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Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust him without pay for transmitting pornographic emails, a McCaffery spokesman said Tuesday. The action a day earlier against McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer and …

Hundreds mourn Pittsburgh trash collector killed by gunfire

By Bob Bauder
Omar Hodges had no enemies, said close friends and co-workers who attended his funeral Tuesday. They find it inexplicable that someone fatally shot the Pittsburgh garbage collector in Carrick on Oct. 13 …

12 selected for jury in Ferrante cyanide-poisoning trial

By Adam Brandolph 10:54 a.m.
A legislative assistant for a local state representative, the manager of a convenience store in Ross and a groundskeeper for a church and school are among the 12 Allegheny County jurors who …

Allegheny

Allegheny County committee to hear about Ebola readiness

By Tribune-Review
The Allegheny County Council Public Safety Committee plans to meet Thursday to hear about the county’s readiness to handle Ebola. There have been no reported cases of the Ebola virus in Allegheny County or Pennsylvania. Councilman Jim Ellenbogen, D-Banksville, chair …

Westmoreland

Second phase of Westmoreland Airpark in Unity opens

By Joe Napsha
The second phase of the industrial park near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity is ready to be marketed by Westmoreland County officials who hope …

Fayette

Pa. candidates address equal rights, economic equity in Connellsville

By Cindy Ekas
Pennsylvania House and Senate candidates addressed issues ranging from equal rights to economic equity Tuesday during a candidates night, hosted by the Connellsville Business and Professional Women’s Club at the …

Armstrong

Lenape Tech opening center for adult training Thursday in Manor

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical School in Manor on Thursday will open its nearly $2 million adult education center that has been under construction for a year. The NexTier Bank Adult Education Center …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris 10:54 a.m.
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her third departure from an administrative …

Indiana

Attorney: Indiana County suspect not fit for trial in fatal Derry shooting

By Rich Cholodofsky
The attorney for an Indiana County man accused of invading the Derry home of his estranged girlfriend to shoot her as she watched television said Tuesday that the suspect is …

Somerset

Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …

Washington

Wanted sex offender caught hiding in homemade fort in Burgettstown

By The Associated Press 10:50 a.m.
A convicted sex offender wanted on charges he molested a 3-year-old girl in West Virginia has been found hiding in a homemade fort in the Pennsylvania woods. U.S. marshals helped local police and the sheriff’s office in Brook County, W.Va., …

Education

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris 10:54 a.m.
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her third departure from an administrative …

Pennsylvania

Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust him without pay for transmitting …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - October 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom 9:18 a.m.
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an …