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Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation

By Megha Satyanarayana
Aaron Friedlander stared at the equation, written in black marker with a challenge above: “Spot the bug! Win a shirt.” Lost among a sea of suits at a huge Carnegie Mellon University job fair on Wednesday, Friedlander, wearing a T-shirt, waved at the writer of the bum equation, Adam Cecchetti, …

Mandated sewer project to increase Alcosan customers’ bills

By Aaron Aupperlee
A $2 billion plan to reduce the sewage that flows into rivers and streams likely will increase sewer bills beyond a key Environmental Protection Agency threshold that accounts for customer income, according …

Nonprofits replace humdrum charity 5Ks with rappelling

By Natasha Lindstrom
When Bert Dorazio got dressed on Wednesday, he tied a red cape around his neck, slid a shiny black wig over his tanned bald head, and prepared to traverse down a 25-story …

Allegheny

Number of jobs in high-tech industry outpace workers in Pittsburgh, nation

By Megha Satyanarayana
Aaron Friedlander stared at the equation, written in black marker with a challenge above: “Spot the bug! Win a shirt.” Lost among a sea of suits at a huge Carnegie …

Westmoreland

Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water

By Kari Andren
From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling …

Fayette

Blight ordinance passed by Connellsville City Council

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville City Council unanimously passed the long-debated abandoned property and vacant structure ordinance Tuesday night. The ordinance will take effect in 10 days. However, a possible trigger-clause amendment may be …

Armstrong

Fire ravages Dayton area meat-packing plant

By Julie E. Martin 9:44 a.m.
Owners of a Dayton area meat-processing plant ravaged by fire early Wednesday tracked through the ruins in the afternoon, quietly surveying damage done to the business they had purchased only …

Beaver

Autumn festival in Ambridge taps 19th-century charm

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Old Economy Village, home to the 19th-century Harmonist Society in what now is Ambridge, has held various festivals over the years. There was Kunstfest, a festival to commemorate Harmonist crafts; …

Butler

Butler County man arrested on sex charges

By Tribune-Review
The state Attorney General’s Office arrested a Butler County man who believed he was meeting a 5-year-old girl for sex. David P. Ellenberger, 43, of Summit, remained in the Butler County Prison Wednesday, unable to post $50,000 bond on charges …

Indiana

IUP student charged in stabbing attack

By Tribune-Review
A Virginia man was charged Tuesday in connection with a stabbing near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. William A. Rivera, 21, of Reston, Va., is charged with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence by Indiana Police Detective John Scherf. …

Somerset

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Washington

16 to be furloughed at Cal U; 14 positions will go unfilled

By Richard Gazarik
California University of Pennsylvania will lay off 16 employees and leave 14 positions unfilled because of declining enrollment. The announcement was made on Tuesday during a faculty-staff convocation on campus, university spokeswoman Christine Kindl said. Employees who are losing their …

Education

Pennsylvania senator wants to arm school teachers, employees

By Melissa Daniels
As superintendent at Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, Robert Urzillo manages budget crunches, curriculum changes and the demands of high-stakes testing. But those issues don’t keep him up …

Pennsylvania

Priest: Mourners in ‘disbelief’ at Pennsylvania trooper’s death

By The Associated Press 11:43 a.m.
SCRANTON — A priest says that mourners have gathered “in sorrow, disbelief and anger” at the funeral for a Pennsylvania state trooper killed in an ambush. But the Rev. Thomas …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Sept. 17, 2014

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

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
Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Battlefield, ballfield fascinated Civil War buff

By Craig Smith
Jack Halvey loved chasing down pop flies in the infield and studying the history of the Civil War. “He played softball three times a week up until about four years …