Carrie Lane, the Youth Services Coordinator of the Allegheny County Library Association, assembles American Girl Doll kits at the ACLA's West End office on Wednesday. The doll kits will be available to check out of ten Libraries around the Pittsburgh area for one week at a time beginning Jan. 28.

American Girl dolls for all

Children can now check out American Girl dolls at nearby libraries, allowing them to learn about both local and American history.

about 6 hours ago

Police: Penn Hills man killed in Friday night shooting

The man, identified as Eric Hammond, was shot in the stomach, possibly inside his home. He died at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

about 20 hours ago

Former Indiana County gas drilling executive sentenced to prison

Larry D. Winckler stole $9.2 million while chief operating officer of Falcon Drilling.

1 day ago

 Firefighters work Friday morning to extinguish the fire in Homestead.

Investigation finds Homestead fire was set intentionally

Damages are estimated to exceed $2 million in the blaze that destroyed three buildings and damaged two others.

about 9 hours ago

Ex-COO of Indiana County drilling firm gets 8 years for $9 million embezzlement

The judge described the crime as "mystifying," given that Mr. Winckler earned $260,000 a year.

1 day ago

Retired Pennsylvania Turnpike worker gets stiff prison term for child porn

John Longo, 58, of Hempfield pleaded guilty last year.

1 day ago

 Maureen Karr

Duquesne man ordered to stand trial in wife's death

James Karr is charged with homicide and arson in the death of his wife, Maureen, who had sought a protection from abuse order against him.

1 day ago

Monroeville, insurance company pay $75,000 to settle ex-manager's civil rights suit

Former manager Lynette McKinney received $52,000 and her attorney $23,000, most of it from the municipality’s insurance carrier.

2 days ago

 A male teenager was shot near Wilkinsburg High School on Wednesday night.

Wilkinsburg schools seek police presence after shooting

A teenage boy was shot outside the school after a basketball game against Propel Andrew Street High School in Munhall.

2 days ago

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve's new book club timed to the seasons

A club to discuss books with nature themes will hold its first meeting tonight at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve near Saint Vincent College.

3 days ago

 Phil Little, education and outreach specialist for the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, holds a session on online safety for parents of teens at Shaler Area Intermediate School.

Children may be home, but cyberspace isn't always safe

Philip Little recently presented Operation Safe Surf, a presentation for parents and children about cyberspace dangers, in Shaler.

3 days ago

Gateway Middle student donates bar mitzvah money to friend battling cancer

Gateway Middle School student’s gift ‘a real world example of selflessness.’

3 days ago

Irwin's Lamp Theater project advances

The landmark expected to open late this summer as council prepares to open contractor bids.

3 days ago

Strengthening Families Program aims to help middle schoolers and their parents

Weekly sessions of the program were held last year at Greensburg-Salem Middle School.

3 days ago

 Colleen Tortorella

Gateway High school counselor named one of top 16 in U.S.

Colleen Tortorella was selected as a semifinalist for counselor of the year and will attend a recognition dinner in Washington.

3 days ago

North Versailles approves new police contract

The four-year contract includes yearly pay raises for officers.

3 days ago

North Huntingdon commissioners weigh storage tank plans

Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority wants to build a tank to hold excess rainwater and sewage for treatment.

3 days ago

Greensburg attorney replaces longtime Westmoreland County solicitor

Melissa Guiddy of the law firm King and Guiddy is taking over the post, replacing the retired R. Mark Gesalman.

3 days ago

Westmoreland County seeks to create drug court

The proposal is in response to an increasing number of drug overdoses in recent years.

3 days ago

Penn Township looks to ban fracking within 600-foot buffer zone

The proposed setback requirements are a source of consternation for residents who say they are worried about environmental and health risks.

3 days ago

Developer had permit for atom smasher work

Forest Hills officials confirmed Wednesday that a permit had been issued for the deconstruction of the Westinghouse atom smasher

3 days ago

East at a glance: Winners Circle nominations sought

News and other happenings throughout the east communities.

3 days ago

East scape: 'Traffic Jam' concert set for Greensburg

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

3 days ago

Samantha Bennett: Plan for 'new me' is a lemon

A regimen of healthy, natural eating turns out to be a headache.

3 days ago

 The five-story Westinghouse atom smasher that had sat on the edge of Forest Hills since 1937 was found knocked off its brick base and lying on its side Tuesday.

Atom smasher in Forest Hills torn down; restoration promised

The atom smasher was the nation’s first Van de Graaf nuclear generator.

3 days ago

Firefighters battle North Versailles house fire

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported at 9:54 a.m. at 24 Sprague St.

3 days ago

Woodland Hills board frustrates residents

Board directors sought public comment during a packed meeting at the administrative building.

