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New York City hunkers down as Nor’easter threatens blizzard conditions

By Bobby Kerlik 10:22 p.m.
Asha McRae scrolled through her smartphone Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh International Airport, hoping she wouldn’t be stranded on Concourse B because airlines canceled nearly all flights to the New York area as a major snowstorm arrived. “They said my flight was canceled until the 28th. I said no to that, …

Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted 10:40 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans and the fired director of the state’s Open Records Office on Monday sued Gov. Tom Wolf in Commonwealth Court, accusing him of “an assault on the independence” of …

Funeral for Joey Fabus, honorary Bethel Park police officer, draws crowd

By Matthew Santoni 10:40 p.m.
Joey Fabus’ father, David, laid the little blue police cap from Joey’s uniform atop the casket at his funeral Monday in St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon. Joey, 8, was buried in …

Allegheny

Funeral for Joey Fabus, honorary Bethel Park police officer, draws crowd

By Matthew Santoni 10:40 p.m.
Joey Fabus’ father, David, laid the little blue police cap from Joey’s uniform atop the casket at his funeral Monday in St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon. Joey, 8, was …

Westmoreland

Delmont man blogs about industrial history of region, exploring long-cold coke ovens

By Mary Pickels
Crunching a quarter-mile across an abandoned, snow-covered stretch of Pennsylvania Railroad tracks near Armbrust, Mike Mance led visitors to the former Hester Coke Works. The dozens ...

Fayette

South Connellsville mayor charged with transferring gun without council permission

By Mark Hofmann 7:40 p.m.
South Connellsville Mayor Peter Matthew Casini has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition after police allege he transferred and purchased a gun from the borough’s police department without permission from borough officials. The charges were filed by …

Armstrong

Plan hatched to make storefront hub of Armstrong event, services news

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning storefront exclusively housing the tourist bureau could become a hub for several Armstrong County organizations. Representatives from the Allegheny River Development Corp., Arts on the Allegheny, Downtown Kittanning Inc., Allegheny Land Trust, the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of …

Beaver

1 person injured after being hit by car in Aliquippa

By Tribune-Review
One person was injured after being struck by a vehicle around 11 p.m. Friday on Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa, emergency personnel said. Beaver County emergency dispatchers said the person was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. …

Butler

Fireworks festival hopes to draw crowd to Cooper’s Lake

By Bill Vidonic
No government agency offered any taxpayer-funded carrot to lure the 2015 Pyrofest fireworks show from Allegheny County to Cooper’s Lake Campground in Worth, the head of the Butler County Tourism …

Indiana

1 of 2 killed in Marine chopper crash was from Indiana, Pa.

By Paul Peirce  and Joe Napsha
An Indiana native who as a teen dreamed of being a Marine Corps aviator was one of two people killed Friday in a crash during a helicopter training exercise at …

Somerset

Christian day camp in Somerset County sued over sexual assault

By Adam Brandolph 10:40 p.m.
Officials at a Christian-themed day camp in Somerset County allowed a counselor with a history of sexual abuse to continue his criminal conduct, a victim claimed more than a decade later in a civil lawsuit filed by her lawyers. The …

Washington

Cal U women’s basketball team, students share grief before game

By Jacob Tierney
As the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team prepared Saturday for its first game since the death of one of its own, every player was wearing the No. 44. …

Education

Penn Hills superintendent resigns

By Tribune-Review 10:57 p.m.
The Penn Hills School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas K. Washington on Monday night, according to a statement from spokeswoman Teresita K. Kolenchak. Washington came to the district in 2011, replacing acting Superintendent Stephen Vak. In his tenure, …

Pennsylvania

Senate GOP, fired open records director file lawsuit against Wolf

By Brad Bumsted 10:40 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans and the fired director of the state’s Open Records Office on Monday sued Gov. Tom Wolf in Commonwealth Court, accusing him of “an assault on the …

Photo Gallery

Monday - Jan. 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Former Senator Santorum preaches sacred value of verbal restraint to pope
To: Pope Francis From: Rick Santorum Re: Exercising verbal restraint Your Eminence: I’m writing regarding the recent remarks I made about you on conservative Hugh …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: For all the things you want to do more easily, this app’s for you
Just in time for the Super Bowl, and to coincide with its million-dollar commercials during the big game, Budweiser announced this week that it is …

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Obituaries

Surgeon’s dedication to medicine inspired family

By Rick Wills
Francis Perri could barely walk down the street without being recognized, usually by people who wanted to thank him. “I was just in the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon the other …