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Western Pa. played role, was transformed by victory in World War II

By Chris Togneri
Everyone everywhere spilled into the streets. Norma Olszewski followed, sharing in the excitement of victory and relief at war’s end. “I was amazed at how many people were there,” recalled Olszewski, 84, of Plum. “People were all over the place, kissing and hugging each other. That stuck in my mind; …

4-year-old transplant recipient Angelo Giorno from Derry on life support, family says

By Ben Schmitt 7:38 p.m.
Angelo Giorno, the 4-year-old Derry boy whose intestinal transplant made headlines throughout the summer, is on life support at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, his family said. Dale Darazio, Angelo’s guardian, …

Feds investigating millions embezzled from Matthews International Corp. of Pittsburgh

By Brian Bowling 7:41 p.m.
The federal government is investigating a local burial product manufacturer’s claim that a former employee stole about $14.8 million from the North Shore-based company over many years. Matthews International Corp. announced July 30, in its third quarter financial report, that …


Pitt, UPMC facility cited as center of excellence in bid to cure HHT

By Ben Schmitt
Two-year-old Charlotte Leskowak tumbles about in her Reserve home, running and turning half somersaults on the living room carpet with a lively laugh. She’s come a long way from Mother’s …


Spontaneous street celebrations marked WWII’s end 70 years ago

By Chris Togneri
Everyone everywhere was dancing in the streets — sharing in the victory and relief at the war’s end in 1945. John Hufhand at his parent’s home in Manorville wasn’t going …


Court upholds murder conviction of former Bridgewater councilman

By Adam Brandolph
The state Superior Court on Monday upheld the sentence and third-degree murder conviction of a former Bridgewater councilman who killed a woman in 1979. Gregory Scott Hopkins, 68, is serving eight to 16 years in prison for the death of …


Construction of new Butler VA planned to kick off this week

By Rick Wills
The developer behind a proposed $100-million VA health care facility in Center, Butler County, plans to start work this week. Cambridge Healthcare Solutions PA is proceeding with construction days after it purchased a 46-acre site on North Duffy Road. Cambridge …


Man charged with sexual assaults on girl

By Tribune-Review
A 43-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was under age 13 several times at two Fayette County residences between December 2001 and September 2010, state police at Belle Vernon said. The suspect, Robert Joseph Murphy of …


Indiana County coroner: Death of 19-year-old student found on IUP campus not suspicious

By Tribune-Review
The body of a 19-year-old Indiana University of Pennsylvania student from Cambria County was found early Tuesday morning on a street on the IUP campus, according to the Indiana County coroner. Devin Michael Lecomte of Ashville, was discovered lying on …


Police warn of phony fundraiser for Somerset Hospital

By Tribune-Review 7:06 p.m.
Somerset police said Wednesday that someone is trying to scam area residents out of money by telephoning and asking for donations for Somerset Hospital. The initiative is not being conducted by the hospital, nor is it sanctioned by the facility, …


Washington County man killed in tractor accident

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County man died Tuesday when he lost control of his tractor and rolled over several times on a hill, the county coroner said. James McDade, 55, of Amwell lost control of his tractor about 10:45 a.m. while traveling …


4-year-old transplant recipient Angelo Giorno from Derry on life support, family says

By Ben Schmitt 7:38 p.m.
Angelo Giorno, the 4-year-old Derry boy whose intestinal transplant made headlines throughout the summer, is on life support at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, …


Pittsburgh schools scramble for money amid Pa. budget impasse

By Katelyn Ferral
As the budget debate persists in Harrisburg, school districts in the Pittsburgh region lean on loans and reserves to fund their schools without money from the state. The Sto-Rox School District’s board of directors approved a line of credit Aug. …


Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration racks up 5,000 applicants

By Melissa Daniels 7:23 p.m.
In a normal week, the Allegheny County Department of Elections receives about 2,500 paper forms from voters who want to change their address or register to vote. This week 20 percent of the forms arrived electronically for the first time …

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Wednesday - Sept. 2, 2015

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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
Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Harrisburg’s ongoing dramas reminiscent of high school hijinks
At Pennsylvania High, the school year got off to a disturbing start. The troubles began early on the first day of classes. They occurred even …

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Ambridge Army specialist served for 32 years in 3 wars

By Tony Raap
John Salopek was a veteran of three wars, but he rarely talked about his military service. He repaired missile guidance systems and routed top-secret messages to military bases as an …