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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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