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New Orleans slow to heal 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

By Aaron Aupperlee
NEW ORLEANS There’s always a party on Bourbon Street, even on a sweltering Tuesday night in late August — tempting neon signs, beads flung from balconies, bars offering booze-loaded “hurricanes” in to-go cups. Jazz blares nightly at The Spotted Cat and The Maison on Frenchman Street. Oysters are served raw …

Flooded out of Big Easy, veterinarian builds new life in Lawrenceville

By Katelyn Ferral
Ten years ago, Aileen Ruiz arrived in Pittsburgh, sleep deprived and weary from waiting hours in the car to get out of Louisiana, then driving north as Hurricane Katrina approached. Ruiz, 42, …

Thousands in New Orleans became targets of unscrupulous contractors

By Aaron Aupperlee
NEW ORLEANS — Keion Smith lost $60,000 to $70,000 when contractors took her money, did shoddy work and ran. Thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans fell victim again to …

Allegheny

Solarize Allegheny powers up with communities

By Matthew Santoni 6:58 p.m.
On a hillside beneath Beaver Grade Road in Moon, an array of solar panels the size of a small set of bleachers silently powers Mark and Janet Greathouse’s home. Joe …

Armstrong

State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his …

Beaver

Two people shot in Beaver Falls

By Michael Hasch
Two people were shot and wounded Thursday night in Beaver Falls, county emergency dispatchers said. Police and paramedics were called at 8:35 p.m. for the report of two people shot along Fourth Avenue, dispatchers said. Both victims were taken, to …

Butler

Butler County man charged for allegedly stealing from mother’s estate

By Tony Raap
A Butler County man is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his mother’s estate in Allegheny County. James M. Porro, 43, of Mars was arraigned Thursday on …

Fayette

Barn fire no obstacle to opening of farm store near Dawson

By Mary Pickels 5:30 p.m.
Six years ago, Matt Christner’s family home was lost to fire. In May, a barn fire at his Fayette County farm caused $250,000 in damage and killed 100 chickens and …

Indiana

Indiana County man given up to 3 years for DUI crash

By Paul Peirce
An Indiana County man was sentenced Friday to serve up to three years in a state prison for a DUI accident  Jan. 15 when he struck an elderly Blairsville woman …

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

Deadly heroin was laced with fentanyl, district attorney says

By Jason Cato
Lab tests confirmed that at least some heroin that caused deadly and dangerous overdoses this month in Washington County was spiked with fentanyl, District Attorney Gene Vittone said. Federal investigators helping with the investigation into nearly 30 overdoses, including three …

Westmoreland

‘Perfect’ skies draw big crowds to Westmoreland Fair

By Kari Andren 5:52 p.m.
In the land of the summer fair, sunny weather is king. “Perfect weather” is the first thing vendors, visitors and  officials noted on Saturday as the 61st annual Westmoreland Fair drew to a close. The nine-day fair had sunny days, cool ...

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

Grieving pet owners find loving support in Pennsylvania group

By Dan Geringer 5:27 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Amy Defibaugh was teaching her Death and Dying comparative-religion course at Temple University when her beloved 14-year-old border collie, Macey, died. “I knew Macey was going to die,” Defibaugh said. “She had a degenerative spinal condition. ... “I …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - Aug. 29, 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
Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates
CLEVELAND — Republican presidential candidates who espouse “out-of-date, out-of-touch policies” are somewhat like terrorists who hold extreme views about women, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Vick haters’ Facebook bark much worse than their protest’s bite
That was a protest? It’s no stretch to suggest Steve Courson would be aghast over Michael Vick’s arrival in Pittsburgh. But he probably would be …

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Obituaries

Sister Patricia Tittler’s work combined leadership, service

By Katelyn Ferral 6:07 p.m.
Sister Tittler’s life epitomized service. She was always willing to travel and help wherever she saw a need. Sister Patricia Tittler, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Sewickley Valley …