Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
On the “Watch List”: The Westmoreland County Prison Board. Bunking inmates in the women's gym this month and warnings from Warden John Walton last month that the prison was nearing capacity should prompt a plan on how the county intends to handle the prison's “fit.” This has been a recurring issue. Putting cots in a gym doesn't sound like much of a plan.
Laurel: To The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. A ground-breaking ceremony Friday marks the start of a major expansion that will include a new wing to be built on the North Maple Avenue side of the building. It's part of an ambitious $38 million campaign, for which $17.6 million already has been raised or pledged.
Laurel: To organizers of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. The annual bonanza of arts and crafts (and food) at Twin Lakes Park did not disappoint with its many demonstrations, displays and public performances. Organizers put the crowd estimate at 150,000 — which shows that despite the weather's vagaries, this outdoor fest is as popular as ever.
Lance: To challenged motorists. When the skies opened up early Wednesday and dumped a monsoon on Greater Pittsburgh, some motorists thought they could plow through the floodwaters. They learned the hard way. Driving through floodwaters never is smart.
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