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No federal funds to help enforce Pa. ban on texting by drivers

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s law banning texting while driving is challenging for police to enforce, but not tough enough to qualify for federal money to help them, police and transportation officials say. Only Connecticut, among dozens of states with anti-texting laws, qualified for any of the millions of dollars appropriated for police in …

Black Friday trends, tactics change, but Americans still love bargains

By Craig Smith
Black Friday. A shopper’s Super Bowl. A retailer’s dream. A traffic cop’s nightmare, but nonetheless a part of Americans’ parlance since 1961, when Philadelphia police coined the phrase to describe the chaos …

Light of Life offers ‘More Than A Meal’ Thanksgiving event

By Melissa Daniels
Chuck Hightower has spent more than one Thanksgiving at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on Western Avenue in the North Side. Here, where the staff is kind and the meals are …


Light of Life offers ‘More Than A Meal’ Thanksgiving event

By Melissa Daniels
Chuck Hightower has spent more than one Thanksgiving at the Light of Life Rescue Mission on Western Avenue in the North Side. Here, where the staff is kind and the …


Youngwood Fire Department to dedicate memorial at station

By Bob Stiles
At the corner of South Second and Chestnut streets in Youngwood, firefighters will pause to remember, maybe shed a tear and honor one of their ...


Police identify driver in North Side crash that killed pregnant woman

By Natasha Lindstrom
Pittsburgh police on Thursday identified the driver whose van struck and killed a pregnant woman sitting in a North Side pharmacy parking lot. Authorities said Allan Massie, 88, of the …


Ford City’s proposed budget would slash police force

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City would lose most of its police officers under the proposed 2015 budget. The $2.1 million preliminary spending plan would eliminate 11 of the borough’s 12 part-time police positions, leaving the borough with two full-time officers and one part-time …


Pittsburgh man gets 2 life terms in slaying of Beaver Falls couple

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Pittsburgh man to two life sentences for the slaying of a Beaver Falls couple. A jury on Oct. 28 convicted Robert Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh for first-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses …


Toys for Tots distributor in Butler County searches for home

By Megan Guza
Members of Bantam Marine Detachment 743 in Butler County continue to collect for their Toys for Tots organization, but they’re also seeking a donation of a different kind — about 5,000 square feet of workspace. “Every year, we have to …


Students will join B.E. Taylor in annual holiday charity concert

By Gina DelFavero
For the past couple of holiday seasons, the Indiana community has received an early Christmas present — a concert performance by rocker and Pittsburgh-area native B.E. Taylor. This year marks …


Fatal crash closes Flight 93 chapel in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Stonycreek, Somerset County, will be closed to visitors pending an assessment of damage caused when a car hit the building in a fatal, two-vehicle crash Tuesday. Barbara Custer, 72, of Shanksville was pronounced dead …


Company seeks to reopen coal mine in Nottingham, Washington County

By Jason Cato
A plan to reopen a coal mine, long dreaded by residents of a rural northern Washington County community, is inching closer to reality. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental …


Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …


Researchers at Pennsylvania’s top universities take to the web to fund projects

By Megha Satyanarayana
Young researchers at Pennsylvania’s top universities are turning to the general public to fund science experiments. Using a crowdfunding platform called, four researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have …

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Thursday - Nov. 27, 2014

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Businessman’s generosity spread beyond family

By Jacob Tierney 12:27 a.m.
Ron Simmons was a successful entrepreneur whose shrewd business sense was matched by his kindness. Ronald Arthur Simmons of Collier died of a heart attack in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, …