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Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto says new police chief’s skills fit the job well

By Bob Bauder  and Margaret Harding 12:00 a.m.
A former police captain from Wisconsin named to head Pittsburgh’s force has the qualifications and temperament to mend broken relationships in the city’s poorest neighborhoods and remake the department as a national model of professionalism, Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday. Peduto named Cameron McLay of Madison, a leadership consultant for …

Regulators release details of Highmark’s post-UPMC transition plan

By Alex Nixon 12:00 a.m.
Highmark says its plan for handling its divorce from UPMC will keep 80 percent of the health system’s doctors in-network and give the insurer’s 200,000 Community Blue subscribers access to the region’s largest hospital system for the first time. The …

U.S. Customs loses track of 6K students who overstayed visas

By Debra Erdley
Concerns about foreign students who overstay their visas escalated on Tuesday when a top federal official reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has lost track of 6,000 of them. The news became known as terrorist fears throughout the Western world …

Allegheny

Nearly 1 in 10 has had identity stolen, RMU poll finds

By Melissa Daniels
Nearly one in 10 Americans has experienced digital identity theft and one in three has had a credit card number stolen, but still Americans don’t do all they can to protect themselves, a recent poll found. The figures come from …

Westmoreland

Slovenian Club in Claridge is marking 100th anniversary

By Craig Smith
The men who came to Claridge from Slovenia to work in the coal mines learned their place on the food chain pretty quickly. “If a …

Fayette

Redstone police sergeant put on unpaid leave in domestic dispute

By Liz Zemba 12:09 a.m.
A municipal police officer who was arrested in a domestic dispute in Fayette County was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Tuesday. Norman Leo Howard, 42, and Amanda Lee Orris, 26, are charged with simple assault and harassment in the …

Armstrong

No one hurt when Indiana school bus hits pole in Shelocta

By Brad Pedersen 12:45 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. The unidentified …

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; enrollment rises

By Rick Wills
Ninth-grader Abby Crum knew school would be different this year at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry. Yet she did not expect the bishop of the …

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 negotiator responds to proposal from striking teachers

By Patrick Cloonan 1:58 a.m.
East Allegheny School District’s chief negotiator reiterated late Tuesday afternoon that the district extended itself as far as it could financially, but that striking teachers want more. “The district cannot …

Pennsylvania

Express E-ZPass lanes to close briefly at Route 43 on turnpike

By Tribune-Review
Express E-ZPass lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Route 43 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. The closure will be at the high-speed toll plaza between Exit 48 Finleyville and Exit 54 Route 51/Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

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
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: Pennsylvania really needs your $14,500
You can buy many spiffy things for $14,500. That amount, for example, is close to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of a no-frills 2014 Chevrolet …

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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

Advocate strove for ‘justice and equality’

By Melissa Daniels
A passionate advocate for social justice and connoisseur of the performing arts, Gerri Kay spent her life devoted to family, friends and the causes of her conviction. “She combined grace …