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Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark …

‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ turns Consol into prehistoric den

By Kellie B. Gormly
“Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” made its colossal, Jurassic bow at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night with about as realistic a portrayal of giant, live dinosaurs as modern special effects can produce. The show — which lasts just …

Vanaski: Rocco deserves same respect human officer would receive

By Nafari Vanaski
In the battle of Toms for governor,incumbent Republican Tom Corbett’s stances on issues such as education reform, Marcellus shale drilling and taxes have made his first term something of a bumpy ride. In fact, Democratic challenger Tom Wolf is leading …

Temple dumps SAT, ACT scores from application process

By Debra Erdley
College-bound students with test phobias might want to take a second look at Temple University. The Philadelphia school will become the first public research university in the Northeast to drop the requirement that applicants submit an SAT or ACT score, …

IRS calls right-wing Republicans ‘crazies’ in emails

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A former Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in emails released on Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that …

DVD reviews: ‘Noah,’ ‘Twin Peaks — The Entire Mystery,’ and ‘The Other Woman’

By Garrett Conti
“Noah” (2014, PG-13, 137 min., $29.99) Director Darren Aronofsky is synonymous with independent films, but he makes the foray into blockbusters with this huge film …

Layoffs possible at 5 state system schools, including Edinboro, Clarion

By Rachel Farkas
Faculty layoffs are possible at five state universities as part of reorganization or closure of programs, state system officials said on Wednesday. Edinboro, Mansfield, Cheyney and East Stroudsburg universities sent written notification to faculty union leaders of possible layoffs, said …

Takei to host Pittsburgh Pops ‘Sci-Fi’ concerts

By Tribune-Review
The crew for the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops’ “Sci-Fi Spectacular” concerts in November has picked up a host with just the right qualifications — George Takei. …

Emailed notice for federal jury duty a hoax

By Brian Bowling
If people in Western Pennsylvania get an official-looking email telling them they’ve been summoned to federal jury duty, it’s a hoax, a federal court official said Wednesday. Though her office sometimes communicates with prospective jurors by email, that happens only …

Meet the new Miley

By Tribune-Review
When pop princess Miley Cyrus brings her controversial “Bangerz” tour to Consol Energy Center on Aug. 4, concertgoers will see a very different performer than the “Hannah Montana” show in 2008 at Mellon Arena. At that last concert, Cyrus, now …

1 person dead in fire in Pleasant Hills

By Stephanie Hacke and Michael Hasch
One person died in a fire that erupted inside an apartment complex at 117 Curry Hollow Road shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pleasant Hills fire …