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Foreign policy expert: Obama administration should create Syria safe areas

By Jason Cato
In the midst of finding a way to protect Syrian refugees and convince Americans that war-displaced masses pose no national security risks, the Obama administration needs to address Russia and amp up its fight against ISIS, a foreign policy expert told the Tribune-Review. “We should make an unmistakable message to …

Pittsburgh on cusp of leaving fiscal oversight

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s quest to eliminate a state-authorized authority with fiscal oversight over the city hinges on whether the city balances three consecutive budgets. If attorneys determine Pittsburgh’s last three budgets …

2nd command officer at Allegheny County Jail punished

By Carl Prine
Allegheny County Jail officials have punished a second command officer in as many weeks as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and payroll abuse. County spokeswoman Amie Downs said …


Police find marijuana grow rooms in Castle Shannon

By Megan Guza 11:15 a.m.
Police on Tuesday found two marijuana grow rooms complete with grow lights, electric timers, humidifiers and 37 marijuana plants in a home in Castle Shannon. Police discovered the operation at a house on Home Avenue after neighbors complained of heavy …


Young violinist remains dedicated to his craft, enjoys visits home to Armstrong

By Brigid Beatty
When Matthew Janovsky began playing violin as a kid, his father told him it could be his key to traveling beyond Armstrong County. Janovsky, 21, recently recalled how true those …


Beaver Falls woman gets 6 to 18 months for inappropriate sexual contact with 15-year-olds

By Matthew Santoni
A Beaver Falls woman was sentenced to six to 18 months in jail followed by five years on probation for having inappropriate sexual contact with two 15-year-old boys staying at the Cranberry hotel where she worked as a night auditor …


Judge lets Middlesex drilling ordinance stand

By Rick Wills
A Butler County judge upheld a contentious zoning ordinance that allows drilling for natural gas in 90 percent of Middlesex, but the court fight likely will continue. Opponents and environmental groups who sued the township say Common Pleas Judge S. …


Black Friday could be a wet one in Connellsville, Mt. Pleasant areas

By Karl Polacek
The weather for the Connellsville, Mt. Pleasant areas should be nice with warming temperatures and no precipitation until after Thanksgiving. So holiday travelers should have no trouble reaching their destinations, …


Indiana County investment broker accused of stealing $1.2M from 22 clients

By Brian Bowling
An Indiana County investment broker swindled 22 clients out of $1.2 million over a six-year period, federal officials say. A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Bernard M. Parker, 54, of Indiana on one count each of securities fraud and mail …


Judge rules in favor of Seven Springs Mountain Resort over road closure

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County judge has denied a request to keep a road open near Seven Springs Mountain Resort in winter, a situation the ski resort said could have crippled its …


Cecil fire crews respond to 3 calls in 12 hours

Fire crews in Cecil Township, Washington County, responded to three calls for fires within 12 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported in a fire at a …


Greensburg still fighting waterlogged Lynch Field, may add drainage

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg is considering adding drainage to the often-waterlogged Lynch Field, whose grass was ruined by heavy spring rains and had to be replanted at a ...


Striking Peters Township teachers headed back to school Friday

By Elizabeth Behrman
Peters Township students will return to school Friday after a 21-day teachers strike, but the educators could stage another walkout if a contract agreement isn’t reached soon. Nearly 300 teachers, …


Committee says Senate should move forward on removing Attorney General Kane

By Brad Bumsted 1:19 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A report by a special Senate committee released Wednesday recommended the full Senate consider removal of Kathleen Kane, the state attorney general facing criminal charges who holds the office without a valid law license. Kane responded saying she …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Kitchen a cornucopia of germs at Thanksgiving
Every time I cut raw chicken in the kitchen, my wife gets a little bit freaked out. She instructs me to remove anything and everything …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
The gender card is a loser for Democrats
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Local notables should give thanks if they can avoid these questions
They should be thankful they aren’t being asked these questions. When the bird is carved on Thursday, many state and local notables probably won’t express …

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Attorney supported cultural exploration

By Mike Wereschagin
The bridges David Murdoch built during his life aren’t the kind that stand out in a place like Pittsburgh, unless you know where to look for them. They’ve connected high …