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Earlier openings make Black Friday shopping easier for bargain-hunters

By Chris Fleisher 2:03 p.m.
An early morning snow squall couldn’t keep bargain hunters from stores in search of Black Friday deals, as retailers reported strong store traffic on the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Many retailers including Macy’s, Target and Wal-Mart started offering Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving and remained open straight …

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 1:33 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

UPMC researcher died of acute cyanide poisoning, medical examiner says

By Tribune-Review 1:46 p.m.
A UPMC researcher who collapsed at her desk earlier this month died of acute cyanide poisoning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday. Doctors pronounced Nicole Kotchey, 35, of Ross dead at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital on Nov. 12. …

Allegheny

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 1:33 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

Westmoreland

Youngwood Fire Department to dedicate memorial at station

By Bob Stiles
At the corner of South Second and Chestnut streets in Youngwood, firefighters will pause to remember, maybe shed a tear and honor one of their ...

Fayette

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 1:33 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

Armstrong

Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 1:17 p.m.
State police have released surveillance images of a person suspected of burglarizing an Armstrong County business just hours before it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. The suspect is believed …

Beaver

Pittsburgh man gets 2 life terms in slaying of Beaver Falls couple

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Pittsburgh man to two life sentences for the slaying of a Beaver Falls couple. A jury on Oct. 28 convicted Robert Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh for first-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses …

Butler

Toys for Tots distributor in Butler County searches for home

By Megan Guza
Members of Bantam Marine Detachment 743 in Butler County continue to collect for their Toys for Tots organization, but they’re also seeking a donation of a different kind — about 5,000 square feet of workspace. “Every year, we have to …

Indiana

Northern Cambria man accused of attempted rape

By Tribune-Review 12:18 p.m.
State police in Indiana County arrested a 38-year-old Northern Cambria man accused of breaking into a Cherry Tree home early Thanksgiving morning and assaulting, threatening and attempting to rape a woman inside. Police said Eric Cesare Lentz broke a back …

Somerset

Seven Springs, Hidden Valley ski resorts open today

By The Associated Press
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s two largest ski resorts are celebrating White Friday. Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley, both in Somerset County, have opened for the season. Both have taken advantage of colder than normal temperatures to make snow. Eric Mauck …

Washington

Company seeks to reopen coal mine in Nottingham, Washington County

By Jason Cato 11:47 a.m.
A plan to reopen a coal mine, long dreaded by residents of a rural northern Washington County community, is inching closer to reality. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental …

Education

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …

Pennsylvania

Ex-House Democratic leader DeWeese seeks new trial

By The Associated Press 1:39 p.m.
HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania House Democratic leader who served a sentence for corruption is seeking a new trial now that he’s out of prison. Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese made the filing this week in Dauphin County Court claiming …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Nov. 28, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy 11:47 a.m.
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Obituaries

Businessman’s generosity spread beyond family

By Jacob Tierney
Ron Simmons was a successful entrepreneur whose shrewd business sense was matched by his kindness. Ronald Arthur Simmons of Collier died of a heart attack in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, …