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    Students' use of iPads a minefield
    It is the second year of iPads for Elizabeth Forward youngsters — and the second year of bracing for the legal problems that could accompany them, both for the kids … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    Elizabeth Forward School District fosters high-tech culture
    When classes begin on Thursday in Elizabeth Forward School District, students will have eBackpack apps to go along with their Apple iPads. As developed by eBackpack Inc. of Rockwall, Texas, … -- By Patrick Cloonan
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    RAD funding hike sought for Renzie Park
    McKeesport officials will ask for a record amount of funding during Wednesday’s formal bid for the city’s 2015 Allegheny Regional Asset District grant allotment. Each year, operations and improvements at … -- By Jennifer R. Vertullo
    McKeesport police get firsthand look at new crime-fighting tool
    McKeesport police believe a new computer forensics truck acquired by the state Attorney General’s Western Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Investigations will help them and other departments nab child predators. Police … -- By Michael Divittorio
    $8 million Duquesne Light facility opens in McKeesport
    Duquesne Light officially opened its new McKeesport Service Center. The utility company celebrated the opening of the $8 million facility in RIDC Riverplace Industrial Center of McKeesport with a ribbon-cutting … -- By Eric Slagle
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    Elizabeth officials combat juvenile problems
    Elizabeth officials said they have increased efforts in dealing with juvenile problems in parks and other areas of the borough. “We added an extra officer on it, and we’re just … -- By Michael Divittorio
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    Gorman: Rowan's move hurts area hoops
    Maverick Rowan started classes Monday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Good for him. Bad for WPIAL basketball. Maybe Pitt hoops, too. Rowan, who led Lincoln Park … -- By Kevin Gorman
    Cause of New Mexico nuclear-waste accident remains a mystery
    A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Mexican leader given message: Free Marine from border jail
    SACRAMENTO — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met on Tuesday with California officials, but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day … -- By The Associated Press
    Crist, Scott claim wins in Florida primaries
    TALLAHASSEE — Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Tuesday, defeating his primary challenger with almost 75 percent of the vote in early results and setting the … -- By From Wire Reports
    Salopek adds another dimension to Mt. Pleasant football team
    During Mt. Pleasant’s Interstate Conference championship season last year, much of the Vikings’ offensive attack centered around a lethal running game. But when Mt. Pleasant felt the need to air … -- By Jason Black
    Riverview football team benefits from McCombs' versatility
    Riverview fans will be seeing a lot of No. 1 in a lot of places this season. Senior Raymar McCombs, wearing uniform No. 1, will play six positions for the … -- By George Guido
    New head coach focusing on team depth for Latrobe boys soccer
    It takes 11 players to start a game, but it takes a whole team to finish. That’s the philosophy Latrobe boys soccer coach Tom Kennedy has brought with him in … -- By Kevin Ritchart
    Even after PIAA title streak ends, Peters Township still a targeted program
    Peters Township girls soccer coach Pat Vereb yearns to see his team ranked anything other than first in the WPIAL by newspapers and websites. Unfortunately for Vereb, even following a … -- By Bill West
    HS highlight reel: Mt. Lebanon coach wins gold medal
    Success seems to follow Dori Oldaker, no matter where she is coaching — even in China. Mt. Lebanon’s highly-successful girls basketball coach led Team USA’s four-player U18 girls team to … -- By Tribune-Review
    Penn-Trafford boys soccer aiming for playoffs
    The Penn-Trafford boys soccer team came agonizingly close to making it back to the WPIAL playoffs last season before ultimately falling short. Heading into 2014, the Warriors hope a deep … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Norwin field hockey team's potential intrigues new coach
    Because she was hired a week after preseason camp officially began, Kiley Morgan’s first impression of the Norwin field hockey team came during the squad’s scrimmage against Shady Side Academy … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Ligonier Valley boys soccer sets sights high
    Ligonier Valley boys soccer coach Kip Crumrine has been around the game long enough to know that a team can fall short of its goals for a variety of reasons. … -- By Kevin Lohman
    Fit, fast Franklin Regional girls soccer team looks to return to playoffs
    Rich Garland noticed one thing right away when members of the Franklin Regional girls soccer camp reported to camp earlier this month: They were fit. After a season in which … -- By Doug Gulasy
    2-year ban proposed on rope-swinging from Utah arches
    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal officials have proposed a two-year ban on rope-swinging from iconic Utah arches and other high-flying activities at two popular landmarks that have led to deaths … -- By The Associated Press
    No clear victor in Hamas-Israel conflict
    JERUSALEM — A cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza appeared to be holding early on Wednesday as the focus shifted to securing … -- By Reuters
    Keep Labor Day healthy with grilled chicken
    Labor Day, summer’s last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly — Tell the truth! — we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check, check, check … -- By The Associated Press
    Wines for Labor Day dishes recall summer, look ahead to fall
    L abor Day has evolved into a convenient way to mark summer’s unofficial end. Use Labor Day as an opportunity to savor summer wines with the seasonal bounty, while trying … -- By Dave Desimone
    Wis. woman identified shooter before dying, court papers show
    MADISON, Wis. — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired sheriff’s deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to … -- By The Associated Press
    McCandless Cinemark set to open Sept. 19
    The new movie theater in McCandless Crossing is officially scheduled to open Sept. 19, according to officials with Cinemark. The opening of the theater has been delayed several times. Construction … -- By Tribune-Review
    Suspected serial stowaway arrested in Ariz.
