Convicted murder gets a 'chance' at some life

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

about 5 hours ago

Small Vermont college invites convicted cop killer to speak

Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life term for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer, is set to address 20 graduates at Goddard College.

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 Attorney Fred Rabner

Ford's attorney: Officer who shot him under federal investigation

Monte Rabner wrote that two agencies are “looking into whether to charge [Pittsburgh officer David] Derbish criminally.”

about 5 hours ago

Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

1 day ago

 A U.S. Marshal patrols Monday along Mill Creek near Clarks Road in Barrett Township, Pa., as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grove Sept. 12.

Pennsylvania police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the woods during their manhunt.

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 The district attorney wants the state Supreme Court to delay former Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s entire campaign corruption sentence — not just the requirement that she apologize to every judge in the state — while she appeals her conviction and sentence.

DA offers sharp reply to bid by Orie Melvin for reduced sentence

Orie Melvin was convicted in 2013 for using her staff and the staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, to run her election campaigns.

about 6 hours ago

Two charged in Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal allowed to complete diversion program

Dennis Miller and Jeffrey Suzenski will have charges against them dropped, if they successfully complete a two-year diversion program, a

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 State police ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett, Monroe County, in eastern Pennsylvania  Monday as the search for suspect Eric Frein continues since the fatal shooting of a state trooper Sept 12.

Survival expert: Frein's challenge is to survive and evade

The search areas through the dense woods appear to have shifted daily as the manhunt wears on.

about 21 hours ago

State trooper dies during training exercise in Montgomery County

David Kedra, died after an accidental shooting during a training exercise in Montgomery County, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

about 7 hours ago

 Pennsylvania State Police block the entrance to Buck Hill Falls in Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania, where the search for Eric Frein continues. Mr. Frein is a suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper earlier this month.

Manhunt for Pennsylvania trooper shooting suspect escalates near state forest

The hunt for suspect Eric Frein has narrowed to a rural neighborhood bordering a state forest in Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

Penn State student-driver dead in hotel van crash

The student was driving a shuttle van for the Penn Stater, one of two hotels owned and operated by the university.

1 day ago

Search area shifts for suspect in trooper killing

State Trooper Adam Reed said the focus of the search has moved slightly to the southeast.

2 days ago

 State System Chancellor Frank Brogan

State university system gets more nimble in face of fiscal stress

One year on the job, chancellor Frank Brogan says “we're not the same university system we used to be.”

3 days ago

 This mural, painted in 1937 and 1938 as part of a New Deal-era public works project, is in the lobby of the state’s Finance Building in Harrisburg. It is the work of American artist Eugene Savage.

The Next Page: Government and the common man, on view in Harrisburg murals

Post-Gazette reporter Kate Giammarise says the murals in the state’s Finance Building are a New Deal gem.

3 days ago

Mishra headshop family feels heat from feds again

An attorney representing one of the family members said the government is acting on a “vendetta.”

3 days ago

Manhunt for suspected cop killer enters third week

As the manhunt for suspected killer Eric Matthew Frein entered its third week today, police today said they have nothing new to report.

3 days ago

 Pennsylvania State Police released this undated photo of shooting suspect Eric Frein. Police say they’ve caught glimpses of Mr. Frein as recently as Tuesday.

Pennsylvania police manhunt for shooting suspect focuses on abandoned hotel in Poconos

A Sept. 18 cell phone call to his parents lasted only seconds, but was detected by investigators and led them to narrow their manhunt.

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

Ambush planned for years, state police say

Police suspect Eric Matthew Frein planned for years the ambush of the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.

4 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

 Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens presents evidence in connection with the manhunt for suspect Eric Frein during a news conference Wednesday.

Police: Diapers, brief sightings suggest sniper suspect making ‘game’ out of manhunt

Eric Frein is moving through the woods of Monroe County dressed in black and leaving behind Serbian cigarettes and soiled diapers.

5 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett at a news conference in June.

AG says top Pennsylvania officials shared explicit, pornographic images

The images were found after Attorney General Kathleen Kane reviewed the investigation of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

5 days ago

 Gov.Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor.

Wolf maintains fundraising lead over Corbett

Polls and the donor culture that responds to them suggest that’s one part of the daunting challenge facing the Corbett campaign.

6 days ago

Pa. Senate passes medical pot legislation

The vote delivers the legislation to the House, whose Republican leadership has expressed skepticism.

6 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin leaves a hearing in October 2013.

Ex-justice Orie Melvin asks state Supreme Court to hear her appeal

Joan Orie Melvin also requested the judge stay a portion of her sentence, which requires her to write letters of apology for her actions.

5 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.

4 days ago

EPA unveils its plan to restore Great Lakes

The federal government issued a new blueprint Wednesday for its efforts to restore the Great Lakes.

