Tuesday October 16 2012

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012

FUNGAL MENINGITIS IN ALTOONA

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS REPORTING THE FIRST CASE OF FUNGAL MENINGITIS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND IT’S IN ALTOONA. AN ALLEGHENY PAIN MANAGEMENT PATIENT WHO RECEIVED A STERIOD INJECTION IN JULY IS BEING TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. THE CLINIC WAS ONE OF ONLY 2 IN THE STATE THAT RECEIVED MEDICATION LINKED TO THE NATIONAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK. OFFICIALS THERE ORIGINALLY SAID THEY RETURNED THE MEDICATION UN-OPENED, BUT IT NOW APPEARS THAT A PATIENT BECAME ILL FROM AN INJECTION TAKEN FROM AN EARLIER BATCH. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS NATIONWIDE, 15 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND MORE THAN 200 HAVE BEEN SICKENED IN THE OUTBREAK.

PIT BULLS ARE OK

4 PIT BULL PUPPIES THAT WERE APPARENTLY POISONED DURING A PIT-BULL AWARENESS EVENT SATURDAY AT LEGION PARK IN HOLLIDAYSBURG HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM EBENSBURG ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND WILL EVENTUALLY BE PLACED IN HOMES. 2 OTHER PIT BULL PUPPIES DIED AND POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE SOMEONE PUT POISON IN THEIR WATERBOWL.

STUDENT STILL CRITICAL

A 19-YEAR-OLD PENN STATE STUDENT REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER AFTER FALLING 39 FEET FROM A 5TH-FLOOR WINDOW AT CALDER COMMONS APARTMENT BUILDING IN STATE COLLEGE SATURDAY. POLICE SAY IT APPEARS THE FALL WAS ACCIDENTAL. THEY HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM, BUT SOCIAL MEDIA INDICATES IT WAS CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER INJURED

A CONSTRUCTION WORKER SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES YESTERDAY IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY. POLICE SAY HE WAS STRUCK AND PINNED AGAINST A BUILDING BY A DRIVERLESS VEHICLE WHEN THE OPERATOR OF THE VEHICLE ACCIDENTALLY BUMPED THE REMOTE-CONTROL STARTER. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER.

SPECTER’S FUNERAL

FORMER U-S SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER WILL BE LAID TO REST TODAY FOLLOWING A PUBLIC FUNERAL IN PENN VALLEY PENNSYLVANIA. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND. MEANWHILE, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT HAS ORDERED STATE FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF UNTIL SUNDOWN. SPECTER DIED OF NON-HODGKINS LYMPHOMA ON SUNDAY. HE WAS 82.

ANN ROMNEY IN ALTOONA

ANN ROMNEY, WIFE OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY, ATTENDED A FUNDRAISER YESTERDAY AT THE BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER. MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE WERE THERE AND IT’S EXPECTED THAT THE EVENT BROUGHT IN ABOUT 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ROMNEY’S CAMPAIGN.
CURRENT ELECTION POLLS SHOW ROMNEY NECK-AND-NECK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. THEY FACE OFF AGAIN TONIGHT IN THEIR SECOND DEBATE AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK.

HOW’S GOVERNOR CORBETT DOING?

ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL CONDUCTED BY THE ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL AND MUHLENBERG COLLEGE, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S APPROVAL RATING STANDS AT ONLY 33-PERCENT. 39-PERCENT OF THOSE SURVEYED DISAPPROVE OF HIS JOB PERFORMANCE. 27-PERCENT ARE UNDECIDED. THE NUMBERS ARE AN IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST MONTH, WHEN 45-PERCENT OF THOSE POLLED DISAPPROVED OF CORBETT'S WORK.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

PENN STATE WILL NOT RE-NEW THE CONTRACT OF ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM CURLEY WHEN IT EXPIRES IN JUNE ACCORDING TO THE HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS. CURLEY WILL REMAIN ON PAID LEAVE UNTIL THEN. HE AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT GARY SCHULZ ARE SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL FOR PERJURY AND FAILURE TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE WITH JURY SELECTION TO BEGIN IN HARRISBURG ON JANUARY 7TH. CURLEY IS ALSO BATTLING LUNG CANCER.

PENN STATE’S FACULTY SENATE MEETS TODAY TO CONSIDER OFFICIAL ENDORSING CRITICISMS OF THE NCAA SANCTIONS. BACK IN AUGUST, THE GROUP SAID THE FREEH REPORT “FAILS BADLY,” AND THE NCAA WAS ESTABLISHING “A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT.” THE STATEMENT RELEASED THEN SAID – QUOTE -- “THE DAMAGING RHETORIC USED BY THE NCAA TO JUSTIFY ITS SANCTIONS HAS UNJUSTLY INJURED THE ACADEMIC REPUTATION, FINANCIAL HEALTH, AND GENERAL WELL-BEING OF THE UNIVERSITY.”

STATE HOUSE REPUBLICANS BLOCKED IT AGAIN YESTERDAY…AND A DEMOCRATIC RESOLUTION ASKING FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO PROSECUTORS’ HANDLING OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE APPEARS TO BE DEAD…AT LEAST FOR THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. THE RESOLUTION WAS LARGELY SYMBOLIC AND WOULD CARRY NO LEGAL WEIGHT WITH THE U-S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE OF F-B-I.