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    Robert Morris hockey standouts get shot in ECHL
    Robert Morris standouts Cody Wydo and Scott Jacklin are getting a chance to play professional hockey. Wydo, Robert Morris’ first Hobey Baker Award finalist and all-time leading scorer, signed a … -- By Staff Report
    Pittsburgh abortion clinic buffer zone fight moves to appeals court
    Five anti-abortion advocates filed a notice Thursday in federal court that they’re appealing a March 6 decision upholding the constitutionality of Pittsburgh’s buffer zone ordinance. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon … -- By Brian Bowling
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    Moon assesses ways to help struggling Mooncrest
    Moon officials want to know what they can do to spur investment in a historic community with high rates of poverty and unemployment. The township is conducting an economic analysis … -- By Tory N. Parrish
    Aliquippa student caught bringing gun to school
    A lapse in school security allowed an Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School student to bring a gun into the school Wednesday, according to a letter from the district’s superintendent. The student, … -- By Bill Vidonic
    Ford City woman injured in crash
    State police are investigating what caused 60-year-old Nancy Leightley of Ford City to lose control of her car and crash head-on into a tree along Guthrie Road in Manor on … -- By Brigid Beatty
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    Police searching for man who pulled over high school student in Export
    State police at Kiski Valley have issued an alert to other departments in a search for a man who may have been attempting to impersonate a police officer when he … -- By Tribune-Review
    McKeesport Area consolidates administration jobs
    McKeesport Area school directors approved personnel moves Wednesday. The board named three administrators to new jobs, effective in July. Their current positions will be eliminated June 30. District director of … -- By Michael Divittorio
    McKeesport stands as a role model
    Western Pennsylvanian communities have transformed over the last few decades. Newer communities sport upscale housing developments and business parks, while older communities work to maintain their infrastructure and history, which … -- By Tribune-Review
    Waterfront parent alert
    It’s no surprise that youth who find it more difficult to hang out with their friends at one mall would turn to another nearby entertainment and retail complex. With restrictions … -- By Tribune-Review
    Connellsville baseball wins W.Pa. opener after Southern trip
    Following a successful spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Connellsville baseball team remained hot in their first game of the season in Western Pennsylvania. The Falcons won three of … -- By Jason Black
    Audubon Society to form advisory panel for Buffalo Township nature center
    The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania plans to form an advisory committee made up of Buffalo Township residents and officials to help solidify the design and programming for a nature … -- By Jodi Weigand
    Probation check on Arnold man turns up illegal weapons
    A probation agent’s check of a man’s Arnold residence Tuesday is leading to more criminal charges. Rashaad Kahill Blair, 19, of the 400 block of Fifth Street, will be charged … -- By Chuck Biedka
    Nigerians accused of online scam surrender passports, freed from jail
    Two Nigerian men accused in a large “catphishing” scam were released from custody Wednesday on non-monetary bond pending trial when they surrendered their passports. Abimbola Afeez Rasaq, 28, and Odeyemi … -- By Chuck Biedka
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    Gorman: Public v. private debate rages on
    Amid the biggest blowout in PIAA girls basketball finals history, Old Forge students started chanting, “Public school champs ... and we don’t recruit!” That a private school, Vincentian, handed Old … -- By Kevin Gorman
    Previewing the 2015 WPIAL softball season
    Class AAAA Preseason top five Team 2014 record 1. Shaler 17-4 2. Canon-McMillan 18-5 3. Latrobe 17-6 4. Norwin 12-4 5. North Allegheny 16-5 Section favorites 1. Latrobe: After finishing third in the WPIAL last … -- By Compiled By Bill Hartlep
    PIAA committee wants to revive western final
    No longer could two Philadelphia teams meet in the state basketball finals, if the PIAA basketball steering committee gets its way. The committee recommended that the state tournament brackets return … -- By Chris Harlan
    High school roundup: Yough edges Trinity in 9 innings
    After stroking a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, Yough’s Matt Huss hit a walk-off double in the ninth to … -- By Staff Reports
    'Animal House' frat at Dartmouth accused of branding members
    CONCORD, N.H. — A Dartmouth College fraternity that partly inspired the 1978 movie “Animal House” has been accused of branding new members while under suspension in the fall, but the … -- By The Associated Press
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    Analysis says FBI needs to improve
    WASHINGTON — The FBI must scramble to keep up with increasingly sophisticated terrorists and improve its ability to gather intelligence on global threats to the nation’s security, according to an … -- By The Associated Press
    Military leaders leery of letting in transgenders
