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UPMC offering buyouts to 3,500 employees in cost-cutting move

By Alex Nixon
UPMC is offering buyouts to 3,500 of its older workers in a move to cut costs as the Pittsburgh hospital giant adjusts to slowing demand for hospital-based care. The nonprofit organization said Tuesday that it was offering the voluntary severance to employees who are 60 or older and have at …

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Cuba on manufacturing trade mission

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s public schedule stated he had Sunday off. But he was secretly flying to Cuba with Western Pennsylvanian business people to help build trade relations with the Caribbean nation …

Plum schools, dealing with sex scandal, to form panel in June

By Donald Gilliland
Saying student safety is their “highest priority,” Plum school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to revive the board’s committee on safe and supportive schools. Board members decided to wait until June to …

Allegheny

Land eyed for trail connectors to expand Harrison Hills Park

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County residents shouldn’t worry about oil and gas rights that won’t transfer to the county if it buys land to expand Harrison Hills Park and connect trails in the area, a Freeport attorney involved with the sale said. County …

Armstrong

Burrell Township rollover wreck kills Parks man

By Tribune-Review
A Parks Township man was killed and his passenger critically injured in a rollover crash Sunday in Burrell Township, Armstrong County. Joseph Andrew Batiz, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers. Batiz was trapped …

Beaver

Aliquippa woman robbed, forced to strip at gunpoint

By Bill Vidonic
Two Aliquippa women forced another woman to strip to her underwear as they robbed her, police said. Marissa Humphries, 22, and Jasmire Owens, 21, both of Aliquippa, are charged with burglary, robbery and aggravated assault. Owens also is charged with …

Butler

One vote now separates 2 Republican candidates for Butler County commissioner

By Bill Vidonic
Just one vote now separates two Republican candidates for Butler County commissioner following a Tuesday examination of 31 provisional ballots, according to the county solicitor. The county’s Election Board will host a 9 a.m. Friday hearing on 13 provisional ballots, …

Fayette

Lineup set for Lions Club’s annual Kids Fest in Connellsville

By Nancy Henry
The ninth annual Kids Fest will be held June 8 at Murphy Hall. The event is free. It is sponsored by the Connellsville Lions Club and Bud Murphy’s Restaurant. “We’ll …

Indiana

2nd stepbrother sentenced for White Township drilling company arson

By Tribune-Review
A Homer City man who admitted helping burn down a White Township business in July has been sentenced to 111⁄2 months to two years in the Indiana County Jail. Tyler Hill, 18, will serve the sentence in the county jail …

Somerset

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …

Washington

Memorial Day service in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies still growing

By Rick Wills
For nearly each of the past 70 years, Milton Saniga has attended a Memorial Day ceremony. “It was a beautiful observance, a perfect day. There are more and more people …

Westmoreland

Vandals ruin Ligonier Township farmers’ garden

By Nicole Chynoweth
Todd Fasnacht and his wife, Beth Roxby, left the Army about two years ago and retreated to rural Wilpen Road in Ligonier Township to dig ...

Education

Penn Hills votes to sell, lease vacant school space

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders approved resolutions Tuesday to sell one empty school building and lease classrooms in another, as the district attempts to generate cash. The district also is considering a districtwide wage freeze. Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said …

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia man pleads guilty to strangling wife, says he snapped during fight over his texts to another woman

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A sobbing man asked his 16-year-old daughter’s forgiveness in court Tuesday as he admitted strangling his wife in a park as they fought over his texts to another woman. Christopher Murray followed his wife, Connie, when she left …

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Unquestionable courage & sacrifice
ARLINGTON, Va. The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery’s pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Mattress salesman remains restless after almost 70 years on job
Retire completely? Seymour Farber won’t consider it. Retirement is for the old. He’s only 94. Seven years after selling his Homestead mattress business at the …

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Obituaries

PSO clarinetist made music his life’s work

By Katishi Maake
Dick Page, a clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, spent his life enlightening others not only through his musical talent, but through his personality and selfless acts of community service. …