The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 21, 2013

Five things to know today in Pennsylvania

Amanda August
The Associated Press

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.