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 State police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman who was found shot in her Mars home Wednesday night.

Female victim in fatal Mars shooting identified

The Butler County coroner was expected to conduct an autopsy to determine a cause and manner of death, police said.

1 day ago


Truck driver seriously injured in crash near I-79 in Ohio Township

The accident tied up traffic for a couple hours Wednesday afternoon.

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 A science lab of Aquinas Academy in Hampton. The school has completed its $4.8 million McGonigle Mross hall, which has 15 classrooms, two high school science labs, a media room, and a fine arts wing.

Aquinas Academy to open new hall

Mross McGonigle Hall in Hampton has 13 high school classrooms for science, music, band and arts and some space for administrators.

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 The ramp from northbound Interstate 579 and the Veterans Bridge to Route 28 was to close shortly after 10:30 a.m. today and stay closed around the clock until late November.

Interstate 579, Veterans Bridge ramp to Route 28 closing through November

The ramp closure is the final big hurdle for drivers who have faced more than four years of restrictions and detours.

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 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry.

Principal of new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High leaves post

Kellie Abbott is no longer principal of the school, which opened about seven weeks ago in Cranberry.

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Statues St. Mary Church returned to St. Juan Diego Parish grotto in Sharpsburg

Two statues that were part of the original grotto at St. Mary Church in Sharpsburg have been returned to the church community at St. Juan

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 Customers walk past mannequins wearing "white survival suits," one of this year's most popular Halloween costumes in the wake of the Ebola crisis, on Oct. 18 at Spotlight Costumes on the South Side.

Disney characters, decontamination suits popular Halloween costumes

Influences on Halloween dress-up this year include the films “Frozen” and “Maleficient” and the Ebola outbreak.

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Notables: Fox Chapel Area High School, Seneca Valley High School

Adia Augustin, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School, is a semi-finalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an

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Samantha Bennett: GOP marrying politics to reality TV

A Web ad uses wedding gowns as candidates in the upcoming elections.

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Halloween: North communities trick-or-treat

North communities will hold trick-or-treating on Friday. Here are the designated hours:

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Hampton officials seek public input on ATV law

Resident complaints about noise and dust prompt a proposal to restrict recreational vehicles.

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Spooky: Old-fashioned Halloween house a tradition

Imagination rules night in homegrown Halloween display that gets a little more ghoulish every year.

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 Lucien V. and Kali V., who own the Hocus Pocus Occult Emporium in Oakland.

Modern observers of ancient rites find Halloween a time of introspection

Perhaps no practice in history has been as misunderstood and maligned as witchcraft.

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North happenings

Church activities  

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 Terri Liberto

Butler County teacher of nurses honored for having a nurse's touch

Terri Liberto, of Buffalo, Butler County, is one of four educators nationwide to receive The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch award.

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Four charged with more than 100 thefts from vehicles in the Alle-Kiski Valley

Westmoreland County authorities say the thefts include money, guns, computers, portable electronics and sports equipment from vehicles.

2 days ago


Ramp from northbound I-79 to turnpike to close tonight

The ramp will close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday.

2 days ago


Police verify identity of nude man in Shaler incident

The man had been running through the 1000 block of Orvis Avenue, damaging property by bouncing off homes, cars and lawn furniture, police

3 days ago


 An attorney for a citizens group told Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph M. James on Monday that engineers found problems with Wal-Mart’s plans, including parking and reliance on outdated federal flood maps.

McCandless citizens group fighting Walmart store loses one round

The group will not be able to submit additional evidence to bolster its appeal of the town’s vote approving the development, a judge ruled.

3 days ago


Naked man apprehended by Shaler police, taken to hospital

Police tasered the man, who was wearing nothing but socks, after he refused to put on handcuffs, Shaler police Lt. Sean Frank said.

3 days ago


Yearlong drug probe leads to several arrests

The suspects are charged with distributing heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs and marijuana.

6 days ago


New Castle man pleads guilty, faces life in prison on child porn charges

Donald Miller, 43, pleaded to producing child pornography and faces sentencing in January in U.S. District Court.

