The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter announced in April  it hired Tessier as the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader in public contrast to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members.

Pittsburgh reaction on Scouts’ gay policy mixed

One local advocate characterized the decision as a "monumental step back", but others said they were heartened by the push for equality.

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 Charles P. McCullough

Ex-Allegheny County councilman McCullough found guilty in theft case

Charles McCullough was found guilty of charges related to contributions made to local GOP candidates and a donation to Catholic Charities.

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Man faces prison then deportation to Mexico after drug conviction

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak sentenced Gustavo Godinez on Thursday and also imposed a 25-year period of probation.

1 day ago

Route 28 ramp to 31st Street Bridge closing tonight

The ramp will close from 8 tonight until 8 a.m. Saturday for pavement repairs.

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 Charles P. McCullough

Verdict expected in trial of former County Councilman Charles McCullough

Charles P. McCullough is accused of stealing from Shirley H. Jordan when he served as her power of attorney.

1 day ago

 Rep. Dan Frankel talks about the stalemate with the state budget in Harrisburg. He spoke at  the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Democratic leaders warn of consequences if Pennsylvania budget impasse isn't resolved

The budget impasse could stanch the flow of $33 million per month to human services providers, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

2 days ago

Orthodox priest fined, placed on probation in Ohio after misdemeanor sex offense conviction

James F. Callozzo, 73, of Brookline Boulevard was found guilty Tuesday of sexual imposition in Mahoning County Area Court in Ohio.

2 days ago

 Susan Paradise Baxter

3 judges selected for federal bench

If confirmed by the Senate, the three would shore up a court that hasn't operated with a full complement of judges for years.

1 day ago

 Roving groups of teenagers have caused disturbances in recent months at Monroeville Mall and at Kennywood, above, where some teens gathered near the McDonald’s after a disturbance closed the park early on May 2.

Church festival's closing sparks City Hall meeting on addressing crime in Carrick

Discussions focused on how police could work with the community and city agencies in dealing with the issue of “youth disorder.”

3 days ago

 If approved, the fare increases would net Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh a nearly 11 percent boost in annual revenue.

Yellow Cab seeks fare hikes to keep pace with ride-share rivals

Among the requests to the PUC are surcharges of up to $8 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights.

3 days ago

First student to plead in Chinese test-taking scandal deported

"I wasted a lot of time and money for my stupid decision," Biyuan Li, 25, told U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

2 days ago

 The high-rise facility makes moving inmates around for some programs difficult, Deputy Warden Latoya Warren said, and jail officials view the tablet lessons as a way to supplement classroom offerings.

Allegheny County Jail inmates receive life lessons via tablets

Inmates have access only to the private network and cannot use the tablets, which feature educational programs, to sign on to the Internet.

4 days ago

Seventy-eight arrested in W.Va. drug investigation

Forty of the 87 suspects face charges in U.S. District Court; the others are being prosecuted in the state system.

4 days ago

 The morning sun peers through the heavy haze and the Pittsburgh skyline early this morning in this view from Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

State issues pollution alert for Pittsburgh area today

The State Department of Environmental Protection issues a code orange for ozone Tuesday as temperatures approach 90 degrees.

4 days ago

 More than a dozen Chinese nationals were charged in May with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams and cheat their way into top American universities.

Convicted Chinese national in test-taking scheme asks for deportation; U.S. wants jail

Biyuan Li, 25, was among 15 Chinese nationals charged in U.S. and China with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams.

3 days ago

 Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., was killed by a woman he attacked July 18 in Charleston, W.Va. Police are investigating whether Falls had any connection to cases of suspicious deaths and missing women in other states.

Man killed by escort in W.Va. possibly linked to missing women

Police said Neal Falls of Oregon was under investigation by police in 20 states.

4 days ago

Former Pittsburgh woman charged with shipping marijuana from Calif. to Pa.

Sarah Jean DeHaro, 21, who police said moved from West View to California about a year ago, faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 5.

