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McCandless woman 1st in region with implant aimed at halting seizures

By Ben Schmitt
Each night before bed, Georgette Nichols brushes her teeth, washes her face and holds an electronic wand to her head to download brain wave activity from a computer chip embedded in her skull. “No big deal,” Nichols, 46, of McCandless said with a laugh. “We all have our daily routines. …

Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site

By David Conti
Driving south on Route 18 from the Beaver Valley Expressway, it’s hard to believe Royal Dutch Shell isn’t building something on the land it bought in Beaver County. For nearly a mile, …

Roman Catholic Church in midst of culture clash over gays

By Natasha Lindstrom
Once a month in an undisclosed Western Pennsylvania location, two to eight people meet with the Rev. Paul Zywan to pray, reflect and discuss a struggle they share: They are devout Catholics …

Allegheny

Author of Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its effects in Carnegie

By Bill Zlatos
Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, surveyed the scene Saturday at Webb Park in Carnegie with a sense of satisfaction. More than 200 adults with disabilities, their …

Armstrong

Armstrong escapee caught; murder charges pending

By Brad Pedersen
Suspected killer Robert Edward Crissman Jr. was captured Friday morning, a little more than 24 hours after he escaped from the Armstrong County Jail. Police caught Crissman at 8:40 a.m., …

Beaver

Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site

By David Conti
Driving south on Route 18 from the Beaver Valley Expressway, it’s hard to believe Royal Dutch Shell isn’t building something on the land it bought in Beaver County. For nearly …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Fayette Children and Youth Services to expand offices

By Karl Polacek
Fayette County Children and Youth Services is running out of space for its growing staff and will expand the present building at 130 Old New Salem Road in Uniontown. On …

Indiana

Indiana County to revise some property reassessment notices

By Greg Reinbold
Despite vocal criticism and protest movements opposing Indiana County’s first county-wide property reassessment in 47 years, the firm responsible for conducting the reassessment has had relatively few property owners schedule informal reviews to address factual errors on assessment notices distributed …

Somerset

Woman charged with assaulting cops in wild Pittsburgh dispute

By Michael Hasch
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a Somerset County woman accused of kicking, biting and scratching her boyfriend and several Pittsburgh police officers during what court papers describe as a drunken domestic dispute following a concert in the Strip …

Washington

Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past

By Chris Buckley
Monongahela’s rich history predates the nation. Now visitors can learn about the city’s past by using futuristic technology. The Monongahela Area Historical Society designed a walking tour that uses a …

Westmoreland

Red Onion reunion possibly the last for Hempfield coal mining village

By Joe Napsha
For 38 years, current and former residents of Red Onion — the nickname for the Hempfield coal mining village of Haydenville — gathered to reminisce ...

Education

College Board alternative pushed

By Jason Cato
A more conservative option to the College Board’s Advanced Placement high school courses soon could be available, a Pittsburgh native and right-leaning scholar told the Tribune-Review. “Within a year to two years — hopefully, sooner rather than later,” said Stanley …

Pennsylvania

Fallout from child protection law felt in Pa. churches, libraries, fields

By Craig Smith
Soon after the Diocese of Greensburg started mandating that volunteers have criminal background checks and child abuse clearances, the number of people donating their time to be cooks, eucharistic ministers, …

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Saturday - Aug. 1, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times
For the first time in decades, Jimmy Roach gets to enjoy sleeping in every day. The legendary Pittsburgh disc jockey likes it so much that …

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Obituaries

Shaler dad’s work, home life set example for family

By Katherine Schaeffer
Laurie Mushinsky remembers buying her first Schwinn bicycle as a kid growing up in Shaler. Her father, Jack Burkhart, loaned her the money on one condition: that she use the …