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Timing of summer’s end a matter of perspective for Western Pennsylvanians

By Aaron Aupperlee
A date on the calendar, the sun’s position relative to the Earth’s equator, and even Google can tell us when seasons start and stop. Yet folks in Western Pennsylvania often mark the end of summer and start of fall differently. “As long as the Pirates are still playing, it’s summer,” …

White House threat sparks call for wider immigration debate

By Carl Prine
With the White House drafting a plan to let as many as 9 million illegal immigrants stay in the United States, some lawmakers and criminologists are calling for wider debate on enforcing …

Carnegie Mellon grad’s tweak to tweets turns 7

By Megha Satyanarayana
Whether you love it or hate it, the hashtag, the little “#” symbol that has become synonymous with social media, is 7 years old, and a Carnegie Mellon University graduate is the …

Allegheny

Timing of summer’s end a matter of perspective for Western Pennsylvanians

By Aaron Aupperlee
A date on the calendar, the sun’s position relative to the Earth’s equator, and even Google can tell us when seasons start and stop. Yet folks in Western Pennsylvania often …

Westmoreland

Western Pa. volunteers battle wildfires in West

By Jacob Tierney 12:01 a.m.
Four Western Pennsylvania firefighters returned home from the West Coast on Saturday, eager to sleep in their beds after weeks sleeping in tents and quelling …

Fayette

Living History: Uniontown man aboard USS San Diego duing Japan’s WWII surrender

By Karl Polacek
Harry Soblotney of Uniontown was just 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. After training, he spent the rest of World War II aboard the light anti-aircraft cruiser …

Armstrong

Armstrong School District works out contract with cafeteria workers

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District’s cafeteria staff and administrators agreed to terms of a three-year contract on Thursday after five months of negotiations. The contract guarantees the district’s 65 cafeteria employees an annual 3 percent wage increase and a high-deductible health care …

Beaver

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

By Brian Bowling
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Friday scheduled a Sept. 30 hearing on Nicholas Trombetta’s claim that she should dismiss the criminal charges filed against him because federal prosecutors recorded conversations he had with his attorneys. Trombetta, the founder …

Butler

Renewed awareness of ALS gives hope to those with disease in Butler County and beyond

By Bill Vidonic
Once every three months, a friend drives Pat Foringer about an hour each way from her Butler Township home to Allegheny General Hospital, where a team of caregivers helps her …

Indiana

Dog-training program gives prison inmates chance to give back

By Stacey Federoff
Behind the razor-wire fences and the cold stone walls of the state prison at Pine Grove, the unlikeliest of alliances is taking root between eight inmates at the maximum-security lockup …

Somerset

Mountain Craft Days in Somerset celebrate pioneer spirit

By Barbara Starn
The ring of the stonemason’s hammer and chisel and the rhythm of the railsplitter’s tools, common sounds of 18th century frontier life, will greet people who visit the 43rd Mountain Craft Days festival on Friday through Sept. 7 at the …

Washington

Washington County’s Cross Creek grapples with complaints about backyard chicken coops

By Jason Cato
In a community where farm animals and acres of pasture outnumber residents by a fairly large margin, the lodging of a chicken complaint pecks at a nerve over a long-standing …

Education

Some Thomas Jefferson HS parents told to bring more appropriate clothes to school for their kids

By Dona Dreeland
Officials at Thomas Jefferson High School are cracking down on students for dress code violations, pulling them from classes, advising them to cover up and sending notices to parents to have their children dress more appropriately. During the course of …

Pennsylvania

Dog-training program gives prison inmates chance to give back

By Stacey Federoff
Behind the razor-wire fences and the cold stone walls of the state prison at Pine Grove, the unlikeliest of alliances is taking root between eight inmates at the maximum-security lockup …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Aug. 29, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wisconsin Gov. Walker, in fierce battle to keep post, gains notice for reformist ways, win over unions
APPLETON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker seems to know his populist management style could win over more than just Badger State residents. He’s talking …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in peril or causing it. Most …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

World War II hero stood up for fellow soldiers

By Paul Peirce
George Stairs didn’t get stressed out about much upon returning home to Westmoreland County in 1945 when he finished serving in the Army during World War II. “Anything that would …