A protester dressed as “Abby the Abused Chicken” and other protesters stand Thursday in front of Gordon Food Service on Clairton Boulevard in Pleasant Hills to call attention to what they say is abuse of chickens by one of the company’s suppliers. A nonproft, Mercy for Animals, organized the event.

Activists criticize Gordon Food Service's treatment of chickens

Cross-country protesters stopped Thursday in Pleasant Hills to urge a food company to change its animal welfare policies.

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 Anthropologists Carrie LeGarde, left, and Jennie Jin look over remains at a lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The K208 lab is responsible for the identification of remains of Korean War soldiers.

Apollo sergeant lost in Korean War finally comes home

Sixty-five years after Sgt. Joseph Snock of Apollo was captured, his remains have been identified.

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 Rick and Jessica Goeller, with their son Lucas, 2, at their family farm in Indiana Township on June 17.

Indiana Township boy, 2, receives new liver

Aggressive campaign to secure a liver for the toddler succeeds with donation from a Nebraska girl who died of a brain tumor.

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 Playwright August Wilson stands in the Hill District on Bedford Avenue in front of his childhood home.

State gives $50,000 to preserve August Wilson's childhood home

The grant from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission will help to preserve the playwright’s childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave.

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 Powerboats and Jet Skis take to the water this weekend as part of the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, which kicks off today at Point State Park. Organizers will decide today whether to cancel some events <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/weather">due to the weather and high water levels in the river</a>. Crowds gathered, above, for the 2012 powerboats show.

Independence, fireworks: Fourth of July holiday weekend has arrived

Officials are urging caution and common sense during what one group calls “the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year.”

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 John Bonassi, left, chairman of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, and Derek Weber, regatta director, talk about changes to the weekend scheduled this morning at Point State Park.

Regatta officials cancel all water-based activities this weekend

Land-based activities, including musical performances and Saturday’s fireworks display, will go on as scheduled.

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 This vehicle crashed into the porch of a South Side Slopes home Thursday evening after a brief police chase.

Chase ends with car crashing into South Side Slopes home

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped away and minutes later lost control of the vehicle, crashing into the porch.

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 The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of the Family Dollar chain by rival Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree purchase of Family Dollar approved

Some Pittsburgh Family Dollar locations will be affected.

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 A construction crane tipped over and hit University of Pittsburgh's Langley Hall this morning while workers were repointing a building across the street.

Construction crane breaks loose, damages Pitt's Langley Hall

The crane tipped on its side and damaged the edge of the building’s roof.

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Gunshot victim drives himself to hospital after North Side shooting

Police said the driver was stopped at a red light on Beaver Avenue when another vehicle pulled up alongside him and someone shot him.

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 Fireworks are seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington last Fourth of July.

Look to the sky all year for fireworks

Fireworks displays on July 4 dwindle as the industry shifts to offering pyrotechnics throughout the year.

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Taxes will increase in North Allegheny

The North Allegheny school board rolled out both tax increases and a one-to-one technology initiative at their meeting.

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Peters Township school board signs new contract with bus drivers and raises salaries

Board members questioned why worker rates varied for different sport events, and the tabled action on 3 percent raises for some employees.

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Collier to consider rezoning proposal for townhouses

The proposal calls for 140 townhouses on 24 acres that used to be the Woodville State Hospital property.

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Former West Mifflin Area School District manager says he will pay back district

Former administrator Phil Martell is now being accused of “double dipping,” or billing two organizations for the same trip expenses.

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Nonprofit raises money for veterans with three-day hike

Participants hiked 70 long miles through the Laurel Highlands to raise money for Checkpoint, a veteran services nonprofit.

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Independence Day closings in Pittsburgh

Offices closed today for the Independence Day holiday.

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 The 50 year-old Scott Park Pool will be replaced by a new one for next summer.

50 year-old Scott pool celebrates its final 4th of July

Built in 1968, the venerable Scott pool shuts down Aug. 16 to be completely rebuilt.

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 "Flip-flops" by Deb Andrison

Quilling among the art displayed at Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

Among the festival displays will be Deb Andrison’s quill art, which is created by coiling strips of paper into works of art.

