Man stabbed in the back in Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Public Safety said a man was taken to the hospital after being stabbed in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The stabbing was reported around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the victim, who suffered a stab wound to the back, accidentally broke the window of a paramedic station on the Boulevard of the Allies, while he was trying to get the paramedics’ attention.

He was stable when taken to the hospital.

As of early Friday morning, no arrests have been announced.

Source: Man stabbed in the back in Downtown Pittsburgh

U.S. Vetoes UNSC Gaza Ceasefire Resolution for Third Time

The U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It was the third ceasefire veto issued by the U.S. at the U.N. body. This is Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour.

Riyad Mansour: “The message given today to Israel with this veto is that it can continue to get away with murder. Israel cannot and should not and will not get away with it. We will not allow it. This veto does not absolve Israel of its obligations, nor of those who shield it.”

The U.S. circulated its own resolution proposal this week calling for a “temporary ceasefire as soon as practicable.”

Source: https://www.democracynow.org/2024/2/21/headlines/us_vetoes_unsc_gaza_ceasefire_resolution_for_third_time

Covid death toll in US likely 16% higher than official tally, study says

Researchers think undercounting goes beyond overloaded health systems to a lack of awareness of Covid and low levels of testing

Covid death toll in US likely 16% higher than official tally, study says

Researchers think undercounting goes beyond overloaded health systems to a lack of awareness of Covid and low levels of testing

The second year of the pandemic also had nearly as many uncounted excess deaths as the first, the study found.

More than 1.1 million Americans have died from Covid, according to official records. But the actual number is assuredly higher, given the high rates of excess deaths. Demographers wanted to know how many could be attributed to Covid, and they drilled down to data at the county level to discover patterns in geography and time.

Source: Covid death toll in US likely 16% higher than official tally, study says

Man indicted in 2022 South Side building fire

At the time, a Pittsburgh police spokesperson said the fire was considered suspicious and that an investigation was ongoing.

A man has been indicted in connection with a large fire on Pittsburgh’s South Side in 2022.

According to the now unsealed federal indictment, Prasad Margabandhu is charged with conspiracy to maliciously destroy property by fire as well as mail and bankruptcy fraud.

“Prasad is a known actor in our district here,” said Pittsburgh councilperson Bob Charland. “He owns a handful of properties both within the southside, Arlington and Oakland as well as outside of the district. I know he owns properties in Carrick as well. He is one of the worst property owners in the city of Pittsburgh, probably the worst,” said Charland.

Source: Man indicted in 2022 South Side building fire

Train slams into tractor-trailer in Springdale

Emergency responders were called to the scene of a train vs. tractor-trailer crash in Springdale, Allegheny County.

“The truck was stuck under the rail, the dolly legs got stuck, and the driver was able to self-extricate prior to the train hitting it,” said Chief Derek Dayoub, of the Springdale Police Department.

Sky 4 flew over the scene. The trailer appeared to have sustained heavy damage. The truck’s cab was on its side.

No injuries were reported.

Source: Train slams into tractor-trailer in Springdale

Bitcoin scam costs victims thousands of dollars; Pittsburgh police issue warning

Pittsburgh police have issued a warning to the public about local bitcoin scams that have tricked at least two people into handing over thousands of dollars.

In one instance, police say a 70-year-old woman received an alert that her computer had been hacked. She spoke with someone who she believed was Apple support and was then transferred to another person, who she was told was a PNC fraud specialist.

The woman was convinced to withdraw $22,000 to buy Bitcoin at a convenience store in the city.

In another reported case, a 72-year-old woman was alerted on her iPad to call a phone number provided. She, too, spoke with someone she thought was an Apple customer service representative. Her call was transferred twice, and she was ultimately told her account was hacked and used for child pornography.

The woman then withdrew $7,000 and purchased bitcoin, also at a local convenience store.

Source: Bitcoin scam costs victims thousands of dollars; Pittsburgh police issue warning

Vice President Kamala Harris touts clean water funds in Pittsburgh

Harris touted the Biden administration’s investment to ensure clean drinking water for all Americans, especially in communities that are often overlooked.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who traveled to Pittsburgh to make the announcement, said everyone in the U.S. should be able to have clean water.

