By Rick Kazmer
John Dawson told the court Monday that he wants his murder conviction thrown out. The former Boswell man was found guilty in April by a jury for killing his wife, Kathleen, in 1981. It is unlikely Dawson is going to get his life sentence overturned. Read more here.
‚Äî Flight 93 memorial donors have reached a $1 million fundraising goal. The project is about $12 million shy of the $62 million needed. The memorial is an admirable project. But I was a little startled after reading a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article packaged with the Daily American Sunday that reported thousands of bridges in the region are deteriorating. I am sure there are metaphors about building monuments while the kingdom crumbles ‚Äî I can‚Äôt think of a better one here ‚Äî and maybe they don‚Äôt apply. But perhaps the next round of fundraising should go toward the state‚Äôs infrastructure problems. The Daily American‚Äôs article about the fundraiser‚Äôs success can be found here.
‚Äî The Shade-Central City school board decided to pull the plug on an earlier decision to implement a $25 fee each for student parking and activities. Government funding cuts turned out not to be as bad as expected. The board is still waiting to hear back from teachers about a proposed pay freeze.
‚Äî After losing 5-3 to Chicago Monday the Pittsburgh Pirates are just one game above .500 and five games out of first place in the National League Central Division. Derrek Lee hit two home runs in his debut ‚Äî unfortunately that was about the only highlight for the Pirate‚Äôs offense. A new order that had Andrew McCutchen leading off wasn‚Äôt the answer ‚Äî at least on Monday. Have a look at the standings here.