Doozy of a detour coming to Route 910 in Indiana Twp.

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will close one of the bridges carrying Route 910 over the pike on Monday for a 10-month replacement project.

The posted detour is about 14 miles, and follows Saxonburg Boulevard, Harts Run Road and Middle Road back to Route 910. The bridge is one of six crossing the turnpike in the area that are being replaced to prepare for widening the highway to six lanes. The bridge is at mile 42.65. Completion is scheduled for December.


Another bridge project in the area will cause a full closure of the turnpike in both directions between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley from 11:59 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Traffic will be detoured via Route 8, Route 28, Route 910 and Freeport Road. Local traffic using Rich Hill Road in this vicinity will experience 15-minute stoppages during the five-hour period as crews erect beams for the bridge over the turnpike there.

Westbound Interstate 70 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday about a half-mile east of West Alexander (Exit 1) in Washington County. Crews will replace damaged expansion dams on a bridge.

Tale from the T: Several disabled vehicles caused delays and detours on the Light Rail Transit system this morning. PG's Sean Hamill reports waiting at Allegheny Station for 30 minutes, with no announcement on the public address system about when the next vehicle would arrive. He finally gave up and walked to town.

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-28-14

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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "There's still a lot to clean up. There are still things we can do better. It's all about the turnovers we're making. But it is a step in the right direction." - Brandon Sutter.

-The Olean Times Herald's recap. “It doesn’t cross my mind. Every game’s independent and every game’s new." - Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller on his poor career numbers against the Penguins.

-The Buffalo News' recap. “The first period we were just in awe watching them do their thing." - Sabres coach Ted Nolan on the Penguins.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We have 30-some games before the playoffs to make sure we're running on all cylinders, and make sure we're the best team going into the playoffs.'' - Chris Kunitz.


-Sidney Crosby couldn't beat Miller or Jamie McBain here:

-Ditto Evgeni Malkin:

-A good look at Miller's lid:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-"Sometimes, the guys keeping the stats, I swear they’re sleeping. It’s so arbitrary. If we’re going to keep the stats, they should make them credible and make them legit.” - Tanner Glass on how NHL statistics are kept.

-"I remember sitting down next to Mario and they had a poster night. I asked him to sign it and he asked for who and I said, 'to me.' I still got it at home. It's 'To Teddy.' That's it." - Nolan on playing with Mario Lemieux on the 1985-86.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Colin Campbell (right). A second-round pick in 1973, Campbell spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After spending 1973-74 with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA, Campbell made his NHL debut in 1974-75 with the Penguins. He played in 59 games and scored 19 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in nine games and recorded four points. He followed that up in 1975-76 by seeing action in 64 games and netting 17 points. In the 1976 postseaseon, he played in three games and failed to record a point. During the 1976 postseason, he was transfered to the Colorado Rockies as compensation for the Penguins signing Denis Herron. He returned to the Penguins in the 1977 offseason. The 1977-78 season saw him appear in 55 games and net 10 points. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1978-79. He played in 65 games and set a career-high with 20 points. During that spring's postseason, he appeared in seven games and recorded five points. In the 1979 offseason, he was claimed by the Oilers in an expansion draft. In 243 regular season games for the Penguins, Campbell scored 66 points. In 19 postseason games, he scored nine points. Campbell is currently an executive with the NHL.

-After the Jump: Jordan Staal scores a pretty goal and the Coyotes want an outdoor game?

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WPIAL wants Greensburg Central to suspend basketball coach Bisignani

Written by Mike White on .

The WPIAL will keep the Greensburg Central Catholic High School boys basketball team out of the playoffs unless the school suspends coach Greg Bisignani three games for allegedly making contact with an official after a recent game.

The WPIAL Board of Control made its ruling Monday night after a hearing with Bisignani and game officials. The WPIAL informed Greensburg Central Catholic of its ruling this morning. Bisignani allegedly made physical contact with official Mike Tucci after Greensburg Central Catholic lost to McKeesport, 66-63, on Jan. 18. Bisignani was upset with the officiating in the game.

At Monday's hearing, Tucci testified that Bisignani made contact with him. Another official backed Tucci's claims, as did North Catholic athletic director Mike Burrell and Gateway principal Bill Short, who were watching the game in the stands. A third official working the game said he saw no contact and Bisignani denied making contact.

Greensburg Central Catholic is 14-2 and one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AA. It is not the first time Bisignani has been in front of the Board of Control. Over the past few years, a few players who transferred to Greensburg Central had hearings to determine if their transfer was for athletic intent. The league had ruled Billy Hipp ineligible for this year, saying he transferred from Bishop McCort for athletic intent. Hipp had played for an AAU team coached by Bisignani. The PIAA overturned the WPIAL's ruling. 

