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Friday, Sep. 30, 2016

Arts & Ent. Features | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Lady Gaga will headline Super Bowl halftime
NEW YORK — It’s official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL and Pepsi announced Thursday that the pop star will take the stage Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year in Santa Clara, Calif. Beyoncé, Bruno M...

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Business Features | September 30, 2016
Lawmakers heap strong criticism on Fargo CEO
WASHINGTON — Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo’s CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed. Chief Executive John Stumpf, newly stripped of ten...

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Business Features | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Renwick receives honor for work
CENTER TWP — A Butler native who is the executive director of Newhaven Court at Clearview has been named the Pennsylvania Health Care Association’s Assisted Living/Personal Care Executive Director of the Year. Gary Renwick, 38, received the honor, called a Hero Award, on Tuesday at the ...

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Business Briefs | September 30, 2016
Business News
US economy grew at 1.4% rate in spring WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the spring than previously reported, aided by new-found strength in business construction. The Commerce Department said Thursday the gross domestic product, the broadest measure ...

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Livestock | September 30, 2016
Livestock
The Mercer Livestock Auction provided the following report from Sept. 23: Feeder cattle, fancy grades, $1.30 to $1.41 per pound, high grades, 114. to 129.50, lower grades, 95. to 112.50, dairy grades, 75. to 94. and heavy weights, to 107.50; cows, small-framed Hereford pairs, 700. to 850., cow and ...

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Bulletin Board | September 30, 2016
Bulletin Board
Today FREE COMMUNITY MEAL, 5 to 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St. REFORMERS UNANIMOUS ADDICTION PROGRAM, 7 to 9 p.m., Hannahstown Road Baptist Church, 250 Hannahstown Road, Cabot. For more information, call Rodney Dickman at 724-679-3331. Saturday Family and F...

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Cranberry Eblast Only | September 30, 2016
Mars festival offers some new features
MARS — The smell of apples and cinnamon, all-day entertainment and more than 150 vendors will greet those who make the trip to the 2016 Mars Applefest. The popular annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Grand Avenue and Pittsburgh Street in downtown Mars. Rich Mangel...

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Cranberry Eblast Only | September 30, 2016
Misdemeanors filed against man
EVANS CITY — An argument over a loud pickup truck earlier this year resulted in a Cranberry Township man being charged with 17 misdemeanors. Ryan M. Gifford, 27, last week in district court waived to court eight counts of reckless endangerment, eight counts of disorderly conduct and one count...

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Our Opinion | September 30, 2016
More aggressive state goals needed in fight vs. opioids
On Wednesday Gov. Tom Wolf urged legislators to work together and pass into law an extensive lineup of legislation addressing Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. The bills, six in all, deal with everything from how doctors write prescriptions and manage patients’ long-term use of the drugs, to...

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Letters to the Editor | September 30, 2016
Trump is unfit
During the presidential debate I tried to pretend that I had never heard of either candidate, and would judge both solely from what I saw that evening. I was disappointed that the majority of the debate was spent with both candidates attacking each other and saying what we “need to do.” ...

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Other Voices | September 30, 2016
Fed’s near-zero rates can’t last forever
The Federal Reserve has held interest rates at near zero for so long that many have forgotten that near-zero rates are not normal. And when we finally do return to normal, there’s going to be a very large bill to pay. To help hold interest rates so low for so long, the Fed has flooded financi...

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Other Voices | September 30, 2016
A dismal, forgettable campaign
With its insults, lies, rancor and racism, this has been the most depressing election cycle of my lifetime. So it’s worth reminding ourselves that there’s plenty of good news for the U.S. of 2016, and that the good news probably far outweighs the bad. When historians look back on our er...

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Focus Features | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Grove City Homecoming Court
GROVE CITY — Grove City High School will crown its homecoming queen at halftime of tonight’s football game against Slippery Rock. Homecoming court members are, from left, Abby Fulkerson, Ashley Jackson, Halle Culmer, Anna Williams and Emma Rastatter. ...

