Metro Beat…2nd girl dies after dresser falls on young sisters

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a second little girl has died after a dresser toppled onto her and her sister.

Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatolovich Rossi says 3-year-old Ryeley Beatty died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville. She was taken there Friday after the dresser fell on her and her 2-year-old sister, Brooklyn, at their home in Aliquippa (al-uh-KWIH’-puh).

Rossi tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the girls appeared to have been playing in or around the bottom drawer of the dresser, causing it to fall onto them.

Brooklyn was pronounced dead Friday at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital in Brighton. She died of asphyxiation due to compression of her chest.

An autopsy on Ryeley is planned.

Homewood man shot, killed during backyard barbecue

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man was shot and killed during a holiday barbecue in the backyard of a Pittsburgh home.

Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said a fight started between the man and another person in the house in the Homewood neighborhood shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Toler said the man was shot multiple times before the unidentified shooter ran away. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

No description of the suspect was immediately available and no arrests were immediately reported.

Allegheny Health signs John Hopkins cancer pact

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network has signed a five-year deal to collaborate with Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Medicine on cancer treatment and research.

The deal was announced Monday, six months after both medical providers announced they had reached a memorandum of understanding to collaborate.

Allegheny Health Network is an eight-hospital network owned by health insurer Highmark Inc. Seven of those hospitals are in western Pennsylvania, and five were part of the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System.

The agreement with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will include clinical consultation, meaning Johns Hopkins doctors will consult when Allegheny Health doctors are treating patients with rare cancers, or those who may qualify for novel treatments, including clinical trials.

The providers will also work together on research, quality and safety projects, continuing education and patient services.

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