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Judge: Centers Holding Immigrant Kids Are 'On Fire'

Order mandates that children held in 3 Texas, Pa. facilities be released by July 17 due to pandemic

(Newser) - A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in US immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration's prolonged detention of families during the pandemic. US District Judge Dolly Gee's order applies to kids held for more than 20 days at three family... More »

She's Accused of Torching Cop Cars. An Etsy Review Did Her In

FBI finds, arrests Philly woman via creative internet sleuthing

(Newser) - "Every Internet user leaves a digital trail." That's how, per Ars Technica , law enforcement tracked down a woman accused of torching two police cars after a peaceful George Floyd protest in Philly last month. ABC News reports that, per a criminal complaint, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, was arrested... More »

Goodbye to Controversial Philly Statue

Statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, accused of discriminating against minorities, taken down

(Newser) - Workers removed the statue early Wednesday of controversial former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, which was recently defaced during a protest following George Floyd's death. As National Guard troops deployed in the wake of recent protests watched, a crane lifted the 10-foot-tall bronze statue, and workers shook it from its... More »

Woman's Grandmother Is Found Frozen at Home

Cynthia Black is accused of keeping her Grandma's body frozen for 12 years

(Newser) - Sorry, Grandma's dead and frozen in the basement—but she can still collect Social Security checks. That's pretty much the scheme a Pennsylvania woman is accused of perpetrating in order to rake in tens of thousands of dollars from the feds, Local 21 News reports. "It's... More »

Democrats Say Republican Lawmaker Hid COVID Diagnosis

Uproar at the Pennsylvania General Assembly

(Newser) - Democratic members of Pennsylvania's state legislature say their Republican colleagues withheld crucial coronavirus information—including one GOP lawmaker's positive diagnosis. Rep. Andrew Lewis tested positive for COVID-19 on May 20, and at least one of his Republican colleagues was asked, the following day, to self-quarantine for 14 days... More »

UConn Senior Sought in 2 Murders

Police say Peter Manfredonia is armed and dangerous

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut are hunting a double murder suspect believed to be armed and dangerous. Police say University of Connecticut senior Peter Manfredonia, 23, killed a man with a sword or machete in Willington, Ct. Friday and inflicted life-threatening injuries on another, NBC Connecticut reports. He... More »

Red Lobster Mother's Day Brawl Goes Viral

Angry customer tried to force her way inside

(Newser) - Tempers boiled over and a customer saw red outside a Red Lobster in Pennsylvania on Mother's Day. In video that has now gone viral, workers at the East York restaurant push a shouting customer, apparently frustrated at long wait times, out of the restaurant. The woman, who identifies herself... More »

Paul Manafort Is Out

Former Trump campaign chairman granted house arrest due to coronavirus

(Newser) - Paul Manafort is out of prison. President Trump's former campaign chairman, sentenced to 7.5 years for tax fraud and conspiracy in March 2019, was released from Loretto federal prison in Pennsylvania early Wednesday owing to the novel coronavirus, according to ABC News and CBS News . Manafort, picked up... More »

'On Verge' of Coronavirus Findings, He Was Shot Dead

University of Pittsburgh's Bing Liu killed in murder-suicide

(Newser) - A researcher on the cusp of making "very significant findings" related to the novel coronavirus was shot dead in Pennsylvania over the weekend. Bing Liu of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was killed around noon Saturday inside his home north of Pittsburgh in what authorities describe as... More »

These Workers Clocked Out After 28 Days on the Job

Braskem America workers near Philadelphia lived on site

(Newser) - Workers at a Pennsylvania plant that produces a key material in personal protective equipment say they've returned to a changed world after living on site for almost a month. Some 40 employees volunteered to spend 28 days at the Braskem America plant outside Philadelphia, where a live-in rotation was... More »

Bill Cosby Wouldn't Survive COVID-19: Lawyer

But convicted sex offender is denied compassionate release

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is apparently hoping to be among the currently incarcerated set free amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports NBC News . The convicted sex offender's lawyer asked Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf for a compassionate release, saying that the 82-year-old has a litany of underlying medical issues that mean the virus... More »

She Begged for Beer While in Quarantine. She Got It

Coors Light sends 10 cases of brew to 93-year-old Olive Veronesi after desperate window plea

(Newser) - Olive Veronesi has her brewskis. The 93-year-old Pennsylvania woman became famous over the weekend after someone took a photo of her, stuck in coronavirus quarantine, standing in front of her window and holding a can of Coors Light and a sign that read: "I NEED MORE BEER!!" The... More »

Woman, 93, Tells the World: 'I NEED MORE BEER'

An image of Olive Veronesi has gone viral worldwide

(Newser) - A 93-year-old Pittsburgh-area woman is using the powers of the internet to keep a stock of beer while doing her part to "flatten the curve" on the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. Olive Veronesi posed in her window with a dry erase board that read "I NEED MORE... More »

Rapper Whose Music Touched on Her Addiction Dies at 25

Philly performer Chynna Rogers is gone

(Newser) - Chynna Rogers, the Philadelphia rapper who had breakout hits with 2013's "Selfie" and 2014's "Glen Coco," has died at the age of 25. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family wrote in a statement, per Pitchfork . Rogers' manager tells... More »

'Graffiti Highway' Is Being Buried

Colorful stretch of abandoned road was attracting too many trespassers

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's "Graffiti Highway" is history, apparently thanks to a stream of trespassers and worries about liability. The colorful stretch of Route 61 through Centralia, closed to traffic since 1993, is being covered with dirt by a local coal company, CNN reports. Over the decades it had been covered... More »

Another Potential Vaccine Surfaces in Pittsburgh

It shows promise in mice, and researchers are seeking permission to start clinical trials

(Newser) - The world is thought to be a year or so away from a coronavirus vaccine, but another potential candidate has entered the race. This one is out of the University of Pittsburgh, where researchers report that their vaccine created antibodies in mice, reports TribLive . The researchers are now appealing to... More »

Cops: He Lost His Job, Then Started Shooting

38-year-old Pennsylvania man dead in attempted murder-suicide

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man who had recently lost his job and was becoming more and more upset about the coronavirus pandemic shot his girlfriend and then himself in an attempted murder-suicide on Monday. Roderick Bliss, 38, was pronounced dead of "obvious gunshot injuries" and his death ruled a... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

$35K in Food Dumped After 'Twisted Prank' in Grocery Store

Woman went around coughing on everything as a joke, store co-owner says

(Newser) - A "very challenging day" at a Pennsylvania grocery store started with a cough and ended with more than $35,000 worth of food being dumped. USA Today reports on the incident Wednesday at Gerrity's Supermarket in Hanover Township, where a woman reportedly came in and "proceeded to... More »

Fans Mocked Only Girl on School Hockey Team. She Scored Twice

Fans yelled insults about Alyssa Wruble, put up a 'gender reveal' sign

(Newser) - With two older brothers, a longtime love of ice hockey, and a competitive streak that enables her to brush off low-key trash-talking during games, Pennsylvania teen Alyssa Wruble knows what it is to be tough. As the only girl on Northampton Area High School's varsity team, the 17-year-old tells... More »

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