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Allegheny County councilwoman Danko dies at 61

By Aaron Aupperlee 12:09 a.m.
Barbara Daly Danko, an Allegheny County councilwoman who stuck to what she thought was right, even if it wasn’t popular, died Wednesday, her family said. Danko, 61, was surrounded by her family in her Regent Square home when she died of a cancer-related illness. “She was a person of integrity …

Ligonier remains a community in shock from death of officer

By Paul Peirce  and Nicole Chynoweth 12:25 a.m.
Across a stunned community, flags flew at half-staff, commercial signs posted messages to late Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary, and purple and black bunting draped over his firefighting gear at a …

Ruff Ride honors fallen K-9 Rocco by starting trip to D.C. in Pittsburgh

By Megan Guza 12:24 a.m.
Three police officers put bicycle wheels to the ground in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to honor fallen K-9 officers across the country, and dozens more are expected to join them over the next …

Allegheny

Allegheny County councilwoman Danko dies at 61

By Aaron Aupperlee 12:09 a.m.
Barbara Daly Danko, an Allegheny County councilwoman who stuck to what she thought was right, even if it wasn’t popular, died Wednesday, her family said. Danko, 61, was surrounded by …

Armstrong

Manor students thank first responders with free oil changes

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical School’s automotive students thanked emergency crews with free oil changes in their personal vehicles Tuesday. “The kids really took well to this project and were really proud to …

Beaver

Most welcome, but some question plans for Beaver County cracker plant

By The Associated Press
A proposal by Shell Chemical to build a petrochemical plant in Beaver County drew praise from those who say it will boost the region’s economy, and criticism from those who fear it will harm the environment, despite assurances from the …

Butler

Butler Area board approves consolidation; 5 schools to close

By Rick Wills
Despite months of protests and a campaign for school board filled with opponents of school consolidation, Butler Area School school directors Wednesday voted to close five of the district’s 11 elementary schools. Board members voted 7-2 during a contentious meeting …

Fayette

Suspect in killing of Connellsville teen changed story

By Liz Zemba 12:25 a.m.
A Philadelphia man who initially told police he accidentally shot a Connellsville student-athlete later gave a second account in which he said the teenager shot himself while playing Russian roulette, according to a recorded statement given to police. Hasani Simpkins, …

Indiana

IUP student charged in 2 rapes

By Mary Pickels 12:01 a.m.
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student was charged Monday in connection with two rapes last weekend. Borough police charged Jose Antonio Aponte Jr., 22, of Philadelphia with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. He was arraigned before …

Somerset

Dog fatally stabbed in Somerset break-in

By Mary Pickels 12:01 a.m.
Somerset Borough Police are investigating a burglary Tuesday in which a dog was severely injured and had to be euthanized. Police Chief Randy Cox said officers responded to a burglary at an upstairs apartment on Cannell Drive around 5:45 p.m. …

Washington

Teen killed when car strikes Monongahela building

By Chris Buckley
One person died early Tuesday after crashing his vehicle into a building in the Black Diamond section of Monongahela. Robert Kovalcik, 18, was pronounced dead 2:45 a.m. Tuesday at Monongahela …

Westmoreland

Ligonier remains a community in shock from death of officer

By Paul Peirce  and Nicole Chynoweth 12:25 a.m.
Across a stunned community, flags flew at half-staff, commercial signs posted messages to late Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary, and purple and black bunting ...

Education

Butler Area board approves consolidation; 5 schools to close

By Rick Wills
Despite months of protests and a campaign for school board filled with opponents of school consolidation, Butler Area School school directors Wednesday voted to close five of the district’s 11 elementary schools. Board members voted 7-2 during a contentious meeting …

Pennsylvania

Report: Drug overdoses kill at least seven Pennsylvanians each day

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — At least seven Pennsylvanians die each day from drug-related causes, a report released Wednesday shows. Overall, there were 2,489 drug-related deaths statewide in 2014, said the report by …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - May 6, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
What’s in a name? A Pittsburgh connection to Britain’s new princess
Like Kevin Bacon and the six degrees of separation, there always seems to be a Pittsburgh connection to world events — even the naming of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fans defend last vestige of Monroeville Mall’s zombie epidemic
Seldom does a minor mall renovation attract international attention. But the removal of a Monroeville Mall footbridge, a minor footnote in Western Pennsylvania’s rich cinematic …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

Allegheny County councilwoman Danko dies at 61

By Aaron Aupperlee 12:09 a.m.
Barbara Daly Danko, an Allegheny County councilwoman who stuck to what she thought was right, even if it wasn’t popular, died Wednesday, her family said. Danko, 61, was surrounded by …