The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 8, 2013

Briefs | Span renamed for ‘Johnstown Flood’ author


Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh bridge has been renamed for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, a city native, on his 80th birthday.

County officials gathered Sunday to rename the 16th Street Bridge in honor of McCullough, who wrote “The Johnstown Flood” in 1968.

The span across the Allegheny River was built in 1923 to connect the Strip District with the historic H.J. Heinz plant.

The county council had approved the name change in December and deemed Sunday “David McCullough Day.”

Penn State says fundraising bounced back

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State said Monday its fundraising efforts rebounded last year after a drop-off in donations followed the arrest of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges.

Total alumni giving reached nearly $88 million in the year that ended in June, up from about $71 million a year earlier but still down from $131 million in 2010-11. That year a major donation for the school’s ice hockey program caused a spike in total donations.

Condition of Heinz Kerry is upgraded

BOSTON – The condition of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and heir to a ketchup company fortune, was upgraded from critical to fair Monday, a day after she was first hospitalized, a State Department spokesman said.

Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to a Boston hospital Sunday after first being taken by ambulance to a hospital on Nantucket, where the couple has a home.

Heinz Kerry showed symptoms consistent with a seizure, said a person in close contact with the family, who was not authorized to speak publicly about Heinz Kerry’s condition and spoke on condition of anonymity.