Monday, October 23, 2006

State News-Monday, Oct. 23rd

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) - Railroad crews will return to the scene this morning to clear the remaining wreckage of a derailed freight train in southwest Pennsylvania. A train pulling 86 tanker cars was traveling from Chicago to New Jersey when 23 cars from its midsection derailed late Friday in New Brighton, 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. At least nine cars leaked ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and caught fire. New Brighton Fire Chief Jeff Bolland says the fires are now out and the contents of the cars have been pumped out and taken away. Bolland says, "There are no more immediate dangers in the area," although residents and people at one business within about a half-block area are still being kept out of the area. No one was injured in the derailment. Officials say the crew told investigators the train was running well until it automatically applied emergency brakes because pneumatic brake lines between cars had been severed.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Trustees of the cash-strapped Academy of Natural Sciences are selling more than 15-thousand minerals and gems that haven't been cleaned or displayed for decades in a deal estimated to be worth several million dollars. Museum officials told The Philadelphia Inquirer that workers began boxing up specimens for an unnamed private dealer after trustees voted for the sale on Tuesday. The museum is a world-renowned, 194-year-old institution. It is home to 17 million fossil, plant and animal specimens. Proceeds will be used to support the museum's library.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A Philadelphia man has shot and killed himself inside his sister's Penn State University apartment, ending an eight-hour standoff with police. Authorities say 24-year-old Qwynton Armstead barricaded himself inside one of the apartment's four bedrooms yesterday. Armstead was not a student, but his sister attended Penn State and lived in the apartment. No other injuries were reported. The Centre County coroner's office has ruled the death a suicide. The school said the shooting capped a series of events that apparently started Saturday night after an altercation at a bar.

ATLANTA (AP) - Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of Sunday's game against Atlanta after taking a blow to the head in the third quarter. His status is uncertain for next week's game at Oakland. Roethlisberger did not return to the action yesterday; he watched the end of the Falcons' 41-to-38 win in overtime from the sideline. Roethlisberger was not made available to reporters after the game. He was moving slowly and was in obvious discomfort as he put on his shirt and jacket at his locker. Roethlisberger appeared to receive a helmet-to-helmet hit in the face mask from defensive end Chauncey Davis immediately after releasing a pass in the third. Defensive end Patrick Kerney and linebacker Ed Hartwell also hit the quarterback on the play.

PARADISE, Pa. (AP)- A pregnant woman who survived the shooting at an Amish school earlier this month has given birth and named the baby after one of the girls who was killed. The 22-year-old woman, who would give her name only as Lydia, gave birth October Tenth. That's according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The child is named Naomi Rose, after seven-year-old Naomi Rose Ebersol, one of five girls fatally shot by Charles Carl Roberts the
Fourth. The gunman took over the West Nickel Mines Amish School on October Second, but released Lydia, along with three other women with infants, and 15 male students. He then tied up and shot ten young girls, killing five of them, before killing himself.


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