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 A collection of license plate quilt patterns for row quilts being collected by Annie Tuley.

Quilters collect patterns around the continent

Row by Row Experience sends quilters to shops across the US & Canada – including Piecing It Together in Ross Township.

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One person flown to hospital after Washington County crash

The crash occurred in the 100 block of West Pike Street in Houston about 4:30 a.m.

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Donations down but Fourth of July parade participation up in Latrobe

Several festivals with fireworks mark traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Westmoreland County.

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Driver charged with DUI after chase in construction zone

Police said they attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Christopher M. Griedel, 29, of Clarksville, around 3 a.m. near Southwest Regional

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Pilot for a Day program makes local kids' dreams come true

Penn Hills youngster Trenton Bentley was fitted in his own uniform, sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant and shown all around the base.

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Mountain men recreate early frontier

Members of the Independent Mountain Men Living History Society strive to preserve frontier history – and to live it.

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Gateway school budget cuts contracts, adds slight tax hike

Monroeville residents with a house valued at the average $107,900 should see an increase of $46.88 per year on their taxes.

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Penn Hills schools pass $97 million budget balanced by $12 million loan, tax hike

The school board voted 6-1 to approve the budget, which includes the maximum real estate tax hike allowed by the state index.

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Conversion of a New YMCA at Bethel Park ice complex advances

Renovation designs, including work to be done on the interior and exterior of the Bladerunners Ice Complex are complete.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s AP summer institute preps teachers for fall courses

These summer institutes are subject-specific and provide teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses.

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Little Lake Theater holds training for backstage technicians

Topics range from the basics of drafting and design to lighting and sound effects.

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 Father Jay Donahue of the St. Simon & Jude Roman Catholic Church in Scott. The church is celebrating it's 60th anniversary.

Saints Simon and Jude parish marks 60 year anniversary

The Scott parish was founded in 1955 and has blossomed from 208 to 1,400 families.

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 Laura Hartman, administrator of Allegheny Mountain Swimmin.

Newsmaker you should know / Scott woman shows how much she loves her community

Laura Hartman helped get the township a library and now, she has helped it get a new swimming pool.

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Mt. Lebanon library garden tour marks quarter century

Last year, the event raised $32,000 for the Public Library. This year a garden party will be held including hors d'oeuvres, sweets and live

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Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

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McKeesport school district offers family literacy program to combat 'summer slide'

Students read a book and play a corresponding game at the district’s summer family literacy program. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

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McKeesport Area raises school property taxes

The average homeowner is expected to pay an additional $25 in property taxes under the new budget.

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Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor to sponsor talk on history of baseball

Just in time for the All-Star game on July 14, the nonprofit is scheduling a talk, "Transformation of Baseball Across the 20th Century."

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Duquesne University plants a SEED for students to excel in science

Through Project SEED, economically disadvantaged high school students get to take part in actual scientific research.

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 Jamie Patten

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Jamie Patten’s career moves from film to wine

Jamie Patten, of Highland Park, opened Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville in 2012.

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 Sister Rita Yeasted: professor, women's advocate and a newsmaker you should know.

Sister honored for work on women's behalf

The American Association of University Women honored Sister Rita Yeasted, professor at La Roche College, for 25 years of women’s advocacy.

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East scape: Fundraisers, sales, children's activities and more

Events and other happenings throughout the east communities.

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Notables: Penn Hills

Charis Allen, 17, of Penn Hills is the winner of the first Teen Writer Luminari Award.

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Letter to the North suburbs editor: North Allegheny technology purchases criticized

“You don’t buy a Cadillac when your budget calls for a Kia,“ writer says.

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West school news: Carlynton, Keystone Oaks, Moon Area

School news from Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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West scape: Children's events scheduled in Scott, Collier

Events and other happenings throughout the west communities.

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West at a glance: Seniors invited to lunch, movie in Collier

Community events and news taking place throughout the West communities.

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North at a glance: St. Sebastian parish festival

Community events and news taking place throughout the North communities.

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School news: Fox Chapel, North Allegheny and more

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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North scape: Bible school, concerts, free movies, and more

Events and other happenings throughout the north communities.

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South at a glance: Collier adds motorcycle patrol

Community events and news taking place throughout the South communities.

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