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Judge lifts order blocking racy state emails

By Brad Bumsted and Melissa Daniels 1:15 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A judge lifted his order preventing the release of sexually explicit emails allegedly sent within the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, court records show. The decision to release the emails now rests with Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office, which is considering whether to do so as requested by the …

Judge denies request to lift gag order in Ford case

By Adam Brandolph 3:36 p.m.
An Allegheny County judge on Friday denied a motion Leon Ford’s attorney filed seeking to lift a gag order in the case. Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen did not provide a …

Pittsburgh motorists get fewer parking tickets, paying more at meters

By Bob Bauder
The number of parking tickets the Pittsburgh Parking Authority issued plunged by about 15 percent this year compared to this time in 2013, a decrease that Executive Director David Onorato attributed to …

Allegheny

Judge denies request to lift gag order in Ford case

By Adam Brandolph 3:36 p.m.
An Allegheny County judge on Friday denied a motion Leon Ford’s attorney filed seeking to lift a gag order in the case. Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen did not …

Westmoreland

Stewartsville principal’s comments taken out of context, district claims

By Richard Gazarik
Attorneys for Norwin School District and an elementary school principal, accused in a lawsuit of intimidating and threatening a now-retired janitor, said the former employee …

Fayette

Man dies as fire destroys Lemont Furnace home

By Mary Pickels 3:21 p.m.
State police have identified the victim of a fire in North Union as Randy Shipley Sr., 60. Shipley died Friday morning in a fast-moving fire that started in the kitchen of a one-story home along Crum Street in Lemont Furnace. …

Armstrong

2 men charged in $1M arson at Brush Valley business

By Jacob Tierney
Two men are accused of starting a fire in a Brush Valley business that caused more than $1 million in damage. Stepbrothers Tyler Hill, 18, of Homer City and Gage Darney, 20, of Kittanning each were charged with two counts …

Beaver

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled off a narrow Beaver County …

Butler

State police: Charges not expected in ATV wreck that killed 4-year-old boy

By Rick Wills
Police said they do not expect the district attorney to file charges in the death of a 4-year-old Butler County boy killed while driving an all-terrain vehicle. Colbee Lovich died Monday at Children’s Hospital of UPMC from blunt force trauma …

Indiana

Police, firefighters locate missing Homer City boy

By Tribune-Review 12:07 p.m.
Multiple fire departments and police were summoned this morning to Homer City in Indiana County to assist in a search for a 9-year-old autistic boy. He was reportedly found at 9:35 a.m. According to dispatch reports, the search began just …

Somerset

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Washington

Range Resources to pay $4.15M fine, close old gas drilling impoundments

By David Conti 3:36 p.m.
Range Resources Corp. will pay the largest state fine levied against a Pennsylvania shale gas driller and close five drilling wastewater impoundments in Washington County because of leaks into soil …

Education

Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes

By Megha Satyanarayana
Roseann Casciato was expecting a speaker to talk to her math class about jobs on Thursday. The speaker, Kamal Nigam, an engineer at Google, showed up at Taylor Allderdice High …

Pennsylvania

Judge lifts order blocking racy state emails

By Brad Bumsted and Melissa Daniels 1:15 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A judge lifted his order preventing the release of sexually explicit emails allegedly sent within the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, court records show. The decision to release the …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Sept. 18, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Count fun on Penn Avenue bike lanes
If the new Penn Avenue bike lanes were human, their loneliness probably would compel them to seek companionship on Internet dating sites. Two weeks ago, …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Swimmer pursued medals, education with vigor

By Craig Smith
Anna Mae Lindberg and her family spent a lot of time in the water. “I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t in the water … swimming was a part …