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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

October 4, 2018

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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ALLENTOWN — Investigators are expected to reveal the cause of a car explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, that killed three people, including a father and his toddler son. Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are holding a news conference Thursday with prosecutors and Allentown police. They’re expected to discuss the contents of letters that 26-year-old Jacob Schmoyer sent before the weekend blast that killed Schmoyer, his 2-year-old son Jonathan “JJ” Schmoyer and a friend, 66-year-old David Hillman. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.

Eds: Developing from news conference that was due to start at 11:30 a.m.


SCOTT TOWNSHIP — A Pennsylvania woman’s dispute over a local cemetery ordinance has reached the Supreme Court over the question of where she can bring her case. The high court heard arguments Wednesday in Rose Mary Knick’s case. She lives on a 90-acre property in Lackawanna County. Six years ago her town passed an ordinance that requires anyone with a cemetery on their land to open it to the public. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 919 words, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — A temporary art installation at a building In Philadelphia highlights formerly incarcerated men and women who are working to transform their lives in an effort to spark a conversation about mass incarceration. “Portraits of Justice” is an interactive mural looking out from the windows of the Municipal Services Building, created through a program of Mural Arts Philadelphia. It features portraits of 17 young men and women painted against a brick background symbolizing the barriers to re-entering society after being released from jail. By Kristen DeGroot. SENT: 679 words, photos.


— DEAD WOMAN-EMACIATED CHILD — Authorities say an emaciated 5-year-old boy and a dead 32-year-old woman were found in a Pennsylvania home that was in deplorable condition as a result of hoarding.

— FUNERAL DIRECTORD-CORPSE PICTURES — A Pennsylvania funeral director who took photos of corpses to gross out her friends and relatives has been spared a prison term.

— DEADLY ALTERCATION-SHOOTING — Authorities say a man shot and wounded during an argument grabbed the gun from the shooter and then fatally shot him.

— ROAD RAGE-STABBING — Authorities say an apparent road rage incident in Philadelphia ended with one woman stabbing another.

— GRADUATE ASSITANTS-UNIONIZATION — Graduate assistants at the University of Pittsburgh are having their case heard over whether they can seek to unionize.

— BLACK ACTIVIST-MURAL — Philadelphia Mural Arts has unveiled a new work dedicated to 19th century civil rights activist Octavius Catto, who was assassinated at age 32 while trying to rally people to vote in 1871.


— FBC--ACC THIS WEEK — Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 6.


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