Army-Navy game: Need a ride?
SEPTA is prepared to take fans to the Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field today with Sports Express trains on the Broad Street line starting at 7:45 a.m. and running every 10 minutes until 10:20 a.m.
Media rail project to begin
SEPTA will begin the next phase of the Media/Sharon Hill Line reconstruction project in Delaware County on Monday. This means that shuttle buses will replace regular trolley service on the Route 101 trolley line between Woodland Avenue and Media seven days a week. SEPTA estimates that the project will be completed in March.
School fund says it needs $
The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System says it's going to need more than $4 billion annually in additional taxpayer money in the coming years.
The pension system said yesterday that its projected needs will rise from $617 million this year to $1.1 billion in July, and then hit nearly $4.2 billion in July 2012. Those figures are despite a gain of nearly 9.2 percent on the system's investments for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Dairy cows killed in barn fire
A barn fire that killed dozens of cows at a dairy farm in Schuylkill County yesterday is thought to have been caused by a heat lamp.
Farm owner Wesley Keener estimates that 60 cows and calves died in the blaze, which began yesterday morning in Rush Township. He says about 20 were saved.
Keener said he suspects that a heat lamp ignited livestock bedding in the barn, which was destroyed. Temperatures in the region were bitterly cold, with gusty winds.
Teen sold pot treats at school
Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania high school student admitted selling marijuana-laced brownies at school to friends and other students, two of whom became ill.
Lehigh County Prosecutor Gregory Englert says the teen brought 18 drug-tainted treats last month to Parkland High School in Allentown, where he sold them for $5 to $15 each.
Englert says the 17-year-old admitted in juvenile court Wednesday that he sold the brownies. A judge sentenced him to time at a youth camp, community service and six months without a diver's license.
70 months for cocaine on base
A Texas woman who was arrested for cocaine possession on McGuire Air Force Base has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.
At sentencing yesterday in federal court in Camden, Elizabeth Reyes, 46, of Arlington, also was ordered to serve five years of supervised release. She pleaded guilty in July to possession of coke with intent to distribute.