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March 18, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday:

ABORTION DOCTOR’S DEATH PENALTY TRIAL BEGINS TODAY IN PHILADELPHIA

Seventy-two-year-old Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies allegedly born alive at what prosecutors say was a rogue abortion clinic in West Philadelphia that allegedly performed illegal, late-term abortions and injured countless women through lax medical procedures. The doctor has pleaded not guilty.

MOURNERS BID FAREWELL TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE LACROSSE COACH AS INVESTIGATORS PROBE TEAM BUS CRASH THAT KILLED HER

Officials have yet to explain how the bus suddenly left the road Saturday, crashing on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Harrisburg. Seton Hill lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley and the bus driver died. Several others were hurt.

OFFICIALS SEARCH FOR CAUSE OF FAST-MOVING APARTMENT FIRE THAT KILLED FOUR IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

The fire was reported just before noon Sunday in Emmaus. The building had been a funeral home until the 1960s or 1970s, when it was converted into apartments.

JUDGE SET TO HEAR MOTIONS IN FORMER COACH MIKE MCQUEARY’S DEFAMATION/WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT AGAINST PENN STATE

McQueary claims some university officials tried to wrongly blame him for their alleged failure to act after McQueary reported seeing former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molest a boy in a campus football shower room.

PITTSBURGH JOINS THREE PHILLY SCHOOLS IN NCAA TOURNEY: LASALLE, VILLANOVA, TEMPLE

Pitt returns to the March Madness tournament after missing out last season for the first time in more than a decade. Meanwhile, LaSalle’s appearance is the first for that school in 21 seasons. Pitt enters the tournament a No. 8 seed, while Villanova and Temple are both ninth-seeded. LaSalle plays Boise State Wednesday night for a chance to become a 13th seed.

 

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    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

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  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

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  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking

    Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.

    July 29, 2014

  • PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers

    It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
    PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.

    July 28, 2014

  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

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  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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