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Pittsburgh braces for waves of demonstrations, marches on EPA rules

By Melissa Daniels
Downtown traffic could snarl by midday Thursday when thousands of miners and their union allies are poised to march in Pittsburgh’s streets in opposition to a federal plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The march is timed to coincide with the first day of the Environmental Protection …

Feds admit cooperation remains an obstacle with corporations and cyber threats

By Tom Fontaine
A key to reducing cyber crime is getting victims — often major corporations — to cooperate with authorities, two top federal law enforcement officials said on Wednesday during visits to Pittsburgh. Assistant …

Private parking lots slow to follow Pittsburgh’s increase in rates

By Bob Bauder
It will cost more starting on Friday to park at Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages and lots, but rates at private lots likely will remain static, the city’s largest private operator said. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority board last month voted to …

Allegheny

1 person dead in fire in Pleasant Hills

By Stephanie Hacke and Michael Hasch
One person died in a fire that erupted inside an apartment complex at 117 Curry Hollow Road shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pleasant Hills fire Chief Todd Pritchard said. Emergency …

Westmoreland

Ethics panel: It’s OK for Westmoreland commissioner to do business with municipalities

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney can serve as an investment banker, stockbroker and insurance agent to municipalities in the county, according to a state ethics commission opinion issued this month. Courtney, a first-term Republican, said on Wednesday that he sought …

Fayette

Ailing youngster has wish fulfilled in day with Masontown K-9 officer

By Mary Pickels
Isaac Donaldson stood at the ready, eyes on the “bad guy” hiding in the woods at Masontown German Park Wednesday afternoon. As the 7-year-old from White and Masontown Officer and …

Armstrong

Sidewalk sales mark unofficial start of Fort Armstrong Folk Festival

By Brad Pedersen 12:13 a.m.
Roadwork in Kittanning wasn’t deterring Wednesday sidewalk sales that have become the unofficial start of the annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival that begins today in Riverfront Park. Construction projects on …

Beaver

Lenders could move against Anchor Hocking as extension expires

By Chris Fleisher
Anchor Hocking has run out of time on an agreement to keep lenders at bay after defaulting on a loan, though the company said it is trying to reach a resolution that would keep it in business. In a regulatory …

Butler

Former IU4 director enters guilty plea to stealing from agency

By Brian Bowling
The former head of a regional public education agency apologized on Wednesday in federal court for stealing some of its money. Cecelia H. Yauger, 56, of Grove City pleaded guilty to a single count of stealing money from a federally …

Indiana

Fire causes Blairsville bar to collapse, flames spread to neighboring building

By Jacob Tierney 12:21 a.m.
A Blairsville restaurant was destroyed by fire and collapsed Wednesday night and another building was damaged in the blaze. The fire was first reported at Sharon’s Restaurant and Lounge, 244 …

Somerset

Woman, teenager charged after iPad theft, resale in Confluence

By Tribune-Review
State police at Somerset allege that a woman sold an iPad to another woman in Confluence even though she knew that a teenage boy stole it. The juvenile, whose name was not released, allegedly stole an Apple iPad from a …

Washington

IceoPlex owner indicted, accused of avoiding $1M in payroll taxes

By Brian Bowling
The owner of IceoPlex at Southpointe in Washington County dodged paying more than $1 million in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011, federal prosecutors say. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Steven J. Lynch, 59, of Squirrel Hill on …

Education

Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark Club, christened by DeTillo with …

Pennsylvania

Temple dumps SAT, ACT scores from application process

By Debra Erdley
College-bound students with test phobias might want to take a second look at Temple University. The Philadelphia school will become the first public research university in the Northeast to drop the requirement that applicants submit an SAT or ACT score, …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - July 30, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: This dress is a steal
It’s a fashion statement. It’s a security breach. It’s a password dress. It’s a dress containing many of weakest passwords imaginable, ones that never should …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Rocco deserves same respect human officer would receive 12:24 a.m.
In the battle of Toms for governor,incumbent Republican Tom Corbett’s stances on issues such as education reform, Marcellus shale drilling and taxes have made his …

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Obituaries

Basketball ref loved the outdoors, sports

By Craig Smith
Donna Menart did a lot of activities that earned her recognition as a tomboy — from coaching and refereeing boys basketball to hunting, camping and kayaking. “She was very much …