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Cops: Bridal Shop Co-Owner Spotted Naked in Store Window

Peter Scolieri has been charged with open lewdness

(Newser) - The co-owner of a bridal shop has been charged with indecent exposure after three women reported him standing naked next to mannequins in the store's display window, the AP reports. Authorities said the three women saw 54-year-old Peter Scolieri on July 20 at One Enchanted Evening in Zelienople, Pennsylvania,... More »

Sarah Silverman: The DNC Said 'No' to One Joke

She acknowledges she can be a bit 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman drew one of the biggest cheers of Monday night at the Democratic National Convention when she told Bernie Sanders diehards they were "being ridiculous." But there was one line the Democratic National Committee informed the comedian she couldn't deliver during her speech, she tells the... More »

Susan Sarandon Looked Absolutely Miserable in Philly

She's not denying it, either

(Newser) - It's no secret that Susan Sarandon, like Sarah Silverman and Rosario Dawson , is one of the Hollywood luminaries who've been stumping for Team Bernie, not Team Hillary. So it wasn't totally surprising the actress was captured on camera Monday night at Philly's Democratic National Convention with... More »

Bernie's 5 Best Lines

Clinton 'must become the next president,' he says

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' first appearance before his delegates in Philadelphia early Monday was met with boos as he implored them to vote for Hillary Clinton. At the start of his Monday night speech at the Wells Fargo Center, it took Sanders several minutes to calm down the cheering, chanting crowd. He... More »

Michelle Obama: 'When They Go Low, We Go High'

'I'm with her,' she tells DNC

(Newser) - Michelle Obama appeared on the periphery of the GOP convention last week when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a speech the current first lady made in 2008. Monday night, Obama took her own place in the spotlight at Philly's Wells Fargo Center, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton... More »

Cory Booker Brings 'Church' to Philly

NJ senator takes on Trump's 'twisted hypocrisy' in DNC speech

(Newser) - Some talked about immigration reform at Monday's Democratic National Convention; others talked about the Bernie or Bust crowd . But New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker had one thing on his mind at Philly's Wells Fargo Center: love and equality for all. With a rapt Bill Clinton watching in the... More »

Silverman to Bernie Diehards: 'You're Being Ridiculous'

Listen up, Bernie or Bust crowd

(Newser) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and comedian Sarah Silverman introduced Paul Simon before his performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with Silverman giving an impassioned speech about how she was a Bernie Sanders supporter, yet how Hillary Clinton had "heard the passion of the people" and incorporated it... More »

'Brave' Girl From Clinton Ad: 'Soy Americana!'

Karla Ortiz, 11, fears for her undocumented parents, pushes immigration reform

(Newser) - "Valiente" (brave) and "esperanza" (hope) were two of the words spoken by the Democratic National Convention's youngest speaker Monday when she took the stage with an emotional appeal about immigration reform. Karla Ortiz, 11—best known for her tearful meeting with Hillary Clinton in February in Las... More »

Democrats Brace for a Hot, Messy Convention

Al Gore is out, but Michael Bloomberg is in

(Newser) - This year's Republican National Convention was the wildest in decades—and with legions of disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters, dozens of planned protests (including a fart-in), and the sudden resignation of DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the eve of the convention, things could get just as crazy for the... More »

Judge Orders Heroin Dealers to Pay for Antidotes

But they'll serve years in prison first

(Newser) - Fatal drug overdoses have jumped about 40% in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area in recent years, a trend one judge hopes an unusual punishment will help reverse. In two cases this week, Judge Anthony Mariani ordered drug dealers to pay $50 to local EMS for each brick of heroin they... More »

Altercation in Pa. Prison Leaves Inmate, Guard Dead

Incident in Luzerne County is being investigated

(Newser) - A correctional officer and an inmate are dead following an altercation at a Pennsylvania prison. It happened Monday night at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre, which is currently on lockdown, the AP reports. Luzerne County Manager David Pedri tells the Times Leader that the dead inmate is 27-year-old Tracy... More »

Man Uses Stolen Brain To Get High

And he called it Freddy

(Newser) - Joshua Lee Long's aunt was probably freaked out when she found the human brain in a Walmart bag while she was cleaning out a trailer near Newville, Pa. Chances are she was horrified when Long, in custody on burglary charges, allegedly told her what he did with it. During... More »

Gettysburg: Stop Taking Our Stones, They're Cursed

People keep mailing them back with tales of woe

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia aren't the only people Gettysburg was unlucky for. In a recent Gettysburg National Military Park blog post , park ranger Maria Brady describes how the park sometimes receives packages of stones from people who took them from the... More »

Another Tesla Crashed While Reportedly in Autopilot Mode

Tesla says it has no evidence the car was in autopilot, but authorities are investigating

(Newser) - Tesla's autopilot feature may have been involved in a second crash the day after the federal government launched an investigation into the feature following the first such crash, the Detroit Free Press reports. Art gallery owner Albert Scaglione was driving his 2016 Tesla Model X on the Pennsylvania Turnpike... More »

Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

Orlando Williams was allegedly angry after tripping over a laundry basket

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who... More »

Man Admits to Lying About Escaping Auschwitz

Joseph Hirt even got an actual prisoner's number tattooed on his arm

(Newser) - A 91-year-old Pennsylvania man has admitted to lying for years about being an Auschwitz survivor, even going so far as to have an actual prisoner's number tattooed on his arm, the AP reports. Joseph Hirt has lectured to numerous school groups and organizations about his experience escaping from Auschwitz.... More »

News Anchor: I Was Fired Because I'm White

Wendy Bell suing WTAE to get her job back

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh news anchor fired over what WTAE said were racially insensitive comments about a mass shooting alleges she was actually let go "because of her race." In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Wendy Bell, who is white, says she wouldn't have been fired, "much less... More »

Cops: Couple Gave Teen Daughter to Man as Thanks

Lee Kaplan allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and had 2 kids with her

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple is accused of child endangerment after police say they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a man who helped them financially, the AP reports. The friend is charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him. Officials acting on a tip Thursday found 51-year-old... More »

Teen in Coma for Graduation Gets Touching Ceremony

Scott Dunn was left 'speechless'

(Newser) - "I remember losing control of the vehicle, counter steering, and then nothing," Scott Dunn tells WHTM of the accident that left him in a medically induced coma for six days last month. When he awoke in a hospital, among the first words out of his mouth were, "... More »

Pa.'s Embattled AG Accused of Discrimination —by Twin Sister

Ellen Granahan says Kathleen Kane isn't paying her enough

(Newser) - When you've been accused of illegally firing and demoting state employees and possibly leaking secret grand jury material, it's nice to know you can still count on family to have your back. Oh, never mind. Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane has been accused of wage and gender discrimination... More »

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