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Google Maps opens business doors to online views

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, and he’s become a very good customer of ours,” said Danforth, owner of Feast on Brilliant. The customer did not find the grits by browsing …

State Superior Court upholds conviction, sentence of former Justice Melvin

By Adam Brandolph
Forcing former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to write letters of apology to her staff and every judge in Pennsylvania could rehabilitate her by requiring that she acknowledge her wrongdoing, …

Pittsburgh city vehicle repair delays elicit gripes about Cincinnati company

By Bob Bauder  and Margaret Harding
Pittsburgh officials say a Cincinnati company with a five-year, $35.6 million vehicle fleet maintenance contract has hamstrung operations with vehicles awaiting repairs, sometimes for months. Of the 113 vehicles in First Vehicle …

Allegheny

Pitcairn police department 1st in Western Pennsylvania to carry Narcan for heroin overdoses

By Matthew Santoni
Pitcairn police will become the first department in Western Pennsylvania to be equipped to administer a potentially life-saving medication to heroin overdose victims, officials said. In partnership with Allegheny Health …

Westmoreland

New Kensington slaying victims identified

By Chuck Biedka
New Kensington police and the Westmoreland County Coroner have released the names of two people shot to death Wednesday morning. John Russ, 43, of New …

Fayette

Youngwood shelter removes 44 dogs, 9 cats from shuttered Fayette SPCA

By Liz Zemba
Stoic but near tears, Samantha Hill crouched on the ground outside the Fayette SPCA in North Union on Thursday and peered into a small cage containing a puppy she had …

Armstrong

Armstrong 911 service restored after 90 minute power loss

By Brad Pedersen
Emergency officials are trying to determine what knocked Armstrong County’s 911 Center out of service for 90 minutes on Wednesday morning and why a battery backup system failed to keep things running. Officials suspect a power surge knocked all of …

Beaver

1 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile …

Butler

Husband of Butler County day care center operator charged with molesting children

By Bill Vidonic
The state Department of Public Welfare is conducting surprise inspections of a Butler County day care center to ensure the owner’s husband isn’t there as he awaits a hearing on charges he molested two children at the center, officials said …

Indiana

Jury: Indiana County woman downloaded child porn to frame husband

By The Associated Press
A Clymer woman has been found guilty of downloading child pornography in a failed attempt to frame her estranged husband. Meri Jane Woods was convicted Wednesday in Indiana County. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says the 43-year-old Woods downloaded 40 images …

Somerset

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

Washington

70-year-old man says he didn’t see trooper who was run over

By Jason Cato
A Washington County man returned home on Thursday after spending the night in jail for backing over a state trooper in a relative’s car. Jay V. Harris, 70, said he …

Education

All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to get free lunches starting this year

By Bill Zlatos
All students in Pittsburgh Public Schools will be eligible for free lunches this school year — even if their families can pay. Schools in the district are among more than 28,000 nationwide where at least 40 percent of students qualify …

Pennsylvania

Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records on Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited a state parking garage, a …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Aug. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to …

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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: For these jobs, let’s do the twist
Have any experience in crisis communication? If so, you might want to respond to the help wanted ads below from agencies and organizations in need …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Obituaries

Accountant unwound with family, outdoors

By Mary Pickels
Dykes Gadelmeyer was so dedicated to customer service that he made office visits to his accounting clients. “That was a special touch. He always did that,” said his daughter, Susie …