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HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky’s campaign from behind bars to have his Penn State pension restored will go before a hearing examiner this week in Harrisburg, more than a year after his child molestation conviction led the state pension agency to revoke it. Sandusky, now in the Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania, is expected to participate by video conference in the proceeding that starts Tuesday morning inside the state retirement system’s downtown headquarters. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 690 words, to be updated following 9 a.m. EST hearing.
DEEP FREEZE-ONE FROZEN TOWN
CORAOPOLIS — Certain essentials must be taken care of, no matter what. As a record freeze hit this hard-luck town outside Pittsburgh early Tuesday, basic needs came down to football, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Especially cigarettes. Dangerously frigid air arrived in Coraopolis, Pa., from the Midwest, borne by a biting wind that pulled smoke horizontally from the factory chimneys along the Ohio River. With Tuesday’s school already cancelled and local TV news issuing dire warnings, the mile-long main drag fell silent except for a few cars and the rumble of freight trains running two blocks over. By Jesse Washington. SENT: About 770 words.
PITTSBURGH- Schools, courts and many government offices have closed as Pittsburgh and the rest of western Pennsylvania deal with sub-zero temperatures spawned by a “polar vortex” that has brought frigid air to much of the northern and eastern United States. SENT: NewsNow, to be updated throughout the day.
STATE SENATOR CHARGED
A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on whether 84-year-old former state Sen. Raphael Musto is competent to stand trial on corruption charges. Experts testified Monday that he’s too frail and mentally unfit. By Michael Rubinkam. UPCOMING: 130 words, followed by 400 words once ruling is issued.
ROAD RAGE SLAYING
Pennsylvania and Maryland state police plan a news conference to discuss the state of their investigation into an apparent road rage incident that left a Maine man dead of gunshot wounds.
WEST NEWTON — A western Pennsylvania woman and two other people accused of having plotted to kill her husband on Christmas Eve have been ordered to stand trial.
TWIN INFANTS DEAD-POISONING
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia mother has been convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the death of her 1-year-old twins.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-MASTECTOMY JOURNEY
MILFORD — Once Natalie Blumberg made the challenging decision to have her uterus, ovaries and both of her breasts removed, she thought the hard part was over. The Milford mom never anticipated the difficult and life-changing journey that lay ahead. “I knew the information about how the process would be,” she said. “I didn’t know how emotionally and physically draining it would be. I just wasn’t prepared for the reality of this.” Though the 41-year-old woman has never been diagnosed with cancer, she chose to undergo a radical double-mastectomy and hysterectomy as a pre-emptive strike against cancer. Amanda Cregan, The (Doylestown) Intelligencer.
MEMBER EXCHANGE-ALTERNATIVE KEYBOARDS
PITTSBURGH — Here’s another modern-day belief you can kick to the curb: So-called ergonomic keyboards are no better than regular keyboards for those who have suffered from typing injuries. University of Pittsburgh professor Nancy Baker looked at whether the keyboards that are marketed as being ergonomic help with recovery from typing injuries more than the standard keyboards included with the purchase of a desktop computer. Her research found the results were about the same. There were 77 participants in the study, which will be published in an upcoming edition of Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. About two months into her study, 80 percent of the participants said they were pain free whether they were given the alternative keyboard or a standard model. Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
FATAL THREE-VEHICLE CRASH, BIRTHDAY PARTY SHOOTING.
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