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Warning about cop-killer came moments too late

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The warning came just moments too late: A man who had shot his ex-girlfriend a few hours earlier had traveled to New York City and vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Just minutes before a wanted poster …

Lifesaving risks: Thorough evaluations coming for potential organ donors

By Luis Fábregas
Before she donated a kidney, friends and relatives questioned Amy Mowry’s decision to put herself through risky surgery. “A lot of people told me I was crazy,” said Mowry, 34, of Penn …

Sony hack signals new, public front in cyber warfare

By Andrew Conte
Even if Sony’s movie “The Interview” was as unspeakably bad as some reviewers suggest, it would have been every American’s patriotic duty to go see the opening on Christmas Day, a top …

Allegheny

Kids treated to gifts, peaceful holiday party at Lincoln-Lemington church

By Chris Togneri 1:14 p.m.
Waves of children, all bundled up against the cold, filed into the church Saturday with wide eyes, every one of them eager to receive a Christmas gift they otherwise would …

Westmoreland

Jeannette company’s miniature steam engines coveted for decades

By Craig Smith
If the walls of a nondescript, yellow concrete building just off Jeannette’s main drag could talk, they would tell the amazing life story of Tom ...

Fayette

Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon

By Chris Buckley
For Ed Stasko Sr., every day is his favorite time of the year. His reward in life is to see someone — especially a child — smile. A Monessen native, …

Armstrong

Family escapes house fire in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
A Kittanning mother called 911 and ensured her children and dogs got outside safely when she realized her house was on fire Thursday evening. Megan Rehrer, 35, of 1330 N. …

Beaver

Motorists should expect delays on Beaver Valley Expressway Friday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT officials announced single lane closures will occur Friday in each direction along the Beaver Valley Expressway as crews take measurements for joint replacement work. The closures will happen, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along I-376 between …

Butler

Butler County COG, Humane Society aim to control cat population

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler County Council of Governments and the county Humane Society will pursue a grant that would allow the latter to develop a countywide program to catch, spay or neuter …

Indiana

Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 …

Somerset

Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott …

Washington

Cal U official receives New Pittsburgh Courier honor

By Mary Pickels
Dr. Caryl Sheffield’s first job was delivering what was then The Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. “As a child in Beaver County, I delivered the newspaper to African-American families in New Brighton,” …

Education

Pittsburgh Public Schools adopts no-tax-increase budget for 2015

By Megan Harris
Pittsburgh Public Schools board of directors adopted a new general fund budget Wednesday night that includes no tax increase. The $556.8 million 2015 budget allots for an operating deficit of $27.7 million, up 5.2 percent from the adopted 2014 budget, …

Pennsylvania

Licensing boards increase fees to cover costs that include investigations

By Melissa Daniels
Frank Perman paid $50 for his first funeral director’s license in 1990. This year, the biennial renewal fee was eight times that — a flat $400. “I fully expect another increase,” Perman said. He’s the owner of Perman Funeral Home …

Photo Gallery

Saturday - Dec. 20, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before he died, Richard Mellon Scaife …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome to the premiere episode of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess with tradition? A regular reader …

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Obituaries

Mayor remembered for firm but gentle guidance

By Chris Fleisher
Tom Lloyd garnered the admiration of friends and foes alike during two decades as Dormont’s mayor. Thomas R. “Tom” Lloyd of Dormont died early Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. He was …