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    Homebrewers timid when choosing commercial styles
    The question hung heavy over the parking lot of day-drunk miscreants: Which jagoff was going to mess it up? The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. clearly did not understand the risk … -- By Chris Fleisher
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    New trial sought in 1977 Washington County murder case
    A Washington County man convicted of third-degree murder in the 1977 slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend deserves a new trial because the judge in his case was using cocaine stolen … -- By The Associated Press
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    Laurels & Lances
    Laurel: To giving an example. Robin Miller’s community service, including her role as Elizabeth council vice president, inspired a successful write-in campaign by her daughter, Elizabeth Forward High School Class … -- By Tribune-Review
    South Side Slopes police chase ends with car into a front porch
    There were no serious injuries when a car being chased by police crashed Thursday evening into the front porch of a home on the South Side Slopes. The driver and … -- By Michael Hasch
    Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35B deal
    Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care … -- By The Associated Press
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    Homestead to make street cycle-friendly
    Homestead officials plan to make the borough’s main thoroughfare better for cyclists with help from Allegheny County. Borough manager Ian McMeans announced the acquisition of a $30,000 Community Infrastructure and … -- By Michael Divittorio
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    Pyrotechnics display turns from benefit to burden in Tarentum
    Summit Hose is struggling to keep Tarentum’s Fourth of July fireworks display from fizzling out. Although the food and festivities that will accompany Friday’s fireworks are meant to be a … -- By Liz Hayes
    Soggy conditions don't deter people from Springdale jubilee
    Although it required a hop, skip and jump over some mud, residents were out Thursday at Veterans Field for the first sunny day of the Springdale Volunteer Fire Department Jubilee. … -- By Emily Balser
    U.S. calls Fiat Chrysler recall record dismal
    WASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation’s top auto safety regulator said … -- By The Associated Press
    LaBar: What's killing professional wrestling
    Too much space these days in professional wrestling is becoming a no-sell zone. Selling is appropriately reacting in the ring when something happens to you. Selling is the most important … -- By Justin LaBar
    Santorum charter flight tab broke $400K
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum began his presidential campaign in May by emphasizing his blue-collar roots and promising to “take money and power out of Washington.” But as a member … -- By USA Today
    Plenty going on in Pittsburgh over holiday weekend
    The Fourth of July holiday weekend in Pittsburgh offers plenty of reasons to get out of the house. Here’s an important guide to getting around, including closings and events: HOLIDAY … -- By Tribune-Review
    July 4 road and river closures
    Road and  river closures Pittsburgh’s Department  of Public Safety has  announced several road closures in effect Downtown, on the North Shore and in Mt. Washington on the Fourth of July. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Wabash Tunnel to open to inbound, high-occupancy vehicles Saturday night
    The Wabash Tunnel will have specialized hours for high-occupancy vehicles during the Fourth of July weekend, including opening to inbound traffic on Saturday night. The Port Authority of Allegheny County … -- By Tribune-Review
    Purple Heart recipient Krinock to lead July Fourth parade in Latrobe
    In a room filled with plaques and citations from Congress, the state House and Senate and the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor, Paul Krinock flashes a grin and … -- By Craig Smith
    Washington food bank buys new home
    The Greater Washington County Food Bank soon will have a new home. The nonprofit this week completed the $1.1 million purchase of the former Country Fresh Market along Route 40 … -- By Jason Cato
    Young Nebraska girl's organs give 2 Pittsburgh-area boys a chance to live
    Lauressa Swedberg smiled through her grief Thursday as she planned a funeral in Nebraska for her 3-year-old daughter, whose donated organs saved two lives in Pittsburgh. And two families rejoiced … -- By Ben Schmitt
    State Supreme Court rejects latest Foxley Farm appeal in Ligonier Township dispute
    The state Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by the owners of a 56-acre Ligonier Township farm contesting whether a consent order limiting the number of weddings staged at … -- By Nicole Chynoweth
