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 T.J. Lane, the suspect in the shooting of five students at the high school in Chardon, Ohio, wears a bulletproof vest as he is escorted Tuesday from juvenile court.

Educators, experts told vigilance key in preventing violent attacks in schools

“I got a lot of letters saying why are you doing this to our kids. This is never going to happen here. But it did,” one official said.

about 9 hours ago


Convicted murderer gets a 'chance' at some life

Man originally sentenced to life without parole will now be eligible for parole after 34 years.

about 9 hours ago


 Dennis Franklin, a member of the "Bucco Brigade," pumps up the crowd during a Pirates rally at Market Square Tuesday.

Cool temps forecast for Pirates wild card game tonight; festivities begin this morning

The National Weather Service and AccuWeather have forecast temperatures in the mid- to low 60s with party cloudy skies and calm winds.

about 1 hour ago


Jobless numbers stagnant in Pittsburgh region

Unemployment remains steady in the Pittsburgh region even though employers reported cutting jobs.

about 9 hours ago


Obituary: Francis J. Rifugiato / Veteran, educator over decades with lifelong passion for learning

The son of an Italian immigrant family, Francis J. Rifugiato knew the value of an education.

about 9 hours ago


 Dancers Kelsey Batman & Alan Obuzor perform as part of the Texture Contemporary Ballet in May. An Arts Day of Giving, an 18-hour, online fundraising event, will take place Thursday to raise $2 million or more for about 150 nonprofit arts and cultural groups in Western Pennsylvania, including Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Pittsburgh arts advocates to highlight individual donations

Individuals can show support for the region’s arts and cultural groups through online contributions during Thursday’s Arts Day of Giving.

about 9 hours ago


911 center audit: More staff needed to cut down on overtime

An audit says Allegheny County spent more than $2 million in overtime due to understaffing, high turnover and insufficient cross-training.

about 11 hours ago


 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

1 day ago


Safety concerns lead to overnight Parkway West closures during construction near Carnegie

PennDOT has been using lane closures during the $72.8 million reconstruction project, but it said there have been too many close calls.

about 2 hours ago


Larimer couple sentenced for Pittsburgh-based magazine scam

Federal prosecutors said the pair hired sales people to sell bogus subscriptions door-to-door in various cities.

1 day ago


UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

1 day ago


Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

1 day ago


 Planned Parenthood lead clinician Katherine Schott holds a copper-based ParaGard IUD, left, and a hormone-releasing Mirena IUD.

Pediatrics group says IUDs teens’ best birth control choice

Most women and girls still use inexpensive birth control pills, but the group’s statement might trigger a shift.

2 days ago


 Police officials talk about recovered items stolen from construction sites during a news conference Monday at the Ohio Township police garage.

Police crack ring that stole from construction sites

The suspects allegedly stole appliances, tools and materials valued at more than $100,000 from houses under construction during the past

1 day ago


Pa. reducing backlog of civil cases, chief justice says

American Bar Association guidelines suggest that most civil cases should be disposed of within two years of filing.

1 day ago


McKees Rocks man gets life for killing woman, unborn child

Marlin Kelly, 29, will serve life in prison for the killing of Conekia Finney in Ambridge on Oct. 29, 2012.

1 day ago


 Neil Capretto, the medical director for Gateway Rehab, speaks as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David J. Hickton looks on Monday. They were announcing the release of the U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery report.

Area heroin task force releases recommendations to curb abuse

The group convened by U.S. Attorney David Hickton calls for doctors to be careful with pain medication and helping inmates who are released.

1 day ago


Whitaker settles civil rights claim for $350,000

Danielle Newlon sued the borough and Officer William Davis after he broke out her window with his handgun during a traffic stop in 2012.

1 day ago


Allegheny Regional District's preliminary budget is largest ever

The RAD budget was buoyed by an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue, which RAD officials have attributed in part to strong auto sales.

1 day ago


Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

2 days ago


Allegheny County Council to weigh open fire regulations

County Council will soon consider new open burning regulations from the Allegheny County Health Department.

2 days ago


Johnstown priest accused of traveling to Honduras for sex with children ordered detained until trial

U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Pesto ordered the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, detained.

1 day ago


City Calendar: 09/29/14

A look at the upcoming events for the week ahead.

2 days ago


Confluence readies for PumpkinFest

Confluence will celebrate its fall holiday PumpkinFest on Oct. 3-5.

3 days ago


Unwanted prescriptions to be collected in Allegheny County Saturday

County police will collect the drugs at the North Park and South Park stations.

