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Salvation Army in W.Pa. uses social media campaign

By Bill Vidonic
The Salvation Army this year introduced the social media campaign #RedKettleReason, urging people to share online stories about why they donated money to the agency. The Northside Food Pantry is in its second year of accepting donations ordered and shipped directly from online retail giant Amazon.com. Charities and nonprofits said …

Earlier openings make Black Friday shopping easier for bargain-hunters

By Chris Fleisher
Black Friday crowds were unlike any Kerry Capelli has seen in the 17 years she has made the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving trip to stores looking for bargains — they appeared to be smaller …

Pittsburgh zoo joins effort to rehabilitate sea turtles

By Chris Togneri
Something mysterious and potentially deadly is afflicting an endangered sea turtle in New England, and Pittsburgh zoo officials are doing their part to help. On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh zoo joins effort to rehabilitate sea turtles

By Chris Togneri
Something mysterious and potentially deadly is afflicting an endangered sea turtle in New England, and Pittsburgh zoo officials are doing their part to help. On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Zoo & …

Westmoreland

Hempfield Area High School senior Richason creates Before I Die wall in Greensburg

By Jacob Tierney 12:01 a.m.
A wall beckons with two boxes of chalk and a six-word prompt: “Before I die, I want to ...” The spaces below are filled with handwritten ...

Fayette

Bridge over Youghiogheny River coming into downtown Connellsville is renamed

By Karl Polacek 12:15 a.m.
The Crawford Avenue Bridge over the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville is now the Officer McCray Robb Bridge. At Friday evening’s dedication ceremony in Connellsville City Hall, Police Chief James Capitos …

Armstrong

Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 12:53 a.m.
Police believe it may have been a woman who burglarized an Armstrong County business just hours before it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. State police Trooper Terry J. Geibel …

Beaver

Ambridge police chief went undercover in attempt to catch person who robbed 2 people at knifepoint

By Chris Togneri
Ambridge Police Chief James Mann walked the streets for hours, praying that a knife-wielding robber who had attacked two people would pick him as the next victim. “It would not have ended well for him,” Mann said. “I was really …

Butler

Mars students learn about conservation by raising trout

By Megan Guza
Students at Mars Area High School watched as their classroom’s trout eggs hatched last week. Now, they’ll care for the fish for several months before releasing them into the wild. …

Indiana

Northern Cambria man accused of attempted rape

By Tribune-Review
State police in Indiana County arrested a 38-year-old Northern Cambria man accused of breaking into a Cherry Tree home early Thanksgiving morning and allegedly assaulting, threatening and attempting to rape a woman inside. Police said Eric Cesare Lentz broke a …

Somerset

Somerset County priest Maurizio seeks to bar evidence that grand jury didn’t hear or rejected

By Liz Zemba 12:01 a.m.
The attorney for a Somerset County priest accused of sexually abusing an orphaned boy in Honduras in 2009 wants jurors to be barred from hearing evidence that a grand jury either never heard or rejected. Altoona attorney Steven Passarello filed …

Washington

Washington Co. couple sues Range Resources over drilling, water

By The Associated Press
A Washington County couple has sued Range Resources claiming their water was contaminated by natural gas drilling and leaks from a drilling wastewater impoundment near their property. The lawsuit by Christopher and Janet Lauff of McDonald say they had to …

Education

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Medicaid growth in tug of war between departing Governor Corbett, incoming Wolf

By Melissa Daniels 12:48 a.m.
The man who will replace Gov. Tom Corbett in January promises to replace his Medicaid expansion plan, leaving thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians who can sign up starting on Monday facing more changes next year. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, promised …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Nov. 28, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
For restful night, put smartphone to sleep 12:36 a.m.
A few nights ago while in bed, I opened my eyes and looked at the clock on the night stand. It was 2 a.m. Ugh. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Obituaries

Trib real estate writer Spatter ‘worked right to the end’

By Michael Hasch  and John Oravecz 12:36 a.m.
Sam Spatter was a pro’s pro to his co-workers, a journalist whose advice was sought by developers and real estate agents alike, and perhaps most importantly, a loving, dedicated husband, …