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Hero Franklin Regional security guard out of work

By Craig Smith
John Jay “Sarge” Resetar, the security guard hailed as a hero for helping to stop a stabbing attack at Franklin Regional High School, won’t be …

National Zoo celebrating panda’s first birthday

By The Associated Press 2:24 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The National Zoo in Washington is throwing a panda party. Saturday marks the first birthday of panda cub Bao Bao, and she’ll get …

Calif. family buries remains of veteran killed in 1952

By The Associated Press 2:21 p.m.
WHITTIER, Calif. — An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in California. The remains of Engolf Welton Hagen were laid to rest on …

Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser

By Luis Fábregas
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve probably watched more than 100 videos of actors, athletes, musicians and politicians doing the ALS …

Unusually cold winter, spring reduces population of Western Pa. stink bugs

By Alicia McElhaney
Western Pennsylvania residents will most likely get a reprieve from stink bugs this year, but it doesn’t mean they will be gone forever, experts say. …

Quarantine on dogs relocated from Fayette shelter likely to be lifted soon

By Bob Stiles
A quarantine imposed on dogs moved from a Fayette County SPCA shelter to Youngwood could be lifted as soon as next week, according to the president of Animal Friends of Westmoreland and a state agency spokeswoman. Candy Nelson, founder of …

State tries to improve its rollout of school profiles

By Megan Harris
Almost a year since the state bungled its disclosure of school performance profiles, Pennsylvania lacks an official release date for its latest batch, Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller said on Friday. “We’re thinking late September, but we won’t have …

Pennsylvania allots $681M for cloud-based data storage

By Melissa Daniels
As state government attempts to keep up with increasing demand for computer storage space, Pennsylvania will spend a projected $681 million to establish one of the largest cloud-based data systems among state governments. Pennsylvania this summer began a seven-year contract …

Review: Front Porch’s ‘Parade’ marches to obvious conclusion

By Alice T. Carter
Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade” is a musical I wish I could love. With themes of justice delayed and denied and the abundance …

Children’s Museum teaming up for Eric Carle exhibit

By Tribune-Review
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., have begun talks to produce a traveling exhibit centered around the works of the famed children’s author. Carle is the author and illustrator …

Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator

By Liz Hayes
Indiana Township police issued an unusual BOLO on Friday: They’d like residents to be on the lookout for an alligator. Sgt. Tim Michael said the alligator was spotted twice this month in the Rural Ridge neighborhood, most recently on Tuesday …