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Pittsburgh angles to keep Heinz headquarters in merger

By Alex Nixon  and Chris Fleisher
A promise to keep headquarters in two cities when H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods combine is seemingly out of sync with 3G Capital’s reputation for being lean and efficient. And with Pittsburgh’s history of losing corporations to bigger cities, it’s no wonder officials here are not being complacent. Pittsburgh Mayor …

Bodies of Kochu, Gray found in Ohio River in West Virginia

By Michael Hasch
The hearts of the families of two missing Pittsburgh men were broken Thursday when they learned that bodies recovered from the Ohio River in West Virginia last week were those of their …

West Homestead man taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling and Paul Peirce 9:47 p.m.
Authorities took a man and his girlfriend into custody Friday afternoon, nearly eight hours after he barricaded them inside a Westmoreland County apartment when Allegheny County Sheriff deputies attempted to serve him …

Allegheny

Region’s Goodwill spends $51.6M in 2014, report says

By Tom Fontaine 9:33 p.m.
Adam McBride is building up his resumé by dismantling computers through a Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania job-training program. “I’d like to get a job as a cashier or drive a …

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 9:32 p.m.
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 DA finds no wrongdoing with how county used voter list

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he didn’t find anything wrong with the county using a list of registered voters to gather names for a survey about senior centers. “The list was used to conduct a survey for government …

Fayette

Connellsville-area group shares photos, stories, legacy

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville Area Historical Society’s history was presented for the latest installment of the series to create future volunteer ambassadors to the county. President Karen Hechler was a founding member of …

Indiana

White Township woman charged with attempted homicide for role in alleged beating of son, 6

By Joe Napsha
An Indiana area woman accused of delaying medical treatment for her severely injured 6-year-old son and lying about the beating her husband allegedly inflicted on him is charged with attempted homicide. Stephanie Ilene Green, 26, of West Pike Road, White …

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

Washington County school superintendent charged with DUI gets probation

By Adam Brandolph 6:42 p.m.
A Washington County school superintendent charged with drunken driving will enter a probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, Allegheny County court records show. South Fayette police accused Bethlehem-Center School District Superintendent Linda Marcolini, 55, of McDonald of driving under the …

Westmoreland

West Homestead man taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling and Paul Peirce 9:47 p.m.
Authorities took a man and his girlfriend into custody Friday afternoon, nearly eight hours after he barricaded them inside a Westmoreland County apartment when Allegheny …

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

Key Pennsylvania judicial races dot landscape

By Melissa Daniels 9:30 p.m.
Robert Byer never grew accustomed to the politics. While serving an appointed term on Commonwealth Court in 1991, he campaigned for an open seat. He lost, but he remembers the rumor mill rumbling about whether a decision on the bench …

Photo Gallery

Friday - March 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: All signs point to crisis for Allegheny Health Network
Not to be alarmist, but Highmark Inc.’s abrupt request to funnel $175 million to its Allegheny Health Network contains all the elements of a crisis. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at …

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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

Skilled Italian cook valued family, nature, travel

By Mary Pickels
Gatherings at Josephine Strednak’s home always included food and hugs. “She was a tremendous Italian cook. We never bought cookies, cakes or pies,” said her husband, Raymond R. Strednak. Josephine …