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October 11, 2012

Morning Briefing | Man honored for perfect Rotary attendance

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Slain officer's canine may go to his family

NORRISTOWN — The canine partner of a suburban Philadelphia police officer who was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect may be reunited with the officer's family.

Plymouth Township Officer Bradley Fox was shot after an attempted traffic stop last month. His canine partner, Nick, was wounded but is recovering. Authorities say the suspect killed himself.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman now says she hopes to reunite the dog with Fox's pregnant wife, Lynsay, and their young daughter. Nick, a Belgian Malinois, was purchased by the county using Homeland Security funds and then provided to the Plymouth Township Police Department.

Now, Ferman says officials are reviewing paperwork to see if they can cut through the "red tape" and reunite the dog with the Fox family.

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Fired Cal. U. president sues SSHE, other officials

CALIFORNIA — The fired president of California University of Pennsylvania has sued in federal court saying the State System of Higher Education and other officials violated his civil rights and wrongly created a public pretext to fire him by likening the school's spending during his tenure to money laundering.

The SSHE Board of Governors fired Angelo Armenti Jr. on May 16.

SSHE spokesman Kenn Marshall declined comment.

Armenti was fired after an audit showed a new $59 million convocation center added $2.5 million to the school's annual debt payments and that he raised only $4,000 of $12 million he's alleged to have promised to raise for the project.

Armenti contends the audit was released to "defame" him and claims he was really fired for complaining about SSHE policies that have saddled lower-income students with student loan debt, among other issues.

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Glass moulding plant closing, idling 35

BROCKWAY — A glass container moulding plant in northwestern Pennsylvania is closing, idling its remaining 35 workers.

Brockway Mould has been owned since 1994 by Ross Mould, of Washington, Pa., which has plants in other states, South Africa, Colombia and Hungary. Ross Mould announced in July that it would close the plant 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, because of outsourcing and the inability to compete with Chinese moulds being dumped into the market at lower prices.

The plant had been in Jefferson County for about 40 years.

The plant is scheduled to close Saturday.

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