June 16, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Manager of police personnel and finance fired

Sandra Ganster has been on paid leave since the FBI started investigating former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan Harper two years ago, but she was fired last month for failing to report his criminal activities. Ganster is in the midst of appealing.

Pittsburgh: Body of 2-year-old found in woods

The toddler was reported missing Sunday night and found shortly thereafter. Police believe that her body was moved after death because she was too far away to have walked from her home. The investigation is ongoing.

Harrisburg: Acting state police commissioner plans to resign

Col. Marcus Brown has been in the position since January, but was rejected by the Senate last week. He will remain in the position until Gov. Tom Wolf finds a replacement.

Harrisburg: Bills to allow hunting with semiautomatics

Bills pending in the House propose to end the state ban on semiautomatic weapons for hunting. One bill allows only certain kinds of weapons to be used, while the second limits the use of semiautomatic rifles to only hunt foxes, coyotes and woodchucks.

Philadelphia: Former police sergeant convicted

On Monday, Thomas Winkis pleaded no contest to the charges of involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving, and was sentenced to two to seven years in prison. Winkis was driving 101 mph when he struck and killed a man in 2013.

Statewide: Teacher evaluations

A new rating system implemented to evaluate teachers was expected by many to lower the number of teachers deemed to be satisfactory. But the number actually went up to 98.2 percent for the 2013-14 school year, the highest in five years.

NATIONAL

NAACP chapter president steps down

Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter, resigned from her position on Monday after Dolezal’s mother produced her birth certificate and verified her European ancestry. On Friday, the Spokane police suspended their investigations into Dolezal’s racial-harassment complaints.

Workers in Colorado can be fired for smoking marijuana

A Supreme Court ruling was delivered on Monday that challenges the recreational legalization in the state. Businesses have the authority to fire employees if they test positive for use because, under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.

Sharks dismember two teens in North Carolina

Two separate shark attacks occurred on an Oak Island beach on Sunday. A teenage boy and girl both lost segments of their arms to the attacks. The beaches will remain open, although visitors are being told to swim with caution.

A third Bush eyeing the White House

After a lot of beating around the bush, Jeb finally declared the launch of his 2016 presidential campaign. He joins a very crowded pool as the 11th GOP contender.

WEATHER

Some Pennsylvania cities are still under threat of flooding and flash flooding, so watch out for more rain.

IN OTHER NEWS

Golf: More athletic than you think

Even those who rent golf carts end up getting exercise — as much as a mile of walking, perhaps more. People who choose to walk the greens instead can cover about 5 miles and burn 2,000 calories doing so.

‘Jurassic World’ record

The third “Jurassic Park” sequel set world box office records by bringing in more than $524 million this weekend, beating both “The Avengers” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.”

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.