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Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels 1:35 a.m.
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, which it does, finally, but it has an important revenue projection attached to it,” Turzai said. For the past several …

Pittsburgh’s Hill District revitalization project hits financial hurdle in TIF

By Tom Fontaine
A plan to revitalize the Hill District and Uptown with tax money from a redeveloped Civic Arena site is more complicated than envisioned, say officials who hope to make public a proposal in January. “There are a lot of moving …

Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show

By Matthew Santoni 1:53 a.m.
The viewing party for Sunday’s episode of “Undercover Boss” erupted in laughter when Mayor Bill Peduto appeared in disguise as “Ed,” a Kentucky native allegedly trying on jobs for a reality show. …

Allegheny

Search for Duquesne University graduate Kochu continues

By Megan Harris
Jack Kochu wants to hear his son’s voice, take him home to Pottstown and forget the last week ever happened. The search for Paul Kochu, 22, of the South Side …

Westmoreland

Project to tear down former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital on schedule, Excela says

By Tribune-Review
Demolition work at the  former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital is wrapping up. “We are about at the end of what we are able to do,” said ...

Fayette

Groom cited at Farmington wedding reception being filmed for reality TV show

By Tribune-Review
A Fayette County groom became a little too rowdy at a Saturday wedding reception that a reality TV crew was filming, and state police were called, authorities said. State police in Uniontown said Bryan Matthew Frost, 21, of Cardale was …

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
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

Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 …

Somerset

Somerset woman killed in crash

By Tribune-Review
A 22-year-old Somerset woman died Sunday of injuries she sustained Saturday night when she was ejected from her Volkswagen Jetta on Route 219 in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, state police said. The victim, Kelsy R. Peters, was pronounced dead at …

Washington

Car wash explosion, fire injures 2 in McDonald

By Tribune-Review
An explosion and fire at a Washington County car wash injured two people Sunday morning, authorities said. A manager at Ducky’s Car Wash on East O’Hara Street in McDonald attempted to light a boiler around 9:45 a.m. when a gas …

Education

Norwin band director is finding lots of success in return to his alma mater

By Greg Reinbold
When Tim Daniels graduated from Norwin High School in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education at Youngstown State, getting a job as a band director was the goal. …

Pennsylvania

Republican legislator estimates selling state liquor system could net $1B

By Melissa Daniels 1:35 a.m.
Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House-designee Mike Turzai won’t abandon his quest to get the state out of the liquor business. “Not only does it move us to the 21st century, …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Dec. 21, 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
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of …

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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

Hard-working veteran was ideal role model

By Chris Fleisher
Thrift was an important value to Donald O’Connor, and words were a currency he refused to waste. “He was more of the reserved, stoic kind of a person, where his …