Briefs: Personal Finance Seminars Planned

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Personal Financial Management 101 seminars are being offered this month by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Western Pennsylvania.

The free class is for people who want to learn budgeting basics and how to set financial goals, use credit wisely, maintain appropriate levels of insurance and keep accurate financial records.

Two-hour seminars will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and June 26 and from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. June 17. All classes are at the agency's Education Center in River Park Commons, 2403 Sidney St., South Side.

Reservations are required; to register, call 888-511-2227, ext. 145. For more information, visit www.cccspa.org.

Allegheny County

Flag Retirement Plaza to be dedicated

The dedication of Allegheny County's Flag Retirement Plaza will begin at 6 p.m. June 14, Flag Day, behind the Children's Theatre in South Park.

The theater is on Corrigan Drive. The plaza is designed for the proper disposal of worn-out American flags and is the first facility of its kind in the county, according to county officials.

Representatives of each of the armed services will present colors and wreaths. Students from the Bethel Park School District will perform.

State

Bill would enhance role in Project Safe Childhood

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn Hills, is sponsoring legislation that would enhance the federal government's role in investigating and prosecuting Internet-based crimes against children.

Santorum's bill, announced Monday, would expand and authorize federal funding for Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in February by the U.S. Justice Department. The project calls for a federal crackdown on child pornography and enticement cases involving the Internet or "other electronic media and communications devices," a Justice Department news release said. The project also steps up coordination between federal, state and local authorities.

The bill calls for $18 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2007 for initial implementation and up to $29 million for expansion in that year.

Pittsburgh

Grant will fund Carnegie Library improvements

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's capital improvement program received a $7.5 million boost from the state Monday that will help build a new Hill District branch and renovate the East Liberty branch.

The grant from the state Redevelopment Community Assistance Program pushes the total raised to $40 million since the library's capital improvement campaign began in 2001, said Barbara K. Mistick, the library's executive director. The campaign's goal is $55 million.

The Carnegie Library system, established in 1895, has 19 branches in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Allegheny County that served more than 2.2 million patrons last year. Officials hope to break ground this fall on the Hill District branch.

Westwood

Man pleads guilty to rape, other charges

A Honduran man pleaded guilty Monday to rape and other charges stemming from a string of burglaries and home invasions over two weeks last fall in Westwood.

Henry Esperonza-Caceres, 32, also known as Henry Rodriguez, pleaded guilty -- through a court translator -- before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John A. …