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Pittsburgh City Council approves ordinance requiring paid sick leave

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council on Monday approved a union-backed ordinance requiring city employers to give employees paid sick leave, despite a Law Department warning that it could be struck down in court. Business owners have promised to file a lawsuit challenging the legislation as an example of legislative overreach that would …

Doctors to be given star ratings on UPMC site

By Ben Schmitt
Out there in cyberspace, consumers review restaurants, movies, hotels, products and businesses. Now UPMC is jumping into the online ratings sphere by sharing patient ratings and comments about its health care providers. …

Technology helps VA Pittsburgh expand ability to serve veterans

By Ben Schmitt
A daylong shift of videoconferencing with veterans in various states can get a bit disorienting for Dr. Sudeep Chakravorty — but in a good way. “I can practically move virtually from here in Pittsburgh to West Virginia to Philadelphia to …

Allegheny

Broken water main causes sinkhole that swallows truck in Overbrook

By Tony Raap  and Matthew Santoni
Water gushed from a ruptured 30-inch water main in Overbrook with such force that it smashed the hood and driver’s side door of resident Carl Baumgart’s truck Monday. Within a …

Armstrong

Large crowd mourns Rayburn woman allegedly killed by escapee

By Brad Pedersen
More than 100 people gathered Monday at a Kittanning funeral home to mourn the Rayburn Township woman who was murdered Thursday after an inmate escaped from the Armstrong County Jail. …

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

Bike Fest returns to Yough Park

By Linda Harkcom
On Saturday, the Unity of Connellsville, a center for spiritual growth, and Project Talent Theatre Workshops will host Bike Fest 2015 at Yough Park in Connellsville. “It is a follow-up for Unity of Connellsville’s Bike4kids community service program, plus we …

Indiana

Greensburg’s Polymer Enterprises is finding success in specialty tire market

By David Conti
At Pennsylvania’s last manufacturer of air-filled tires, lasers and computers help guide the placement of layers of rubber and other materials on machinery. Human hands do the layering, though. The …

Somerset

Somerset inmate serving life sentence for brutal murder dies

By Tribune-Review
An inmate at the state prison in Somerset County who was serving a life sentence for cutting off the head of a man during a 1987 robbery in Reading died of natural causes Friday afternoon at Somerset Hospital, state police …

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

Hempfield Area considers renovations at high school

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area school directors are mulling the possibility of forgoing a planned security update to the high school entrance for a bigger project: a renovation ...

Education

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …

Pennsylvania

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89

By Brad Bumsted and Salena Zito
NORRISTOWN — Former U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican who became Ronald Reagan’s surprise pick for vice president in his unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Aug. 3, 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
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker dies at 89
NORRISTOWN — Former U.S. Sen. Richard S. Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal Republican who became Ronald Reagan’s surprise pick for vice president in his unsuccessful …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fire station fixture beloved in Brookline to get community tribute
He doesn’t sleep there. He does his laundry elsewhere. But if home is where the heart is, there’s little doubt that “Brother George” Gilfoyle long …

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Obituaries

Veteran shared wealth of WWII information

By Tony Raap
Some World War II veterans never talk about the war. The memories are too painful. “Not my father,” said Kathleen Collins of Fox Chapel. “He lived and breathed it.” John …