Former Pa. speaker Perzel plots post-prison future
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel is looking forward to his future now that he's out of prison, but it won't be in Harrisburg.
The Philadelphia Republican told the PennLive.com website in a story published Saturday that he's landed a marketing job with a construction company.
Perzel, who served nearly two years behind bars on a corruption conviction before he was released Feb. 27, says he wishes his former legislative colleagues good luck but that he has nothing else to say to them.
Perzel pleaded guilty to conspiracy, conflict of interest and theft charges.
Prosecutors said he orchestrated an illegal scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on developing massive voter databases and customized software that were designed to give Republican legislative candidates an electoral advantage.
PARKING SPOT BRAWL
Woman's finger almost bitten off in parking brawl
(Information in the following story is from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/ )
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Police say a dispute over a parking spot at a southern New Jersey mall ended when a woman bit and almost severed the finger of another driver.
The fight at the Cherry Hill Mall involved three women and occurred around 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside Nordstrom's. Details about the dispute were not disclosed, but authorities say it began as a verbal argument before it turned physical.
The Courier-Post reports that the injured woman was a 42-year-old Philadelphia resident. She was in stable condition at a hospital.
Police are searching for the biter and say she could face aggravated assault charges.
Police say man killed when car hits utility pole
MARKLEYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man was killed when his car struck a utility pole.
State police said Sunday that 54-year-old Chris McDonald of Markleysburg was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday afternoon crash
Authorities say McDonald was driving along Braddock Road in Markleysburg in Fayette County when his car veered off the road for unknown reasons and it struck the pole.
Police say McDonald was not wearing a seat belt.
'Band of Brothers' vet William Guarnere dies at 90
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - William "Wild Bill" Guarnere (gahr-NAYR), one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died at the age of 90.
Guarnere's son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night.
The HBO miniseries was based on a book by Stephen Ambrose and followed the members of Easy Company from training in Georgia in 1942 through the war's end in 1945. Guarnere's combat exploits earned him the nickname Wild Bill and he lost a leg trying to help a wounded solider.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.
Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Comcast Corp. is stepping outside its core business of telecommunications and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks in an effort to boost revenue and profits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that recent moves by the Philadelphia-based, cable-TV company represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando.
Comcast took over Universal Orlando Resorts as part of its NBCUniversal acquisition in 2011. It plans a new Harry Potter ride this summer at a second theme park and is financing construction of a 1,800-room hotel so guests can eat, sleep and swim on the same 750-acre Universal complex.
CEO Brian Roberts says Comcast is "doubling down on theme parks" because they have potential for many years to come.
GETTYSBURG WAX MUSEUM
Gettysburg wax museum selling historical figures
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A life-sized Abraham Lincoln is about to go on the auction block alongside other historical figures and scenes at the American Civil War Wax Museum in Gettysburg.
The Pennsylvania museum has occupied a prime spot near the center of the 1863 battlefield for more than half a century. But it recently changed hands and closed down for extensive renovation.
When it reopens later this year under the new name, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, exhibits will focus on the experience of town residents around the time of the Civil War battle.
As part of the makeover, the March 15 auction will feature diorama contents, tapestries, a reproduction of Gilbert Stuart's 1796 portrait of George Washington and dozens of historical figures - most made of vinyl, not wax.
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