, some unusual activity at 10 o’clock on a Sunday night,” resident Katie Kelsey said.
Kelsey lives along Jefferson Street and told KDKA the person visited her neighbor, who then posted on Facebook.
“FYI to all south Greensburg residents. A young man about 6’2″ narrow build walking house to house with a small flip notebook with a badge on it claiming to work for a Gina at the Prison stating he has been sent to see if you need supplies. He may be armed and dangerous and attempt to rob you!” the post reads.
“We don’t know if he was casing the neighborhood, we don’t know what to think at this point,” Kelsey said.
The “Gina” the late-night visitor may be referring to is Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli, but she posted a message on Facebook after getting word of the mystery man.
Cerilli posting on her Facebook in part, “I did NOT send anyone to check on your household for supplies. Please keep your doors locked & call 911 immediately.”
We do not know the true intentions of the person going door to door.
By Patrick Varine:
Lucy Pollock, like many a good baker, is ahead of the game when it comes to preparation. For those streaming her baking lessons, here’s what you’ll need to make her “Nutty Nut Rolls.”
FOR THE DOUGH:
1 teaspoon sugar
Half cup warm water
2 ounces cake yeast or 3 packets (6 and three-qtrs. teaspoons) active dry yeast
16 ounces sour cream
2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Half teaspoon salt
9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour
FOR THE FILLING:
3 pounds walnuts (finely ground)
3 cups granulated sugar
Canned milk (about a cup)
Put out eggs and sour cream in the morning as well as butter, to get everything to room temperature. Nothing can be cold or too hot.
Pollock’s stream is on Facebook.com/maryellen.raneri. You must be logged into Facebook for the link to work properly.
(CNN)Many House members are scrambling to book flights and return to Washington amid concerns that they could be requested to show up in person and vote on the historic stimulus bill, infuriating lawmakers who are nervous about traveling during the coronavirus crisis.The fear is that one member — potentially GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky — could prevent the House from approving the $2 trillion bill by voice vote, forcing them instead to cast a roll-call vote in person. That has angered many members, who are now forced to decide whether to skip a vote on the biggest rescue package in American history — or travel to Washington and risk their personal well-being.On a conference call Thursday, many House Democrats expressed deep concerns about traveling, worried about contracting the virus and spreading it to their families, sources on the call said.Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that if they are unable to pass the bill by voice vote, then they would have a roll call vote on final passage on Friday, according to three sources on the call.
Considered an essential business, AutoZone stores will stay open as other companies around the country are forced to shut their doors. Here’s what the company’s doing to keep people safe during the pandemic.
As a cautionary measure taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Memphis-based auto parts retailer is no longer allowing employees inside customers’ cars. Now, the customer is the one using an OBD (on-board diagnostics) reader to get an engine light reading, while the employee guides them through the process.
The step is one of the many AutoZone has taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as part of an effort to protect both customers and employees. Considered an essential business, its stores will stay open as other companies around the country are forced to shut their doors.
“You know, it’s an extremely difficult time for everybody,” said David McKinney, VP of government and community relations for AutoZone. “As an essential business, we understand the role we must play during these tough times.”
In addition to keeping employees outside of customer vehicles, the company has adjusted hours for most stores — with the exception of hub stores and mega hub stores. Shops will open at either 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. — depending on the location — and close at 6:30 p.m.
Comparatively, stores typically close at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Employees must now wear gloves at all times, and disinfect the store — especially shelves, parts, counter tops, and other areas that receive a lot of contact.
Only 10 people are allowed in the store at a time.
Although their physical locations are closed, many locally-owned fitness studios are offering online classes via Instagram, Facebook and other sources. While some have online memberships, other studios are asking for donations. Either way, you’ll be supporting a small business through unchartered territory.
With that in mind, here’s our roundup of online options.
This is an evolving list, so if you know of a local business offering virtual classes, give us a head’s up and we’ll add it.
