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America’s path to freedom reflected in region’s numerous historic sites

By Chris Togneri 9:34 p.m.
Western Pennsylvania is home to sites well-known and obscure with paramount ties to American history. These locales, in cities and in countryside, draw history lovers and tourists who want to refresh their knowledge of the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil wars. It was in the woods of Fayette County …

Fun-seekers won’t let a Pittsburgh regatta without races get them down

By Tom Fontaine 9:23 p.m.
Brent Dillard will kick back in Pittsburgh this weekend. Dillard, a Formula One powerboat racer, planned to compete in the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. With the cancellation Friday of all regatta …

Tiny black weevils booming in W.Pa.

By Adam Smeltz 9:23 p.m.
Tiny black bugs that startled Pittsburgh Pirates fans last week at PNC Park might crawl around Western Pennsylvania for a few more weeks before they burrow underground, entomologists say. Deluges of yellow …

Allegheny

Fun-seekers won’t let a Pittsburgh regatta without races get them down

By Tom Fontaine 9:23 p.m.
Brent Dillard will kick back in Pittsburgh this weekend. Dillard, a Formula One powerboat racer, planned to compete in the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. With the cancellation Friday of …

Armstrong

SummerFest kicks off in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Close to 50 crafters and food vendors were hard at work Thursday afternoon setting up booths throughout the Ford City Memorial Park just hours before the opening ceremonies of the …

Beaver

Beaver County woman finds man crouching in her bathroom, stabs him with sword

By Megan Guza
Police in Beaver County are looking for a man, recently released from a Florida prison, they say repeatedly raped his girlfriend, broke into several homes trying to hide and attacked another woman, who stabbed him with a sword. The incidents …

Butler

Oxford filing seeks to overturn award of VA project to Cambridge

By Bill Vidonic
Oxford Development is asking a federal judge to stop work at the Veterans Affairs outpatient health care complex in Center, Butler County while the company tries to overturn the award of the construction contract to another developer. Federal Judge Victor …

Fayette

Investigation into dropped baby at Uniontown Hospital continues

By Tribune-Review
A police investigation into the circumstances that resulted in a nurse dropping a newborn baby at Uniontown Hospital is ongoing, according to a city police detective. Detective Donald Gmitter said the day-old infant sustained a skull fracture when dropped at …

Indiana

Jim Caviezel to be honored by Jimmy Stewart Museum

By The Associated Press
Jim Caviezel is being honored by the Indiana, Pa., museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series “Person of Interest” and became widely known for his role in the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” He …

Somerset

2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud

By Tribune-Review
Two Western Pennsylvania men are among 20 people charged statewide with insurance fraud by agents from the state Attorney General’s office. John Anthony Lowry, 31, of Connellsville, is charged with one count each of workers compensation fraud and theft by …

Washington

Rescuers use hoist to lift horse from Washington County sinkhole

By Katherine Schaeffer 9:32 p.m.
The Washington County Animal Response Team rescued a horse from a 6-foot sinkhole at a Scenery Hill farm Friday morning. Responders lifted the 1,000-pound horse, named Chautauqua Worms, from the …

Westmoreland

Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls

By Renatta Signorini
Two female students testified through tears Thursday that a former Jeannette High School wrestling coach had inappropriate sexual contact with them. “He grabbed me by my ...

Education

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts …

Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would have phased out more …

Photo Gallery

Friday - July 3, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Parents take Indiana Township boy’s quest for liver donor to billboards, social media
Parents Jess and Rick Goeller say they are pretty desperate — and it’s easy to understand why. Their 2-year-old son, Lucas, has been awaiting a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Leading on race: Communities, not elites
BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. Grace always finds a way to arrive just in time. Last week the sewer of social media and news, which often poses as …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Don’t let the naysayers derail Pittsburgh’s bid for Super Bowl LVII
Levi’s coming to town. It’s not a done deal. But it’s all but official that Pittsburgh will be the site of Super Bowl LVII, or …

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Obituaries

Mom’s helpful nature benefited community

By Matt Faye
Stella Butler had a passion for helping others, constantly putting the needs of her community ahead of her own, her family said. “Helpful, generous, good-natured,” daughter-in-law Ardella Butler said. “She …