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High-end housing focus alienates needy

By Bob Bauder 7:27 a.m.
Sharlee Ellison watched the demise of Knoxville from the front porch of the home she has lived in for 44 years. First went the jobs in manufacturing and industry, followed by a 40 percent population decline, widespread unemployment, the closing of corner businesses, absentee landlords and skyrocketing crime. Vacant lots …

Monroeville girl won’t let optic tumor steal her winning attitude

By Chris Togneri 7:27 a.m.
One year ago, a little girl waited for her mom at the finish line. Kelsey Hanahan held flowers and a teddy bear. She didn’t quite understand what her mom had accomplished, but …

Scaife bestows ‘game-changing’ legacy of giving to region, nation

By Mike Wereschagin 7:27 a.m.
Two Pittsburgh nonprofit foundations benefited substantially from the will of late Tribune-Review publisher Dick Scaife — one of them jumping to nearly six times its present wealth. Sarah Scaife Foundation and Alle­gheny …

Allegheny

Off and running: Marathoners hit the road

By Bill Vidonic 7:48 a.m.
Spurred by the crack of a starter’s gun, thousands of runners flooded onto the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and half marathon course at 7 a.m. Sunday. More than 34,000 …

Armstrong

Problem-solvers face off in Armstrong County Sea, Air and Land Challenge

By Liz Hayes
When “Rex” failed on his first try to drop two wooden blocks into elevated boxes, the Freeport Area students operating the robot weren’t discouraged. They immediately began brainstorming ways to …

Beaver

Car slams into Chippewa home, no one injured

By Tribune-Review
No injuries were reported when a car drove into a house in Beaver County on Friday morning. The crash happened before 8 a.m. on Oakville Road in Chippewa. Emergency dispatchers said paramedics were at the scene. No further information was …

Butler

Butler County commissioner candidates offer view on drilling tax vs. fees

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County government and local municipalities have received millions in impact fees on unconventional gas wells from natural gas drillers. Local leaders have used that money in ways big and …

Fayette

Motorcycle ride benefits Woodside boy with rare disease

By Franklin Lacava
Luke Riffle was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as “brittle bone disease.” The 5-year-old son of William and Lynda Riffle of Woodside, a small community near Smithfield, has suffered …

Indiana

Indiana County will use fiber optic network to reduce phone lines

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County is moving to upgrade and streamline its office telephone systems by taking advantage of the fiber optic network installed during the county’s public safety radio system project. At their April 22 meeting, the county commissioners approved a contract …

Somerset

Vandals break Amtrak train window near Meyersdale

By Tribune-Review
An Amtrak passenger train traveling near Meyersdale in southern Somerset County Friday night was hit by a heavy object, which caused about $1,000 in damage to a glass window, state police at Somerset said. An unknown person threw the object …

Washington

Fast food: Mobile kitchen serves students at Cal U

By Mary Pickels
By noon on a recent sunny day on the California University of Pennsylvania campus, the aromas drifting from the school’s food truck proved tempting to students. Joe’s Food Truck, prominently …

Westmoreland

State approves permits for gas-fueled electrical generating plant in South Huntingdon

By Joe Napsha
The state has approved permits for a Nebraska energy company to proceed with building a 950-megawatt, natural gas-fueled electrical generating plant in South Huntingdon, a project that sparked opposition from neighboring residents and environmental activists concerned about potential pollution. Tenaska Pennsylvania ...

Education

Mt. Lebanon High School renovation project nears completion after 3 years

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District has almost finished its three-year, $110 million effort to rearrange and renovate its high school, which students and officials said has created a more efficient and …

Pennsylvania

Woman’s love of border collies, 9/11 attacks spark change in life

By The (Scranton) Times-tribune
NICHOLSON — The border collies bound across the ground as winter hurls down one last handful of flurries on the open land. Hundreds of years of instinct power the stare the dogs beam toward the sheep, intimidating the ewes to …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - May 2, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Share glass of bubbly champagne to restore caring, dignity, humanity to dying
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dr. Abraham Verghese is drawn to the idea of offering champagne to a  dying patient. Sounds crazy, I know. But when …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Which way to turn?
WASHINGTON We all face some sort of intersection in our lives. Sometimes, if we aren’t paying attention, we miss that focal point of decision and …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Chelsa campaign signs uprooted at nonprofit’s office on Mount
A transformation appeared to have occurred. The Mt. Washington Community Development Corp. seemed to have morphed into Chelsa Wagner’s auxiliary campaign headquarters. Good for Wagner, …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: It’s time for this Trib columnist to say so long
A co-worker recently directed my attention to a Twitter feed called @_FloridaMan. Basically, it picks up every news story that begins with “A Florida man …

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Obituaries

KQV announcer pioneered trends, broke ground

By Carl Prine
Robert Wolfson, better known as “Bob Wilson,” the broadcasting icon whose silky voice graced more than 20,000 ads and filled the airwaves at KQV-AM and stations nationwide for three decades, …