Parents of Penn State pledge sue frat members over his death
The parents of a Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a night of drinking and hazing have sued 28 members of a shuttered fraternity and a security company hired to help enforce alcohol regulations
Lawsuit challenges school's policy about passing out Bibles
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania district faces a federal lawsuit claiming officials improperly prevented a high school Christians in Action Club from passing out Bibles on school property during the school day. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the club and parents of club leaders names as defendants Mechanicsburg Area School District, its superintendent and its high school principal. It says the policy violates the U.S. Constitution's free speech and free exercise of religion protections. It argues that letting the students give out Bibles during lunch wouldn't interfere with educational activity. In a statement, Superintendent Mark Leidy calls the lawsuit a publicity stunt and says it contains inaccurate claims.
Pennsylvania principal had no 'ill intent' when she wore blackface with Steve Harvey costume - NY Daily News
An elementary school principal in Pennsylvania said she meant no offense after a picture of her sporting black face as part of a Steve Harvey costume was shared online
Death penalty to be sought in rape, strangulation murder
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against a man accused of breaking into a central Pennsylvania home and raping and strangling an elderly woman. Forty-eight-year-old Kristopher Gartrell is charged with criminal homicide, rape, kidnapping and arson, among other charges in the murder of 87-year-old Virginia Barbour. Adams County prosecutors say they will seek capital punishment if he is convicted of first-degree murder. They said execution is warranted because other felonies were committed, the victim would have been a witness on those charges, she was tortured and the defendant has a "significant history of felony convictions.
'Just like a dog': Emotional support alligator offers comfort, sharp teeth
On a recent Monday afternoon, Joie Henney walked into the Glatfelter Community Center at the Village at Sprenkle Drive, an assisted-living development north of York, with his emotional support animal on a leash.
Chancellor calls for unity among state-owned universities
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's newest chancellor of the State System of Higher Education says state-owned universities need to operate more like a system if they want to last. In his State of the System address Wednesday, 58-year-old Daniel Greenstein says Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities should open courses on all campuses to all students. The state system has struggled over the past decade with dropping enrollment and lower state revenue. Instead of competing with one another, Greenstein says the universities should instead be sharing faculty, staff and students. He says that will help save money in the long term.
Officials: Woman gave birth at work, left baby in toilet
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Officials in Pennsylvania say a woman gave birth in a restroom at her work and left the baby boy partially submerged in the toilet. Police in Lancaster County say 23-year-old Emmanuella Osei has been charged with felony endangering the welfare of a child. The Lancaster District Attorney's office says Osei was working at an assistant living facility on Monday night when she told colleagues she felt ill. She went to a restroom and phoned her supervisor, asking them to call 911. Police say she never mentioned that she'd given birth. Police say they arrived to find Osei in the bathroom surrounded by a large amount of blood, and discovered the baby.
Gov. Wolf Calls For Pennsylvanians To Work Together As He Kicks Off Second Term
A second term kicks off Tuesday for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a battle-tested and perhaps more pragmatic politician who overcame tough first-term budget fights to regain voters' confidence and sweep to an easy re-election win.