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Judge says man convicted in shoplifting scheme won't get new trial

Terry Sempf had argued that the judge did not fully describe the government's allegations on the conspiracy count.

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 Artist renderings of Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

Penn State announces $9.5 million project to renovate science and engineering building

Work planned to upgrade labs at Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building on the Beaver campus.

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Montour school district appoints substitute superintendent

Terrence Kushner will hold the post until March 31, when he is expected to become acting superintendent.

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Meeting may shed light on future of Chartiers Avenue Bottom Dollar

Since the mid-January closing of Bottom Dollar, McKees Rocks leaders worry about “walkable” access to a supermarket.

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Action on South Fayette Pinnacle Point plan postponed

The 92-home open space plan is proposed on Old Oakdale Road about 1 mile from the South Fayette School District campus.

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 Ava Shazer, 7 of Collier, runs her feet along a "slip nott" to make her shoes stickier before heading back on the basketball court Jan. 22 at the Collier Community Center. The $5 million recreation center was open Jan. 22 for a youth basketball program and an aerobics class and will officially open Feb. 2.

Collier set to open community center

The $5 million center, which will open Monday, has been built on what was once a military Nike site.

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$100,00 donation to United Way of Beaver County largest in 30 years

Donation from national Network of Digital Schools takes agency more than halfway to overall $700,000 goal.

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West Allegheny food service management outsourced

The Nutrition Group, with offices in West Newton and Irwin, has been hired to manage district cafeterias.

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West Allegheny goes with co-principals at high school

This restructuring is part of districtwide changes and tweaks to build on initiatives identified in the district’s strategic plan.

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West school news: Moon Area students place first in financial analysis contest

Moon Area High School students finished first and third in a financial analysis contest, part of the recent Pennsylvania Institute of

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West scape: Reading party set for North Fayette library

Events and other happenings throughout the west communities.

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South Fayette again accepts proposals for Star City site

South Fayette continues to look for a developer for Star City property to take the burden off township taxpayers.

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Post Your Problems / Lawrence Walsh: Beware when ordering magazines from services

Consumer Reports also urges subscribers to read fine print on magazine subscription offers.

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Woman to stand trial on charges she stole police car while handcuffed

Police say the 27-year-old woman used the cruiser to ram her grandfather’s car before leading police on a nearly 10-mile chase.

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 Andrew Capone, 29, of Highland Park, was arraigned Monday night.

Public defender arrested on charges he gave inaccurate information to judge's staff

Andrew Capone of Highland Park was arraigned Monday night on charges of hindering apprehension and obstructing the administration of law.

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 Swedish retail chain Ikea has announced that it will open a store in Columbus, Ohio in 2017.

Ikea to open store in Columbus, Ohio

The Ikea store in Columbus would be the retail chain’s second store in Ohio.

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Pittsburgh International Airport passenger arrested with loaded gun

It was the first firearm found in carry-on luggage at the airport this year.

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 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.

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 Noreen and Rich Kohl can keep their Giant Breed Rescue business at their home in New Sewickley, Beaver County.

Giant Breed Dog Rescue wins court case, can continue operating

Rich and Noreen Kohl’s Beaver County home serves as a refuge for large dogs. They faced opposition from neighbors and the zoning board.

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Montour board appoints substitute superintendent

Montour appointed educational consultant Terrence Kusher to fill the top administrative seat left empty earlier this month.

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Commonwealth Court allows Beaver County kennel to continue to operate

With Wednesday’s ruling, kennel owners Richard and Noreen Kohl can keep Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Dog Rescue open.

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 Jenn Watenpool teaches physical elementary at Aiken Elementary.

Aiken Elementary physical education teacher keeps kids moving

Jenn Watenpool, who teaches in the Keystone Oaks School District, has been inducted into the “Fuel Up to Play 60” Hall of Fame.

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 Aiden Ozbey, center, 5, of Collier Township, tries to shield the ball from other players while playing a game in the new hockey rink at the Settlers Cabin Park in Oakdale on Jan. 17.

New dek hockey rink opens at Settlers Cabin Park

The rink is part of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Project Power Play initiative.

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Aldi first business to open at The Crossings in South Fayette

A Starbucks and Chipolte Mexican Grill are scheduled to open next.

