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Foreigners, desperate and able to pay for transplants, find hope in U.S.

By Luis Fábregas
More than 200 international patients receive organ transplants in the United States every year, paying top dollar for access to the nation’s limited supply of organs. Foreign patients compete for organs from deceased donors that would go to the 123,000 citizens awaiting transplants, roughly 6,300 of whom die each year …

Unprepared law firms vulnerable to hackers

By Andrew Conte
Computer hackers are targeting top international law firms, including Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates, to steal intellectual property data and trade secrets, the Tribune-Review found. Cyber criminals stepped up attacks against lawyers to get …

Experts say economic edge at stake with R&D tax credits

By John D. Oravecz
America stands to lose its edge with corporate research and development — and accompanying jobs — to countries that offer companies robust, permanent incentives to conduct innovation projects, experts warn. Advocates of …

Allegheny

Families receive POW updates at Green Tree meeting

By Melissa Daniels
Charles Dinan has spent the past 45 years waiting to bury his brother. In March 1969, enemy fire shot down Air Force Lt. David T. Dinan III and his F-105D …

Westmoreland

Scottdale Fall Festival marks 40th year

By Marilyn Forbes
The quiet streets of Scottdale will soon come alive once again with entertainment and fun activities as the annual Scottdale Fall Festival comes to town, …

Fayette

Plans being finalized for the Gayle Music Festival in Connellsville

By Linda Harkcom
A desire to bring music back to East Park and honor a Connellsville woman who made teaching music her life has given birth to the Gayle Music Festival. This one-day …

Armstrong

DEP to probe use of Ford City water plant grant

By Julie E. Martin
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether Ford City is spending a $467,000 grant properly. Interim borough manager Eden Ratliff reported this week that on Aug. 12, two DEP investigators showed up at the borough offices requesting documents …

Beaver

Ambridge junior ROTC instructor faces more charges

By Margaret Harding
Ambridge police filed new charges against a junior ROTC instructor accused of drunkenly arguing with a school board president. Carl Curtis, 48, of Economy faces a misdemeanor count of endangering …

Butler

New BC3 classes prepare students for energy industry jobs

By Rick Wills
Butler County Community College is adding four energy classes to its curriculum this fall, part of a strategy to prepare students for employment in the booming natural gas industry. The …

Indiana

Indiana County man dies in overnight car crash

By Bob Stiles
An Indiana County man died early Saturday morning after he lost control of his car and was ejected, state police at Indiana said. Chad Adamsky, 27, of Vintondale died shortly after midnight in the accident on Shortcut Road in Buffington, …

Somerset

Somerset County man, 80, pleads guilty to stalking former witness

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County man has pleaded guilty to stalking a woman who testified against him in the killing of his second wife after just three weeks of marriage. State police charged William McTonic, 80, of Jerome, with driving past the …

Washington

Body found near Washington County Courthouse

By Tribune-Review 8:57 p.m.
A Washington County 911 worker found a body in the plaza atop the parking garage at Court House Square in Washington on Sunday evening, and the county coroner suspected the victim died of an overdose. The 33-year-old victim was declared …

Education

Plum School District plans early dismissals on teacher paydays

By Karen Zapf
Starting next week, students in Plum School District will go home an hour early on teacher paydays to accommodate a contract that allows teachers to leave early — though typically they do not. While negotiations continue, the district scheduled one-hour …

Pennsylvania

$50K reward offered for tips on Pennsylvania trooper’s slaying

By The Associated Press 10:24 p.m.
BLOOMING GROVE — Investigators on Sunday returned to search the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, one fatally, in a shooting. Troopers set up a checkpoint near the site where they were stopping motorists …

Photo Gallery

Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces

MENTOR, Ohio — Sheila Consaul’s front yard is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio. Her walkway is a stone jetty that extends a half-mile into Lake Erie. Her front …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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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
Tipping really isn’t RB’s field
They aren’t just batterers, they’re also cheapskates. It’s not fair to paint an entire group of athletes with such a broad brush. Still, anyone monitoring …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Obituaries

Entrepreneur’s drive, attitude led to full life

By Rick Wills
In 1971, John Wagner sold 70 paper shredding machines. In 1973, he sold 400. “That was all from Watergate. People became concerned about documents after Watergate,” said Mr. Wagner’s son, …