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2001 Sep 28
The FBI released a 4-page document, handwritten in Arabic, that served as a set of final instructions for the Sep 11 hijackers. Copies were found in a rental car, in the suitcase of Mohamed Atta and the wreckage of the UA plane that crashed in Pa.
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2001 Sep 28
Dr. Kenneth M. Berry of Pittsburgh filed a patent application for a system responsive to bioterrorism attacks. In 2004 the FBI probed him in relation to investigations on letters containing anthrax.
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2001 Oct 19
In Philadelphia luggage, from a baggage locker that was deposited Sep 29, was found to contain C-4 plastic explosives.
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2001 Dec 9
An Amtrak Acela train killed 3 people on tracks northeast of Philadelphia.
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2001 Dec 10
In Philadelphia a gunman opened fire outside the Great Valley Shopping Center in East Whiteland Township and killed 2 people. A 3rd was wounded.
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2001 Dec 18
A federal judge in Philadelphia threw out Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence for the 1981 shooting of a Philadelphia police officer and ordered a new sentencing hearing for the former Black Panther alternately portrayed as a vicious cop-killer and a victim of a racist frame-up. Both sides appealed the ruling.
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2001 Dec 21
Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker announced an agreement on a state takeover of the Philadelphia school system. Plans called Edison Schools Inc. to help run the district.
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2001 Dec 28
In Pennsylvania a 30-50 car crash on snow-slickened I-80 left 5 people dead near Williamsport. Another 50 cars were involved in 2 pileups that left at least 2 people dead.
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2001
Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, opened at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
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2002 Jan 7
Louis Pollak, a federal judge in Philadelphia, challenged the scientific validity of fingerprint evidence. In March Pollak declared fingerprint id to be the "bedrock of forensic science."
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2002 Jan 25
In Pittsburgh 2 masked gunmen killed 2 men and a young girl in a sandwich shop.
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2002 Feb 22
A New Jersey teenager (16) was arrested for killing 6 people in a 2-day shooting spree on the outskirts of Philadelphia that began Feb 4.
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2002 Feb 23
Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare died after landing on his head during the Big Ten indoor championships in Minneapolis.
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2002 May 31
A three-judge federal panel in Philadelphia ruled that public libraries cannot be forced to install software that blocks sexually explicit Web sites.
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2002 Jul 24
In Pennsylvania 9 coal miners were trapped by a flood 240 feet underground. All 9 were rescued Jul 27.
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2002 Jul 25
Encouraged by a tinny tapping sound coming up from the depths, rescuers in Somerset, Pa., brought in a huge drill in a race to save nine coal miners trapped 240 feet underground by a flooded shaft.
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2002 Jul 26
Hershey Foods in Hershey, Pa., announced that it would put itself up for sale under directions by the Hershey Trust Co.
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2002 Jul 28
In Somerset, Pennsylvania 9 coal miners, trapped July 24 by a flood 240 feet underground, were rescued after 77 hours underground in the Quecreek Mine.
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2002 Aug 7
Destiny Wright disappeared at a sleepover with other children in Philadelphia. Abdul El-Shabazz (18) was arrested the next day and led police to her body.
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2002 Aug 10
Leaders of Roman Catholic religious orders, meeting in Philadelphia, approved details of their plan to keep sexually abusive clergy away from children, while retaining them in the priesthood, creating review boards to monitor how their communities handle offenders.
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2002 Sep 7
Uzi Gal (79), the German-born inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in Philadelphia of a long illness. [see 1954]
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2002 Oct 8
Masatoshi Koshiba (76) was named one of this year's Nobel Prize winners for Physics, marking Japan's third science Nobel in as many years. Riccardo Giacconi (71) of Assoc. Univ. in Washington DC and Raymond Davis Jr. (87) of Univ. of Pennsylvania shared the prize awarded for their work on neutrinos that revised thinking about the nature of the universe.
