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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Arts & Ent. Features | January 19, 2017
After hiatus, trio returns with album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The short hiatus country vocal trio Lady Antebellum announced in 2015 kept them apart for longer than they had been in a decade. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley went in different directions on their solo albums, while Dave Haywood honed his skills as a producer. So when th...

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Arts & Ent. Features | January 19, 2017
NBC announces 10-episode return of ‘Will & Grace’
NBC is looking for a little of that must-see-TV magic, announcing Wednesday the return of “Will & Grace” for a 10-episode limited run. A Thursday night staple, the multicam sitcom debuted in 1998, chronicling the adventures of best friends Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing)...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Nightlife
COUNTY The Beacon, 231 Beacon Road, presents The Jentz at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 724-586-6233. Tri-County Country Music Association will have a meeting and dancing at noon Sunday at Elderton Town Hall, Route 422. Take a casserole; also take a gift if you want to participate in a gift exchange. M...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Music
COUNTY Greater Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will deliver singing Valentines Feb. 14. For $50, the recipient will get two songs, a long-stemmed red rose, and a chocolate sampler. Call 412-606-7963. ...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
On Campus
Butler County Community College The Cloud Chamber duo specializing in folk music and jazz will perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Butler County Community College. Tickets are $10. Call 724-284-8505. Slippery Rock University The Performing Arts Series will host John Ford Coley, best known...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Outdoors
COUNTY A basic boating course offered by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will be presented from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Unionville Fire Hall, 102 Mahood Road. The course is for age 11 and older, and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by adult. Admission is free, but reservati...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Film
PITTSBURGH Rangos Omnimax Theater at the Carnegie Science Center, North Side, is showing “Extreme Weather,” “National Parks Adventure,” “Humpback Whales” and “D-Day: Normandy 1944.” Tickets for most shows are $8.95. Call 412-237-3400 for show times. ...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Best Bets
BLT presents play on conflict Butler Little Theatre will open “God of Carnage,” a play about conflict, on Friday. The show will run through Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at the theater at One Howard St. Tickets are ...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Crafting the arts
A kayak by carpentry students and other artwork by Butler County Vocational-Technical School students is on display through Jan. 28 at The Butler Art Center, 344 S. Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, ...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Museums & More
COUNTY Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., offers tours from 1 to 4 p.m. daily, except when the museum is closed Mondays. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $3 for youths 6 to 17. Call 724-452-7341. PITTSBURGH Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park, is closed for exhibition maintenan...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017
Art
COUNTY Maridon Museum, 322 N. McKean St., features Asian art and German Meissen porcelain. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and free for children under 8 accompanied by an adult. Call 724-282-0123 or visit mar...

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Showcase | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Symphony to play 'Great Romantics'
The Butler County Symphony Orchestra continues its 68th season on Feb. 4 with “Great Romantics,” featuring soloist Tanya Satteson on violin. Concertmistress of the orchestra, Satteson is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her master's degree in violin perfor...

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Verse of the Day | January 19, 2017
Verse
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ...

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Chuckle of the day | January 19, 2017
Chuckle
Money still talks, it just doesn’t talk to you. ...

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Town & County | January 19, 2017
Town and County
Items for Town & County should be submitted on weekdays no later than 4 p.m. the day before requested publication. ...

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Business Features | January 19, 2017
Target reports sluggish sales
NEW YORK — Target cut its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after sluggish holiday traffic in its stores and weak sales in key areas like electronics and food offset a surging online business. The holiday season was disappointing for Target and several other retailers trying to be more ...

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Business Features | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Pick for health secretary faces pointed questions
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary said Wednesday that the health care system is losing focus on patients, its first priority, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch into a Medicare overhaul. Rep. Tom Price, R-G...

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Business Briefs | January 19, 2017
In Brief
Yellen: Expect Fed to gradually hike rates over next 3 years WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects the Fed to raise its benchmark interest rate several times a year through 2019, as it moves closer toward to its economic goals of maximum employment and s...

