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Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, which it does, finally, but it has an important revenue projection attached to it,” Turzai said. For the past several …

Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show

By Matthew Santoni
The viewing party for Sunday’s episode of “Undercover Boss” erupted in laughter when Mayor Bill Peduto appeared in disguise as “Ed,” a Kentucky native allegedly trying on jobs for a reality show. …

Police arrest 3 in Lincoln-Lemington following shooting

By Tribune Review 12:21 p.m.
Pittsburgh police arrested three people after they refuse to exit a home in Lincoln-Lemington. Renee Thompson, 30, of Lincoln-Lemington, Derek Hassim, 25, of McKeesport, and Diante Wilson, 26, of Perry South were …

Allegheny

Allegheny Health Network announces collaboration with Johns Hopkins

By Adam Smeltz 11:24 a.m.
The seven-hospital Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have set an expansive 10-year agreement to collaborate on research, patient care and group purchasing, among other partnerships, the organizations announced Monday. North Shore-based Allegheny Health expects to save …

Westmoreland

Project to tear down former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital on schedule, Excela says

By Tribune-Review
Demolition work at the  former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital is wrapping up. “We are about at the end of what we are able to do,” said ...

Fayette

1 person stabbed in South Connellsville

By Tribune-Review 12:44 p.m.
One victim was stabbed early Monday morning at 107 West Painter Street in South Connellsville, according to Fayette County 911. The call came in at 12:11 a.m. and police and Fayette EMS were dispatched to the scene. The ambulance then …

Armstrong

Inflatables bring joy to North Buffalo child’s world

By Brigid Beatty 10:30 a.m.
Giant inflatable snowmen, Santas, penguins and polar bears crowd the front yard and porch of a North Buffalo home — but they are small when compared to the level of …

Beaver

Motorists should expect delays on Beaver Valley Expressway Friday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced single lane closures will occur Friday in each direction along the Beaver Valley Expressway as crews take measurements for joint replacement work. The closures will happen, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along I-376 between …

Butler

Butler County COG, Humane Society aim to control cat population

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler County Council of Governments and the county Humane Society will pursue a grant that would allow the latter to develop a countywide program to catch, spay or neuter …

Indiana

Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold 11:10 a.m.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 …

Somerset

Somerset woman killed in crash

By Tribune-Review 11:03 a.m.
A 22-year-old Somerset woman died Sunday of injuries she sustained Saturday night when she was ejected from her Volkswagen Jetta on Route 219 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, state police said. The victim, Kelsy R. Peters, was pronounced dead at …

Washington

Police detain 3 juveniles they think are connected to anonymous online school threat

By Megan Harris 12:19 p.m.
Police say they have three suspects in custody who they believe are connected to anonymous threats made online against a Washington school early Monday morning. All three are juvenile students attending Trinity Area School District said State Police trooper Trooper …

Education

Norwin band director is finding lots of success in return to his alma mater

By Greg Reinbold
When Tim Daniels graduated from Norwin High School in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education at Youngstown State, getting a job as a band director was the goal. …

Pennsylvania

Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Dec. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Hard-working veteran was ideal role model

By Chris Fleisher
Thrift was an important value to Donald O’Connor, and words were a currency he refused to waste. “He was more of the reserved, stoic kind of a person, where his …