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October 4, 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:

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SAYS DECISION BANNING MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES MIGHT BE RETROACTIVE

As a result, two Pennsylvania men and one in New Jersey can now try to persuade federal district judges to consider ordering they be resentenced. Prosecutors in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia predict the overall issue will wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY TELLS PENN AUDIENCE THAT DIVISIVE ISSUES SHOULD BE DECIDED BY LAWMAKERS, NOT COURTS

Kennedy said in yesterday's speech that, "Any society that relies on nine unelected judges to resolve the most serious issues of the day is not a functioning democracy."

WATERPROOF FABRIC COMPANY WILL HELP COVER PHILADELPHIA MARATHON EXPENSES

Gore-Tex will pay $600,000 over three years to become the race's title sponsor. The race's 20th anniversary is next year. The fabric, which is popular in jackets and athletic shoes, is made by W.L. Gore & Associates of Delaware.

INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS REPORTS ENROLLING PEOPLE THROUGH ONLINE FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE PORTAL

The website — healthcare.gov — has been experiencing glitches since Pennsylvania residents began choosing from 56 health insurance plans available on the government-run exchange.

TRY, TRY AGAIN ...

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to rebound today from a 9-1 drubbing in the first game of the National League Division Series. The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to win their second straight game before the five-game series moves to Pittsburgh for two games, starting Sunday.

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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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