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Democratic gubernatorial nominee in spotlight at Labor Day Parade

By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik
The boos began as Tom Wolf approached the corner of Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, and grew louder as the gubernatorial candidate rounded the bend. “Stop the war on coal! Stop the war on coal!” dozens of members of Boilermakers Local 154 yelled at the York Democrat. …

Pa. judge identified who denied Trib request to view sexually explicit emails circulated in AG’s Office

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A grand jury judge has not decided whether to release documents in response to a Tribune-Review open records request for emails circulated in the Attorney General’s Office reputed to contain sexually explicit images, a spokesman for the judiciary …

Pittsburgh police force’s diversity worsens since ACLU filed discrimination lawsuit in 2012

By Margaret Harding
The Pittsburgh police force is less racially representative of the community it serves than it was when the ACLU filed a lawsuit two years ago alleging discrimination in hiring practices. Thirteen percent of the police force is black, continuing the …

Allegheny

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

By Megan Harris
As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are building cyber academies in an attempt to keep …

Westmoreland

Housing market remains ‘disaster’ in Westmoreland County

By Joe Napsha
Veteran housing contractor Greg Kinzler of Washington Township knows all too well the lingering effects the nation’s 2008 recession has had on the region’s homebuilding …

Fayette

Indian Creek Valley Community Center demolition under way

By Mark Hofmann
Demolition of the Indian Creek Valley Community Center in Saltlick is under way. The center was destroyed by fire early in May. The board of directors of the center are …

Armstrong

Apollo couple giving back with fundraiser for Armstrong cancer center

By Brigid Beatty
When Doris McDivitt, 60, of Apollo was diagnosed with cancer in December and started treatment at ACMH Hospital’s Richard G. Laube Cancer Center in East Franklin, she got help paying …

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

Pipe work to close section of Route 19 in Cranberry

By Tribune-Review
A Butler County road project will close a portion of Route 19 overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, PennDOT officials said. A nighttime detour will be in place on Route 19 southbound between Freedom Road and St. Francis Way on Tuesday. On …

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

Western Pa. districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

By Megan Harris
As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are building cyber academies in an attempt to keep …

Pennsylvania

Revenue from special Pennsylvania Monuments license plates to help maintain monuments at Gettysburg

By Matthew Santoni
Stone and metal markers honoring the sacrifices of Pennsylvania soldiers at Gettysburg will get a boon this year from some Pennsylvania drivers. Revenue from special Pennsylvania Monuments license plates — …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Sept. 1, 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 in pursuit of 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: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in peril or causing it. Most …

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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

Artistic mom’s life revolved around family

By Bobby Kerlik
Naticia Skendrovich would spend hours at the dining room table or in front of the coffee table in the living room working on crafts — everything from cross-stitching to making …