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Committee to pick Democratic council nominee

The Pittsburgh Democratic Committee will nominate a candidate on Sunday to run for a City Council seat vacated by Patrick Dowd.

Up to 108 committee members in city wards making up council District 7 will select a nominee during an election from 9 a.m. to noon at the Teamsters Union Temple in Lawrenceville, according to Nancy Mills, who chairs the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, which includes the city committee. So far, two candidates -- Tony Ceoffe, 29, of Lawrenceville and Deb Gross, 47, of Highland Park -- are seeking the nomination.

Mills said Democrats have until 5 p.m. Friday to notify the committee of their candidacy. Jim Wudarczyk, 61, of Bloomfield plans to run as an independent. No Republicans have announced their intention to run.

Dowd, 45, of Highland Park resigned to head up a North Side nonprofit. Two years remain in his term.

HOMEWOOD

Body identifiedas East Liberty woman

The woman who was found shot to death along a secluded, dead-end street in Homewood was identified on Wednesday as a resident of East Liberty.

The body of Samantha Powe, 30, was found Tuesday afternoon along the side of Hallam Street, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. An autopsy showed she died of head wounds, the spokesman said.

Her body was found lying face down in a puddle by a motorist who was turning around because of a tree and power lines that were downed on Perchment Street from a storm.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives are still trying to identity suspects and confirm a motive for the slaying, said police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann.

STRIP DISTRICT

Skeletal remains said to be of black male

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office needs help with identifying the skeletal remains of a man found Sunday in a makeshift shelter in Frank Curto Park off Bigelow Boulevard, between the Strip District and Polish Hill.

A team of forensic anthropologists from the University of Pittsburgh believes the remains are those of a black man in his 60s who was between 5 feet, 6 inches and 6 feet tall, said Medical Examiner Dr. Karl E. Williams. Deterioration makes precise evaluation difficult, he said.

Remnants suggest the man wore maroon Champion shorts with Carnegie Mellon University lettering and a blue Tar Heels T-shirt, Williams said.

Investigators believe the remains were there at least two years. Some printed receipts found at the scene are dated July 2011, Williams said.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the medical examiner at 412-350-4800.

DOWNTOWN

Black leaders call for public hearing support

Pittsburgh black leaders are calling on residents to attend a public hearing Thursday in support of legislation designed to strengthen a residency requirement for city employees.

The legislation would allow voters to decide in November whether to add a residency requirement to the city's Home Rule Charter.

A city ordinance now requires all employees to live in Pittsburgh, but the Legislature last year passed a bill permitting the mayor and City Council to waive the requirement for police officers. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and a majority of council members, however, support the requirement. Still, the Fraternal Order of Police is challenging it before an arbitration panel.

Black leaders say an already stormy relationship between police and residents would worsen if officers are permitted to live outside the city.

The hearing starts at 1 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the fifth floor of the City-County Building on Grant Street.

$8.1M granted to bond auction company

A federal judge on Wednesday confirmed a jury award of $8.1 million to Grant Street Group Inc., Downtown, in its patent lawsuit against Realauction.com LLC of Plantation, Fla.

A federal jury on June 17 found that the Florida company's RealTaxLien software sold between April 20, 2009, and March 9, 2010, violated one of Grant Street Group's patents but rejected two other patent violation claims. …