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Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city

By Natasha Lindstrom
Hill District community leaders on Saturday rebuked the Penguins for submitting the preliminary land development plan for the 28-acre former Civic Arena site before sharing it with the general public. “The Pens are still in the early stages of building trust with the Hill District and also public partners,” said …

More companies embrace exchanges to curb health care costs

By Alex Nixon
Workers from Montana’s Rib & Chop House restaurants in Hermitage and Meadville will go to a website to shop for health insurance plans next month, but they won’t be using online exchanges …

Paying tuition a challenge as costs skyrocket and aid varies

By Debra Erdley
Tammy Abercrombie thought she did everything right to ensure that her daughter Tyanna, a high school senior at Aliquippa Junior/Senior High School, wouldn’t become another student bogged down by college debt. The …

Allegheny

Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city

By Natasha Lindstrom
Hill District community leaders on Saturday rebuked the Penguins for submitting the preliminary land development plan for the 28-acre former Civic Arena site before sharing it with the general public. …

Westmoreland

Vandergrift Arts & Crafts Festival brings community together, shows off the town

By Deborah Weisberg
A TV cameraman who captured one of the most famous home runs in baseball history will be at the eighth annual Vandergrift Arts & Crafts …

Fayette

Volunteer program circles around poverty problem in Connellsville

By Mark Hofmann 5:16 p.m.
A poverty-solution initiative is growing in Connellsville with the naming of a chairwoman and co-chairwoman and a second poverty awareness day. Circles of Connellsville Area is a branch of a …

Armstrong

Saber pride booming in Ford City’s final year

By Brigid Beatty
It’s the final year of Ford City High School, but not of Saber pride: “Ever in days to come, our fond memories will cling steadfast to purple and gold.” So …

Beaver

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled off a narrow Beaver County …

Butler

Butler Symphony Orchestra musicians going back to elementary school

By Bill Vidonic
Some Butler Symphony Orchestra musicians will head back to school next month for a program designed to merge words and music. Called “The ABC’s of Symphonies,” about 16 musicians will …

Indiana

Indiana Regional Medical Center marks centennial with book, campus addition

By Gina DelFavero
Indiana Regional Medical Center is staying true to its motto: “Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future.” While a $55 million centennial project is adding about 40,000 square feet to IRMC’s …

Somerset

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Washington

Peters settles discrimination suit with teachers for $2M

By Brian Bowling
Peters Township School District paid more than $2 million to settle a gender and age discrimination lawsuit filed by 17 female teachers, according to a copy of the settlement. The district released the information on Friday in response to a …

Education

Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed up at Taylor Allderdice High …

Pennsylvania

Gas industry remedies ‘brain drain’ in Western Pennsylvania

By Craig Smith
For Justin Welker, Western Pennsylvania was always home. His friends were here. His family was here. Unfortunately, his job wasn’t. When Welker graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2006 …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Sept. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Trust the issue in Fla. governor race
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Take away their cars? Not so fast
They need their wheels. You might not think that many Allegheny County officials require round-the-clock access to newer model vehicles paid for or leased at …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Plastic surgeon fostered patients’ self-esteem

By Bill Vidonic
Noted plastic surgeon Dr. Ross H. Musgrave had a favorite phrase, “Vanity is the essence of self-esteem,” his daughter said. “He made a difference in someone’s self-worth,” Nancy Ray said …