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October 10, 2012

In brief | Ann Romney to speak Monday in Blair County

ALTOONA — Ann Romney, wife of the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is scheduled to speak at the Blair County Convention Center on Monday.

The gathering will be a fundraiser for Romney’s campaign. The Blair County Republican Party plans to announce more details about the event before the weekend.

Hollsopple woman accused of assault

HOLLSOPPLE – A Hollsopple woman was jailed Tuesday after police said she assaulted a woman in a dispute over money.

Conemaugh Township police said Samantha Ann Rodriguez, 35, of the 400 block of Maple Springs Road, allegedly assaulted the woman after she refused to give her $50 and her car keys.

The woman suffered injuries to the left side of her head, police said.

She was treated at the scene by EMS.

Rodriguez was arraigned by on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus of Confluence and charged with simple assault and harassment. She was taken to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $1,500 bond.

Events will honor Coming Out Day

The Human Rights Campaign will hold two events in the area in honor of National Coming Out Day.

• Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Richland Campus, will host the Keystone Alliance/Gaylife Newsletter’s Coming Out Day Forum & Trevor Project at 6 p.m. today in the college’s auditorium.

• Pitt-Johnstown’s Programming Board, the Keystone Alliance and the UPJ Alliance Club will sponsor a lecture by activist Zach Wahls, known for his “My Two Moms” speech at the Iowa House of Representatives in January 2011, at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Heritage Hall in the Living Learning Center on the campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Originating in 1988, National Coming Out Day is designed to offer people all over the country an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of civil rights for those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

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