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December 3, 2012

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Gay GOP legislator among nation’s first

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Fleck  is among the country’s first Repub­lican state legislators who are openly gay, according to a national advocacy group for gay and lesbian public officials.

Denis Dison of the Washington, D.C.-based Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute said Monday that Fleck also is currently the nation’s only openly gay sitting Republican state legislator.

Fleck, 39, of Huntingdon County, came out in an interview published Saturday in The Daily News of Huntingdon County. He represents a conservative district between Altoona and State College.

Fleck told the Altoona Mirror newspaper Saturday night that he had been working toward the decision for months.

Fleck is the first and only current legislator from either party in Pennsylvania’s Legislature who is openly gay.



Med tech in hep C case pleads not guilty

CONCORD, N.H. – A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes  pleaded not guilty to the charges in New Hampshire federal court on Monday.

The man worked in Pittsburgh for a time.

David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors describe as a “serial infector,” was indicted last week on multiple charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining drugs.

Until May, Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiac technologist at Exeter Hospital, where 32 patients were diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Before that, he worked in 18 hospitals in seven states.

Patients in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan and New York have since been tested for hepatitis C.

Kwiatkowski had a temporary job at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Pres­byterian in 2008.



Town’s Nativity moves to private property

ELLWOOD CITY – A Nativity display is up outside a former church in this western Pennsylvania community after a lawsuit threat prompted the town to remove the display from public property.

Ellwood City’s Nativity scene was put in place Sunday. A local attorney paid for the new display and set it up outside the former church.

Mayor Anthony Court said the new creche in the new location “doesn’t sit well” with him. He said city council should have stood up to the complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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