    WASHINGTON — U.S. military leaders have expressed reservations about any move to lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, an issue since Defense Secretary Ash … -- By The Associated Press
    Recordings of women net charges for sailors
    SAVANNAH — The Navy has charged seven sailors in connection with the recording and sharing of videos that showed female officers and student trainees in stages of undress aboard a … -- By The Associated Press
    Bergdahl deserted his post, military says; he could get life behind bars
    WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl dodged a legal bullet Wednesday when the Army charged him with desertion but avoided accusing him of a crime that carries the death penalty. The … -- By Tribune News Service
    Petite Players' 'Peter Pan Jr.' gets local boost in Elizabeth Forward grad
    For many years, Nathan Hough has been involved with theater locally and in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He’ll make his Grand Theatre directorial debut in Elizabeth for the Petite Players’ … -- By Carol Waterloo Frazier
    DEC grad to release horror movie filmed at Monessen library
    Film student and up-and-coming director Jonathan Patrick Hughes has been busy making his childhood dreams come true – even if they seem more like nightmares. Graduating Jan. 30 from The … -- By Miranda Startare
    Keep Gitmo prisoners swapped for Bergdahl out of fight, senator says
    WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte asked the Pentagon on Wednesday to take every reasonable step to make sure that the five Taliban leaders released from the American prison at … -- By The Associated Press
    Cal (Pa.) women reach D-II championship game
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Cal (Pa.) entered its Final Four contest Wednesday against Emporia State on a scoring surge, averaging nearly 78 points per game in their first four Division … -- By Tom Savage
    Missing Calif. woman found safe at dad's apartment
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at … -- By The Associated Press
    Refunds hijacked in unique manner
    WASHINGTON — Michelle Quinn filed her tax return in January and got the good news that she was due a refund of about $8,000. But days after the refund was … -- By The Washington Post
    Morgantown police brace for ramifications of WVU upset
    Morgantown authorities are prepared if West Virginia’s basketball team upsets undefeated Kentucky Thursday night in an NCAA Tournament game played in Cleveland. “We deal with large crowds every year with … -- By John Harris
    Pilot stuck outside cockpit in Alps crash
    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — The last communication from a doomed German jetliner was routine. The mangled black box has yielded sounds and voices, the lead investigator said Wednesday, but so far … -- By The Associated Press
    DVD reviews: 'Into the Woods,' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' and 'Unbroken'
    “Into the Woods” (2014, PG, 125 min., $29.99) Bringing Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical to the big screen looked to be a tall task for Pittsburgh native Rob Marshall. The … -- By Garrett Conti
    Spoon aims for the extraordinary but also tries to remain inviting
    Few restaurants can pull off upscale without coming across as uppity, unapproachable or just plain pretentious. Spoon pulls it off, boasting a modern elegance without going overboard. The restaurant isn’t … -- By Amanda Mcfadden
    Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ready to bloom again
    Tiny green fingers of growth poke through the soil at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, harbingers of what will be thousands of spring daffodil blooms, said Benjamin Carroll, horticulture and facilities … -- By Sandra Fischione Donovan
    Western Pa. nurses who served during Vietnam invited to tea in their honor
    The transition between war and peace was rocky at times for Kathie Swazuk. The Army nurse served in Vietnam at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh. She treated patients … -- By Aaron Aupperlee
    Personality Test: Todd Kreidler
    For nearly six years, Apollo native and Duquesne University grad Todd Kreidler served as playwright August Wilson’s assistant, protege, friend and co-creator. One of the last things they worked on … -- By Alice T. Carter
    Orozco-Estrada to debut with Pittsburgh Symphony
    As much as we look forward to the return of performers who’ve earned our interest, the anticipation of a debut has a special excitement. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which has … -- By Mark Kanny
    'Beauty and the Beast' back in Pittsburgh for 4th run
    “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will make its fourth Pittsburgh appearance March 31 through April 5 as a non-subscriber presentation of the PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh series. The … -- By Alice T. Carter
    Decemberists look forward to warm reception at Benedum Center after break
    In 2011, the Decemberists hit a new pinnacle when the group’s album, “The King is Dead,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart. The band went on tour as … -- By Alan Sculley
    3 venues making Dormont the place to be for live music
    Hipsters are always on the prowl for emerging neighborhoods with new bars that dispense overpriced beverages and showcase bands that range from the unskilled to the unknown to the on-the-verge. … -- By Rege Behe
    Hard Rain goes 'Deep in the Shadows' for new release
