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Boy Scouts of America should lift ban on gay adults, leader says

By Adam Brandolph 1:07 a.m.
The national leader of the Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, but a Pittsburgh legal expert said that local chapters likely would be protected if they continue the ban. In a speech in Atlanta to …

Plum witnesses seen entering grand jury building in Dormont

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
Two men who voiced concerns that Plum High School teachers could be sexually abusing students appear to have testified Thursday before a grand jury investigating whether school officials stayed mum while teachers …

Department of Justice program’s goal is increased trust between law enforcement, community

By Bob Bauder
Leon Ford was just one of two people younger than 25 attending a meeting Thursday aimed at improving police and community relations, and he saw that as a major problem. Young black …


VA report shows W.Pa. error rate down, but inspectors point out delays in re-evaluating cases cost $493K

By Carl Prine  and Mike Wereschagin
A Department of Veterans Affairs office in Pittsburgh cut its error rate in processing veterans’ benefit claims, but federal inspectors found room for improvement, according to a  report from the VA Office of Inspector General. The Pittsburgh office incorrectly processed …


Kittanning business celebrates renovations in its 43rd year

By Brigid Beatty
The owners of a Kittanning business established more than 40 years ago are celebrating the completion of a newly remodeled store showroom by hosting a grand reopening Saturday with music, …


Three hurt in two-car wreck in Beaver County

By Tribune-Review
Three people were hurt Thursday in a head-on vehicle crash in Beaver County, according to state police. The crash happened about 2:15 p.m. on Route 30 in Hanover, state police Trooper Rob Lagoon said. A Ford Mustang veered into the …


Slippery Rock prof sues faculty union over ‘political fundraising scheme veiled as a rebate’

By Debra Erdley
A Slippery Rock University nursing professor is asking the state Labor Relations Board to shut down a rebate program offered by her faculty union, alleging it’s a “political fundraising scheme veiled as a rebate.” The complaint filed on behalf of …


Fayette woman accused of stealing $24K from youth football league

By Liz Zemba
The former president of a Fayette County youth football league used $24,102 of the nonprofit’s money to buy cosmetics, ammunition, groceries and other items, according to police. Candace Nicole Davis, also known as Candace Nicole Byrd, 33, of New Salem …


Community-owned grocery store considered for Blairsville

By Gina DelFavero
It has been five years since the Blairsville BiLo supermarket closed its doors. In those five year, developers have continued to pursue, but have yet to attract, another mainstream grocer to fill that void in Blairsville’s downtown district. In a …


Somerset County woman arraigned in theft, dog stabbing

By Mary Pickels
A Somerset County woman spent her 24th birthday in jail on Monday, charged with burglarizing a neighbor’s apartment and stabbing a small dog to death with a kitchen knife. Virginia …


Former Ringgold guidance counselor facing sex charges

By Rick Bruni Jr. and Jeremy Sellew 1:32 a.m.
A former Ringgold High School guidance counselor was accused Wednesday of having sex with a student while she was employed by the district. Lianne Danko, 33, of Rolling Hill Farm …


Westmoreland used car dealers indicted in fraud

By Paul Peirce 1:11 a.m.
A Belle Vernon man and a Greensburg woman who operated a string of used-car dealerships in Greensburg, Latrobe and McKeesport were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for under-reporting revenues by more than $2.7 million over four ...


Penn Hills police investigating suspected credit card abuse in school district

By Kelsey Shea
School district policy establishes checks and balances within the Penn Hills School District aimed at preventing credit card abuse. District officials declined to comment Tuesday about whether employees followed the procedures. Officials reported possible misuse of a district credit card …


Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey - because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election prospects improved Thursday in one national forecast because its author says members of the Democratic establishment “loathe” challenger Joe Sestak and the other Democratic candidate’s …

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Thursday - May 21, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans
The collective jaws of veterans in Western Pennsylvania hit the floor when former Veterans Affairs regional director Michael Moreland last week resurfaced from out of …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Flaherty concedes to Wagner in Allegheny County Controller race
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner survived a fierce and well-funded challenge to her job Tuesday. Wagner defeated Mark Patrick Flaherty, a former controller who benefited …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: When it comes to vintage items, Munhall store owner an old hand
In a world of one-click online ordering, this place is an anomaly. If you want some of Too Groovy’s vintage pop culture products, forget about …

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Talented musician taught, arranged, composed

By Craig Smith
When the Pittsburgh Symphony needed an extra trumpet player for gigs at New York’s Carnegie Hall during the 1950s, they called Bob Haberman. “We took three busloads of guys,” said …