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March 21, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING:Police: Girl, 7, was asked to pepper spray workers

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Police say a Philadelphia-area woman returned to a dollar store where she'd been banned and pepper-sprayed employees who tried to escort her out before giving the can to her 7-year-old daughter and asking her to continue the fight.

Upper Darby police say 27-year-old Delaina Garling went to the Family Dollar Store on Monday, a place she'd been banned from for alleged theft. When employees tried to escort her out, police say she doused them with pepper spray.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says after employees tackled Garling, she handed the can to her daughter and said: "You know what to do, baby. Spray it!" Chitwood says the girl never used the spray.

Garling is charged with simple assault and other counts. A telephone message left for her was not immediately returned.


1 man dies in Pittsburgh high-rise fire

PITTSBURGH — Firefighters are working to contain a fire that killed a man in a Pittsburgh high-rise apartment building.

Authorities say the fire was reported just after 7 a.m. Thursday in the Shadyside neighborhood.

Public Safety Director Mike Huss says one man died on the fifth floor but didn't identify him. Several other residents were taken to hospitals for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Historic Philly prison to display rare artifacts

PHILADELPHIA — Dozens of rare prison artifacts are being displayed for 10 days only at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

The items include a century-old mugshot book, homemade shanks, soap carvings and an inmate wallet made from cigarette packs.

The defunct, decayed and historic prison once housed gangster Al Capone. It was abandoned in 1971 and has since become the city's most eerie and quirky tourist attraction.

The objects have never before been exhibited because there were no climate-controlled rooms in the dank and decrepit facility.

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