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January 24, 2013

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The school board has agreed to extend Machesky's unpaid contract through March 2016.


Masked gunman dead, 2 men shot in Pittsburgh robbery

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police say a masked gunman has been fatally shot by one of two young men who were wounded when the gunman tried to force his way into their home and rob them.

Police and the Allegheny County medical examiner have yet to name the gunman because he had no identification when he was shot just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in the city's Garfield neighborhood.

That's when police say the man knocked on the door while the two young men inside were playing a video game. When one answered the door, he was shot in the face and the gunman then fired other shots at the other young man in the home, who returned fire and killed the gunman.

Police have not identified the robbery victims or released their conditions.


Fired guard still on stand; closings soon

PITTSBURGH — A fired Pittsburgh state prison guard was still being cross-examined about charges that he physically and sexually abused inmates who were gay or serving sentences for child molestation, though closing arguments were expected to begin soon thereafter.

Allegheny County prosecutors plan to call some brief rebuttal witnesses after 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti wraps up his testimony Thursday.

After the rebuttal witnesses, attorneys will argue to the jury why Nicoletti should or should not be convicted of 80 counts, including several each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and institutional sexual assault.

Twenty inmates have testified about the abuse. Nicoletti and his attorney contend the charges are the product of the prison's inmate rumor mill or sour grapes on the part of lying inmates who don't like guards.


Hundreds of homes without gas in eastern Pa.

COPLAY — A utility is working to restore gas service to hundreds of homes in two communities in eastern Pennsylvania as the region battles a brutal cold spell.

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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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