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February 26, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

GAS EXPLOSION THAT KILLED 5 IN ALLENTOWN TO COST UTILITY HALF MILLION DOLLARS

In addition to the fine levied by the state Public Utility Commission, UGI Utilities will speed replacement of its cast-iron pipelines, one of which failed in the fatal February 2011 explosion in Allentown.

PENN STATE ABUSE CASE RIPPLES CONTINUE AS GOV. ARGUES NCAA IS TRYING TO USE HIS ANTITRUST SUIT TO DEFLECT CRITICISM OF ITSELF

Also, the university’s Board of Trustees should add academic representatives, according to a recommendation of a faculty senate committee. The group says a lack of faculty board member hurts the school’s ability to focus on its academic mission.

PITT WASTING NO TIME MAKING PRIME TIME SPLASH IN NEW CONFERENCE

The Panthers will open the 2013 football season by hosting the Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State. The Labor Day game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh will be nationally televised on ESPN that night.

HE MAY NOT BE CONVICTED, BUT REPUTED PHILLY MOB BOSS WILL REMAIN IN JAIL

A federal judge says 73-year-old Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi remains a danger to the community, especially since the jury convicted three co-defendants of racketeering. A jury either acquitted Ligambi or hung on charges he faced, which is why federal prosecutors plan to retry him later this year.

PHILADELPHIA ART FESTIVAL NO LONGER ON THE FRINGES WITH NEW HOME PLANNED

The 17-year-old festival, now called FringeArts, plans to move into a renovated 110-year-old brick building in September. The former water department pumping station will house a 240-seat theater, a 125-seat bar and restaurant, multipurpose studio space, administrative offices and a large outdoor plaza.

 

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