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Pittsburgh mayor says new police chief’s skills fit the job well

By Bob Bauder  and Margaret Harding 10:16 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s new police chief is from the Midwest, but has plenty of ties to the community. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday named Cameron McLay, a consultant and former captain in the Madison, Wis., police department, to lead the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Peduto said it’s probably the first time that …

Pittsburgh Public Schools students with toy guns on bus face disciplinary action

By Michael Hasch 8:23 p.m.
Two Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 students face disciplinary action for bringing toy guns to school, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson said on Tuesday. There were no injuries when a fourth-grader discharged a pellet gun Friday afternoon on the school bus, hitting …

Pa. judge identified who denied Trib request to view sexually explicit emails circulated in AG’s Office

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A grand jury judge has not decided whether to release documents in response to a Tribune-Review open records request for emails circulated in the Attorney General’s Office reputed to contain sexually explicit images, a spokesman for the judiciary …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh Public Schools students with toy guns on bus face disciplinary action

By Michael Hasch 8:23 p.m.
Two Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 students face disciplinary action for bringing toy guns to school, a Pittsburgh Public Schools spokesperson said on Tuesday. There were no injuries when a fourth-grader discharged a pellet gun Friday afternoon on the school bus, hitting …

Westmoreland

Housing market remains ‘disaster’ in Westmoreland County

By Joe Napsha
Veteran housing contractor Greg Kinzler of Washington Township knows all too well the lingering effects the nation’s 2008 recession has had on the region’s homebuilding …

Fayette

Indian Creek Valley Community Center demolition under way

By Mark Hofmann
Demolition of the Indian Creek Valley Community Center in Saltlick is under way. The center was destroyed by fire early in May. The board of directors of the center are …

Armstrong

No one hurt when Indiana school bus hits pole in Shelocta

By Brad Pedersen 8:52 p.m.
An Indiana Area School District bus carrying one student went over an embankment and hit a pole on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in Shelocta on Tuesday morning. The …

Beaver

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

By Brian Bowling
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Friday scheduled a Sept. 30 hearing on Nicholas Trombetta’s claim that she should dismiss the criminal charges filed against him because federal prosecutors recorded conversations he had with his attorneys. Trombetta, the founder …

Butler

Harmony man facing charges in fatal crash

By Tribune-Review
A Harmony man faces charges including homicide by vehicle while driving drunk for a traffic crash that killed his passenger Sunday, state police said Tuesday. Police are consulting with the Butler County District Attorney’s Office on charges against Alan Moser, …

Indiana

New Ohiopyle park manager ready for big challenge that comes with job

By Mary Pickels
Timing really is everything. Just ask Ken Bisbee. Last fall, as Bisbee, 56, and his oldest son walked the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail into Ohiopyle State Park, he thought about …

Somerset

Mountain Craft Days in Somerset celebrate pioneer spirit

By Barbara Starn
The ring of the stonemason’s hammer and chisel and the rhythm of the railsplitter’s tools, common sounds of 18th century frontier life, will greet people who visit the 43rd Mountain Craft Days festival on Friday through Sept. 7 at the …

Washington

Dedicated California educator Hasbrouck dead at 62

By Chris Buckley
Norm Hasbrouck was an uplifting, caring person who loved soccer and helping people, especially students. His sudden death Sunday at age 62 has shocked the California community. An obituary appears …

Education

East Allegheny negotiator responds to proposal from striking teachers

By Patrick Cloonan 10:28 p.m.
East Allegheny School District’s chief negotiator reiterated late Tuesday afternoon that the district extended itself as far as it could financially, but that striking teachers want more. “The district cannot …

Pennsylvania

Study to look at financial impact of state’s gas boom

By The Associated Press
Researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps children and families in regions where companies are drilling. Penn State University sociology professor Molly Martin said there is a unique opportunity to compare northeastern Pennsylvania …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday- Sept. 2, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Virginia GOP Senate candidate Gillespie piles up mileage pursuing Warner
WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner’s “Main Street appeal” to Virginians. Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, is …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in peril or causing it. Most …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Artistic mom’s life revolved around family

By Bobby Kerlik
Naticia Skendrovich would spend hours at the dining room table or in front of the coffee table in the living room working on crafts — everything from cross-stitching to making …