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Could field trips make a comeback in Montour?

School board is discussing a return to student field trips, a line trimmed from the budget several years ago to save money.

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Findlay's Moody Road 'highway' to get more study

A former detour has become a regular route for some drivers and residents are asking the township to curtail speeding on the road.

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 Paula Simmons, 24, of Peters Township, joined South Fayette as recreation director on Jan. 6.

South Fayette has new recreation director

Paula Simmons, 24, previously directed the newly created recreation department in Brentwood.

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Talks on Moon Area-Cornell merger await new state government

Moon Area School District officials approached Cornell School District officials in June to discuss possibly combining the districts.

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Collier taking steps to promote businesses

A resolution to “Buy Collier First” implements several measures to raise awareness of community businesses on the township website.

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 Keiterez Bynum

Students starting to 'warm up' to Sto-Rox coordinator of student success

Keiterez Bynum says he’s excited to go to work and hopes to make students excited to come to school.

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Chartiers Valley High a finalist for national STEM award

The school district has taken steps to improve science, technology, engineering and math training in curriculum across the board.

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 Highland Park native Nick Peterson.

New job allows Pittsburgh native to discover new part of region

Nick Peterson, who grew up in Highland Park, is the new marketing coordinator for Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks.

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Pittsburgh-area quilters prepare for March show

Organized by the Three Rivers Quilters Guild, the show offers cash prizes and ribbons to first- through third-place winners in 15

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West at a glance: Bidding open for state park concession contract

News and other happenings from throughout the west communities.

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West scape: Children's party slated for Scott library

Events and other happenings throughout the west communities.

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

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

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 Malcolm C. Peplow discusses the 100-year-old brass box given to his father during the Christmas truce of 1914 on the Western Front in Europe during World War I.

Brass box from princess connects Collier resident to family, World War I

Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas present to British soldiers and sailors still has place of honor in the home of Malcolm C. Peplow.

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North Fayette's DeMarco to seek Allegheny County Council at-large seat

Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon, announced last week that she would not run for a second term.

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 Donald E. Boyer

Montour probe finds official had 2nd job, was OK’d by superintendent

The board authorized the investigation after it could not get satisfactory answers about an administrator’s status with the district.

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2 Beaver Falls fires investigated

Officials are investigating two Beaver Falls fires that destroyed multiple buildings over the weekend.

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 The European starling was imported to America in the 1890s, a noble gesture gone wrong.

Why starlings are still the unwelcome avian guest

Brought to America in the 1890s, the invasive species may be declining in number, but sympathy for the bird is hard to find.

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Missing finger, confession lead to bank robbery arrest

One of the pieces of evidence against Kirk Stutes was the fact that he was missing a finger, authorities said.

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 Debra L. Doud, 49, of Rochester, was killed in a motor vehicle crash Friday morning when a truck slammed into the back of her Pontiac Grand Prix on Route 65 around 6:50 a.m. in Ambridge.

Truck driver admits to falling asleep at the wheel in Ambridge fatal crash

Debra L. Douds, 49, of Rochester Township, was stopped at a red light when her car was struck.

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Aliquippa man gets prison in Matthews International fake invoice scheme

Peter Kalemon, 46, of Aliquippa, had pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September.

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 Amanda Kirby, a youth services librarian for the Western Allegheny Community Library in Oakdale, poses for a portrait with a silver ticket, part of a promotion marking the library's Silver Anniversary.

Silver tickets mark 25 years for Western Allegheny library

The North Fayette library is celebrating its silver anniversary by hiding these tickets in books and other materials.

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 As seen from Beechwood Boulevard, snow blankets a Squirrel Hill residential development overlooking the Monongahela River on Jan. 7.

Whether winter blues or cabin fever, depression in winter months is real in Pittsburgh, nationwide

Nationwide, 3 out of 4 Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers are women. About 5 percent of the American population suffers from SAD.

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A way to keep winter roads clear in Green Tree, Collier and North Fayette

Some communities are using salt brine, known as liquid salt, to keep roads free of snow. Europe has been using the substance for years.

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Manslaughter charges are dismissed against father

David  and Jennifer Beatty must still stand trial on child endangerment charges because of the allegedly deplorable condition of their home.

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