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City Council adopts $3.8 billion budget, cigarette tax

City Council members gave their final OK to a $3.8 billion 2014 operating budget on Thursday before recessing for the summer.


Blasting belly fat with quinoa

With all the gadgets and gizmos available that promise six-pack abs, you might think we should be a nation of strapping Adonises. However, the current U.S. obesity epidemic would indicate otherwise. Stephen Ball, University of Missouri Extension exercise physiologist, says sit-ups and crunches will tighten your abdominal muscles, but you will still have the same layer of fat sitting on top of those muscles.


Eagle Scout shares in family tradition

Scouting is in Kieron Pleis’ blood.


Calling all green thumbs for citywide garden contest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is inviting green-thumbed competitors to enter the 2013 Citywide Garden Contest.


Weathering the storm

With more than 10 hurricanes predicted for the 2013 season, now is the time for Northeast residents to prepare. 


Crossan pupils hear about careers

Kennedy C. Crossan Elementary School recently welcomed more than two dozen people for a career day presentation for pupils.


Lengthy terms ordered in child molestation case

Two men convicted of molesting a boy from St. Jerome parish asked for mercy last week, but got none. Mercy was Judge Ellen Ceisler’s to give, but she gave none.


Council looks at plan to sell liens for unpaid taxes

The people who don’t pay their taxes don’t pay in a big way. They owe the city more than a half-billion dollars, and to say that number irks those who do pay would be underplaying how big an issue tax delinquency has become. The city has ramped up its collection efforts, but each year’s taxes that go unpaid just spill more red ink onto municipal finances. 


School spirit

The St. Matthew Elementary School rewarded first, second and third graders for all their academic successes this year by holding a Spirit Day on June 5. The kids will have plenty more time for fun, since last Friday was the final day of school until September. ••


Croce’s wins Burholme pizza contest

Croce’s Pizza was the big winner in last week’s Best of Burholme pizza contest.