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Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini
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 4:59 p.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
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

Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon

By Chris Buckley 2:33 p.m.
For Ed Stasko Sr., every day is his favorite time of the year. His reward in life is to see someone — especially a child — smile. A Monessen native, …

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

Butler County COG, Humane Society aim to control cat population

By Bill Vidonic 2:40 p.m.
The Butler County Council of Governments and the county Humane Society will pursue a grant that would allow the latter to develop a countywide program to catch, spay or neuter …

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

Cal U official receives New Pittsburgh Courier honor

By Mary Pickels 2:33 p.m.
Dr. Caryl Sheffield’s first job was delivering what was then The Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. “As a child in Beaver County, I delivered the newspaper to African-American families in New Brighton,” …

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
Fabregas: 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 …