A sad farewell, a fresh start, Idlewild injury

August 12, 2016 GMT

A look at what’s happening and what’s coming up in Western Pennsylvania.

Saying goodbye

Family and friends of Luke Blanock will gather today for the funeral of the late 19-year-old Canon-McMillan athlete. Blanock died Sunday night in his Cecil home after battling Ewing’s sarcoma. A poignant story by Trib reporter Chris Togneri chronicled Blanock’s February marriage to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Britvich.

Are you ready for some football?

The Steelers will host the Detroit Lions at 7 p.m. today at Heinz Field in their first preseason game. Landry Jones will get the start at quarterback. Click here for a story on Jones’ development and much more about the Steelers.

Idlewild Park fall

State inspectors, police and Westmoreland County Detectives are investigating how a boy was injured while riding a classic wooden roller coaster at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, one of the most popular children’s attractions in the region. The child was conscious and transported to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The park, which has two roller coasters, is open. Read the latest here.

Vanishing drones

Carnegie Mellon University researchers will try to help develop a drone for the military that can drop supplies to our troops ... then vanish. The CMU team is working on the project with a $3 million federal grant. If all goes as planned, the self-destructing drones could deliver batteries, medical supplies and food. Tech reporter Aaron Aupperlee has the story.

Bucs are L.A. bound

The Pirates travel to Los Angeles to kick off a three-day series against the Dodgers. The Bucs went 2-1 in a series against the Padres that wrapped up Thursday. As the series concluded at PNC Park, fans walked away with Jung Ho Kang bobbleheads. Fans told the Trib they wanted the bobbleheads even though Kang is under investigation for sexual assault by Chicago police. Kang has not been charged with any crime.

Home & Garden

Garden editor Doug Oster looks at “plants that matter,” including a 90-year-old fern and a mother’s memorial garden to her late son.

Are you left-handed?

Saturday is International Left-Handers Day. Trib columnist Eric Heyl offers a humorous look at the town of Left Hand, W.Va., and their plans to mark the occasion. Left Hand is about 200 miles south of Pittsburgh.


In an interview with the Trib, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis says Pittsburgh International Airport could be in store for a major facelift in five years or so. Cassotis said the airport, once the hub for US Airways, currently serves only a fraction of the passengers it served in 2000.

Today’s weather

Scattered thunderstorms with a high of 88.