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Here are the top Pennsylvania stories at

January 27, 2005

Here are the top Pennsylvania stories at this hour from The Associated Press. Jonathan Poet is the state supervisor in Philadelphia.

If you have stories of statewide interest or breaking news, please send them by electronic carbon to phie(at)ap.org, or fax (215-561-3544 in Philadelphia and 412-281-1869 in Pittsburgh), or call (215-561-1133 in Philadelphia, 412-281-3747 in Pittsburgh and 717-238-9413 in Harrisburg).

For repeats of state and national copy or questions about the report, call the AP Service Desk at 800-838-4616 or Philadelphia in eastern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh in the west.

HEADLINES:

Prosecutor: Philadelphia plagued by ``pervasive corruption″

Two more men sue Pittsburgh diocese claiming abuse; two suits tossed in Allentown

Feds hoping to use pipes or hoses to divert mine overflow

GOP counters Rendell with own environmental plan

Prosecutor cites weaknesses in woman’s allegation against Cosby

LATE DEVELOPMENTS:

_ADDS BC-PA--TMI Training as also moving.

CRIME & COURTS:

Prosecutor: Philadelphia plagued by ``pervasive corruption″

PHILADELPHIA _ A federal prosecutor described Philadelphia as a city steeped in ``pervasive corruption″ Wednesday as she asked a jury to find an investment banker guilty of lying to the FBI.

BC-PA--Mayor Bugged. MOVED. 590 words.

By David B. Caruso.

Two more men sue Pittsburgh diocese claiming abuse; two suits tossed in Allentown

PITTSBURGH _ Two more men have sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, claiming they were plied with alcohol and sexually abused by priests decades ago, and a Schuylkill County panel of judges dismissed two abuse lawsuits against the Allentown Diocese they said were filed too late.

BC-PA--Church Abuse-Lawsuits. MOVED. 460 words.

MINE:

Feds hoping to use pipes or hoses to divert mine overflow

McDONALD _ Federal mining authorities were trying to construct a system of pipes or hoses to divert water a day after a torrent from a flooded mine burst through a residential street, forcing the evacuation of three homes.

BC-PA--Leaking Mine. MOVED. 410 words.

By Joe Mandak. AP Photos PAPIT101-102, PAWAS101.

ENVIRONMENT:

GOP counters Rendell with own environmental plan

HARRISBURG _ House Republican lawmakers Wednesday unveiled their own plan to provide more money for environmental cleanups and preservation of open space but said their plan would avoid fee increases included in Gov. Ed Rendell’s similar proposal.

BC-PA--GOP-Environment. MOVED 400 words.

By Marc Levy.

BILL COSBY:

Prosecutor cites weaknesses in woman’s allegation against Cosby

NORRISTOWN _ A prosecutor investigating a fondling allegation against Bill Cosby said Wednesday that the accuser’s yearlong delay in coming forward, and their contact in the past year, weighed in the comedian’s favor.

BC-PA--Bill Cosby. MOVED. 590 words.

By Maryclaire Dale. AP Photo PANOR101.

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_BC-PA--Bill Cosby-Text.

SPORTS:

Owens plans to try to play, despite doctor’s advice

PHILADELPHIA _ Terrell Owens rarely gets shut down by cornerbacks. He isn’t going to let doctor’s orders stop him, either.

One day after Owens’ doctor said he would not clear the All-Pro receiver to play in the Super Bowl, Philadelphia Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said that Owens started jogging and plans to continue rehabbing his injured ankle in an attempt to suit up against the New England Patriots on Feb. 6.

BC-FBN--Eagles-Owens, 1st Ld-Writethru. MOVED. 580 words.

By Rob Maaddi. AP Photos PAJK101, NY274.

Cowher denies Big Ben played vs. Patriots with broken toes

PITTSBURGH _ Rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was exaggerating when he said he broke two toes on his right foot during the AFC championship game, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Wednesday.

BC-FBN--Steelers-Roethlisberger. MOVED. 720 words.

By Alan Robinson.

ALSO MOVING:

_BC-PA--Elderly Slaying, from HOLLIDAYSBURG: A judge has declared a mistrial in the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing an elderly couple because prosecutors didn’t give his attorneys notes from an FBI agent that could indicate another killer.

_BC-PA--Soldier Killed, from NORTHUMBERLAND: A soldier from central Pennsylvania was killed by an improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol in western Baghdad on Monday, his father said. AP Photo PASUN101.

_BC-PA--TMI Training, from HARRISBURG: A policing agency of the nuclear industry has concluded that the training program for control room workers at Three Mile Island’s Unit 1 plant needs improvement.

_BC-PA--Passenger Arrested, from WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.: Airplane passengers helped detain an unruly traveler on a flight from Philadelphia to West Palm Beach before the plane landed, deputies said.

_BC-PA--Turnpike Contract, from HARRISBURG: Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors will see their wages increase by $1.60 an hour over the life of a new four-year contract, turnpike commission officials said Wednesday.

_BC-PA--Chief Theft, from PITTSBURGH: The former police chief of a financially troubled Pittsburgh suburb was sentenced to more than three years in prison for the theft of money seized by federal agents more than two years ago.

_BC-PA--Obit-Scaife May, from PITTSBURGH: Cordelia Scaife May, the sister of billionaire Richard Scaife, who used her family fortune to fund various charities and conservative causes, died Wednesday.

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