Dangerous dog shot
YOUNGSTOWN -- A pit bull menacing neighbors on East Dewey Avenue Saturday afternoon was shot by city police.
Police were responding to a call about 2 p.m. that the dog was chasing children and preventing people from leaving their homes when the dog charged at officers twice, reports stated.
Police and a dog warden chased the dog for 45 minutes and were unable to capture it. The dog charged a policeman near an abandoned house and the officer shot the dog with a shotgun, police said.
No people were in the area at the time of the shooting, police said.
Gambling panel member
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gov. Ed Rendell has named Sanford Rivers, Carnegie Mellon University's chief labor negotiator and a National Football League official, as the second of three members he will appoint to the state's new gambling commission.
Rivers, 61, who has worked at Carnegie Mellon for 34 years, is now assistant vice president of enrollment and handles labor negotiations as well as student and faculty grievances. He has also been an NFL line official since 1989 after officiating at the high school and college level.
Rendell must make his third appointment by Sept. 4. Legislative leaders also have two remaining seats to fill.
Pennsylvania's new gambling law allows as many as 61,000 slot machines at the 14 gambling halls. Nearly half the gambling revenues are to be used to lower the residential property taxes that pay for public schools by about 20 percent.
Cleaning up town
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The multimillionaire who founded the 84 Lumber Co. has spearheaded -- and bankrolled -- a sweeping effort to clean up this city's downtown and lure new businesses into empty storefronts.
Joe Hardy, the 81-year-old entrepreneur who became a Fayette County commissioner in January, consulted with business and government leaders, held community meetings and then hand-picked a team.
Work started this spring and continued through the summer. Hardy and his team hope the businesses have a mass grand reopening in November, in time for the Christmas shopping season, said Bob Junk, the president of Hardy's new company, Commercial Center Associates LLC.
Hardy started by giving grants to business owners with solid plans to renovate.