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Friday, May 23, 2014

Hinsdale Man Facing Weapons Charges

A Cattaraugus County man is facings weapons charges.

State police arrested 30-year-old Dzuroff of Hinsdale after a week-long investigation. He is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon – one felony and one misdemeanor – and criminal sale of a firearm.

After being arraigned he was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to be back in court on June 24.

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Lineup for Bradford Memorial Day Parade

Due to lack of manpower to secure intersections, all parade units will be lining up on Davis Street by Tops – through the back parking area at Best Western, and the remainder on Chestnut Street toward the fire station.

1st and 2nd Divisions will line up in the lane closest to Tops. 3rd and 4th Divisions in the outside lane closest to the railroad tracks.

We are keeping the middle lane open for easier access lining up. Key Club Advisor Bernie Kuhn and his Key Club members will be on hand to help get everyone where they should be. Parade Committee members Valerie Meacham and Debi Bigley will be on hand as well. Those groups with floats may want to get there by 9 a.m. to get in place to decorate. Lineup is at 9:30 a.m. and parade kicks off at 10:15.

This parade is about our veterans and they must come first and foremost. There will be a service in Veterans Square immediately following the parade.

FIRST DIVISION - FORM AT DAVIS STREET

Bradford City Fire Dept. Honor Guard
Bradford City Fire Dept.
Bradford City Police Escort and Colors
DARE Car
VFW Post #212 and Color Guard
American Legion Post #108
Parade Marshall - George Lindy, Korean Army Veteran
Elmer DeLucia escorted by Cindy Peters
*All Walking Veterans* - Bob Slike Service Vehicles
Mayor Tom Riel
42 PA Bucktails
Bradford Ecumenical Home Veterans
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BAHS Marching Owls
Hilltop VFD
Corydon Township VFD

SECOND DIVISION - FORM ON DAVIS STRETT

Frances Sherman Sister of the Year Pat Crooks
Frances Sherman Auxiliary President & Chaplain on float
Frances Sherman Auxiliary members
American Legion Post #108 Ladies Auxiliary
American Legion 2014 Jr. Poppy Girl Sailor Campbell
Little Miss Poppy Payton Miller
DAV Chapter #72 Van
American Red Cross
Zippo Car
Relay For Life
Fretz Middle School Marching Band
Lewis Run VFD
Derrick City VFD & ARG Fire Truck

THIRD DIVISION - FORM ON DAVIS STREET

McKean County Sheriff's Dept.
School St. Marching Band
Bradford Township Police Dept.
Bradford Township VFD
1955 Mack Fire Truck - Jim Long & Lanny Layton
Marilla Trail Race
Boy Scout Troop 412 & Cub Scout Pack 412
Cub Scout Troop 498
Cub Scout Pack 416
Bradford Girl Scouts 23087 & `26007
Bradford Little League
Rew VFD
Lafayette Township VFD

FOURTH DIVISION - FORM ON DAVIS STREET

Foster Township Police Dept.
UPB Campus Police
Ann & Ralph Carr – vintage auto
Hill Street Honeys
McKean County SPCA
Grace Lutheran Church
Ellicottville Championship Rodeo
Wanderers MC Inc.

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Corbett Order Allows Drilling Under Public Lands

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued an executive order prohibiting leasing for natural gas development in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests that would result in additional long-term surface disturbance.

The order supports the governor’s budget proposal to generate $75 million to help meet critical priorities. Limited leasing will allow natural gas to be extracted from deep beneath the surface only when there will be no additional long-term disturbance on state forest and park lands. The order will only allow gas to be extracted horizontally through wells located on adjacent private lands or previously leased areas of the state forest.

“With this executive order, I am directing that the commonwealth maintain a moratorium on any additional gas leasing of DCNR lands that involves long-term surface disturbance, such as placing well pads, roads or pipelines in the newly-leased areas,” Corbett said. “This balanced approach will ensure that the special characteristics and habitats of DCNR lands are conserved and protected, and will also provide for historic investments in conservation programs, our schools and quality health care, without raising taxes on Pennsylvanians.”