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2002 Oct 15
A listeria outbreak blamed for at east 7 deaths in the northeast was traced to a Wampler Foods plant in Franconia, Pa.
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2002 Oct 17
Ira Einhorn, the '70s hippie guru who had fled to Europe after being charged with murder, was convicted in Philadelphia of killing his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century earlier. He was later sentenced to life without parole.
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2002 Oct 19
In York, Pa., former mayor Charlie Robertson was acquitted and two other men were convicted in the shotgun slaying of Lillie Belle Allen, a young black woman, during race riots that tore the city apart in 1969.
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2002 Nov 10
A series of pulverizing storms barreled through more than a half-dozen US states including Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, killing at least 36 people. More than 100 were injured.
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2002
Semion Mogilevich (b.1946), a Ukrainian businessman, and Igor Fisherman were indicted in Philadelphia on charges of money laundering and securities fraud in connection with the collapse of YBM Magnex, Inc. in which investors lost some $150 million. In 2006 Mogilevich was under investigation for possible links to natural gas deals between Russia and Ukraine.
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2002
The US Geological Survey estimated there may be 1.9 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania. In 2008 Prof. Terry Engelder of Pennsylvania State Univ. estimated the amount at 168 trillion cubic feet. US consumption in 2007 was 23.05 trillion. The Marcellus shale formation stretched some 600 miles along the Appalachians from New York to West Virginia.
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2003 Apr 19
In northeast Pennsylvania Hadley Bilger (13) was abducted by her uncle after he shot and killed her parents. Bilger was released the next day and Robert Lee Hixson (42) surrendered to police.
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2003 Apr 24
In Red Lion, Pa., James Shetts (14), a student armed with at least two handguns, fatally shot Eugene Segro (51), his school principal, in a crowded cafeteria before killing himself.
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2003 Apr 27
Kevin Millwood pitched his first career no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
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2003 Aug 3
Dr. Pater Safar (79), regarded as the father of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr), died in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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2003 Aug 28
In Erie, Pa., Brian Douglas Wells (46), pizza delivery man, was killed when a bomb strapped to his chest exploded while under police custody. Wells claimed a customer had strapped on the bomb and ordered him to rob a bank. In 2007 a grand jury indicted 2 people in connection with the crime. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong (59), described as the ringleader, pleaded guilty but mentally ill for killing her boyfriend to keep him silent about the robbery. Diehl-Armstrong was trying to raise money to hire Kenneth Barnes to kill her father due to an inheri-tance dispute. In 2008 Kenneth Barnes (54) pleaded guilty to conspiracy. In 2010 Diehl-Armstrong was convicted for her role in the robbery. In 2011 she was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison.
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2003 Nov 14
In Pittsburgh, Pa., a 3rd person died from an outbreak of hepatitis A that infected nearly 600 people. They all had recently eaten at a Chi-Chi's Mexican mall restaurant. Green onions were blamed for the outbreak.
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2003 Nov 21
Health officials said a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant in suburban Pittsburgh was probably caused by green onions from Mexico.
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2003 Dec 4
Federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna was attacked after leaving his office in Baltimore around midnight. His body was found 6 hours later, stabbed 36 times apparently in a furious fight for his life before drowning in a Pennsylvania creek. Luna was involved in the prosecution of rapper Deon Lionel Smith (32) and Walter Oriley Poindexter.
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2003 Dec 15
Charles Cullen (43), a former nurse, was charged with murder after telling prosecutors that he killed 30-40 severely ill patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1987 by injecting them with drugs. Cullen later pleaded guilty to killing 29 people and attempting to kill six others; he was sentenced to 18 life prison terms.
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2003 Dec 29
Paul Goldman, a native of Uzbekistan, stabbed and killed Faina Zonis in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem. Goldman soon fled the country. Police found his parents dead by suicide on Jan 13. Goldman was captured in France on Jan 20, 2004. Zonis committed suicide Apr 11, 2004.