4 days ago

Woodland Hills schools’ restructuring plan goes forward

The district’s “Plan for Excellence,” unveiled in September, was approved at Wednesday night’s legislative meeting.

3 days ago

Trinidad sex offender pleads guilty in federal drug case in Pittsburgh

Omali McKay, 28, had been set to go to trial today in U.S. District Court.

3 days ago

2 sought in McKeesport shooting that killed 1 man, hurt 2 women

Allegheny County police said the shooting occurred around 11:45 p.m. at the Crawford Village housing complex on Pirl Street.

3 days ago

Murrysville council fills seats on various boards and commissions

In addition the following council members were appointed as committee liaisons.

3 days ago

Wilkinsburg board plans for elementary school renovations

Wilkinsburg school board took its first steps toward a major renovation during a workshop with architects from J. C. Pierce.

4 days ago

Gateway school taxes discussed at meeting

The Gateway School District plans not to increase taxes by more than 0.4345 mills, or its allowable index of 2.3 percent.

4 days ago

 “I’ve met so many great, amazing people that made me feel at home right away," Monika Gibson says of Pittsburgh.

Odysseys: Polish-born architect builds new life in Pittsburgh

Monika Gibson and her husband, Matt, moved from Warsaw to Pittsburgh in August 2006 so Matt could attend culinary school.

6 days ago

 Firefighters on the scene of a fire that brought out around 6 a.m. today at a Chalfant apartment building.

Resident of Chalfant apartment building charged with assault and arson

The morning blaze at 310 Lynnwood Ave. sent one firefighter to the hospital.

5 days ago

Section of New Texas Road in Plum to close today

The road was to close at 9 a.m. and remain closed through 3 p.m. Feb. 21 for water line work.

5 days ago

 Hempfield swimmer Justin Katchur puts his arm around Cole Stinebiser as they wait to swim the 200-yard medley relay Wednesday — a relay that went without an anchor leg in memory of Judson Shiffler, who died Dec. 30.

Hempfield swimmer Judson Shiffler gone, but not forgotten

The Hempfield swim team tries to move on, but also keep alive the memory of its late captain, Judson Shiffler.

1 week ago

 Family and friends of the six victims organized a memorial service this evening to honor their loved ones.

McKeesport family gathers to honor victims of fire

Police charged McKeesport resident Ryan Williams with homicide in the fatal October fire that killed two adults and four children.

6 days ago

Closures tied to project on Birmingham Bridge

The traffic restrictions are to allow for work that is part of a $28.5 million project.

1 week ago

 Ryan Williams of McKeesport is walked out of Allegheny County police headquarters after being charged with six counts of homicide for the six persons who died in a fire in McKeesport Oct. 18.

Deadly McKeesport fire called an act of revenge

Police have charged Ryan Williams, 24, of McKeesport in an Oct. 18 fire that claimed the lives of six people, four of them children.

1 week ago

Woodland Hills voting system that allows for appointees is overturned

School district constituents will now elect three representatives from each voting region; the change takes effect immediately.

1 week ago

GOP members of Congress gather for a Hershey retreat

Republican senators and congressmen are in Hershey this week to set their agendas for the coming year.

1 week ago

McKeesport domestic abuse counseling center, satellites may close

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services and Common Pleas Court have ended referrals to the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center.

1 week ago

Union Cemetery near Greensburg faces financial hardship

No longer able to pay for upkeep, First Commonwealth Bank is trying to rid itself of responsibility for the cemetery.

1 week ago

Riverfront condo development opens in Oakmont

Delaware Crossings is a three-story, six-unit building that offers residents the option of having a boat dock. Units start at $549,000.

1 week ago

Ligonier Ice Fest 'something fun to do' outside during winter

The two-day festival features at least six ice carvers who will sculpt close to 50 carvings from 30-pound blocks of ice.

1 week ago

Trafford residents concerned about gas drilling plans in nearby Penn

They talked about their fears at an informational meeting Monday.

1 week ago

 Flames shoot through the roof of the Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury Wednesday. Dispatchers say the blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at the nearly 140-year-old jail.

Firefighters again battle flames at central Pennsylvania prison

No injuries were reported to staff or the 208 inmates, who initially were taken under heavy guard to nearby Faith United Methodist Church.

1 week ago

 Gary and Kerry Giebler of Murrysville, right, look at a Chaparral 224 Sunesta being shown to them by Bo Vadella of Smitty's Marina in Belle Vernon at a past Pittsburgh Boat Show.

Pittsburgh Boat Show sets sail Friday

The Pittsburgh Boat Show, which begins Friday at the Monroeville Convention Center, is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.

1 week ago

Company's presentation gives details on Norwin STEM Center

The new plan for a science, technology, engineering and math center would include glassed-in entrances at the north side of the building.

1 week ago


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