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FARMINGTON — Pitt student dragged by car as robbers seek laptop

PITTSBURGH — A University of Pittsburgh student has been injured by robbers who tried to steal his laptop computer as he walked along the street near campus and then dragged him with their car as he struggled to hold onto the device.

City police have yet to release the victim's name or say whether they have any suspects in custody in the incident which took place about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The robbery was close to an area where nine people — some of them students from Pitt or nearby Carnegie Mellon University — were robbed Sunday night by two men using a BB pistol.

Police are warning students and others in the area to take extra precautions.

Tuesday's victim was being treated for a possibly broken leg.

County councilman seeks Pittsburgh 'Walk of Fame'

PITTSBURGH — An Allegheny County councilman wants to honor famous dead people with a "Walk of Fame" in downtown Pittsburgh.

Democratic Councilman James Ellenbogen says courtyard bricks would be engraved with the names of former residents or others who have "attracted national or regional recognition".

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports Ellenbogen introduced his bill on Tuesday. The idea would be similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California, which honors entertainment figures.

Ellenbogen wants a 10-person committee to recommend up to 10 people annually, with the provision that they would have to be dead at least five years and have some substantial connection to the county.

Under those criteria, steel baron Andrew Carnegie, pop artist Andy Warhol, children's TV pioneer Fred Rogers, and Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente are examples of those who could be honored.

Highway reopens after tire-changer death

TARENTUM — State police have released the identity of a man killed while changing a tire along a busy highway near Pittsburgh, whose death prompted the northbound lanes to be closed for more than five hours.

Troopers from the Kittanning barracks say 24-year-old Kevin Eshelman, of Gilpin Township, was killed when another vehicle struck him about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday near the Creighton exit of Route 28. That's about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Police had earlier said the victim was 25 and from Leechburg, a neighboring borough.

Police say they've questioned the driver and that charges could be filed pending more investigation. That man is 25 and from nearby Brackenridge.

Police say a second person helping to change the tire was also hurt in the crash and has been taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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