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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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