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More witness intimidation charges filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph 10:57 p.m.
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second time with contacting the teenager and intimidating her. And he used a school-issued laptop to do it, police said. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was arraigned before …

American Airlines manager arrested in Pittsburgh on sex crimes charges

By Megan Guza 10:57 p.m.
An American Airlines senior manager who was part of the company’s initial response on 9/11 was arrested in an undercover sting operation, accused of trying to meet a woman and her 10-year-old …

Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A proposed House-Senate bill to privatize state liquor sales was approved in committee Sunday, setting up a historic vote by the full Senate. The measure would lease the state’s wholesale …

Allegheny

More witness intimidation charges filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph 10:57 p.m.
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second time with contacting the teenager …

Armstrong

Apollo to contact owners of vacant properties, issue fines

By George Guido
Apollo is getting set to enforce its vacancy ordinance. The borough will send applications to owners of vacant structures this week. The mailing will include a review of the ordinance. Each owner of a vacant property must fill out an …

Beaver

Beaver County daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

By Jason Mackey
Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey …

Butler

Facebook page scuttles plans for Butler County fake tornado drill

By Tony Raap 11:12 p.m.
A Facebook page operated by a Butler County teenager caused confusion Monday among emergency officials, the National Weather Service and others when the page’s administrator said he would post a fake warning about a tornado as a way to conduct …

Fayette

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review 8:17 p.m.
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Indiana

Woman accidentally shot in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
A 22-year-old Indiana woman is expected to recover from an accidental shooting in her lower abdomen Saturday night in White Township, Indiana County, state police said. The victim, who was not identified by police, was shot with a .40 caliber …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review 8:17 p.m.
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals boost patient security

By Mary Pickels
Newly implemented technology and increased visitor security policies are among efforts two regional health care systems are utilizing in their patient care. Monongahela Valley Hospital is working to more securely register patients, while Uniontown Hospital is boosting safety measures for …

Westmoreland

Hempfield dentist-turned-missionary-turned-author offers advice for youths

By Jacob Tierney
First he was a dentist, then he was a missionary, now he’s an author. Hempfield resident Ron Dingee recently self-published his third book, and it’s ...

Education

Pension obligations take toll on school districts

By Debra Erdley
Though Lynna Thomas has nothing but praise for the Greensburg Salem schools, she’s worried. The mother of two from Greensburg is concerned that the school district’s decision to eliminate a pair of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and boost class sizes …

Pennsylvania

Supreme Court justices ream EPA for ignoring costs to meet air standards

By David Conti 11:00 p.m.
The Supreme Court’s rejection Monday of the process federal regulators used to write mercury pollution rules for the power industry won’t revive coal-fired plants that closed, but it raises questions …

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Monday - June 29, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: It’s time to reinvent view from Mt. Washington with Ferris wheel
Pittsburgh needs to think big, think bold, and most importantly, think tall. Perhaps 10 stories tall. The city should simultaneously embrace its inventive heritage and …

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Obituaries

Tax collector valued civic service, travel, Steelers

By Tony Raap
The doorbell rang one Thanksgiving Day. Ed Gazda, who served as Delmont’s tax collector for 20 years, opened the door. Someone came to pay taxes. “He welcomed them in,” said …