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Pittsburgh council confirms new public safety chief, budget director

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Stephen Bucar as the city’s public safety director and Sam Ashbaugh as budget director. Bucar, 54, of the South Side, a former Pennsylvania state trooper and FBI agent, replaces Michael Huss as public safety director. His salary is $125,000 a year. Ashbaugh, 42, …

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder 8:56 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city dropped its legal challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status because it became a “roadblock” in negotiating a financial commitment from nonprofits to help pay for city services. Peduto, who has said he …

Unseasonably cold temperature sets Western Pa. record

By Megan Henney 8:36 p.m.
A record low temperature for July 29 was set early Tuesday in Pittsburgh, beating the previous record in 1982 by one degree, said Bob Coblentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon. The temperature at 5:02 a.m. was …

Allegheny

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder 8:56 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city dropped its legal challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status because it became a “roadblock” in negotiating a financial commitment from nonprofits to help pay for city services. Peduto, who has said he …

Westmoreland

IceoPlex owner indicted, accused of avoiding $1M in payroll taxes

By Brian Bowling 8:57 p.m.
The owner of the IceoPlex at Southpointe in Washington County dodged paying more than $1 million in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011, federal prosecutors say. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Steven J. Lynch, 59, of Squirrel Hill …

Fayette

2 killed in East Huntingdon crash

By Mark Hofmann 8:16 p.m.
A father and son died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision in East Huntingdon early Tuesday morning. A representative from the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the victims of …

Armstrong

Heavy rains pour through Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A lightning show and heavy rains on Sunday kept residents and emergency responders in Armstrong County busy into Monday morning dealing with minor floods and about a dozen downed trees and power wires. “I heard it pouring pretty hard last …

Beaver

Volkswagen crashes through convenience store in Aliquippa

By Bobby Kerlik
A woman crashed a Volkswagen Passat through the front of a Circle K store Tuesday in Aliquippa, police said. The woman crashed through the front of the store about 1:45 p.m., finally stopping near where the cashiers stand, Aliquippa police …

Butler

Saxonburg man pleads no contest to setting boy, 7, on fire

By Chuck Biedka 7:19 p.m.
A Saxonburg man could spend up to 12 years in prison for setting a 7-year-old boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 37, of Carol Drive pleaded no contest to one …

Indiana

Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

By Tribune-Review
A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials. The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in …

Somerset

Woman, teenager charged after iPad theft, resale in Confluence

By Tribune-Review 8:03 p.m.
State police at Somerset allege that a woman sold an iPad to another woman in Confluence even though she knew that a teenage boy stole it. The juvenile, whose name was not released, allegedly stole an Apple iPad from a …

Washington

Charleroi mother charged with abusing boy, 3

By Tribune-Review
The mother of a 3-year-old Washington County boy who was hospitalized on July 3 for multiple bruises and burn marks on his stomach and leg has been charged with abusing the child. Shyann M. Sanpietro, 24, of Charleroi was charged …

Education

Pittsburgh schools’ teacher evaluations approved

By Bill Zlatos
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved Pittsburgh Public Schools’ system for evaluating teachers for the next three years, district officials announced Tuesday. The district implemented the new system five years ago in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness tests

By The Associated Press 7:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women. The Justice Department’s 10-page lawsuit was …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Playing at judge, Goodell drops ball in Ray Rice case
LOS ANGELES (Exaggerated Press) — A reality TV show featuring National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be an integral part of Fox’s fall programming …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Family man shared musical gift in theater, church

By Corinne Kennedy
Whether it was soccer games in New Mexico or family reunions in South Carolina, there was no place William Stringert wouldn’t go to see and support his family, son Bill …