Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar is a former FBI special agent and Pennsylvania state trooper.
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Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar is a former FBI special agent and Pennsylvania state trooper.

Pittsburgh City Council confirms Bucar, Ashbaugh as department heads

Council members unanimously confirmed the appointments of 2 directors who are among the final pieces of Mayor Bill Peduto's leadership team.


 UPMC is Pennsylvania's largest nongovernmental employer and Allegheny County’s largest property owner.

UPMC, city drop legal fight over taxes

Peduto: "Now we're at the point where we can negotiate for the things Pittsburgh needs without this atmosphere of threats or intimidation."



 Maurkice Pouncey blocks a teammate during offensive drills Saturday at Steelers training camp in Latrobe.

Ron Cook: Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey at least guilty of bad judgment

Alleged incident at 4:20 a.m. at a Miami nightclub with his twin brother certainly appears to be a poor decision.



 Rebecca Svetina and "Casey," the 9-year-old family miniature schnauzer that made a big hit on YouTube.

Video of Murrysville dog fainting with love after reuniting with owner is Internet sensation

Rebecca Svetina’s schnauzer, Casey,has offered more than 20 million YouTube fans a look at loyalty and unconditional love.



 McCandless Council has approved the construction of a 150,000-square-foot Walmart on Blazier Drive off McKnight Road.

McCandless approves Walmart store off McKnight Road; residents to appeal

After more than five hours of listening to residents’ concerns, McCandless council members approved the plan.



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Grand jury says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police in sexual assault cases

The report does not recommend criminal charges, but does advise training for employees as well as changes to state law.



State board reverses Sto-Rox school board's denial of Propel charter

The board unanimously approved the charter school application on the condition that a legally compliant school building is constructed.


 

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'Walking With Dinosaurs,' with life-size puppets, presents them as feathered ancestors of birds

“Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular” will showcase life-size dinosaurs in an informative setting at Consol Energy Center.



People: The Situation, Sarah Palin, Nicki Minaj and more!

“Jersey Shore’s” The Situation will take anger management classes to resolve simple assault charges stemming from a July 15 fight.


 

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Going, going ... gone: Religious radicalization is driving Christians from their homes

Islamic extremists in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa are emptying formerly Christian cities and neighborhoods.



Ryan’s block grants: His new proposal would hurt vulnerable Americans

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been considered the intellectual heavyweight among congressional Republicans on fiscal issues.


 

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