3 days ago

 People wave flags for the LST 325 as it heads toward the North Shore during its last visit to Pittsburgh in 2010.

World War II transport ship to deliver glimpse of history in Pittsburgh

The ship, which made 40 trips taking soldiers, supplies and equipment from England to France in World War II, will dock near Heinz Field.

5 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

5 days ago

Campaign donations from strangers not uncommon, county councilman testifies

Councilman Edward Kress testified today in the trial of former Councilman Charles P. McCullough.

4 days ago

Pittsburgh-area gasoline prices take another dip

Nationally, prices are down 3 cents a gallon in the past week to an average of $2.73.

5 days ago

 The Schwab Auditorium made from buff-colored brick is named for Bethlehem Steel Corp. founder Charles M. Schwab and was completed in 1903, according to the school's web site.

One injured after Penn State balcony overhang falls

Part of a balcony overhang fell inside Schwab Auditorium as 500 people attended an event for prospective engineering students.

5 days ago

Code orange pollution day issued Tuesday for Pittsburgh

The state has issued a “code orange” alert with the air quality index expected to enter the range of 101 to 150 for Pittsburgh,

5 days ago

 Esther McNeal, 93, of Harrison City, meets Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's game Sunday at PNC Park. With Mrs. McNeal are granddaughter Cindy Shtur of San Diego and Ms. Shtur’s parents, Jane and Michael Shtur of Harrison City.

First game in 50 years worth the wait for longtime Pirates fan

The family of 93-year-old Pirates fan Esther McNeal planned a day at the ballgame, her first at PNC Park.

5 days ago

 Pittsburgh is receiving a flurry of national media attention lately.

Why is Pittsburgh being called the new darling destination?

Last week’s flurry of national media attention on the city’s charms has become the new normal.

6 days ago

 Benedikte Gijsbregs of Belgium, left, holds a photo of WWII solider Donald Ward, a Washington County native, whose grave she maintains. Debra Rufffing, related to Pvt. Ward, is at right.

Belgian woman who cares for U.S. WWII soldier's grave meets his Washington County family

Benedikte Gijsbregs cares for the grave of Pvt. Donald Ward in Belgium. After years of searching, she has finally found his survivors.

6 days ago

 Jason Snyder at his office at the Consumer Health Coalition in Pittsburgh. He is the organization’s executive director.

Addiction knows no bounds: One professional’s fight with stigma, denial and opioid painkillers

For those with seemingly successful lives, the fear of losing esteem at work and in the community can be a powerful deterrent to recovery.

6 days ago

 At Main Exhibit Gallery on West Main Street in Ligonier, all the arts and crafts are made by local of American artisans.

Shopping in Ligonier is worth the drive

Just because the Ligonier Valley is known as a playground for the rich doesn't mean the rest of us can't play there, too.

1 week ago

Allegheny County man, 18, drowns in Youghiogheny River

An Allegheny County man who had been swimming with friends in Westmoreland County today has died.

1 week ago

Appeals court declines to intervene in 1987 murder retrial

Mark Breakiron of Hopwood is awaiting retrial in the slaying of waitress Saundra Martin during a tavern robbery almost three decades ago.

1 week ago

 "This heroin crisis requires that response," said U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

5 men charged with selling heroin that killed 3 people

“If we can establish that a seller of heroin caused a death, we are going to charge it,” said U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

1 week ago

 U.S. attorney David Hickton ,along with other law enforcement members of the Western Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Coalition, held a press conference Wednesday to discuss work being done to stop sex trafficking of children in the region.

U.S. attorney cracks down on sex-trafficking of children

Joseph T. Clemenic, Jr. 44, of Wilmerding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex-trafficking of children in federal court in Pittsburgh.

1 week ago

Shadyside lawyer receives 3-year prison term for fraud

U.S. District Judge David Cercone said Eric Sobkiewicz, 51, of Morewood Avenue, will also have to pay restitution.

