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Four fired Sewickley Academy teachers reportedly file lawsuit against school

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (KDKA) - A lawsuit against Sewickley Academy is alleging four teachers were fired from their roles for opposing racial discrimination during a purge of administrators. According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the four teachers filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday. The lawsuit says the teachers supported Douglas Leek, who filed his own separate lawsuit, he was a Black administrator who was replaced by a white woman. Although the school said he was let go due to declining enrollment and performance. The lawsuits are the fallout of "critical trace theories" where the teachers said Sewickley Academy tried to get them to forget the past and teach "both sides" of slavery after a group of parents complained about their kids' curriculum. One teacher claimed she was reprimanded for "stirring the pot" concerning racial issues and the school viewed the group of teachers as the ring leaders. From the lawsuit, the teachers are seeking to be reinstated to their positions and compensated for lost wages and opportunities. Stay With For More Details
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East Liverpool woman dies after traffic crash

State Troopers are investigating a one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of an East Liverpool woman. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 49-year-old Marci Cole went off State Route 170 in St. Clair Township shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The car struck an embankment, a traffic...

A second crash takes down more utility lines along Market Street

Just hours after a police chase resulted in a crash along Market Street in Boardman, another crash took place just about three miles north along Market Street in Youngstown. According to police, both crashes resulted in downed utility lines. Youngstown Police say at about 10 a.m. a driver struck a...

Benefit concert set in Monaca

MONACA − Beaver Valley musicians are rallying around one of their "family" members at a public benefit show Sunday featuring five local bands. The Music From The Heart concert takes place at the Beaver Valley Sportsman Club, and will raise money for Eileen Mowad, wife of Mojo Dia and the Usual Suspects' bassist Ed Mowad, as she undergoes cancer treatments.

Driver identified after deadly rollover crash on I-680 in Boardman

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the driver that was killed in a rollover crash Monday afternoon. Boardman police received the call around 2 p.m. for the crash off I-680 southbound near the Route 224 exit. State Troopers say the driver, identified as 51-year-old James Simmons Jr. of Youngstown,...

Ellwood looking for residents interested in filling civil service commission vacancy

ELLWOOD CITY − There is currently a vacancy on the Ellwood City Civil Service Commission. The civil service commission is a government agency that is constituted by legislation to regulate the employment and working conditions of civil servants, oversee hiring and promotions, and promote the values of the public service. They are used when hiring full-time employees like full-time police officers.

Spike brought love, in more ways than one: Pet Tribute

Editor’s Note: We recently offered readers an opportunity to pay tribute to beloved pets who have passed away. We received dozens of heartfelt tributes. They will be published on on weekdays from May 16-June 10. Please note that the deadline to submit new free tributes has passed. Readers can place a pet memory ad for their furry friends by calling 216-999-5555 or by going to

Local group matching military veterans with service dogs

WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) - The most recent numbers show an average of 17 military veterans die of suicide every day in America. That's more than 6,000 veteran lives lost to suicide every year, roughly the same amount as the current populations of Forest Hills and Stowe Township. A local group just up and running is trying to bring that number down. These dogs are more than just your average pet. They've each been chosen to serve men and women who've also served like military veteran Tim Sparr. He served four years in the Marines right after 9/11."I wake up Sunday morning, head up...

Man, 20, shot to death in New Castle; person in custody

NEW CASTLE (KDKA) -- A 20-year-old man is dead and another person is in custody following a late-night shooting Sunday in Lawrence County.First responders were called out to Bonzo Street just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in New Castle. The coroner's office also was called to the scene.The victim's name has not been released. The name of the man in custody also was not immediately available, but the police chief said that man is 21 years old.Investigators are trying to notify the victim's family.Officers from several departments were among those responding to the area.Nearly a dozen police vehicles and crime tape surrounded the scene. KDKA is working to learn more about what led to the incident.Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

Former debutantes to co-chair The Cinderella Ball

A memorable evening 15 years ago inspired two friends to create that same remarkable experience for other young women. Kelly Waldman and Courtney Elizabeth Benson were debutantes at the 81st Cinderella Ball in 2007. The night inspired them to become co-chairs for the 96th annual event on May 28 at the Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

Minerva Schools honors scholarship winners

Minerva High School recently celebrated its Class of 2022, and announced class members who received scholarships. Sponsored by the school’s National Honor Society, the Honors Night includes school and community members. Dr. S.L. Weir & Mrs. Weir Nursing Scholarships – Emmett Blum, Hannah Collins and Alyssa Risden. Minerva...

North Hills School Board approves proposed budget with tax increase

If the proposed final budget passes on June 2, residents of North Hills School District will see a tax increase of .66 mills. Revenues and expenditures included in the proposed budget total $91,612,966. School board president Allison Mathis said that the major reason for the increase was a boost in...