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MYSTERY SUBSTANCE-PRISON STAFF SICKENED
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s state prison system is tightening security and revamping procedures after 18 staff members were treated at hospitals for exposure to a yet-unidentified substance at three prisons earlier this month. Corrections Department spokeswoman Amy Worden says state police investigators are testing the substance. She describes it as a “liquid synthetic drug that’s taking different forms.” By Mark Scolforo.
COLLEGE STUDENT KILLED
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A California man denied Wednesday that he killed a University of Pennsylvania student because the victim was gay. Samuel Woodward, 21, who has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, appeared in court and also denied a hate-crime allegation connected to the killing of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, the Orange County Register reported. With AP photos.
— ATHLETE KILLED — A second teenager has been arrested in the slaying of an incoming freshman scheduled to compete in track and field for Penn State.
— BOY SCOUT-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Authorities say a former Boy Scout leader in Pennsylvania has admitted he sexually assaulted three scouts over a number of years.
— FATAL SHOOTING — Philadelphia police are searching for two suspects who they say killed two men in a drive-by shooting.
— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT — Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.
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