Today's News - Friday, October 4, 2013

A Johnstown couple is facing child endangerment and other charges after their 3-year-old daughter was found wandering near Bedford Street in Geistown on Wednesday. “The Tribune-Democrat” says police found Kristopher Hogue and Stephanie Mayes asleep in their nearby apartment which was filled with trash and drug needles. An infant was also sleeping with the couple. Hogue is in the Cambria County Prison and charges against Mayes are pending. The children are being cared for by a family member. -0- 27-year-old Aaron Gill waived his preliminary hearing yesterday in Somerset County and will head to trial on attempted homicide charges. Paint Township police say Gill, who is listed as homeless, stabbed Shawn Becker in the shoulder and back last month inside the Windber Slovak Club. Gill claimed the victim owed him $155, but Becker told police he didn’t even know Gill. Bail is set at $100 thousand. -0- Menoher Boulevard, the most direct route between downtown Johnstown and Westmont, has reopened after being closed for over three months as the result of a rock slide. -0- The Luther P. Miller building in Somerset Borough was damaged around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday after someone drove a truck into it. According to “The Daily American,” the driver said he was pulling out of the parking lot across the street when the throttle on the vehicle locked up. He was able to escape through the window of the truck. -0- Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins tomorrow. Archers can hunt statewide for antlered or antlerless deer through November 16th and during the late archery deer season, which runs from December 26th to January 11th. Those harvesting deer in either of the state’s two Disease Management Areas must comply with special rules aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania. -0- Penn State remains one of the top universities worldwide. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Penn State is 49th in the world, up 12 spots from last year. Penn State also ranks in the top 100 in 4 out of 6 subject areas. Eight other Big 10 schools are also in the top 100. -0- The new ratings for public schools in Pennsylvania come out today. The new academic score will give a number to every public and charter school, but not for districts. The score is part of the School Performance Profile. Some information isn't available yet and new scores will be released in January for schools that don't yet have growth data. -0- The federal government is still shutdown, but State Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians that all Women, Infants and Children offices across the state are open and providing services. The department anticipates that the program can continue normal operations in the short-term due to funds carried forward from the previous year and additional food funds, including rebates. For information, you can visit p-a-wic-dot-com. -0- Five Republican Congressmen from Pennsylvania say they're supporting a proposal they hope can break an impasse that's led to a three-day partial federal government shutdown. The bill would reopen the federal government and repeal a tax on medical devices called for in the 2010 health care law. The five broke party ranks this week, saying they’d support keeping the government funded without strings attached. House Republican leaders have clashed with Democrats over their insistence on scaling back the health care law as the price to keep the government open. -0- It’s day four of the government shutdown and President Obama is warning about its economic consequences. Visiting a construction company in Maryland on Thursday, the President stressed that the shutdown will have a ripple effect across the U.S. He said the longer it goes on, the worse it will be. Obama called on House Republicans to approve a budget extension “without partisan strings attached.” -0- The investigation continues into a wild scene in Washington, DC that included shots being fired near the U.S. Capitol. Thirty-four-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut was shot dead by Capitol police after attempting to ram her car through a security gate near the White House and then leading authorities on a car chase. Police say says there's no sign Carey committed a terrorist act on Thursday. -0- The federal government shutdown is keeping cadets from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York out of class. Because the academy operates under the Department of Transportation, it had to close its doors when the shutdown began. Hundreds of students are affected. -0- Iran could see some sanctions against it lightened if it’s serious about opening up its nuclear program to international scrutiny. The State Department has asked Congress not to impose any further sanctions until after October negotiations are held between Iran, the U.S., and five other nations. -0- Two gulf states are issuing emergency declarations as Tropical Storm Karen nears. Mississippi and Louisiana have made the declaration, which allows state officials to deploy resources to help areas impacted by an emergency. Eighteen Florida counties are also covered under a state of emergency declared by Governor Rick Scott as Tropical Storm Karen moves closer to the region. -0- Undocumented immigrants can now apply for driver’s licenses in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation granting licenses for such immigrants at a bill signing ceremony Thursday in Los Angeles. The new law requires the state DMV to begin issuing such licenses by January of 2015. -0- Instagram will soon be plugging advertisements in among your pictures of friends. The photo-sharing service announced the decision on its blog last night, saying the change will happen slowly. Users can expect to start seeing an occasional ad pop up in their feeds over the next few months. -0- Ole Miss is looking into a campus newspaper report that says a bunch of Rebels football players helped disrupt a university theater production this week with homophobic slurs. The “Daily Mississippian” reports some 20 members of the football team were part of audience insults directed at cast members during “The Laramie Project,” a play based on the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Head coach Hugh Freeze tweeted that actions that offend or hurt people in any way are not condoned and that the program is working with all departments involved to determine the facts. -0- Sinead O’Connor isn't pulling any punches now that Miley Cyrus has responded to her open letter. In a new letter to the 20-year-old star, Sinead isn't taking kindly to Miley’s decision to repost her old tweets from a time when she was suffering from mental illness. Sinead said the decision to attack her cry for help from two years ago was even more “stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism.” Sinead also defended Amanda Bynes, who Miley had referenced in her tweets. -0- A Minnesota man is lucky to be alive after accidentally shooting himself in the heart with a nail gun. Eugene Rakow, a self-employed carpenter was building a deck for a neighbor when he somehow shot himself in the chest with a three-and-half-inch nail. The doctor who performed the surgery at a Minneapolis hospital said the nail went through the front and back of Rakow’s heart, barely missing critical structures. -0- A Carlow University student is in legal trouble after he came to class in makeup as The Joker from the “Batman” cartoons. Christian Smith is facing felonies and other charges after he refused a police request to remove the makeup and allegedly became belligerent. Charges against Smith include resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and felony aggravated assault. TribLive.com reports Smith’s lawyer says the school is “completely overreacting.” -0- Maryland is the first state in the country to partner with Facebook in an effort to stop online bullying. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says schools can now report abusive posts to the social networking site.
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