The governor noted that specific areas and acreage will be analyzed by reviewing interest from oil and gas operators who can access the gas through horizontal drilling without additional disturbance on the surface of DCNR lands.

“Future royalties from these leases will be dedicated to expanding our system by acquiring lands with high conservation value and ecological importance, purchasing privately-held subsurface rights for existing DCNR lands and improving state parks and forests,” Corbett said.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, one of the largest economic advocacy groups in the commonwealth, supported the governor’s action.

“Balancing our efforts to responsibly develop the state’s natural gas resources with the need to preserve our renowned state parks and forests is extremely important to the future of this Commonwealth,” Gene Barr, President and CEO of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry said. “We know that we can safely and efficiently protect our state’s natural lands while still benefiting from the economic opportunities that come with growing the natural gas industry and making Pennsylvania a world leader in energy production.”

“The commonwealth’s state forest system has been certified as ‘well-managed’ longer than any other in the country, and continues to receive that distinction after five years of gas development in the Marcellus shale formation,” DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. “I am confident that DCNR can continue to manage our system for a variety of uses and values, including ecological integrity, outdoor recreation and the environmentally sound extraction of underground resources.”

The executive order is effective immediately. To download a copy, visit the Office of Administration’s website at www.oa.state.pa.us, select “Records and Directives” and “Executive Orders.”

Information about the proposal is included in a fact sheet on the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us, choose “Gas Drilling on State Forests” under “Quick Links,” then “Policy and Guidelines.”

Since the Governor’s budget proposal in February, DCNR staff have made presentations for and answered questions from the department’s citizens and natural gas advisory committees, as well as environmental organizations.

Governor Corbett’s budget also includes the initiative Enhance Penn’s Woods, a 2-year, more than $200 million investment in improving state parks and forests that is the largest funding commitment for this purpose in commonwealth history.

“Pennsylvania is home to a world-class state park and forest system, and my proposed budget gives an historic boost to conservation and protection of our natural resources,” Corbett said.

Corbett noted that since 2011, Pennsylvania has added almost 8,000 acres to its state park and forest system. Enhance Penn’s Woods would provide funding for an additional 20,000 acres.

Pennsylvania has 120 state parks totaling more than 200,000 acres, and 2.2 million acres in 20 state forest districts. For more information on state parks and forests, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

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DEP Officials Tour McKean County Wells


State DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo and other agency officials met with several McKean County oil and gas producers and area lawmakers recently to learn more about the differences between conventional and unconventional drilling and how proposed regulations impact them differently.

State Rep. Marty Causer says they visited a site in Hamilton Township outside of Kane, where a well was being actively drilled; Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township, where a conventional well was being fracked; the Penn-Brad Oil Museum; an old-time well site in Ottow Township in the Village of Rixford; and American Refining Group.

Causer will be introducing legislation soon that would ensure that regulations for conventional and unconventional drillers are different, and will not negatively impact the conventional drillers.

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Church to Give Free Tickets for
Film 'Heaven is Real'

The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford will be giving away 50 free movie tickets to this Monday’s showing of the film “Heaven is for Real” at the Bradford Main Street Movie House at 5:30 p.m.

The tickets will be given away to the first 50 people to show up to see the film.

The inspirational movie “Heaven is for Real” is the story of 3-year-old Colton Burpo who died and went to Heaven. Upon his return he tells is parents of his experiences and of meeting relatives that he had no knowledge of. This event is part of the First Wesleyan Church’s outreach program to get people to start thinking about God, Heaven, and religion in general.

Main Street Movie House owner Todd Hennard worked with the First Wesleyan Church to bring the Film “God's Not Dead to the theater a few weeks ago. He also came up with the idea of the religious film festival on Monday nights, which has been popular with local residents since it started at the beginning of May. The religious film festival will run every Monday until the end of June.

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Man Charged with Promoting Prostitution in
McKean County Waives Hearing

A Warren County man accused of promoting prostitution in McKean County has waived his preliminary hearing.

50-year-old Dana Holden of Tiona paid a woman for sex four times between August of last year and March of this year. The meetings – three in Keating Township and one in New York State – were allegedly set up by cell phone calls and text messages. Holden also allegedly told her she’d be compensated if she had sex with two of his friends.

