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CMU scientist receives top tech honor from White House

By Megha Satyanarayana 11:07 p.m.
President Obama on Thursday gave the country’s top honor in technology and innovation to Mary Shaw, a computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University. Shaw was one of nine recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation . They were honored at a White House ceremony. Shaw is credited with …

Suspects charged with attempted homicide in attack on Bloomfield pastor

By Bobby Kerlik
Three people will stand trial for attacking a pastor outside his Bloomfield home and face additional charges, an Allegheny County district judge ruled Thursday. Gerard Rupert, 33, of Troy Hill; Kaela Rupert, …

Last turnpike defendants plead guilty but avoid prison

By Tom Fontaine 11:14 p.m.
Former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier of Ross and the agency’s former chief operating officer pleaded guilty Thursday to felony conflict of interest charges in a deal that will keep the …


Pittsburgh to offer free parking during holiday season

By Bob Bauder 9:26 p.m.
Pittsburgh will offer free parking at publicly owned facilities to boost business during the year’s busiest two shopping days — Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s board of directors Thursday unanimously voted to waive fees at authority-owned …


Owner charged after emaciated dog found by hunter in Mt. Pleasant Twp.

By Tribune-Review
An emaciated dog discovered by a hunter in woods in Westmoreland County a month ago is recovering at the Action for Animals Humane Society while ...


Monongahela man held for trial in heroin death in Belle Vernon

By Mary Pickels 10:43 p.m.
A Monongahela man was held for trial Thursday for allegedly injecting a lethal dose of heroin into the arm of a friend. Terrence Lee Kelly, 42, is accused of injecting an overdose of heroin into the arm of Brian “Opie” …


‘Thanksgiving miracle’ brings turkeys to Armstrong needy

By Brad Pedersen
Two anonymous donors are making sure nobody receiving assistance from the food bank in Armstrong County has to go without a Thanksgiving turkey. Salvation Army Lt. Amber Imhoff said the donors gave $10,000 Wednesday morning to be used to purchase …


3 from Western Pa. sentenced to probation for welfare fraud

By Brian Bowling
Three people in Western Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty in the last six months to defrauding the state’s welfare system were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, according to the state Office of Inspector General. Shondra S. Walker-Anderson, 36, …


Fire sweeps through house in Jackson

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters responded to a house fire along Garing Lane in Jackson Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel said the house was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived shortly after 4 p.m. Butler County emergency dispatchers said they did not have any …


IUP student found pinned under car still in critical condition

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was pinned beneath his car in Indiana after a jack failed remained in critical condition Wednesday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Nicholas Landman, 19, who is from Grindstone, Fayette County, was injured …


Somerset racetrack investor faces bad-check charges

By Tribune-Review 11:13 p.m.
A member of the group that purchased Jennerstown Speedway in Somerset County was charged Tuesday with two counts of issuing bad checks, court documents show. The Somerset County District Attorney’s office charged John William Taylor, 39, of Tyrone, with issuing …


Monongahela man held for trial in heroin death in Belle Vernon

By Mary Pickels 10:43 p.m.
A Monongahela man was held for trial Thursday for allegedly injecting a lethal dose of heroin into the arm of a friend. Terrence Lee Kelly, 42, is accused of injecting an overdose of heroin into the arm of Brian “Opie” …


Western Pennsylvania school administrators attend summit at White House

By Megan Harris
Four area school administrators joined President Obama in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House on Wednesday. Avonworth Superintendent Thomas Ralston, South Fayette Superintendent Bille Rondinelli, Beaver …


Casey to Obama: Climate plan unfair to Pennsylvania

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s Democratic senator is criticizing President Barack Obama’s proposed climate change rules, urging revisions to a plan that he says imposes unfair costs and burdens on the state. In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection …

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Thursday - Nov. 20, 2014

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Insurers’ feud helps enrollees
The health insurance heat is on. Way on. Starting Saturday, people who don’t get health insurance at work can shop for coverage on the year-old, …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Virginia results pose puzzle for parties
Election results are like the tiny pieces of a vast, intricate jigsaw puzzle depicting America’s landscape, complete with rolling farms, a railroad crossing, blocks of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Why not Thanksgiving in January?
It’s time for Thanksgiving to raise the white flag to Black Friday. Society has evolved greatly from the days when primitive cultures would delay the …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school …

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Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as “The Graduate,” …