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Pittsburgh council confirms new public safety chief, budget director

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Stephen Bucar as the city’s public safety director and Sam Ashbaugh as budget director. Bucar, 54, of the South Side, a former Pennsylvania state trooper and FBI agent, replaces Michael Huss as public safety director. His salary is $125,000 a year. Ashbaugh, 42, …

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder 11:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh cleared a major roadblock to negotiating yearly contributions from nonprofits by dropping a lawsuit against UPMC, but it also shed what promised to be costly, time-consuming litigation, experts said. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city took a …

Unseasonably cold temperature sets Western Pa. record

By Megan Henney 10:04 p.m.
A record low temperature for July 29 was set early on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, beating the record from 1982 by one degree, said Bob Coblentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon. The temperature at 5:02 a.m. was …

Allegheny

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder 11:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh cleared a major roadblock to negotiating yearly contributions from nonprofits by dropping a lawsuit against UPMC, but it also shed what promised to be costly, time-consuming litigation, experts said. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city took a …

Westmoreland

IceoPlex owner indicted, accused of avoiding $1M in payroll taxes

By Brian Bowling 10:29 p.m.
The owner of IceoPlex at Southpointe in Washington County dodged paying more than $1 million in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011, federal prosecutors say. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Steven J. Lynch, 59, of Squirrel Hill on …

Fayette

Father, son killed in East Huntingdon crash

By Stacey Federoff 10:57 p.m.
A father and son driving to work early Tuesday morning died in an accident at an East Huntingdon intersection that residents described as dangerous. Drivers often speed on Route 981, …

Armstrong

Heavy rains pour through Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A lightning show and heavy rains on Sunday kept residents and emergency responders in Armstrong County busy into Monday morning dealing with minor floods and about a dozen downed trees and power wires. “I heard it pouring pretty hard last …

Beaver

Volkswagen crashes through convenience store in Aliquippa

By Bobby Kerlik
A woman crashed a Volkswagen Passat through the front of a Circle K store Tuesday in Aliquippa, police said. The woman crashed through the front of the store about 1:45 p.m., finally stopping near where the cashiers stand, Aliquippa police …

Butler

Saxonburg man pleads no contest to setting boy, 7, on fire

By Chuck Biedka 10:56 p.m.
A Saxonburg man could spend up to 12 years in prison for setting a 7-year-old boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 37, of Carol Drive pleaded no contest to one …

Indiana

Fire at Indiana County lumber yard appears accidental; loss set at $350K

By Tribune-Review
A Saturday fire at an Indiana County lumber yard that destroyed a building appears to be an accident, according to fire officials. The blaze broke out at 5:30 p.m. in a storage building at Schroth Industries along Martin Road in …

Somerset

Woman, teenager charged after iPad theft, resale in Confluence

By Tribune-Review 8:03 p.m.
State police at Somerset allege that a woman sold an iPad to another woman in Confluence even though she knew that a teenage boy stole it. The juvenile, whose name was not released, allegedly stole an Apple iPad from a …

Washington

Charleroi mother charged with abusing boy, 3

By Tribune-Review
The mother of a 3-year-old Washington County boy who was hospitalized on July 3 for multiple bruises and burn marks on his stomach and leg has been charged with abusing the child. Shyann M. Sanpietro, 24, of Charleroi was charged …

Education

Pittsburgh schools’ teacher evaluations approved

By Bill Zlatos 11:00 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved Pittsburgh Public Schools’ system for evaluating teachers for the next three years, district officials announced Tuesday. The district implemented the new system five years ago in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness tests

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women. The Justice Department’s 10-page lawsuit was …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: This dress is a steal 10:30 p.m.
It’s a fashion statement. It’s a security breach. It’s a password dress. It’s a dress containing many of weakest passwords imaginable, ones that never should …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Obituaries

Attorney had broad range of private, public clients

By Megan Henney 10:33 p.m.
Regan Nerone believed in ethics and morality, and, for him, his work in law was all about helping others. “Rather than trying to find loopholes in the law, he adhered …