News Obituaries


Obituary: Mary Alice Smith / Longtime voice at area religious services

In the 1960s, Mary Alice Smith was half of the singing Bel Canto Duo and the voice behind religious services all around Pittsburgh.


Obituary: Sister Michele Ransil / Dedicated to serving community through faith-based efforts

For several years, Sister Michele had been regularly visiting homeless people beneath bridges in Pittsburgh to bring food and socialize.



Obituary: Fred Slatten / Shoe designer to the stars

Mr. Slatten made fantasy footwear, adorning his designs with rhinestones, peacock feathers, decals and the  images of celebrities’ faces.



 Dr. Ted. K. Encke

Obituary: Dr. Ted. K. Encke / Prolific orthopedic surgeon was proud of service in Vietnam

Dr. Encke, 76, died Monday from complications of a kidney stone, Mrs. Encke said.


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Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.



Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.


 

World


Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.



Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.


 
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Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.



Random Acts of Kindness: Resident saves day for free film in park

Plus: Strong, helpful man lifted mom into SUV; Special gesture boosted spirits of cancer patient.


 

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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican


Breakfast sausage: 5 stories to read today

1) He'll avoid the stigma of having to sit at the kids' table for the first Republican presidential debate next week, but Rand