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Sandusky cover-up case unusually shrouded

By Debra Erdley  and Adam Smeltz 12:01 a.m.
Two years since former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky began serving time for sexually abusing young boys, the case against three top university officials accused of covering up his crimes is grinding on slowly in a Harrisburg court behind a veil of secrecy. Lawyers for former Penn State …

Expert: Print on cyanide vial could be vital in Ferrante murder trial

By Adam Brandolph 12:01 a.m.
A single fingerprint found on a bottle of potassium cyanide could be a key piece of evidence if it matches a sample from Robert Ferrante, the University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of …

Woman shot dead, mother wounded in Hill District shooting

By Michael Hasch
Three gunmen who police said fired at least 20 shots killed a Hill District woman and wounded her mother on Friday just inside a basement garage in their home. Tina Crawford, 34, …

Allegheny

O’Hara teen finds inspiration for flying, dodging robot in fruit fly

By Megha Satyanarayana 12:01 a.m.
A swarm of pesky fruit flies could help win an international science prize for a Western Pennsylvania teenager who builds flying robots. Mihir Garimella, 14, is one of 15 international …

Westmoreland

From heifers to science projects, Westmoreland Fair judges enjoy their task

By Alicia McElhaney 12:06 a.m.
To an outsider at the Westmoreland Fair, judging heifers is an ugly event. Contestants drag their heifer around a dust-filled pen, the animals mooing in …

Fayette

Quarantine on dogs relocated from Fayette shelter likely to be lifted soon

By Bob Stiles 12:01 a.m.
A quarantine imposed on dogs moved from a Fayette County SPCA shelter to Youngwood could be lifted as soon as next week, according to the president of Animal Friends of Westmoreland and a state agency spokeswoman. Candy Nelson, founder of …

Armstrong

‘Caring hands’ reach out to Manor woman with crippling disease

By Brigid Beatty 12:42 a.m.
It’s no simple task for Cindy Crissman, 54, to leave her home in Manor — but without a little outside intervention, it will soon become even harder. Crissman is wheelchair-bound …

Beaver

1 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile …

Butler

Authorities investigate fatal Butler County car-motorcycle acident

By Tribune-Review
One person died in a traffic collision Friday on Route 8 in Middlesex, Butler County emergency dispatchers said. The collision involved a motorcycle and car around 1:50 p.m., near the Allegheny-Butler county line. One person was transported from the accident …

Indiana

Jury: Indiana County woman downloaded child porn to frame husband

By The Associated Press
A Clymer woman has been found guilty of downloading child pornography in a failed attempt to frame her estranged husband. Meri Jane Woods was convicted Wednesday in Indiana County. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says the 43-year-old Woods downloaded 40 images …

Somerset

Hazmat volunteers praised for dedication at Seven Springs conference

By Paul Peirce 12:01 a.m.
As publicly funded hazardous materials teams have seen their emergency calls dwindle along with the number of volunteers in recent years, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Chief Deputy Director Robert A. …

Washington

70-year-old man says he didn’t see trooper who was run over

By Jason Cato
A Washington County man returned home on Thursday after spending the night in jail for backing over a state trooper in a relative’s car. Jay V. Harris, 70, said he …

Education

State tries to improve its rollout of school profiles

By Megan Harris 12:01 a.m.
Almost a year since the state bungled its disclosure of school performance profiles, Pennsylvania lacks an official release date for its latest batch, Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said on Friday. “We’re thinking late September, but we won’t have …

Pennsylvania

Sandusky cover-up case unusually shrouded

By Debra Erdley  and Adam Smeltz 12:01 a.m.
Two years since former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky began serving time for sexually abusing young boys, the case against three top university officials accused of covering up …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Aug. 22, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: For these jobs, let’s do the twist
Have any experience in crisis communication? If so, you might want to respond to the help wanted ads below from agencies and organizations in need …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Minister energized by calling to serve others

By Stacey Federoff 12:01 a.m.
Morgan Reynolds worked in steel mills for most of his life, but the ministry was his calling. “He was a service-type minister. He wanted to serve people,” said his daughter, …