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Bulletin Board | January 19, 2017
Bulletin Board
Today Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 1674 weigh-in at 4:30 p.m., meeting at 5 p.m., Concordia Visiting Nurses, 613 N. Pike Road, Cabot. For more information, call Sue at 724-679-6365. KATIE’S KITCHEN FREE COMMUNITY MEAL, 5 to 6 p.m., St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201...

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Cranberry Eblast Only | January 19, 2017
Police: Mother gave son pills
CRANBERRY TWP — Police say a township woman endangered her child’s safety after allegedly giving him antidepressant pills. Danielle L. Powell, 27, Friday waived felony charges of drug possession and endangering the welfare of children after an incident last month involving her 10-year-o...

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Cranberry Eblast Only | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Bird of prey found on road
CRANBERRY TWP — Carlos Marin was returning home from an appointment on Wednesday afternoon when he noticed a flap on the side of Graham School Road near Rochester Road. “I saw him sitting on the side of the road, struggling to fly,” said Marin. A brown and white bird almost two f...

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Our Opinion | January 19, 2017
Bail out the circus? There’s a sucker born every minute
Be advised: This essay is pure satire. It’s intended to show the silliness of existing political and social conditions by exaggerating them. It’s a shame that satire must be labeled and explained as such, but those unfamiliar with comic traditions need to be warned, for legal reasons. Th...

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Letters to the Editor | January 19, 2017
Mismanaged mail
The mail delivery and mail carrier need to pay more attention to what they are doing. My mail carrier does not pay close attention to names and addresses on delivery. the carrier put my mail and my son’s mail in our neighbor’s box and we will get other people’s mail that do not ev...

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Letters to the Editor | January 19, 2017
Bilingually illiterate?
There are approximately 230 million adults in this country. The Department of Education estimates 32 million adults, or 14 percent of the total, are illiterate. An additional 16 million adults cannot read above a 5th grade level. Those 48 million represent 21 percent of all adults living here. Perha...

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Letters to the Editor | January 19, 2017
Where you’re planted
On Jan. 13, my wife Jocelyn, great nephew John and I attended a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Butler City Grand Ball Room. The event was promoted by a nonprofit group hopeful to restore the dilapidated Penn Theater. Many of our local businesses donated items, and baskets of goodies were donated...

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Other Voices | January 19, 2017
Other Voices
The Pennsylvania Lottery has always been a dubious proposition: It is at its heart a scam on the poor whose proceeds pay for programs for seniors — some of whom are the Lottery’s most dedicated patrons. After some record-breaking years, including $4.1 billion in sales that generated $1....

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Other Voices | January 19, 2017
John Lewis shouldn’t shun system
My father seldom talked about his time in Mississippi. It was as if he had gone there in a different lifetime, different from the one he inhabited as a father, a high-powered civil litigator and a guy who liked to watch the Philadelphia Eagles with a Rolling Rock in his hand on Sunday afternoons. T...

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Focus Features | January 19, 2017
Nebraska bans teachers wearing religious garb
LINCOLN, Neb. — Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head. The 37-year-old nun was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, she couldn...

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Focus Features | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Eye Opener
A short mission trip is all about putting “love your neighbor as yourself” into action. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s not for everyone. “A mission trip is a great opportunity to reach beyond yourself and your community,” said Jason Brewer of Community Life Churc...

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Offerings | January 19, 2017
Offerings
Community prayer meeting slated Butler area Christians are invited to join together at 6 p.m. Sunday at Whitestown Road Baptist Church, 409 Whitestown Road, for praise, worship and prayer. All churches are invited to participate by hosting community prayer meetings. Contact connie@kayberry...

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Religious Round Up | January 19, 2017
Religious Roundup
CHRIST COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST The youth group of Christ Community United Methodist Church, 205 N. Duffy Road, will attend the S.P.A.R.K. youth event Friday through Sunday at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. For more information, contact youth director Cherie Loomis. The church counci...

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Local News | January 19, 2017
Commissioner says switch to save money
Xerox will be managing all of Butler County’s print services. The county commissioners on Wednesday approved a five-year contract with the company that does not include a monthly or annual cost. Commissioner Kevin Boozel said in an interview the numbers would be finalized once Xerox determ...

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Local News | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Woman accused of stealing, then pawning ring
ADAMS TWP — Police say a cleaning lady stole and pawned one of her client’s wedding rings and may have made off with more. Brittany M. Smith, 27, of Butler faces felony charges after allegedly pawning the ring days after three rings went missing from a township residence. The rings are...

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Local News | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Injured red-tailed hawk goes for rehabilitation
CRANBERRY TWP — Carlos Marin was returning home from an appointment Wednesday afternoon when he noticed a bird flapping on the side of the road. “I saw him sitting on the side of the road, struggling to fly,” said Marin. A brown and white bird almost two feet tall that Marin said...

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Local News | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
6 alleged drug dealers being sought
A half dozen arrest warrants targeting alleged narcotics dealers remain unserved following a recent drug sweep in and around Butler. The sweep that began late last week was a special joint operation between the Butler County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office's Bureau of...

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Local News | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Getting to the top
The Karns City competitive cheerleaders practice at Sugarcreek Elementary School on Monday. The squad will compete in the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Championships in Hershey on Friday. In only the program’s fourth year of existence, the Gremlins claimed their first District 9 championship i...

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Local News | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Social media challenges raised
Officials from Butler School District and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General warned parents about the dangers of social media at a program Wednesday night. The sparsely-attended program included information on everything from how to set up accounts on popular social media apps like Twitter...

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National | January 19, 2017
George H.W. Bush, wife both hospitalized
HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing. The 92-year-old former president went into the ICU on Wednesday and underwent a ...

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National | January 19, 2017
Temps near -59 are hard to handle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cynthia Erickson woke up early, hoping her four furnaces were working. She owns a grocery store and the building that houses the post office in the village of Tanana, Alaska, which ranked as the coldest place in the state Wednesday. The official temperature at the airport ...

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National | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Obama aims final messages at president-elect
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV. But at times, his answers seemed aimed at an audience of one: The man ...

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National | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Trump ready to make mark on presidency
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his election as the nation’s 45th president, Trump has violated decades of es...

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National | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Trump to nominate Perdue for agriculture secretary
WASHINGTON — Sonny Perdue, a farmer’s son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Agriculture Department, The Associated Press has learned....

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National | January 19, 2017
European leaders seek early Trump visit
WASHINGTON — European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump’s unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge. One l...

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National | January 19, 2017
Bill targeting ethnic studies goes nowhere
PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker’s proposal to penalize colleges and universities that teach ethnic studies classes has essentially died after getting widely panned by Democrats and liberal commentators across the nation. The demise of the legislation Wednesday comes as Arizona leaders wor...

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National | January 19, 2017
Secretary: More troops not answer
WASHINGTON — Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military’s key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a...

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National | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Miss USA: I hope Trump can unify
MANILA, Philippines — The U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant said Wednesday she did not vote for Donald Trump but she hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a “nerve-racking” point in U.S. history. Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of...

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International | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Avalanche buries central Italy hotel
PENNE, Italy — Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy today, reporting no sign of life in the building even though two survivors found outside said more than 30 people had been in it when the snow struck. As heavy vehic...

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Police Reports | January 19, 2017
Police Reports
These items have been collected from various police departments. Butler Police 9:45 p.m. Jan. 12 — Amy L. Allaman, 37, was arrested after she allegedly threatened her roommate’s life at their apartment in the 400 block of East Jefferson Street. She also clashed with police when ...

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News Extra | January 19, 2017
Injured worker is longtime employee of dairy
FORWARD TWP — A longtime employee was flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital on Thursday after being scalded by hot water at the Marburger Dairy. Matthew Turner, who dairy Vice President Craig Marburger said is in his mid 30s, was burned just before lunchtime when a clamp came off a hot...

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Digital Media Exclusive | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Social media challenges raised
Officials from Butler School District and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General warned parents about the dangers of social media at a program Wednesday night. The sparsely-attended program included information on everything from how to set up accounts on popular social media apps like Twitter...