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“I shouldn’t have to say that, but it does come down to that,” Harris said at the Kingsley Association in the city’s Larimer neighborhood. “Every person should have a right and the ability to have access to clean water, and it should not matter where you live or how much money you earn or how much money you got in your back pocket,” she said.

Source: Vice President Kamala Harris touts clean water funds in Pittsburgh

McKeesport SWAT situation ends with suspect in custody

A man has been taken into custody in McKeesport after allegedly threatened to stab his neighbors and police.

Sky 4 flew over the scene along Evans Avenue. Allegheny County SWAT personnel and several police officers could be seen responding to what McKeesport police Chief Mark Steele described as a man barricaded inside an apartment.

Steele said the man in question had threatened to stab his neighbors. When police arrived, the man ran back inside his own home.

Steele said he knocked on the man’s door. The man threatened to stab police if they tried to enter, at which point negotiators and Allegheny County SWAT were called to mobilize.

SWAT deployed tear gas, as well as another irritant, to draw the man out. Neighbors and reporters, including a Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 crew, could feel the irritating effects of the tear gas.

Source: McKeesport SWAT situation ends with suspect in custody

Mark Smail, 62, carried on the family automotive business, was active in community

While Mark A. Smail had the responsibility of operating the family’s successful automotive dealerships east of Greensburg, he also made it a priority to spend quality time with his family and enjoy life. Smail enjoyed boating in the Florida Keys in the summer, going to the family’s lodge

Mark Smail, a prominent Westmoreland County automotive sales executive whose family has been associated for half a century with selling cars, died Saturday after falling ill during a ride home from Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

He was 62.

Smail of Greensburg was a passenger in the car. He was transported by first responders from Donegal Township to Independence Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant after he became unresponsive and the driver pulled over in the 1400 block of County Line Road and sought help, authorities said.

Smail was pronounced dead at 10:59 a.m., according to Westmoreland County Coroner Tim Carson.

Source: Mark Smail, 62, carried on the family automotive business, was active in community

Capital One to buy Discover Financial in $35.3 billion all-stock deal…

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — Capital One, a US consumer lender backed by Warren Buffett, said on Monday that it will acquire credit card issuer Discover Financial Services in an all-stock transaction valued at $35.3 billion.

The tie-up, which will combine two of the largest US credit card companies, aims at building “a payments network that can compete with the largest payments networks and payments companies,” Richard Fairbank, chairman and CEO of Capital One, said in a statement.

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are among other US-based payments networks.

Discover shareholders will receive 1.0192 Capital One share for each Discover share. It represents a 26.6% premium over Discover’s closing price on Friday.

Source: Capital One to buy Discover Financial in $35.3 billion all-stock deal…

Video: Madonna Falls Off A Chair During Live Concert But Keeps The Show Going

Video: Madonna Falls Off A Chair During Live Concert But Keeps The Show Going

The ‘Material Girl’ singer is currently on her ‘The Celebration Tour.’

Pop icon Madonna recently experienced a minor mishap when she fell off her chair during her Celebration tour performance at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena. The incident happened on Sunday when the pop star was performing her song ‘Open Your Heart’ while seated in a chair onstage. After beginning to sing the song, one of Madonna’s backup dancers began to drag the chair.

As the chair was tilted on the back by the fellow male dancer, he lost control of it and both of them toppled over, falling over on their backs. However, the singer quickly recovered and kept the show going. She continued to sing from the floor even as people filmed the incident.

Videos of the moment went viral, showing the iconic singer falling from her chair but then getting up with a smile.

Source: Video: Madonna Falls Off A Chair During Live Concert But Keeps The Show Going

Deadline day to take advantage of City of Pittsburgh real estate tax discount

 

Taxpayers may take a 2% discount on either the total annual tax due or the first installment of tax due.

Deadline day to take advantage of City of Pittsburgh real estate tax discount

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today is the final day to save money on your real estate taxes in the City of Pittsburgh.

Many Pittsburghers could be running to the post office today in order to get an early bird discount.

This comes after the City of Pittsburgh sent late real estate tax bills, which led to people flooding the real estate office with questions and the city acknowledged the error of sending out those bills late.

Originally, the deadline was February 12, but a misprint said February 10.

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted on an extension for the discounted property tax rates until today, February 20.

Source: Deadline day to take advantage of City of Pittsburgh real estate tax discount

Massive McKnight Road construction project begins, with lane restrictions in place until summer

Traffic restrictions on McKnight Road began on Monday morning.

