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    The AG-designate: Tough questions for Loretta Lynch
    Eric Holder’s politically driven, ultra-liberal tenure as U.S. attorney general heightens the importance of tough Senate confirmation questioning for President Obama’s nominee to succeed him — Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney … -- By Tribune-Review
    A true conservationist
    Jim Smith, Jacobs Creek Watershed Association’s oldest member, died at the age of 92 on Nov. 4. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Jim for more than 25 years and … -- By Tribune-Review
    Inside the National Cathedral 'prayer service'
    I am giving special thanks this year for the hard work of patriots who toil without recompense to expose the many vectors of Islamic subversion currently eroding the already hollowed-out … -- By Diana West
    Police deter crime
    Police deter crime In recent months, the Ford City Council has brought disbanding the police department to the table. I cannot speak directly to Ford City’s financial situation, nor can … -- By Tribune-Review
    Fewer Dems to fight for ObamaCare
    There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009 when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon there will be 46 Democrats in the … -- By Byron York
    Christmas shopping: Go big on small businesses
    Small businesses are the common thread that binds our communities. That’s why, especially now, we should support the diverse stores that line the streets of our Fay-West communities. As the … -- By Tribune-Review
    Unpardonable & disheartening
    President Obama has continually disgraced the very principles our great country was founded upon and he repeatedly abuses his powers. The voice and will of the people have once again … -- By Tribune-Review
    Saturday essay: Punting on the railroad
    Ah, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray. As do those of junior engineers working on model railroads. The original plan for this year’s update to the … -- By Tribune-Review
    Hold the phony 'applause'
    Hold the phony ‘applause’ … -- By Orlando R. Barone
    Job well done
    I’m a Korean War veteran and a life member of the VFW and American Legion posts in Lower Burrell. The local Veterans Day activities — and the beautiful weather — … -- By Tribune-Review
    Fair funding for schools
    Pennsylvania is one of only three states without a consistently applied school funding formula, which creates unfairness for students and disparities among school districts across the state. State officials must … -- By Tribune-Review
    Moral confusion in Ferguson
    “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” Edmund Burke’s insight returned to mind while watching … -- By Pat Buchanan
    More Adam Lanzas
    Because I have quite a few educators in my family, I read with interest The Hartford Courant news story “Report lays out red flags, failures in rearing of shooter at … -- By Tribune-Review
    Top Sports Pics - Nov. 28, 2014
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    U.S.-backed rebels push forward in southern Syria
    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming … -- By The Associated Press
    WVU's Shell seeks strong finish
    Rushel Shell politely disagreed when someone likened his first season in a West Virginia uniform to a roller coaster. “More than that,” he said. “More than up and down.” Then … -- By Bob Cohn
    Penguins notebook: Malkin clicking on power play
    Evgeni Malkin is on pace for a career-high 27 power-play goals, and he’s done it from a setup position — the left corner — that’s easier for a right-handed shot … -- By Jason Mackey
    OPEC decision on crude sets small producers on perilous path, analysts say
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    Class AAAA boys basketball preview: After 1st playoff win since 2003, Hempfield boys hope to advance in postseason
    Kason Harrell remembers the good times and bad times of the 2013-14 basketball season. The good times included a 14-0 record in Section 1, a 21-3 overall mark and being … -- By Paul Schofield
    Gorman: Pine-Richland's Kasperowicz eyes history
    Eric Kasperowicz makes it clear that his goal since being hired at Pine-Richland is to win championships. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering he won WPIAL and PIAA Class … -- By Kevin Gorman
    South Allegheny girls basketball team will rotate two lineups
    It’s been chaos in the preseason around the South Allegheny girls basketball practices, and that’s the way first-year coach Shaun Johnston wants it. Johnston, a boys assistant coach last season, … -- By Dave Mackall
    High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge's Tipton named conference dual-award winner
    When coaches peeled away the drape to reveal award winners at Monday’s Allegheny Conference football banquet at the Clarion Hotel in New Kensington, one thing became abundantly clear if it … -- By Bill Beckner Jr.
    Kiski Area boys ready for encore
    Kiski Area put together a season for the scrapbooks last winter, outsmarting the WPIAL seeding committee and rekindling basketball excitement from Avonmore to North Vandergrift, from Parks to Mamont. The … -- By Bill Beckner Jr.
