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McCandless mom suspected of drowning sons found competent to stand trial

By Jason Cato
A McCandless mother soon could be charged in the drowning of a second child as an Allegheny County judge on Monday deemed her fit to stand trial. Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 41, awaits a preliminary hearing Friday before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning. The judge ruled Schlemmer competent to be …

2 boys who received transplants at Children’s Hospital progress to sunnier days

By Ben Schmitt
Little Angelo Giorno stepped outside of the hospital Monday morning, breathed in the muggy air, looked up at the sky and repeated these words: “Sunny day. Sunny day.” Officially, Angelo — who …

Point Park University cutting 32 employees in reorganization

By Natasha Lindstrom
Point Park University stunned its adjunct faculty union Monday by announcing 32 layoffs as part of a broad reorganization. “The union and the adjunct faculty did not have any input into this decision and were not offered an opportunity to …

Allegheny

$11.13M project closes section of Pittsburgh’s Mifflin Road

By Melissa Daniels
PennDOT closed a section of Mifflin Road in Pittsburgh on Monday, shutting down a major artery used daily by about 25,000 drivers. The $11.13 million PennDOT project involves reconstructing Mifflin Road, also known as Route 885, between Doerr­ville Avenue and …

Armstrong

Chicora man charged after entering East Franklin home

By Julie E. Martin 10:23 a.m.
A Chicora man found passed out Monday morning in the East Franklin home of a family he did not know has been charged with felonies for burglary and trespassing. Zachary …

Beaver

Man wanted on rape, attempted homicide charges in Beaver County arrested in Fla.

By Megan Guza 8:40 a.m.
A man wanted in Beaver County for rape and attempted homicide charges was arrested Monday in Florida, about a week after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and hid in a neighbor’s home, where the homeowner stabbed him with a …

Butler

Butler County continues to experience population growth

By Rick Wills
Before Crystal Yost moved to Butler County from Illinois three years ago, she and her husband considered living in Wexford. “We liked the school system there. It is a bit …

Fayette

Defense: Fayette County baby sitter’s abuse case a cover-up

By Kari Andren
The attorney for a man accused of injuring two young girls said Monday that the case against him is a cover-up by the girls’ parents to hide their abuse of the children. Attorney Anthony Bompiani told a jury of eight …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Men responsible for shooting death of 10-year-old Washington girl sent to prison

By Jason Cato 10:36 a.m.
Two gunmen responsible for firing shots that killed a 10-year-old Washington girl in the middle of the night in her apartment will serve lengthy prison sentences, a judge decided Monday. Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski, visiting from Allegheny County, sentenced …

Westmoreland

Twin Lakes to host grand opening for expansion area that includes dek hockey rink

By Matt Faye
When Westmoreland officials asked residents more than a decade ago what recreational venues they’d like to see at county parks, they voted for dek hockey, ...

Education

West Mifflin Area’s reinstated music program proves to be sound success

By Eric Slagle
Incoming West Mifflin Area High School freshmen Kyriese Davis and Joao Martinez have picked up sticks this summer. Drumsticks, that is. The two friends are participating in the school district’s …

Pennsylvania

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski halts his U.S. Senate campaign

By Michael Hasch
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is suspending his campaign for U.S. Senate, his campaign said Monday, to focus on the federal investigation into that Eastern Pennsylvania city’s “contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since.” Allentown officials said Friday …

Photo Gallery

Monday - July 6, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations 11:16 a.m.
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of swimming, the board president at …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Philly’s new vibrancy lures crowds
PHILADELPHIA — Only a year old, in this birthplace of American democracy,  Independence Beer Garden is a landscaped oasis in a once-stark cement portico. It …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Asphalt will remain only marker for once heralded Syria Mosque
Some folks value asphalt much more than others. A perfect example of that blacktop-related truism can be found on Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland, where two …

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Obituaries

Firefighter’s life exemplified service to others

By Katherine Schaeffer
Walt Mizia said his father’s lessons about valuing knowledge and family made an impact. Now a father, he said those lessons resonate even more clearly. “I remember back when I …