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Pittsburgh cracks down on overcrowded houses

By Aaron Aupperlee 10:31 a.m.
An Oakland house in the heart of a neighborhood packed with college students has three empty bedrooms. Weeks after they moved into the Lawn Street home, the landlord told three of the six University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University students renting the house that they needed to move out …

Pittsburgh travelers feel effects of Northeast blizzard

By Bobby Kerlik
Asha McRae scrolled through her smartphone Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh International Airport, hoping she wouldn’t be stranded on Concourse B because airlines canceled nearly all flights to the New York area as …

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

Allegheny

Ex-Steelers QB Batch creates sports medicine startup at Pitt

By Megha Satyanarayana 1:21 p.m.
Former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch is among a group of partners who have created a new sports medicine partnership at the University of Pittsburgh. Impellia will develop fitness, human performance …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Prison visitation goes digital

By Rich Cholodofsky 11:37 a.m.
Video visitation for inmates at Westmoreland County Prison started Monday in a months-long delay. After a successful three-week trial period when the online visits were free, county prison officials began charging $15 for a 25-minute session. “They’re working through a lot of ...

Fayette

Major storm skips past Fay-West area

By Karl Polacek
The mountain areas in Fayette and Westmoreland counties received from 3 to 6 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, but the lower elevations around Connellsville received less than 3 inches, …

Armstrong

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times 1:50 p.m.
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an undetermined amount of money. The …

Beaver

Beaver Falls woman who drove police car while handcuffed to stand trial

By Bobby Kerlik 10:11 a.m.
A Beaver County woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and fleeing at speeds of 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back will stand trial, a district judge ruled Monday. Roxanne Rimer, 27, of Beaver Falls was trying …

Butler

MSA Safety products in demand to protect workers in dangerous jobs

By John D. Oravecz 11:00 a.m.
When four firefighters were forced to jump from the third story of a burning building in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2007, they didn’t have modern bail-out systems built into their self-contained …

Indiana

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

Somerset

Christian day camp in Somerset County sued over sexual assault

By Adam Brandolph 10:31 a.m.
Officials at a Christian-themed day camp in Somerset County allowed a counselor with a history of sexual abuse to continue his criminal conduct, a victim claimed more than a decade later in a civil lawsuit filed by her lawyers. The …

Washington

Cal U professor who died in campus office was lawyer, civil rights leader

By Debra Erdley 11:20 a.m.
California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a lawyer and former longtime counsel to the Pennsylvania NAACP, was found dead in his university office Sunday night. A spokesman for the Washington County Coroner’s Office said Brown, 67, died of …

Education

Penn Hills superintendent resigns

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas K. Washington on Monday night, according to a statement from spokeswoman Teresita K. Kolenchak. Washington came to the district in 2011, replacing acting Superintendent Stephen Vak. In his tenure, …

Pennsylvania

Supporters optimistic about passage of medical marijuana

By Brad Bumsted 1:49 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Advocates for legalizing medical marijauna said Tuesday the odds for lawmakers to pass a bill have improved this year. The political odd couple of Sen. Mike Folmer, a …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Jan. 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Former Senator Santorum preaches sacred value of verbal restraint to pope
To: Pope Francis From: Rick Santorum Re: Exercising verbal restraint Your Eminence: I’m writing regarding the recent remarks I made about you on conservative Hugh …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Baseball lover shared lifelong passion by coaching

By Jason Cato
Steve Katz approached a lifelong dream come true of participating in a baseball fantasy camp with the enthusiasm of a rookie call-up. He trained for a year and a half, …