There will be single-lane restrictions on McKnight Road between the Babcock Boulevard/Evergreen Road interchange and Perrymont Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, continuing through early summer, according to the announcement from PENNDOT.

Source: Massive McKnight Road construction project begins, with lane restrictions in place until summer

FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

 

A medication used to treat asthma can now be used to help people with food allergies avoid severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

Xolair, the brand name for the drug omalizumab, became the first medication approved to reduce allergic reactions caused by accidental exposure to food triggers. Patients as young as age 1 with allergies can take the drug by injection every two to four weeks, depending on their weight and their body’s response to allergens.

An estimated 17 million people in the U.S. have the type of food allergies that can cause rapid, serious symptoms, including severe, whole-body reactions that are potentially deadly.

Source: FDA expands use of asthma drug Xolair to treat severe food allergies

$40,000 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Pennsylvania

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) – A ticket sold in Pennsylvania won $40,000 in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing. This ticket matched four of five numbers, The Mega Ball and Megaplier was purchased…

According to lottery officials, over 25,000 winning tickets were sold throughout the Commonwealth, with prizes ranging from $2 to $2,000.

Winning Mega Millions Numbers for Friday, Feb. 16:

Winning Numbers: 19  23  39  42  67
Megaball: 18
Megaplier: 04

According to Mega Millions officials, a ticket matching all five numbers and the Megaplier was solid in Georgia, winning $4 million. The jackpot is still up for grabs and has grown to an estimated $493 million.

Source: $40,000 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Pennsylvania

Presidents Day 2024: What’s open, what’s closed? Banks, post offices, UPS, FedEx, more

Today is Presidents Day, a time set aside to honor all those who have served as the country’s chief executive.

On a federal level, the day honors the country’s first president, George Washington, whose birthday is Feb. 22. The 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, is traditionally included in the official celebration, though some states, like Alabama, omit the Civil War-era leader. Lincoln’s birthday is Feb. 12.

Federal offices – Closed

State offices – Closed

Municipal, county offices – Most closed

Public transportation – Modified schedules are possible, check ahead

Garage service – Most on modified schedules, check ahead

Finacial markets – NYSE and Nasdaq are closed

Schools – Closed

U.S. Postal Service – Closed. Mail will not run and post offices are closed

Banks – Closed

UPS – Open and packages will be delivered on Presidents Day

FedEx – Open and packages will be delivered on Presidents Day

Retailers – Open, including Target and Walmart

Grocery stores – Open

Source: Presidents Day 2024: What’s open, what’s closed? Banks, post offices, UPS, FedEx, more

Fire fully engulfs garage in Westmoreland County

A garage in Westmoreland County was destroyed in a fire late Saturday night.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — A garage in Westmoreland County was destroyed in a fire late Saturday night.

Dispatchers tell Channel 11 the fire started around 10:30 p.m. along Rosalyn Drive in Penn Township.

It took firefighters from over a dozen companies to bring the blaze under control.

No one was hurt in the fire.

There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.

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Source: Fire fully engulfs garage in Westmoreland County

Police searching for man accused of overnight burglary, assault in Jeannette

Jeannette police are looking for a man they say has an arrest warrant for burglary charges.

Derrick Lee Straughters, 34, is facing burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment charges related to an incident that happened on Feb. 15.

Straughters is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Source: Police searching for man accused of overnight burglary, assault in Jeannette

Pittsburgh braces for snow with aging but ample fleet of plows

Pittsburgh has enough snowplows and drivers ready to clear the city’s streets as the area braces for up to 4 inches of snow this weekend, Public Works Director Chris Hornstein said Friday.

The city had about 20 vehicles in its snow-clearing fleet of 75 out of commission during the last snowfall the city experienced in January.

This time, Hornstein said, the city has enough trucks and drivers to send out its usual contingent of 60 trucks on the overnight shift and “slightly more” during the day. He said the city also has enough drivers and salt.

Hornstein acknowledged maintenance is always a concern for the city’s aging fleet, but said they’re in “reasonably good shape” for this weekend’s snow.

Pittsburgh is expected to see between 1 and 3 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, with some other areas nearby expected to see up to 4 inches. The National Weather Service warned of potentially hazardous driving conditions Friday evening.

