Dowd resigning from City Coucil to join nonprofit



PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd is resigning to head a nonprofit designed to benefit children.

Dowd has represented the city’s District 7, which includes the Strip District, a warehouse district-turned restaurant and shopping area, as well as Lawrenceville and several bordering neighborhoods in the city’s East End. He was elected to council in 2007.

He’s resigning to head Allies for Children, which the group’s news release says is “designed to inspire practical policy and programmatic changes” on behalf of children in the Pittsburgh region.

The group works with business, government and educational institutions to identify children’s needs.

Dowd spent four years in the board of education of the Pittsburgh Public Schools before serving on city council.



CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man will spend up to five years behind bars for stabbing a University of Charleston football player outside a nightclub in January.

Media outlets report 27-year-old Aris Travon Hairston was sentenced to one to five years in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Monday.

Hairston had pleaded guilty to the charges. He told Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey that if he was given home confinement instead of jail time he’d never commit another crime. But Bailey pointed to his lengthy criminal record in imposing the sentence.

Hairston stabbed 18-year-old Kevin Clemens of Pittsburgh outside of Impulse nightclub after the two got into an altercation inside on the dance floor. The club was shut down soon after the incident.

Hairston apologized to Clemens and his family in court.





PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Ohio man has had his sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh for his role in sending anonymous YouTube threats claiming to have hacked into the University of Pittsburgh’s computer system on the heels of a series of unrelated bomb threats postponed until next week.

Twenty-six-year-old Brett Hudson, of Hillsboro, Ohio, pleaded guilty in October and his co-defendant, Alexander Waterland, of Loveland, Ohio, has already been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Lawyers requested the extension Tuesday.

The men claimed to be members of the hacking group Anonymous who had obtained confidential information on students and faculty.

The hacking threats were received last Spring as the university finished dealing with bomb threats that plagued the campus since February.


W. Pa. man faces sentencing for porn, agent threat

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is set for sentencing on charges he possessed child pornography — then threatened to have a female U.S. postal inspector who investigated his case raped and murdered.

Forty-nine-year-old Todd Markley, of Export, pleaded guilty in February and was set to appear before a federal judge in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Markley was targeted in a federal string operation after his name showed up on a customer list of a Los Angeles-based distributor of child pornography that was raided in 2006. Markley was charged after he requested an emailed catalog of DVDs in May 2011, and in February 2012, he ordered two videos from the fake porn business.

Markley was subsequently charged with emailing an expletive-filled diatribe in May 2012 to U.S. Postal Inspector Karen Yoakum, who helped search his home.

Woman dies after fall from Pittsburgh balcony

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials say a Pittsburgh woman who fell from a fourth-floor apartment balcony has died.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says that 77-year-old Janice Bress died as a result of the Monday morning fall.

Police say the incident happened at about 10:15 a.m. at the Maxon Towers, a 10-story development in the city’s upscale Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Details of how the accident happened were not immediately available and officials are investigating. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano, and the Cincinnati Reds moved a season-high 15 games over .500 by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Monday night.

The Reds (43-28) hit four solo homers in all, extending their best start since 1995, the last time they won a playoff series.

Cozart connected in the fourth and Frazier in the sixth off Liriano (5-3), who hadn’t allowed a homer in his seven previous starts. He opened the season on the disabled list, recovering from a broken right arm last December.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce connected in the eighth inning off Bryan Morris. Bruce has three homers during a five-game hitting streak.

Mike Leake (7-3) extended the best stretch of his four-year career, giving up six hits — including Russell Martin’s RBI double — in seven innings. Leake got 13 outs off ground balls and fanned three.


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