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July 1, 2013

In Brief | CamTran: No bus service on holiday

— CamTran announced there will be no bus service Thursday due to the Independence Day holiday.

Regular scheduled bus service will resume Friday.

Heavy rainfall causes flooding around state

PHILADELPHIA – Heavy rainfall caused irritation, spurred flooding across the state and was blamed for a landslide west of Pittsburgh.

The landslide, in Moon Township, forced a lane closure on University Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, but no one was hurt and no cars were damaged, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.

Flood watches were in effect Monday evening in the Philadelphia area, northeastern Pennsylvania and much of central Pennsylvania. Heavy rains and thunderstorms were predicted across much of the state Monday and today.

Justice Dept.: Shelter denied blind man bed

PITTSBURGH – A western Pennsylvania homeless shelter wrongly refused a bed to a blind man because officials there didn’t want to accommodate his service dog, the U.S. Justice Department claims in a lawsuit alleging housing and disability discrimination.

The federal lawsuit contends the blind man, Kenneth DeFiore, 54, became so despondent that he laid down in a busy intersection and tried to commit suicide, but was instead rescued by police and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric exam.

DeFiore contends he contacted City Rescue Mission of New Castle on Dec. 5, 2011, about a month after he was evicted from his apartment. He has been blind since 2006 due to glaucoma and other health problems.

After being told the shelter didn’t have facilities to accommodate his guide dog, DeFiore contacted a caseworker with a Lawrence County social service agency to plead his case.

Officials at the shelter told the caseworker that DeFiore could stay there provided he arranged for his guide dog to stay elsewhere.

As a result of the shelter’s refusal to take in the dog, DeFiore remained homeless until he found other housing a few weeks later, but not before attempting suicide, the lawsuit said.

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