    PHOENIX — A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and sentenced to jail for returning to a Los Angeles airport in violation of her … -- By The Associated Press
    Study: Facebook, Twitter stifle discourse on hot-button issues
    WASHINGTON — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new … -- By The Associated Press
    'Sustainable' & superficial
    The pervasive proclamations issued by government officials, college professors, U.N. bureaucrats and Hollywood entertainers in favor of “sustainability” sound nice. But slogans aren’t solutions. Merely declaring support for a good … -- By Donald J. Boudreaux
    New bins for recyclables to grace Latrobe area parks
    Children attending the Latrobe summer play camp were among the first to recycle their empty soft drink cans in new bins that will be placed in area parks. “You put … -- By Stacey Federoff
    Former player set to lead Derry soccer
    Entering the 2014 season, Derry will look to one of its alums to help lead the boys soccer team to new heights. David Nicholson, a 1999 Derry graduate, ascends to … -- By Alex Oltmanns story
    Holder no help President Obama has certainly pulled out all the stops in getting to the bottom of the Ferguson, Mo., incident in which a police officer used deadly force … -- By Tribune-Review
    Penn-Trafford volleyball sets sights high
    The Penn-Trafford girls volleyball team had a successful 2013 season, qualifying for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs for the eighth straight season and winning a first-round playoff match after failing … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Franklin Regional volleyball sets higher goals for 2014
    One year made a big difference in the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team’s expectations. After posting a 6-8 record last season, including 5-7 in section play — their best finish … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Even bigger waste
    I beg to differ with Shaun Rinier, president of the Penn-Trafford Education Association, who stated in his letter “Good riddance” that the $140,000 yearly salary of Gov. Tom Corbett’s aide … -- By Tribune-Review
    Playoff loss motivates Penn-Trafford girls soccer team
    The Penn-Trafford girls soccer team closed all of its practices the same way during the first week of preseason camp: with penalty kicks. After the Warriors’ 2013 season ended with … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Failing city, Steelers
    Dear Le’Veon Bell: It is obvious from your recent ill-advised behavior that you have no clue about what being a Pittsburgh Steeler means. Granted, you came from Michigan State, but … -- By Tribune-Review
    Penn-Trafford girls tennis hopes to shake off slow start
    The Penn-Trafford girls tennis team’s bid for its seventh straight WPIAL playoff appearance got off to a rocky start, but the Warriors believe the rest of their season will go … -- By Doug Gulasy
    'Very quality' seniors to lead way for Franklin Regional boys soccer
    The moment Jake Roberge has been waiting for is finally here. For three years, he and his classmates on the Franklin Regional boys soccer team gained experience at the varsity … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Penn-Trafford student to compete in Junior Pan American Karate Championships
    Zachary Kelly made the most of his first opportunity to qualify for the Junior Pan American Karate Championships. Kelly, a 12-year-old who lives in the Penn-Trafford School District, won a … -- By Doug Gulasy
    2013 success pushes Norwin girls volleyball team
    The Norwin girls volleyball team experienced its greatest amount of success in more than 15 years last season, finishing third in the WPIAL and advancing to the PIAA tournament. That … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Norwin boys hoping to break into WPIAL elite
    Norwin’s Scott Schuchert knows the power in WPIAL boys soccer currently lies south of Pittsburgh. He’d like to bring some of that power east. With the WPIAL boys soccer season … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Norwin girls looking to continue success under new coach
    As an alumna of the Norwin girls soccer program, Lauren Czapor knows all about the Knights’ winning tradition. After carrying on the tradition as a player, she’s hoping to do … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Merging school districts? Some fundamental criteria
    The prospective merger of the Cornell and Moon Area school districts already meets one key criterion: It’s voluntary. Other key criteria if the proposal moves ahead are to ensure the … -- By Tribune-Review
    Labor Day fast approaching
    The Labor Day holiday is fast approaching, and I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday as we celebrate the unofficial end of summer. Find something fun to do … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Review: 'November Man' is low quality with a high body count
    Pierce Brosnan’s perfect hair barely budges in the breeze, he fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember, yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. But … -- By Roger Moore
    Top Sports Pics - Aug. 26, 2014
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    The 'Truthy' project: We are suspect
    The feds, through a National Science Foundation grant to Indiana University, are spending nearly $1 million to create a Twitter-centric “web service that will monitor ‘suspicious memes’ and what it … -- By Tribune-Review
    To defeat the Islamic State
    The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known. For the Kaiser’s Germany, it was the “blank … -- By Pat Buchanan
    Dinner in Minutes: Flavor billows from Smoked Fish Salad
    This smoked fish salad is a light and simple dish for a hot summer night. I created this quick dinner with thoughts of a major smoked foods trend at this … -- By Linda Gassenheimer
    Football tab 'incomplete'
    As an avid sports enthusiast and regular reader of the VND Sports section, I would like to express my dissatisfaction (and that of others) over how the high school football … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Obama 'dithers' on Syria, Defense officials say