1 week ago

Tickets available next month for opening of Flight 93 memorial visitors complex

The 6,809-square-foot center will open Sept. 10 with a permanent exhibit dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald greet President Barack Obama Tuesday after he arrives at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald, Peduto get ride of a lifetime with the commander in chief

President Obama invited Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to ride with him from the airport.

1 week ago

 Former Pvt. Eddie Jackfert presents a plaque to Kinue Tokudome, executive director of the US-Japan Dialogue on POWs, for her dedication and role in organizing Mitsubishi's apology to former prisoners of war.

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII prisoners, promises $50,000 to museum

Mitsubishi’s apology to Allied prisoners of war is the first in history from a private Japanese company.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama shakes hands with well-wishers Tuesday after giving a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Obama defends Iran deal, national security record in Pittsburgh address to VFW

The president said the Iran deal and the resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba were examples of “a new kind of leadership.”

1 week ago

 Timber rattlesnakes are the more common of the two types of rattlesnakes found in Pennsylvania.

Fatal rattlesnake bites are the exception, experts say

A Freedom man died Sunday from the first fatal rattlesnake bite in Pennsylvania in 25 years, but the snake mistakenly bit the wrong target.

1 week ago

Federal judge approves lawyer evidence against indicted founder of PA Cyber Charter School

A judge disagreed with Nick Trombetta, accused of taking about $1 million, that evidence violated attorney-client privilege.

1 week ago

Moody's report rates some Pittsburgh area school distrcts as below investment grade

Nationwide, there are only 20 such districts, including the four -- McKeesport Area, East Allegheny, Penn Hills and Philadelphia -- in Pa.

1 week ago

 The DEA's policies for using informants are different from those recommended by its parent agency, the Department of Justice.

DEA’s policy on informants blasted by Justice Department

The report says the DEA "had not established a process or any controls regarding the awarding" of workers' compensation to informants.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama speaks at the VFW national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 21, 2015.

President Obama to address VFW convention in Pittsburgh today

Obama is expected to discuss veterans’ health care, new protections for service members against predatory lending and the Iran nuclear deal.

1 week ago

 "Silver" is observed during a first exam at the Cathedral of Learning in May.

Lone peregrine falcon chick hatched at Cathedral of Learning dies

The chick, named “Silver,” was the 43rd hatched by Dorothy, the female peregrine that has nested at the Oakland landmark since 2001.

1 week ago

 Vivien Li will become president and chief executive of Riverlife starting in October.

Woman who helped revitalize Boston harbor to head Pittsburgh's Riverlife

Vivien Li, president of The Boston Harbor Association, succeeds Lisa Schroeder, who ran Riverlife for 15 years before leaving in January.

1 week ago

 Under the revised policy, the size of the penalty would be based on a number of factors, such as size of the food facility, seriousness of the violation, willfulness and whether the violation was a repeat offense

Allegheny County eyes higher fines for food safety violations

The proposals follow a failed attempt to display health department grades on restaurant doors.

1 week ago

Baldwin Borough man, longtime felon, gets 6½ years in prison for gun charge

Jason Korey was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge as part of a deal with the U.S. attorney’s office.

1 week ago

 According to an online “transparency report,” Facebook received 14,274 requests involving 21,731 accounts from U.S. law enforcement agencies in the second half of 2014.

Surveillance Society: Throw the (Face)book at 'em

Prosecutors can use such social media postings even if the material doesn’t directly address criminal activity.

1 week ago

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, hoping to modernize the renewal process and make it more consumer friendly, wants to stop sending out the stickers at the end of next year.

License plate tags may continue to stick around in Pennsylvania

Police say the license plate stickers, which the Legislature voted to eliminate in  2013 to save money, are an important tool for them.

1 week ago

2 constables charged with theft by submitting fraudulent invoices

The district attorney’s office said David Rodriguez, 31, of Oakmont and Lawrence Taylor, 28, of Wilkinsburg billed improperly for $3,600.

1 week ago

City calendar: 07/20/15

A list of upcoming event for the week ahead.

1 week ago