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Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, which it does, finally, but it has an important revenue projection attached to it,” Turzai said. For the past several …

Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show

By Matthew Santoni
The viewing party for Sunday’s episode of “Undercover Boss” erupted in laughter when Mayor Bill Peduto appeared in disguise as “Ed,” a Kentucky native allegedly trying on jobs for a reality show. …

Pittsburgh police doubling up on duty after potential threats

By Matthew Santoni  and Margaret Harding 7:06 p.m.
Pittsburgh police officers will work two to a patrol car this week, in response to potential threats and the shooting of two officers in New York, authorities said. Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya …

Allegheny

Allegheny Health Network announces collaboration with Johns Hopkins

By Adam Smeltz 7:00 p.m.
The seven-hospital Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have set an expansive 10-year agreement to collaborate on research, patient care and group purchasing, among other partnerships, the organizations announced Monday. North Shore-based Allegheny Health expects to save …

Westmoreland

Project to tear down former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital on schedule, Excela says

By Tribune-Review
Demolition work at the  former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital is wrapping up. “We are about at the end of what we are able to do,” said ...

Fayette

South Connellsville man charged with stabbing father

By Karl Polacek 5:57 p.m.
A 20-year-old South Connellsville man has been charged with stabbing his father with a folding pocket knife during an incident at their West Painter Street home early Monday morning. South Connellsville police charged Matthew Taylor Sanner of 107 W. Painter …

Armstrong

Inflatables bring joy to North Buffalo child’s world

By Brigid Beatty
Giant inflatable snowmen, Santas, penguins and polar bears crowd the front yard and porch of a North Buffalo home — but they are small when compared to the level of …

Beaver

Economy police release sketch of woman whose embalmed head was found in wooded area

By Bill Vidonic 6:54 p.m.
Investigators Monday released a facial sketch of an embalmed head found in a wooded area of Economy, Beaver County on Dec. 12. Police are hoping that someone will recognize the …

Butler

Butler County COG, Humane Society aim to control cat population

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler County Council of Governments and the county Humane Society will pursue a grant that would allow the latter to develop a countywide program to catch, spay or neuter …

Indiana

Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 …

Somerset

Somerset woman killed in crash

By Tribune-Review
A 22-year-old Somerset woman died Sunday of injuries she sustained Saturday night when she was ejected from her Volkswagen Jetta on Route 219 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, state police said. The victim, Kelsy R. Peters, was pronounced dead at …

Washington

Police arrest 4 juveniles allegedly connected to anonymous online school threat

By Megan Harris 7:04 p.m.
State police Monday charged four boys accused of making anonymous online threats against their Washington County classmates. All four are students in the Trinity Area School District, said state police Trooper Matthew Jardine. Trinity Area announced that state police detained …

Education

Norwin band director is finding lots of success in return to his alma mater

By Greg Reinbold
When Tim Daniels graduated from Norwin High School in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education at Youngstown State, getting a job as a band director was the goal. …

Pennsylvania

Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Dec. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Blues-rock singer Joe Cocker dead at 70

By The Associated Press 6:34 p.m.
NEW YORK — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by …