    Hempfield bicyclist gets one last chance from Westmoreland County judge
    A Hempfield bicyclist charged with repeatedly obstructing traffic on local roadways will remain free on bail while he awaits trial. Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway said Thursday she will give … -- By Rich Cholodofsky
    Rectenwald ends successful college career
    North Hills High School graduate Jess Rectenwald played on an injured foot, but one never would know it by looking at her accomplishments as a senior on the Gannon University … -- By Karen Kadilak
    Roundup: Whole Foods owns up to overcharging of packaged goods; Ford recalls 432K cars because of software problem; more
    Whole Foods owns up  to overcharging at some New York City stores Whole Foods Market Inc. admitted that there were pricing issues at its New York City stores, a week … -- By From Wire Reports
    Critics find hotels' hidden fees to be inhospitable
    Booking a room at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip for July 4 will run you right around $351 a night before taxes. But look it up online, and … -- By The Washington Post
    Photo Gallery: Vacation Bible school at St. Athanasius Catholic Church
    The last day of vacation Bible school on June 19 at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in West View gave children the opportunity to spend some time with farm animals. This … -- By Tribune-Review
    Photo Gallery: Mega Sports Camp at Northgate Church
    Northgate Church’s vacation Bible school, with the theme “Mega Sports Camp,” took place the week of June 22. Children could participate in tracks for preschool activities, baseball, basketball, soccer cheerleading, … -- By Tribune-Review
    Mom's helpful nature benefited community
    Stella Butler had a passion for helping others, constantly putting the needs of her community ahead of her own, her family said. “Helpful, generous, good-natured,” daughter-in-law Ardella Butler said. “She … -- By Matt Faye
    McMonagle could really sing on the tennis court
    When Keith McMonagle graduated from California High School in 1965, young people around the Valley were listening to “Help!” by a relatively new group called the Beatles and “Help Me … -- By Wayne Stewart
    Facebook lures premium content from YouTube
    Facebook Inc. will begin sharing advertising revenue with companies that post videos on its social network, a step toward luring more premium content away from sites like Google Inc.’s YouTube. … -- By Bloomberg News
    One huge mistake people make when renting cars
    There are plenty of reasons to rent a car, from leaving an unreliable car behind on a vacation to getting around a business trip. There is a real hidden danger … -- By Kim Komando
    2Q mutual fund review: Momentum stalls
    NEW YORK — Well, that was a disappointing ending. After years of nearly uninterrupted and strong returns, most mutual funds looked ready to deliver another quarter of gains — albeit … -- By The Associated Press
    No lack of scoring in Grebb boys' action
    Thursday was a night for shootouts in the boys’ division of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League. And the biggest losers at the Mechanic Street Playground asphalt court … -- By Jeff Oliver
    No charges in Rostraver dog case
    Police cannot file animal cruelty charges against the owner of three dogs whose skeletons were discovered last month in Rostraver because too much time has passed, the police chief confirmed … -- By Rick Bruni Jr.
    River traffic resumes on Mon
    A day after the Donora-Webster bridge was imploded, area navigation returned to normal Thursday on the Monongahela River. PennDOT spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said debris from the fallen span was removed … -- By Chris Buckley
    Official: Iran agrees to early inspections start
    VIENNA — Iran has agreed to a procedure that would allow international inspectors to gain some access to its nuclear facilities before sanctions are lifted, a senior Iranian official said … -- By The Washington Post
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    Newsmaker: Tessa Jimenez
    Noteworthy: Jimenez received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 100 hours of service to the community. The award is from the President’s Council on Service and Civic … -- By Melissa Daniels
    Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant All-Stars advance to title round
    Jared Yester hit two home runs, three singles and racked up nine RBIs as the Mt. Pleasant 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars defeated Bullskin, 20-9, in a District 9 … -- By Staff Reports
    Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts
    It’s called a record. And the goalie in Jim Rutherford probably would have battled to defend it Wednesday. The Goalie has a job: stop shots. But The Goalie is The … -- By Rob Rossi
    Pitt offensive tackle Jones-Smith to miss season
    Jaryd Jones-Smith, the player Pitt had tagged to replace All-ACC right tackle T.J. Clemmings, will miss the upcoming season with a right knee injury. Jones Smith, who is Pitt’s biggest … -- By Jerry DiPaola
    Deer Lakes athletes going cross country
    Alex Herman won’t feel nearly as alone running this fall. After spending two years trying to create a cross country program at Deer Lakes and another year competing independently, Herman … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Defense, pitching power Klingensmith in Daily News League win
    In a pitcher’s duel between Daily News League foes, Klingensmith Insurance’s Luke Padezan and Pasquale’s Pizzeria’s Shawn Schwarz were equally impressive. In the end, it came down to defense as … -- By Kevin Lohman
    Uniontown's scoring flurry silences Connellsville Legion
    The Connellsville Legion baseball team has had a strong season, but there have been a few tough losses mixed in with the victories. Three of those losses have come courtesy … -- By Jason Black
    Shaken by economic, political turmoil, MLB forsaking Venezuela
    Signed as a 16-year-old by the New York Mets in 2005, Deolis Guerra spent his first year of professional baseball in the comforting confines of a developmental academy in his … -- By Bill West
    Heat records smashed across West
    From Seattle to Salt Lake City, the West is baking under record heat. Temperatures reaching the triple digits have made fire conditions extreme and sent folks looking for relief heading … -- By The Associated Press
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    Fishing report: Rain, high water still slowing fishing
    • Water levels on Loyalhanna Creek have finally started to fall a bit and the fishing has picked up as a result. Doug Leichliter of Greensburg recently caught 22 trout … -- By Bob Frye
    Youngest champion in tournament history to play for Mt. Lebo clay crown
    Anna Smith wants No. 2. In 2013 at age 13, the Peters Township resident became the youngest girl to win the West Penn Amateur National Collegiate Clay Championships. Friday, she … -- By Wynston Wilcox
    ACA ruling good
    The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act and its intent to provide subsidies for eligible … -- By Tribune-Review
    Confederate flags & violence
    You can’t change history! Confederate flags, statues and what was the Confederate States of America are part of the history of the United States whether the politicians and people like … -- By Tribune-Review
    Few buy Confederate flags
    Regarding Eric Heyl’s column “Heyl: Flying Confederate flag in Pa. — a Union state, remember — no celebration of heritage”: We are proud to own the No. 1 flag store … -- By Tribune-Review
    Review: Lovely 'A Little Chaos' could have used a little more ... chaos
    “A Little Chaos” is an overlong ditty of a movie, Alan Rickman’s amusingly fanciful version of how a famous outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles came to be. He … -- By Roger Moore
    West Hempfield Junior Legion team looks for consistency
    As soon as the West Hempfield Junior Legion baseball team started to turn things in its favor, Mother Nature started to get in the way. West Hempfield, which had four … -- By Andrew John
    Civil War fine moment
    I have read and watched the political and media pundits discuss and argue about the senseless shooting of nine Americans while attending Bible study at their church. As expected, liberals … -- By Tribune-Review
    Define 'tough'
    The new definition of “tough”: An 82-year-old man, Gene Montemurro, gets robbed at gunpoint and assaulted at his place of business in New Kensington (article, “Cobbler robbed,” June 28) and … -- By Tribune-Review
    Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
    On the “Watch List”: The Steelers’ prospective Super Bowl LVII bid. Rest assured, we’ll be hearing over the next few days, months and years about all of the “intangible” benefits … -- By Tribune-Review
    Rain continues to stretch Jeannette's junior Legion baseball season
    Another week of rain, another week of cancellations for Jeannette junior Legion. Marcus Clarkson’s team played one game last week out of four that were scheduled leaving five on the … -- By Dave Moio
    Same-sex marriage is only the beginning
    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” What Winston Churchill said in 1942 … -- By Cal Thomas
    Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
    Laurel: To Jeff Manning: Allegheny County’s president judge revoked the bail of a Plum High School teacher who, not once but twice, violated a court order for contacting the student … -- By Tribune-Review
    Greensburg Laurels & Lances
    Lance: To beating a dead horse. While Zion Bullitt Avenue LP continues its appeals over the tax sale of the Jeannette Glass plant to Westmoreland County’s industrial development corporation, the … -- By Tribune-Review
