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Earlier openings make Black Friday shopping easier for bargain-hunters

By Chris Fleisher 6:37 p.m.
An early morning snow squall couldn’t keep bargain hunters from stores in search of Black Friday deals, as retailers reported strong store traffic on the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Many retailers including Macy’s, Target and Wal-Mart started offering Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving and remained open straight …

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 7:01 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

UPMC researcher died of acute cyanide poisoning, medical examiner says

By Margaret Harding 6:39 p.m.
A UPMC researcher who collapsed at her desk this month died of acute cyanide poisoning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday. Doctors pronounced Nicole Kotchey, 35, of Ross dead at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital on Nov. 12. The medical …

Allegheny

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 7:01 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

Westmoreland

Youngwood Fire Department to dedicate memorial at station

By Bob Stiles
At the corner of South Second and Chestnut streets in Youngwood, firefighters will pause to remember, maybe shed a tear and honor one of their ...

Fayette

No decision yet on charges against elderly driver who struck and killed pregnant woman

By Margaret Harding 7:01 p.m.
Pittsburgh police have not charged the elderly driver who fatally struck a pregnant woman in a North Side parking lot, but will ask PennDOT to re-check his driver’s license, a lieutenant said Friday. Allen Massie Jr., 88, of the North …

Armstrong

Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 5:56 p.m.
Police believe it may have been a woman who burglarized an Armstrong County business just hours before it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. State police Trooper Terry J. Geibel …

Beaver

Ambridge police chief went undercover in attempt to catch person who robbed 2 people at knifepoint

By Chris Togneri 6:52 p.m.
Ambridge Police Chief James Mann walked the streets for hours, praying that a knife-wielding robber who had already attacked two people would pick him as the next victim. “It would not have ended well for him,” Mann said. “I was …

Butler

Mars students learn about conservation by raising trout

By Megan Guza 7:04 p.m.
Students at Mars Area High School watched as their classroom’s trout eggs hatched last week. Now, they’ll care for the fish for several months before releasing them into the wild. …

Indiana

Northern Cambria man accused of attempted rape

By Tribune-Review
State police in Indiana County arrested a 38-year-old Northern Cambria man accused of breaking into a Cherry Tree home early Thanksgiving morning and allegedly assaulting, threatening and attempting to rape a woman inside. Police said Eric Cesare Lentz broke a …

Somerset

Boyce Park, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley ski resorts open today

By Tribune-Review
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s ski resorts have taken advantage of colder than normal temperatures to make snow and are celebrating White Friday. The area’s two largest resorts, Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley, both in Somerset County, have opened for the …

Washington

Washington Co. couple sues Range Resources over drilling, water

By The Associated Press
A Washington County couple has sued Range Resources claiming their water was contaminated by natural gas drilling and leaks from a drilling wastewater impoundment near their property. The lawsuit by Christopher and Janet Lauff of McDonald say they had to …

Education

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …

Pennsylvania

Ex-House Democratic leader DeWeese seeks new trial

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania House Democratic leader who served a sentence for corruption is seeking a new trial now that he’s out of prison. Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese made the filing this week in Dauphin County Court claiming …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Nov. 28, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Obituaries

Businessman’s generosity spread beyond family

By Jacob Tierney
Ron Simmons was a successful entrepreneur whose shrewd business sense was matched by his kindness. Ronald Arthur Simmons of Collier died of a heart attack in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, …