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Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation

By Karen Zapf 1:43 p.m.
Charges against Joseph Ruggieri, the suspended Plum teacher charged with having sex with a student, were held for court Wednesday for witness intimidation while using a school-issued laptop to contact the girl. Ruggieri, wearing a red jump suit, appeared pale and thinner since his June 29 arrest landed him in …

Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case

By The Associated Press 1:22 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son’s student loan debt …

Driver accused of crashing head-on into Ligonier officer’s SUV waives right to preliminary hearing

By Renatta Signorini 1:55 p.m.
A Ligonier man will be formally arraigned on Sept. 23 on charges that he slammed his work van head-on into a police sport utility vehicle driven by Lt. Eric Eslary, 40, of Ligonier Township. Clair E. Fink, 32, waived his …

Allegheny

Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation

By Karen Zapf 1:43 p.m.
Charges against Joseph Ruggieri, the suspended Plum teacher charged with having sex with a student, were held for court Wednesday for witness intimidation while using a school-issued laptop to contact …

Armstrong

South Buffalo airport gets Armstrong County funding for study

By Brad Pedersen
A small, private airport northeast of Freeport received a public boost Tuesday that Armstrong County officials hope will one day pay off in improvements to spur business development in the …

Beaver

Ambridge’s PittMoss takes off with help from TV show, Mt. Lebanon native Cuban

By Chris Fleisher
Mont Handley was facing a frenzy of sharks and convinced one of them to bite. It was a big one — serial entrepreneur and Mt. Lebanon native Mark Cuban — …

Butler

Freeport to address sewage bill deadbeats

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport Borough is considering adopting a stricter system for dealing with sewage treatment customers who are behind on their bills. Since rejoining council about a year ago, Councilman Ron Gallagher has been working to collect what’s owed to the borough, …

Fayette

Fayette County residents warned muggy weather could cause health problems

By Karl Polacek
It will be hot with high humidity for one more day and night, according to the National Weather Service Pittsburgh office in Moon. But older residents and those with heat-related …

Indiana

1 hospitalized for cadmium exposure at Indiana County plant; nearly 20 decontaminated

By Renatta Signorini
One person was admitted Tuesday to Indiana Regional Medical Center, and nearly 20 others were treated because they were exposed to cadmium at a metals and alloy plant, according to spokesman Mark Richards. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration confirmed …

Somerset

Woman charged with assaulting cops in wild Pittsburgh dispute

By Michael Hasch 11:09 a.m.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Somerset County woman accused of kicking, biting and scratching her boyfriend and several Pittsburgh police officers during what court papers describe as a drunken domestic dispute following a concert in the Strip …

Washington

Federal judge rules oil and gas lease for Washington County tract is valid

By Brian Bowling
Range Resources-Appalachia LLC and NiSource Energy Ventures LLC have a valid lease to the oil and gas under a 151-acre plot in Washington County, a federal judge ruled Monday. Rugh and Sherry Mason of Donegal claimed in the lawsuit that …

Westmoreland

Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Hempfield bicyclist who is accused of tying up traffic around Westmoreland County during the past several years could have been out of jail late Tuesday. Or David Smith, 56, could have been released after his September trial on misdemeanor traffic-related ...

Education

School credit ratings a problem for several in Western Pennsylvania

By Katelyn Ferral 11:09 a.m.
The credit ratings of several school districts in Western Pennsylvania are considered junk in the eyes of Moody’s credit rating agency, underscoring systemic problems in the way the state funds …

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case

By The Associated Press 1:22 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A longtime Philadelphia congressman who was indicted Wednesday paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son’s student …

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Tuesday - July 28, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Bethel Park native pedals through handcycling challenges despite disability
Ashli Molinero spent this week in Alaska, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation. Molinero, who lives in the South Side, is participating in the Alaska …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
‘Real’ people, solutions at heart of GOP ad blitz in Pa.
A nearly $1 million online, radio and television advertising blitz in Pennsylvania aims to portray a different side of Republican values than those emphasized by …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Bicyclists get all the love in a city that still prefers 4 wheels 11:09 a.m.
Someone needs to stand up for the gas guzzlers. A rampant anti-car conspiracy appears to be happening in Pittsburgh. At the least, a concerted effort …

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Obituaries

Travel enthusiast scoped out antiques on the road

By Tony Raap
There was something about road trips that appealed to Mary Jane Wallisch. She piled into the family station wagon each summer with her husband and children, and drove to Virginia, …