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VA sends patients to UPMC hospitals for timely care

By Luis Fábregas and Adam Smeltz
Hundreds of veterans in Western Pennsylvania are getting medical care at UPMC hospitals as the Department of Veterans Affairs tries to erase backlogs of patients waiting for attention. The VA, criticized for lengthy appointment wait times and scheduling flaws, said it gave veterans the option of scheduling visits with UPMC …

Arizona Uzi shooting that accidentally killed instructor ‘just stupid’

By Debra Erdley
A video of an Arizona firearms instructor shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl who lost control of an Uzi submachine gun set off an impassioned debate on Wednesday over youngsters and …

Poll shows Wolf’s lead over Corbett widening

By Melissa Daniels 10:44 a.m.
A summer of campaigning and advertising did little to revive Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s moribund popularity among Pennsylvania voters, the latest figures show. The results of a poll on Thursday from the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall …

Allegheny

Biden in Pittsburgh Thursday for fundraiser

By Tom Fontaine
Vice President Joe Biden is headlining a private fundraiser Thursday for the Democratic National Committee near Pittsburgh, a committee official said. The event will be at the Fox Chapel home of Douglas and Shelley Campbell. Tickets will range from $5,000 …

Westmoreland

Psychologist to evaluate Greensburg woman involved in Daugherty killing

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Greensburg woman who prosecutors said instigated the February 2010 torture slaying of a mentally disabled woman will be evaluated by a prosecution psychologist to …

Fayette

Dunbar continues clean-up efforts after flood

By Karl Polacek
Volunteers from Dunbar and surrounding communities are helping the residents of the small Fayette County town clean up after it suffered flooding for the second time in a little more …

Armstrong

Traffic from unofficial bridge detour worries Boyd Road residents in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
A crumbling road that is less than a half-mile long has been discovered by drivers as a way to get around a Hill Street bridge construction project in Manor. But …

Beaver

State police unable to determine source of fatal South Beaver explosion

By Bill Vidonic
The cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple will remain undetermined, a state fire marshal said on Tuesday. Ray Trautvetter, 74, and Janet Trautvetter, 69, died of blunt force trauma July 15 when their home was …

Butler

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in state prison. Butler County Judge William …

Indiana

Indiana County township ‘afraid for the water’ fights waste well

By David Conti
The residents of Grant Township barely outnumber the gas wells dotting strip-mined hills of their northern Indiana County community. Energy companies long have pulled resources from the 26 square miles …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity

By Chasity Capasso
Avonworth’s new two-story primary center for kindergarten through second grade opened Monday and is easing overcrowding in the growing school district. “Our elementary school was bursting at the seams,” Superintendent …

Pennsylvania

Poll shows Wolf’s lead over Corbett widening

By Melissa Daniels 10:44 a.m.
A summer of campaigning and advertising did little to revive Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s moribund popularity among Pennsylvania voters, the latest figures show. The results of a poll on Thursday from the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
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 …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Being fired fresh injury for guard
Seldom in the workforce is heroism apparent grounds for dismissal. That’s what makes John “Sarge” Resetar’s situation so confounding. After risking his life while dutifully …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Ex-policeman doted on kids, grandkids

By Tom Fontaine
After serving in the Navy and with Pittsburgh police, Robert Cicchino devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, family members said. “He always helped coaching sports when our sons …