Besides telling Greensburg Central to suspend Bisignani, the WPIAL also said it wants Greensburg Central to require Bisignani to enroll in a class in American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP). The WPIAL also is putting the Greensburg Central Catholic basketball program on probation until the end of next season.

"We have no jurisdiction over personnel at schools. That's a district issue," said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. "But we do have jurisdiction over schools. Greensburg Central can do what they want. But if they choose not to follow our directive, then they will be kept out of the postseason."

The WPIAL also censured Bisignani for inappropriate and unacceptable conduct towards officials and also censured the Greensburg Central Catholic administration. The WPIAL will also require the school to have an administrator at all home and away games through next season and also will require the school to develop a plan to persuade its coaches from acting inappropriately towards officials.


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State of the Inequality

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Income inequality will be a big part of Obama's speech tonight. If only he had a congress that cared about all Americans and not just the 1%. 

012814 State of the Inequality

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Kittanning's Bowers commits to Pitt ..... State basketball rankings

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Kittanning High School hasn't produced many Division I college football players, but the school has a future Pitt Panther in Nick Bowers.

Bowers, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior tight end at Kittanning, made a verbal commitment to Pitt today. He is the second junior to commit to the Panthers and both are from the WPIAL. The other is Canon-McMillan offensive lineman Alex Paulina.

Pitt had shown interest in Bowers all season and Bowers attended two Pitt games. He then attended a practice before Pitt's bowl game and that's when the Panthers offered a scholarship. 

Nick BowersBowers (pictured making a catch last season against Shady Side Academy) made an unofficial visit to Pitt this weekend and committed today. He is at the Duke-Pitt basketball game tonight.

"He went down this weekend with his mother to check out the academics," said Kittanning coach Frank Fabian. "He came in this morning and said he was ready. So he sent them a text message and said he was committed. He didn't want to wait around.

"He's not one of those kids who will pull out five hats and announce. He really wanted to do this and liked Pitt."

Temple also had offered a scholarship, but Boston College, Cincinnati and Purdue were among the schools to show up at Kittanning recently to show interest.

Bowers is a versatile player. He has good size and played everything in Kittanning's spread offense from receiver, slotback, tailback and quarterback 

"We would put him at quarterback in the wildcat formation," Fabian said.

Bowers set a school record with 53 catches for 826 yards. He also ran for 314 yards on 48 carries.

Fabian said one of the reasons Bowers liked Pitt is because it uses tight ends in its offense.

"The schools that use tight ends a lot are disappearing," Fabian said.

Bowers helped Kittanning to one of its best seasons in decades. His father, Brad, is a Kittanning assistant coach.

State basketball rankings

Here are the latest state boys basketball rankings from and Harrisburg Patriot-News.



No.  School                                          Rec    Pvs

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                  14-3        1

2.     New Castle (7)                            17-0        2

3.     Hampton (7)                               17-1        3

4.     Martin Luther King (12)           15-2        4                           

5.     Chester (1)                                 11-3        7

6.     North Allegheny (7)                  14-2        6

7.     Great Valley (1)                         15-2        8

8.     Abington (1)                               15-2        9

9.     Pennsbury (1)                           13-2      10

10.  Obama Academy (8)                  14-0      NR                                    

Others to watch: Bethel Park (7) 12-4, Carlisle (3) 11-6, Cathedral Prep (10) 8-5, Cedar Crest (3) 15-3, Central (12) 18-2, Central York (3) 15-2, Conestoga (1) 15-2, Cumberland Valley (3) 13-4, East Stroudsburg North (11) 13-3, Emmaus (11) 12-4, Fox Chapel (7) 13-4, Franklin Regional (7) 10-6, Gateway (7) 12-6, Harrisburg (3) 13-5, Haverford (1) 12-6, Hazleton (2) 13-2, Hempfield (3) 13-4, Hempfield (7) 14-2, Hershey (3) 12-6, LaSalle College (12) 15-3, Lower Dauphin (3) 12-6, Lower Merion (1) 10-6, McCaskey (3) 12-6, McDowell (10) 15-2, Oxford (1) 15-3, Parkland (11) 14-2, Penn Wood (1) 11-4, Penncrest (1) 14-4, Plum (7) 14-2, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 15-2, Reading (3) 12-6, Red Lion (3) 16-3, Ridley (1) 10-6, Spring-Ford (1) 15-2, St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 13-4, Upper Darby (1) 11-6, Upper St. Clair (7) 11-5, Whitehall (11) 10-6, Wilson (3) 16-2, York (3) 12-5.



