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Probiotic bacteria help conquer ‘superbugs’

By Adam Smeltz
Stopping antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that kill about 700,000 people a year could take vaccines, more powerful drugs and better ways to identify dangerous bacteria, federal authorities warn. But a growing number of doctors sees hope in something available: the helpful bacteria known as probiotics, long trumpeted in yogurt, unpasteurized sauerkraut and …

Scaife additions to elevate status of two museums

By Natasha Lindstrom
He bought art for its beauty, haggled for deals and demonstrated fierce loyalty to local artists and neighborhood galleries. Dick Scaife, the billionaire philanthropist and Tribune-Review owner who died last year, deemed …

Arab League gets serious on terrorism

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — The continuing disintegration of Middle Eastern nations preoccupied Arab kings, emirs and presidents meeting this weekend in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh. Officials of 21 Arab League states …

Allegheny

Computer science students compete for laurels in 36-hour ‘hackathon’ at Pitt

By Adam Smeltz
Don’t let their nickname fool you. The 150 bleary-eyed “hackers” toiling this weekend at the University of Pittsburgh aren’t looking to swipe your passwords, your credit card numbers or your …

Armstrong

Bomb threat clears Apollo-Ridge High School

By Valley News Dispatch
Apollo-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School was evacuated shortly after noon today because a bomb threat was found at the high school, said Superintendent Matt Curci. The threat was assessed as “low-risk” Curci said, but the district is taking precautions to ensure …

Beaver

Beaver County woman guilty in niece’s shooting

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County jury on Friday convicted a woman of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of her niece during a wedding celebration. Christina Nicole George, 31, of Patterson showed little …

Butler

Butler County’s burgeoning tourism industry provides economic boost

By Bill Vidonic
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry is expected to draw more than 400,000 visitors a year who, tourism officials expect, will infuse millions of dollars into Butler County hotels, …

Fayette

Uniontown songwriter draws big inspiration from Bigfoot for new CD

By Mark Hofmann
A Uniontown singer/songwriter’s inspiration to sing a song about Bigfoot has inspired an entire album dedicated to those who hunt the legendary beast of debatable mythology. Walter Shrum has been …

Indiana

Clymer woman dies in 2-vehicle crash in Homer City

By Jacob Tierney
A 75-year-old Clymer woman was killed in a crash on Route 119 in Homer City on Friday night. Madeline Ralston was the passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, traveling north near Sanso’s Italian Deli, according to the Indiana …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Dutch town’s memorial project includes former Monongahela man

By Ron Paglia
Anton de Man is a man on a mission and nothing seems to deter him — not even the elements. “We have had a mixed bag of weather recently, but …

Westmoreland

Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa
A Norwin health teacher responsible for telling students about the dangers of drug abuse has been charged with selling heroin, police said Friday. Lisa Marie …

Education

Armstrong schools put television programming online

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District is trying to make its television programming more accessible by putting it online through the ARIN Intermediate Unit. The district is working with the Indiana-based intermediate unit to stream its student-produced “Education Today” television broadcasts from Kittanning, …

Pennsylvania

Veteran designation on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses loosely audited

By Melissa Daniels
The telephone operator told Ben Keen he would not need his military discharge papers to obtain the new veteran’s designation on his driver’s license. To be cautious, Keen brought them …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - March 28, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and their families. “You think it …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
GOP succeeding at down-ballot level
Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Wolf hopes he’ll strike gold in legislative mines
Good will is worth its weight in gold in Pennsylvania. How valuable is it? Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to spend $51.4 million in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they …

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Obituaries

Priest rose above illness to love, inspire

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
In August, the Rev. Dennis J. Colamarino took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of the debilitating disease. After a 15-month battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, …