Happy Fourth!
Lots to do around the area over the Fourth of July holiday weekend including the annual parade in Canonsburg. Police Chief Al Coghill says they average about 50,000 but with good weather, the crowd is likely to be larger. Canonsburg Mayor Dave Rhome reminds residents they will not be able to view the fireworks from Canon-Mac Stadium due to construction at the stadium. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The fireworks are 9:30 p.m. Community Grand Marshals for the parade are former police chief R.T. Bell and former fire chief Harold "Buddy" Coleman.

Fireworks in Fredericktown have been postponed until Sunday at 9:30.

Wolf Defends State Store System

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor amid a budget standoff. Wolf said Thursday that selling off the liquor system isn't a good business decision and warned the plan would have led to higher prices. The decision comes two days after the Democrat also vetoed the primary budget bill. Wolf also vetoed a budget-related public schools bill that contained a new formula to distribute state aid to districts. The governor says it didn't reversed deep cuts in school funding. He also vetoed another key budget-related bill that guided how money is spent. The governor hasn't announced whether he'll sign a bill that would make major changes to the two large public-sector pension plans, for teachers and state workers.

Pushak Waives Right To Jury Trial
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A police chief who resigned after nearly 40 years as an officer in a southwestern Pennsylvania township faces an October non-jury trial on charges he blew $10,000 from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration fund at a casino. Former Cecil Township chief John Pushak waived his right to be tried by a jury at a pretrial conference Thursday in Washington County, where he's now scheduled to stand trial starting Oct. 1. Pushak resigned in 2013 and was charged months later with using the money to gamble at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and others. By the time he resigned, Pushak had repaid the money which was only supposed to be used for drug investigations and police equipment. Prosecutors and Pushak's attorney have been trying to work out a plea deal. (Photo: WPXI-TV)

Horse Rescued
SCENERY HILL, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say emergency responders used a hoist to rescue a retired racehorse from a sinkhole on a western Pennsylvania farm. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Washington County Animal Response Team was called after Chautauqua Worms fell into the 6-foot hole on the Scenery Hill farm. Firefighter Ed Childers of the North Strabane fire department said rescuers lifted the 1,000-pound horse from the hole at about 9:30 a.m. Friday with the help of an A-frame hoist borrowed from the county. Veterinarian Leah Mitchell said the horse had a few cuts but wasn't badly hurt. She said the situation could have been life-threatening, and Chautauqua Worms "was a lucky horse." Mitchell said the sinkhole was created by erosion from an underwater stream following recent rains. (Photo: WPXI-TV)

"Bra Bandit"
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties. Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February. Police say the manager of the Victoria's Secret store reported the Thursday afternoon theft but couldn't provide a description of the suspect or surveillance video.








America Celebrates Independence Day
UNDATED (AP) - From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country's independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food. Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near Independence Hall. There was music on three stages, treats from local food trucks and restaurants and a beer garden. The Philly Pops performed patriotic tunes. Saturday's events include a Celebration of Freedom ceremony, a parade through the city's historic district and a free concert and fireworks. Washington will have its parade and the traditional fireworks on the National Mall. New York has Nathans, where the famous hot dog eating contest is a feature event, along with Macy's annual fireworks display Saturday night. And the traditional Boston Pops concert and fireworks are set for Boston.

Regatta Boating Events Canceled
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Too much water will mean no boats - of any kind - at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. Officials canceled Formula One boat races and all other water-based events for the three-day festival which began Friday because the rain-swollen rivers are unsafe. Officials were concerned about floating debris and faster-than-normal currents. This year is the first in the event's 38-year history that all boating events have been canceled. The event normally draws about 500,000 people. Concerts, the Fourth of July fireworks show, and other land-based events will go on normally. But Jet Ski stunt shows scheduled Friday through Sunday and an "Anything that Floats" event, also scheduled for Sunday, were also canceled. Regatta board chairman John Bonassi says, "Obviously, it's very disappointing, but it's still going to be a very, very fun-filled weekend."

Prime Minister Calling For "No" Vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's prime minister is urging citizens to vote "no" in Sunday's austerity referendum and shun those who threaten the country with economic ultimatums. Alexis Tsipras told throngs of demonstrators at the main "no" rally in Athens' central Syntagma Square Friday that the referendum is not a choice about whether or not to stay in Europe, but a decision about living "in Europe with dignity." He said Greeks wants Europe to return to its core values which it has sidelined for the sake of "dead-end" austerity programs. Tsipras said Greece won't abandon Europe "in the hands of those who want to drag her away from her democratic traditions." He said Greeks "have justice on our side and we will win," urging voters to ignore scaremongers and to remain united no matter the outcome.

NASCAR Pulling Away From Trump
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR has already started distancing itself from the Confederate battle flag and now is accelerating away from businessman-turned-Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. It's part of the backlash over Trump's comments about Mexicans that insulted many Hispanics.

Pittsburghers Want Bridges To Remain Same Color
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An online poll that drew more than 12,000 votes shows nearly 85 percent of Pittsburghers don't want the city's three "sister bridges" across the Allegheny River to be painted a different color when they're rehabbed. So, the Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson - or 6th, 7th and 9th street - bridges will remain "Aztec Gold." The suspension bridges were built between 1924 and 1928 and connect downtown with the city's North Shore. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny County, which owns the bridges, are scheduled to rebuild and repaint the spans starting with the Warhol bridge early next year. The county and city conducted the poll after suggestions that the Warhol be painted silver, the Carson bridge be painted green and the Clemente span be repainted yellow.











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