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Pittsburgh police chief: Officers, public must unite against violence

By Megan Guza
Pittsburgh’s high-crime East End neighborhoods — specifically Homewood — are the centerpiece of police Chief Cameron McLay’s effort to build upon the community-oriented policing groundwork he has laid in six months on the job. “We want to put that strategy in place where things are worst,” McLay said Friday in …

Pirates sickened by pic of ‘Jihadi John’ wearing Bucs ball cap

By Aaron Aupperlee
He would be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ most unwanted and unwelcome fan. A photograph surfaced Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, identified as the Islamic State terrorist known as “Jihadi John” and linked to several …

Black Pittsburghers still challenged in education, workforce, housing

By Natasha Lindstrom
Sala Udin had just returned from four years of freedom-fighting in Mississippi when the Hill District went up in flames. The neighborhood had deteriorated rapidly following the displacement of thousands to make …

Allegheny

Gallagher formally becomes Pitt chancellor

By Trib Total Media 3:31 p.m.
Stephen Tritch, the chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees, formally installed Patrick Gallagher as chancellor and chief executive officer during the university’s 39th annual Honors Convocation Saturday …

Westmoreland

Sale of former SCI Greensburg prison to advance despite lawmakers’ objections

By Debra Erdley
Officials say they are moving ahead with the sale of a shuttered state prison in Hempfield to a Carlisle businessman who bid $950,000 for the 96-acre property last week. “We have a vacant prison that has sat vacant since June of ...

Fayette

Fayette County motorist accused of firing shots when good Samaritans stop at crash scene

By Paul Peirce
A Fayette County man was arraigned Friday on charges related to a Dec. 20 crash in Brownsville, where police say he indiscriminately fired two handguns into the air as good Samaritans stopped to assist him and his injured passenger. John …

Armstrong

West Kittanning church fights through frozen pipe problems

By Julie E. Martin
Frozen pipes are causing problems at Harvest Community Church in West Kittanning, but that is not going to stop events and services planned there this weekend. The freeze at the …

Beaver

Ohio school district ends Midland contract

By Bobby Kerlik
Incoming high school students in the Midland Borough School District in Beaver County won’t be attending high school in East Liverpool this fall. The Ohio school district this week abruptly opted out of its contract to accept Midland students. Midland …

Butler

Butler County teen dies in ATV accident

By Bill Vidonic 12:14 p.m.
A Chicora teen died in an all-terrain vehicle accident Friday in Fairview, Butler County, state police said. Briggs R. Buck, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at Butternut …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Driver whose van hit school bus in Somerset County charged

By Mary Pickels
A Mt. Pleasant man whose van struck a school bus in Somerset County on Monday, injuring the driver and several students, was charged with four motor vehicle violations. Gregory N. Freed, 21, remained in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown …

Washington

Gas service restored to 550 homes in California

By Bob Stiles 2:33 p.m.
Columbia Gas hoped to have service restored to all California Borough customers by Saturday afternoon, according to a company spokesman. Scott Waitlevertch said that as of 1 p.m., about two dozen customers needed to contact his company so that safety …

Education

North Allegheny, teachers OK early bird contract

By Tribune-Review
The North Allegheny School District and its teachers’ union reached a new contract in what is being called “an early bird settlement,” the district said. The school board’s nine members unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night with the North …

Pennsylvania

Legislation would broaden crimes for which public officials forfeit state pensions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Legislation to prevent public officials convicted of crimes such as conflict of interest from collecting state pensions appears headed for consideration by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s sponsor said Friday. The bill by Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Feb. 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Vice President Biden’s unusual behavior ingratiates, repels
WASHINGTON — When Vice President Joe Biden stroked 8-year-old Kayla Kosmalski’s face during the celebratory signing of a law benefiting disabled children, no one in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Longtime Pirates fan has long-term designs on his favorite team
Brad Slopey is ready for his annual rite of renewal. As he has done for nearly a quarter of a century, Slopey will board an …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Mom was tireless in serving needs of community

By Greg Reinbold
Marian Detman did not pass up an opportunity to be an advocate for others. “She helped everybody,” said her daughter Elaine Detman of Natrona Heights. “She was a saint on …