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Digital Media Exclusive | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Eye Opener
A short mission trip is all about putting “love your neighbor as yourself” into action. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s not for everyone. “A mission trip is a great opportunity to reach beyond yourself and your community,” said Jason Brewer of Community Life Churc...

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Digital Media Exclusive | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Woman accused of stealing, then pawning ring
ADAMS TWP — Police say a cleaning lady stole and pawned one of her client’s wedding rings and may have made off with more. Brittany M. Smith, 27, of Butler faces felony charges after allegedly pawning the ring days after three rings went missing from a township residence. The rings are...

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Digital Media Exclusive | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
United Way moves office to city location
United Way of Butler County has moved from Route 8, south of Butler, to a city address. Executive Director Kierston Hobaugh said the move to 407-A W. Jefferson St., has been planned for several months. She said the sale of the tiny United Way building on Route 8 South in Butler Township was delaye...

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Digital Media Exclusive | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Karns City cheerleading seeking more than D-9 title
COWANSVILLE — Karns City has been a District 9 power in football, boys and girls soccer and girls basketball. Add competitive cheerleading to the list. In only the program's fourth year of existence, the Gremlins claimed their first District 9 championship in the Medium Division. They topped...

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Death Notice | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Leonard F. Maitland
Leonard F. Maitland, 83, of Butler passed away at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Butler, the son of the late Leonard King Maitland and Jane Hickey Maitland. Leonard loved camping, fishing, hunting and especially family time. He was a retired crane m...

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Death Notices | January 19, 2017
Death Notices
Mona “Molly” Jean Bartel, Sarver Barbara N. Connors, Mars Flora R. McWilliams Dally, Cabot Sara F. Dolmayer, Sarver Saundra J. Evankovich, Karns City Spencer R. Foust, Hooker John B. Hafera, Harwick H. Maxine Korb, Chicora ...

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Birthday Tributes | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Kristin Martin
In loving memory of our beloved Kristin Martin whose birthday is January 19th. Today is your birthday Without candles and cake, And since you’re not with us to celebrate. There’s not much we can say On a sad day like this, But ask God to honor you In His own way, To have His choi...

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Birthday Tributes | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Kristin Martin
In loving memory of our beloved daughter, Kristin Martin, whose birthday is January 19, 1995. by Margmax 2012 Thinking of You with Love Birthday thoughts of you today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. We think of you in silence, We often speak ...

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Birthday Tributes | January 19, 2017
Margaret Pauline Hall
In loving memory of our mother, Margaret Pauline Hall on her birthday, January 19, 1926. Loving memories never die as years roll on and days pass by. In our hearts a memory is kept of one we loved and will never forget. Love, Barb, Ron, Bev, Mimi ...

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Photo Gallery | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Photo gallery for Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017


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Professional Baseball | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Raines, Pudge, Bagwell headed to Baseball HOF
NEW YORK — Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to basebal...

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Professional Football | January 19, 2017
Patriots’ Bennett goes with the flow
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — To step into Martellus Bennett’s world is to be in a place that is both spontaneous and full of introspection. In his first season in New England, the tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an organization that shies away from individuality. ...

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Professional Football | January 19, 2017
Brown offers apology
PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown insists he didn’t mean to disrespect his coach or create a distraction when the All-Pro wide receiver livestreamed the raucous aftermath of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The ever social media savvy Brown also...

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Professional Hockey | January 19, 2017
Murray finds his game
MONTREAL — Matt Murray got back into form, and that’s good news for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray made 19 saves, and Eric Fehr and Jake Guentzel scored in the second period to lead the Penguins past the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Wednesday night. Defensemen Ian Cole and Olli Maatta al...

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Other Professional Sports | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Djokovic falls in 2nd round
MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic won’t be setting the Australian Open record for most men’s titles this year, after a shocking second-round loss to wild-card entry Denis Istomin. It was the earliest loss at a major since 2008 for six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic, wh...

