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Pa. Supreme Court in ‘sad state’ as scandals tarnish reputation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Rocked by a pornography scandal involving two justices, internal acrimony, and the felony conviction last year of a self-proclaimed reformer on the bench, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s reputation nationally is badly bruised, legal ethics and political experts say. “What a mess,” said Geoffrey Hazard, professor emeritus at the …

CDC’s misinformation spreads faster than Ebola virus

By Tom Fontaine  megha Satyanarayana and Adam Smeltz
Five minutes into a news conference about the first Ebola case in the United States, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a startling gaffe. “Ultimately, we are …

Health care law compliance complex for employers

By Chris Fleisher
Karen Bolden has questions about Obamacare. Deciding whether to keep health insurance for her company’s employees isn’t one of them. “We think it’s important for our team members to have health care,” …

Allegheny

Stand Down Pittsburgh reaches out to veterans, homeless civilians

By Bill Vidonic
Even before the veterans sat down in Dana Williams’ makeshift barber chair Saturday, he knew their stories well. A Marine veteran who himself was once homeless, Williams, 60, of the …

Westmoreland

Corbett, Wolf bring gubernatorial campaign to Greensburg

By Bob Stiles  and Stacey Federoff
Gov. Tom Corbett implored Republican faithful on Saturday in Greensburg to intensify their campaign to get others out to vote for him Nov. 4. Corbett …

Fayette

New office manager touts Greater Connellsville Chamber

By Marilyn Forbes
A new face is being seen hitting the streets of Connellsville and its surrounding areas as the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce’s new office manager Brooke Deason makes her rounds …

Armstrong

Corbett vows to protect coal industry at Armstrong County rally

By Braden Ashe
Gov. Tom Corbett vowed at an Armstrong County campaign rally on Saturday to protect the area’s coal industry against federal pollution regulations if he’s re-elected next month. “This is coal …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Plan calls for closing all Butler city elementary schools

By Rick Wills
Butler city’s three public elementary schools would close under options presented by a consultant to consolidate schools in the Butler Area School District, some of which operate at 55 percent …

Indiana

Candidates for 62nd District House seat air clashing views on state tax revenues

By Greg Reinbold
Two weeks before the Nov. 4 general election, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County provided citizens an opportunity to question candidates vying to represent the 62nd and 66th …

Somerset

Turnpike work may alter course for unusual roadside church in New Baltimore

By Craig Smith
For years, Diane Zelenak looked with curiosity at a sign inviting travelers along a remote stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Somerset and Bedford to climb a steep set of …

Washington

Police investigate 2 shootings in Washington County, one of them fatal

By Bill Vidonic
A Washington man was shot to death Saturday outside a city bar, according to the Washington County Coroner’s Office. Matthew E. McGlone, 21, was shot in the parking lot of Comfort Lounge in the 1100 block of Jefferson Avenue around …

Education

Bill that would end district-level review of homeschooling in Pennsylvania goes to Corbett

By Megan Harris
State legislators approved a homeschooling bill that eliminates the need for school superintendents to weigh in on whether students are receiving an appropriate education. Under current law, parents hire an evaluator every year to interview the child, review a portfolio …

Pennsylvania

Pa. Supreme Court in ‘sad state’ as scandals tarnish reputation

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Rocked by a pornography scandal involving two justices, internal acrimony, and the felony conviction last year of a self-proclaimed reformer on the bench, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s reputation …

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Saturday - October 25, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Eliminate irrelevancy of lieutenant governor’s office
You might think that Mike Stack has no regard for the laws of physics. Stack has voiced the possibility of holding on to his Philadelphia-area …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t …

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Obituaries

For work, church, community, he always delivered

By Bill Vidonic
Whether they were letters, flowers or meals for the elderly, it seemed as if Del Wygant never stopped delivering. “He would talk to anyone about anything,” his wife, Dorothy Wygant, said, …