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Developer shows Buncher plans for 400 Strip District apartments, townhomes

By Tom Fontaine
What once were rusting, crumbling rail yards and mill sites along the  Allegheny River in the Strip District are rapidly evolving into high-end city living spaces and urban trails and parks. The latest piece of that puzzle fell into place Thursday as developers from Pittsburgh and Cleveland announced another major …

Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking

By Kari Andren 9:53 a.m.
The state Liquor Control Board is looking to devise a universal plan to help colleges and their surrounding communities combat underage and dangerous drinking by studying the experiences of four universities across …

Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law

By Megha Satyanarayana
The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her face just started swelling to the point …

Allegheny

Fall from Hazelwood roof kills man

By Margaret Harding 11:58 a.m.
A man working on a roof in Hazelwood fell to his death Friday morning, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. Allegheny County emergency dispatchers received a 911 call reporting the incident at 10:42 a.m. on Imogene Road near Browns …

Westmoreland

Youngwood fire department reaches out to homeless family

By Jacob Tierney 9:53 a.m.
Members of the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department climbed into their trucks Thursday evening to help a family in need get back on their feet in ...

Fayette

Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 10:08 a.m.
Dozens of police officers and other law enforcement officials from across Western Pennsylvania converged on Ligonier on Friday to pay their respects to a Perryopolis officer killed in the line of duty. Police cars are lining the street surrounding Holy …

Armstrong

Family escapes house fire in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin 12:15 p.m.
A woman and her two children escaped a fire that severely damaged their Kittanning home Thursday evening. Crews responding to the call at about 7 p.m. found the ground level …

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 10:27 a.m.
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 9:53 a.m.
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

Coroner: Washington County shootings likely murder-suicide

By Tribune-Review
A 49-year-old man appears to have shot a woman and then killed himself inside a Marianna home, according to the Washington County coroner. State police must first complete their investigation to make the finding official. But Coroner Tim Warco said …

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

Sandusky won’t get his pension back

By The Associated Press 12:12 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Dec. 18, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Dialogue needed on sex crimes
No one likes to talk about sexual violence. It’s a cultural taboo and a crime of secrecy that some victims don’t want to report because …

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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

Mom was admired for cooking, gardening skills

By Mary Pickels
Helen Gosciejew was so skilled at making crafts and candy that she would have enjoyed a large following on the popular website Pinterest, her daughter said. “My mom made Easter …