    WASHINGTON — Amid growing pressure to act, President Obama on Tuesday cautioned that defeating the Islamic State would take time, even as some Pentagon officials expressed frustration with what they … -- By McClatchy Newspapers
    U.S. says Egypt, UAE conduct airstrikes to back renegade general in Libya
    WASHINGTON — Secret airstrikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates against Islamist militias inside Libya, publicly acknowledged by American officials on Tuesday, are another sharp jolt to U.S.-led attempts … -- By The Associated Press
    Cause of Ohio plane crash that killed 4 Case Western Reserve students unknown
    CLEVELAND — A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff on Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day … -- By The Associated Press
    Gorman: Quaker Valley's Jackson out of action
    When Dane Jackson heard the pop in his left knee last week, the Quaker Valley quarterback hoped the injury wasn’t as bad as he feared. The diagnosis following an MRI … -- By Kevin Gorman
    Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract
    Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is almost certain to enter the 2014-15 season without a new contract, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. Fleury’s agent, Allan Walsh, is fine with the arrangement. … -- By Josh Yohe
    PSU notebook: Freshman cornerback Haley soars up depth chart
    Penn State coach James Franklin apparently is not going to make freshmen available to speak with the media. Grant Haley’s turned enough heads during the preseason that plenty of Nittany … -- By Chris Adamski
    Audio of Mo. shooting emerges, said to be authentic
    ST. LOUIS — Seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots. An audio file obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of … -- By From Wire Reports
    S&P 500 closes above 2,000 for the 1st time
    Tuesday was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for … -- By The Associated Press
    Issa demands Labor records that he says show government waste
    WASHINGTON — The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmaker alleges will show “a pattern of … -- By The Associated Press
    Peace plan backed, Ukraine says
    MINSK, Belarus — Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said early Wednesday that he has support for a peace plan from leaders who attended a summit meeting in Minsk, including Russian President … -- By The Associated Press
    NFL notebook: Ex-player Gilbert releases platform for NFLPA bid
    Sean Gilbert on Tuesday unveiled the platform that he will stand upon in trying to oust NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith during the next election in March. The … -- By Tribune-Review
    Afghan candidate threatens boycott of election audit
    KABUL, Afghanistan — One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan’s next president is threatening to boycott a ballot audit from the country’s disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said … -- By The Associated Press
    around mlb
    • The Tigers will have their pitching depth tested for at least a little bit longer now that Anibal Sanchez is dealing with a setback in his recovery from a … -- By Tribune-Review
    Powerful GOP leaders linked to tax-avoidance
    WASHINGTON — Two top Republican lawmakers profited from a corporate tax-avoidance maneuver that the Treasury Department is seeking to curb. While House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio, and Ways and Means … -- By Bloomberg News
    Conn. expert set to guide Obamacare exchanges
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday named the head of Connecticut’s state health exchange to oversee the federal marketplace that provides subsidized private health insurance to consumers in 36 … -- By Reuters
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    Largest wave of Allegheny County students welcomed back to school
    More than 77,000 students in Allegheny County were part of the latest and largest wave of Western Pennsylvania children to return to school on Monday. Other school districts will begin … -- By Daveen Rae Kurutz  and Megan Harris
    Corbett uninvited to labor parade over LCB issue
    Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is an invitation-only affair that often leaves prominent Republicans off the guest list. Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, which organizes the parade, … -- By Aaron Aupperlee
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    East Franklin soldier gets first award founded by actor Sinise
    An East Franklin native was recognized this summer with a military college award founded by actor Gary Sinise. In June, Army Maj. Dan Leard, 34, became the first soldier to … -- By Julie E. Martin
    Penn Hills School board re-hires tennis coach
    Tennis — for girls, at least — is underway as a Penn Hills team sport in the 2014-15 school year. Athletic Director John Peterman said last week that the school … -- By Patrick Varine
    Detroit man dies following Frankstown Road shooting
    A 38-year-old Detroit man shot Aug. 17 at a home on Frankstown Road has died as a result of his injuries. Penn Hills police were dispatched just before 4:30 p.m. … -- By Patrick Varine
    Imagine keeps an eye on charter court case
    Despite their expansion plans being stymied multiple times, Imagine Penn Hills officials are excited to begin the 2014-15 academic year in which the charter school will add a fifth grade. … -- By Patrick Varine
    PHSD kicks off year with new elementary
    In the hectic days leading up to the first day of school at the new Penn Hills Elementary School, new Principal Kristin Brown found herself working to solve what one … -- By Patrick Varine
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    Tuesday - Aug. 26, 2014
    Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. … -- By Tribune-Review
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