The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


  • APTOPIX Vatican Pope_Denn.jpg Pope reluctant to be pope: What does it mean?

    He still goes by "Bergoglio" when speaking to friends, seems reluctant to call himself pope and has decided to live in the Vatican hotel rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace.

    It might seem as if Pope Francis is in a bit of denial over his new job as leader of the world's 1.2-billion Catholics. Or perhaps he's simply changing the popular idea of what it means to be pope, keeping the no-frills style he cultivated as archbishop of Buenos Aires in ways that may have broad implications for the church.


    March 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Panera Pay What You W_Denn.jpg Panera trying new pay-what-you-want experiment

    Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.

    March 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • ‘Spring Fling’ fundraiser will benefit area hospice

    A local hospice wants to celebrate spring while raising money to continue its mission.
    Conemaugh Regional Hospice will host its first Spring Fling on April 5 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    March 21, 2013

  • Pa. school asks students to cut back on body spray

    Freedom High School in Bethlehem says one of its students was recently hospitalized for exposure to Axe Body Spray. Now, officials are asking students to stop using it as a cologne or fragrance while attending the school.

    March 20, 2013

  • Speeding Iowa dad ignores police with baby coming

    An Iowa man who was pulled over for speeding as he rushed his pregnant wife to the hospital said he was determined to keep going despite the police lights flashing behind him.

    March 18, 2013

  • 1972 story inspired 4 Diamonds Fund

    The teacher saw it as a way to challenge the members of her accelerated English class. But one of her brightest students, Chris Millard, didn't want to write about his own life. The boy, who had been struggling with cancer, hesitated to rehash the experience.

    So, instead of an autobiography, in the spring of 1972, Chris penned an allegorical tale of a knight, Sir Millard, who completes difficult tasks to earn the diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength. And the rest, including the inauguration of The Four Diamonds Fund and its dramatic growth through the annual THON at Penn State University, is history.

    March 15, 2013

  • Ey yo! Rocky's house in South Philly is for sale

    Want to live like Rocky Balboa? The Italian Stallion's house is on the market.

    March 15, 2013

  • Breaking Bad Tourism.jpg How TV show turned fast-food joint into tourist attraction

    A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque has become an international tourist attraction as people come from all over the world to see the spot where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization. A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth. A beauty store has a similar product — crystal blue bathing salts.

    March 15, 2013 3 Photos

  • For dog, a circuitous journey, plenty of admirers

    The big, elusive dog lay sedated in a ball on the floor of an Armstrong County family's basement.

    Nearly a dozen people who share a love of the 8-year-old Anatolian shepherd-Great Pyrenees mix gathered around, crying and marveling how a dog so leery of humans attracted such a devoted following.


    March 11, 2013

  • Student aims to end use of the 'R' word

    Hannah Cunningham stood in front of Lauren Piersol's fourth-grade classroom Tuesday morning to deliver a message.
    It's a message the 11-year-old from Manchester Township had already shared with her fifth-grade classmates at Sinking Springs Elementary School, and one she hopes to share with all the school's students, one classroom at a time.

    March 6, 2013


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

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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