No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Archbishop Carroll  (12)              14-2         2

2.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                  12-4         1

3.     Allentown Central Cath (11)        16-0         3

4.     Imhotep Charter (12)                   15-4         4

5.     Berks Catholic (3)                         15-3         5

6.     Bishop McDevitt (3)                      16-0         6

7.     Chartiers Valley (7)                       16-1         8

8.     Abington Heights (2)                     15-1         9

9.     Scranton Prep (2)                          15-1       10

10.   Central Valley (7)                          14-2         7

Others to watch: Ambridge (7) 12-5, Archbishop Wood (12) 9-7, Boys Latin (12) 16-3, Crestwood (2) 12-3, Elizabeth Forward (7) 14-3, Erie East (10) 12-3, Farrell (10) 14-1, GAR Memorial (2) 12-4, General McLane (10) 10-5, Girard (10) 9-5, Hickory (10) 11-3, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 13-4, Honesdale (2) 15-1, Indiana (7) 16-1, Knoch (7) 13-3, Manheim Central (3) 15-2, Mars (7) 10-6, Montour (7) 10-5, Oil City (10) 11-2, Philly Electrical (12) 11-7, Pottsville (11) 16-2, Salisbury (11) 12-5, Shamokin (4) 13-2, South Fayette (7) 9-5, Steel Valley (7) 12-2, Steelton-Highspire (3) 14-4, Strong Vincent (10) 8-4, Susquehanna Twp (3) 9-5, Thomas Jefferson (7) 15-2, Uniontown (7) 15-1, West York (3) 19-1.



No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Constitution (12)                                15-3       1

2.     Loyalsock (4)                                      14-1       3

3.     Lewisburg (4)                                     14-1       4

4.     Seton-La Salle (7)                               17-1       2

5.     Greensburg Central Cath (7)            14-2       5

6.     Quaker Valley (7)                               16-1       6                                       

7.     Mid Valley (2)                                     13-1       7

8.     Beaver Falls (7)                                  14-4       8

9.     Aliquippa (7)                                       12-5     NR

10.   Fairview (10)                                      13-2     NR

Others to watch: Avonworth (7) 13-3, Bishop McCort (6) 10-4, Blairsville (6) 12-1, Calvary Christian (1) 13-2, Camp Hill (3) 11-7, Columbia (3) 13-5, Conemaugh Twp (5) 12-3, Conwell-Egan (12) 13-5, East Juniata (4) 15-0, Elk Lake (2) 14-0, Hanover (3) 14-4, Holy Cross (2) 10-4, Jeannette (7) 9-7, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 12-3, Neshannock (7) 14-4, Penns Valley (6) 13-1, Reynolds (10) 11-4, Richland (6) 13-2, Riverside (2) 12-3, South Allegheny (7) 12-6, South Williamsport (4) 11-4, Towanda (4) 13-2, Tyrone (6) 13-3, Washington (7) 13-4, Wellsboro (4) 12-4, West Middlesex (10) 10-5, Windber (5) 11-3.



No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Lincoln Park (7)                                   16-1       1

2.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                 6-10     2

3.     Bishop Carroll (6)                                14-0       3

4.     Vincentian (7)                                      16-1       4

5.     St. John Neumann (4)                          15-0       5

6.     Johnsonburg (9)                                  15-3        6

7.     Elk County Catholic (9)                       14-2        7

8.     Monessen (7)                                       11-4        9                                  

9.     Bishop Guilfoyle (6)                             13-2     10

10.  Mahanoy Area (11)                              16-1        8

Others to watch: Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 12-2, Cameron County (9) 15-1, Carmichaels (7) 12-2, Church Farm (1) 10-4, Clarion-Limestone (9) 15-1, Cochranton (10) 13-3, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 10-4, Greenwood (3) 13-4, Homer-Center (6) 15-1, Juniata Valley (6) 14-3, Lebanon Catholic (3) 11-6, Mansfield (4) 12-5, Mount Calvary (3) 14-2, Muncy (4) 9-5, New Hope Academy (3) 9-7, North Catholic (7) 8-8, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 12-4, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 13-4, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 13-3, Pius X (11) 9-3, Portage (6) 14-2, Ridgway (9) 13-4, Sewickley Academy (7) 10-5, Shade (5) 12-4, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 13-3, Sullivan County (4) 12-4, Western Beaver (7) 11-4.


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