| News


Pittsburgh rises up for a 2nd year of Pirates magic

By Chris Togneri
Perhaps the Pirates’ renewed popularity is best measured in ink. “Definitely more Pirates-related stuff now,” said tattoo artist Seth Aaron Moritz, who works at In the Blood Tattoo in the South Side. “Five years ago, I was doing a bunch of Steelers (tattoos). Not now. Now it’s more Pirates.” The …

Spokesman for India’s PM tells Pitt audience of pro-business agenda

By Megha Satyanarayana
Calling the recent youth-led election of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “a delicate, dangerous moment,” Mobashar “MJ” Akbar, spokesman for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, laid out his leader’s plans at the University …

Murder charges dropped against sergeant who shot 2 unarmed Iraqi boys

By Jim Wilhelm
Murder charges against Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera in the 2007 shootings of two deaf, unarmed brothers in Iraq have been dropped — at least for now — but he will face …


Melocchi pleads guilty in leading McKeesport gambling ring

By Patrick Cloonan 11:24 a.m.
Reputed McKeesport area gambling ring mastermind Ronald “Porky” Melocchi pleaded guilty Wednesday. More than a year after he was indicted along with 15 co-defendants, Melocchi, 55, of West Newton pleaded guilty to one felony count of running a corrput organization …


Franklin Regional stabbing suspect could leave Pa. for treatment

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
Alex Hribal, the Franklin Regional High School student charged with trying to kill classmates in April, may have to be sent out of Pennsylvania to …


Project Talent fills Connellsville community center with creepy things

By Mark Hofmann
Project Talent wants to make sure October is full of myths, legends, ghosts and haunted hallways in the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center. Starting Friday, Haunted Hallways will debut on …


Program helping Armstrong jail inmates earn GED diplomas

By Brigid Beatty 11:18 a.m.
Armstrong County Jail inmate Elizabeth Duncan, 29, has been doing time keeping busy with plenty of reading, writing and arithmetic so she can pass her high school equivalency test. Duncan …


Charter school founder’s court hearing must remain open

By Brian Bowling
Before Nick Trombetta can prove the government violated his attorney-client relationships, he has to prove the relationships existed, a federal judge said during a hearing Tuesday. Because the four attorneys in question worked for the companies he founded, he faces …


FedEx facility in Butler County could bring hundreds of jobs

By Bill Vidonic
Jackson supervisors are expected to approve FedEx Ground’s plans to build a 305,000-square-foot distribution center near Interstate 79, the township manager said Tuesday. The distribution center could mean 500 to 550 jobs, Chris Rearick said. Supervisors are expected to vote …


Student gets probation in ‘IUPatty’s’ celebration

By Renatta Signorini
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who charged with a felony count of riot in an unruly St. Patrick’s Day celebration last year has been accepted into a probationary program for first-time offenders, and two others have applied for the …


Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …


Police identify, release people involved in I-70 collision

By Margaret Harding 11:47 a.m.
State police suspect a woman was under the influence of drugs and speeding when she failed to negotiate the curve of an on-ramp, and her car shot into the eastbound lane of Interstate-70 and was hit by a sports utility …


Peduto hails proposal for federal money to boost education for preschoolers

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh city officials outlined an early childhood education plan Tuesday that Mayor Bill Peduto said could spawn a national pilot program. Peduto filed the plan with state officials, who are …


Sparks fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf campaign debate

By The Associated Press 10:50 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Sept. 30, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …

More Luis Fábregas

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 …

More Salena Zito

Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side …

More Eric Heyl

Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: No different treatment for Hope
What do you call it when a woman is charged with domestic violence? Apparently, the answer to that question is “Not the same thing.” Because …

More Nafari Vanaski


Students remember former teacher for tough love

By Tory N. Parrish
Phil Burlbaugh was a tough but fair teacher, his family said. They know that because Burlbaugh’s former Franklin Regional School District students said so. “They always come back to tell …