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 Lamar Advertising company’s famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point

Picture this scrolling hundreds of feet above the iconic confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers: “Chipped ham, $1.39 a pound.”

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Pittsburgh teacher stands alone by refusing to give tests

Mary King, an English as second language teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, drew attention when she refused to give the PSSA tests.

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 Volunteers put up more than 100 flags Friday for the Memorial Day weekend at the National Cemetary of the Alleghenies.

Many events planned for Memorial Day weekend

Parades, services and other commemorations mark the long holiday weekend.

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 A member of the family of victim Andre "Pokie" Gray wears a sweatshirt with his images while entering the courtroom for Friday's hearing for Hubert Wingate.

Suspect marries after being ordered to stand trial in Lawrenceville killing

Hubert Wingate III, 30, of Homewood, is on an “emotional roller coaster,” his attorney said.

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Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

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U.S. courthouse to be named for Judge Weis

The U.S. Senate passed the name change Thursday after the state’s senators worked together on a bill.

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Federal prosecutors to retry Baldwin man after mistrial declared in weapons case

Jason Korey, 32, of Baldwin Borough, who has twice been acquitted of homicides, went on trial last week in U.S. District Court.

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Government wants to seize assets of alleged members of heroin ring

Agents and police swept through the city's southern neighborhoods Thursday and rounded up the defendants.

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 Cara O'Neil, 5, daughter of Pittsburgh police Officer David O'Neil of Zone 6, poses for a photo after her father and others received certification in the Leadership in Police Organizations program.

First police class finishes leadership training

Thirty-seven people on Friday completed a three-week training program brought to the police bureau by Chief Cameron McLay.

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Obituary: LaTonya Batteaste / former Pitt basketball player

LaTonya Renae Batteaste, a former basketball player at Pitt who became a teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, died May 14.

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 Shelley Leininger, 50, holds a picture of herself and son Timothy at her home in Ross Township on Friday. Shelley's son, Timothy Leininger, 27, was pronounced dead Thursday at UPMC Mercy Hospital after being jailed at Allegheny County Jail.

2 more Allegheny County inmates die

On Thursday, Timothy Leininger, 27, was pronounced dead at UPMC Mercy, and Monty Crawford, 23, died at the jail.

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 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

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 Eric Crawford leaves the courtroom after testifying in the preliminary hearing for Hubert Wingate in the death of Andre "Pokie" Gray.

Homewood man ordered to stand trial in Lawrenceville man's death

Hubert Wingate, 30, faces charges of homicide, arson and other crimes in the death of Andre Gray, 34.

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 State police said Michael J. Lowrey had this black pistol in his hand when he was confronted and refused to drop it.

Trooper shoots, kills burglary suspect in Somerset grocery

The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. as troopers encountered the man inside the Save-A-Lot in Somerset.

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 Pittsburgh police assistant chief Scott Schubert, center, Chief Cameron McLay (standing) and other police officers listen as Bill Meeks of Leadership in Police Organizations gives a lecture at the Police Leadership and Training program at the Pittsburgh police headquarters on Friday.

First round of Pittsburgh police graduates from leadership training

Chief Cameron McLay has said he wants every Pittsburgh officer to eventually go through the program.

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Frost advisory, freeze warning posted for Western Pennsylvania

Temperatures in Pittsburgh were expected to descend into the mid-30s overnight before rebounding to a high of 70 on Saturday.

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Prosecutors to retry Baldwin man after mistrial declared in weapons case

A jury deciding the fate of Jason Korey, 32, said it was hopelessly deadlocked Thursday.

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 SWAT officers pull out of Boggston Avenue in the Mount Washington/Betlzhoover area Thursday morning. Federal agents and Pittsburgh police swept through Beltzhoover, Mount Washington and other city neighborhoods early Thursday in rounding up the defendants in a large-scale heroin case.

Feds bust 38 in major heroin ring, move to seize homes, cars, cash

A 54-count indictment names 38 people, each charged with heroin distribution, weapons possession by convicted felons and money laundering.

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 During Thursday's meeting, Leon Ford, 22, who was shot and paralyzed by police during a traffic stop in 2012, asked how the researchers planned to get young people involved in their efforts.

Pittsburgh reactions mixed on police relations initiative

Pittsburgh is among six cities that are part of a three-year federal program.

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 A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified. Johnston was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2015.

A North Sider's long journey home

Charles Johnston’s plane went missing over New Guinea in 1944. This is how he made his way back home.

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 Nurse Barbara McQuaid, left,  and Jana Medina, both volunteers with the Honor Escorts program, fold up an American flag after a training run through at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital on Friday. The program involves volunteers escorting veterans on an American flag-covered gurney from the room where they die to the facilities' morgue. Volunteers for the program have been training in recent weeks to prepare hospital staff to stand at attention when a deceased patient is escorted through the hallways.

'Honor escort' at Pittsburgh VAs begins new rite when veterans die

A new "Honors Escort" program will include draping an American flag on the gurney carrying a deceased veteran with escorts by its side.

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Police: Brookline mom charged after found passed out in car with baby inside

Police said they found a woman on Maytide Street slumped over the wheel of a running vehicle in drive with her foot on the brake.

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  James Grove Fulton's military marker.

Notable residents among those buried at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery

Headstones for at least one U.S. representative, two Medal of Honor winners and numerous veterans have a place there.

