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Legal titans prepared to tussle in Ferrante cyanide homicide trial

By Adam Brandolph
Lawyers defending a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of killing his wife may argue at his trial that dissimilar test results cannot prove she died of cyanide poisoning, court documents indicate. Robert Ferrante, 65, is charged with homicide in the death last year of Autumn Marie Klein, 41, a noted …

Hundreds mourn victims of McKeesport house fire at candlelight vigil

By Tory N. Parrish
The day after six people — including four children — died in a swift-moving house fire in McKeesport, hundreds of family members, friends and neighbors visited the house holding candles Sunday to …

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. Today, three …

Allegheny

Judge expected to sign sale order for August Wilson Center for African American Culture

By Natasha Lindstrom
A coalition of local foundations is expected to secure ownership of the debt-ridden August Wilson Center for African American Culture at a court auction on Monday. If all goes as planned, the $8.49 million judicial sale executed by Allegheny County …

Westmoreland

East Huntingdon man, 91, finds 2nd career as a woodworker

By Jacob Tierney
Thomas Springer says his second career as a woodworker is responsible for his long and healthy life. The 91-year-old East Huntingdon resident and World War …

Fayette

Connellsville honors the late Ralph Wombacker

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville honored a man who quietly put so much into projects, including the city’s bike trail through the city’s redevelopment authority, by revealing a memorial pavilion. Ralph Wombacker, former executive …

Armstrong

Volunteers answer call to duty at veteran’s center in Cowansville

By Brad Pedersen
Derrick Paco Littlejohn quietly watched a group of 75 Home Depot employees work Friday to fix up the Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center in Cowansville. Littlejohn, who served in the Army during …

Beaver

Harrisburg insider, newcomer battle over change in Pa.’s 46th Senate District

By Jason Cato
Democrat Sen. Tim Solobay points to funding from a new transportation bill paving the way for development in his Western Pennsylvania district. Republican challenger Camera Bartolotta views long-neglected, crumbling Cemetery …

Butler

Delay for Butler VA project prompts groans from American Legion

By Bill Vidonic
Work may not resume on an outpatient health center for the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare System until 2015, nearly two years after crews broke ground, an official said. For the 2.4 million-member American Legion, which has been critical of construction …

Indiana

Armagh artist gets posthumous showcase at Indiana museum

By Jeanette Wolff
Very few aficionados of American art have heard of Jacob Sweitzer, but the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County is hoping to change that with its latest museum exhibit. …

Somerset

Somerset priest accused of sexual abuse remains in detention

By Liz Zemba
A Somerset County priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy has assets of at least $1 million, it was revealed during an arraignment hearing Tuesday …

Washington

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. …

Education

Pennsylvania school performance scores stuck in limbo

By Megan Harris
Overdue school performance scores will remain in limbo through the end of the month pending verification from the state Department of Education, spokesman Tim Eller said. “We’re hopeful that the (profiles) will be released in the next few weeks,” Eller …

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg insider, newcomer battle over change in Pa.’s 46th Senate District

By Jason Cato
Democrat Sen. Tim Solobay points to funding from a new transportation bill paving the way for development in his Western Pennsylvania district. Republican challenger Camera Bartolotta views long-neglected, crumbling Cemetery …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - October 19, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
‘Soldier’s soldier’ Army Gen. Austin leads war on ISIS terrorists
For Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, re-engaging terrorists in Iraq now hits close to home. One of the first military leaders into Iraq in 2003, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Pennsylvania Supreme Court should get back to boring stuff
HARRISBURG (Exaggerated Press) – In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court today ruled that its members should devote less time to the dispersal …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

‘Lady Cop’ made protecting children her focus

By Tory N. Parrish
Margaret Wagner loved children, so it made sense for her to make a career of protecting them, her daughter said. Wagner spent 31 years working as a school crossing guard …