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March 15, 2013

10 things to know for today

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHAT CLERGY ABUSE VICTIMS ARE HOPING FOR

Some seek greater transparency as Pope Francis begins his papacy; others want the defrocking of U.S. cardinals who covered up for pedophile priests.

2. HOW FRANCIS IS KNOWN IN HIS HOMELAND

For Argentina’s poorest citizens, who crowd the many so-called “misery villages” that surround Buenos Aires, he’s proudly known as one of their own, a true “slum pope.”

3.  ASSAD BEEFING UP SECURITY IN DAMASCUS

On the second anniversary of Syria’s uprising, some rebels have called for stepped-up attacks to mark the occasion.

4. DREAM STILL ALIVE FOR BOEING JETLINER

The “Dreamliner” maker envisions commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming “within weeks,” even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating.

5. WHY A FAVORITE IN NYC MAYORAL RACE WON’T MARCH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is gay and won’t take part due to the parade’s ban on gay pride sashes, banners or buttons.

6. MARYLAND MAY ABOLISH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

The “Free State” may be the 18th in the nation to end executions if the General Assembly gives final passage this week.

7. BUDGET CUTS NOT IMPACTING THIS PROGRAM

The Pentagon is spending nearly $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily.

8. KEY WITNESSES SET TO TESTIFY IN H.S. FOOTBALL RAPE CASE

The testimony of three teenage boys who watched the alleged attacks is a crucial part of Ohio’s evidence, since the girl says she has no memory of the event.

9. HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY (SCREEN)

Samsung’s new Galaxy S 4 smartphone crams a 5-inch screen into a body slightly smaller than its predecessor, the S III.

10. HOW A TV SERIES HAS IMPACTED TOURISM IN NEW MEXICO

The popularity of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has spurred international interest in a fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque.

 

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

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  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    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

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