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Allegheny County adoption event joins 40 children with families

By Brian Bowling
When her husband suggested they become foster parents, Renee Cope didn’t think she could do it. “I said I get attached to kids too easily,” said Cope, 42, of Liberty. “I couldn’t bear to send them home.” Seven years later, the now-single mother of five has fostered more than 40 …

The bullet inside your body ‘becomes a part of you’

By Chris Togneri
People screamed, car tires squealed and the unmistakable pop-pop-pop of gunfire splintered the night air. A 14-year-old girl fell to the ground. “I remember hearing someone scream, ‘Tionna get up, get up, …

Need for new community college in Northwestern Pennsylvania questioned

By Andrew Conte
Pennsylvania lawmakers will spend $1.2 million this year to establish a community college for the state’s northwest corner even as critics question the need for a new state-sponsored school amid budget cuts. …

Allegheny

Allegheny County adoption event joins 40 children with families

By Brian Bowling
When her husband suggested they become foster parents, Renee Cope didn’t think she could do it. “I said I get attached to kids too easily,” said Cope, 42, of Liberty. …

Westmoreland

Police investigating shooting outside of Monessen bar

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monessen man was shot early Saturday while he was trying to break up a fight at a city bar. Monessen police were called to …

Fayette

Fayette County Crime Victims Center fundraising house tour returns after break

By Mark Hofmann
The Home for the Holidays house tours will return after a two-year hiatus with five homes and a horse stable as part of the festivities. The tours started in 1995 …

Armstrong

Kittanning Light Up Night a celebration of holiday spirit, bittersweet endings

By Julie E. Martin
For 20 years, Pat Cavanaugh has been part of the musical magic of Kittanning’s holiday season kick-off. But Friday evening, he had the chance to really light up the town. …

Beaver

Freezing rain hits Western Pennsylvania, many accidents reported

By Bill Vidonic
A trace of rain froze as it hit the ground Saturday, forming a paper-thin sheet of ice that caused slip-and-fall accidents and hundreds of vehicle crashes on slickened bridges, overpasses …

Butler

High number of rentals a double-edged sword for Butler

By Rick Wills
Rental units constitute nearly 60 percent of residential property in the city of Butler, which has the highest percentage of rental units of any municipality in the county and higher …

Indiana

IUP student found pinned under car still in critical condition

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was pinned beneath his car in Indiana after a jack failed remained in critical condition Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Nicholas Landman, 19, who is from Grindstone, Fayette County, was injured …

Somerset

ATV victim’s family seeks deal in fatal crash in Somerset County

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County last month are trying to reach a plea agreement on charges stemming from …

Washington

Police: Alleged Monongahela equipment thief faces charges

By Stacy Wolford
A Monongahela man is accused of stealing city-owned street equipment after employees left the area. Samuel Heaton, 46, of First Avenue, was jailed on theft charges after he allegedly took …

Education

Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores

By Tom Yerace
Despite having the lowest state profile scores among area schools, Valley Junior-Senior High School interim Principal Jon Banko said positives can be found. Banko, who is also assistant to the superintendent, discussed the recent state School Performance Profile scores before …

Pennsylvania

Need for new community college in Northwestern Pennsylvania questioned

By Andrew Conte
Pennsylvania lawmakers will spend $1.2 million this year to establish a community college for the state’s northwest corner even as critics question the need for a new state-sponsored school amid …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - Nov. 22, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Kane in sticky situation
Distraction adheres to Kathleen Kane like military-grade epoxy. As Pennsylvania’s attorney general, she and her staff should singularly be focused on bringing criminals to justice. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school …

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Obituaries

Executive stayed busy with business, civic work

By Bill Vidonic
On Monday, Robert Willison’s family finally will learn the answer to a mystery that has lasted more than six decades. During Mr. Willison’s funeral service, Pastor Chris Taylor at Fox …