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Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation

By Megha Satyanarayana
Aaron Friedlander stared at the equation, written in black marker with a challenge above: “Spot the bug! Win a shirt.” Lost among a sea of suits at a huge Carnegie Mellon University job fair on Wednesday, Friedlander, wearing a T-shirt, waved at the writer of the bum equation, Adam Cecchetti, …

Mandated sewer project to increase Alcosan customers’ bills

By Aaron Aupperlee
A $2 billion plan to reduce the sewage that flows into rivers and streams likely will increase sewer bills beyond a key Environmental Protection Agency threshold that accounts for customer income, according …

Nonprofits replace humdrum charity 5Ks with rappelling

By Natasha Lindstrom
When Bert Dorazio got dressed on Wednesday, he tied a red cape around his neck, slid a shiny black wig over his tanned bald head, and prepared to traverse down a 25-story …

Allegheny

Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation

By Megha Satyanarayana
Aaron Friedlander stared at the equation, written in black marker with a challenge above: “Spot the bug! Win a shirt.” Lost among a sea of suits at a huge Carnegie …

Westmoreland

Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water

By Kari Andren
From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling …

Fayette

WCCC robotics kits donated to CACTC

By Rachel Basinger
The electronics and technology department at the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center saw a boost in its robotics equipment after receiving a donation of several Lego robotics kits from …

Armstrong

Fire ravages Dayton area meat-packing plant

By Julie E. Martin
Owners of a Dayton area meat-processing plant ravaged by fire early Wednesday tracked through the ruins in the afternoon, quietly surveying damage done to the business they had purchased only …

Beaver

Autumn festival in Ambridge taps 19th-century charm

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Old Economy Village, home to the 19th-century Harmonist Society in what now is Ambridge, has held various festivals over the years. There was Kunstfest, a festival to commemorate Harmonist crafts; …

Butler

Butler County man arrested on sex charges

By Tribune-Review
The state Attorney General’s Office arrested a Butler County man who believed he was meeting a 5-year-old girl for sex. David P. Ellenberger, 43, of Summit, remained in the Butler County Prison Wednesday, unable to post $50,000 bond on charges …

Indiana

Blairsville district judge placed on leave

By Rich Cholodofsky
Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega will be placed on paid administrative leave on Monday as state police at the Indiana County barracks continue to investigate her alleged involvement in a …

Somerset

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Washington

16 to be furloughed at Cal U; 14 positions will go unfilled

By Richard Gazarik
California University of Pennsylvania will lay off 16 employees and leave 14 positions unfilled because of declining enrollment. The announcement was made on Tuesday during a faculty-staff convocation on campus, university spokeswoman Christine Kindl said. Employees who are losing their …

Education

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up …

Pennsylvania

Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officer

By The Associated Press 1:18 p.m.
SCRANTON — Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first and could always be counted on for advice and support, his friends and colleagues said at …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Sept. 17, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Battlefield, ballfield fascinated Civil War buff

By Craig Smith
Jack Halvey loved chasing down pop flies in the infield and studying the history of the Civil War. “He played softball three times a week up until about four years …