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Port Authority’s plan for car-free communities slow to bear fruit

By Melissa Daniels
Cars fill the parking lot in front of the Castle Shannon light-rail stop on weekdays, giving more than 500 suburban commuters access to Pittsburgh without the hassle of driving and parking Downtown. Port Authority of Allegheny County officials hope that, in a few years, some commuters will be able to …

Pitt’s cancer institute marks 30 years with eye toward future

By Ben Schmitt
When Dr. John Kirkwood joined the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in 1986, it encompassed a couple of converted patient rooms in what was then the Eye & Ear Hospital in Oakland. …

Solarize Allegheny powers up with communities

By Matthew Santoni
On a hillside beneath Beaver Grade Road in Moon, an array of solar panels the size of a small set of bleachers silently powers Mark and Janet Greathouse’s home. Joe Morinville, president …

Allegheny

Solarize Allegheny powers up with communities

By Matthew Santoni
On a hillside beneath Beaver Grade Road in Moon, an array of solar panels the size of a small set of bleachers silently powers Mark and Janet Greathouse’s home. Joe …

Armstrong

State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his …

Beaver

Two people shot in Beaver Falls

By Michael Hasch
Two people were shot and wounded Thursday night in Beaver Falls, county emergency dispatchers said. Police and paramedics were called at 8:35 p.m. for the report of two people shot along Fourth Avenue, dispatchers said. Both victims were taken, to …

Butler

Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena

By Jodi Weigand
Dan Hageman talks about UFOs and aliens as matter-of-factly as others might talk about a rare bird sighting or an unexplained plane crash. For Hageman, 62, of Butler, the existence …

Fayette

Barn fire no obstacle to opening of farm store near Dawson

By Mary Pickels
Six years ago, Matt Christner’s family home was lost to fire. In May, a barn fire at his Fayette County farm caused $250,000 in damage and killed 100 chickens and …

Indiana

Indiana County man given up to 3 years for DUI crash

By Paul Peirce
An Indiana County man was sentenced Friday to serve up to three years in a state prison for a DUI accident  Jan. 15 when he struck an elderly Blairsville woman …

Somerset

Coroner identifies man killed in Somerset County crash

By Tony Raap
A coroner has identified a man killed in a crash early Sunday in Somerset County. Harry Keen’s vehicle overturned and struck a traffic sign and utility pole at 12:45 a.m. on Water Level Road in Milford Township, state police and …

Washington

Deadly heroin was laced with fentanyl, district attorney says

By Jason Cato
Lab tests confirmed that at least some heroin that caused deadly and dangerous overdoses this month in Washington County was spiked with fentanyl, District Attorney Gene Vittone said. Federal investigators helping with the investigation into nearly 30 overdoses, including three …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Fair doubles as meet-and-greet for candidates

By Rich Cholodofsky
Labor Day may be the traditional kickoff of the fall political season, but in Westmoreland County, the campaigning starts a bit earlier amid farm animals, ...

Education

McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when staffers will share their expertise …

Pennsylvania

Shale gas violations down as DEP steps up inspections

By David Conti
Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - Aug. 29, 2015

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

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
Another Know-Nothing moment
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Vick haters’ Facebook bark much worse than their protest’s bite
That was a protest? It’s no stretch to suggest Steve Courson would be aghast over Michael Vick’s arrival in Pittsburgh. But he probably would be …

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Obituaries

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Sewickley Valley …