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Focus Features | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Harmony Route station reborn
WASHINGTON — After serving as a post office, an antique store and a deli, a vintage 1908 wooden interurban trolley station that once served passengers on the Harmony Route has been returned to its original condition. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Road, will reopen the station, for...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Cranberry to replace 7,500 water meters
CRANBERRY TWP — The township is set to replace about 7,500 water meters starting in January. The township supervisors Thursday night voted to advertise bids to install the majority of the meters. Township staff has already started replacing 1,400 of the meters, which are mostly on non-reside...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Hearing scheduled for sale of Mars school
A hearing on the sale of the former Middlesex Elementary School, which is in the Mars School District, will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Butler County courthouse. Judge Michael Yeager will preside over the hearing in courtroom 3. The school board members in June approved a bid of $450,000 from...

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Local News | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Homeless man accused of raping teen
Butler police Thursday evening arrested a homeless man who they say raped a 14-year-old girl at a city house. Nicholas C. Feitl, 29, is suspected of sexually assaulting the teenager after a weekend party in August at her mother’s home. Officers had been looking for Feitl all day after obtain...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Woman gets jail term in felony meth lab case
A Butler woman who pleaded guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab while squatting in a vacant home was sentenced to serve up to a year in jail Thursday by Butler County Judge Timothy McCune. Nikki Jo West, 33, who also goes by the alias Nikki Jo Haynes, was initially charged by the Pennsylvania ...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Man charged with threatening wife
JACKSON TWP — A township man was arrested Tuesday morning and placed in Butler County Prison after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife. Jason D. Wolfson, 38, is facing terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment charges, all misdemeanors, as a result of the incident. According to...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Misdemeanors filed against man
EVANS CITY — An argument over a loud pickup truck earlier this year resulted in a Cranberry Township man being charged with 17 misdemeanors. Ryan M. Gifford, 27, last week in district court waived to court eight counts of reckless endangerment, eight counts of disorderly conduct and one count...

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Local News | September 30, 2016
Worsley’s demolition set for 1st week of Nov.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Worsley’s building will begin the first week of November, according to the demolition company. A fire on March 11 heavily damaged the building, located on North Main Street at East North Street in downtown Butler. Alvin Wise of AP Wise Excavating is in the proc...

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Local News | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Saxonburg man charged with abuse
SAXONBURG — A borough man is accused of burning a former girlfriend’s 20-month-old daughter, possibly with a cigarette, authorities said. Cody Storm Vaughan, 26, while baby-sitting the infant at his home, also struck, slapped and bit the girl, according to investigators, and allowed her...

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Local News | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Workers recognized for safety
Employees of the U.S. post office in Butler got a buffet breakfast this morning to celebrate going nine months without an accident or injury on the job. That feat was called “unheard of” by a postal system official, who also joined in for pancakes. “We go through all different ki...

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Local News | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
New market being built for Eau Claire shoppers
EAU CLAIRE — A grocery store will at last be back open for business at the site of the old Delisio’s Market that was destroyed by fire at 101 S. Washington St. Eau Claire Mayor Bruce Toth confirmed Thursday that the market will have groceries, and also will sell pizza and sandwiches. &...

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Pennsylvania | September 30, 2016
State
Bridge’s weight limit increased PITTSBURGH — PennDOT has raised the weight limit on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge to 30 tons. The change comes Thursday, three days after the bridge was reopened with a 9-ton weight restriction following a Sept. 2 fire that closed the span for...

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National | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Cop says she experienced ‘auditory exclusion’
OKLAHOMA CITY — A lawyer for a white Oklahoma police officer charged in an unarmed black man’s death said she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn’t hear other officers arrive on the scene or even the deadly gunshot she fired. Tulsa officer Betty Shelby, who is expe...

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National | September 30, 2016
Hearing set today for teen held in S.C. school shooting
TOWNVILLE, S.C. — A judge will decide whether authorities can continue holding a teenager arrested after a school shooting that left two students and a teacher wounded and a tiny South Carolina community coping with the aftermath. The juvenile who authorities say is also suspected of fatally ...

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National | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Clinton ads employ raw Trump footage
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making “nasty” ads about him. Most of Clinton’s commercials about Trump include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy. The most frequently used Clinton advertisements ab...

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National | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Investigators seek answers in wreck
HOBOKEN, N.J. — Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened before a New Jersey commuter train barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others. Investigators from the National Transp...

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National | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Obama honors 1936, current Olympians
WASHINGTON — Relatives of Jesse Owens and America’s 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics were welcomed to the White House on Thursday by President Barack Obama for the acknowledgement they didn’t receive along with their white counterparts 80 years ago. Along with the re...