4 days ago


 Governor Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Point Park University Playhouse on Forbes Avenue today

Corbett wants facts on explicit emails

The move by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, generated attention from both sides of the political divide.

4 days ago


Newborn hit in head by hunter’s stray bullet

District Attorney Pat Dougherty said it initially was believed the bullet only grazed the boy, but it actually went through his head.

4 days ago


 White House: Eric Holder to resign as attorney general

Holder's resignation as attorney general brings mixed reaction in area

An attorney general who will be remembered as controversial but who consistently forwarded the administration’s agenda.

5 days ago


 A new calf at Vale Wood Farms, a family dairy farm business in Loretto, Cambria County, bears a No. 7 on his forehead. The farm has named him "Baby Ben."

Mooove over Ben, this Pennsylvania calf's a new No. 7

The folks at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, Cambria County, have named a calf “Baby Ben” after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

5 days ago


Johnstown-area priest accused of sex tourism

An investigation into the international travels of the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr. led to the federal charges.

5 days ago


 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band are scheduled to perform in Pittsburgh Jan. 22.

Bob Seger tour coming to Pittsburgh

The veteran rocker’s Ride Out Tour includes a Jan. 22 stop in town.

6 days ago


Three Pittsburgh area stores affected in Jimmy John's data breach

The chain said “customers’ credit and debit card data was compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials” from a vendor

6 days ago


Beechview man sentenced for heroin distribution

Andrew Anderson, 31, of Shadycrest Drive, sold hundreds of bricks of heroin in the region, according to federal authorities.

6 days ago


 James Traficant Jr.

Traficant remains sedated in critical condition, family attorney says

Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant of Ohio, who spent time in prison on racketeering charges, was injured in a tractor accident Tuesday.

5 days ago


 The Highmark and UPMC logos are seen atop buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to Allegheny County Council

In two weeks, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald presents his proposed county budget, which he said will not include a tax increase.

1 week ago


Allegheny County judge schedules hearing in dispute over confidential informant

A hearing on the status of a confidential informant in an ongoing drug case is scheduled for Wednesday.

6 days ago


Allegheny County Controller’s office has inventory of county vehicles

The Public Works Department provided the controller with requested information from 2009 through 2013.

1 week ago


 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

1 week ago


Court upholds conviction of former Monroeville tennis star who bilked investors

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction in a terse ruling today.

1 week ago


 Attorney Fred Rabner

Prosecutors: Details on confidential informant disclosed

Assistant district attorney Jerry E. Johnson filed a motion late Friday against defense lawyer Fred Rabner.

1 week ago


Pitcairn 4-year-old found safe in N.C.

Raymont Pope and his father, Radford Pope, had been the subjects of a nationwide search.

1 week ago


Judge rejects drug ring member's motion for reduced sentence

Omari Patton is serving 30 years for his role in a network responsible for flooding the region with heroin and cocaine from 1998 to 2002.

1 week ago


Post-Gazette honored for religion coverage

The Post-Gazette was honored by the Religion Newswriters Association.

1 week ago


 A trainer feeds Independence, a bald eagle at the National Aviary on the North Side, after a flight show in May 2012.

How the Regional Asset District rode to the rescue of Allegheny County attractions

State legislation in 1993 created the special-purpose entity to help fund the zoo, aviary, museums, parks and others.

1 week ago


Allegheny County regional assets have many criteria to meet

Seven board members of RAD decide how to distribute millions in funding from the 1 percent sales tax in Allegheny County.

1 week ago


 Jace Grudowski, of Millvale, looks at a blanket for sale before last year's "The Lion King" performance at the Benedum that was adjusted for children with autism and their families.

With their portion of RAD funding, arts and other groups fix up what needs fixing

Sales tax revenue allocated by RAD board helps major arts groups across the region.

1 week ago


 "RAD's really important. It really is," Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald said.

Port Authority uses its share of RAD funding for state matching

Until 2013, RAD had not supported Port Authority. But $3 million helped the transit system unlock $31.5 million in state funds.

1 week ago


 The Braddock Carnegie Library was the first Carnegie library built in the United States.

RAD funding of Electronic Information Network a boon to Allegheny County libraries

Ever since the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh went digital, its Downtown and Business branch has become a particularly lively destination.

1 week ago


For cultural groups on lean budgets, RAD grants make difference

Many smaller groups often receive annual grants of $10,000 or less.

1 week ago



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