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    WCCC women's basketball team captures 3rd straight conference championship
    Despite entering the season as the defending Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference champions, there were question marks surrounding the Westmoreland County Community College women’s basketball team. But after resounding wins over … -- By Alex Oltmanns
    District college notes: Seton Hill sweeps lacrosse awards
    The Seton Hill men’s lacrosse team swept the ECAC Division II lacrosse weekly awards as the Griffins picked up all four award winners. Senior attacker Marc Piche was named the … -- By Paul Schofield
    Vote puts federal prosecutor Lynch closer to Attorney General's Office
    WASHINGTON — A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday moved federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch a key step closer to the Attorney General’s Office in a vote that could foreshadow a … -- By Tribune News Service
    Hempfield man packs it all up for the bright lights of Hollywood
    A Hempfield man left his home behind in May to take a shot at his filmmaking dreams in the City of Angels. Nate LaSor packed up everything after graduating from … -- By Jacob Tierney
    Hempfield Area senior earns Eagle Scout award with monastery project
    Kevin Weldon, a Hempfield Area High School senior, found a way to earn his Eagle Scout and enrich his faith. Weldon, 18, organized and encouraged others in Boy Scout Troop … -- By Bob Stiles
    South Greensburg Girl Scout ups goal to 6,000 boxes of donated cookies
    Emily Milliron Ruggieri reached her goal of 5,000 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies in mid-February. The 7-year-old South Greensburg girl’s parents looked forward to a respite from the constant, … -- By Renatta Signorini
    What we're fighting
    Religious extremism is the ultimate live virus. No international coalition plan will ever eradicate it. There will always be men susceptible to a centuries-old misinterpretation (we hope) of Islam. Their … -- By Tribune-Review
    Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
    On the “Watch List”: The Pittsburgh Steelers. They’ve balked at paying more money to subsidize free North Shore Connector rides that deposit fans at Heinz Field’s doorstep. Never mind that … -- By Tribune-Review
    What is 200 calories? Make an app comparison
    The New York Times’ data-driven site The Upshot published an item called “What 2,000 Calories Looks Like” that had Facebook and Twitter buzzing in late December. The piece focused on … -- By Elizabeth Chang
    Young Hempfield swimmers gain experience at WPIAL meet
    Though they may be inexperienced, members of the Hempfield swim team are bursting with talent. A defining characteristic of the team is its youthful inexperience, with another quality being its … -- By Kevin Lohman
    Hempfield boys lacrosse set to officially join WPIAL
    When the Hempfield boys lacrosse team was created more than three years ago, there was one goal in mind: joining the WPIAL as a varsity sport. Last Monday, that goal … -- By Andrew John
    Top Sports Pics - Feb. 26, 2015
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Greensburg Laurels & Lances
    On the “Watch List”: • Student accommodations: Plans approved by Greensburg’s Historic and Architectural Review Board for a 27-unit student apartment building is a propitious boost for student housing in … -- By Tribune-Review
    Obama blame game
    Ron Raymond’s recent letter (“Obama inept,” Feb. 11) continues his monthly litanies of President Obama’s perceived inadequacies. His criticisms are not only silly, but incomplete. He neglected to add that … -- By Tribune-Review
    St. Raymond of the Mountains hosting Lenten dinners
    If you can spare some time on a Friday and would like an excellent meal, stop by for a fish/shrimp Lenten dinner at St. Raymond of the Mountains, 170 School … -- By Pam Porterfield
    Facts on police & race
    FBI Director James Comey’s recent speech on police and race was about as politically incorrect a speech as you will get these days from a high-ranking government official. Comey acknowledges … -- By John R. Lott Jr.
    Crucial NATO partner
    The editorial “Turkey is an existential threat to the world; NATO must boot it” mischaracterizes and ignores the contributions that Turkey has made as a NATO member over the past … -- By Tribune-Review
    Life at the museums
    In a recent Tribune-Review column, Joe Wos anticipates the “death of the art museum.” He articulates a fear that has from time to time stricken all of us who love … -- By Jo Ellen Parker
    SCI Greensburg: A dubious deal
    A $7.6 million “payout” brings into serious question the pending sale of the shuttered SCI Greensburg property, if not the credibility of the state’s Corrections Department. Turns out Carlisle businessman … -- By Tribune-Review
    Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
    On the “Watch List”: • The Allegheny and Kiski rivers. March is the time to “watch” the rivers. The continuing cold has made the river ice thicker and, as a … -- By Tribune-Review
    Review: 'Lazarus' almost raises a whole film genre from the dead
    “The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Mark Duplass, a mainstay of indie cinema’s microbudget “mumblecore” movement, and … -- By Roger Moore
    NHL notebook: Panthers swing deal to acquire veteran Jagr
    SUNRISE, Fla. — Jaromir Jagr hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1992. The Florida Panthers never have hoisted hockey’s holiest grail, chasing it since their inception in 1993. And now, … -- By The Associated Press
    MLB notebook: Angels' Hamilton suffers drug use relapse, report says
    TEMPE, Ariz. — Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton’s baseball career again hangs in the balance. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Hamilton, who has a well-documented history of substance … -- By Rob Rossi
    Judge rejects Argentina's role in cover-up of Iran's involvement in blast at Jewish center
    BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine judge Thursday dismissed allegations that President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up Iran’s purported involvement in the deadly bombing of a Jewish center in 1994. … -- By Reuters
    White House won't snub pro-Israel lobby
    WASHINGTON — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America’s … -- By The Associated Press
