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Almost one month into the school year, Mercer County schools continue to provide in-person instruction, in spite of COVID case increases creeping toward the pandemic’s peak in December and January.

The Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team responded Friday morning to a residence at 1112 Beechwood Ave., Farrell. Police departments present at the scene included Farrell, Hempfield and Hermitage.

Despite a moratorium on executions, Pennsylvania’s death-penalty statute has cost taxpayers nearly a billion dollars since 1976, or more than $250 million for each execution. Even more compelling, some of the state’s roughly 150 death-row inmates are, almost certainly, innocent. In a series of occasional editorials and columns this year, The Herald is urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to abolish this inhumane, racially unjust, and outdated law, and join 23 other states in ending capital punishment.

President Joe Biden spoke with unwavering clarity during last year’s presidential campaign, calling for an end to the federal death penalty, as well as incentives for states to abolish their capital punishment laws. Since becoming President in January, however, Biden has gone silent, even as…

Two days after a serial rapist murdered his 23-year-old daughter, a doctoral student in Philadelphia, Sylvester Schieber attended Saturday night mass with his wife, Vicki, at their home parish in Maryland.

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George Floyd’s death rocked the world. Millions of people watched Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneel on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded for his life.

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One of the great pleasures of going up to buck camp is the anticipation of the hunt. We check our lists for gear essentials, target in our rifles, go deer-spotting to build excitement, hike in the woods to verify our chosen stands for opening day, and talk with our campmates about our plans …

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VIDEO: After canceling last year due to COVID-19, WaterFire returned to Sharon Saturday.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s masking order for those who aren’t fully vaccinated for COVID-19 comes to an end Monday morning.

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The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans — despite doubts the extra shots will do much to slow the pandemic.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania senators grilled turnpike executives over their efforts to collect unpaid tolls that amounted to $104 million last year during a hearing Wednesday prompted by an Associated Press report last week regarding some 11 million rides that generated no revenue for the…


A few clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.

Chance of Rain: 2%

Sunrise: 07:15:02 AM

Sunset: 07:10:15 PM

Humidity: 54%

Wind: SW @ 14mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Monday Night

Partly cloudy skies this evening. Increasing clouds with periods of showers late. Thunder possible. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 24%

Sunrise: 07:16:05 AM

Sunset: 07:08:32 PM

Humidity: 73%

Wind: NW @ 10mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Tuesday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 46F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 7%

Sunrise: 07:17:07 AM

Sunset: 07:06:49 PM

Humidity: 60%

Wind: NNE @ 7mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Wednesday Night

Clear. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 40s.

Chance of Rain: 8%

Sunrise: 07:18:10 AM

Sunset: 07:05:07 PM

Humidity: 64%

Wind: N @ 8mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Thursday Night

A mostly clear sky. Low 41F. Winds light and variable.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s.

Chance of Rain: 8%

Sunrise: 07:19:13 AM

Sunset: 07:03:25 PM

Humidity: 64%

Wind: N @ 6mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Friday Night

Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 44F. Winds light and variable.

Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of Rain: 15%

Sunrise: 07:20:16 AM

Sunset: 07:01:43 PM

Humidity: 63%

Wind: SSW @ 6mph

UV Index: 5 Moderate

Saturday Night

A few clouds. Low 54F. Winds light and variable.

Morning showers. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s.

Chance of Rain: 34%

Sunrise: 07:21:19 AM

Sunset: 07:00:02 PM

Humidity: 75%

Wind: SW @ 7mph

UV Index: 4 Moderate

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy during the evening. A few showers developing late. Low 52F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.


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