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Home sellers are able to remain mum about violent crimes committed there

By Adam Brandolph
Soon after Laura Smiley submitted an offer to buy her Squirrel Hill home, she began hearing about the grisly events that unfolded inside. The stories included the words “strangled,” “stabbed” and “bathtub,” said Smiley, 49, the executive director of a theater company. They didn’t paint a pretty picture. Only after …

More patients take on in-home dialysis due to compensation, yearly savings

By Adam Smeltz
Brad Davern could commute for his dialysis treatments, like about 400,000 Americans who depend on clinics to filter their blood. But going to a clinic would mean less exercise time — and …

Observers mixed on grid backup amid carbon rules, natural gas uncertainty

By David Conti
If the electrical grid that powers the United States encounters a supply problem, the easiest solution takes five years. That’s the minimum time it takes to build a large, natural gas-fired generation …

Allegheny

Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police

By Adam Brandolph 10:27 p.m.
Staff and administrators at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic routinely failed to alert police about patient-on-patient assaults or failed to cooperate with criminal investigations, an Allegheny County grand jury concluded. …

Westmoreland

Rostraver youth pastor accused of sexual contact with teen girl

By Renatta Signorini 10:14 p.m.
A youth pastor is accused of having a five-month sexual relationship with a teenage girl at a Rostraver Township church, according to police. Brian Keith …

Fayette

Security tightened at Fayette courthouse; Westmoreland says its procedures are sufficient

By Rich Cholodofsky and Liz Zemba
Anyone who drops off a letter or package at the Fayette County Courthouse may be asked to show photo ID and leave their address and a call-back number, according to a new policy. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual in Westmoreland …

Armstrong

Kittanning considers restricting dock access

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning Borough hopes to free prime parking spots at Riverfront Park’s public docks by making them off-limits next boating season from midnight until dawn. At events like the upcoming Fort …

Beaver

Acquitted Beaver County sheriff shifts attention to campaign

By Bill Vidonic
Fresh off an acquittal in a criminal case that dogged him for more than two years, Beaver County Sheriff George David said he’s focusing on his re-election campaign. “I think I gained more support,” David, 67, of Hopewell said of …

Butler

Newsmaker: Tim Croll

By Rick Wills
Noteworthy: Croll has written and self-published a natural history book, “Slippery Rock: The Philosophical Center of the University.” The 200-page paperback examines the natural history and geology of the region. …

Indiana

Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

By Tribune-Review
A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials. The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in …

Somerset

Injured eagle in Somerset County returns to the wild

By Jacob Tierney
The golden eagle scurried out of its small carrying pen, skittering across the grass and clover field in Somerset County for a few seconds before pumping its powerful wings and …

Washington

Pony World Series tradition continues at Washington

By Bruce Wald
For the 31st consecutive summer, Lew Hays Field in Washington Park will host the Pony League World Series. The 2014 10-team, double elimination tournament for 13- and 14-year olds begins Aug. 8 and concludes with the 7:30 p.m. championship game …

Education

Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy

By Greg Reinbold
After searching the Pittsburgh area for courses to help his son, Jay, prepare for the SATs and failing to find a program that met his standards, Jesse Lee started his …

Pennsylvania

Conneaut Lake borough gets federal money for infastructure improvements

By Rick Wills 10:16 p.m.
The borough of Conneaut Lake in Crawford County received a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce, the agency announced Monday. The grant will help with infrastructure improvements in the town’s central business district and at a nearby beach. …

Photo Gallery

Monday - July 28, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Playing at judge, Goodell drops ball in Ray Rice case
LOS ANGELES (Exaggerated Press) — A reality TV show featuring National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be an integral part of Fox’s fall programming …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Professor, organist left scholarly legacy

By Bill Zlatos
Robert Lord did the definitive scholarly research on a French composer, taught thousands of students at the University of Pittsburgh and played the organ in Heinz Chapel while more than …