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State Superior Court upholds conviction, sentence of former Justice Melvin

By Adam Brandolph 9:54 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday affirmed the conviction and reinstated the sentence of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, including the requirement she write letters of apology to members of the judiciary and her former staff. The 114-page decision addresses all 15 issues that Melvin brought up …

Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted 9:37 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited a state parking garage, a move that’s part …

PUC greenlights temporary operating license for Uber

By Bobby Kerlik 8:48 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a temporary operating license for ride-sharing company Uber, meaning that it can operate legally for 60 days, a PUC spokeswoman said. The commission agreed in July to grant Uber and its main …

Allegheny

Police charge Steelers’ Bell, Blount with marijuana possession

By Michael Hasch 7:06 p.m.
Ross police filed charges Thursday against two Pittsburgh Steelers and their female companion accusing them of possessing marijuana. Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Mercedes Dollson all face charges of possession …

Westmoreland

New Kensington slaying victims identified

By Chuck Biedka 9:56 p.m.
New Kensington police and the Westmoreland County Coroner have released the names of two people shot to death Wednesday morning. John Russ, 43, of New …

Fayette

Youngwood shelter removes 44 dogs, 9 cats from shuttered Fayette SPCA

By Liz Zemba 9:15 p.m.
Stoic but near tears, Samantha Hill crouched on the ground outside the Fayette SPCA in North Union on Thursday and peered into a small cage containing a puppy she had …

Armstrong

Armstrong 911 service restored after 90 minute power loss

By Brad Pedersen
Emergency officials are trying to determine what knocked Armstrong County’s 911 Center out of service for 90 minutes on Wednesday morning and why a battery backup system failed to keep things running. Officials suspect a power surge knocked all of …

Beaver

1 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile …

Butler

Husband of Butler County day care center operator charged with molesting children

By Bill Vidonic 9:54 p.m.
The state Department of Public Welfare is conducting surprise inspections of a Butler County day care center to ensure the owner’s husband isn’t there as he awaits a hearing on charges he molested two children at the center, officials said …

Indiana

Jury: Indiana County woman downloaded child porn to frame husband

By The Associated Press
A Clymer woman has been found guilty of downloading child pornography in a failed attempt to frame her estranged husband. Meri Jane Woods was convicted Wednesday in Indiana County. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says the 43-year-old Woods downloaded 40 images …

Somerset

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels 9:23 p.m.
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

Washington

70-year-old man says he didn’t see trooper who was run over

By Jason Cato 9:33 p.m.
A Washington County man returned home Thursday after spending the night in jail for backing over a state trooper in a relative’s car. Jay V. Harris, 70, said he was …

Education

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to get free lunches starting this year

By Bill Zlatos
All students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be eligible for free lunches this school year — even if their families can pay. Schools in the district are among more than 28,000 nationwide where at least 40 percent of students qualify …

Pennsylvania

Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted 9:37 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited a state parking garage, a move …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Aug. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Masloff’s vibrancy endured
Jenny Bradshaw was the only person spotted at Sophie Masloff’s funeral wearing a stethoscope. “I’d stop by to see her every Tuesday,” Masloff’s home health …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Longtime Pirates scout picked Bonds

By Jacob Tierney
“Dutch” Gray helped shape his hometown team as a longtime scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and leaves a legacy of a sports lover with friends spanning generations. Elmer “Dutch” Gray, …