1 week ago


Hampton's proposed budget calls for zero tax increase

Council President Vic Son said during Wednesday night’s meeting that the proposed budget for 2015 will be presented to the public on Dec. 3.

1 week ago


Police round up drug suspects in the Allegheny Valley

Springdale Township police worked with the the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team on the investigation.

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North Allegheny hires construction manager for school renovations

The board also OK’d the parameters of a new high school elective, and heard from residents about the proposed volunteer clearance policy.

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 To the right of The Palace Theatre’s Loge section is this mural that “represents Ancassin and Margaret seated on their throne, which was presented to them by the magic wand of the good fairy queen.”

Mixed media: Movie theaters have changed, but murals remain a staple

Murals, an important decorative element of movie theaters in the early part of the last century, are still included in new venues.

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 Penny, a therapy dog with Crisis Center North, trains with Nick Skitko, a legal advocate. Penny is the first Canine Court Advocate in Allegheny County.

Crisis Center North receives grant to support canine support services

Penny is just like any other dog — until someone attaches her special vest. That’s when she goes to work.

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Mars superintendent James Budzilek resigns

The board accepted the resignation of James Budzilek who held the reins of the district for less than 50 weeks.

1 week ago


Mars Home for Youth asks board to reconsider fracking opposition

The superintendent and solicitor will meet with youth home representatives about the issue.

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2015-16 North Hills school calendar approved

The first day for students will be Aug. 24, a week earlier than this year. The last day will be May 27.

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 Twin Rivers teacher Ed Camic guides students Aliyah Burger and Devin Long in the SMALLab.

SMALLab teaching tool provides for interactive learning

Five local school districts use SMALLab — McKeesport Area, Elizabeth Forward, West Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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Ross modifies public works building design

The project will involve renovation of the current building and addition of a smaller, new building, reducing the cost.

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Mars Area changes concession stand policy

Under the new rule, a licensed caterer must be present in order for the concession stand to open.

1 week ago


Foreman Foundation raises awareness about melanoma

Foreman Foundation’s golf outing raised $35,000 in its 8-year effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against deadly skin cancer.

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Seneca Valley looks at feasibility study

It is the first step in a long-range plan to upgrade all buildings and athletic facilities.

1 week ago


 Cindy Cipoletti

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Volunteer Cindy Cipoletti becomes highest ranking employee of charity

When Cindy Cipoletti started as a volunteer at the Lighthouse Foundation in Butler, she never thought she would be the executive director.

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The North at a glance

Cheerleaders join to sponsor coat drive; Planetarium features double features; “Le Petit Salon” musical

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North scape: Computer classes in Butler, Pancake breakfasts in Sewickley and Shaler, library programs

Events and other happenings throughout the north communities.

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Several I-79 ramps in Marshall to close overnight starting today

Tonight the northbound I-79 off-ramp to the turnpike, the northbound off-ramp to Route 228 and the turnpike ramp to northbound I-79 close.

1 week ago


Allegheny County DA identifies potential witness in bus crash

Officials hope the witness can help determine exactly what happened when a bus rolled over on the Partkway North, injuring the driver.

1 week ago


Headshop owner should remain jailed, prosecutors argue

Mayank Mishra, 33, owner of Rock America in the old Northway Mall, is in custody on federal drug paraphernalia charges and wants out.

1 week ago


Two vehicle crash blocks lane on I-79 near Heidelberg

A two-vehicle accident on I-79 north near Heidelberg has blocked the left lane of traffic, state police said.

1 week ago


Cranberry ramp to Interstate 79 to close tonight

The ramp is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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Blackhawk superintendent says district likely to face teacher furloughs

She said the furloughs are likely if a state hearing examiner’s decision ruling that it must implement its teacher contract stands.

1 week ago


Woman killed in Harrison crash identified

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the woman as Joanne McGann of Harrison.

1 week ago


Section of Route 28 outbound to close Thursday night

The road will close between Chestnut Street and the 31st Street Bridge from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

1 week ago


Small fire forces evacuation of Mars Area High School

The fire, reported around 11 a.m., is under control.

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