Area News In Brief…

DUI checkpoints

The Warren County DUI Task Force will be conducting checkpoints and roving patrols this weekend.

Pitt chancellor

stepping down

PITTSBURGH (AP) – University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg says he’s stepping down from that post next August, but hopes to remain at the school as a professor.

Nordenberg announced his decision at a board of trustees meeting Friday, and a subsequent news release says a committee is being formed to choose his replacement.

Nordenberg is 64 and began working in the university’s law school in 1977. He became the law school’s dean in 1985 and held that title for eight years before moving through other administrative posts before coming chancellor in 1996.

Nordenberg succeeded J. Dennis O’Connor.

Although Nordenberg plans to remain at the university, he says it’s too early to determine specifically what he’ll do.

Philly schools hunger strike

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Hunger strikers protesting massive education layoffs in Philadelphia are calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to prioritize safe schools.

A rotating group of activists has been fasting since June 17 to demand the funding needed to rehire about 1,200 lunchtime aides.

The aides are among more than 3,800 public school employees who will lose their jobs next week because of the district’s $304 million deficit.

The “Fast for Safe Schools” is being organized by Unite Here, a labor union representing the aides. Participants drink only water.

On Friday, fasters are delivering a petition signed by at least 1,000 people to Corbett’s office in Philadelphia.

Fifteen elected officials fasted in solidarity with the group on Thursday, including a congressman, state lawmakers, members of City Council and the district attorney.