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No federal funds to help enforce Pa. ban on texting by drivers

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s law banning texting while driving is challenging for police to enforce, but not tough enough to qualify for federal money to help them, police and transportation officials say. Only Connecticut, among dozens of states with anti-texting laws, qualified for any of the millions of dollars appropriated for police in …

Black Friday trends, tactics change, but Americans still love bargains

By Craig Smith
Black Friday. A shopper’s Super Bowl. A retailer’s dream. A traffic cop’s nightmare, but nonetheless a part of Americans’ parlance since 1961, when Philadelphia police coined the phrase to describe the chaos …

Light of Life offers ‘More Than A Meal’ Thanksgiving event

By Melissa Daniels
Chuck Hightower has spent more than one Thanksgiving at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on Western Avenue in the North Side. Here, where the staff is kind and the meals are …

Allegheny

Icy roads cause accidents, slow traffic across Western Pa.

By Tribune-Review 10:42 a.m.
An overnight storm caused crashes that shut down several highways early Friday, officials said. State police directed traffic off the Parkway West at Green Tree Hill due to several crashes …

Westmoreland

Youngwood Fire Department to dedicate memorial at station

By Bob Stiles
At the corner of South Second and Chestnut streets in Youngwood, firefighters will pause to remember, maybe shed a tear and honor one of their ...

Fayette

Fayette County history could fetch big bucks at Ohio auction

By Mary Pickels 11:45 a.m.
A slice of Fayette County’s history will sell to the highest bidder Friday. More than two dozen pieces of pottery, stoneware, paintings and other artwork painstakingly collected, researched and cataloged …

Armstrong

Ford City’s proposed budget would slash police force

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City would lose most of its police officers under the proposed 2015 budget. The $2.1 million preliminary spending plan would eliminate 11 of the borough’s 12 part-time police positions, leaving the borough with two full-time officers and one part-time …

Beaver

Pittsburgh man gets 2 life terms in slaying of Beaver Falls couple

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Pittsburgh man to two life sentences for the slaying of a Beaver Falls couple. A jury on Oct. 28 convicted Robert Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh for first-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses …

Butler

Toys for Tots distributor in Butler County searches for home

By Megan Guza
Members of Bantam Marine Detachment 743 in Butler County continue to collect for their Toys for Tots organization, but they’re also seeking a donation of a different kind — about 5,000 square feet of workspace. “Every year, we have to …

Indiana

Students will join B.E. Taylor in annual holiday charity concert

By Gina DelFavero
For the past couple of holiday seasons, the Indiana community has received an early Christmas present — a concert performance by rocker and Pittsburgh-area native B.E. Taylor. This year marks …

Somerset

Seven Springs, Hidden Valley ski resorts open today

By The Associated Press 9:47 a.m.
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s two largest ski resorts are celebrating White Friday. Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley, both in Somerset County, have opened for the season. Both have taken advantage of colder than normal temperatures to make snow. Eric Mauck …

Washington

Company seeks to reopen coal mine in Nottingham, Washington County

By Jason Cato 11:47 a.m.
A plan to reopen a coal mine, long dreaded by residents of a rural northern Washington County community, is inching closer to reality. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental …

Education

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …

Pennsylvania

7 hurt in buggy, SUV crash in Pennsylvania Dutch country

By The Associated Press 9:09 a.m.
KIRKWOOD — Seven people were injured when a sport-utility vehicle slammed into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Police say the crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday after the buggy went through a stop sign in Colerain Township. A …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Nov. 27, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy 11:47 a.m.
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Obituaries

Businessman’s generosity spread beyond family

By Jacob Tierney
Ron Simmons was a successful entrepreneur whose shrewd business sense was matched by his kindness. Ronald Arthur Simmons of Collier died of a heart attack in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, …