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Pittsburghers gather to say their final goodbye to Mayor Sophie Masloff

By Mike Wereschagin
In a memorial service marked by the words of presidents and filled with a blend of the working and political classes, Pittsburgh said goodbye to the woman most knew simply as Sophie. “Today is a day of awe-filled memory. Today is a day of gratitude. And it is a day …

DEP revises announcement: Coal fire not threatening visibility for air traffic at Pittsburgh airport

By Natasha Lindstrom 8:18 p.m.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will begin next month a $1.4 million project to extinguish a fire in a coal waste pile burning underneath a 10-acre patch of land near the Pittsburgh …

Jury convicts Pittsburgh man for Homestead slaying

By Adam Brandolph
A Pittsburgh man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally shooting another man last October. An Allegheny County jury found Wilbert Keith Johnson, 37, of the city’s Allentown …

Allegheny

DEP revises announcement: Coal fire not threatening visibility for air traffic at Pittsburgh airport

By Natasha Lindstrom 8:18 p.m.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will begin next month a $1.4 million project to extinguish a fire in a coal waste pile burning underneath a 10-acre patch of land near …

Westmoreland

New Stanton to craft comprehensive plan to prove borough ‘more than’ turnpike exit

By Jacob Tierney
New Stanton Council President Scott Sistek said he wants the community to be seen as more than just a stop off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The borough is working with the Westmoreland County planning department on a comprehensive plan to …

Fayette

Connellsville’s blighted property ordinance overcomes first hurdle

By Mark Hofmann
In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Connellsville City Council agreed to pass the first reading of an abandoned property and vacant structure ordinance — with some concerns. The ordinance requires …

Armstrong

Fugitive captured in Washington Township after eluding police overnight

By Julie E. Martin
The search for a man who led police on a high speed chase on Route 839 Monday night and then fled on foot into the woods near Dayton ended on …

Beaver

Geneva slashing faculty and programs in 5 percent budget cut

By Debra Erdley
Trustees at Geneva College announced a 5 percent budget cut Tuesday. The move comes just nine months after officials at the Beaver Falls college announced they would freeze undergraduate tuition at the 2013-14 rate of $25,200 this year. Officials said …

Butler

Cranberry woman found dead in car that went over embankment

By Tribune-Review
A Cranberry woman was found dead in the wreckage of her car off Route 19 in Jackson Tuesday, township police said. Sharon Petrich, 66, likely went off the road several hours before the car was spotted around 7:55 a.m. by …

Indiana

1 dead, 5 hurt in collision along Route 422 in Indiana County

By Trib Total Media
A 67-year-old Armstrong County man was killed and five others injured Tuesday after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a coal truck on Route 422 in Indiana County. James S. Norris of Kittanning was pronounced dead at …

Somerset

Somerset County Fair offers animal education

By Barbara Starn
The 114th annual Somerset County Fair provides education, food and fun for people of all ages. The fair started Saturday and runs through Aug. 23 at the Somerset County Fairgrounds in Meyersdale. Susan Levy, coordinator of the Somerset County Animal …

Washington

‘Machete-type knife’ weapon used in adult bookstore robbery in Washington County

By Michael Hasch 5:12 p.m.
State police are searching for two men, one of them armed with what troopers are calling “a machete type knife with a long black lanyard,” who robbed an adult bookstore in Washington County. The holdup occurred at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday …

Education

Federal prosecutors in Trombetta case seek to keep documents secret

By Jason Cato
Federal prosecutors on Monday asked a judge for permission to keep their response secret from the public over claims that they recorded conversations between a former cyber school head and his attorneys. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh last year …

Pennsylvania

Uber manager again refuses to reveal ridership numbers

By Tom Fontaine
A manager for ride-sharing service Uber again refused to divulge the company’s ridership numbers on Tuesday in testimony before state Public Utility Commission administrative law judges. “I’m not authorized to disclose the information in this setting,” said Matthew Gore, a …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Aug. 20, 2014

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

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: Masloff’s vibrancy endured
Jenny Bradshaw was the only person spotted at Sophie Masloff’s funeral wearing a stethoscope. “I’d stop by to see her every Tuesday,” Masloff’s home health …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: City looks to leave ‘Gatsby’ days behind
This one movie has been stuck in my head this week. It’s called, “Man of the Century.” It’s a comedy about a guy who is …

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Obituaries

Executive secretary liked to write, cook

By Tory N. Parrish
Helen Santini was a caregiver of her baby sister, who later in life returned the favor. “She was a wonderful sister. She was 12 years older than me,” said Mary …