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Embattled VFW mulls image among declining numbers

By Rick Wills 11:50 a.m.
Since its founding in 1914, the Veterans of Foreign Wars has worked to establish the Veterans Administration, forge the GI Bill after World War II, …

Orie denied bid to appeal conviction on corruption charges

By Adam Brandolph 12:21 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court denied former state Sen. Jane Orie’s petition to appeal her conviction on public corruption charges Wednesday, all but ending the former legislator’s chances of getting her pension back. The one-page order from the appellate court provided …

Pittsburgh Public evacuates 3 schools after voicemail threat

By Megan Harris 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Public Schools began evacuating students from its West Liberty K-5, South Brook 6-8 and Pioneer schools to other locations after a voicemail left at …

Professor, lawyer with Pittsburgh ties earn MacArthur ‘genius grants’

By Staff and Wire Reports 12:02 p.m.
CHICAGO — A Pittsburgh-born lawyer and a poet based at the University of Pittsburgh are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius …

Identical twins born at West Penn Hospital a rare medical marvel

By Adam Smeltz 10:40 a.m.
If sharing makes for happy siblings, Josephina and Isabella Stroup ought to be smiling from ear to ear. The premature identical twins born Saturday in …

DA’s decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit

By Adam Brandolph 10:40 a.m.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. will play a key role in whether Leon Ford gets a chance at millions of dollars from …

Manchin, Toomey to seek greater flexibility for veterans’ career counselors

By Adam Smeltz 11:50 a.m.
A quiet shift in federal policy makes it difficult for the government to help unemployed veterans, entangling career counselors in bureaucratic red tape and delaying former soldiers who want private-sector jobs, U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin said. The …

Carnegie reflects on 10th anniversary of notorious rainy day

By Megan Guza 11:20 a.m.
Remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped nearly six inches of rain on Carnegie and surrounding communities on Sept. 17, 2004. Chartiers Creek overflowed, flooding the business …

Allegheny County Controller to audit take-home vehicle usage

By Aaron Aupperlee
The Allegheny County Controller’s Office will conduct an audit to determine whether officials are properly tracking the number of vehicles county employees take home and to scrutinize reports that some employees might not be following rules that govern the use …

City of Pittsburgh detective, 2 boys finalize adoption before judge

By Margaret Harding 11:50 a.m.
With no-nonsense haircuts and near-unbreaking stoicism, Pittsburgh police Detective Jack Mook and his two adoptive sons looked like a family long before a judge made …

Fees, interest mount over August Wilson site, Dollar claims

By Natasha Lindstrom
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority’s opposition to a hotel developer buying the August Wilson Center for African American Culture has caused legal fees and interest to climb so high that not even the developer’s $9.5 million bid may be enough …

Western Pa. colleges to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields

By Aaron Aupperlee
Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students for jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, …

Former Pirates pitcher Tekulve doing well after heart transplant

By Luis Fábregas
Hospitalized with a failing heart, Pirates analyst and former pitcher Kent Tekulve surrounded himself with stacks of papers and a laptop, and watched every baseball …

Work on Red Line T service to disrupt travel during weekend

By Jason Cato
Riders of the Port Authority’s Red Line T service should allow extra travel time this weekend as workers replace a light-rail grade crossing in Dormont. The detour and street closures around Potomac Avenue start at 7 p.m. Friday and continue …

Pa. considers $300,000 plan to clean polluted site in Kennedy

By Tribune-Review
The state Department of Environmental Protection is considering a $300,000 plan to clean up a polluted, former oil-transfer station in Kennedy. The site on Creek Road, which operated through the 1980s until 2002 with several names including Tri-State Petroleum Recovery …

Quaker Valley names high school principal as assistant superintendent

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley school directors on Tuesday named high school principal Andrew Surloff the district’s assistant superintendent. Surloff replaces Heidi Ondek, who in the spring was appointed superintendent. Surloff joined the district as a middle school social studies teacher in 1999 …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris 9:52 a.m.
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Deer hunting on airport property to be scaled down

