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2009 Oct 15
Colleen R. LaRose (46), a self-described "Jihad Jane," was arrested in Philadelphia. LaRose was later accused, in an indictment filed March 9, 2010, of actively recruiting fighters, as well as agreeing to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, marry a terrorism suspect so he could move to Europe and martyr herself if necessary.
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2009 Oct 19
In Uganda Pres. Museveni officially recognized the 300,000 strong Rwenzururu Kingdom under Charles Wesley Mumbere (56), who had inherited the title in 1966 at age 13. Museveni restored all the traditional kingdoms abandoned in 1967. Mumbere, who had moved to the USA in 1984 on a government scholarship, worked as a nurse’s aide in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
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2009 Nov 3
In Philadelphia, Pa., transit workers went on strike after rejecting a proposed contract that included an 11.5% wage increase over 5 years.
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2009 Nov 4
The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6, finally seizing the World Series crown, the team's first since winning three straight from 1998-2000, making it championship No. 27.
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2009 Nov 9
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said the Philadelphia transit strike has ended and that system would be up and running for the morning commute.
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2009 Dec 6
In Pennsylvania parolee Ronald Robinson (32) fatally shot a man in Penn Hills over a $500 drug debt and then shot and killed police officer Michael Crawshaw (32).
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2009 Dec 10
Pennsylvania police charged Alfonso Frank Frazetta (52) with theft, burglary and trespass after he was caught loading artwork into his trailer and SUV. He had used a backhoe to break into a museum owned by his father, fantasy artist Frank Frazetta (b.1928) loading artwork.
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2010 Jan 13
R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass (b.1950) died of colon cancer in suburban Philadelphia. He was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a 1982 car crash left him in a wheelchair.
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2010 Jan 25
In Pennsylvania Andrea Curry-Demus (40) was found to be mentally ill but guilty of 2nd degree murder and kidnapping for luring a pregnant teenager to her apartment, cutting out the baby and killing the mother. The infant, now 18 months old, was living with relatives.
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2010 Feb 5
In Pennsylvania about 18,000 people turned out before dawn for the 18th Wing Bowl, an eating competition dubbed the world's biggest, and an annual celebration of Philadelphia's raucous sports-crazed culture.
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2010 Feb 8
John Murtha (b.1932), Pennsylvania’s Democratic representative, died in Arlington, Va., following complications from gall bladder surgery. He had won a special House election in 1974 to become the first Vietnam veteran to serve in Congress.
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2010 Feb 12
In Pennsylvania Max Ray Vision, formerly Max Ray Butler, of San Francisco was sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay $27.5 million to the banks and credit card companies that he victimized. In 2009 Butler (36) had identified himself in court as “Max Vision,” the name he gave himself in the 1990s when he became a superstar in the computer security community.
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2010 Mar 13
A storm battered parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with gusts of up to 70 mph.
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2010 Jun 25
In Richmond, Va., Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant with Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael Vick in a 2007 federal dogfighting charge, died in a shooting. Vick had pleaded guilty to the 2007 charges. Police said Vick has not been ruled out as suspect or person of interest in the shooting which occurred shortly after a birthday party for Vick had ended at a club. An investigation was ongoing.
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2010 Jun 26
Pennsylvania police found the bodies of three men and a woman, each stabbed multiple times, in the brick twin house in Northampton. Steven Zernhelt (53), a married father of three, was stabbed to death as he responded to screams next door. Police discovered the bodies after responding to a car crash about a half-mile from the house. The driver, Eric Ballard (36), was covered in blood and police knew it wasn't all from the crash. Ballard was charged the next day with the stabbing murder of his former girlfriend and 3 others.
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2010 Jul 7
In Philadelphia, Pa., a 250-foot barge collided on the Delaware River with a stalled amphibious sightseeing boat. 2 visitors from Hungary were killed. In 2011 tug pilot Matt Devlin agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter following evidence that he was talking on a cell phone during the accident.
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2010 Jul 19
Despite being rebuffed twice by the US Supreme Court, five states (Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania) filed suit with a lower court demanding tougher federal and municipal action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating their fishing industry.
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2010 Sep 9
In Pennsylvania Kraft worker Yvonne Hiller of northeast Philadelphia shot and killed two co-workers after she was suspended from a Kraft Foods plant.
