A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:
GOV. TOM CORBETT: NELSON MANDELA A ‘COLOSSUS OF FREEDOM’
The governor says Mandela, who died Thursday, was one of the world’s greatest statesmen and a champion of liberty. Mandela, an anti-apartheid icon and South Africa’s first black president, was 95.
88-YEAR-OLD LIFER AGAIN ASKING FOR CLEMENCY IN PHILADELPHIA STATE HOSPITAL DOCTOR’S 1971 MURDER
Lois Farquharson will ask the state Pardons Board on Friday for the sixth time to release her. But Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham says the inmate has never acknowledged guilt for masterminding the plot in which her female lover shot the doctor. Abraham says Farquharson “has the key to her own freedom in her own pocket” – if she’d just acknowledge her guilt.
CORBETT BEGINS PROCESS TO BRING BILLIONS IN FEDERAL MEDICAID DOLLARS TO PENNSYLVANIA
The governor’s proposal is to use the money to help poorer people buy private insurance, rather than cover them under the traditional Medicaid program. The administration will hold six hearings – in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Altoona, Harrisburg, Erie and Scranton – before submitting the proposal in February.
82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN GETS PRISON FOR POISONING SON’S GIRLFRIEND WITH ANTI-FREEZE IN FRUIT JUICE
The victim survived, which is why Helen Galli will spend 5 1/2 to 12 years in prison instead of the rest of her life. Luzerne County prosecutors say Galli didn’t want the girlfriend coming between her and her son, who signed a lucrative natural gas lease just before the poisoning.
PENNSYLVANIA’S CAPITOL IS MORE FESTIVE AFTER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
And it was certainly a more peaceful venue than Philadelphia City Hall, where TV news cameras captured two women fighting for a better view of a similar ceremony Wednesday night.