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August 19. 2013 10:29PM
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BETHLEHEM


Fetus found in


bar bathroom


Officials in the Lehigh Valley are investigating after a dead baby was found inside a restaurant bathroom.


Police in Lower Saucon Township say an employee found the fetus inside a toilet tank in the women’s restroom at Starters Pub around 10 a.m. Monday.


Owner David Rank says the fetus was discovered by a member of the cleaning crew who noticed the toilet wasn’t working and opened the tank lid to see what was wrong.


The sports-themed bar and restaurant was filled with patrons Sunday night watching the Philadelphia Eagles preseason game on television.


Rank said employees are shaken by the discovery. He says police are looking at surveillance video to look for clues.


PITTSBURGH


Topless rally


still needs permit


Pittsburgh officials are mulling the legality of a rally planned by a group that hopes to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by having women march topless alongside men in bikinis.


The organizers of GoTopless.org told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they believe it’s unfair that women cannot be topless in public while men can.


The mayor’s office has yet to issue a permit for Saturday’s march, and city Public Safety Director Michael Huss said he’s not sure the rally would be legal — with or without a permit — under the state’s indecent exposure law.


A similar rally planned in Asheville, N.C., last year drew hundreds of people, instead of thousands expected by organizers, and only about a dozen women willing to go topless.


HARRISBURG


Man stabs 3 cops


and his mother


A Harrisburg man is charged with four counts of attempted homicide after police say he stabbed his mother and three police officers.


Authorities said the officers were trying to arrest 30-year-old Lamarkus Williams early Sunday for stabbing his 57-year-old mother when he stabbed the three of them.


One of the injured officers was able subdue Williams with a stun gun during the struggle. City officials say he has a mental disorder.


The officers were treated at a hospital and released. Two of them suffered stab wounds in the back or arm and the other was cut across the head.


Officials say Williams’ mother remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday.


Williams was sent to Dauphin County Prison on $1 million cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.


PITTSBURGH


Marker given


to Negro Leaguer


A Negro League star from Pittsburgh is the latest to receive a grave marker from a man dedicated to honoring the memory of those who played in the segregated baseball organization.


The grave of Ted Page was marked Saturday. He played for both of the league’s Pittsburgh-area teams in the 1930s, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays.


Page was murdered in a home invasion in 1984, beaten with a baseball bat by a man now serving life in prison. Page’s ashes are now buried at the Allegheny Cemetery in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.


Saturday’s ceremony was made possible by Jeremy Krock, an anesthesiologist from Peoria, Ill. Krock organized the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project after visiting another black player’s grave in 2004 and discovering it was unmarked.




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