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PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates

By Melissa Daniels
In a nondescript driver’s license center along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, five PennDOT  employees decide what meets the definition of offensive. Plays on “WEED” or “ACID” — prohibited. Variations of “SEXY” or “EVIL” — denied, along with original idioms such as “SEXNAZI” and “HELLKAT.” Pennsylvania drivers send in 200 …

Bookings for August Wilson Center climb, but permanent board yet to be set

By Natasha Lindstrom
Its reflective glass doors remain closed to the public, but the August Wilson Center for African American Culture is securing support and raising revenue while its temporary leaders move closer to installing …

Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’

By Tony Raap
Investigators are trying to determine who wounded a 26-year-old woman at Kennywood Park late Saturday, looking into the possibility that the gunfire was from a Fourth of July celebration outside the amusement park. The shooting happened about 10:10 p.m. as …

Allegheny

Allegheny County Council aims to dig out of hole

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council President John DeFazio says he intends to help council climb out of a deep hole it dug by ignoring its rules and letting bills linger. Council has 63 ordinances, resolutions or motions pending, according to its website, …

Armstrong

Open locks have Armstrong river businesses banking on better weather

By Julie E. Martin
Though a rainy June has put a damper on Allegheny River activity, boaters and businesses are buoyed by the hope of better days because the Armstrong County locks are open for recreational travel for the first time in three years. …

Beaver

Fatal crash under investigation in Baden

By Tribune-Review
One person was killed in a rollover crash Sunday afternoon in Baden, authorities said. WPXI-TV reported the crash happened on Route 65 near the State Street intersection at about 1:30 p.m. The occupant of the vehicle was dead on arrival. …

Butler

Butler County continues to experience population growth

By Rick Wills
Before Crystal Yost moved to Butler County from Illinois three years ago, she and her husband considered living in Wexford. “We liked the school system there. It is a bit …

Fayette

Initials carved into pig in Georges Township

By Tribune-Review
State police in Uniontown said they are investigating a cruelty to animals incident, in which someone carved initials into the side of a pig in Georges Township, Fayette County, over the weekend. According to police, a 40-year-old Fairchance man reported …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

California woman’s tale of Army Reserve service told in Sen. McCain’s book

By Mary Pickels
When Mary Rhoads joined the Army Reserve as a Canon-McMillan High School junior, some of her friends jokingly called her “Combat Mama.” Because she had weekend drills, she sometimes wore …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland Cultural Trust moves to next phase of Palace capital campaign

By Jacob Tierney
It’s $5.8 million raised, $2.2 million to go in the Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s first major capital fundraising campaign since 2001. The trust has been quietly raising ...

Education

La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei stokes interest in Pittsburgh’s Italian heritage

By Katherine Schaeffer 10:43 a.m.
Angela Hertz’s Italian-American grandparents taught her to love her heritage — the food, the culture and the sense of family. But it wasn’t until Hertz started college that she learned …

Pennsylvania

PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates

By Melissa Daniels
In a nondescript driver’s license center along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, five PennDOT  employees decide what meets the definition of offensive. Plays on “WEED” or “ACID” — prohibited. Variations …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - July 5, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of swimming, the board president at …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Philly’s new vibrancy lures crowds
PHILADELPHIA — Only a year old, in this birthplace of American democracy,  Independence Beer Garden is a landscaped oasis in a once-stark cement portico. It …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Asphalt will remain only marker for once heralded Syria Mosque
Some folks value asphalt much more than others. A perfect example of that blacktop-related truism can be found on Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland, where two …

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Obituaries

Former Munhall priest shared strength with struggling parishioners

By Tony Raap
John Vojtek’s family never pegged him as a future priest. He listened to Motown music, his nickname was the Bopper, and he had a reputation for being a pool shark. …