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EPA talks on pollution limits trigger protests, arrests Downtown

By David Conti 1:59 p.m.
Pittsburgh police arrested 14 unionized coal workers Downtown on Thursday afternoon, as hundreds of protestors sounded off about proposed Environmental Protection Agency pollution regulations being discussed in the William S. Moorhead Federal Building. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts was among those arrested for trespassing, UMWA spokesman Phil …

It’s lights out for Bayer sign on Mt. Washington

By Alex Nixon 3:49 p.m.
Bayer Corp. will no longer pay to have its name light the night sky from Mt. Washington. The Robinson company said Thursday it didn’t renew a contract for the iconic sign that’s …

Pa. senator investigates Rocky Mountain high at taxpayers’ expense

By Brad Bumsted 2:24 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State taxpayers paid for Sen. Daylin Leach and three aides to travel to Denver to assess how legalization of marijuana is working and what effect it’s having on everyday life …

Allegheny

Body discovered in Homewood

By Rick Wills 3:16 p.m.
City police are trying to determine the identity of a middle-aged black man, whose body was found in the 7300 block of Bennett Street in Homewood Thursday morning. The man had been shot in the head, police said. “We don’t …

Westmoreland

Ethics panel: It’s OK for Westmoreland commissioner to do business with municipalities

By Rich Cholodofsky 2:41 p.m.
Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney can serve as an investment banker, stockbroker and insurance agent to municipalities in the county, according to a state ethics commission opinion issued this month. Courtney, a first-term Republican, said on Wednesday that he sought …

Fayette

Ailing youngster has wish fulfilled in day with Masontown K-9 officer

By Mary Pickels
Isaac Donaldson stood at the ready, eyes on the “bad guy” hiding in the woods at Masontown German Park Wednesday afternoon. As the 7-year-old from White and Masontown Officer and …

Armstrong

Calm and quick Leechburg bank robber sought

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 4:07 p.m.
Authorities are seeking a robber who calmly and quickly held up the Farmers & Merchants Bank in Leechburg Thursday morning. The hold-up occurred at about 10:42 a.m. at the bank …

Beaver

Investor helps Anchor Hocking’s parent win reprieve from lenders

By Chris Fleisher 3:10 p.m.
Anchor Hocking’s parent company has received a $20 million investment from its majority shareholder and has worked out a new agreement with lenders that gives the glassware manufacturer some relief as it deals with financial troubles. In a regulatory filing …

Butler

Former IU4 director enters guilty plea to stealing from agency

By Brian Bowling
The former head of a regional public education agency apologized on Wednesday in federal court for stealing some of its money. Cecelia H. Yauger, 56, of Grove City pleaded guilty to a single count of stealing money from a federally …

Indiana

Man’s body found in fire debris of Blairsville restaurant

By Paul Peirce 4:11 p.m.
A man’s body was recovered from the smoldering debris of a Blairsville restaurant that was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. Blairsville Police Chief Michael Allman identified him as Paul Eugene …

Somerset

Woman, teenager charged after iPad theft, resale in Confluence

By Tribune-Review
State police at Somerset allege that a woman sold an iPad to another woman in Confluence even though she knew that a teenage boy stole it. The juvenile, whose name was not released, allegedly stole an Apple iPad from a …

Washington

IceoPlex owner indicted, accused of avoiding $1M in payroll taxes

By Brian Bowling
The owner of IceoPlex at Southpointe in Washington County dodged paying more than $1 million in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011, federal prosecutors say. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Steven J. Lynch, 59, of Squirrel Hill on …

Education

Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark Club, christened by DeTillo with …

Pennsylvania

Pa. senator investigates Rocky Mountain high at taxpayers’ expense

By Brad Bumsted 2:24 p.m.
HARRISBURG — State taxpayers paid for Sen. Daylin Leach and three aides to travel to Denver to assess how legalization of marijuana is working and what effect it’s having on …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - July 31, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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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: This dress is a steal
It’s a fashion statement. It’s a security breach. It’s a password dress. It’s a dress containing many of weakest passwords imaginable, ones that never should …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Rocco deserves same respect human officer would receive
In the battle of Toms for governor,incumbent Republican Tom Corbett’s stances on issues such as education reform, Marcellus shale drilling and taxes have made his …

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Obituaries

Basketball ref loved the outdoors, sports

By Craig Smith
Donna Menart did a lot of activities that earned her recognition as a tomboy — from coaching and refereeing boys basketball to hunting, camping and kayaking. “She was very much …