6 days ago

Senate approves bill that would overhaul Act 47

Pittsburgh, Aliquippa, Clairton, Braddock, Rankin and Duquesne are in Act 47.

6 days ago

Cigarette tax to help Philly schools becomes law

Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill allowing Philadelphia to impose a $2-a-pack tax to close a budget gap for the city’s schools.

6 days ago

 Legislation to permit the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania is poised to clear the state Senate, but the measure is expected to face some opposition in the House.

Pennsylvania Senate expected to pass medical marijuana bill

The Senate’s majority leader expects the full Senate to overwhelmingly approve the bill, but it faces some opposition in the House.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane field questions during a June press conference.

Pennsylvania's attorney general refuses to release controversial emails

The emails were discovered during Ms. Kane’s review of her predecessors' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse case.

6 days ago

 Penn State University officials said the new Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by Marcellus shale drilling or related activity, and to consumers. Above is a Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig in Greene County.

GE to give Penn State $10M for gas drilling center

GE said the money will support research projects, equipment, and undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowships.

6 days ago

 State Sen. Jim Ferlo sits in the conference room of his Lawrenceville office during a meeting.

For state Sen. Jim Ferlo, hate crime bill is personal issue

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation Tuesday, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.

1 week ago

 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of the Monday debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

1 week ago

 A Pennsylvania state trooper draws his weapon Sunday in a wooded area on Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County, during a massive manhunt for Eric Frein , a suspect in the killing of a state police trooper Sept. 12.

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was in my documentary

State police today brought in an armored tactical vehicle outfitted with robotic video cameras.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania Game Commission tables vote on recreational permit proposal

A study by the commission's Bureau of Wildlife found that horses, bicycles and snowmobiles can harm habitat and infrastructure.

1 week ago

More than 500 bridges in Pa. to be replaced

PennDOT will pick a private-sector team that will replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges in the state.

1 week ago

Game Commission to hear comments on recreational riding proposal

The recommendation would apply only to cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians.

1 week ago

 State police investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Route 115 in Effort, Monroe County Saturday in which four children were killed.

Police say four kids killed in crash were not restrained

The Saturday crash killed five, including the 23-year-old woman driving the car in which the children were riding, state police said.

1 week ago

Ex-investigator sues Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Cheryl Williams, 56, of Penn Hills, worked as an investigator at the agency from 1999 until she said she was forced to quit last January.

1 week ago

 A Pennsylvania state trooper draws his weapon Sunday in a wooded area on Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County, in Eastern Pennsylvania during a massive manhunt for suspected killer Eric Frein.

Police narrow search for man accused in barracks ambush

Heavily armed police — from New York, New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania — continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County.

1 week ago

Police tell residents within search area not to leave homes

State police continued to urge caution, warning residents to stay in their homes and away from the woods where officers were searching.

1 week ago

Corbett and Wolf to meet in first debate of governor's race Monday

Democratic challenger Wolf will not be under pressure to do much more than avoid any major mistakes. For Mr. Corbett, the stakes are higher.

1 week ago

 Ron Tomalis

Tomalis spent time in NYC advising private equity investors

During nearly 15 months, officials at some of the state’s key institutions say they never shared a moment of Ron Tomalis’ time.

1 week ago

 A fire and spill in March 2010 at an Atlas Resources well site in Washington County sent a large plume of smoke into the air.

Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

The Post-Gazette analyzed every paper record for every Marcellus well incident that resulted in fines through June 1, 2014.

1 week ago

Five killed in northeastern Pennsylvania crash

The crash happened Saturday on Route 115 in Effort, in Monroe County, about 35 miles north of Allentown

1 week ago

 Post-Gazette publisher and editor-in-chief  John Robinson Block tries the newly installed Washington Press, now on display at the newspaper's facility in Clinton

Vintage press restored on display at PG's new facility

Prolific, powerful and portable, the vintage press is a reminder of how technology advanced democracy.

1 week ago

 The pressmen pose for a portrait on the first night on the new presses Sunday, Sept. 8, in Clinton.

Post-Gazette operations unified at a single plant

The new presses weigh more than 600 tons and are supported on a concrete pad that is four feet thick.

1 week ago

 The Post-Gazette's new facility in Clinton houses all of the newspaper's operations except editorial.

A new -- and renewed -- commitment to journalism in Pittsburgh

A letter to our readers from David M. Shribman and John Robinson Block.

1 week ago

 A 1955 drawing shows John Scull and Joseph Hall putting out the first edition of The Pittsburgh Gazette in 1786.

A distinguished history of journalism here since 1786

Now, 228 years later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is being published at a state-of-the-art printing facility in Clinton.

1 week ago


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