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White House breach ‘a cry out for help,’ alleged intruder’s ex-wife says

By The Associated Press
MIDLAND, Texas — An Iraq War veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him owns several guns that he could have brought with him if he had meant to harm anyone, his former stepson said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, …

Teachers’ roles evolve as districts rely more on computers

By Matthew Santoni 12:01 p.m.
When Upper St. Clair seventh-graders got take-home iPads, Brad Wilson split his time between teaching students to use the tablet computers and teaching teachers how to make their classes better. “The first …

Researchers study ways to protect power grid from solar storms

By Adam Smeltz
Nobody knew what to call it in 1859, when the most dramatic solar storm on record shocked telegraph operators, set their paper ablaze and lit up the horizon with brilliant auroras. Sky …

Allegheny

Port Authority bus drives over embankment; driver only one aboard

By Matt Santoni 2:27 p.m.
A Port Authority bus crashed off Interstate 279 and rolled down a hillside onto Evergreen Street in Perry North Monday afternoon, authorities said. The bus, which was empty except for …

Westmoreland

At 87, Rostraver man still entertaining polka fans

By Stacey Federoff
He’s been playing violin for more than seven decades, but John Huchrowski believes his staying power isn’t because he’s the best. “I’m not a musician. …

Fayette

Volunteer program circles around poverty problem in Connellsville

By Mark Hofmann
A poverty-solution initiative is growing in Connellsville with the naming of a chairwoman and co-chairwoman and a second poverty awareness day. Circles of Connellsville Area is a branch of a …

Armstrong

Emerald ash borers taking toll in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
Several trees near power lines in Freeport and Ford City will be taken down by West Penn Power workers in October because they were killed by an invasive species of …

Beaver

PennDOT workers injured in Beaver County

By Bill Vidonic
Rescue crews on Thursday pulled a PennDOT worker coated in yellow paint from the wreckage of the truck he was riding in after it rolled off a narrow Beaver County …

Butler

Mother sues Butler County Jail, Butler Memorial Hospital after son dies in custody

By Brian Bowling 12:40 p.m.
Medical staff at the Butler County jail and Butler Memorial Hospital failed to provide a Richland man with proper medical treatment, leading to his Nov. 12, 2012, death, the man’s mother claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. Lynn Greygor, …

Indiana

Indiana County mother gets jail term for toddler’s drowning

By Renatta Signorini 2:12 p.m.
An Indiana County mother was sentenced Monday to one year less a day to two years less a day in county prison for her son’s accidental drowning in a bathtub. Tonya Nicole Thomas, 27, tearfully addressed Judge William Martin prior …

Somerset

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Washington

Former manager of Consol’s land office charged with 60 counts of mail fraud

By Brian Bowling 2:14 p.m.
The former general manager in Consol’s land records department swindled the company out of about $440,000 in gas royalties through a lease fraud scheme, federal prosecutors say in an information filed Monday that charges him with 60 counts of mail …

Education

Teachers’ roles evolve as districts rely more on computers

By Matthew Santoni 12:01 p.m.
When Upper St. Clair seventh-graders got take-home iPads, Brad Wilson split his time between teaching students to use the tablet computers and teaching teachers how to make their classes better. …

Pennsylvania

Corbett confident state trooper ambush suspect will be caught

By The Associated Press 12:21 p.m.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — The survivalist charged in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks 10 days ago will be caught, Gov. Tom Corbett vowed Monday as a police official said authorities believe they are hot on his trail. …

Photo Gallery

Sunday - Sept. 21, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Trust the issue in Fla. governor race
While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year’s U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Take away their cars? Not so fast
They need their wheels. You might not think that many Allegheny County officials require round-the-clock access to newer model vehicles paid for or leased at …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading all about the goings-on in …

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Obituaries

Athletic man filled his life with friends, fun

By Bobby Kerlik
Bucky Hamilton was never one to sit around doing nothing. “If it was a nice day, we were always doing something. We rode his motorcycle; we rode bicycles. He was …