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Secret judicial ruling blocks release of sexually explicit emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels 8:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — An unnamed judge issued an order blocking an open records law request by the Tribune-Review for emails and links to sexually explicit images reportedly shared by top staffers of the Attorney General’s Office. “Your Right-to-Know request cannot be responded to because a judge has issued a stay,” Renee …

UPMC to mandate flu shots for some employees

By Adam Smeltz 8:09 p.m.
UPMC will require all workers in clinical locations to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot, officials announced Friday. The rule will become effective starting in the 2015-2016 flu season, officials said. UPMC, the region’s largest employer, did …

Poll says Americans split on value of labor unions

By Natasha Lindstrom 8:11 p.m.
One-third of Americans dismiss unions as “a thing of the past” while nearly as many still value organized labor, a poll shows. Despite the split views on unions, 64 percent of Americans surveyed said they support right-to-work laws, which in …

Allegheny

UPMC to mandate flu shots for some employees

By Adam Smeltz 8:09 p.m.
UPMC will require all workers in clinical locations to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot, officials announced Friday. The rule will become effective starting in the 2015-2016 flu season, officials said. UPMC, the region’s largest employer, did …

Westmoreland

Judge to hold hearing on request to move suspect in Franklin Regional High stabbings

By Renatta Signorini
A Westmoreland County judge will hold a hearing to determine whether the teenager accused of stabbing 21 victims at Franklin Regional High School should be moved to a treatment facility. Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered that the hearing be …

Fayette

Police hunt for North Union shooter

By Tribune-Review
State police in Fayette County are seeking information on a shooting that left two people wounded in North Union Wednesday night. Jared William Rivera, 29, of Uniontown, and Mark Samuel Goldbert, 29, of Clarksburg, W. Va., were shot at 8:26 …

Armstrong

Funding cuts leave Armstrong food banks operating on ‘wing and a prayer’

By Brad Pedersen
Demand at food pantries in Armstrong County is rising amid cuts in funding to feed the needy families. “We’re dealing with our monthly state money being cut in half,” said Ken Heilman, director of Armstrong County Community Action. “With more …

Beaver

Hearing scheduled in criminal case against cyber school’s founder

By Brian Bowling
U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Friday scheduled a Sept. 30 hearing on Nicholas Trombetta’s claim that she should dismiss the criminal charges filed against him because federal prosecutors recorded conversations he had with his attorneys. Trombetta, the founder …

Butler

Retired state trooper settles lawsuit over racial harassment complaint

By Brian Bowling
The state paid $36,700 to settle a retired Hispanic state trooper’s federal lawsuit alleging seven former supervisors either racially harassed him or ignored the harassment by others, a spokesman for the agency said Friday. Steve R. Sheldon claimed the agency …

Indiana

Alumni help mark former Saltsburg school’s addition to historic register

By John B. Smathers
School pride comes in many forms, often from academics or athletics or perhaps even from a celebrity alumnus. It’s not often that the school itself earns special distinction. The Concord …

Somerset

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

Washington

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she can’t forgive them. “To kill …

Education

Some Thomas Jefferson HS parents told to bring more appropriate clothes to school for their kids

By Dona Dreeland 8:09 p.m.
Officials at Thomas Jefferson High School are cracking down on students for dress code violations, pulling them from classes, advising them to cover up and sending notices to parents to have their children dress more appropriately. During the course of …

Pennsylvania

Secret judicial ruling blocks release of sexually explicit emails

By Brad Bumsted  and Melissa Daniels 8:09 p.m.
HARRISBURG — An unnamed judge issued an order blocking an open records law request by the Tribune-Review for emails and links to sexually explicit images reportedly shared by top staffers …

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Friday - Aug. 29, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Wisconsin Gov. Walker, in fierce battle to keep post, gains notice for reformist ways, win over unions
APPLETON, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker seems to know his populist management style could win over more than just Badger State residents. He’s talking …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Rubber, Corbett expected to hit road as polls show likely loss in governor’s race
The smell of burning rubber is wafting through Pennsylvania. It is the scent that results when the accelerator is floored, but the vehicle remains in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers …

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Obituaries

Former longtime Steelers publicist Kiely dies

By Alan Robinson and  michael Hasch
Ed Kiely, a longtime aide to Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., a former team publicist and important behind-the-scenes figure as the franchise segued from a perennial loser into a Super …