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Developer reveals Buncher plans for 400 Strip District apartments, townhomes

By Tom Fontaine
What once were rusting, crumbling rail yards and mill sites along the  Allegheny River in the Strip District are rapidly evolving into high-end city living spaces and urban trails and parks. The latest piece of that puzzle fell into place Thursday as developers from Pittsburgh and Cleveland announced another major …

Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board is looking to devise a universal plan to help colleges and their surrounding communities combat underage and dangerous drinking by studying the experiences of four universities across …

Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law

By Megha Satyanarayana
The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her face just started swelling to the point …

Allegheny

Port Authority says interest high for free-fare zone sponsorship

By Bobby Kerlik
The Port Authority of Allegheny County called an audible Thursday on the Steelers’ plans to continue sponsorship of the T’s free-fare zone, because other bidders are offering a better deal. Port Authority officials said that with the high sponsorship interest, …

Westmoreland

Youngwood fire department, recalling community’s help in dark hour, reaches out to homeless family

By Jacob Tierney 12:01 a.m.
Members of the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department climbed into their trucks Thursday evening to help a family in need get back on their feet in ...

Fayette

Uniontown programs get $900K

By Liz Zemba 12:01 a.m.
A nonprofit agency will use a $900,000 windfall to expand programs in three Uniontown neighborhoods and apply for state and federal grants. Fayette County Community Action Agency on Thursday announced the six-year partnership with PNC and UPMC Health Plan. PNC …

Armstrong

Armstrong man dies in single-vehicle crash

By Leader Times 12:37 a.m.
An Armstrong County man died in a single-vehicle wreck early today. Coroner Brian K. Myers said Robert P. Sweet Jr. 46, of Burrell Township was driving east on Cochrans Mill Road at about 12:10 a.m. when he lost control 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

1 dead in fire that destroys mobile home in Butler County

By Aaron Aupperlee
A man died when fire destroyed his Butler County mobile home Thursday, a neighbor said. Firefighters found a body inside a mobile home on Beahm Crest Lane in Jackson Township, said Mel Smith, 75, who lives next door. Smith said …

Indiana

Indiana County doctor who traded drugs for sex to be re-sentenced

By Paul Peirce 12:01 a.m.
A former Indiana County doctor serving up to 10 years in prison for a painkillers-for-sex prescription scheme will be returned to Indiana Common Pleas Court to be resentenced. On Wednesday, a state Superior Court panel overturned the prison sentence given …

Somerset

Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott …

Washington

Coroner: Washington County shootings likely murder-suicide

By Tribune-Review
A 49-year-old man appears to have shot a woman and then killed himself inside a Marianna home, according to the Washington County coroner. State police must first complete their investigation to make the finding official. But Coroner Tim Warco said …

Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, …

Pennsylvania

Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board is looking to devise a universal plan to help colleges and their surrounding communities combat underage and dangerous drinking by studying the experiences of four …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Dec. 18, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Dialogue needed on sex crimes
No one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a cultural taboo and a crime of secrecy that some victims don’t want to report because …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Team in place for possible Santorum run for White House
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may be inching closer to another run for president. Longtime adviser John Brabender said a team is in place if …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Kane should’ve used evidence — or brain
A prosecutor ignoring evidence is like a firefighter failing to unroll the hose. Both are potentially career-killing abdications of professional responsibility. No firefighter has been …

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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

Mom was admired for cooking, gardening skills

By Mary Pickels 12:23 a.m.
Helen Gosciejew was so skilled at making crafts and candy that she would have enjoyed a large following on the popular website Pinterest, her daughter said. “My mom made Easter …