Oct. 24, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Housing Authority to replace units in disrepair

The Housing Authority Board is allotting $16 million to replace housing for elderly and disabled tenants in the Northview Heights building. The board says the work will be complete in 18 to 24 months.

Pittsburgh: Firefighter arrested for club theft

Authorities arrested a city fireman on charges that he stole $1,000 from a safe in the Carrick Lit Club. The club’s owner and the fireman had been friends and previously worked as business partners.

Eastern Pennsylvania: ACLU sues for quicker treatment

The American Civil Liberties Union and a Washington, D.C., law firm are suing the state to speed up the restoration process that patients with mental illness are required to go through to be deemed fit for trial. They want to whittle the time to 7 days; it currently can take more than a year for treatment.

Monroe County: Frat brothers charged with hazing murder

Five brothers of Pi Delta Psi are charged with killing Chun Deng, a pledge who died after a hazing ritual in December 2013. Blindfolded, Deng and other pledges were forced to carry weighted backpacks while fraternity brothers repeatedly tackled them.

Statewide: Stable the horses

Gov. Tom Wolf may pause horse racing across the state, according to a spokesman. The sport is another casualty of the budget stalemate, which has been going on for more than three months.

NATIONAL

Ryan decides to run

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced he will officially run for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Voting will take place on Wednesday, and current Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will resign Oct. 30.

The other Washington race

Lincoln Chafee, former governor of Rhode Island, dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. The remaining Democratic nominees — Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley — will come together Saturday at the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Shooting at Tennessee State University

Authorities say they have identified the man who was killed during a shooting on the school’s Nashville campus. The 19-year-old Memphis man was not a student, they said, and the shooting was an isolated incident, sparked by an argument over a dice game. Three students were injured.

WORLD

Sword slashing deemed a hate crime

A masked swordsman killed a student and teacher when he attacked a school in Trollhättan, a town in southern Sweden. The area has a large immigrant population, and police are calling his act a hate crime. The attacker was fatally shot by police.

Patricia battering Mexico

Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm, started pummelling residents Friday. This is the strongest storm to infiltrate the Western Hemisphere.

IN OTHER NEWS

Vader takes down Lenin

After Ukraine’s newly instated “decommunization” laws, artist Alexander Milov converted Odessa’s statue of Vladimir Lenin to a rendition of the Sith lord, Darth Vader. Milov added a helmet and cape made from titanium alloy to the gypsum statue.

The daily report was compiled by Elaina Zachos, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at ezachos@publicsource.org.