Source: Pittsburgh braces for snow with aging but ample fleet of plows

Russia developing ‘troubling’ new anti-satellite weapon, US says

Russia is developing a “troubling” new anti-satellite weapon, the US has said, but it emphasised that Moscow has yet to deploy it.

White House spokesperson John Kirby made the comments a day after a senior House Republican issued vague warnings of a “serious national security threat”.

The weapon is space-based and armed with a nuclear weapon to target satellites, the BBC’s US partner CBS News reported.

But Mr Kirby did not confirm this and refused to offer precise details on the threat on Thursday.

Moscow accused the US of using claims of new Russian weapons as a ruse to force Congress to pass additional Ukraine aid by “hook or by crook”.

Source: Russia developing ‘troubling’ new anti-satellite weapon, US says

As Chicago abandons ShotSpotter, Pittsburgh plans to expand use of the controversial technology

Pittsburgh’s police chief says the force will keep using ShotSpotter, the controversial gunfire detection system, despite news this week that Chicago will abandon the technology. In fact, a city councilman told TribLive that Pittsburgh plans to expand ShotSpotter’s use. “The bureau does not have any intention to follow Chicago’s lead,”

Source: As Chicago abandons ShotSpotter, Pittsburgh plans to expand use of the controversial technology

Man shot following altercation at Downtown Pittsburgh Greyhound bus station

Incident happened late Wednesday night

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the incident happened a little after 11 p.m.

Police said the man had gotten off a bus from New York and was about to get into a vehicle when he got into an altercation with the people who were in that vehicle.

The man was shot in the foot and was stable when taken to the hospital.

Police said the vehicle took off and was later found unoccupied in Butler.

Police also said the victim did not know the people he got into the altercation with.

As of early Thursday morning, no arrests had been announced.

Source: Man shot following altercation at Downtown Pittsburgh Greyhound bus station

The origins of Valentine’s Day and the messages behind gifts of bouquets

You can’t go wrong sending roses for Valentine’s Day, but other cut flowers, even plants, score meaningful points, too.

Each February, writers and bloggers delight in offering facts and myths about the day’s origins and traditions. Many stories trace it back to ancient Turkey and Rome, with religious origins and some folk legends tossed in.

  • In the third century AD, a Catholic bishop named Valentine defied a ban on marriage by Roman Emperor Claudius II and continued performing ceremonies in secret. Evidently, the emperor felt that single men made better soldiers. When Claudius found out about Valentine’s defiance, he had the bishop put to death (probably by one of the single guys). Valentine was declared a saint by the church sometime later.
  • The ancient Romans observed Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival held Feb. 13-15 and dedicated to the Roman god of Agriculture, Faunus. After a full day of animal sacrifices, women placed their names in an urn and had their names drawn by the bachelors. Either the couples ended up in marriage or tried their luck again the following February. In the fifth century, Pope Gelasius I banned Lupercalia for its un-Christian-like practices, and renamed Feb. 14 St. Valentine’s Day.
  • Who can forget the commencement of the bird-mating season in mid-February, first written about by four English authors? The most famous, Geoffrey Chaucer, wrote “Parliament of the Fowls” in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia, daughter of the Roman Emperor Charles IV, in 1382. “For this was on Saint Valentine’s day, when every fowl comes there his mate to take … .”
  • Perhaps the oldest known surviving Valentine’s Day poem was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the battle of Agincourt between the English and the French. (“I’m already wearied by love, my very sweet Valentine.”) You can see and read in person his affectionate poem in the British Library in London. Today, there are over 145 million Valentine’s Day cards exchanged each year worldwide. E-Valentines are gaining in popularity.  (Sorry, they’re just not the same as handwritten cards in my book.)

Source: The origins of Valentine’s Day and the messages behind gifts of bouquets

Mother, daughter randomly shot at while trying to pull into their driveway in Homewood – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — A mother was randomly shot at multiple times with her daughter in the backseat while trying to pull into their driveway on Cassina Way in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.

They were on their way home after getting a bite to eat on Jan. 26 around 8:45 p.m.

“They just started opening fire and shooting,” Anderson tells Channel 11.  “My daughter was screaming ‘go go go!’”

Source: Mother, daughter randomly shot at while trying to pull into their driveway in Homewood

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