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October 22, 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 Tuesday:

HE SAID ‘EXCLUSIVES,’ DA SAID ‘EXPLOSIVES’: JUDGE CALLED THE WHOLE THING OFF

A Philadelphia judge has acquitted a former Arizona State University professor of charges he claimed to have explosives when he visited the Liberty Bell. The judge found 42-year-old Carlos Balsas not guilty after the Portuguese man claimed he merely told security screeners he had “exclusives” – a literal translation of the Portuguese word for personal property.

RETIRED PHILLY-AREA DOCTOR, ALSO A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, TO MAKE ORCHESTRAL DEBUT WITH CELLIST YO-YO MA AT BOSTON’S SYMPHONY HALL

Ninety-year-old pianist, George Horner, tonight will be playing music composed by another inmate who did not survive their time in a Nazi death camp.

TRIAL BEGINS FOR FORMER WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE CHARGED WITH LAUNDERING $600 MILLION FOR MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL

Former Carnegie Mellon University trustee Marco Antonio Delgado is being tried in a federal court in El Paso, Texas, on money laundering charges. Prosecutors say Delgado earned 5 percent commissions. The attorney donated $250,000 to the school for a self-named scholarship that helps Hispanic students.

EX-PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER ASKS JUDGE TO LET HIM FILE DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AFTER CRIMINAL TRIAL FOR ALLEGED JERRY SANDUSKY COVER-UP

Spanier’s attorneys claim his planned suit against former FBI Director Louis Freeh would be harmed because some witnesses may be reluctant to testify before Spanier’s criminal trial. Freeh’s report says Spanier and other administrators covered up old child-sex allegations against the convicted assistant football coach.

SEVEN ARRESTED WHEN ACTIVISTS MARCH IN PITTSBURGH TO PROTEST FRACKING, COAL-MINING THAT REMOVES MOUNTAINTOPS

Police arrested some of the protesters when they refused to stop blocking the entrance of a PNC Bank branch. The activists accuse the bank of financing energy companies whose mining methods they oppose.

 

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  • PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers

    It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
    PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.

    July 28, 2014

  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 2014

  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.

    July 28, 2014

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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

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