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Stores creating Thanksgiving dine-and-dash dilemma

By Tory N. Parrish
Thanksgiving is a day that brings Susan Kovac’s family together for fellowship and a feast at her home. Kovac, of North Huntingdon, prepares most of the holiday meal, for which her husband, three adult children, two grandchildren and other friends and family gather around the dinner table for their annual …

CT scans can find smokers’ lung cancer early

By Luis Fábregas
Tom Schroeder smoked for 44 years, sometimes up to three packs a day. His wife of 30 years, a nurse, constantly worried about his health and urged him to get screened for …

Time capsule salutes 250 years for Fort Pitt Block House

By Adam Brandolph
Elizabeth Wheatley doesn’t need to tell her grandchildren about the work that went into celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House in Point State Park. The photos, documents and …

Allegheny

Stores creating Thanksgiving dine-and-dash dilemma

By Tory N. Parrish
Thanksgiving is a day that brings Susan Kovac’s family together for fellowship and a feast at her home. Kovac, of North Huntingdon, prepares most of the holiday meal, for which …

Westmoreland

Builder finds calling as chaplain at Westmoreland jail

By Jacob Tierney
To most people, perhaps, those who are serving time at Westmoreland County jail are inmates. To Chaplain Jim Badamo, they are his parishioners. “I’ve probably seen ...

Fayette

Fayette County Crime Victims Center fundraising house tour returns after break

By Mark Hofmann
The Home for the Holidays house tours will return after a two-year hiatus with five homes and a horse stable as part of the festivities. The tours started in 1995 …

Armstrong

Kittanning Light Up Night a celebration of holiday spirit, bittersweet endings

By Julie E. Martin
For 20 years, Pat Cavanaugh has been part of the musical magic of Kittanning’s holiday season kick-off. But Friday evening, he had the chance to really light up the town. …

Beaver

Freezing rain hits Western Pennsylvania, many accidents reported

By Bill Vidonic
A trace of rain froze as it hit the ground Saturday, forming a paper-thin sheet of ice that caused slip-and-fall accidents and hundreds of vehicle crashes on slickened bridges, overpasses …

Butler

High number of rentals a double-edged sword for Butler

By Rick Wills
Rental units constitute nearly 60 percent of residential property in the city of Butler, which has the highest percentage of rental units of any municipality in the county and higher …

Indiana

IUP student found pinned under car still in critical condition

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was pinned beneath his car in Indiana after a jack failed remained in critical condition Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Nicholas Landman, 19, who is from Grindstone, Fayette County, was injured …

Somerset

ATV victim’s family seeks deal in fatal crash in Somerset County

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County last month are trying to reach a plea agreement on charges stemming from …

Washington

Fatal crash in West Bethlehem under investigation

By Tribune-Review
One person was killed Sunday evening when a vehicle crossed the center line on Lone Pine-Marianna Road in West Bethlehem, struck a tree and caught fire, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said. The victim was the driver and sole occupant …

Education

Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores

By Tom Yerace
Despite having the lowest state profile scores among area schools, Valley Junior-Senior High School interim Principal Jon Banko said positives can be found. Banko, who is also assistant to the superintendent, discussed the recent state School Performance Profile scores before …

Pennsylvania

Horse racing industry banks on Wolf

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry placed a $37,500 bet on Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf this election season. That’s how much three associations representing the $3 billion industry gave to Wolf during the final stretch of his campaign. They’re hoping that with this …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Nov. 23, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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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: Kane in sticky situation
Distraction adheres to Kathleen Kane like military-grade epoxy. As Pennsylvania’s attorney general, she and her staff should singularly be focused on bringing criminals to justice. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school …

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Obituaries

Veteran became teacher, dean, JFK adviser

By Alex Nixon
Hil Kelley was a World War II veteran, a dean at West Virginia University and a science adviser to President John F. Kennedy. But he is remembered by family as …