By Brian Bowling 10:39 a.m.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority is scaling back a popular archery deer-hunting program on its property because commercial development made much less land available this year. The authority allowed hunting for the first time last year, setting aside about 2,300 …

Ferrante trial delayed another week

By Tribune-Review
The trial of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide has been pushed back another week. The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday expert witnesses for both the prosecution and defense reported scheduling …

Teacher can pursue racial-discrimination claim against PPS

By Brian Bowling
A former teacher can pursue her claim that Pittsburgh Public Schools gave her two unsatisfactory ratings and fired her because she was a white teacher at a mostly black school, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Pamela F. Hendricks claims in …

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Allegheny Neighborhoods
Dormont man finds hope, raises $10K for mental illness through cross-country walk
Half of Allegheny school districts dodge increase in school taxes
New Children's South site nearly ready to open doors
South Park residents want answers on cell tower
Western Pa. soccer clubs enjoy year-round, steady growth
Your Carlynton
Carnegie reflects on 10th anniversary of notorious rainy day
Carnegie business district comes back
Steps taken to prevent another devastating flood of Chartiers Creek
Retiring circuit judge, a Carnegie native, ‘helped tutor generations’
South Fayette seeks developer to tear down Star City Cinemas
Your Cranberry
Self-service Social Security kiosk installed in Cranberry municipal building
Cranberry homes could lose flood-hazard designation when FEMA udpates flood plain maps
Cranberry musician cleared of rape moves on with life
28th annual Evans City Oktoberfest nears
Changes to Cranberry restaurant could ease traffic congestion
Your Fox Chapel
State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
Overnight lane closures planned for Rt. 28 in O’Hara
St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara car, craft show to benefit Knights of Columbus
Providing children with school supplies ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fox Chapel
Aspinwall school feels like comfortable fit for principal
Your McKeesport
State tour touts Auberle facility
Duquesne hearing clears way for TIF extension
Coach’s firing causes ruckus in Steel Valley
West Mifflin council adopts tenant ordinance
Dravosburg supports regional land bank plan
Your Monroeville
Vote tabled on expansion of Monroeville Hindu temple at request of its leaders
Abandoned, stolen items pop up in the strangest places in Monroeville
Sports equipment drive on tap at Monroeville Mall
Monroeville Public Library becomes target of heist of more than 200 bestsellers
Your North Hills
DA’s decision on retrial of man shot by police overshadows civil lawsuit
Jury acquits Ford of assaulting police, deadlocks on other counts
Resident injured in fire at McCandless apartment building
Jurors in Ford case sent home until Monday
Photo Gallery: North Hills Soccerfest
Your Penn Hills
Man shot outside his home in Penn Hills
Pair of Toastmasters speakers take first place in local events
Penn Hills trying to improve student bus service after first-week mishaps
Penn Hills auctions off old police cars, tires, equipment
Reward offered in Penn Hills killing
Your Plum
Plum School District plans early dismissals on teacher paydays
Plum planners recommend approval of cell tower near housing plan
New school resource officer hired for Oblock Junior High
Contract perk allows Plum teachers early dismissal on pay days
Plum bus drivers, district agree to early long-term contract
Your Sewickley
Quaker Valley names high school principal as assistant superintendent
Antiques show organizers hope to attract new collectors
Plans for former Sewickley Country Inn site scuttled
Gallery walk, music fest planned for Sewickley Valley
Council OK sought on office-retail project near proposed theater in Sewickley
Your South Hills
Jefferson Hills woman faces charges in accident that killed 2 in Somerset County
Western Pennsylvania detailers get opportunity to work on original Air Force One
State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
South Park woman wins $15.8 million jury award for accident
Pleasant Hills officials adopt farm animal ban
Your Twin Boros (Oakmont, Verona)
Hulton Bridge to close this weekend