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Pittsburgh roots shape former Md. governor’s outlook in run for president

By Salena Zito
A work ethic and values learned from his father’s blue-collar Pittsburgh upbringing will bolster former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in his run for the presidency, he told the Tribune-Review. “It is that notion that you can create a better life for your children and for your grandchildren. ... My father …

Pittsburgh’s HealthyRide system begins launch Sunday

By Melissa Daniels
The 37-pound bikes in the Pittsburgh HealthyRide bike share system have puncture-proof tires, seven gears, an internal computer capable of unlocking the bike automatically and GPS tracking. With the technology yet to …

Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh asking Supreme Court to hear case

By Aaron Aupperlee
A challenge to the Affordable Care Act from two Western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses has a strong chance of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys and legal experts familiar with the high …

Allegheny

Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh asking Supreme Court to hear case

By Aaron Aupperlee
A challenge to the Affordable Care Act from two Western Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses has a strong chance of appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys and legal experts familiar with …

Armstrong

Man dies trying to escape fire at his North Buffalo home

By Brigid Beatty
A 74-year-old man died of smoke inhalation Friday morning trying to escape from a fire that broke out in his North Buffalo home at 642 Bunker Hill Road. Dale Bowser …

Beaver

Allegheny Intermediate Unit to distribute $530,000 in STEAM grants to 28 school districts

By Katherine Schaeffer
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity announced Friday it will distribute $530,000 in STEAM grants to 28 school districts in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Chevron Corporation, the Claude Worthington Benedum and the Grable …

Butler

Butler County Election Board ruling favors Geyer over O’Neill for general electiion ballot

By Bill Vidonic
The race for the Republican nomination for Butler County commissioner remains a nail-biter, with the county’s election board still not certifying the winners. Unofficially, Kim Geyer remains in second place by three votes over Bob O’Neill, 4,288 to 4,285. Republican …

Fayette

Thousands attend Connellsville Civil War Festival

By Mark Hofmann
The daylong Civil War Festival at Connellsville Area Junior High School put an audience on a music journey into the Civil War and in the presence of a general and …

Indiana

Driver dies, students hurt in school van crash in Indiana County

By Bob Stiles
The driver of a school van died and five others — including three children — were injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday on Route 403 in Cherrytree, Indiana County, state police said. Lisa Ann Stapleton, 32, of Cherryhill, the driver …

Somerset

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …

Washington

Former chief of juvenile probation in Washington County pleads guilty to theft and records tampering

By Jason Cato
Washington County’s former chief juvenile probation officer pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to allegations he pocketed money intended to pay for a mixed martial arts training class that never occurred. Daniel Clements, 47, of Aliquippa pleaded guilty to theft …

Westmoreland

Volunteers pull weeds, clear debris from Hempfield’s neglected 14th Quartermaster monument

By Mary Pickels
Four days after several Marines spent seven hours yanking weeds, gathering piles of wet leaves and removing months-old wreaths from the site, contracted landscaping work ...

Education

For some W.Pa. high schoolers, summer a time to hit books at universities

By Katherine Schaeffer
Summer break is traditionally a time for family vacations, afternoon baseball games and lazy days at the pool, but some Pittsburgh-area high school students enroll in a summer enrichment program at one of the city’s universities, using the time to …

Pennsylvania

New Castle man gets prison for rape of girl seen on flea market tablet computer

By The Associated Press
A New Castle man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet that he later sold at a flea market will spend 15 to 30 years in state prison for the sex acts. Donald Miller, …

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Friday - May 29, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Discovering hole in insurance coverage can come at worst time
Lawrence Young shattered the femur in his left leg when he fell on ice in January while taking out the garbage at his Beltzhoover home. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pittsburgh roots shape former Md. governor’s outlook in run for president
A work ethic and values learned from his father’s blue-collar Pittsburgh upbringing will bolster former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in his run for the presidency, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Santorum right to sidestep ghosts of presidential campaigns past
When you’re running for president, you don’t want poltergeists interrupting your pronouncements. In announcing his latest White House bid on Wednesday, Rick Santorum returned to …

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Obituaries

Knitter spent long life with attitude of joy, giving

By Kari Andren
Bertha Anklin was a Knit-Whit until the very end. At 103, Mrs. Anklin was the oldest member of the women’s knitting group that met Thursday mornings to share coffee and …