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May 16, 2013

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

FORMER SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA POLICE CHIEF FACES FEDERAL PRISON TERM FOR ‘STARK AND BRAZEN CRIMINAL CONDUCT’

Donald Solomon, the former East Washington Borough chief, pleaded guilty in January to offering paid protection to undercover agents he thought were dealing drugs and taking money to buy them stun guns only lawfully used by police. Today a federal judge in Pittsburgh must decide how long Solomon will spend in prison for those crimes.

FOND FAREWELL TO FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GOV. GEORGE LEADER

Today’s memorial service will be held in Hershey, but Leader will be buried at a later day. Leader was 95 when he died last week and was the state’s second-youngest governor when he was elected to one term in the 1950s at age 37.

SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE THEM CIGARETTES ... AND HAVE A DRINK OR TWO WHILE YOU’RE AT IT

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says the city’s proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax and an increase in the city’s tax on liquor by the drink could help the city’s struggling school district avoid budget cuts. Both measures would require approval of state lawmakers as well as City Council.

TODDLER RESCUED BY MOM, OTHERS WHEN STROLLER ROLLS OFF TRAIN PLATFORM ONTO TRACKS IN PHILLY

Wednesday’s incident was caught on surveillance video. The 14-month-old girl remained in the stroller and was treated for a cut on her forehead.

PENN STATE FOOTBALL COACH BILL O’BRIEN ANGRILY DENIES SPORTS ILLUSTRATED REPORT CLAIMING MEDICAL CARE FOR PLAYERS HAS BEEN COMPROMISED

The SI story questions the quality of care and the motivations behind the removal of longtime team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli earlier this year. O’Brien calls the allegations “irresponsible, reckless and wrong.”

 

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  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • State in Brief | Two guns found at alleged hospital shooter's home

    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

    July 26, 2014

  • Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop

    A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

    July 23, 2014

  • Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph

    Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death

    An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.

    July 23, 2014

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