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9 Pennsylvania colleges target of gender complaint

WASHINGTON (AP) - A women's legal organization claims that nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students.

The Title IX discrimination complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted this week to the federal Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs.

The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania system: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg.

Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania system, says each of the universities remains committed to providing equal opportunities for female students.


Judge names new defense attorneys in Selenski case

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Two new defense attorneys have been appointed in the long-delayed double-murder trial of Hugo Selenski.

Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni on Thursday appointed Carbondale attorney Bernard Brown as co-counsel. Brown replaces Shelley Centini, who was barred in February from defending Selenski.

Centini was pulled from the case after the state attorney general's office accused her, along with Selenski and a defense investigator, with witness intimidation and related charges after a grand jury investigation.

Selenski is accused of the strangulation deaths of two people whose bodies were recovered among other human remains from his yard outside Wilkes-Barre in 2003.

Pierantoni on Thursday also appointed county conflict counsel lawyer Hugh Taylor III, to assist the primary counsellors in the case.


Pa. police investigating road rage stabbing

GAP, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police have interviewed two Texas men about a road rage incident that ended with the stabbing of a Lancaster County man.

Trooper Gerard Sauers says the men were interviewed Thursday but no criminal charges have been filed and an investigation continues.

A 44-year-old Paradise man told troopers he got into an altercation Wednesday afternoon with two men who cut him off while driving on Route 41 in Gap.

Police said the local man followed the Texans for several miles, until both vehicles stopped and the men got out and fought.

Sauers said the Pennsylvania man didn't know until getting home that he'd been stabbed in the neck and side. He went to a hospital for treatment.

The names of the three men haven't been released.


Defense loses bid to suppress video confession

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia man accused of killing a baby and her grandmother in a botched ransom kidnapping has lost a bid to prevent a jury from seeing key prosecution evidence.

KYW-AM said a Montgomery County judge on Thursday ruled that detectives legally obtained the videotaped confession of 27-year-old Raghunandan Yandamuri (rag-oo-NAHN'-dahn yahn-duh-MOHR'-ee).

Prosecutors said the defendant describes in the video what happened to 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother in October 2012.

Authorities allege Yandamuri kidnapped the baby from her family's King of Prussia apartment and killed her grandmother who tried to protect the child. The girl's body was found several days later.

The judge did grant a defense motion to delay the trial. It had been scheduled for next month. Now, it appears it will be in September.


4 bids made for debt-ridden August Wilson Center

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Four different buyers have submitted bids for Pittsburgh's debt-ridden August Wilson Center.

Court-appointed receiver Judith K. Fitzgerald says she's evaluating the bids for their ability to pay off debt and continue the mission of celebrating African-American arts.

The center honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who grew up in Pittsburgh. A judge recently approved selling off the building to settle a mortgage default and other debts totaling about $10 million.

Two of the bids fall into the dining and entertainment category, one is from a group of local foundations, and one is from a developer who wants to build additional commercial space on top of the existing building.

Fitzgerald says the proposal from the developer could be attractive because commercial operations would subsidize arts-related programing.

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