Shooter won't work at SPCA
POTTSVILLE -- An eastern Pennsylvania man who used a crossbow to shoot a cat and was sentenced to community service won't be volunteering at an animal welfare agency as originally ordered.
A Schuylkill County judge earlier this week sentenced New Philadelphia resident Patrick Canfield to six months of probation and 150 hours of community service in connection with the crossbow shooting last August in Lake Wynonah.
The judge originally sentenced Canfield to do his community service at local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelters, but shelter workers were outraged by the idea.
Now, the Republican-Herald of Pottsville reports a deputy district attorney said Thursday that Canfield will be performing his community service at other organizations instead.
Canfield says he didn't shoot the cat until it became aggressive.
Oscar the cat survived.
Steelers in Batman film
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are going rogue.
About a dozen Steelers are playing members of the Gotham Rogues, the home team taking on the equally fictitious Rapid City Monuments in a new Batman movie currently filming in Pittsburgh. Thousands of extras playing fans also have been recruited for today's shoot for "The Dark Knight Rises" at Heinz Field.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that players getting their star turn include Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior and Casey Hampton.
Production on the film, director Christopher Nolan's third in the trilogy, will continue in Pittsburgh through the end of August. The film, scheduled to be released in July 2012, stars Christian Bale as the caped crusader and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, along with Gary Oldman and Anne Hathaway.
Plane probed over threat
PHILADELPHIA -- Passengers aboard a US Airways flight that arrived from Scotland were removed from the plane because of an unspecified threat Friday, and the plane was taken to another part of Philadelphia International Airport to be inspected.
The 157 passengers and six crew members had boarded the Anchorage, Alaska-bound Flight 968 when they were asked by Transportation Security Administration officials to deplane so it could be swept by law enforcement officials, Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Inc. spokesman Andrew Christie told The Associated Press. The plane had arrived earlier from Glasgow.
The passengers were taken inside Terminal A, one of the airport's seven terminals. Across the tarmac, baggage handlers unloaded the Boeing 757.
Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said she didn't know what the threat was, but she said the incident was referred to the FBI.
The FBI didn't immediately comment on the nature of the threat or what steps it was taking in investigating the plane.
Penn hires Ezekiel Emanuel
PHILADELPHIA -- One of the nation's most prominent bioethicists -- who happens to be the brother of the Chicago mayor -- is joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Ivy League institution in Philadelphia announced Friday that Ezekiel Emanuel will hold dual posts in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School for business.
Emanuel is an oncologist who once led the clinical bioethics department at the National Institutes of Health.
At Penn, he'll be the inaugural chairman of Perelman's new Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Emanuel will also teach in Wharton's Department of Health Care Management.
Emanuel is the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, the inspiration for the character Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage."
Juvenile status reviewed
NEW CASTLE -- A western Pennsylvania judge has again heard arguments about whether a boy, then 11, should be tried as an adult on charges he murdered his father's pregnant fiance.
Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto did not immediately rule after Friday's hearing regarding Jordan Brown, now 13.
The Superior Court ordered Motto to reconsider his ruling last year that Brown should be tried as an adult. The appeals court agreed with defense attorneys that Motto wrongly based his decision on the boy's alleged "lack of remorse," saying that violates Brown's right against self-incrimination because the boy continues to deny the crime.
Motto must now decide only whether the boy is likely to be rehabilitated in the juvenile system, where he can't be punished beyond his 21st birthday. If not, Brown can still be tried as an adult in the February 2009 shooting of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, also killing her unborn son.
Retailer to hire 130
WILLIAMSPORT -- Kohl's Corp., expects to hire about 130 people when the retailer opens the first downtown department store in Williamsport in more than a half-century.
A Kohl's spokeswoman told The Sun-Gazette of Williamsport that the chain will hold a five-day job fair in the central Pennsylvania city starting Thursday. The store is scheduled to open on Sept. 25, with a formal grand opening planned three days later.
Wisconsin-based Kohl's has nearly 1,100 stores in 49 states.
-- Compiled from news service reports