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More witness intimidation charges are filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph 12:09 a.m.
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second time with contacting the teenager and intimidating her. And he used a school-issued laptop to do it, police said. Joseph Ruggieri, 40, was arraigned before …

Wet weather puts Three Rivers Regatta events in jeopardy

By Tony Raap
The annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta may have to cancel some events this weekend if it continues to rain, organizers said Monday. “We are monitoring the river daily,” said John Bonassi, …

American Airlines manager arrested in Pittsburgh on sex crimes charges

By Megan Guza 12:09 a.m.
An American Airlines senior manager who was part of the company’s initial response on 9/11 was arrested in an undercover sting operation, accused of trying to meet a woman and her 10-year-old …


80 percent of drivers found exceeding speed limit in Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park

By Katherine Schaeffer
More than 80 percent of drivers exceeded the speed limit past tracking devices in Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park recently, some as fast as 77 mph in zones with posted limits of 25 mph and 35 mph, data show. Police …


Apollo to contact owners of vacant properties, issue fines

By George Guido
Apollo is getting set to enforce its vacancy ordinance. The borough will send applications to owners of vacant structures this week. The mailing will include a review of the ordinance. Each owner of a vacant property must fill out an …


Beaver County daughter, terminally ill mom bond through Penguins hockey

By Jason Mackey
Michelle Hardy has little use for the NHL offseason. Told she has 12 to 18 months to live because of a terminal form of brain cancer, Hardy, 46, wants hockey …


Facebook page scuttles plans for Butler County fake tornado drill

By Tony Raap
A Facebook page operated by a Butler County teenager caused confusion Monday among emergency officials, the National Weather Service and others when the page’s administrator said he would post a fake warning about a tornado as a way to conduct …


Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown

By Liz Zemba
A Brooklyn man who took a cab from Philadelphia to Uniontown to surprise his fiancée instead found himself booked into the Fayette County jail when he couldn’t pay the $749 …


Indiana County man sentenced in killing described as ‘possible outcome’ of drug trade

By Renatta Signorini
An Indiana County man was sentenced Monday as much as 30 years in prison for his role in a 2013 fatal shooting in Clymer. Judge Thomas Bianco said that while Gregory Sam Patterson, 36, of Glen Campbell has maintained that …


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 …


Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals boost patient security

By Mary Pickels
Newly implemented technology and increased visitor security policies are among efforts two regional health care systems are utilizing in their patient care. Monongahela Valley Hospital is working to more securely register patients, while Uniontown Hospital is boosting safety measures for …


St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

By Renatta Signorini 12:31 a.m.
Eric Kocian is looking for answers. With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, ...


Pension obligations take toll on school districts

By Debra Erdley
Though Lynna Thomas has nothing but praise for the Greensburg Salem schools, she’s worried. The mother of two from Greensburg is concerned that the school district’s decision to eliminate a pair of fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and boost class sizes …


Brooklyn man’s cross-state taxi ride leads straight to jail in Uniontown

By Liz Zemba
A Brooklyn man who took a cab from Philadelphia to Uniontown to surprise his fiancée instead found himself booked into the Fayette County jail when he couldn’t pay the $749 …

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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: It’s time to reinvent view from Mt. Washington with Ferris wheel
Pittsburgh needs to think big, think bold, and most importantly, think tall. Perhaps 10 stories tall. The city should simultaneously embrace its inventive heritage and …

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Pediatrician humbly served country, community

By Katishi Maake 12:01 a.m.
As a child in a poor, Slovakian family during the Great Depression, Michael Krak never thought he would go to college. He held that notion through his enlistment with the …