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National | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Trump tweet hints at ‘sex tape’
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner today for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her “sex tape,” in an early morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign’s efforts to broaden its appeal to...

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International | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Israelis, leaders gather for funeral
JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres was laid to rest today in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries — in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as...

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International | September 30, 2016
Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes have killed 9,364
BEIRUT — A year of Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands, and caused wide destruction, an opposition monitoring group said today. On Sept. 30 last year, Russia began an air campaign backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, turning the balanc...

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International | September 30, 2016
Comet chaser ends run
BERLIN — Europe’s comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task Friday, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it’s been following for more than a decade. Mission controllers lost contact with the probe as expected after i...

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International | September 30, 2016
Cost of Olympics rattles Tokyo
TOKYO — An expert panel commissioned by Japan’s capital city has warned that the total cost for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could exceed $30 billion unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken. The panel on Thursday said the ballooning costs reflect an absence of leadership and a lack of...

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International | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Drug war of words escalates
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level today, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” 3 million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug...

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Police Reports | September 30, 2016
Police Reports
These items have been collected from various police and fire departments. Butler Police 2:42 a.m. Wednesday — Nicholas J. Campbell, 34, of Butler was arrested after he allegedly tried to run from police on South Chestnut Street. Officers moments earlier learned that he was wanted on a...

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Court News | September 30, 2016
Court News
District Judge Kevin O’Donnell BUTLER TWP — District Judge Kevin O’Donnell recently heard these cases: Amanda Leigh Marcucci, 37, of Parker was held for court on charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed June 2 by Butler Township Police. Leaann Myers, 52, of Ev...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
Man jailed for murder seeks his father's fortune
A New Jersey man jailed for the gruesome murders of his wealthy father and stepmother on their Brady Township estate in 2011 continues to be unsuccessful in attempts to get his father’s millions. Three years after 37-year-old Colin Abbott pleaded no contest to murdering Kenneth and Celeste Ab...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
Grown up and growing the game
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — For years, Marissa DeCola had her sights set on the LPGA. The Butler graduate and former WPIAL girls golf champion accepted a scholarship to continue her academic and golf career at Indiana University in the Big Ten a few years ago. “My goal was a pro golf career on ...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
SR grad Siebka hits the ground running
LAKELAND, Fla. — It was a complete reinvention, one that few undertake. A basketball player transformed into a cross country runner. It’s a plot in a script that few would believe. But it happened to Slippery Rock High graduate and Florida Southern senior Morgan Siebka. “A lot ...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
Jefferson couple leads Christmas drive
JEFFERSON TWP — There’s no frost on the pumpkin yet, or anywhere really, but John Woitas is already gearing up for the Christmas season. Woitas and his wife of 50 years, Jane, of Jefferson Township are coordinators for this year’s Operation Christmas Child. When you are spearhea...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
Homeless man accused of raping teen
Butler police Thursday evening arrested a homeless man who they say raped a 14-year-old girl at a city house. Nicholas C. Feitl, 29, is suspected of sexually assaulting the teenager after a weekend party in August at her mother’s home. Officers had been looking for Feitl all day after obtain...

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Digital Media Exclusive | September 30, 2016
Man charged with threatening wife
JACKSON TWP — A township man was arrested Tuesday morning and placed in Butler County Prison after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife. Jason D. Wolfson, 38, is facing terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment charges, all misdemeanors, as a result of the incident. According to...

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Death Notices | September 30, 2016
Death Notices
Paul E. “Wuf” Kauffman, Annapolis, Md. Kenneth Bartholemew Kosh Jr., Freeport Clyde Malczak, Zelienople Larry A. Russo, Butler Shirley Y. Mitchell Tessier, Evans City ...

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Birthday Tributes | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Mid Weidenhof
In memory of our mother Mid Weidenhof September 29, 1932 – June 10, 2016 Love, Your Daughters, Marilyn and Doris ...

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Birthday Tributes | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Jayne Leithold
In loving memory of our beloved Jayne Leithold whose birthday is September 30, 1932. Our thoughts go wandering when daylight fades To the land of long ago, And memory paints the scenes of old In the gold of the twilight glow We seem to see in the soft, dim light A face we loved the best, And ...

