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Pittsburgh cracks down on overcrowded houses

By Aaron Aupperlee
An Oakland house in the heart of a neighborhood packed with college students has three empty bedrooms. Weeks after they moved into the Lawn Street home, the landlord told three of the six University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University students renting the house that they needed to move out …

New York City hunkers down as Nor’easter threatens blizzard conditions

By Bobby Kerlik
Asha McRae scrolled through her smartphone Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh International Airport, hoping she wouldn’t be stranded on Concourse B because airlines canceled nearly all flights to the New York area as …

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

Allegheny

2 guns found at Propel Braddock Hills; 2 students arrested

By Michael Hasch
Police arrested two students after finding two guns Monday afternoon at the Propel Braddock Hills charter school, prompting officers from more than a dozen communities and hundreds of worried parents …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Prison visitation goes digital

By Rich Cholodofsky
Video visitation for inmates at Westmoreland County Prison started Monday in a months-long delay. After a successful three-week trial period when the online visits were free, county prison officials began charging $15 for a 25-minute session. “They’re working through a lot of ...

Fayette

South Connellsville mayor charged with transferring gun without council permission

By Mark Hofmann
South Connellsville Mayor Peter Matthew Casini has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition after police allege he transferred and purchased a gun from the borough’s police department …

Armstrong

Plan hatched to make storefront hub of Armstrong event, services news

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning storefront exclusively housing the tourist bureau could become a hub for several Armstrong County organizations. Representatives from the Allegheny River Development Corp., Arts on the Allegheny, Downtown Kittanning Inc., Allegheny Land Trust, the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of …

Beaver

Woman who drove police car while handcuffed to stand trial

By Bobby Kerlik
A Beaver County woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and fleeing at speeds of 100 mph with her hands cuffed behind her back will stand trial, a district judge ruled Monday. Roxanne Rimer, 27, of Beaver Falls was trying …

Butler

MSA Safety products in demand to protect workers in dangerous jobs

By John D. Oravecz
When four firefighters were forced to jump from the third story of a burning building in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2007, they didn’t have modern bail-out systems built into their self-contained …

Indiana

Officials dissent on whether offices can prohibit, charge to photograph public record documents

By Debra Erdley  and Jacob Tierney
When Laura Bistok snapped cellphone photos of public documents in the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office, she set in motion a series of events that would end with her being jailed on a disorderly conduct charge. Bistok, 37, of …

Somerset

Christian day camp in Somerset County sued over sexual assault

By Adam Brandolph
Officials at a Christian-themed day camp in Somerset County allowed a counselor with a history of sexual abuse to continue his criminal conduct, a victim claimed more than a decade later in a civil lawsuit filed by her lawyers. The …

Washington

Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game

By Jacob Tierney
As the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team prepared Saturday for its first game since the death of one of its own, every player was wearing the No. 44. …

Education

Penn Hills superintendent resigns

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas K. Washington on Monday night, according to a statement from spokeswoman Teresita K. Kolenchak. Washington came to the district in 2011, replacing acting Superintendent Stephen Vak. In his tenure, …

Pennsylvania

Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans and the fired director of the state’s Open Records Office on Monday sued Gov. Tom Wolf in Commonwealth Court, accusing him of “an assault on the …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Jan. 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Former Senator Santorum preaches sacred value of verbal restraint to pope
To: Pope Francis From: Rick Santorum Re: Exercising verbal restraint Your Eminence: I’m writing regarding the recent remarks I made about you on conservative Hugh …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Baseball lover shared lifelong passion by coaching

By Jason Cato
Steve Katz approached a lifelong dream come true of participating in a baseball fantasy camp with the enthusiasm of a rookie call-up. He trained for a year and a half, …