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November 8, 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 Friday:

PITTSBURGH ARMORED CAR ROBBERY-HOMICIDE TRIAL TO BEGIN

Allegheny County prosecutors say 24-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. shot a fellow guard before stealing $2.3 million from a truck last year and deserves life in prison for first-degree murder. But Konias and his attorney claim the shooting was in self-defense and stemmed from a dispute between two workers who didn’t get along.

HATS OFF TO THE WHIGS

Voters in Philadelphia have elected a Whig to public office for what the victor believes may be the first time in nearly 160 years. Robert “Heshy” Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and won 36 votes to his Democratic opponent’s 24 on Tuesday to become an election judge in the city’s Rhawnhurst section.

NO TWEETS FOR YOU!

A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction. Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter barred 34-year-old Sadiyyah Young, of Pottstown, from tweeting for at least five years because authorities say she used derogatory and harassing tweets against people involved in a custody case regarding her children.

FINALLY, ‘ROCKY’ STATUE TO HAVE COMPANY: A REAL STATUE DEDICATED TO A REAL BOXER FROM PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia sculptor Stephen Layne has resurrected a plan to create a sculpture of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who died of liver cancer two years ago at age 67. A sculptor picked by the city died in August, delaying the project.

PITTSBURGH-AREA PRIEST ALREADY REMOVED OVER LONG-AGO CHILD-SEX ALLEGATIONS IS GUILTY OF COLLECTING CHILD PORN

Father David Dzermejko was never charged when the abuse allegations – which date to the 1980s – surfaced four years ago. But acting on a tip from Microsoft, the FBI found child pornography on the priest’s computer earlier this year and he pleaded guilty Thursday. He’ll be sentenced in March.

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