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Early turnout strong for Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July festivities

By Natasha Lindstrom 6:28 p.m.
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta board member Joe Lagana strolled cheerily through Point State Park Saturday morning, undeterred that this is the first Fourth of July in the aquatic event’s 38-year history without boat races. “I’m enjoying just walking around and observing all the people here with all their relatives …

Man fatally shot in East Liberty; police investigating 2nd shooting

By Bill Vidonic 3:50 p.m.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday identified the victim in a fatal shooting in East Liberty as a Pittsburgh man. Thomas Johnson Jr., 24, was shot in the head in Hendon Court about 9:25 p.m. Friday. Hendon Court …

America’s path to freedom reflected in region’s numerous historic sites

By Chris Togneri
Western Pennsylvania is home to sites well-known and obscure with paramount ties to American history. These locales, in cities and in countryside, draw history lovers and tourists who want to refresh their …

Allegheny

Early turnout strong for Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July festivities

By Natasha Lindstrom 6:28 p.m.
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta board member Joe Lagana strolled cheerily through Point State Park Saturday morning, undeterred that this is the first Fourth of July in the aquatic event’s …

Armstrong

Bethel trio of siblings celebrate 150 years of marriage

By Brigid Beatty
What is the secret to a long, happy marriage? Three Armstrong County siblings and their spouses seem to have it figured out as they prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversaries …

Beaver

Beaver County woman finds man crouching in her bathroom, stabs him with sword

By Megan Guza
Police in Beaver County are looking for a man, recently released from a Florida prison, they say repeatedly raped his girlfriend, broke into several homes trying to hide and attacked another woman, who stabbed him with a sword. The incidents …

Butler

Butler County continues to experience population growth

By Rick Wills 5:53 p.m.
Before Crystal Yost moved to Butler County from Illinois three years ago, she and her husband considered living in Wexford. “We liked the school system there. It is a bit …

Fayette

Artist of the month from Chalk Hill goes back to nature

By Karl Polacek 5:25 p.m.
“I’ve been painting all my life, really,” said Connie Shoaf, 75, of Chalk Hill. Shoaf is the Fayette County Courthouse Law Library Artist of the Month for July. Shoaf said …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

California woman’s tale of Army Reserve service told in Sen. McCain’s book

By Mary Pickels 5:21 p.m.
When Mary Rhoads joined the Army Reserve as a Canon-McMillan High School junior, some of her friends jokingly called her “Combat Mama.” Because she had weekend drills, she sometimes wore …

Westmoreland

Facelift approved for historic La Rose building in Greensburg

By Jacob Tierney
A Greensburg developer plans to turn a historic downtown building into retail space and apartments by next year, and the work is starting with the ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Proposal aims to bring slots to Pa. airports

By Melissa Daniels
Flashing lights, spinning fruit and dinging bells soon could arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport if lawmakers approve a plan to make Pennsylvania the second state to allow slot machines at …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - July 4, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of swimming, the board president at …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Don’t let the naysayers derail Pittsburgh’s bid for Super Bowl LVII
Levi’s coming to town. It’s not a done deal. But it’s all but official that Pittsburgh will be the site of Super Bowl LVII, or …

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Obituaries

Pilot-businessman constructed, fortified bridges

By Bill Vidonic 6:07 p.m.
Each time steel company owner Thomas A. Greulich traveled near the Route 28 bypass at Harmar, just before the Route 910 exit, he talked about one of the bridges making …