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January 24, 2013

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But jurors heard none of that when the accuser testified last week.

His claims are the basis of the landmark child-endangerment conviction last year of Monsignor William Lynn, a former church official in Philadelphia.


FirstEnergy to dump slurry in reclaimed Fayette mine

PITTSBURGH — FirstEnergy Corp. still plans to close a coal slurry dump along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border, but now says it will ship the coal byproducts to a mine reclamation project in Fayette County, instead of building a new, state-of-the-art dump next to a coal-fired power plant.

Akron-based FirstEnergy last year announced it was replacing the 1,700-acre Little Blue Run slurry dump in Beaver County with a lined depository that will keep the pollutants from getting into the groundwater. The current dump doesn't have a lining because that wasn't required when it opened in 1974.

The slurry comes from the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

But now FirstEnergy says it will be cheaper to ship the slurry by barge to a mine reclamation project in LaBelle, Fayette County.

That will begin in 2017.


Uniontown school superintendent will work for free

UNIONTOWN — A Fayette County school district superintendent who stayed on the job for free to help guide a $60 million building project has decided to work without pay for three more years.

Charles Machesky says he doesn't have any hobbies and likes to travel, but can't do that continually, so he's decided to keep working for the Uniontown Area School District — sans his $122,000 salary.

He officially "retired" last April, but agreed to work for free through March because of the building project. But as that deadline loomed, the 59-year-old educator decided he didn't want to stop working.

Machesky says he simply wants to serve the city where he grew up and formerly served as mayor.

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