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White House breach ‘a cry out for help,’ alleged intruder’s ex-wife says

By The Associated Press
MIDLAND, Texas — An Iraq War veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him owns several guns that he could have brought with him if he had meant to harm anyone, his former stepson said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, …

Teachers’ roles evolve as districts rely more on computers

By Matthew Santoni 12:01 p.m.
When Upper St. Clair seventh-graders got take-home iPads, Brad Wilson split his time between teaching students to use the tablet computers and teaching teachers how to make their classes better. “The first …

Researchers study ways to protect power grid from solar storms

By Adam Smeltz
Nobody knew what to call it in 1859, when the most dramatic solar storm on record shocked telegraph operators, set their paper ablaze and lit up the horizon with brilliant auroras. Sky …

Allegheny

Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase property tax rate

By Bob Bauder 11:27 a.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday proposed a 0.5-mill real estate tax increase to help cover a shortfall in the $513 million budget he plans for 2015. Peduto said last year’s tax decrease and increased pension, debt, healthcare and other …

Westmoreland

At 87, Rostraver man still entertaining polka fans

By Stacey Federoff 10:58 a.m.
He’s been playing violin for more than seven decades, but John Huchrowski believes his staying power isn’t because he’s the best. “I’m not a musician. …

Fayette

Volunteer program circles around poverty problem in Connellsville

By Mark Hofmann 10:42 a.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

Emerald ash borers taking toll in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen 10:52 a.m.
Several trees near power lines in Freeport and Ford City will be taken down by West Penn Power workers in October because they were killed by an invasive species of …

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

Teachers’ roles evolve as districts rely more on computers

By Matthew Santoni 12:01 p.m.
When Upper St. Clair seventh-graders got take-home iPads, Brad Wilson split his time between teaching students to use the tablet computers and teaching teachers how to make their classes better. …

Pennsylvania

Ambush suspect’s rifle found

By The Associated Press
CANADENSIS — Nine days after a gunman fatally shot one trooper and critically wounded a second at a northeastern Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said they recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on …

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

Athletic man filled his life with friends, fun

By Bobby Kerlik
Bucky Hamilton was never one to sit around doing nothing. “If it was a nice day, we were always doing something. We rode his motorcycle; we rode bicycles. He was …