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Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 11:57 a.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, she stood quietly as Champion’s flag-draped casket was wheeled to his funeral service in Ligonier. “He’s a wonderful young man,” Kunkle said with tears …

Hotel building boom sweeps Pittsburgh region

By Natasha Lindstrom
The hotel construction industry is booming, and the greater Pittsburgh area has one of the fastest-growing hotel markets in the nation, data show. The region has 55 projects, totaling 6,012 rooms, in …

Pittsburgh adjusting to new bicycle lane, ‘stop boxes’

By Megan Harris
Motorists emerging from the riverfront connector on 10th Street Downtown encounter a big green square painted on the pavement at the intersection with Penn Avenue. Inside the square, there’s a white silhouette …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh police break up customer fights over Air Jordan 11 shoes

By Bill Vidonic 9:57 a.m.
Police broke up several fights between shoppers waiting Saturday for Air Jordan 11 shoes at a Downtown sports shop. Customers started lining up as early as 6 p.m. Friday for …

Westmoreland

Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 11:57 a.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, ...

Fayette

Connellsville teen charged in attack on 80-year-old man, daughter allowed to play high school basketball

By Mark Hofmann 10:41 a.m.
A victim of an assault and home invasion is outraged that one of three teens charged in the crime has been allowed to play for the Connellsville Area High School boys’ basketball team. Lisa Gasperi, who along with her father, …

Armstrong

Family escapes house fire in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
A Kittanning mother called 911 and ensured her children and dogs got outside safely when she realized her house was on fire Thursday evening. Megan Rehrer, 35, of 1330 N. …

Beaver

Motorists should expect delays on Beaver Valley Expressway Friday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced single lane closures will occur Friday in each direction along the Beaver Valley Expressway as crews take measurements for joint replacement work. The closures will happen, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along I-376 between …

Butler

Truck driver dies in Butler County crash

By Tribune-Review
A Weirton man died when his tractor-trailer slid off an icy Interstate 79 in Worth, Butler County, and rolled twice Thursday night, state police said. Robert Chafin, 51, was driving in the northbound lanes around 11 p.m. Thursday when his …

Indiana

Indiana County doctor who traded drugs for sex to be re-sentenced

By Paul Peirce
A former Indiana County doctor serving up to 10 years in prison for a painkillers-for-sex prescription scheme will be returned to Indiana Common Pleas Court to be resentenced. On Wednesday, a state Superior Court panel overturned the prison sentence given …

Somerset

Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott …

Washington

Convocation center booze battle rages on for California and Cal U

By Chris Buckley
California University of Pennsylvania will have a chance in Washington County Court to continue its war against fees related to alcohol sales at events in its convocation center. Commonwealth Court on Friday handed down a ruling that vacated an April …

Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, …

Pennsylvania

Review: No improper contact between Pa. Supreme Court justices, lawyers

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A review of thousands of emails sent by Pennsylvania justices over five years found no improper contact with state prosecutors on pending cases, a special counsel for the …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Dec. 19, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Team in place for possible Santorum run for White House
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum may be inching closer to another run for president. Longtime adviser John Brabender said a team is in place if …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Kane should’ve used evidence — or brain
A prosecutor ignoring evidence is like a firefighter failing to unroll the hose. Both are potentially career-killing abdications of professional responsibility. No firefighter has been …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Musician embraced education, photography

By Greg Reinbold
After her love for her family, a love of music and nature was central in Louise Boyer Burky’s life. An accomplished flutist, she taught music at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire …