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Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, which it does, finally, but it has an important revenue projection attached to it,” Turzai said. For the past several …

Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show

By Matthew Santoni
The viewing party for Sunday’s episode of “Undercover Boss” erupted in laughter when Mayor Bill Peduto appeared in disguise as “Ed,” a Kentucky native allegedly trying on jobs for a reality show. …

Pittsburgh police doubling up on duty after potential threats

By Matthew Santoni  and Margaret Harding 11:01 p.m.
Pittsburgh police officers will work two to a patrol car this week in response to potential threats and the shooting of two officers in New York, authorities said. Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya …


Allegheny Health Network announces collaboration with Johns Hopkins

By Adam Smeltz 10:51 p.m.
The seven-hospital Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore are broadening their collaboration with an expansive 10-year agreement to cooperate on research, group purchasing contracts and some patient care, among other clinical partnerships, the organizations announced Monday. North …


Project to tear down former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital on schedule, Excela says

By Tribune-Review
Demolition work at the  former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital is wrapping up. “We are about at the end of what we are able to do,” said ...


South Connellsville man charged with stabbing father

By Karl Polacek
A 20-year-old South Connellsville man has been charged with stabbing his father with a folding pocket knife during an incident at their West Painter Street home early Monday morning. South Connellsville police charged Matthew Taylor Sanner of 107 W. Painter …


Inflatables bring joy to North Buffalo child’s world

By Brigid Beatty
Giant inflatable snowmen, Santas, penguins and polar bears crowd the front yard and porch of a North Buffalo home — but they are small when compared to the level of …


Economy police release sketch of woman whose embalmed head was found in wooded area

By Bill Vidonic 10:51 p.m.
She’s white, believed to be at least 50 with soft, whitish-gray hair, and with a full set of teeth. Beyond that, investigators cannot say who she is or who apparently …


Butler County COG, Humane Society aim to control cat population

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler County Council of Governments and the county Humane Society will pursue a grant that would allow the latter to develop a countywide program to catch, spay or neuter …


Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 …


Somerset woman killed in crash

By Tribune-Review
A 22-year-old Somerset woman died Sunday of injuries she sustained Saturday night when she was ejected from her Volkswagen Jetta on Route 219 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, state police said. The victim, Kelsy R. Peters, was pronounced dead at …


Police arrest 4 juveniles allegedly connected to anonymous online school threat

By Megan Harris 10:24 p.m.
State police Monday charged four boys accused of making anonymous online threats against their Washington County classmates. All four are students in the Trinity Area School District, state police Trooper Matthew Jardine said. Trinity Area announced that state police detained …


Mars Area School District contends it was right to expel student with behavioral problems

By Brian Bowling 10:24 p.m.
A state hearing officer made the wrong decision in an expulsion case involving a 7-year-old former student, Mars Area School District claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The boy and his parent have a pending federal lawsuit against the …


Poconos-area man who helped subdue gunman among Carnegie Heroes

By The Associated Press 10:35 p.m.
The parks director of a northeast Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund …

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Monday - Dec. 22, 2014

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Blues-rock singer Joe Cocker dead at 70

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by …