    Impasse over funding for Department of Homeland Security likely will go to wire
    WASHINGTON — With money for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out at midnight Friday, Republican leaders in Congress struggled to persuade their followers to fund the huge … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Russian threat via cyber on the rise, says U.S. intelligence assessment
    WASHINGTON — The United States has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of … -- By The Associated Press
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    Lauded doctor has ties to Carnegie area
    Congratulations to Dr. Charles R. Calabrese, Chartiers Valley Class of 1976, who is being recognized on Feb. 28 as the Fayette County Heart Association Person of the Year. The event … -- By Cindy Babish-schultz
    Landlord opens door in Brentwood to help those who served
    Landlord David Lugar hung an American flag above the door of an Elroy Avenue home Friday in preparation for its new tenants. Homeless male veterans with children soon will find … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    West Jefferson Hills school district to discuss grading policy
    On March 11, parents and interested residents of the West Jefferson Hills School District are invited to offer opinions on how grades are recorded and quality-point averages calculated at a … -- By Dona S. Dreeland
    Streets Run used as detour
    An already lengthy commute for South Hills travelers venturing along Streets Run Road in Baldwin Borough during evening rush hour traffic became much worse in recent weeks. Streets Run Road … -- By Stephanie Hacke
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    Several hurt in 3-vehicle wreck on Interstate 79
    One man was injured Thursday in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 79. The crash happened near the Collier exit on I-79 north. One northbound lane was closed for more than … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Rossi: Winnik nice, but not enough for Penguins
    Maybe loading up on third-line wingers will win the Penguins the Stanley Cup. But general manager Jim Rutherford is wrong if he’s betting on that likelihood after adding to his … -- By Rob Rossi
    Snow sculptures brighten family's West Kittanning yard
    A West Kittanning man has been making the cold and dreary winter a bit brighter for passersby with his larger-than-life snow sculptures. Since January, Ben Valasek’s sculptures of Disney characters, … -- By Julie E. Martin
    Forbes Hospital opens $9 million intensive care unit
    Forbes Hospital in Monroeville will open a new intensive care unit for critically injured and ill patients, the hospital’s parent group, Allegheny Health Network, announced Thursday. The 20-bed ICU is … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Washington woman killed in rollover crash on I-70
    A Washington woman was killed Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County. Vanessa Mutschler, 27, was killed in a rollover crash just before 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 70 … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller
    Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. “Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto … -- By Megan Guza
    Man arrested after brief car chase in Knoxville
    Pittsburgh police arrested one man early Thursday morning after he led officers on a brief chase through Knoxville. Officers stopped Ian Watson, 30, near the intersection of Charles Street and … -- By Tribune-Review
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    DEP seeks origin of toxic chemicals left on road in Kittanning Twp.
    The state Department of Environmental Protection is looking for the owners of eight metal drums filled with toxic solvents that were left alongside Pyrra Road in Kittanning Township. A caller … -- By Julie E. Martin
    Rayburn considers tax break for business renovations
    Rayburn is considering offering tax breaks to encourage business owners to renovate their properties. A special meeting to discuss the 10-year tax breaks that would be offered through the Local … -- By Brad Pedersen
    Kiskiminetas Democrat enters controller race
    Kiskiminetas resident Calvin Creighton has announced plans to run for Armstrong County controller. Creighton, 59, is the only Democrat running. “I want to provide a public service to this county … -- By Brad Pedersen
    Armstrong school merger will result in job cuts
    Twenty-five jobs will be cut when schools in Kittanning and Ford City are merged in the fall at Armstrong Junior-Senior High. Armstrong School District officials hope to avoid layoffs by … -- By Brad Pedersen
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    Fire destroys Kittanning Township trailer
    A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a trailer at 370 Silvis Hollow Road in Kittanning Township. Firefighters believe the fire started in the trailer’s furnace room, said Township Fire Capt. Kevin … -- By Brad Pedersen
    Elizabeth Forward budget 'healthy'; makeup days added in March
    An Elizabeth Forward auditor said the district’s budget is in very good shape. Mark C. Turnley, a certified public accountant, told the school board Wednesday that the district ended 2013-14 … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Briefs: Glassport Democrats to discuss endorsements
    Glassport Democrats  to discuss endorsements Glassport Democratic Committee will host an endorsement meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the borough building at 440 Monongahela Ave. All candidates who are running for … -- By Tribune-Review
    McKeesport Area principal, 8 others take retirement offer
    Founders’ Hall Middle School principal Karen Chapman, who has worked more than 30 years in McKeesport Area School District, is among nine district employees retiring in June. School directors unanimously … -- By Michael Divittorio
    Asbestos removed from Penn-Trafford High School
    Contractors working at Penn-Trafford High School this month discovered a small amount of asbestos, but officials said there are no health hazards to school staff or students. As part of … -- By Chris Foreman
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    Switching defenses turns tide for Redbank Valley
    One defensive switch made all the difference for Redbank Valley. The Bulldogs abandoned their 1-3-1 zone for man-to-man defense, and that turned a seven-point deficit into a 47-34 win over … -- By Matt Grubba