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Ferrante defense questions results of cyanide test

By Adam Brandolph  and Bobby Kerlik
Robert Ferrante searched the Internet for ways in which a coroner could detect cyanide before his wife’s poisoning death, Assistant District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini said Thursday on the first day of his highly anticipated trial. The existence of such an extensive online trail was among the new details in evidence …

Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted  and Natasha Lindstrom 10:55 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge for allegedly accepting a $2,000 Tiffany & Co. bracelet from a lobbyist secretly working …

Doctor 1st Ebola virus case in New York City

By The Associated Press 10:55 a.m.
NEW YORK — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently came back from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary results, city officials said Thursday. He’s the fourth confirmed case in the …

Allegheny

Doctor couldn’t figure out what made Klein so sick

By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik 12:44 p.m.
Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante schemed to kill his wife, searching online for information about cyanide, a cheating spouse and what a coroner might find in blood. Ferrante’s attorneys say he …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland land bank purchases former Monsour Hospital property

By Renatta Signorini 12:10 p.m.
The Westmoreland County Land Bank has purchased the former Monsour Hospital property in Jeannette at a free and clear judicial sale, the board of directors …

Fayette

Police look for suspect in attempted child-luring incident in North Union

By Tribune-Review
State police at Uniontown are looking for a man who is suspected of child luring in North Union. The unknown black man, who was wearing a black hoodie and a covering over the lower portion of his face, approached an …

Armstrong

Both candidates for governor visiting Armstrong County on Saturday

By Valley News Dispatch 12:20 p.m.
Both gubernatorial candidates will be holding public events in Armstrong County on Saturday. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will be making a campaign stop in Leechburg in the afternoon, while incumbent …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Zappala impersonator rips off Butler County business, state police say

By Michael Hasch
A man pretending to be Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has ripped off at least one store in Butler County by telling employees he had been shorted on merchandise he purchased, state police said. The employees apologized …

Indiana

Plea entered in slaying on Indiana County trail

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana County man avoided a potential sentence of life in prison by pleading guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday, the third day of his trial for luring a man to a walking trail in Clymer, where he was shot and …

Somerset

Park service reports ‘significant losses’ of Flight 93 memorial collection in Oct. 3 fire

By Tribune-Review 11:52 a.m.
National Park Service officials report “significant losses” after completing a detailed inventory of the museum collection items lost in the Oct. 3 fire that destroyed the two office buildings used as Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters. The inventory was conducted …

Washington

Washington County military surplus store sold stolen items, detectives say

By Paul Peirce
The owner of the California Army-Navy surplus store and his nephew made “substantial profits” by selling more than $216,000 worth of military property allegedly stolen from the Marine Corps base …

Education

Bill that would end district-level review of homeschooling in Pennsylvania goes to Corbett

By Megan Harris 11:46 a.m.
State legislators approved a homeschooling bill that eliminates the need for school superintendents to weigh in on whether students are receiving an appropriate education. Under current law, parents hire an evaluator every year to interview the child, review a portfolio …

Pennsylvania

Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted  and Natasha Lindstrom 10:55 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge for allegedly accepting a $2,000 Tiffany & Co. bracelet from a lobbyist …

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Thursday - October 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: ‘Mr. Peduto Head’ products could earn city much-needed revenue
Embrace the affront, Mr. Peduto Head. Your city might reap significant rewards if you do. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration recently took the unusual step …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t …

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Obituaries

Physicist found joy in family, friends, work, wine

By Greg Reinbold
An officer in the Army Air Corps 801st/492nd Bomb Group known as “The Carpetbaggers,” Robert Wolf was a navigator on covert B-24 bomber missions to drop Office of Strategic Services …