Complex, emotional task of preserving Tree of Life memorial begins in Pittsburgh
(2018)The steady drumbeat of mass tragedies has led to an informal, information-sharing network of such professionals, each one learning from the last and offering their lessons and advice to the next, from Orlando to Las Vegas to Parkland to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh paramedics recount their actions at Squirrel Hill synagogue massacre scene
(2018)

He turned to his wife and told her he was sorry. She told him to do what he had to do.

11 dead in shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue
(2018)

“These incidents usually occur in other cities,” said Wendell Hissrich, Director of Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department. “Today, the nightmare has hit home in the city of Pittsburgh.”

As opioid crisis creates orphans, grandparents take on parenthood again, often with few resources
(2018)

Jo Lynn Seagriff wanted to be a new grandma, not a new mom.

East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld charged with homicide in killing of Antwon Rose
(2018)

“You do not shoot someone in the back if they are not a threat to you,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said in a news conference. (Full Antwon Rose II shooting coverage)

Antwon Rose remembered as academic achiever, personable, charismatic
(2018)

When Cathy Welsh’s son was shot and killed in November, Antwon Rose’s father and uncle supported her in the wake of the tragedy. Now she will return the favor in the wake of more tragedy. (Full Antwon Rose II shooting coverage)

Condoms criminalized in Allegheny County prostitution cases
(2018)
A Tribune-Review analysis shows police charged people with both prostitution and possessing an instrument of crime in 100 cases last year in Allegheny County. In 15 of the cases, condoms were an alleged instrument of crime. In 14 others, police seized condoms as evidence.

Opioid epidemic could spark HIV outbreak, health experts fear
(2018)

Pennsylvania’s widespread opioid epidemic, combined with controversial drug paraphernalia laws and the lack of needle exchange programs in rural areas, could spark a devastating and costly HIV outbreak, health experts fear.

Opioid prescriptions drop in SWPA, but numbers remain high
(2018)

While opioid prescriptions in Allegheny County have decreased over the past year, physicians are still writing enough prescriptions each quarter to medicate each resident of Pittsburgh.

Families hope candid obituaries will spare others anguish of addiction
(2017)

“I’m not ashamed of Zack because he was an addict – he had a serious disease.”

After 135 years of floods, riots and escapes, Pa.’s oldest prison goes quiet
(2017)

If The Wall could talk, what stories would it tell?

Pittsburgh family struggles to cope with son’s unsolved homicide
(2017)

“I would have anxiety with the door about whether it was closed or open,” he says. “I could be sitting here, broad daylight, and people walk by? Uh-uh, close it.”

Spike in Ohio’s synthetic opioid ODs offers grave warning to Western Pa.
(2017)

DAYTON, Ohio — The cooler is full at the Montgomery County coroner’s office in downtown Dayton, Ohio.

Father-to-be got a job, apartment and a car — then he was gunned down
(2017)

John Cassidy has his father’s eyes. That makes it hard for his family to look into them sometimes.

Snapchat video shows women drinking before deadly Bethel Park crash
(2017)

They’re laughing. They’re singing along with the radio. They’re shouting out the windows. One clip shows them walking into a bar. The next shows three shots of alcohol on a table.

Inside one woman’s overdose, struggle with addiction
(2017)

She knew the signs of addiction: She was a nursing assistant for years. She didn’t know she was overdosing.

Former inmates get shot at recovery with anti-addiction drug Vivitrol
(2017)

“I didn’t feel that I was part of the problem, but I definitely wasn’t helping.”

DA: 6 dead in ‘calculated’ execution in Wilkinsburg; police seek shooters
(2016)

Five adults and an unborn child were killed and three more adults were wounded, two critically.

Hundreds pay respects to fallen Canonsburg Officer Scott Bashioum
(2016)

As police vehicles with lowered windows drove past, DiRocco’s children whispered “thank you” to the men and women inside. “No, thank you,” one officer said back.