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Plum High School teacher hires attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky

By Karen Zapf 3:39 p.m.
A Plum High School teacher has hired an attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky. Drew Zoldak, 40, of New Kensington, has hired Butler county defense attorney Alexander H. Lindsay Jr. to defend him against charges of witness intimidation. Lindsay also represents Sandusky in the former Penn State assistant football coach’s …

National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

By The Associated Press 2:56 p.m.
BALTIMORE — National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots …

Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

By The Associated Press 1:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Kennedy, …

Allegheny

Plum High School teacher hires attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky

By Karen Zapf 3:39 p.m.
A Plum High School teacher has hired an attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky. Drew Zoldak, 40, of New Kensington, has hired Butler county defense attorney Alexander H. Lindsay Jr. …

Armstrong

Ford City class leads to CPR certification for students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School seniors are expected to turn hands-on learning in advanced health classes into CPR certification on Tuesday. “It’s an invaluable life lesson and skill everybody should learn,” …

Beaver

Shoplifting ring targeted Lowe’s stores in 5 Western Pa. counties

By Rick Wills 2:49 p.m.
Cranberry police arrested seven people they say were involved in a shoplifting ring targeting 11 Lowe’s stores in five Western Pennsylvania counties. Another 14 people remain at-large. Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said they stole items — usually small, high …

Butler

Shoplifting ring targeted Lowe’s stores in 5 Western Pa. counties

By Rick Wills 2:49 p.m.
Cranberry police arrested seven people they say were involved in a shoplifting ring targeting 11 Lowe’s stores in five Western Pennsylvania counties. Another 14 people remain at-large. Cranberry police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said they stole items — usually small, high …

Fayette

Gun stolen from Fayette courthouse, used in suicide

By Liz Zemba
Fayette County Sheriff Gary Brownfield said he has implemented security measures in his office because of the theft of a handgun that was used in an apparent suicide. Brownfield said …

Indiana

Troopers seek suspects in Pine Twp. arsons

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana said a field fire and fires in two wooded areas in northern Indiana County on Friday are the work of one or two arsonists. The fires occurred off School and Grisemore roads in Pine Township between …

Somerset

Somerset man gets 10-year prison sentence for meth sales

By Tribune-Review
A 23-year-old Somerset man arrested in 2013 for operating a methamphetamine lab out of his home has been sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of federal supervision after his release. U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson …

Washington

Ringgold band members march to different beat

By Les Harvath
Ringgold High School senior Katharine Hubert has already emphatically circled and starred May 21 on her school calendar, but it has nothing to do with her upcoming graduation. Instead, “moving” …

Westmoreland

Students learn outside at Westmoreland County’s Envirothon in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
Students gripped their pencils as they prepared for an exam, surrounded by trees and open sky instead of their usual classroom walls. They pored over ...

Education

Penn Hills School District brings on former employee as consultant

By Kelsey Shea
Leaders of the financially struggling Penn Hills School District on Monday retained a business consultant to fill in for the business manager, who remains on paid leave. The board voted 7-0 to hire James Calabrese, 73, of Plum, a retired …

Pennsylvania

Grand jury presentment: AG Kane lied, attempted to cover up leak

By Brad Bumsted
NORRISTOWN — Attorney General Kathleen Kane lied to a grand jury investigating her and tried to cover up her directive to release secret material to a Philadelphia newspaper last year, …

Photo Gallery

Monday - April 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Hillary Clinton spins political attacks into moneymaker
Hillary Clinton’s two-week-old presidential campaign is looking to turn political attacks into dollars. It could be a lucrative approach, given the number of controversies surrounding …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Plum science teacher Zoldak’s experiments with slime could go ka-boom
Time for a science experiment, Plum School District-style. Time to make slime. Such experiments usually are conducted at the elementary school level, but they do …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne dies at age 89

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Verne Gagne, one of professional wrestling’s most celebrated performers and promoters, has died. He was 89. Gagne died Monday at his daughter’s home in the Twin Cities area, …