Town crafts compromise over parade chairs
CANONSBURG — A Washington County borough council has crafted a compromise to a long-sitting problem.
Canonsburg borough's Fourth of July Committee wants to limit how soon residents can put chairs along the borough's Independence Day parade route because some folks have begun putting up chairs to save their seats nearly two weeks in advance.
Council says that's unsafe and, earlier this year, proposed to ban the chairs until 6 a.m. each July 4.
But now council plans to vote two weeks from now on a rule that will let residents put the chairs out two days earlier.
They're doing that because the chair-placing has become an event unto itself, with a local civic group giving out cash prizes for the most flamboyantly decorated seats.
Officials hope the compromise will reduce safety problems but not dampen the pre-parade tradition.
Death-row inmate awaits word on execution
HARRISBURG — Defense lawyers for a Pennsylvania death-row inmate say the state's high court shouldn't decide "on the fly" whether he lives or dies by a midnight deadline Wednesday.
Lawyers for Terrance "Terry" Williams are waiting to hear if Pennsylvania's Supreme Court will restore his death sentence.
A state judge believes prosecutors hid evidence at Williams' 1986 murder trial, and last week stayed the execution. She's also granted Williams a new sentencing hearing.
But Philadelphia's district attorney has appealed the stay, and wants Williams executed before his death warrant expires Wednesday.
Williams' lawyers, in a filing Wednesday morning, say prosecutors never appealed the new sentencing hearing. They say Williams can't be executed without a valid death sentence.
They will file an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if the state prepares to execute the 46-year-old Williams.