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 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.
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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.


 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.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48



 Harvey Scott

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

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



 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

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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Pittsburgh councilman offers incentive for local businesses to increase wages

A bill to be introduced Tuesday by Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor offers free ads on city bus shelters if businesses raise wages.



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.


 
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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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