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Nonprofit hospital titan UPMC’s income eclipses record

By Ben Schmitt
Despite its tumultuous divorce from rival Highmark Inc., hospital titan UPMC hit a record level of cash-flow income over the past fiscal year and its health care plan membership grew significantly. “This market has never been better,” Robert DeMichiei, UPMC’s chief financial officer, told reporters Thursday in reviewing UPMC’s financial …

New members Polite, Taylor join August Wilson Center board

By Natasha Lindstrom
The coalition of foundations that owns the nonprofit August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Thursday named two business executives to a governing board and established a $300,000 programming fund in …

Hill District group asks why locals not part of Penguins project design opportunity

By Tom Fontaine
The Pittsburgh Penguins hired a pre-eminent Danish architectural firm to design apartments and public spaces at the former Civic Arena site in a move that raised concerns from a Hill District group …


Fix for issues vowed at Pittsburgh VA

By Carl Prine
Officials at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System are vowing to fix a list of problems uncovered by agency investigators — ranging from the way health care workers clear a patient’s airway to the training pharmacists receive in dispensing some …


State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty 2:59 a.m.
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his …


Two people shot in Beaver Falls

By Michael Hasch
Two people were shot and wounded Thursday night in Beaver Falls, county emergency dispatchers said. Police and paramedics were called at 8:35 p.m. for the report of two people shot along Fourth Avenue, dispatchers said. Both victims were taken, to …


Butler County man charged for allegedly stealing from mother’s estate

By Tony Raap
A Butler County man is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his mother’s estate in Allegheny County. James M. Porro, 43, of Mars was arraigned Thursday on …


1 dead in Bullskin crash

By Mark Hofmann
A 16-year-old Connellsville male died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital on Thursday night from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident in Bullskin. State police at Uniontown did not give the identity …


10-year-old Blairsville violinist’s expulsion over knife challenged

By Rich Cholodofsky
A 10-year-old musician expelled from an exclusive private school for taking a Swiss army knife to a concert to “trim broken hairs” from her violin bow is at the center of a legal battle. The parents of Abbigail Cunkelman of …


Coroner identifies man killed in Somerset County crash

By Tony Raap
A coroner has identified a man killed in a crash early Sunday in Somerset County. Harry Keen’s vehicle overturned and struck a traffic sign and utility pole at 12:45 a.m. on Water Level Road in Milford Township, state police and …


Deadly heroin was laced with fentanyl, district attorney says

By Jason Cato
Lab tests confirmed that at least some heroin that caused deadly and dangerous overdoses this month in Washington County was spiked with fentanyl, District Attorney Gene Vittone said. Federal investigators helping with the investigation into nearly 30 overdoses, including three …


Confederate memorabilia gets favorable attention at Westmoreland Fair

By Rich Cholodofsky
Vendors hawking T-shirts and trinkets at the Westmoreland Fair this week say they’re tapping into a niche market by mixing in some controversy: Confederate flags, ...


McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District staffers will have more of community presence this academic year. Community Connection Workshops are scheduled in February, March and April, when staffers will share their expertise …


Kane: Emails released not everything she wants to make public

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane will continue to oppose newspapers’ requests for pornographic emails her office holds that were not released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, she said Thursday. Dozens of employees were in email links made public Wednesday …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: For some like ex-President Carter, humor helps in cancer battle
When former President Jimmy Carter announced this week he has advanced melanoma, he displayed a rare combination of grace and acceptance. His dignity was impressive. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates
CLEVELAND — Republican presidential candidates who espouse “out-of-date, out-of-touch policies” are somewhat like terrorists who hold extreme views about women, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Vick haters’ Facebook bark much worse than their protest’s bite
That was a protest? It’s no stretch to suggest Steve Courson would be aghast over Michael Vick’s arrival in Pittsburgh. But he probably would be …

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Norwin athlete formidable in sports, classroom

By Craig Smith
As half of Norwin High School’s larger-than-life sports duos, Paul Naponick and his family shared one of the tiniest homes in their neighborhood. “I remember seeing that and saying, ‘Wow, …