David Singer

Multimedia Reporter
Phone No:
724-949-1198

Email:
dsinger@thealmanac.net

Bio: Washington County native formerly of KDKA, WJPA Radio now shooting video, photography and covering the South Hills, Upper St. Clair and South Fayette.

Department: News

Stories written by David Singer

Epi-pen bill heads to governor’s desk

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Any school staff member trained to use epinephrine injectors will soon be able to administer the allergy medication even to students without prescriptions in the case of a severe reaction.

Allegheny County restaurant grade proposal faces time restraints

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Legislation to implement a letter grade system for Allegheny County restaurants must be resubmitted every 30 days by the county executive or by council in order to comply with state law.

Demon of Brownsville Road author tells of demonic infestation

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Bob Cranmer is a former protestant politician turned Catholic exorcist who says he battled a demonic presence in his Brentwood home, eventually quashing it after a final mass in the basement.

Upper St. Clair posts highest SAT scores in Pittsburgh

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The 335 Upper St. Clair high school students who took the SAT college entrance exam in 2013 have ranked number five in the state and number one in the Pittsburgh region with a combined SAT score of 1,736.

Upper St. Clair student wins 3M Young Scientist Challenge

- Upper St. Clair School District will now have two students in the White House Science fair come spring, after Sahil Doshi, 14, won the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge with his invention of a

Police patrol near Mt. Lebanon High School after fight, threat

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A fight between three Mt. Lebanon High School students included a threat to use weapons against the victim.

Senior Fair at new location

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The Eighth annual senior fair hosted by State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) will be held Oct. 22 at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Scott Township.

Southern Beltway may cut Millers Run in South Fayette

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wants to add two cul-de-sacs to its Southern Beltway project in South Fayette, which will save $8.5 million dollars and shorten three proposed bridges.

Triphammer Road closed through December

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The Allegheny County Department of Public works has started conducting repairs on Triphammer Road in South Park, forcing a closure of the road until Dec. 15.

Bethel Park Vietnam veteran awarded medals

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Vietnam veteran Carl Charnesky said the war sure wasn’t a Boy Scout outing.

FEMA training preps Monongahela Valley Hospital for pandemics

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Communication and preparation are key to dealing with a “surge event” at hospitals, when a fast-spreading infection leads to hundreds of casualties and the public stricken with panic – if not a virus...

UPMC educates on breast cancer at South Hills Village

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Some survivors saw the pink ribbons and stopped by to share their story.

Video exclusive: Young on saving elderly woman

- Renno Young, 18, of 5910 McPherson Avenue, has been humble after saving a 71-year-old woman from a two-alarm fire Oct. 7. In the video below, Young describes going back inside the home a block away from his hous...

No tax increase in $839 million Allegheny County budget proposal

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Allegheny County Council is reviewing the $839.2 million budget laid out by county executive Rich Fitzgerald, which doesn’t increase taxes and pushes a 2.7 percent increase over the 2014 budget. Council must appro...

Pittsburgh security guards seek unionization

- Security guards who patrol Pittsburgh businesses rallied downtown Oct. 8 to seek job security.

AARP providing nonpartisan election guide

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In a summer survey, nearly half of voters over age 50 said it’s difficult to find “objective, reliable” information about candidates. AARP has released a voting guide free of hyperbole and attack ads...

Photo series: Plein Air artists capture Gilfillan Farm

- Plein Air Mt. Lebanon 2014 competition artists visited the historic Gilfillan Farm property in Upper St. Clair Oct. 9 to capture the sights and scenery of autumn in the rural area tucked away just inside of subu...

Disability Employment Summit Oct. 13-15

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The national unemployment average for people with disabilities is 13.3 percent, almost double the average for the general population. In Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development estimates there are h...

Allegheny County bounty program reels in woodstoves

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The Allegheny County Health Department announced it had received 149 woodstoves since launching a “bounty program” last year, with the latest collection of 29 stoves at Boyce Park in September.

Allegheny Health Network starting to use 3-D mammogram

- In video games and movies, 3-D imaging brings fantastical worlds to life. In mammography, 3-D imaging is a life-saving new perspective that captures what previously couldn’t be seen in certain types of pat...

Tour de Mt. Lebanon caps Plein Air art events

- A week-long celebration of the arts will finish Sunday with the return of the Tour de Mt. Lebanon after a four-year hiatus.

Bethel Park student saves elderly woman from fire

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Renno Young was driving home the morning of Oct. 7 when he saw flames and smoke erupting from his neighbor’s home in the 5900 block of McPherson Avenue.

Almanac On-Air Podcast week of Oct. 8

- The man who killed five people in a South Hills rampage in 2000 will face the same fate in December. And Mt. Lebanon Police are looking for the suspect in a hit and run case that left a woman with two broken leg...

Upper St. Clair Township approves restaurant plans

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The Upper St. Clair Township board of commissioners approved the final development plan for a new restaurant from the owners of Ardolino’s Pizza at their Oct. 7 meeting after months of delays regarding concerns wi...

