Pearl Harbor Anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - About 3,000 people are expected to gather at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. About 70 World War II veterans and survivors of the Dec. 7 bombing plan to attend Saturday's ceremony. The event will begin with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. There will be a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. The Navy and National Park Service are co-hosting the ceremony, which is open to the public. Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia will deliver the keynote address. The Vietnam War veteran is currently secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, which is responsible for managing overseas cemeteries for fallen American troops.
Drug Charges For Man Connected To Pozonsky
A former Washington County man, whose 2011 drug trafficking case is being used as evidence against former county judge Paul Pozonsky, has been arrested on charges related to two other drug cases. Kristopher Strejcek was arrested by police on a warrant Thursday night. Strejcek is charged in two drug cases, one filed by state police in Belle Vernon in June and the other by Canonsburg police in November of last year. Strejcek appeared before the former judge Pozosnky, who is facing charges of tampering with police cocaine evidnce, in 2011. Pozosnsky ruled that police went beyond their authority when searching Strejcek's Canton Twp. home. However, that decision has been over turned by a superior court and has been reassgined to judge John DiSalle. Strejcek is being housed in the Washington County Jail and faces two seperate bonds and preliminary hearings for the new charges.
In Strecjek's original case, the cocaine seized as evidence was allegedly tampered with and found not to be cocaine.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy.
The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October's revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October.
The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month.
The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That's up from 159,000 a month from April through July.
Many of the November job gains were in higher-paying industries. Manufacturers added 27,000 positions, the most since March 2012. Construction firms gained 17,000.
Another Successful Turkey Drive
The committee that runs the annual 2000 Turkey drive has announced this year's total was $136,160. Range Resources of Canonsburg presented a $25,000 check Friday morning. The goal for this year's campaign was $100,000. The event is co-sponsored by WJPA Radio and the Observer-Reporter. A special thanks to all who donated everything from coins and dollar bills to thousands of dollars.