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October 4, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SAYS DECISION BANNING MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES MIGHT BE RETROACTIVE

As a result, two Pennsylvania men and one in New Jersey can now try to persuade federal district judges to consider ordering they be resentenced. Prosecutors in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia predict the overall issue will wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY TELLS PENN AUDIENCE THAT DIVISIVE ISSUES SHOULD BE DECIDED BY LAWMAKERS, NOT COURTS

Kennedy said in yesterday's speech that, "Any society that relies on nine unelected judges to resolve the most serious issues of the day is not a functioning democracy."

WATERPROOF FABRIC COMPANY WILL HELP COVER PHILADELPHIA MARATHON EXPENSES

Gore-Tex will pay $600,000 over three years to become the race's title sponsor. The race's 20th anniversary is next year. The fabric, which is popular in jackets and athletic shoes, is made by W.L. Gore & Associates of Delaware.

INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS REPORTS ENROLLING PEOPLE THROUGH ONLINE FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE PORTAL

The website — healthcare.gov — has been experiencing glitches since Pennsylvania residents began choosing from 56 health insurance plans available on the government-run exchange.

TRY, TRY AGAIN ...

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to rebound today from a 9-1 drubbing in the first game of the National League Division Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to win their second straight game before the five-game series moves to Pittsburgh for two games, starting Sunday.

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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.

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  • Crime board took aim at house

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    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.

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