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Google Maps opens business doors to online views for shoppers

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, and he’s become a very good customer of ours,” said Danforth, owner of Feast on Brilliant. The customer did not find the grits by browsing …

Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator

By Liz Hayes 5:51 p.m.
Indiana Township police issued an unusual BOLO on Friday: They’d like residents to be on the lookout for an alligator. Sgt. Tim Michael said the alligator was spotted twice this month in the Rural Ridge neighborhood, most recently on Tuesday …

Records: Steelers RB Bell admitted smoking pot before traffic stop but denied being high

By Margaret Harding
A Steelers running back admitted to a Ross police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, but denied being high, court records show. “I smoked two hours ago. I am not high …


Police identify victim of deadly Homewood shooting

By Tribune-Review 5:09 p.m.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office on Friday identified a man who was shot and killed in Homewood a day earlier. Paramedics found Brian Hall, 18, of Penn Hills, bleeding from the head at about 10 p.m. in an alley …


Salem teen surprised with Westmoreland Fair Queen win

By Alicia McElhaney
Winning came as a big surprise for this year’s Westmoreland Fair Queen, first-time competitor Abby Gillis. “This was my first year running so I told …


Uniontown PNC Bank robbery suspects surrender

By Liz Zemba 5:35 p.m.
The couple that police were searching for in connection with the robbery of a PNC Bank in Uniontown and one of its patrons are now in police custody. Uniontown Police …


Ford City’s Light Up Night may get go-ahead from council Monday

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership members say they’ve been left in the dark about whether they will be allowed to decorate the borough this year for Light Up Night festivities. At the beginning of this year, the group asked Ford …


1 injured in Pa. Turnpike crash in Beaver County

By Michael Hasch
One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. The crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile …


Husband of Butler County day care center operator charged with molesting children

By Bill Vidonic
The state Department of Public Welfare is conducting surprise inspections of a Butler County day care center to ensure the owner’s husband isn’t there as he awaits a hearing on charges he molested two children at the center, officials said …


Jury: Indiana County woman downloaded child porn to frame husband

By The Associated Press
A Clymer woman has been found guilty of downloading child pornography in a failed attempt to frame her estranged husband. Meri Jane Woods was convicted Wednesday in Indiana County. District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says the 43-year-old Woods downloaded 40 images …


Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …


70-year-old man says he didn’t see trooper who was run over

By Jason Cato
A Washington County man returned home on Thursday after spending the night in jail for backing over a state trooper in a relative’s car. Jay V. Harris, 70, said he …


Duquesne City School District set to dive into Common Core

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Duquesne City educators are moving into the 2014-15 school year with intentions to further the district’s comprehensive plan, and are employing new curriculum and instructional tools to boost student achievement …


Education department releases records to show Corbett adviser actually worked

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The state Department of Education released eight months of records on Thursday that show when the governor’s higher education adviser entered and exited a state parking garage, a …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to …

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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: For these jobs, let’s do the twist
Have any experience in crisis communication? If so, you might want to respond to the help wanted ads below from agencies and organizations in need …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the two together, and some readers …

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Accountant unwound with family, outdoors

By Mary Pickels
Dykes Gadelmeyer was so dedicated to customer service that he made office visits to his accounting clients. “That was a special touch. He always did that,” said his daughter, Susie …