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October 30, 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 Wednesday:

‘I (HEART) BOOBIES!’ BATTLE COULD BE HEADED TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

That’s because the Easton Area School District board has voted to appeal a federal appeals court decision rejecting its claim that bracelets with the slogan are lewd and should be banned from school. The case started in 2010 when two girls, then ages 12 and 13, challenged the district’s ban on the bracelets, which are designed to promote breast cancer awareness among young people.

LOTTERY PRIVATIZATION BID STILL ALIVE

Gov. Tom Corbett has decided to extend a privatization bid by British national lottery operator, Camelot Global services, through Dec. 31. The company has pledged to generate $34 billion in profits over the life of a 20-year contract managing the Pennsylvania Lottery.

PHILLY POLICE SAY STREET RACER WAS DRIVING 79 MPH WHEN HE HIT, KILLED WOMAN, THREE YOUNG SONS

The man who hit them, 30-year-old Khusen Akhmedov, has been ordered to stand trial on four counts of third-degree murder. His attorney says it was just a tragic accident.

COMCAST OFFERS CABLE TV EXTENSION OF SORTS

The Philadelphia-based cable TV giant is updating its mobile viewing app, Xfinity TV Go. That will allow subscribers to watch popular cable channels such as CNN, Fox News, Disney Channel, CNBC, ESPN and FX on the go.

JUDGE DELAYS RULING ON WHETHER PATERNO FAMILY LAWSUIT AGAINST NCAA CAN PROCEED

The family of former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno says NCAA sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal defame the coach, among other ills. NCAA attorneys say the lawsuit and the courts are a poor forum for the family to vent their frustrations over the university’s handling of the scandal.

 

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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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