News Obituaries


Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children's Hospital

A year after coming to Children's Hospital in 1957, he performed the first successful open-heart operation using a pump-oxygenator.


Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.


Nation


Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Tens of thousands of revelers raised a defiant toast during a weekend of cannabis-themed 4/20 festivals and entertainment.



Biofuel falls short as an alternative, researchers report

Biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years, though they are better in the long run.


 

World


Photos connect Russia with unrest

Its role has a critical bearing on the agreement reached in Geneva among Russian, Ukrainian, U.S. and European diplomats to ease the crisis.



Pope Francis celebrates Easter with huge crowd, calls for peace

He issues a plea for peace and dialogue and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.


 
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State


Pennsylvania texting ban proves tough to enforce

Police typically cannot tell whether a driver is texting or dialing a phone, making enforcement of the texting ban problematic.



Clearfield County residents challenge EPA on permit process

The appeal of the well approval has halted construction of a deep injection well for shale gas drilling wastewater in a residential area.


 

Early Returns


WashPost back Murphy bill

Rep. Tim Murphy is getting more recognition of the mental health care bill he's crafted.  The editorial board of the


Corbett enlists Thornburgh

The Corbett administration has long been counting on an improving jobless numbers to reverse the daunting poll numbers that have



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