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Pittsburgh police deliver 2,500 Thanksgiving meals through program

By Natasha Lindstrom
The two 70-somethings had family to see and places to be on Thanksgiving Day, but they knew a majority of their neighbors did not. So shortly before noon Thursday, the sprightly pair happily greeted the group of police officers and volunteers lugging boxes of turkey meals into Sweetbriar Place, a …

Carrick crime ‘blitz’ shows early signs of success

By Tony Raap
Jack Creighton watched from behind the counter of his hardware store in Carrick as drug dealers sold heroin and cocaine across the street. The business has been in his family for 96 …

Pittsburgh nonprofit 412 Food Rescue takes surplus food to needy

By Natasha Lindstrom
Strip District-based caterer Jean Ross tries her best to predict precisely how much food she needs to feed each client’s guests. For years, when she’s had the time, she drives edible leftovers …


Humane Society lifts quarantine on dogs at North Side shelter

By Brian Bowling
The Western PA Humane Society Thursday lifted a quarantine that started Nov. 6 when a stray it had taken in was diagnosed with parvovirus, said Mary Withrow, director of the North Side animal shelter. The outbreak killed six dogs, and …


Thanksgiving meal offers Ford City students a chance to learn

By Brigid Beatty
Students at Divine Redeemer School in Ford City dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans to give thanks Wednesday during a shared meal in their school cafeteria. The students ate food …


Blackhawk senior raises money with T-shirt drive in aftermath of Paris attacks

By Rick Wills
Noah Sims planned to go out with friends that Friday night. Instead, the Blackhawk High School student stayed at home and watched the grim Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris …


South Butler students push composting as a way to slow food waste

By Jodi Weigand
When a group of South Butler Intermediate Elementary fifth-graders discovered that tons of food end up in landfills every year, they decided they didn’t want their school to be part …


Covenant Community Ministries unites 4 churches in Western Pa.

By Marilyn Forbes
The Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church announced the formation of Covenant Community Ministries. Covenant Community Ministries is the combination of four local churches, including Greenwood United Methodist …


Indiana County tentative budget holds line on taxes

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County’s commissioners approved a tentative 2016 budget that holds the property tax rate steady steady at 37.4 mills, with 7.4 mills of the total tabbed for debt service. The general fund budget totals $33,959,786 in expenditures, offset by an …


Alpine touring skiing movement faces uphill climb in Western Pa.

By Aaron Aupperlee
Skiing uphill might not make sense to the uninitiated at first. People opt to fight gravity and slipping to trudge uphill when chairlifts whisk other skiers and snowboarders to the …


Century Inn owner hopes to reopen Washington County landmark, gutted by fire, by end of next year

By Jason Cato
Thanksgiving passed quietly for the first time since the Century Inn opened 221 years ago. Christmas will come and go at the historic Washington County property without the normal joy …


School lunch group hopes to revise rules it calls impractical, too restrictive

By Mary Pickels
On a recent school day, Belle Vernon Area High School students picked up lunch trays featuring ziti, breadsticks, a tossed salad, fruit and milk. No chips. No ...


School lunch group hopes to revise rules it calls impractical, too restrictive

By Mary Pickels
On a recent school day, Belle Vernon Area High School students picked up lunch trays featuring ziti, breadsticks, a tossed salad, fruit and milk. No chips. No cookies. For the …


Legislators, Wolf agree on one thing: Higher work zone fines

By Melissa Daniels
Despite the discord that dominates state budget negotiations between Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature, lawmakers in Harrisburg made a nearly unanimous decision to impose extra fines and penalties on drivers who injure highway workers or law enforcement officers …

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Thursday - Nov. 26, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Kitchen a cornucopia of germs at Thanksgiving
Every time I cut raw chicken in the kitchen, my wife gets a little bit freaked out. She instructs me to remove anything and everything …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
The gender card is a loser for Democrats
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Not foreign to us: Lawmakers don’t stay focused on state problems
The criticism is difficult to fathom. State lawmakers are taking heat for momentarily stepping away from the 5-month-old stalemate with intractable Gov. Tom Wolf over …

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Family-oriented mom treated each day as special

By Kari Andren
Cass Whalen just missed her 100th Thanksgiving, but generations of her descendants still gathered at her home Thursday for dinner. It was only fitting to spend Thanksgiving at the cozy, three-bedroom home on a corner lot in North Irwin that …