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Editor’s note: Gryffyn Jones, a home-schooled student in seventh grade, is the first-place winner of the 2021 Law Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Washington County Bar Association, Bar Foundation and Observer-Reporter. This year’s theme focused on “Advancing the Rule of Law.” A complete …

The coal mines that once dotted South Fayette Township closed many decades ago, but one in particular left behind a long-running legacy of discharge that left Millers Run and Chartiers Creek an unappetizing orange and rendered them unusable for fishing or other forms of recreation. Now, ther…

Neither actor Matthew McConaughey nor reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner have ever served in an elected office of any sort, but they both apparently believe that they have what it takes to lead two of the biggest states in the union. Jenner is reportedly thinking about running for governor of Ca…

Last summer, Andrew Goudy, president of Washington’s NAACP chapter, came forward with the idea of creating a citizens review board for the city’s police department in the wake of nationwide protests about police brutality. Seven Washington residents are needed to serve on the board, and, all…

A poll released in late March by NBC News and Morning Consult contained a disturbing finding – 26% of those who are part of the Generation Z cohort, which includes those aged 25 and younger, have said they are not interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The reasoning? They believe thei…

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While lawmakers in some states are working diligently to try to limit voters’ access to the polls, Kentucky has gone in the opposite direction. This week, the Bluegrass State’s General Assembly approved a measure that would, among other things, put three days of early voting in place, allow …

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