    Bill Toms’ band, Hard Rain, features some of the best rock musicians from Western Pennsylvania. But the music they perform with Toms isn’t strictly rock ’n’ roll, and that’s one … -- By Rege Behe
    Snacks N'At: Brother Tom's Bakery, Sharpsburg
    Brother Tom’s Bakery cooks up more than you’d think. While the counters at the Sharpsburg site are filled with cookies, breads and pies in true bakery fashion, a hungry customer … -- By Bob Karlovits
    Party of insanity
    The evidence is clear. Democrats at all levels of government are insane. Einstein stated that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of … -- By Tribune-Review
    Young Achiever: John Ehling
    Age: 14 Residence: Franklin Park Family: Parents Bill and Helen Ehling; brother, Zach, 15 School: Eighth-grader at Marshall Middle School Activities/interests: Ehling swims with the Allegheny North Swim Club and … -- By Adam Brandolph
    Use lawmakers' 'boots'
    I hear the sword-rattling for “boots on the ground” in the war on terror. But I’m not convinced, and neither is history, that fighting evil, ruthless, immoral people who have … -- By Tribune-Review
    Kennedy man knocks out book about one-of-a-kind collection
    John Kirwan Jr. inherited a neighbor’s collection of signed baseballs representing all the teams in the National League and continued to build it over the next six decades. Eventually, the … -- By Rebecca L. Ferraro
    Churchill teens putting Irish dancing skills on world stage
    Two Churchill teenagers will be among about 6,000 competitors from 16 countries at the World Irish Dancing Championships Sunday through April 5 in Montreal. Audrey Hutton, 18, is reigning Mid-America … -- By Karen Kadilak
    'Endless Lawns' peeks beneath careful facade
    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” the writer Leo Tolstoy famously opined. He might have added that those unhappy families make great … -- By Alice T. Carter
    Walker: Kids Stitch at Scottdale Public Library open to anyone between the ages of 8, 80
    Kids Stitch is geared for anyone 8 to 80 who wants to learn to crochet or knit. The group will make blankets, scarves and hats for children in need. The … -- By Patricia Walker
    Former school building in Baldwin Borough might be sold
    A two-room schoolhouse, most recently used for community activities in north Baldwin Borough, soon could be on the market. Baldwin-Whitehall School Board on March 11 voted 8-1 to solicit requests … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    Perfume Genius makes sweet sounds, sometimes from sad
    Perfume Genius, the alias preferred by Mike Hadreas, can somehow make the ugliest stories, memories and words come out smelling sweet. The song “Fool” is kind of a perfect illustration. … -- By Michael Machosky
    Ryan's music draws from Ireland, U.S. shores
    Cathie Ryan says she is “drawing the water from two wells” with regard to her music and her life. The Irish-American singer, who grew up in Detroit, sings a brand … -- By Bob Karlovits
    Baldwin-Whitehall School District proceeds with dairy contract
    The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is seeking better rates for beverages yet equally as tasty, milk, juice and iced tea to serve in the school cafeteria. The district last week began … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    Dining News: Habitat special marks 5th anniversary for Fairmont Pittsburgh
    Habitat To commemorate Fairmont Pittsburgh’s fifth anniversary, executive chef Jason Dalling will feature $5 burgers and $5 Bloody Marys from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 and 30, at … -- By Rachel Weaver
    Faddis trumpets the subtleties, nuances of jazz
    Jon Faddis is coming to Pittsburgh to ensure that a great Duke Ellington work gets its due. The powerhouse trumpet player says when he began directing Ellington’s “Black, Brown and … -- By Bob Karlovits
    Savor marries gourmet regional American cuisine with fresh ingredients with a decent price
    Savor in the South Pike Plaza in Buffalo Township presents gourmet regional American cuisine with fresh ingredients at a surprisingly moderate price. Operated by a chef who has cooked all … -- By Mary Ann Thomas
    'Dial "M" For Mother' a tasty murder-mystery fundraiser
    Murder-mystery dinner theater has become a popular choice for an evening outing. Through an interactive experience, guests get to use their sleuthing skills to solve a whodunit scenario. Leadership Alle-Kiski … -- By Joyce Hanz
    Regional winners of National History Day contest posted
    Here are local winners in the National History Day Competition, held last weekend at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District: JUNIOR DIVISION • Junior paper: Jordan French, first … -- By Tribune-Review
    Kids briefs: Hop aboard the Bunny Trolley at Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
    Hop aboard the Bunny Trolley The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Chartiers, Washington County, will open for the season March 27 with its annual Bunny Trolley event. From 10 a.m. to … -- By Kellie B. Gormly
    'Union Tanguera' steps up to keep tango hot
    Esteban Moreno loves tango — for itself and as a stimulus for artistic exploration. He and Claudia Codega, who are directors of a French-Argentine dance company, have created a new … -- By Mark Kanny
    Hot Ticket: Arts and Drafts event at Cabaret Theater
    Baron Batch will put music on tap at the beginning of a new program at the Cabaret Theater, Downtown. The ex-Pittsburgh Steelers running back will be featured March 30 with … -- By Tribune-Review
