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Pa. breeding ground for corruption, experts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — By mid-2012, eight of Pennsylvania’s former legislative leaders were in prison, and former House Speakers John Perzel, a Republican, and Bill DeWeese, a Democrat, briefly shared a cell. They were among more than 30 public officials with ties to the state Capitol who had been convicted of corruption …

Zimbabwe alleges Murrysville doctor illegally killed lion

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
The government of Zimbabwe has accused a Murrysville oncologist of poaching a lion outside Hwange National Park in April, catching him in what authorities call a crackdown on illegal big-game hunting after …

Volunteer tutors boost adult literacy in Allegheny County

By Katherine Schaeffer 11:15 a.m.
A math lesson is under way Thursday morning in Jewel Method’s classroom. As Helen Poole works to solve fraction problems printed on the whiteboard, Deborah Russell tackles problems on a worksheet. Method, …

Allegheny

National Night Out ‘a start’ for violence-prone Homewood

By Megan Guza
Five days after an unknown gunman fired into a group of people in Homewood, wounding three and critically injuring a 12-year-old boy, residents will gather for National Night Out, an event meant to bring residents and police together against neighborhood …

Armstrong

Armstrong D.A.: Jail procedures will be reviewed in light of escape, murder

By Tribune-Review 11:57 a.m.
Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said the county prison board will examine all circumstances surrounding last week’s escape by Robert Edward Crissman Jr. and what steps need to be taken to prevent a repeat. “Everything will be reviewed,” Andreassi …

Beaver

Shell shovels millions into proposed Beaver County plant site

By David Conti 10:45 a.m.
Driving south on Route 18 from the Beaver Valley Expressway, it’s hard to believe Royal Dutch Shell isn’t building something on the land it bought in Beaver County. For nearly …

Butler

Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s …

Fayette

Inaugural Geibel STEM camp gives pupils interactive, fun science experience

By Mark Hofmann
The first STEM Camp at Geibel Catholic Junior Senior High School was held last week with 2-liter bottle rocket experiments and other feats in engineering and science. “STEM is big,” …

Indiana

Indiana County to revise some property reassessment notices

By Greg Reinbold
Despite vocal criticism and protest movements opposing Indiana County’s first county-wide property reassessment in 47 years, the firm responsible for conducting the reassessment has had relatively few property owners schedule informal reviews to address factual errors on assessment notices distributed …

Somerset

Somerset inmate serving life sentence for brutal murder dies

By Tribune-Review
An inmate at the state prison in Somerset County who was serving a life sentence for cutting off the head of a man during a 1987 robbery in Reading died of natural causes Friday afternoon at Somerset Hospital, state police …

Washington

Monongahela uses modern technology to connect people to the city’s historic past

By Chris Buckley
Monongahela’s rich history predates the nation. Now visitors can learn about the city’s past by using futuristic technology. The Monongahela Area Historical Society designed a walking tour that uses a …

Westmoreland

Zimbabwe alleges Murrysville doctor illegally killed lion

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
The government of Zimbabwe has accused a Murrysville oncologist of poaching a lion outside Hwange National Park in April, catching him in what authorities call ...

Education

Agencies aim to ease test-takers’ troubles with updated GED exam

By Debra Erdley
Joshua Barnhart has high hopes. He knows he has a future in HVAC or computer technology. But first, the South Greensburg man who dropped out of high school in 10th …

Pennsylvania

Pa. breeding ground for corruption, experts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — By mid-2012, eight of Pennsylvania’s former legislative leaders were in prison, and former House Speakers John Perzel, a Republican, and Bill DeWeese, a Democrat, briefly shared a cell. …

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Sunday - Aug. 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Sarah Palin is probably having a conniption. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee sparked a national debate when early versions of the federal health care …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
GOP convention host Cleveland shaking off Rust Belt image
CLEVELAND — The city that bills itself as a place where grit meets sophistication is readying for big moments in the national spotlight. It’s an …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Fire station fixture beloved in Brookline to get community tribute
He doesn’t sleep there. He does his laundry elsewhere. But if home is where the heart is, there’s little doubt that “Brother George” Gilfoyle long …

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Obituaries

Math skills paid off for computer programmer

By Tony Raap
James Sweeney began his career going door-to-door reading meters for Equitable Gas, and later went to night school and became one of the company’s first computer programmers. Before he retired, …