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July 12, 2013

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ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS SHE WON’T DEFEND PENNSYLVANIA LAW DEFINING MARRIAGE AS CONTRACT BETWEEN ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN

Kane, the first Democrat ever elected as the state’s highest law enforcement officer, says she believes the law is unconstitutional and, therefore, she can’t ethically defend it. Legal observers say they don’t remember another time when an attorney general refused to defend a state law.

POLICE CREDITING TWO BOYS WITH FOILING ABDUCTION IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

Police in Lancaster County say the 5-year-old girl was abducted while playing in her yard, but found safe about two hours later after two boys spotted her in a car and followed it. Police were searching for the driver who dropped off the girl when he realized he was being followed.

FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER’S ATTORNEYS FILE PAPERWORK TO PRESERVE HIS RIGHT TO FILE DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH

Freeh authored a report that concluded Spanier helped conceal sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky before Sandusky was arrested and convicted for abusing several boys, including some attacks on university property.

SNUBBED NO MORE

Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez will compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby next week. He was initially passed over despite having 24 home runs so far this season, but will now replace Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies who has 23 homers. Gonzalez has a sprained finger.

CONVICTED PHILLY MOB UNDERBOSS GETS MORE THAN 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

But Joseph “Mousie” Massimino insists he’s “no boss of nothing” and chided federal prosecutors for targeting him. He says if the feds put the same resources into investigating terrorism “maybe the World Trade Towers would still be there, and people in Boston would have their legs.”

 

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