    Upper St. Clair revisits district budget
    Upper St. Clair school officials are looking to trim a proposed $73.7 million budget for the 2015-16 school year and cut back on a proposed 0.84-mill property tax increase. The … -- By Matthew Santoni
    Franklin Park zoning board outlines decision on exemptions
    Franklin Park Zoning Hearing Board has issued written decisions outlining why it granted 11 exceptions to zoning rules for a proposed gas station and hotel — exceptions that the borough … -- By Tory N. Parrish
    2nd hotel planned in McCandless
    McCandless will be getting in on Pittsburgh’s hotel boom when a developer breaks ground in the next three months on the town’s second hotel, an official said. This week, McCandless … -- By Tory N. Parrish
    Baldwin Borough council OKs bond for work
    A $3.6 million bond will help bring new life to some of Baldwin Borough’s older buildings and playgrounds. Council members on March 17 unanimously voted to issue debt through a … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    Changes await swimmers as Brentwood pool returns
    Brentwood residents will again be able to make a splash in the borough pool this year when it reopens with new management and rules. After a year’s hiatus, because of … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    School resource officer OK'd for WJH schools
    Officer Ron Porupsky will soon take his place as school resource officer at Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary School, through an agreement between Pleasant Hills Borough officials and … -- By Dona S. Dreeland
    Baldwin councilman gets spot of civil service commission
    A Baldwin councilman with a history in law enforcement will double as a member of the borough’s civil service commission. Councilman James Behers, who worked as a deputy state constable … -- By Stephanie Hacke
    Banner program honors military service
    Later this spring, banners are expected to fly along Old Clairton Road as Pleasant Hills residents celebrate their military veterans. Program founder Harry Munson, of Castle Shannon, and Sgt. Adam … -- By Dona S. Dreeland
    Coraopolis, South Side races to show support for struggling veterans
    On Saturday, people concerned about raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide among veterans will run as one. The fourth annual Run as One events, sponsored by nonprofit … -- By Katie Foglia
    Arsenic testing approved for site of new Thomas Jefferson High School
    Langan Engineering & Environment Services of Canonsburg has been contracted to do an additional survey of the property where the new Thomas Jefferson High School will be built off Old … -- By Dona S. Dreeland
    Top Sports Pics - March 25, 2015
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Obama's amnesty tab: Where credit isn't due
    President Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens packs a significant perk for border-crashing lawbreakers: tax credits for years before they obtain amnesty. They can retroactively claim the Earned Income Tax … -- By Tribune-Review
    Art review: 'Rebecca Lessner: Hunter Gatherer' and 'Joey Kennedy: Light & Landscape' at Penn Galleries
    Two photo exhibits, side by side at the moment in Penn Avenue galleries, Downtown, offer two perspectives from behind the camera. Rebecca Lessner’s “Hunter Gatherer” exhibit explores her life and … -- By Kurt Shaw
    The Thursday wrap
    As Secretary of State John Kerry claims substantial progress toward a nuclear accord with Iran and President Obama appeals to that nation to seize this “historic opportunity,” Iran’s Supreme Leader … -- By Tribune-Review
    Super Salsa Weekend brings 'joy' to Pittsburgh
    Get ready to dance the weekend away. The energies of Pittsburgh Salsa and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust are the ingredients for a Super Salsa Weekend from March 27 to 29. … -- By Rex Rutkoski
    Column: From computers to programming, it's free at the library
    For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about great free eResources that you can access with a library card. But there are other great resources in the library that … -- By Tribune-Review
    Obama policies favor illegal aliens over Americans
    We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obama’s unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to … -- By Lou Barletta
    Whitehall school board candidate gets probation
    A Whitehall man who was banned from Baldwin-Whitehall School District property and later arrested for making threatening phone calls to school board members agreed Tuesday to enter into a probation … -- By Adam Brandolph
    Variances sought in Northway mall mend
    The owner of the Shoppes at Northway is seeking a tax break on a portion of $11.9 million in infrastructure improvements that could help ease flooding on the McKnight Road … -- By Bill Zlatos
    Laughs are Plan A for Felipe Esparza
    Felipe Esparza didn’t have a Plan B. Just like when his family came to this country from the coastal village of Sinaloa, Mexico, they didn’t give themselves options. “If I … -- By Matt Wohlfarth
    Who says economics is hard?
    WASHINGTON Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a … -- By George F. Will
    Mt. Lebanon commissioner steps down, citing health
    Mt. Lebanon is seeking a short-term replacement for Commissioner Kristen Linfante, who resigned this week citing health problems. Linfante’s term expires at the end of this year and she had … -- By Matthew Santoni
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