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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald works to defeat other Democrats who oppose his policies

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is making personal efforts and working through a new political committee to replace opponents.


 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Woodland Hills elementary suspension rates are being reduced

A study of 2011-12 Woodland Hills with a k-6 suspension rate of 23.8 percent — top 10  in the U.S.  —, but for 2013-14 the rate was 16.48.



 Harvey Scott

Judge backed down on revoking bond for shooting suspect now charged with murder

"I don't think he should have been out on bail," Ronald Acrie, father of one victim, said of suspect Harvey Scott, now charged with murder.



Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.


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Duquesne officer faces hearing on police certification in cheating probe

The officer is one of two in Duquesne who could be taken off the job there in a probe of possible cheating last year on a state test.



Shooting in Ivy Pittsburgh club sparks meeting

One person was shot and five others injured by broken glass in the “chaos” created when a gunman opened fire at Ivy Pittsburgh.


 
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Irretrievably Broken

Autumn Klein and Robert Ferrante at their wedding.
Autumn Klein collapsed in her Schenley Farms home the night of April 17, 2013. Sixteen months later, on Nov. 7, 2014, Dr. Klein's husband, Robert Ferrante, was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison on Feb. 4.

In our Irretrievably Broken series, the Post-Gazette tells the story of Robert and Autumn, their lives together, the decline of their marriage and the loss that came from her death.

Chapter 1: Early lives

Chapter 2: Together in Boston

Chapter 3: Life in Pittsburgh

Chapter 4: The jury deliberates

Chapter 5: The sentencing

Chapter 6: Losing Autumn



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    Therapists balk at limitations under new AIU contract

    The Allegheny Intermediate Unit changed therapists from salaried to hourly employees Feb. 1 to save money.



    Brief break in icy weather ahead

    Rain early Wednesday morning will be accompanied by continuously warming weather, reaching a high into the 40s.


     



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