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Wilkinsburg to fill police vacancies

The borough has offered jobs to five people to replace police officers who have left the department.

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Mt. Lebanon approves teacher contract extension, budget with tax hike

Taxes will increase by 0.40 mills; the contract extension provides for a raise of 3.17 percent per year.

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 Josh Francis, Olivia Airhart, Emma Skreppen and Nicole Kurka, all 12th-graders, have a little fun with a Jersey barrier they painted.

Thomas Jefferson High students beautify Jersey barriers with murals

Art students painted concrete barriers to replace those that had been defaced by graffiti.

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Cecil board delays vote on gas compressor station

The board was taking final public comments before voting to approve the application Monday night.

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 It took two, Ellen Baird and Sarah Baehr, to sell all the great produce from One Woman Farm at last year's Ligonier Country Market.

After 40 years, Ligonier Country Market still going strong

The market, which sells both farm products and crafts, started in 1976 and has grown to include 182 vendors, most of them local.

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 Kelly Vanek, from left, Marci Cosens, Beth Mueller, Brandi Darr and Amy Donia will embark on a bike and hike to celebrate cancer survival, honor their mother and promote healthy eating.

Somerset County sisters to bike, hike for cancer awareness

Two of the five women will ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., and their three sisters will complete all or part of a 76-mile hike.

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Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

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Two arrested in Canton burglary

The burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Belmont Avenue in Canton at about 1 p.m. Thursday, police said.

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Proposed Keystone Oaks budget holds line on taxes

Taxes have been steady at 18.63 mills for three years.

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Democrats hope to regain majority on Westmoreland commissioners board

Republican commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney will face Democratic Commissioner Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli in the fall.

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 Residents walk past a sign outside a polling station in Bellevue against the legalization of alcohol sales in the borough. Residents voted Tuesday on the ballot question to legalize alcohol.

North election roundup: Bellevue lifts ban on alcohol sales; Save NA Schools group wins seats

Former Mars Area superintendent William Pettigrew also was nominated to a seat on that board. He retired in 2013 after 26 years in the job.

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 Barbara Williard, with the Friends of the Scott Township Public Library, takes orders at the Election Day Bake Sale in the hallway outside of the polls in the Scott Municipal Building. It raises money for the Public Library in Scott Township.

West Election roundup: Primary brings about changes

Some new faces will be on the ballot in the West municipal, school board and district judge elections in the fall.

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 Gerald "Jerry" Costanzo has published more than 400 poems, articles and literary essays as well as seven of his own poetry collections.

Newsmaker you should know / CMU professor knew his calling as a child

Gerald “Jerry” Costanzo teaches English at the university and also is founding director of Carnegie Mellon University Press.

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 Susie, a Jack Russell terrier owned by Constable Richard Earliwine (left), greets Peg Johnston on Tuesday as she arrives to vote at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Chartiers, Washington County.

Incumbents top vote-getters in Washington County races

The three county commissioners will appear on the ballot in November along with Republican Mike McCormick.

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Teen summer job program aimed at low-income youth in Allegheny County

The Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment program hopes to employ 2,000 students this summer.

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Incumbent Westmoreland County controller, sheriff to be on ballot in fall

In Westmoreland County, county Controller Jeffrey Balzer and Sheriff Jonathan Held won the Republican nominations on Tuesday.

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Four to seek three judicial seats in Westmoreland County

The number of candidates for seats on Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court has been whittled down from the nine who ran in the primary.

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Ambridge High School seniors raise $14,000 for dog park

Lexi Korol and Lexi Palombo, students at Ambridge Area High School, created a dog park in Walter Panek Park for their senior project.

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Northway plans include Nordstrom Rack, but not Costco

The new owners of the former Northway Mall also want to build a 100-car parking garage on the McKnight Road site in Ross.

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 "Closed" is painted on the front doors of the former Rave Pittsburgh 11 movie theater on McKnight Road.

McCandless debating new developments with closure of Rave movie theater

The now-closed Rave Pittsburgh 11 on McKnight Road has recently been popular as a park-n-ride lot for the Pittsburgh Port Authority.

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Wild Things ticket sales to benefit Collier dog park

Collier Township will attempt to raise money for a new dog park from a portion of a Washington Wild Things game’s ticket sales.

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 Meah Ezykowsky of Latrobe.

Newsmaker you should know / Unity teen honored for using tragedy to help others

Meah Ezykowsky, whose father was killed by a drunken driver, has been named 2015-16 Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year.

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Zelienople celebrates 175th anniversary

The five-day party starts Tuesday with local businesses, bands, fire departments and school groups.

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$17 million Ambridge sewer project designed to end overflows

The $17 million upgrade in Ambridge began in 2001 and is expected to be finished by spring 2016.

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 Dolores Manuel, of Fair Oaks, is the theater director and talks to her students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as they rehearse for a production on May 14. The school has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School students to perform in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The theater department of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently learned it has been selected to perform for 90 minutes.

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Keystone Oaks summer lunch program begins June 15

The program, to be set up at seven sites, could feed up to 500 children this summer.

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 Randyland, the Mexican War Streets home of Randy Gilson, features colorful murals and street art.

Look past Pittsburgh's popular attractions for some off-the-beaten-path summer fun

From museums to a Robot Hall of Fame, the region is home to many hidden gems.

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