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July 11, 2013

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MOPPING UP AFTER STORMS CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, PRODUCE POSSIBLE TORNADO

About 40,000 customers were still without power this morning in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. The National Weather Service will be out assessing damage to some farm buildings that witnesses say were destroyed by a small tornado about 45 miles northwest of the city.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WILL ADDRESS REPORTERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ACLU FILED SUIT CHALLENGING STATE LAW OUTLAWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Kane’s office is charged with defending the law, but Kane has said she favors allowing same-sex marriage. Kane, the first Democrat ever elected state attorney general, is speaking today at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

PHILLY MOB UNDERBOSS FACING UP TO 20 YEARS FOR GAMBLING, EXTORTION CONVICTION

Joseph “Mousie” Massimino was convicted earlier this year after a lengthy trial and will be sentenced today. Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi is awaiting a retrial after the jury deadlocked in his racketeering case.

FORMER PHILLIES CATCHER DARREN DAULTON HAS BRAIN CANCER

A statement released by Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic says Daulton has glioblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association calls “highly malignant.” The former All-Start hosted a nightly radio show at the station before doctors found two tumors on his brain on June 27. He had an operation to remove them on July 1.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS, DEFENDS LAW THAT OIL AND GAS ROYALTY OWNERS GROUP SAYS UNDERMINES LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN MARCELLUS SHALE DEALS

The law is designed to advance the Marcellus Shale industry’s ability to vacuum up natural gas through horizontally drilled holes. That means Marcellus Shale gas wells can be drilled on land that was leased for the traditional, shallow oil and gas wells even if the gas being accessed is actually under a neighboring property.

 

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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.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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

  • Local briefs 4/20/2014

    April 19, 2014

  • 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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