It’s also worth noting that although there is a stay-at-home mandate in place for Allegheny County, residents are still welcome to take a walk, go to the park or visit other green spaces to take in a breath of fresh air with their fitness. Just, you know, stay a respectable distance from each other, OK?
The Garfield-based yoga studio is offering online classes on its website under the tab “1.1 at Home.” Users may subscribe for $20 per month or rent individual classes for $5 each. “Either way, you’ll be helping keep a small business alive in these scary times, and get to move and breathe while doing it,” a note on the 1.1 website says.
Located Downtown, Altus-HPO has online classes through its mobile app. “During this time of need everybody needs to do their part to help where they can,” a message on the website says. “We’re really good at coaching people towards getting real results so that’s how we figured we can help.” The first two weeks of classes are free. Users can sign up on the Altus-HPO website.
The yoga studio — which has locations in Wexford, Shadyside, Oakmont and the South Side — is offering practitioners a free 14-day trial of online classes, which include power flow sessions, meditation and “short and sassy” 30-minute classes. Sign up on the Amazing Yoga website.
Amarah Studio and Boutique
The fitness studio and retail shop in Brookline is hosting virtual pay-what-you-can, donation-based classes for practitioners. You also can still shop Amarah’s selection of purses, trays, jewelry and other accessories through its online shop. Items may be shipped or you can schedule a local pickup or delivery.
California Cycle Path
The North Side-based studio — which offers indoor cycling, rowing, dance fitness and more — is hosting virtual classes on Instagram and Facebook live. “The Workout of Shame – 10,000 meters same clothes as last night, hair not did, teeth not brushed, this is me!!!,” said one comical Instagram post from owner John Bratton after a home-based rowing session.
The Pilates studio — which has locations in Shadyside and Murrysville — is offering virtual face-to-face classes where students can receive correction and feedback from instructors. Students will need to set up a camera and tripod. Class size is limited to four to allow for individual instruction from the instructor. Dragonfly Pilates home kits, which include bands and balls, also are available for $25.
Elevate Fusion Fitness
The Strip District-based fitness studio, which offers versa-climbing classes and boxing as well as full-body classes, is hosting virtual classes on Instagram Live. Visit Elevate’s Instagram page for a schedule of upcoming classes.
Fitzroy Moss livestreamed the walkout to his Facebook account and accused the department of not alerting workers of potential coronavirus exposure after an employee’s wife allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. They said word got out on Monday when the employee was sent home and told to quarantine himself for 14 days.
The recall covers the 2014 through 2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and the 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta. Cars in Mexico, U.S. territories and 16 states with high temperatures are affected.
Ford says a lever in the door latch can crack and fail. Typically doors won’t close when it fails, but customers may be able to latch it after repeated attempts. If that happens, the doors could open while the cars are in motion.
Ford says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
The mandatory lockdown in Wuhan, China — the city where the global coronavirus pandemic began — will be lifted starting on April 8, the government announced Tuesday. China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, starting January 23 and expanded the order to most of the province in the days that followed.
While Wuhan itself still has two weeks of lockdown to go, some local operations are beginning to get back to business. Two car factories in the city started their production lines again on Monday, according to South China Morning Post.
Dow futures spiked after Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow unveiled a gigantic $6 trillion stimulus package for the U.S.
- Dow futures rallied after Donald Trump’s top economic adviser unveiled a massive $6 trillion stimulus package for the U.S. economy.
- These gains rapidly faded, as the stock market failed to move higher after a historic day for the Dow Jones on Tuesday.
- Worryingly for Wall Street, there doesn’t appear to be a Plan B if the fiscal package doesn’t push stocks higher longer-term.
After the largest single-day point rally in the history of the Dow Jones, the stock market failed to extend the move overnight despite a brief spike.
The volatility came after President Trump’s top economic adviser touted an incredible $6 trillion stimulus package for the United States.
Dow Futures Fall After Historic Rally
All three of the major U.S. stock futures indices popped and dropped Tuesday evening, after initially rallying in the wake of a multi-trillion-dollar stimulus announcement.
