Judge sets Oct. 29 date in Paterno suit
BELLEFONTE – A judge has scheduled an Oct. 29 hearing in the lawsuit filed by the family of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno against the NCAA over penalties it imposed on the school amid the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Judge John Leete said in an order that he would hear arguments on preliminary objections filed by defendants in the case, court officials announced Wednesday. The order also established a schedule for the Paterno family and other plaintiffs to reply to the objections.
The NCAA penalized the schools for its response to complaints about the former Paterno assistant and imposed a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, a loss of scholarships and the elimination of 112 Paterno-era wins.
Sandusky, 69, is serving a decades-long prison sentence after being convicted last year of child molestation. Paterno died in January 2012, two months after he was removed as head coach following the arrests of Sandusky, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz.
Curley, Schultz and former Penn State President Graham Spanier await trial on allegations they illegally covered up complaints about Sandusky.
Woman granted new trial in 2009 slaying
UNIONTOWN – An appeals court has granted a new trial for a woman who had been serving a 20- to 40-year sentence in the stabbing death of her boyfriend four years ago.
The state Superior Court on Tuesday vacated the third-degree murder conviction of 36-year-old Dayna McMaster of Brownsville, The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard said.
McMaster was convicted in Fayette County of killing Clarence Blair III with a hunting knife in June 2009 at a remote location near a gas well in Redstone Township. She said she was a battered woman acting in self-defense who had been repeatedly abused by Blair during their five-year relationship.
In her appeal, McMaster said her trial attorney should have called witnesses to testify about injuries from the alleged abuse, and the appeals court agreed.
Corpse flower making stink at conservatory
PITTSBURGH – The folks at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory are making a stink over their newest exhibit. Then again, the exhibit itself is contributing to the stench.
A rare corpse flower is blooming and the conservatory stayed open until 2 a.m. today to give visitors a chance to see – and smell – the unusual plant.
The plant blooms only every six to 10 years and, even then, it lasts only one to two days.
While in bloom, the plant gives off a pungent odor that some say smells like trash and others say mimics rotting flesh – hence the plant’s name.
The conservatory has named the plant Romero after Pittsburgh filmmaker George Romero, the man behind the 1968 cult zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead.”
Judge sets Oct. 29 date in Paterno suit
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Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop
A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.
Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph
Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death
An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.
Pittsburgh shooting: 1 killed, 1 wounded at home being remodeled
Authorities in say a contractor was shot to death and a man he worked with was injured outside a vacant home being remodeled in Pittsburgh.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M
A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
2 Pa. residents charged killing 3 in W.Va.
Two Pennsylvania residents face murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in West Virginia.
Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
New York-based credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania’s debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.
Water skier injured by boat propeller, airlifted to Hershey
A central Pennsylvania man who was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after he was injured by a boat’s propeller is said to be in good condition.
Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting following complaints filed by citizen activist in March.
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