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January 25, 2013

5 Things to know in Pennsylvania news

Here is your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION TRIAL BEGINS IN PITTSBURGH FOR SUSPENDED STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN, SISTER

Jurors will hear opening arguments today in what's expected to be a four-week trial. The sisters are charged with using Melvin's former Superior Court staffers to run her campaigns for the state's highest court in 2003 and 2009.

JURY TO BEGIN DELIBERATING INMATE ABUSE CHARGES AGAINST FIRED STATE PRISON GUARD AFTER GETTING JUDGE'S INSTRUCTIONS

The jury must decide whether 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti physically and sexually preyed on the inmates, most of whom were child molesters, or whether he's become their latest victim as the guard claims the charges against him are lies.

EXTERMINATOR CHARGED IN MURDER OF PHILADELPHIA PEDIATRICIAN

Police say something went inexplicably wrong when 36-year-old Jason Smith began arguing with Dr. Melissa Ketunuti. They say Smith strangled the woman, bound her body then set it on fire, where it was found — still smoldering — in her basement on Monday.

ONE DEAD IN SUBURBAN PHILLY SHOPPING CENTER FIRE

The fire broke out about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Melrose Shopping Center in Cheltenham. One of the victims pulled from the fire later died at a hospital. Investigators believe the fire may have started in a beauty supply store and spread to four other shops.

FRANCISCAN FRIAR LINKED TO OHIO ABUSE SETTLEMENTS NOW TARGET OF INTERNAL INVESTIGATION AT SCHOOL WHERE HE WORKED

Brother Stephen Baker was named last week in legal settlements with 11 men who say they were abused by him at a northeastern Ohio school in the 1980s. Now, Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown is looking into allegations that he may have abused students there in the late 1990s. Baker hasn't commented, but his religious order says he's been removed from public ministry.

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    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 19, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 19, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 19, 2014

  • VIDEO | Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 19, 2014

  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

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