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College Basketball | January 19, 2017
No. 7 WVU loses at home
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jordan Woodward’s return from a leg injury has infused some hope in Oklahoma’s season. Woodard’s layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime lifted the Sooners to an 89-87 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday night. Woodard scored 18 of his 20 point...

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College Basketball | January 19, 2017
Indiana survives Penn State by hitting trey in final seconds
STATE COLLEGE— Shep Garner gathered his teammates along Penn State’s bench to remind them they needed one more stop to head to overtime. Indiana’s James Blackmon was ready to head home, however. Blackmon took an in-bounds pass with less than five seconds to go, sprinted down the ...

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College Football | January 19, 2017
Duquesne nipped, 65-63
WASHINGTON — Yuta Watanabe had 15 points, Jaren Sina added 14 points, including a clutch 3-pointer, and George Washington beat Duquesne 65-63 on Wednesday night. Duquesne’s Isiaha Mike blocked Sina on a 3-point attempt late in the shot clock, but Sina grabbed the deflection and put up a...

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High School Wrestling | January 19, 2017
Planet matmen spurned
ADAMS TWP — Close, but no cigar. It’s a timeless cliche undoubtedly heard by every member of Mars’ varsity wrestling team, but it served as no consolation to the Planets Wednesday night. Mars hosted Pine-Richland with both teams owning a 2-2 record and a spot in the Section 3 tea...

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High School Wrestling | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Closing the deal
BUTLER TWP — When they were needed, Butler's heavier weights became heavy hitters Wednesday night. The Golden Tornado won six of the evening's final seven matches — four via pin — to pull away from Seneca Valley for a 47-21 dual wrestling match victory. The win improved Butler to ...

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Other High School Sports | January 19, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Karns City cheerleading seeking more than D-9 title
COWANSVILLE — Karns City has been a District 9 power in football, boys and girls soccer and girls basketball. Add competitive cheerleading to the list. In only the program's fourth year of existence, the Gremlins claimed their first District 9 championship in the Medium Division. They topped...

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High School Round Up | January 19, 2017
Warrior girls net 52-47 win
Moniteau outscored host North Clarion 17-5 in the third quarter, sparking the Warriors to a 52-47 girls basketball win Wednesday evening. Senior forward Kristina DeMatteis starred in the victory, tallying 28 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. Alazia Greaves added 17 points for Moniteau (11-2...

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Horseshoes | January 19, 2017
Horseshoe League
Hooker Horseshoe Winter League Standings Team #3 5-1, Team #1 4-2, Team #2 4-2, Team #4 3-3, Team #5 3-3, Team #7 2-4, Team #8 2-4, Team #6 1-5 Week 1 Results Team #3 5, Team #6 1 Team #1 4, Team #8 2 Team #2 4, Team #7 2 Team #4 3, Team #5 2 Individual Results Team #1: Bob McKee 37-54 (50....

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In Brief | January 19, 2017
In Brief
BC3 men defeated by CCBC, 91-80 Garrett McHenry sank 26 points and added nine rebounds in the Butler County Community College men's basketball team's 91-80 loss to Community College of Beaver County Wednesday night. Brandon Record scored 15 points for the winless Pioneers (0-18), Chris Pipk...

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Pat Neubert | January 19, 2017
Proper form helps runners
Running is like riding a bike, right? You never forget how to do it no matter how long it’s been since you’ve been in the saddle. But sometimes after a layoff or a training break, I seem to forget how to run. It’s not that I can’t put one foot in front of the other, but I j...

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Trivia | January 19, 2017
Trivia
Who are the only four NFL quarterbacks to complete more than 450 passes in postseason play? ...

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Scoreboard | January 19, 2017
Events
Thursday Girls Basketball North Hills at Knoch, 7:30 p.m. Mars at Kiski Area, 7:30 p.m. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at Deer Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Valley at Freeport, 7:30 p.m. Slippery Rock at Meadville, 7:30 p.m. Girard at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Swimming Butler at North Hills, 6 p.m. S...

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