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2003 Dec 31
The JenniCam website, begun by Jennifer Ringley in 1996, shut down. 7 years earlier she installed a Web camera in her Pennsylvania college dorm room and kept it on for 24 hours a day recording every detail of her life.
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2004 Mar 27
Edward J. Piszek (87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
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2004 Apr 11
Paul Eduardovich Goldman, 39, a naturalized U.S. citizen, killed himself afternoon in a prison in the suburbs of Grenoble, France. He was expected to be extradited to Pennsylvania to face first-degree murder charges in the fatal stabbing of Faina Zonis, 42, a Philadelphia mortgage processor found dead in her office on Dec. 29.
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2004 Apr 27
Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, of Pennsylvania, beat back a tough primary threat, barely defeating conservative congressman Pat Toomey.
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2004 May 11
A video, posted on an al-Qaida-linked Web site, showed the beheading of Nick Berg, an American civilian in Iraq. The execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, aka Ahmad Fadhil al Khalayeh, was later identified as the beheader. Nick Berg (26) was from West Chester, Pa.
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2004 Jun 3
Julio Franco became, at age 45, the oldest player in major league history to hit a grand slam, connecting in Atlanta's 8-to-4 victory over Philadelphia.
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2004 Jul 5
Gov. Ed Rendell signed laws authorizing 61,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania, more than any other state except Nevada. Most of the state's share will pay for a $1 billion cut in property taxes a year.
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2004 Jul 12
A foot or more of rain fell in parts of the Northeast. No injuries had been reported in the stricken areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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2004 Jul 16
PNC Financial, based in Pennsylvania, agreed to by Riggs National of Washington DC for $779 million. Riggs was fined $25 million in May for violating money laundering regulations.
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2004 Aug 1
Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pa., at age 8.
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2004 Sep 1
It was reported that for about $10 million, Philadelphia city officials planned to turn all 135 square miles of the city into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot. EarthLink was given the contract and planned to rent 4,000 city light posts for its equipment. Completion of the network was expected in Spring 2007.

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2004 Oct 18
The Dover, Pa., school district voted 6-3 to mandate the teaching of “intelligent design” in public schools along with the theory of evolution. A number of parents soon filed suit. In 2007 Edward Humes authored “Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul.”
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2004 Nov 8
Jason Bay became the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, while Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby took the American League honor.
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2004 Nov 19
Police in Abington, Pennsylvania, arrested Michael Cornelius Burke Jr. (38) for the assault and rape of 2 girls ages 10 & 13. In Apr 2006 Burke pleaded guilty but failed to show up for sentencing. In 2009 Burke was arrested in Mexico’s in central Veracruz state.
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2004 Nov 26
A Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife.
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2005 Jan 23
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to win the NFC championship game; the New England Patriots won the AFC championship by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27.
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2005 Feb 25
Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Philadelphia’s Temple Univ. for ordering rough play by one of his players during a game against Saint Joseph's.
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2005 Jun 7
Terry Long, former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman, died in a hospital about five hours after he was found unresponsive in his suburban Pittsburgh home. An Oct 19 revised death certificate indicated that he had committed suicide by drinking antifreeze, and did not die as a direct result of football-related head injuries.
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2005 Jun 12
A fire in Philadelphia left 5 children dead. Security bars on windows may have hampered escape attempts.
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2005 Jul 13
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a report that said more than 11,000 people caught some sort of infection in Pennsylvania hospitals last year and nearly 1,800 died from them.
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2005 Jul 18
LaToyia Figueroa, who was five months' pregnant, was last seen in West Philadelphia. Police recovered her remains a month later. On August 20, 2005, They arrested Steven Poaches, her former boyfriend and the father of the unborn child. On October 17, 2006, in a nonjury trial, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina found Stephen Poaches, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and her fetus. Poaches waived his right to appeal and, in exchange, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. He was given an automatic life sentence with no parole.
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2005 Jul 25
Hershey Co. of Pennsylvania announced the acquisition of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Inc. of Berkeley, Ca.
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