Thursday February 28 2013

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013

SPECIAL MASS TODAY

POPE BENEDICT THE 16TH SHOCKED THE WORLD EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN HE ANNOUNCED THAT HE’S STEPPING DOWN DUE TO HIS ADVANCING AGE AND DECLINING HEALTH. TODAY THE CARDINALS CONCLAVE BEGINS TO FIND A NEW POPE AND ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK WILL PRESIDE OVER A SPECIAL MASS AT NOON AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT IN ALTOONA. THE ENTIRE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ATTEND.

STUDENT’S DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION

STATE COLLEGE POLICE TELL THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES THEY ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF 19 YEAR OLD STUDENT STEPHEN LYNE WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE LAST MONTH BY ROOMMATES IN HIS OFF-CAMPUS APARTMENT. LYNE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

STUDENT EXPELLED FOR THREAT

MOUNT ALOYSIUS STUDENT ANTHONY BRISCOE OF INDIANA COUNTY SAYS HE WAS ONLY JOKING, BUT THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE 19 YEAR OLD HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR A TWITTER MESSAGE WRITTEN EARLIER THIS MONTH. BRISCOE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO SLIT THE THROAT OF A PROFESSOR IN FRONT OF HER CLASS AND HE’S CHARGED WITH TERRORISTIC THREATS, HARASSMENT, AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR APRIL 11TH. POLICE DID NOT FIND ANY WEAPONS WHEN THEY SEARCHED BRISCOE’S DORM ROOM.

STUDENTS WAIVE CHARGES TO COURT

8 PENN STATE STUDENTS CHARGED WITH FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS DURING AN OCTOBER PARTY HAVE WAIVED THE CHARGES TO TRIAL. 19-YEAR-OLD CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE WAS CRITICALLY INJURED WHEN SHE FELL OUT OF A 5TH FLOOR WINDOW AT A DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE APARTMENT BUILDING. 4 CHEERLEADERS AND 1 DANCE TEAM MEMBER WERE REMOVED FROM THEIR TEAMS AND ARE FACING POSSIBLE SANCTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY’S OFFICE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.

ACCUSED KILLER ORDERED TO TRIAL

FOLLOWING A PRELIMINARY HEARING WEDNESDAY IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT, 50 YEAR OLD GREGORY CONZO OF SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL. HE’S ACCUSED OF BEATING HIS GIRLFRIEND'S SON TO DEATH WITH A BASEBALL BAT BACK IN NOVEMBER. MICHAEL PCOLA DIED 2 DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK. CONZO REMAINS BEHIND BARS.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

A JUDGE IN LANCASTER HAS ORDERED SPECIAL PROSECUTOR JAMES REEDER TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER THE JERRY SANDUSKY GRAND JURY VIOLATED "SECRECY PROTOCOL." ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, THE PROBE STARTED FEBRUARY 8TH, AND IS NOW EXPANDING AFTER A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION CALLED FOR A CLOSER LOOK. MEANWHILE PENN STATE HAS REPORTEDLY OFFERED SETTLEMENTS TO AS MANY AS 30 OF SANDUSKY’S VICTIMS AND ACCUSERS. NO WORD WHEN THEY MIGHT BE FINALIZED.

LT. GOV. IN ALTOONA

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JIM CAWLEY VISITED ALTOONA YESTERDAY TO TALK ABOUT GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL AND HIS PLAN TO  PRIVATIZE LIQUOR SALES IN PENNSYLVANIA. CAWLEY AND OTHER STATE LEADERS TOURED THE 17TH STREET SHEETZ CONVENIENCE STORE AND RESTAURANT, SAYING THAT OPERATION COULD SERVE AS A MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE STATE. UNDER CURRENT LAW, SHEETZ HAD TO ESTABLISH A RESTAURANT BEFORE IT COULD SELL BEER AT THE STORE. CORBETT’S PLAN CALLS FOR ELIMINATING THAT PART OF THE REGULATIONS.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS SELLING STATE STORES WOULD GENERATE MORE THAN ONE BILLION DOLLARS THAT COULD BE PUT INTO A TRUST FUND TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR PENNSYLVANIANS.

RALLY FOR VALLEY VIEW

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING BIDS FROM HEALTH CARE COMPANIES WHO WANT TO BUY VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME…AND YESTERDAY UNION WORKERS HELD A DEMONSTRATION AND RALLY. THE EMPLOYEES SAY SELLING THE HOME WOULD BE BAD FOR THE 240 PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE AND FOR THE RESIDENTS OF BLAIR COUNTY. THEY CARRIED SIGNS SAYING “SENIORS ARE NOT FOR SALE” AND “SHORT TERM GAIN NOT WORTH LONG TERM PAIN.”

NEW STATE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL?

THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO RENOVATE THE NORTH AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS…BUILD ONE NEW SCHOOL…OR EVEN 2 BRAND NEW ONES. ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED THIS EVENING. TOURS OF THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS WILL START AT 5:30 FROM THE SOUTH BUILDING AUDITORIUM LOBBY. THE FORUM GETS UNDERWAY AT 7.

BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

THE RED CROSS SAYS ALL THE RECENT WINTER STORMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE TAKEN A TOLL ON BLOOD COLLECTIONS. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED…IN PARTICULAR O- POSITIVE, O-NEGATIVE, A-NEGATIVE AND B-NEGATIVE. YOU CAN GIVE TODAY AT JOHNSTOWN’S CONEMAUGH LEE CAMPUS FROM 9 TO 3. AND AT LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY CLEARFIELD CAMPUS, FROM 10 TO 4.