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First Amendment experts decry Plum authorities’ warning to students

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Students who talk, text, email, tweet, or post comments on Facebook about the ongoing sexual abuse investigation at Plum High School could be subject to questioning and arrest by law enforcement, school officials and local police told them Friday. Students considered the message a threat. First Amendment experts called it …

VA secretary: Special advisory board will help fix system’s problems

By Luis Fábregas
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs vowed Friday to fix systemic failures at the beleaguered agency and lamented what he sees as a constant negative focus. …

Special events planned as part of Kennywood’s 2015 season

By Eric Slagle 11:16 a.m.
Kennywood is coming out of winter hibernation. The amusement park in West Mifflin was abuzz with activity this week — even with the chillier than usual temperatures — as crews prepared for …

Allegheny

Special events planned as part of Kennywood’s 2015 season

By Eric Slagle 11:16 a.m.
Kennywood is coming out of winter hibernation. The amusement park in West Mifflin was abuzz with activity this week — even with the chillier than usual temperatures — as crews …

Armstrong

Life skills students enjoy prom festivities in Manor

By Brigid Beatty
Cody St. Antoine, a 17-year-old Apollo-Ridge student, posed for prom pictures with his date at Lenape Heights Golf Resort in Manor and smiled broadly while signing the word “friends.” He …

Beaver

Beaver Falls man held for trial in Sheraden double-homicide ‘emoji-cide’ case

By Jason Cato 1:35 p.m.
Text messages sent by a Beaver Falls man, including one showing a series of images, helped prosecutors build what they are calling an “emoji-cide” case. District Magistrate Linda Zucco on Friday ordered Michael St. Clair, 24, to stand trial for …

Butler

Complaint alleges Butler candidate mixing politics, military service

By Bill Vidonic
The Navy confirmed Friday it is investigating a complaint that a Republican candidate for Butler County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court improperly used photos of himself in uniform in …

Fayette

Fayette judge: Man not competent to stand trial for fatal stabbing

By Tribune-Review
A Fayette County man charged with homicide in the death of a Uniontown woman has been found not competent to stand trial. Darius “Boo” Samuel, 23, was charged after a birthday party turned violent on Feb. 22, 2014, in a …

Indiana

Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese

By Debra Erdley
Reality was still setting in for the Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Greensburg, as he met Friday morning with representatives of his new flock at the Bishop …

Somerset

Somerset man gets 10-year prison sentence for meth sales

By Tribune-Review
A 23-year-old Somerset man arrested in 2013 for operating a methamphetamine lab out of his home has been sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of federal supervision after his release. U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson …

Washington

Donora native at forefront of scientific research

By Ron Paglia 12:59 p.m.
How does a hairdresser make the transition to chemist at one of the world’s most prominent health organizations? That question has often been asked of Donora native Diane K. Luci, …

Westmoreland

Hempfield man dies in single-vehicle accident

By Debra Erdley 12:17 p.m.
A Hempfield man, Aaron James Koring, 19, died early Saturday of injuries he suffered when his car slammed into the porch of a home. Deputy Coroner Sean Hribal pronounced Koring dead at 4:50 a.m. at the scene of the accident …

Education

STEM lesson opens doors for students

By Craig Smith
Alex Telford thought he’d go to a traditional four-year college after graduating from Highlands High School in June, probably to major in engineering. But his plans changed when he got …

Pennsylvania

All Pennsylvanians to pay more, GOP gleans from report on Wolf’s tax plan

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax plan would hit all income classes and amount to a “huge tax grab,” said a leading Republican lawmaker. But John Hanger, Wolf’s policy director, on Friday disputed the Independent Fiscal Office report’s main …

Photo Gallery

Friday - April 24, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Those annual physical checkups might not be needed
If you’re like most Americans, you probably see your doctor at least once a year. We’ve been told annual checkups are a good way to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
‘Grainy white powder’ found in letter to U.S. Rep. Doyle’s office
A staff member in the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle opened a letter that contained a grainy white substance, causing Capitol police to …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Health-minded, trendy diners doom landmark eatery Del's
Historically, this is a big blow to Pittsburgh’s Little Italy. For 65 years, Del’s Bar & Ristorante DelPizzo was one of the first things motorists …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Restaurant owner was close to staff, customers

By Stacey Federoff
Family and friends of Angela Ferri knew she got the nickname “Angel” when she was very young, and all agreed that it fit the thoughtful, generous and gracious restaurant owner. …