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Federal funding cuts stretch researchers to the limit

By Mike Wereschagin
Zachary Reinert, a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, said he tried to keep an open mind. When he started graduate school in the Department of Chemistry, he tried to stay open to many career options. But having watched his boss struggle for money to keep the research …

Coyotes proliferate despite year-round hunting

By Bob Frye
There was no controversy here, deep in rural Clearfield County. Mosquito Creek Sportsmen’s Association recently held its 24th annual coyote hunt. Almost 4,000 hunters registered to compete for nearly $40,000 in prize …

Kentucky senator Paul’s outside-the-Beltway thinking draws voters

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON — Rand Paul is not who you might think he is. The libertarian viewpoints of the junior U.S. senator from Kentucky put him at odds with Republican Party traditionalists. Young people …

Allegheny

19-year-old shot in the leg Sunday night in Knoxville

By Natasha Lindstrom 9:05 p.m.
A 19-year-old man was shot in the leg Sunday night in Knoxville, Pittsburgh police said. The call came in shortly after 8 p.m. reporting a man shot in the upper thigh near Charles Street. The man walked to a nearby …

Westmoreland

National Weather Service predicts up to 7 inches of snow before Sunday night

By Tribune-Review
Western Pennsylvania remains under a winter weather advisory until Monday morning, with the National Weather Service warning several inches of snow will make travel conditions hazardous in places. Meteorologists at the agency’s Moon office predict 4 to 7 inches of …

Fayette

New Horizon 4-H member says showmanship, bonding key to showing lambs

By Barbara Starn
Keeping her eye on the judge paid off for Sadie Richter, 10, of Acme. The New Horizons 4-H member and her lamb, Bruiser, won champion in the lightweight class recently …

Armstrong

West Kittanning church fights through frozen pipe problems

By Julie E. Martin
Frozen pipes are causing problems at Harvest Community Church in West Kittanning, but that is not going to stop events and services planned there this weekend. The freeze at the …

Beaver

Ohio school district ends Midland contract

By Bobby Kerlik
Incoming high school students in the Midland Borough School District in Beaver County won’t be attending high school in East Liverpool this fall. The Ohio school district this week abruptly opted out of its contract to accept Midland students. Midland …

Butler

With usage shrinking, Butler County senior centers ponder changes

By Bill Vidonic
Sandra Dye said her doctor told her she needed to get out of the house after the death of her husband, Richard, in May. Dye started going to the Butler …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Western Pa. nonprofits roll dice on casino company grants

By Mary Pickels
Twenty-four nonprofits throughout Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland and Washington counties are among 150 entrants vying for $50,000 in grants through the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.’s Community Aces Challenge 2015. One $15,000 grant and one $10,000 grant each will be awarded …

Washington

Two jailed after brawl in Washington County

By Tribune-Review 10:09 p.m.
Two men are in the Washington County Correctional Facility after borough police broke up a large fight at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Aaron David Williams, 19, and Jeremy James Burton, 19, both of South Park, were taken into custody at …

Education

North Allegheny, teachers OK early bird contract

By Tribune-Review
The North Allegheny School District and its teachers’ union reached a new contract in what is being called “an early bird settlement,” the district said. The school board’s nine members unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night with the North …

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh man dies in Greene County accident

By Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh man died in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 79 in Washington Township, Greene County, around 6 a.m. Saturday, state police said. Zachary J. Zatezalo, 22, was driving south, and his car slid sideways off the road and into …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - March 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Arrogant media elites mock Middle America
The media’s elitists just keep getting you wrong, America. And this has nothing to do with whether something is or isn’t a “gotcha” question, because …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Brace yourselves, Comcast customers — Newton’s law in full force 10:08 p.m.
Prepare yourself for sticker shock on your Comcast bill. The Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality decision seems certain to send Comcast rates soaring. The …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Chef’s compassion showed through food ministry

By Bill Vidonic
Lance Harris’ father founded a kitchen in a former Methodist church in Homewood-Brushton and passed along a lesson that the younger Harris took to heart years later. “His father (Nathaniel) …