Education


 Wilkinsburg High students are dismissed on Friday.
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Wilkinsburg High students are dismissed on Friday.

Penn Hills, Woodland Hills won’t take Wilkinsburg students

The Wilkinsburg district is set to meet officials of Pittsburgh Public Schools, also a bordering district, later this month.


 Andrew Beck, 13, left, and David Luoni, 15, test their strength Friday in an arm-wrestling bout at Assumption School in Bellevue.

School partnership creates a bond stronger than students’ disabilities

Students from the Assumption School and The Day School at the Children’s Institute have a special bond.



Nashville teen arrested for bomb threat at Pittsburgh Brashear High

The teen, who was not identified, also is accused of sending threats to schools in Nashville; Brockton and Whitman, Mass.; and Burke, Va.



 Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, on Thursday at their home in Penn Valley, Pa.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

The scattered but growing “opt-out” movement is defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.


World


Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run.



Afghan suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 33

The attack in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nagarhar province, targeted a crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside the bank.


 
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State


Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.



Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.


 

Portfolio


Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.



Animal Tales: Flightless robin became a curious guest one spring

We named him Rothchild. He set up shop in our garden’s birdhouse for weeks, grounded but proving a good companion for my coffee hour.


 

Early Returns


Pawlowski running for Senate?

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (allentownmayor.com) Our friend Laura Olson of the Allentown Morning Call, along with her


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio smiles during his announcement he is running for the Republican nomination, at a rally at the Freedom



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