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Report recommends mandatory standards for libraries

By Bill Zlatos 1:17 p.m.
A city-county task force has recommended mandatory standards for library services in Allegheny County, officials announced Tuesday. The recommendation came from the County-City Library Service Panel chaired by Frederick Thieman, president of the Buhl Foundation. The group has been working for seven months on a vision for library service in Allegheny County for the 21st century. The panel, comprising representatives of the boards of the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, held …

Multimillion-dollar renovations to remake 1960s Pittsburgh apartments

By Sam Spatter 1:28 p.m.
Two of Pittsburgh’s major apartment complexes built in the 1960s are undergoing multimillion-dollar renovations by their new owner, Faros Properties of New York. The Washington Plaza in the Hill District, with 398 units, is being renamed City View Apartments. The …

Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police

By Adam Brandolph
Staff and administrators at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic routinely failed to alert police about patient-on-patient assaults or failed to cooperate with criminal investigations, an Allegheny County grand jury concluded. A 59-page …

Allegheny

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder 2:22 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city dropped its legal challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status because it became a “roadblock” in negotiating a financial commitment from nonprofits to help pay for city services. Peduto, who has said he …

Westmoreland

Police: Westmoreland women stole thousands to pay for dog show hobby

By Paul Peirce 11:23 a.m.
Two women are accused of draining thousands of dollars from the life savings of two elderly Derry Township sisters since 2012 to pay expenses related …

Fayette

2 killed in East Huntingdon crash

By Mark Hofmann
A father and son died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision in East Huntingdon early Tuesday morning. A representative from the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the victims of …

Armstrong

Heavy rains pour through Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A lightning show and heavy rains on Sunday kept residents and emergency responders in Armstrong County busy into Monday morning dealing with minor floods and about a dozen downed trees and power wires. “I heard it pouring pretty hard last …

Beaver

Acquitted Beaver County sheriff shifts attention to campaign

By Bill Vidonic
Fresh off an acquittal in a criminal case that dogged him for more than two years, Beaver County Sheriff George David said he’s focusing on his re-election campaign. “I think I gained more support,” David, 67, of Hopewell said of …

Butler

Butler Co. Community College receives $1 million gift for library renovation, expansion

By Rick Wills 12:07 p.m.
Butler County Community College accepted a $1 million gift Tuesday from a local real estate developer that will be used to renovate the school’s 40-year-old library. The gift from Robert Heaton, 85, who owns RHGL Inc., a real estate firm …

Indiana

Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

By Tribune-Review 11:15 a.m.
A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials. The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in …

Somerset

Injured eagle in Somerset County returns to the wild

By Jacob Tierney
The golden eagle scurried out of its small carrying pen, skittering across the grass and clover field in Somerset County for a few seconds before pumping its powerful wings and …

Washington

Charleroi mother charged with abusing boy, 3

By Tribune-Review
The mother of a 3-year-old Washington County boy who was hospitalized on July 3 for multiple bruises and burn marks on his stomach and leg has been charged with abusing the child. Shyann M. Sanpietro, 24, of Charleroi was charged …

Education

Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy

By Greg Reinbold
After searching the Pittsburgh area for courses to help his son, Jay, prepare for the SATs and failing to find a program that met his standards, Jesse Lee started his …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania working to correct upgrade to welfare benefit applications

By Richard Gazarik 12:10 p.m.
Pennsylvania is one of nearly a dozen states working to correct problems stemming from a federally mandated computer upgrade that now allows online applications for welfare benefits. The upgrades — which welfare caseworkers say open the door to fraud and …

Photo Gallery

Monday - July 28, 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
Playing at judge, Goodell drops ball in Ray Rice case
LOS ANGELES (Exaggerated Press) — A reality TV show featuring National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be an integral part of Fox’s fall programming …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Family man shared musical gift in theater, church

By Corinne Kennedy
Whether it was soccer games in New Mexico or family reunions in South Carolina, there was no place William Stringert wouldn’t go to see and support his family, son Bill …