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Rogue Catholics in Society of St. Pius X to reopen West End church

By Bobby Kerlik
A breakaway faction of the Roman Catholic Church at odds with the Vatican and the Diocese of Pittsburgh will reopen the diocese’s former St. James Church in the West End on Saturday, prompting warnings from Bishop David Zubik to churchgoers. Members of the group — Society of St. Pius X …

Couple taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling and Paul Peirce
Charles Cottle was on the lam from a court-ordered mental health treatment program when he engaged police in another standoff Friday. The West Homestead man, on the Allegheny County sheriff’s most-wanted list, …

Region’s Goodwill spends $51.6M in 2014, report says

By Tom Fontaine 1:18 p.m.
Adam McBride is building up his resumé by dismantling computers through a Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania job-training program. “I’d like to get a job as a cashier or drive a truck someday,” …

Allegheny

Region’s Goodwill spends $51.6M in 2014, report says

By Tom Fontaine 1:18 p.m.
Adam McBride is building up his resumé by dismantling computers through a Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania job-training program. “I’d like to get a job as a cashier or drive a …

Armstrong

Bomb threat clears Apollo-Ridge High School

By Valley News Dispatch
Apollo-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School was evacuated shortly after noon today because a bomb threat was found at the high school, said Superintendent Matt Curci. The threat was assessed as “low-risk” Curci said, but the district is taking precautions to ensure …

Beaver

Beaver County woman guilty in niece’s shooting

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County jury on Friday convicted a woman of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of her niece during a wedding celebration. Christina Nicole George, 31, of Patterson showed little …

Butler

Butler DA finds no wrongdoing with how county used voter list

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he didn’t find anything wrong with the county using a list of registered voters to gather names for a survey about senior centers. “The list was used to conduct a survey for government …

Fayette

Warrant issued for Hopwood man accused of burglary

By Tribune-Review
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fayette County man suspected of committing several daytime burglaries of residences in the Hopwood area of North and South Union townships. State police at Uniontown Friday filed burglary and related charges against …

Indiana

Clymer woman dies in 2-vehicle crash in Homer City

By Jacob Tierney 12:44 p.m.
A 75-year-old Clymer woman was killed in a crash on Route 119 in Homer City on Friday night. Madeline Ralston was the passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, traveling north near Sanso’s Italian Deli, according to the Indiana …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Washington County school superintendent charged with DUI gets probation

By Adam Brandolph
A Washington County school superintendent charged with drunken driving will enter a probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, Allegheny County court records show. South Fayette police accused Bethlehem-Center School District Superintendent Linda Marcolini, 55, of McDonald of driving under the …

Westmoreland

Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa
A Norwin health teacher responsible for telling students about the dangers of drug abuse has been charged with selling heroin, police said Friday. Lisa Marie …

Education

Armstrong schools put television programming online

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District is trying to make its television programming more accessible by putting it online through the ARIN Intermediate Unit. The district is working with the Indiana-based intermediate unit to stream its student-produced “Education Today” television broadcasts from Kittanning, …

Pennsylvania

Key Pennsylvania judicial races dot landscape

By Melissa Daniels 1:18 p.m.
Robert Byer never grew accustomed to the politics. While serving an appointed term on Commonwealth Court in 1991, he campaigned for an open seat. He lost, but he remembers the rumor mill rumbling about whether a decision on the bench …

Photo Gallery

Friday - March 27, 2015

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Wolf hopes he’ll strike gold in legislative mines
Good will is worth its weight in gold in Pennsylvania. How valuable is it? Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to spend $51.4 million in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they …

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Obituaries

Renaissance man was devoted to family, golf

By Mary Pickels
Robert Lekawa played clarinet in a jazz band, passed his architect exams without completing college and flew a plane he dubbed “The Polish Air Force One.” His projects included working on the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, along …