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Online sales, promotions give Pittsburgh-area stores global reach

By Bob Bauder 6:30 p.m.
Jessi Donahue didn’t have a website when she opened Bronzed Tanning Salon in Upper St. Clair three years ago. That changed quickly after her Facebook page lit up with requests for her imported makeup. “When I was getting messages from ...

Alle-Kiski Valley News

Cheswick super fan, 90, has had season tickets for almost 70 years

By R.A. Monti
Josephine “Jo” Szwarc has missed only a handful of Steelers home games since 1946, but it doesn’t take long for the 90-year-old to respond when asked about her favorite game. “Well, I was at the Immaculate Reception,” said Szwarc, sitting ...

Carlynton News

Carlynton student will light tree to kick off Carnegie Borough holiday season

By Samson X Horne
The borough of Carnegie is set to team up with businesses and the library for the community’s celebration of the holiday season. The celebration will be held over two days, as it was until last year’s one-day event. Activities start Friday evening ...

Cranberry News

Composting site in Cranberry could pose problems

By Tony LaRussa
Every week between April and mid-December, the company Cranberry uses to pick up household trash and items for recycling collects leaves and other yard waste and hauls it to a composting pile near the landfill where the other refuse is ...

Fox Chapel News

Fox Chapel bus driver fired for letting students change clothes on bus

By Tony Raap
A bus driver for a transit company that contracts with the Fox Chapel Area School District was fired for permitting some students to change their clothes on the bus, police told the Tribune-Review late Friday. The driver hasn’t been charged, but ...

Hempfield News

Hempfield man fights off intruders

By Tribune-Review
A 25-year-old Hempfield man told state police at Greensburg he fought off two men who forced their way into his home late Monday and fled with one of his firearms. Police said the robbery occurred at 11:45 p.m. at a residence ...

Latrobe News

Neighborhood Christmas will come to Latrobe with daylong celebration

By Mary Pickels
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the region, as communities rev up for the holiday with light-up nights, parades and visitors from the North Pole. Area residents will have a variety of events to choose from on Friday, ...

McKeesport News

Model train exhibit raises funds for McKeesport club

By Eric Slagle 5:20 p.m.
The McKeesport Model Railroad Club’s monthlong open house is a holiday tradition in the Mon Valley. Model train enthusiasts return year after year to gaze at the club’s 2,200 square-foot exhibit of the fabled Mon Yough Valley Rail Road. The event, ...

Monroeville News

North American Martyrs expands classroom technology in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville Catholic school has issued students in sixth through eighth grades laptop computers as it tries to include more technology in its classrooms through donated funds. The roughly 20 students in those grades at North American Martyrs Catholic School ...

Mon Valley News

Christmas Cheer Club initiative benefits needy Mon Valley kids

By Chris Buckley 5:19 p.m.
Over nearly three decades, The Christmas Cheer Club has become more than just a Valleywide toy drive led by The Valley Independent on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Mon Valley Citadel. “We feel as though the Cheer Club has become a ...

Mt. Pleasant

Westmoreland County, Mt. Pleasant Borough officials try to solve Willow parking issue

By Rachel Basinger
Westmoreland County and Mt. Pleasant Borough officials are still trying to find a solution to parking problems at Willows Park for the Mt. Pleasant Area Soccer League. Earlier this year, the county told borough officials that no one would be …

Murrysville News

Witnesses recount Franklin Regional stabbing

By Renatta Signorini
Teacher James Passarelli was trying desperately to keep a stabbed Franklin Regional student alive on the floor of his science classroom on the day Alex Hribal was charged with going on a violent rampage with two kitchen knives at the ...

North Hills News

North Hills businessman’s secretary pleads guilty, says she helped him hide $27M from IRS

By Brian Bowling
The secretary of a North Hills businessman admitted Tuesday in federal court that she helped him hide more than $27 million from the Internal Revenue Service. Ann E. Harris, 54, of Forward pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy. She ...

Norwin News

Irwin man accused of strangling dog he adopted from shelter

By Tribune-Review
An Irwin man who adopted a black Labrador retriever mix from a Westmoreland County shelter is accused of strangling it, borough police said. Jason E. French, 33, told Irwin police he killed the dog, Apollo, on Tuesday because it wouldn’t stop ...

Penn Hills News

Penn Hills school board unanimously fires former business director

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills school board members voted unanimously Monday to fire former director of business affairs Richard Liberto, who stepped down in September and now leads the business office of the Wilkinsburg School District. “There was not an official letter ...

Penn-Trafford News

Penn Middle School plans to upgrade tech at library

By Tom McGee
The library at Penn Middle School is getting a high-tech makeover. Fundraising efforts through GoFundMe are underway to implement more technology at Penn Middle School through a library media center. The project will expand on technology that is already available at ...

Plum News

In letter, Plum school superintendent reassures parents on safety

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District’s superintendent is making the case directly to parents that the district is stepping up efforts to ensure student safety following arrests of three teachers accused of sexual contact with students. In a letter dated Nov. 19 and mailed ...

Sewickley News

Sewickley Council approves 2016 budget with slight tax cut

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Sewickley Council approved a final $5.64 million budget Monday for 2016 that gives homeowners a slight cut on property taxes. The budget lowers taxes from 6.5 mills to 6.25 mills. That means a homeowner whose property is assessed at $178,900 — ...

South Hills News

Baldwin residents welcome return of police substation

By Stephanie Hacke
Kristie Dutko said she hopes a recent uptick of vandalism she’s noticed in her Baldwin Borough neighborhood will cease now that the police substation across the street from her apartment has reopened. “We’re thrilled,” said Dutko, 43, who lives in ...