In the commodity sector, the price of oil ticked up 2.5% above $24 a barrel, while gold continued its impressive rally with another 1.5% gain.
WASHINGTON — An emergency stimulus package to bailout the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic will total $6 trillion — a quarter of the entire country’s GDP, the White House said Tuesday.
Trump administration economist Larry Kudlow said the package would include $4 trillion in lending power for the Federal Reserve as well as a $2 trillion aid package currently being hammered out by Congress.
“This package will be the single largest main street assistance program in the history of the United States,” Kudlow said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday evening.
Included in the package is Congress’ almost $2 trillion emergency bill which, when passed, will issue direct checks for American families, bailouts for the airline industry and a $350 billion loan program for struggling small businesses.
The other $4 trillion will allow the Federal Reserve to make huge emergency bailouts to whatever entity it chooses — a measure that was used to prop-up Wall Street firms from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.
Strong showings from Chevron (CVX), American Express (AXP), Nike (NKE) and Boeing (BA) in the stock market today lifted the Dow Jones industrials to a gain of around 8.5%. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 small-cap index rallied nearly 6.3% each, and the S&P 500 jumped more than 7%.
But one day of explosive gains doesn’t mean a new bull market is upon us. The stock market still needs to prove itself with a follow-through day.
Some of the worst performing industry groups in IBD’s database in recent weeks were some of the best gainers Tuesday. IBD’s airline group soared more than 20% amid hopes for a coronavirus stimulus package. American Airlines (AAL) was a top percentage gainer in the Nasdaq 100, up more than 25%.
Casino operators, which have been thrashed just as hard as airlines stocks of late, also rallied sharply. Gold miners and homebuilders also outperformed.
Trump suggests he wants to reopen economy and continues to attack Pelosi over her own stimulus proposal
By Tim Stelloh
An Oklahoma man who tried to blow up a bank in what authorities described as an anti-government plot was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday.
In a statement, the U.S. attorney for western Oklahoma, Timothy Downing, said the prosecution of Jerry Drake Varnell, 26, held him accountable for an effort to copy the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.
Within 30 minutes of taking chloroquine phosphate, the man in his 60s experienced “immediate effects” and had to be admitted to a nearby Banner Health hospital, the medical system in Arizona said in a press release Monday.
London (CNN)The UK is banning people from leaving their homes apart from for a few “very limited” reasons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday, as he imposed the most stringent restrictions seen in Britain since the end of World War II.Police will break up public gatherings and fine people flouting rules, Johnson said in a remarkable televised statement on Monday evening, dramatically ramping up the country’s response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.Shops, gyms, and places of worship will all close, and social events including weddings — but not funerals — will be postponed.
New York (CNN Business)Asian markets and US stock futures fell on Monday as a massive stimulus package to help Americans handle the coronavirus pandemic hit a major stumbling block.Dow () futures fell more than 900 points, hitting a 5% decline that triggered a maximum allowable limit, or “limit down.” That halted futures from falling further.S&P 500 () and Nasdaq ( ) futures also fell around 5%, and were last sitting at 4.8% and 4.4%, respectively.Senate Democrats blocked movement on an economic stimulus package, citing ‘serious issues’ with the bill. That injected fresh uncertainty over whether and when lawmakers will reach a bipartisan deal to deliver relief amid the pandemic.
The GOP-controlled Senate on Sunday failed to move forward with considering the $1.4 trillion “Phase Three” stimulus package intended to help businesses and families devastated by the downturn over the coronavirus outbreak, as Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., blasted Democrats opposed to the plan.
The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus. Senators were asked to practice social distancing and were given a list of health guidelines to follow while entering the chamber.
Many Democrats had complained that the draft aid package did not go far enough to provide health care and unemployment aid for Americans, and failed to put restraints on a proposed $500 billion “slush fund” for corporations, saying the ban on corporate stock buy-backs are weak and the limits on executive pay would last only two years.