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August 21, 2013

Five things to know today in Pennsylvania

A daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday:

PENNSYLVANIA GIVEN FLEXIBILITY TO DEVELOP NEW STANDARDS FOR NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

The partial waiver from the U.S. Department of Education eliminates the federal benchmark that relied largely on standardized tests to ensure all students could read and do math at their actual grade level by 2014. Instead, the state may develop its own federally approved plans for measuring student and teacher performance.

SALVATION ARMY SHOPPER WHO LOST LEGS AFTER BEING BURIED BY PHILLY BUILDING COLLAPS SUES THE CHARITY, A JAILED HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, OTHERS

Fifty-two-year-old Mariya Plekan remains hospitalized following the June 5 collapse that killed six people and injured 12 others.

LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE SUFFERER WINS FREE FUNERAL FROM PHILLIES TRIPLE-A CLUB

Sixty-four-year-old Steve Paul of Freemansburg won the burial package in an essay contest sponsored by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The package includes a casket, embalming or cremation, hearse, headstone, flowers and a funeral or memorial service.

COURT SAYS FIRED WESTERN PA SCHOOL TEACHER WHO HAD AFTER-HOURS CLASSROOM SEX WITH COLLEAGUE DESERVES JOB BACK

The Commonwealth Court ruling says Angela DiBattista had an "implied agreement" with the McKeesport Area School District that her testimony wouldn't be used against her when she spoke about the conduct of another teacher she was dating, who was allegedly abusive to her.

RAISING A STINK

A rare corpse flower — which gets its name because it smells like rotting flesh — is in bloom at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. The plant blooms only every six to 10 years and then for only a day or two.

 

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  • Prize claim cost man $1,829

    WINFIELD — Western Union is doing what it can to educate people about the risks in wiring money. An entire section on its website (www.westernunion.com) is devoted to providing information that might reduce the risk of people falling victim to fraud schemes.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Reel good time enjoyed by 200 young anglers

    TREVORTON — It only took about three minutes for J.C. Wallish to reel in his first fish at the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association’s annual Youth Trout Derby on Saturday.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Elytte Barbour's 'bad trip' put him on the road to prison, friend says

    SUNBURY — A former roommate of slaying suspect Elytte Barbour drove 450 miles from North Carolina to spend 45 minutes in the Northumberland County Prison with his best friend last week, and was not surprised when he heard Barbour say: “I am afraid to spend the rest of my life in jail.”

    April 19, 2014

  • bonehunt20a.jpg 60 dogs battle for biscuits at annual bone hunt

    It was a scene similar to ones playing out all over the nation this weekend: nervous parents holding baskets and bags, watching their little ones search for goodies in the grass.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

    PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Danville parents hope strike ends quickly

    DANVILLE ““ First-grader Madison Wild was sad she missed school Thursday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Schools ask state to waive 180-day rule

    Three area school districts have asked the Pennsylvania Department of Education to add up their hours instead of their days in order to reach the required amount of instruction time in the school year.

    April 19, 2014

  • Former Bucknell star in NBA playoffs

    ATLANTA — It really hit Mike Muscala a few days ago when he was listening to the Nets’ starting lineup at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    April 19, 2014

  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

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