Today's News - Friday, August 23

 A special mass was held at Saint Francis University in Loretto yesterday in honor of 19-year-old Laurin Edwards, of Pittsburgh. Laurin, a sophomore, was getting ready to return to classes until  yesterday morning when her father shot and killed her and the family dog. He also wounded his wife and son before taking his own life. Another mass is scheduled for Sunday evening. The university will have grief counselors available for students. Laurin was studying to  be a physician’s assistant.

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The Cambria County Drug Task Force and Richland Township police made a significant drug bust yesterday and arrested two men and one woman. Police aren’t saying what type of drugs were involved, but they plan to release more information during a news conference this afternoon.

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In Johnstown’s federal court yesterday, 37-year-old Lawrence Horner III of Windber pleaded guilty to a federal kidnapping charge. In July of 2011, Horner abducted a woman and transported her across state lines. He could face up to life in prison.

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A Cambria County jury was seated yesterday for the vehicular homicide trial of 38-year-old Brian Roles of East Taylor Township. Police say Roles was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when his pickup crashed last year, killing his son, Brian Roles Jr., who was a sophomore at Conemaugh Valley High School. Roles was driving with a suspended license due to a previous DUI charge.

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A pilot and passenger were unharmed yesterday afternoon when their plane made an emergency landing at the John Murtha/Cambria County Airport. The pilot, a 22-year old from Bedford County, notified the airport of complications and began dumping fuel so he was able to land with just minor damage to the aircraft.

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Road Dawgs Motorcycle Club is hosting the Trooper Joseph Sepp Memorial Ride tomorrow.  You can register at Zepka Harley-Davidson in Johnstown from 11 to 1. Registration proceeds will be donated to the family of Paint Township police officer William Gephart who was killed this year in an off-duty ATV crash.

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Thousands of Pennsylvania bridges are structurally deficient including at least 100 in our region. PennDOT announced plans to increase weight restrictions on about 1,000 bridges statewide, starting next week. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today.

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Today could be embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's last day in office.  City officials were in mediation for three days to reach a negotiated settlement regarding allegations by 18 women that Filner sexually harassed them.  This afternoon following the city council's expected acceptance of the deal, San Diego residents will know whether Filner stays or goes.

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FBI Director Robert Mueller thinks it's very likely al-Qaeda will try to attack the U.S. again sometime “down the road.”  He said Thursday the al-Qaeda threat that led to the recent closure of U.S. diplomatic posts overseas hasn't gone away. 

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President Obama is thanking Antoinette Tuff for her heroic efforts.  The White House says the President called the school bookkeeper on Thursday to thank her for her “courage” in talking a suspected gunman out of doing harm at an Atlanta-area elementary school this week. 

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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is now formally indicted on murder and weapons charges.  On Thursday a judge ordered Hernandez continue to be held without bond.  Hernandez is a prime suspect in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June. 

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A ceremony set for Saturday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  It's the same location where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people in August of 1963. 

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An unemployed Philadelphia man is taking the notion of begging for a job to a whole new level.  54-year-old Mark Mercer tells the “Philadelphia Daily News” that he spends his days on a street corner with a sign that reads, “I Don’t Want Your Change. I NEED A JOB.”  Mercer – who wears his only black suit each day – says he’s handed out more than a hundred resumes, and has even landed six sidewalk job interviews.

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A pair of alleged ice cream thieves in Sweden found themselves in a sticky situation after stealing almost 14-hundred-dollars worth of Ben and Jerry's.  A security guard spotted the culprits and went after them.  The thieves were eventually forced to drop their stolen treats during the escape, and police say most of it had melted by then.  One of the suspects was caught and arrested on suspicion of theft, but police are still looking for his accomplice.

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Seventy-eight percent of singles say that listening to music is a part of their routine while preparing for a date.  According to a survey taken by Spotify and Match.com, 57 percent of men said they like turning on classic rock while getting ready for a night out, while 54 percent of women said they prefer pop or Top 40 tunes.  Nearly half of the male respondents said they like to put on Justin Timberlake.  Mood music is also common.  Forty-nine percent of men said listening to Barry White gets them in a romantic mood, and 44 percent of women said they like listening to artists like Robin Thicke and Maroon 5.  Thicke was also named the most popular music crush for women.  Guys however are crushing on Taylor Swift at the moment.

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In-N-Out is the best burger joint in America.  According to a survey from Empathica Inc, 66 percent of 10-thousand respondents across the country voted for In-N-Out as the chain they were most loyal to.  Fifty-seven percent gave their vote to Five Guys, while 49 percent voted for Whataburger.  Culver's and Steak 'n Shake rounded out the top five.  Burger King and McDonalds ranked among the lowest on the list of favorites.

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