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Jobs on state website include ‘private party dancing,’ ‘car dates’

By Brad Bumsted 6:15 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A state job portal includes job openings for exotic dancers at a bachelor party, “car dates” and “casting couch openings.” A casting couch ad in Pittsburgh sought “hot mom and daughter combos” and “young busty females between 18-45,” according to the state’s Job Gateway site, and the car …

Consol Energy Center cashes in again on payments from Rivers Casino

By Tribune-Review 3:40 p.m.
Eleven payments down. Forty-eight to go. Rivers Casino officials Wednesday said they made the latest payment of $2.9 million toward construction of Consol Energy Center, which opened in 2010 to replace the …

Point State Park honored as top-notch public space

By Matthew Santoni 6:17 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s front lawn has earned accolades from the American Planning Association as one of the group’s 10 Great Public Spaces, the APA announced Wednesday. Point State Park joined Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market …

Allegheny

Fans flock to what they hope will continue ‘magical season’

By Chris Togneri 6:07 p.m.
Tonight’s the night, part II. As they did last year, the Pirates will host a wild-card elimination game at PNC Park. Last year, a maniacal home crowd fueled the Pirates …

Westmoreland

Pets rescued from Westmoreland house fire

By Tribune-Review 5:00 p.m.
Several family pets were rescued from a blaze on Wednesday that caused moderate damage to a home along Route 130 in Unity. “No one was …

Fayette

Project Talent fills Connellsville community center with creepy things

By Mark Hofmann
Project Talent wants to make sure October is full of myths, legends, ghosts and haunted hallways in the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center. Starting Friday, Haunted Hallways will debut on …

Armstrong

Program helping Armstrong jail inmates earn GED diplomas

By Brigid Beatty
Armstrong County Jail inmate Elizabeth Duncan, 29, has been doing time keeping busy with plenty of reading, writing and arithmetic so she can pass her high school equivalency test. Duncan …

Beaver

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …

Butler

FedEx facility in Butler County could bring hundreds of jobs

By Bill Vidonic
Jackson supervisors are expected to approve FedEx Ground’s plans to build a 305,000-square-foot distribution center near Interstate 79, the township manager said Tuesday. The distribution center could mean 500 to 550 jobs, Chris Rearick said. Supervisors are expected to vote …

Indiana

Student gets probation in ‘IUPatty’s’ celebration

By Renatta Signorini
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who charged with a felony count of riot in an unruly St. Patrick’s Day celebration last year has been accepted into a probationary program for first-time offenders, and two others have applied for the …

Somerset

Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …

Washington

Police identify, release people involved in I-70 collision

By Margaret Harding 6:22 p.m.
State police suspect a woman was on drugs and speeding when the car she was driving veered from a curving on-ramp and shot into the eastbound lane of I-70 in South Strabane where her car collided with a SUV loaded …

Education

Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools

By Megan Harris 6:18 p.m.
Three groups with union affiliations on Wednesday pointed to the case against ousted PA Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta as a good example for why the state’s nearly 180 charter schools need better oversight and stronger accountability. The Center …

Pennsylvania

Jobs on state website include ‘private party dancing,’ ‘car dates’

By Brad Bumsted 6:15 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A state job portal includes job openings for exotic dancers at a bachelor party, “car dates” and “casting couch openings.” A casting couch ad in Pittsburgh sought “hot …

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Wednesday - Oct. 1, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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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: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because …

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Obituaries

Students remember former teacher for tough love

By Tory N. Parrish
Phil Burlbaugh was a tough but fair teacher, his family said. They know that because Burlbaugh’s former Franklin Regional School District students said so. “They always come back to tell …