Allegheny County to vote on restaurant grade system

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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s proposal to post an A-B-C letter grade system outside of restaurants goes before county council members Oct. 7 despite State Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) warning...

Bomb threat at Bethel Park High School not credible

- A bomb threat sent to Bethel Park High School over the weekend of Oct. 5 was deemed not credible by Bethel Park Police and school administrators, yet an increased police presence on the morning of Oct. 6 left pa...

Teens crash in texting and driving simulator

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A Bethel Park high school student collided into a pedestrian. Another swerved over the median and back into traffic. Both were cited for their dangerous driving.

Future Fair vendors provide student opportunities

- Free job training and a job portal linked to 27,000 Pittsburgh area jobs were some of the features vendors were showing off at the Future Fair at Seton La Salle High School Oct. 2.

Autism movie features Upper St. Clair family

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Don Lund stares down at his kitchen floor as two other fathers discuss their children’s hectic sports schedules. Lund’s schedule is nonetheless hectic and involves four children, but no sports, as two of th...

Heroin, pill task force release report

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Overdose antidotes aren’t widely available, doctors often can’t prescribe them for known heroin addicts and “doctor shopping” for opioid painkillers continues in the absence of a state drug mo...

I-79 restrictions Bridgeville to Parkway through Oct. 15

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PennDOT is starting line painting operations on Oct. 2 weather permitting.

Almanac On-Air podcast week of Oct. 1

- This week's rundown includes a South Fayette commissioner indicted on insurance fraud charges, and a warning about phone and internet technology for parents and teenagers.

Dormont House Tour benefits library

- Daytrippers coming out on Oct. 5 will get a last look at lush seasonal gardens in addition to early 20th century architecture in select Dormont homes.

Mt. Lebanon Library vintage book sale draws dozens

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Within the first hour of Mt. Lebanon Library’s “Book Cellar” vintage book sale, nearly a quarter of the 300 donated books dating back to 1790 were sold.

“Dark Side of Tech” teaches Internet, phone safety

- FBI statistics show nearly 20 percent of teens have sent a nude photo of themselves to another person through phone messaging or the Internet. The momentary lapse in judgement can cause a whirlwind of consequenc...

St. Clair Hospital offers free mammograms

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After a June survey in the South Hills, major types of lung, colon and breast cancers were among top concerns for residents seeking care.

South Fayette preps for new standardized tests, contract negotiations

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Assistant superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead told the South Fayette School Board at their Sept. 23 meeting students will be facing a new challenge in the spring: revised PSSA exams.

State Rep. White hosts Capitol bus tour

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State Representative Jesse White is offering a tour of the state Capitol, National Civil War Museum and the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Farmer’s Market Tuesday Oct. 14.

Peters school district pays $2M to settle age, gender discrimination suit

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The Peters Township school district paid nearly $2 million dollars after agreeing to settle out of court for a gender and age discrimination suit brought by 17 teachers and guidance counselors.

Almanac On-Air Podcast week of Sept. 24

- The weekly news and sports headlines run down for your convenience on your computer, tablet or smartphone to play on the go, or to recap news for those with reading or vision problems.

Upper St. Clair School District sees improved financial picture

- The Upper St. Clair School District is making headway on closing a roughly $1 million budget deficit after accounting for real-estate liabilities and returned expenses on healthcare and early retirements.

Children’s South opening Sept. 29

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For Misti and Matt Kolovich, it will only take 15 minutes to take their son, Noah, to get emergency and routine medical care.

Upper St. Clair students host costume drive

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The International Baccalaureate program has some kids helping teachers in their school, while others collect books, and still others think a bit more seasonally for their community service.

Schools, doctors warn of EV-D68 virus

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After an erroneous report of the rare respiratory enterovirus at Bethel Park High School, experts are saying there is no more cause for alarm than the common cold.

Red Line T Detours Sept. 19-21

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Port Authority is announcing Red Line T service will be detoured in both directions so crews can replace the light rail grade crossing at Potomac Avenue.

Almanac On-Air Podcast, Sept. 17

- The Almanac On-Air podcast runs down the weekly headlines and upcoming sports events.

Drive Electric Week kicks off at Heinz Field

- Those looking to test drive electric cars and hear their owners swoon over how fun they are to drive can do so Sept. 21 at Heinz Field, Green Lot 22.

Couponing allows freedom for mothers

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Neither Kelly Salvini nor Nicole Gagich consider themselves “extreme couponers,” but the savings they get from proactively seeking out the digital and paper slips make it appear otherwise.

Deer collisions increasing in Pa.

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Pennsylvania recorded the second most crashes involving deer in 2013, behind only neighboring West Virginia. Ten percent of all deer collisions in the U.S. – or 123,941 – happen in the commonwealth.

South Hills arts programs receive grants

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South Arts Pittsburgh has received $2,103 and the South Park Theatre received $2,389 in grant monies.