    Gorman: Central Valley's Powell pulls 'perfect play'
    Everyone at Heinz Field was expecting the ball to go to Jordan Whitehead. B.J. Powell knew better. Central Valley coach Mark Lyons has such confidence in Powell that he used … -- By Kevin Gorman
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    Disney TV Animation going strong after 30 years
    The Disney Television Animation wing has become a force in the cartoon world with the creation of shows such as “Sophia the First,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and … -- By The Fresno Bee
    Gazing at the grass in winter is a vision in grace
    Some of my favorite plants this time of year are the ornamental grasses. They lend a wonderful texture and grace to the fall and winter landscapes. I love watching them … -- By Jessica Walliser
    National Portrait Gallery asks public to vote for art
    The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., pulled three images from its vast collection last month and asked through the Internet that one be chosen to hang in a prominent … -- By The Washington Post
    Homework: Gifts and Greens Market is Dec. 4-6
    Gifts and Greens Market is  Dec. 4-6 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will host its annual Gifts and Greens Market from Dec. 4 to 6 at Phipps Garden Center in … -- By Tribune-Review
    Homes for the holiday: Christmas house tours abound
    Neighborhoods throughout the region are conducting tours of old and new homes decorated for the holidays in a range of styles to suit every taste. • The Freeport Christmas House … -- By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
    Why the Oscars need more movies like 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'
    Ever since the Oscars snubbed Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” for best picture in 2009, the Academy has tried to dodge accusations of elitism. The argument goes that Oscars voters, … -- By Ramin Setoodeh
    The Word Guy: Here's a usage 'whose' time finally has come
    Question: In the sentence, “None of that revenue is going to the city, whose main source of income is taxes,” is it correct to use “whose” to refer to a … -- By Rob Kyff
    Ryan says journalism, fiction ways to tell story
    As a television investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan has gone undercover wired with hidden cameras and wearing disguises. She’s interviewed death-row inmates and cultivated sources in the back rooms of … -- By Rege Behe
    Steelers notebook: Defense has a retro feel
    With Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu listed as probable and expected to play Sunday against New Orleans, the Steelers defense is beginning to have a retro feel. It will be … -- By Chris Adamski
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    Committee looks into beneficial uses of coal ash
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With 108 million tons of coal ash stored in dumps across the state, a North Carolina environmental committee is looking at ways the waste can be safely … -- By The Associated Press
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    Oregon police dog fired from job
    CANNON BEACH, Ore. — A 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was supposed to be the ninth member of the police force in the Oregon coastal town of Cannon Beach, but “Cash” just … -- By The Associated Press
    Lack of money may crush ISIS
    LONDON — Islamic State terrorists may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding … -- By Reuters
    Egypt's fixation on dictator Mubarak trial wanes
    CAIRO — Amal Shaker’s 25-year-old son, Ahmed, was fatally shot in the back on the “Friday of Rage,” one of the bloodiest days of Egypt’s 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat … -- By The Associated Press
    Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave
    NEW YORK — Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America’s most legendary … -- By The Associated Press
    Ex-House Democratic leader DeWeese seeks new trial
    HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania House Democratic leader who served a sentence for corruption is seeking a new trial now that he’s out of prison. Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese … -- By The Associated Press
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    Parade to start off Winterfest in Glassport
    The holiday parade returns to Glassport this weekend. Firefighters, marching musicians and lots others will take to Monongahela Avenue on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a parade that serves as … -- By Eric Slagle
    Century III Mall's Sears on track to close Dec. 7
    While many national retailers opened with doorbuster sales Thursday evening in advance of Black Friday, there was one significant exception at Century III Mall, which was scheduled to open at … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Food bank CEO hopeful of tax break for donors
    Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Lisa Scales said her organization wants to see a food donation break in any final tax package put together before the 113th Congress expires … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Braddock agency is a lifeline for commuters
    While Heritage Community Initiatives is regarded by state officials as just another transportation agency along the lines of Port Authority of Allegheny County, for more than 3,000 registered riders it … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Fire marshal investigating cause of Wilmerding house fires
    Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson said a fire that destroyed two vacant houses in the 400 block of Welsh Avenue near Clara Street in Wilmerding last week may … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    McKeesport's Davis is vice chair of county Dem party
    Austin A. Davis, once called the junior mayor of McKeesport, has been appointed vice chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. Davis, 25, the first black and the youngest person … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Thousands depend on Mon Valley area red kettle drive
    The Salvation Army has had red kettles out since Nov. 1 in some areas, but Black Friday marks the official start for the fundraiser conducted by Army centers across 27 … -- By Patrick Cloonan
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