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Port Authority’s plan for car-free communities slow to bear fruit

By Melissa Daniels
Cars fill the parking lot in front of the Castle Shannon light-rail stop on weekdays, giving more than 500 suburban commuters access to Pittsburgh without the hassle of driving and parking Downtown. Port Authority of Allegheny County officials hope that, in a few years, some commuters will be able to …

Pitt’s cancer institute marks 30 years with eye toward future

By Ben Schmitt
When Dr. John Kirkwood joined the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in 1986, it encompassed a couple of converted patient rooms in what was then the Eye & Ear Hospital in Oakland. …

Solarize Allegheny powers up with more communities

By Matthew Santoni
On a hillside beneath Beaver Grade Road in Moon, an array of solar panels the size of a small set of bleachers silently powers Mark and Janet Greathouse’s home. Joe Morinville, president …


Solarize Allegheny powers up with more communities

By Matthew Santoni
On a hillside beneath Beaver Grade Road in Moon, an array of solar panels the size of a small set of bleachers silently powers Mark and Janet Greathouse’s home. Joe …


State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his …


Chippewa man taken into custody after fatal New Brighton stabbing

By Tony Raap 1:08 p.m.
A woman was stabbed to death Saturday night during a fight with a man at an apartment building in Beaver County, police said. Officers took Kevin Hooks, 52, of Chippewa Township, into custody in connection with the fatal stabbing at …


Butler County man killed in ATV accident

By Tony Raap 12:18 p.m.
A man died Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Butler County. William F. Kirmeyer Jr., 58, of Evans City, Butler County died when the ATV he was riding flipped over along Bobcat Drive in Connoquenessing Township, state police said. …


Barn fire no obstacle to opening of farm store near Dawson

By Mary Pickels
Six years ago, Matt Christner’s family home was lost to fire. In May, a barn fire at his Fayette County farm caused $250,000 in damage and killed 100 chickens and …


One shot, one assaulted in White Township brawl

By Mary Pickels 12:51 p.m.
State police in Indiana are investigating a Sunday morning fight outside a residence in White Township, resulting in one man being shot and another assaulted. Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying those involved in the incident, calling the …


Coroner identifies man killed in Somerset County crash

By Tony Raap
A coroner has identified a man killed in a crash early Sunday in Somerset County. Harry Keen’s vehicle overturned and struck a traffic sign and utility pole at 12:45 a.m. on Water Level Road in Milford Township, state police and …


Deadly heroin was laced with fentanyl, district attorney says

By Jason Cato
Lab tests confirmed that at least some heroin that caused deadly and dangerous overdoses this month in Washington County was spiked with fentanyl, District Attorney Gene Vittone said. Federal investigators helping with the investigation into nearly 30 overdoses, including three …


Westmoreland County Fair doubles as meet-and-greet for candidates

By Rich Cholodofsky
Labor Day may be the traditional kickoff of the fall political season, but in Westmoreland County, the campaigning starts a bit earlier amid farm animals, ...


McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when staffers will share their expertise …


Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

By David Conti
Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Another Know-Nothing moment
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Vick haters’ Facebook bark much worse than their protest’s bite
That was a protest? It’s no stretch to suggest Steve Courson would be aghast over Michael Vick’s arrival in Pittsburgh. But he probably would be …

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‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat” probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe …