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February 25, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

HERMINIE — A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

JAILBIRDS OF A FEATHER SET TO LEAVE THE NEST TOGETHER

Former House Speakers John Perzel, a Republican, and Bill DeWeese, a Democrat, have been cleared for parole after each has served less than two years behind bars in separate public corruption cases.

100 CANDLES ON THIS KAKE

Philadelphia-based snack company Tastykake is celebrating its 100th birthday today. The company, which makes treats like Butterscotch Krimpets and Peanut Butter Kandy Kake is also introducing a limited edition Birthday Kake Cupcake.

FORMER PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF TO LEARN FATE FROM FEDERAL JUDGE

Defense attorneys want probation but federal prosecutors want a prison sentence for Pittsburgh’s ex-police chief, Nate Harper. He pleaded guilty to stealing police funds by depositing them into unauthorized credit union accounts and to not filing his federal tax returns for four years.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WON’T APPEAL JUDGE’S RULING CLEARING NURSE IN ASSISTED-SUICIDE CASE

A Schuylkill County judge last week ruled prosecutors didn’t prove the nurse, 57-year-old Barbara Mancini, hastened the February 2013 death of her 93-year-old father. Attorney General Kathleen Kane defended the prosecution saying statements Mancini made, which were kept out of evidence, provided a “legitimate basis” for filing the charges. However, Kane is not appealing the judge’s ruling.

FOUL-MOUTHED FORMER POLICE CHIEF SAYS PLANNED REALITY TV SHOW MIGHT FEATURE MILITIA-STYLE GROUP HE STARTED

Former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler says the group, called 3 Percent Boots on the Ground, already has a “few thousand” members around the country. Gilberton officials suspended Kessler last year and tried to fire him after he posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others. He has since settled with the municipality in a deal that paid him $30,000 to retire.

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