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November 29, 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:

BREEZY TURKEY DAY MAKES FOR BALLOON BUST IN PHILADELPHIA PARADE

Winds that gusted to 28 mph kept the balloons from appearing along the entire route of the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

WHEN BLACK FRIDAY COMES, I’LL STAND BY THE DOOR ...

... And watch the rush of shoppers who aren’t already tuckered out from hitting the growing number of retailers that opened early on Thanksgiving night.

BLEAK FRIDAY FOR THE STEELERS

Pittsburgh’s 22-20 Thanksgiving night loss to the archrival Baltimore Ravens may not have mathematically eliminated the Steelers from playoff contention, but at 5-7, Pittsburgh’s hopes would appear to be on life-support.

IT’S WHITE FRIDAY FOR SKIERS

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley and Tussey Mountain in western Pennsylvania, and Shawnee Mountain and Blue Mountain out east plan to open Friday thanks to real snow or recent cold overnight temperatures that have enabled them to manufacture snow. Camelback Mountain in the Poconos opens Saturday.

HUGO SELENSKI CO-DEFENDANT WRITES LETTER TO NEWSPAPER, SAYING HE WON’T TESTIFY AT BURIED BODIES TRIAL

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice says it’s received a letter purportedly from Paul Weakley, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Arizona after pleading guilty to a racketeering conspiracy count related to the case against 40-year-old Hugo Selenski. Selenski is scheduled for trial in March on charges he strangled two people whose bodies were among a number of sets of human remains found on his rural property outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.

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  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 2014

  • TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on

    The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.

    July 28, 2014

  • Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges

    A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.

    July 28, 2014

  • Luksik, Peg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. Johnstown resident Peg Luksik, who twice ran for governor as the Constitutional Party nominee, knows what it's like.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scaife remembered for strong convictions

    At a weekend memorial service, publisher Richard Mellon Scaife was remembered by the archbishop of Washington as someone who had the courage to stand “for things that mattered.”

    July 27, 2014

  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
    But boom times in the Marcellus Shale are bringing online thousands more wells that use a complicated process requiring more careful oversight.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
    It’s a modest victory. The House will return to session Aug. 4, instead of the middle of September. And there’s little hint that lawmakers intend to knock themselves out trying to satisfy the governor.

    July 26, 2014

  • Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania’s higher-earners to help expand the state’s share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

    July 26, 2014

  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

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