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U.S. beacon of hope for world’s transplant patients

By Adam Smeltz
Five hospitals refused Kwesi Aguillera’s appeals as he lay fighting to breathe, his life hinging on a double transplant for his disease-scarred lungs. Rejections from Canada, Spain and Great Britain cooled his hopes. Doctors in his native Trinidad and Tobago watched helplessly, as the Caribbean republic is ill-equipped to offer …

‘Racy’ emails could stay hidden under Pennsylvania open records law

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If state employees use government computers to send fantasy football news, horse racing results, online auction links or pornography, the public probably is not entitled to obtain the emails through an open records request, legal experts say. Though …

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh reaches out to addicts

By Jason Cato
Support programs for  addicts and their loved ones soon will swell at Catholic parishes in Western Pennsylvania, where organizers found a great need for help exists. The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is establishing a Substance Abuse Ministry pilot program at …

Allegheny

Mt. Washington landslide stable — for now

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh officials say a landslide that closed a popular Mt. Washington restaurant and the Duquesne Incline in April has stabilized, but they continue to monitor the area and a host of other slide-prone areas throughout the city. Tons of boulders …

Westmoreland

Greensburg’s century-old YMCA reopens after makeover

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg’s century-old YMCA has reopened after a makeover with a new look and new equipment. It was shut down for 10 days starting in late …

Fayette

Plans being finalized for the Gayle Music Festival in Connellsville

By Linda Harkcom
A desire to bring music back to East Park and honor a Connellsville woman who made teaching music her life has given birth to the Gayle Music Festival. This one-day …

Armstrong

DEP to probe use of Ford City water plant grant

By Julie E. Martin
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether Ford City is spending a $467,000 grant properly. Interim borough manager Eden Ratliff reported this week that on Aug. 12, two DEP investigators showed up at the borough offices requesting documents …

Beaver

Ambridge junior ROTC instructor faces more charges

By Margaret Harding
Ambridge police filed new charges against a junior ROTC instructor accused of drunkenly arguing with a school board president. Carl Curtis, 48, of Economy faces a misdemeanor count of endangering …

Butler

New BC3 classes prepare students for energy industry jobs

By Rick Wills
Butler County Community College is adding four energy classes to its curriculum this fall, part of a strategy to prepare students for employment in the booming natural gas industry. The …

Indiana

Indiana County man dies in overnight car crash

By Bob Stiles
An Indiana County man died early Saturday morning after he lost control of his car and was ejected, state police at Indiana said. Chad Adamsky, 27, of Vintondale died shortly after midnight in the accident on Shortcut Road in Buffington, …

Somerset

Somerset County man, 80, pleads guilty to stalking former witness

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County man has pleaded guilty to stalking a woman who testified against him in the killing of his second wife after just three weeks of marriage. State police charged William McTonic, 80, of Jerome, with driving past the …

Washington

Body found near Washington County Courthouse

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County 911 worker found a body in the plaza atop the parking garage at Court House Square in Washington on Sunday evening, and the county coroner suspected the victim died of an overdose. The 33-year-old victim was declared …

Education

Plum School District plans early dismissals on teacher paydays

By Karen Zapf
Starting next week, students in Plum School District will go home an hour early on teacher paydays to accommodate a contract that allows teachers to leave early — though typically they do not. While negotiations continue, the district scheduled one-hour …

Pennsylvania

$50K reward offered for tips on Pennsylvania trooper’s slaying

By The Associated Press
BLOOMING GROVE — Investigators on Sunday returned to search the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, one fatally, in a shooting. Troopers set up …

Photo Gallery

Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces

MENTOR, Ohio — Sheila Consaul’s front yard is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio. Her walkway is a stone jetty that extends a half-mile into Lake Erie. Her front …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wolf campaign pulls ad with Charleroi attorney who starred in torture film
Democrat Tom Wolf’s staff pulled a campaign ad on Monday on learning that an actor who touted Wolf’s stint in the Peace Corps appeared in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Tipping really isn’t RB’s field
They aren’t just batterers, they’re also cheapskates. It’s not fair to paint an entire group of athletes with such a broad brush. Still, anyone monitoring …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s …

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Obituaries

Swissvale man devoted to family, borough, sports

By Megan Harris
Buzzy Brozovich was known as an “old-school guy” in the town in which he grew up, worked and lived. “He worked hard for the same people every day,” said his …