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Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week

By Salena Zito
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, his campaign said. Sestak, 63, a Democrat from Delaware County, will try to unseat Sen. Pat Toomey, 53, a Lehigh …

Icy streets leave some in Pittsburgh neighborhoods critical of city

By Bob Bauder
When ice slickens the streets of Knoxville, Sharlee Ellison said, she knows from experience to hunker down for a long wait before city salt trucks arrive outside her door. Ellison, 59, said …

Pittsburgh’s Downtown tops ranking of small to midsized cities

By Tom Fontaine 12:15 a.m.
The Golden Triangle is America’s best downtown among small to midsized cities, according to a report released Monday by a Tennessee-based marketing company. “Downtown has made tremendous strides in the last five …

Allegheny

Interstate smash-and-grab jewelry ring may be operating in Pittsburgh area, Altoona

By Michael Hasch
The FBI is trying to determine if a smash-and-grab ring that has been targeting jewelry stores in more than half a dozen states is responsible for similar crimes in Bethel …

Westmoreland

Zoning update raises fears in Ligonier Township

By Debra Erdley  and Nicole Chynoweth
Stephanie Verna and her family left Pittsburgh eight years ago to settle on a scenic 3-acre property in the Laughlintown area of Ligonier Township. The Ligonier ...

Fayette

Mt. Pleasant council picks police chief

By Rachel Basinger 12:26 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Borough Council on Monday appointed Doug Sam as the new police chief. “I think this has been a protracted and, at times, contentious process, but we are very, very happy to welcome him to Mt. Pleasant,” said Cynthia …

Armstrong

Armstrong commissioners race growing each day

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning Republican is joining the race for election to the Armstrong County Commissioners. Scott Davis, 56, is the fifth Republican candidate to announce plans to run for a seat …

Beaver

Police charge Beaver County sex offender who snuck into Pittsburgh science center

By Adam Brandolph
Pittsburgh police refiled charges Monday against a convicted sex offender police said snuck into the Carnegie Science Center and lied to officers and staff about his identity. Police charged Sherwood Stevenson, 76, of Independence, Beaver County, with providing false identification …

Butler

Police say teen driver was drinking in Butler ATV crash that killed passenger

By Rick Wills
Police said Monday that they are considering charging the teen driver of an all-terrain vehicle who fled the scene of a crash in Butler County in which his passenger died. Police suspect the male youth, who is 16 and remains …

Indiana

IUP student accused of DUI, fleeing police

By Tribune-Review
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student whose car crashed into a borough police car two weeks ago was arrested again Friday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing police. John N. Birkman, 20, of Lockport, N.Y., …

Somerset

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World Trade Center. “The first …

Washington

Auction nets $20,000 from ill-gotten gain in slaying, theft from Washington County woman

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:24 a.m.
An auction to sell property seized from a Washington County family convicted of killing a 92-year-old neighbor after stealing from her netted about $20,000 for her estate. The auction was conducted Feb. 20 by Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held as …

Education

Wolf to outline charter school plan in budget address

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf, who replaced the chairman of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission partly because of his support for additional charter schools in the cash-strapped city, will discuss his plan for charter reform in his budget address Tuesday. The …

Pennsylvania

Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week

By Salena Zito
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, …

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Monday - March 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: There’s a little hypochondriac in all of us — we’re just wired that way
It’s that time of the year when some of us who can’t shake a nagging cough suddenly think we have tuberculosis. Admit it. It happens …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Former congressman Sestak to kick off U.S. Senate campaign this week
Joe Sestak will make it official Wednesday. The former congressman and retired Navy admiral intends to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in an appearance …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Brace yourselves, Comcast customers — Newton’s law in full force
Prepare yourself for sticker shock on your Comcast bill. The Federal Communications Commission’s controversial net neutrality decision seems certain to send Comcast rates soaring. The …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

New Kensington businessman’s discipline brought success

By Mary Ann Thomas 1:06 a.m.
Working almost full time up until a few months before his death, it’s no wonder that Rod H. Altmeyer Sr., 87, grew the family business Altmeyer’s Bed Bath Home into …