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2010 Oct 10
Solomon Burke (b.1940), the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The Philadelphia-born singer was revered as one of music's greatest vocalists but never reached the level of fame of those he influenced. He joined Atlantic in 1960 and went on to record a string of hits in a decade with the label. He wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and it was later featured in the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi movie "The Blues Brothers."
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2010 Oct 23
The SF Giants won a trip to the World Series. In Pennsylvania Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off the Phillies 3-2 in Game 6 of the NL championship series. This finished off the Phillies' bid to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants.
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2010 Nov 2
Iowa (Terry Branstad), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), Kansas (Sam Brownback), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
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2010 Nov 13
In Erie, Pa., an apparent suicide-murder by a father (29) left the mother and 2 daughters dead.
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2011 Jan 18
Philadelphia Gas Works employee, Mark Keeley (19), was killed in a gas main explosion. 6 people were sent to the hospital with 3 in critical condition.
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2011 Jan 19
In New Castle, Pa., Ljuba Novosel shot and killed her son (12) and elderly mother (81) before turning the gun on herself.
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2011 Feb 6
In Dallas, Texas, Wisconsin’s Green Bay packers won Super Bowl XLV 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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2011 Feb 8
Claudia Aderotimi (20), a London woman, died at a Philadelphia hospital at 1:32 a.m., some 12 hours after a botched buttocks enhancement at a Hampton Inn near the Philadelphia Int’l Airport. Authorities sought to question Padge Victoria Windslowe, a self-described Goth hip hop singer known as "Black Madam" from Ardmore, Pa., in the death. On June 11, 2015, Windslowe was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.
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2011 Feb 10
The Hershey Trust Co. fired board member Robert Reese, a former top Hershey Co. executive. Reese had filed documents in Pennsylvania saying the Hershey Trust has allowed excessive compensation for board members, violations of federal banking regulations and free limousine rides and rounds of golf.
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2011 Feb 10
In Allentown, Pennsylvania, a natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. One person was killed, and at least five others were unaccounted for.
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2011 Feb 24
A US federal jury convicted Mohammad Reza Vaghari (43), of Broomall Pa., of sending the products to Iran by way of the United Arab Emirates.
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2011 Feb
In Pennsylvania Kermit Gosnell, his wife and eight workers were charged in the operation of a clinic in West Philadelphia where illegal late term abortions were performed and where babies born alive and viable were killed. In 2014 the last of two workers in the case were sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty and testifying against Gosnell.
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2011 Mar 8
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said it has suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with a grand jury’s Feb 10 accusations that they sexually abused or otherwise acted inappropriately with minors.
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2011 Mar 8
In central Pennsylvania a farmhouse fire killed 7 of 8 children of Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A propane heater was suspected as the cause.
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2011 Mar 22
In central Pennsylvania 5 people were killed in an apartment fire in Altoona.
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2011 Apr 27
The city of Altoona, Pa., enacted a 60-day name change to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," after the latest film by sarcastic documentarian Morgan Spurlock, in order to make some money and to help Spurlock make a point about the proliferation of advertising in American life.
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2011 May 5
A federal judge in Pennsylvania sentenced conman Donald Young (39) to nearly two decades in prison for a $23 million pyramid scheme.
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2011 May 23
Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and 12 others were indicted with charges of racketeering and gambling.
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2011 May
Joseph Cohen, Dan Getelman and Jim Grandpre quit the Univ. of Pennsylvania to launch Coursekit, soon rebranded as Lore, a social learning network for the classroom.
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2011 Jun 1
Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia embarked on a 25-year, $2 billion effort to reduce storm water pollution through eco-friendly measures.
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2011 Jun 6
Former Pennsylvania congressman Rick Santorum, a social conservative, announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
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2011 Jun 18
In Warrington, Pa., Christopher Moyer killed his wife, Irina (39), and their son (7) and then committed suicide on a set of train tracks. Financial problems were suspected.
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2011 Jul 4
In Pennsylvania Mark Richard Geisenheyner (51) was killed by a SWAT team in Trainer for shooting 5 people, 2 of them fatally, a day earlier in a suburban Philadelphia home over an insurance fraud scheme.
