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Oct 22, 8:46 AM EDT

5 things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania


A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Wednesday:

88 FORMER STUDENTS SETTLE ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST FRANCISCAN FRIAR FOR $8 MILLION

The students were abused when Brother Stephen Baker worked as an athletic trainer at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown from 1992 to 2011. The friar committed suicide last year when similar abuse claims were settled in the Youngstown, Ohio diocese, which prompted the Pennsylvania victims to come forward.

OHIO SCHOOL TEACHER LOOKING FORWARD TO LEAVING REHAB CENTER AFTER HIT BY ROCK DROPPED FROM PENNSYLVANIA OVERPASS

Sharon Budd rang a bell outside Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville to celebrate her pending departure this morning after more than three months of treatment. The 52-year-old Unionville, Ohio, woman's skull was crushed and she lost her right eye. She also suffered brain damage and has endured five surgical procedures to repair the damage.

WOMAN PUNCHED BY OFFICER AT PITTSBURGH GAY PRIDE PARADE DUE IN COURT

Ariel Lawther was punched by the officer who says he had to do that once she resisted arrest. Lawther is charged with assaulting the officer who tried to keep her from threatening counter protesters and faces a preliminary hearing today.

12 JURORS PICKED IN PITTSBURGH MEDICAL RESEARCHER'S POISONING TRIAL

Attorneys must pick four alternate jurors today before the trial opens tomorrow for 66-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante. He's charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide in April 2013.

NOT-SO-FREE MUMIA: GOV. CORBETT SIGNS BILL TO CURB `OBSCENE CELEBRITY' OF CONVICTED COP KILLER, OTHER INFAMOUS CELEBRITIES

The new law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an offender's conduct "perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime." It was inspired by Mumia Abu-Jamal - whose supporters often chant "Free Mumia" - who's become an underground celebrity while appealing his conviction for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

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