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Pittsburgh hires consultant, former Wisconsin police captain as chief

By Tribune-Review 2:54 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s new police chief is from the Midwest, but has plenty of ties to the community. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday named Cameron McLay, a consultant and former captain in the Madison, Wis., police department, to lead the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. McLay, whose family is from Squirrel Hill and …

Democratic gubernatorial nominee in spotlight at Labor Day Parade

By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik
The boos began as Tom Wolf approached the corner of Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, and grew louder as the gubernatorial candidate rounded the bend. “Stop the war on …

Pa. judge identified who denied Trib request to view sexually explicit emails circulated in AG’s Office

By Brad Bumsted 11:15 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A grand jury judge has not decided whether to release documents in response to a Tribune-Review open records request for emails circulated in the Attorney General’s Office reputed to contain sexually explicit images, a spokesman for the judiciary …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh hires consultant, former Wisconsin police captain as chief

By Tribune-Review 2:54 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s new police chief is from the Midwest, but has plenty of ties to the community. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday named Cameron McLay, a consultant and former captain in …

Westmoreland

Housing market remains ‘disaster’ in Westmoreland County

By Joe Napsha
Veteran housing contractor Greg Kinzler of Washington Township knows all too well the lingering effects the nation’s 2008 recession has had on the region’s homebuilding …

Fayette

Indian Creek Valley Community Center demolition under way

By Mark Hofmann
Demolition of the Indian Creek Valley Community Center in Saltlick is under way. The center was destroyed by fire early in May. The board of directors of the center are …

Armstrong

No one hurt when Indiana school bus hits pole in Shelocta

By Brad Pedersen 11:34 a.m.
An Indiana Area School District bus carrying one student went over an embankment and hit a pole on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in Shelocta on Tuesday morning. The …

Beaver

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

By Brian Bowling
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Friday scheduled a Sept. 30 hearing on Nicholas Trombetta’s claim that she should dismiss the criminal charges filed against him because federal prosecutors recorded conversations he had with his attorneys. Trombetta, the founder …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl school opens with 286 students

By Rick Wills 2:21 p.m.
Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik greeted the 286 students at the brand-new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry on their first day of school. “It’s bigger than I thought it would be,” said Sam Amory, 14 of Pine and …

Indiana

New Ohiopyle park manager ready for big challenge that comes with job

By Mary Pickels
Timing really is everything. Just ask Ken Bisbee. Last fall, as Bisbee, 56, and his oldest son walked the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail into Ohiopyle State Park, he thought about …

Somerset

Mountain Craft Days in Somerset celebrate pioneer spirit

By Barbara Starn
The ring of the stonemason’s hammer and chisel and the rhythm of the railsplitter’s tools, common sounds of 18th century frontier life, will greet people who visit the 43rd Mountain Craft Days festival on Friday through Sept. 7 at the …

Washington

Dedicated California educator Hasbrouck dead at 62

By Chris Buckley
Norm Hasbrouck was an uplifting, caring person who loved soccer and helping people, especially students. His sudden death Sunday at age 62 has shocked the California community. An obituary appears …

Education

East Allegheny teachers gather on picket lines, hope to end contract dispute

By Patrick Cloonan 12:53 p.m.
As teachers gathered on picket lines at multiple locations in East Allegheny School District, the president of the East Allegheny Education Association made public its plan to end a contract …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Monuments license plates revenue to help maintain Gettysburg monuments

By Matthew Santoni 2:43 p.m.
Stone and metal markers honoring the sacrifices of Pennsylvania soldiers at Gettysburg will get a boon this year from some Pennsylvania drivers. Revenue from special Pennsylvania Monuments license plates — …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday- Sept. 2, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Virginia GOP Senate candidate Gillespie piles up mileage pursuing Warner 11:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner’s “Main Street appeal” to Virginians. Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, is …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in peril or causing it. Most …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Artistic mom’s life revolved around family

By Bobby Kerlik
Naticia Skendrovich would spend hours at the dining room table or in front of the coffee table in the living room working on crafts — everything from cross-stitching to making …