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2011 Jul 12
A federal indictment unsealed in St. Louis said The Wheels of Soul motorcycle club, with a "Mother Chapter" in Philadelphia, was responsible for killings, robberies, drug distribution and other crimes. The indictment accused 18 men in seven states of racketeering, with some of the men also accused of crimes that include murder, attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping.
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2011 Aug 8
The US Justice department and 4 the attorney generals of California, Illinois, Florida, and Indiana accused Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp. of paying recruiters to enroll students in an $11 billion fraud case.
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2011 Aug 10
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania reported the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia, turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells.
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2011 Aug 15
In Philadelphia Corey White (22) was shot to death hours after a judge held two people for trial for conspiring to kill him in a murder-for-hire plot on Facebook.
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2011 Aug 28
In Pennsylvania Leonard John Egland (37) of Fort Lee, Va., an Army officer suspected of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia, was found dead in Bucks County. He had fired a semiautomatic rifle at SWAT team members who discovered his truck and found him before dawn in a trash bin. Officers earlier in the day had found the bodies of Egland's ex-wife, her boyfriend and his child. His former mother-in-law, Barbara Reuhl (66) of Buckingham, was believed to have been killed the previous night.
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2011 Sep 8
Tropical Storm Lee dumped heavy rain in the Northeast. The Susquehanna River and its tributaries in New York and Pennsylvania swamped thousands of homes. At least 15 deaths were blamed on the storm and its aftermath: 7 in Pennsylvania, 3 in Virginia, one in Maryland and 4 others when it came ashore on the Gulf Coast a week earlier.
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2011 Oct 12
The City Council in Harrisburg, Pa., filed for bankruptcy, despite opposition by the Mayor Linda Thompson and state Gov. Tom Corbett. Harrisburg faced $300 million in debt connected to a city-owned rubbish incinerator.
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2011 Oct 15
In Philadelphia apartment landlord Turgut Gozleveli found 4 mentally disabled adults held inside a basement boiler room. Police arrested 3 people for kidnapping, false imprisonment and other charges. Linda Ann Weston (51), Eddie Wright (50) and Gregory Thomas (47) were implicated in a broad scheme to steal disability checks from vulnerable people.
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2011 Oct 20
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a state law giving him unprecedented power to force Harrisburg to pay off its staggering debt on a $300 million trash incinerator.
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2011 Nov 5
Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (67) was arrested for 40 sex crimes against boys dating from 1994 to 2005. All of the boys were under the care of the Second Mile Foundation, a charity that Sandusky founded in 1977.
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2011 Nov 7
Joe Frazier (67), the boxer who first beat Muhammad Ali in March 1971, died in Philadelphia after a brief battle with liver cancer.
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2011 Nov 10
Thousands of enraged Penn State students tore through the streets of State College, Pa., overnight to protest the firing of Joe Paterno after the longtime head football coach was removed from his position effective immediately. The turmoil followed the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years. Paterno and Univ. Pres. Graham Spanier, who was also fired, have come under intense pressure because they were also told of at least one incident, but did not alert police.
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2011 Nov 16
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez (21), a man with an apparent obsession with President Barack Obama, was arrested in Pennsylvania after the Secret Service discovered two bullets struck the White House while the president was away.
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2011 Dec 7
In Pennsylvania prosecutors abandoned their 30-year push for the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther convicted in 1982 of killing police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal (58) will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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2011 Dec 19
In, Webster, Pennsylvania, police shot and killed Eli Franklin Myers (58) during a standoff hours after he killed East Washington officer John David Dryer during a traffic stop.
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2011
Skee-ball Inc. (SBI), the Pennsylvania maker of the skee-ball machine, sued the Brooklyn-based Brewskee-ball League for infringing on its century-old trademark.
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2011
In Pennsylvania Gene Carter (39) was sentenced up to 216 years in prison for running a major heroin ring while serving time in a halfway house. In 2015 an appeals court overturned the sentence calling it unreasonable and excessive.
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2012 Jan 22
Joe Paterno (85), the longtime Penn State coach, died. He won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity.
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2012 Feb 6
In Pennsylvania Democrat state Rep. Bill DeWeese (61) was convicted of conspiracy, conflict of interest and theft in a investigation into the use of taxpayer resources for political purposes. 11 other Democrats and 9 Republicans have already been convicted or pleaded guilty in the investigation.
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