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Pittsburgh rallies for second year of Pirates magic

By Chris Togneri
Perhaps the Pirates’ renewed popularity is best measured in ink. “Definitely more Pirates-related stuff now,” said tattoo artist Seth Aaron Moritz, who works at In the Blood Tattoo in the South Side. “Five years ago, I was doing a bunch of Steelers (tattoos). Not now. Now it’s more Pirates.” The …

Police find pipe bombs in woods during manhunt for suspect in trooper ambush

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — State police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable …

Dallas hospital confirms 1st Ebola case in U.S.

By The Associated Press
DALLAS — A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian …

Allegheny

Peduto hails proposal for federal money to boost education for preschoolers

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh city officials outlined an early childhood education plan Tuesday that Mayor Bill Peduto said could spawn a national pilot program. Peduto filed the plan with state officials, who are …

Westmoreland

Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Allegheny County mental health facility has decided not to treat the Franklin Regional student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates during a knife …

Fayette

Apple Dumpling Festival planned  at Connellsville Presbyterian Church

By Nancy Henry
Thursday is the Apple Dumpling Festival at the Presbyterian Church. You can enjoy an apple dumpling, ice cream and coffee or punch for $5. A sandwich and coleslaw will be available for $3. Apple dumplings will be sold to take …

Armstrong

6 high school bands marching in West Shamokin at annual show

By Brad Pedersen
West Shamokin High School will be this year’s host of the Armstrong County Marching Band Festival Wednesday evening. The 14th installment of the annual show features performances by high school …

Beaver

Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …

Butler

At least $100,000 in appliances stolen from new homes around Western Pa.

By Tory N. Parrish
An employee of a Ryan Homes subcontractor tipped off his friends about housing construction sites outfitted with home appliances, tools and fixtures that were ripe for the picking, police said. …

Indiana

Fundraising under way for Indiana County newborn struck by stray bullet

By Stacey Federoff
Kalyn Iverson said she was shocked to learn her nephew was struck in the eye by a hunter’s bullet just a few days after he was born and wanted to …

Somerset

Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …

Washington

Washington Co. district attorney suspends deputy prosecutor

By The Associated Press
The Washington County district attorney has suspended a deputy prosecutor with pay because a judge ruled the deputy purposely withheld evidence. District Attorney Gene Vittone said that he was looking into Deputy District Attorney Joseph Zupancic’s future, but otherwise declined …

Education

Peduto hails proposal for federal money to boost education for preschoolers

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh city officials outlined an early childhood education plan Tuesday that Mayor Bill Peduto said could spawn a national pilot program. Peduto filed the plan with state officials, who are …

Pennsylvania

Hospitals, doctors in Pa. received $32M in 5 months from drug, medical device companies

By Alex Nixon  and Adam Smeltz
Drug and medical device companies doled out $32.2 million to physicians and teaching hospitals in Pennsylvania during five months last year, according to data released Tuesday as part of a federal effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Companies …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Sept. 30, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because …

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Obituaries

Students remember former teacher for tough love

By Tory N. Parrish
Phil Burlbaugh was a tough but fair teacher, his family said. They know that because Burlbaugh’s former Franklin Regional School District students said so. “They always come back to tell …