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Birthday Tributes | September 30, 2016
David (Yum) Uram
David (Yum) Uram September 30, 1954 Yum, our hearts are sad and blue Because we can’t spend your birthday with you. You’re in our hearts and on our minds We talk and think of you all the time. Remembered Forever, Uram and Steighner Family ...

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Birthday Tributes | September 30, 2016
Rachel Ann Blauser
Rachel Ann Blauser September 30, 1993 In a little country cemetery Not far away We celebrate our beautiful Rachel Who would be 23 years old today We smile when we think of you And imagine the incredible young lady you’d now be Happy 23rd birthday, Rachel You are loved beyond measure, D...

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Professional Baseball | September 30, 2016
Nova’s finale a rare 1-1 draw
PITTSBURGH — If this was the end of Ivan Nova’s brief time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he went out on a good note. The right-hander allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings Thursday night as the Pirates and Chicago Cubs played to the first tie game in the major leagues since 2005 when rain for...

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Professional Hockey | September 30, 2016
Crosby MVP as Canada rallies to win World Cup
TORONTO — Sidney Crosby was stewing after each of the first two periods in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey finals. When the final horn sounded, he was sporting an ear-to-ear smile. Crosby set up Patrice Bergeron’s game-tying goal with 2:53 left in the third period on a power play tha...

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College Football | September 30, 2016
No. 6 Houston rolls, 42-14
HOUSTON — Greg Ward Jr. threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in just more than three quarters to help sixth-ranked Houston beat Connecticut 42-14 on Thursday night. The victory was a bit of redemption for the Cougars, whose only blemish last season came in a 20-...

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College Football | September 30, 2016
No. 9 SRU has tough road block
SLIPPERY ROCK — If numbers mean what they say, Slippery Rock is in trouble. Ninth-ranked SRU (4-0, 1-0) travels to Adamson Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff with No. 24 California (3-0, 1-0) in a key PSAC West football match-up Saturday. “They are three-time defending champions,” firs...

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Other College Sports | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
SR grad Siebka hits the ground running
LAKELAND, Fla. — It was a complete reinvention, one that few undertake. A basketball player transformed into a cross country runner. It's a plot in a script that few would believe. But it happened to Slippery Rock High graduate and Florida Southern senior Morgan Siebka. “A lot of peop...

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High School Football | September 30, 2016
Falcon Knights blanked in rain
NEW BETHLEHEM — Weather dictated that Thursday night's high school football game between Union/A-C Valley and Redbank Valley would be decided on the ground. Advantage Bulldogs. Redbank's rushing attack sparked the team to a pair of second-quarter touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the visitin...

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Other High School Sports | September 30, 2016
Moniteau earns sportsmanship honor
CHERRY TWP — Moniteau High School will soon be hanging a new banner in its gymnasium. It won't be in recognition of a championship in football, basketball, baseball or any other sport. It will signify sportsmanship. Moniteau is one of two District 9 schools — Johnsonburg being the othe...

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Other High School Sports | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Grown up and growing the game
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — For years, Marissa DeCola had her sights set on the LPGA. The Butler graduate and former WPIAL girls golf champion accepted a scholarship to continue her academic and golf career at Indiana University in the Big Ten a few years ago. “My goal was a pro golf career on ...

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High School Round Up | September 30, 2016 Butler Eagle Online
Knoch still perfect
Sarah Armahizer had 22 kills as the Knoch volleyball team remained undefeated with a 25-20, 25-15, 18-25, 25-21 win over Mars. Bethany Nulph added 11 kills and Abby Pospisil 11 points and eight kills for the Knights (9-0, 7-0). Slippery Rock 3, Franklin 1 — Carlee McClymonds had 10 kills, 14...

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In Brief | September 30, 2016
In Brief
Texans lose Watt to back surgery HOUSTON — A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition said the Houston Texans’ star defensive lineman had back surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity becau...

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Trivia | September 30, 2016
Trivia
What two players played in the League Championship Series nine years with the same team? ...

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Scoreboard | September 30, 2016
Events
Friday Football Butler at Shaler, 7:30 p.m. Penn Hills at Seneca Valley, 7:30 p.m. Montour at Knoch, 7 p.m. Mars at New Castle, 7 p.m. Avonworth at CW North Catholic, 7 p.m. Burrell at Freeport, 7 p.m. Keystone at Karns City, 7 p.m. Clarion at Moniteau, 7 p.m. Slippery Rock at Grove...

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