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Risks don’t get any better as online dating prospers

By Megan Guza
Cautionary tales for online daters exist from the fine print on their dating site of choice to horror stories from friends, but experts warn dinner with the person you met online is likely to be as dangerous as with the one you met at the bar. “Anytime you meet anybody …

Biden visit to Pittsburgh on Labor Day to test waters for presidential run

By Salena Zito
Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to march with an estimated 60,000 union members and their supporters in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is another sign he’s preparing to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, …

God is touchy topic in ICU, Pitt study finds

By Ben Schmitt
The religious declaration came from the family member of a critically ill person to a treating physician: “I know my God’s a big God. And I know he can even guide your hands to do the right thing.” The doctor …

Allegheny

Prisoner mistakenly released from Allegheny County Jail to fight extradition

By Aaron Aupperlee
A registered sex offender and convicted burglar who was mistakenly released from the Allegheny County Jail and arrested two weeks later by Indiana State Police troopers is fighting his extradition …

Armstrong

Kittanning fundraiser to help homeless pit bulls

By Brigid Beatty
Pit bulls often get a bad rap, but organizations like Thea’s Promise in Elderton want to change perceptions about the breed and in the process improve the chances for dogs …

Beaver

Court upholds murder conviction of former Bridgewater councilman

By Adam Brandolph
The state Superior Court on Monday upheld the sentence and third-degree murder conviction of a former Bridgewater councilman who killed a woman in 1979. Gregory Scott Hopkins, 68, is serving eight to 16 years in prison for the death of …

Butler

Emlenton woman killed in head-on crash in Butler County

By WPXI 7:44 a.m.
A woman died Monday evening in an accident in Jefferson Township, Butler County. Karen Risinger, 29, of Emlenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner, 911 dispatchers said. The call for the fatal two-vehicle crash on Bonniebrook …

Fayette

Fayette pastor who advocated against removal of Ten Commandments monument dies

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County pastor who advocated against the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from a Connellsville Area School District property died unexpectedly Monday morning, just days after a federal …

Indiana

Man struck by vehicle in Indiana dies of injuries

By Tribune-Review
A 30-year-old Indiana man died of injuries he sustained Sunday when he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Wayne Avenue in Indiana Borough. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the victim as John A. Hadfield of Indiana. The …

Somerset

Coroner identifies man killed in Somerset County crash

By Tony Raap
A coroner has identified a man killed in a crash early Sunday in Somerset County. Harry Keen’s vehicle overturned and struck a traffic sign and utility pole at 12:45 a.m. on Water Level Road in Milford Township, state police and …

Washington

Two Cal U students charged in altercation

By Chris Buckley
Two California University of Pennsylvania students were charged following a fight at a borough apartment early Sunday. Deonte Dupree Smith, 22, of Aliquippa was charged with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police reported. Zachery Hooks, 22, of Freedom …

Westmoreland

Honored Westmoreland youth counselor sought in theft of money from clients

By Paul Peirce
A Nigerian immigrant honored by Westmoreland County juvenile authorities last fall for counseling hundreds of adjudicated teenagers and young adults was charged Monday with stealing ...

Education

McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when staffers will share their expertise …

Pennsylvania

Potential suspension of Pennsylvania AG’s license unusual

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license before her criminal case is resolved, it would be “unprecedented, but her actions are unprecedented,” former …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Aug. 31, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 calories. That’s what the label …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Biden visit to Pittsburgh on Labor Day to test waters for presidential run
Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to march with an estimated 60,000 union members and their supporters in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is another sign he’s …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Charlie’s recognizability a tragic flaw for Pittsburgh fishmonger
Et tu, Tuna? For obvious reasons, Charlie the Tuna and Shakespeare rarely are mentioned in the same sentence. But the fate that befell the mascot …

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Obituaries

Attorney’s skill, love of sports benefited athletes

By Tony Raap
Steven Stepanian combined contract law with his love for sports. He worked behind the scenes as counsel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, handling home purchases for players and managing their celebrity …