    New Tinder-inspired apps will help you keep your girlfriend — then dump her
    In an age when we use phones to remind us to say “happy anniversary,” it’s little surprise that two new apps — Binder and HeroBoyfriend — have arrived to assist … -- By Julia Carpenter
    Top Sports Pics - July 2, 2015
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    On Independence eve: Defending liberty
    “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty obtained that wise men look for,” wrote John Milton in 1644’s “Areopagitica.” … -- By Tribune-Review
    While I’m away, readers give the advice. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: 1) … -- By Carolyn Hax
    Review: 'Marie's Story' — a triumph that leads to tears
    Only one of the stories told in “Marie’s Story” belongs to the title character, based on the real-life Marie Heurtin (1885-1921), a French woman who overcame deafness and blindness to … -- By Michael O'sullivan
    America truly is exceptional
    “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers … -- By Katie Pavlich
    Webb adds to Dems' challenge of Clinton
    WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Catholic bishops pressure presidential candidates
    ANKENY, Iowa — Roman Catholic leaders in early-voting state Iowa implored presidential candidates Thursday to take up Pope Francis’ call for “profound political courage” by focusing their campaigns as much … -- By The Associated Press
    Counterterror efforts making U.S. any safer?
    WASHINGTON — At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off once again. The CIA launched a drone … -- By The Associated Press
    Stocks end tumultuous week on down note
    NEW YORK — Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety before an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading when … -- By The Associated Press
    Thefts, foul-ups by employees cost TSA $3M in 5 years
    The Transportation Security Administration paid passengers  $3 million over the past five years for claims that airport security screeners broke, lost or stole luggage or items inside, according to a … -- By USA Today
    Investigation into dropped baby at Uniontown Hospital continues
    A police investigation into the circumstances that resulted in a nurse dropping a newborn baby at Uniontown Hospital is ongoing, according to a city police detective. Detective Donald Gmitter said … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Penguins sign defensive prospect
    The Penguins added to their defensive depth Thursday, signing free agent Will O’Neill to a one-year contract. A 6-foot-1, 205-pound Massachusetts native, O’Neill had 10 goals, 48 points and 74 … -- By Jonathan Bombulie
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    New York's fracking ban starts clock for lawsuits
    ALBANY, N.Y. — When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration officially banned large-scale hydraulic fracturing on June 29, it finally put an end to a seven-year review process that drew … -- By Jon Campbell Gannett's Albany Bureau
    Scores die in Boko Haram attacks on Nigeria mosques
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram terrorists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a … -- By The Associated Press
    Egypt unleashes assault by air, land
    CAIRO — Egyptian warplanes began airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked terrorists set off the area’s bloodiest fighting in decades … -- By The Associated Press
    Russians decry U.S. description in new policy
    MOSCOW — Russia denounced an American military strategy that accuses Moscow of failing to respect its neighbors’ sovereignty as “confrontational” Thursday, saying it would set back efforts to improve relations. … -- By Reuters
    Former Cecil police chief will stand trial on charges he used federal money at casinos
    A former Cecil police chief will stand trial on accusations he used money from a federally funded account at area casinos. John Pushak, 65, will face a non-jury trial Oct. … -- By Jason Cato
    Monessen's Brown coaching in J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League
    When Javon Brown ran the point for Monessen’s boys’ basketball team for two seasons in 2012-14, Greyhound coach Joe Salvino used to say that having the 5-9 leader run his … -- By Jeff Oliver
    Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 3, 2015
    FRIDAY Pirates vs. Indians 7:05 p.m. PNC Park, Pittsburgh. TV/radio: Root Sports/ 93.7 FM, 1450 AM, 1480 AM, Pirates Radio Network Probable pitchers: Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (6-1, 4.28) vs. … -- By Bill West
    Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers
    DETROIT — Pirates starter Francisco Liriano watched the first pitch he fired toward home plate Thursday afternoon, a 91 mph fastball, boom off the bat of Detroit Tigers leadoff man … -- By Bill West
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