Court records also say Holden offered a second female money to send naked pictures to his friends, and to get pictures of other girls.

Holden is free after posting bail.

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Woman Jailed for Beating Her Child

A Cattaraugus County woman is in jail for choking and punching her child.

State police say 28-year-old Patricia McConnell of Machias caused visible facial and back injuries to the child, who had to be taken to a hospital for treatment. Police did not release the age of the child.

McConnell is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child and assault. She’s jailed on $30,000 bail.

County Child Protective Services have been notified about the investigation.

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Pitt-Bradford Presents Its Highest Honor to
Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, whose significant support of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has resulted in unprecedented growth, received the Presidential Medal of Distinction at a tribute reception and dinner on Thursday evening.

The presidential medal is Pitt-Bradford’s highest honor.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of a remarkable leader, whose impact has extended well beyond the Pittsburgh campus,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “Throughout his tenure, Chancellor Nordenberg has been an ardent supporter and advocate for our campus. He inspires us to do our very best to advance the university.”

Last summer Nordenberg announced he would step down after serving 19 years as chancellor in August of this year.

During his tenure, enrollment has increased and average SAT scores have risen at the campus in Pittsburgh and in Bradford.

Pitt research and strong alliances with UPMC and Carnegie Mellon University have benefitted the regional economy of Pittsburgh, where one in five jobs is now in the education or medical sectors.

Before serving as chancellor, Nordenberg was dean of Pitt’s school of law and interim provost of the university. In 1994, he was elevated to the special faculty rank of distinguished service professor. In 1995, the university’s board of trustees elected him interim chancellor, and in 1996, following a national search, he was elected chancellor.

He began his career at Pitt in 1977, when he joined the school of law, where he gained the reputation as an outstanding teacher and was the initial recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award now presented annually by the law school’s graduating class.

Later he was one of the first faculty members to receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes teaching excellence university-wide.

Nordenberg earned his bachelor’s degree at Thiel College and his law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been married to Dr. Nikki Pirillo Nordenberg for more than 40 years, and the couple has three adult children and three young grandsons.

Nordenberg is the 26th individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

Recent medal winners include the Rev. Leo Gallina, George Duke, Thomas Bromeley and former University of Pittsburgh Provost James V. Maher.

Pictured, Pitt-Bradford President Dr. Livingston Alexander and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.
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Zippo Sponsors Weekend Trap Shoot

The Bradford Gun Club’s 28th annual Zippo Trap Shoot competition will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2014.

Registration for the Zippo Trap Shoot begins at 8:00 a.m. each day, and the first event starts at 9 a.m.

This is the first time that the popular competition, which is expected to draw more than 200 people from several states to the Bradford area, will be held on a three-day holiday weekend, said Mike Schuler, president of the Bradford Gun Club.

The Zippo sponsored competition, held at the Bradford Gun Club’s West Warren Road location, is a registered Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) event. All registered shooters will receive a complimentary Zippo baseball cap.

“The Bradford Gun Club is grateful for Zippo’s generous support of this shoot over the past 28 years,” Schuler said. “This is one of the premier shoots in the region and regularly attracts some of the most talented shooters, including many ATA All-Americans.”

The event is open to all levels of experience. Shooters are divided into several categories such as Juniors, Ladies, and Veterans.

Individuals will compete in three different trap shooting events: singles, handicap, and doubles. According to ATA guidelines, in singles events, all entrants stand at the 16-yard line and fire at one target at a time; in handicap, participants are assigned a yardage from 18 to 27 yards (according to averages and known ability) and fire at one target at a time; in doubles, two targets are released at the same time and each contestant, standing at the 16-yard line, is allowed one shot for each.

Camping sites with water and electricity will be available on a first come, first served basis. The Bradford Gun Club’s kitchen will be open during event hours.

Spectators are welcome to watch all events; awards and recognitions will take place on Monday, starting at 3 p.m.

Information about competition registration fees, future events, and trapshooting rules can be found on the Bradford Gun Club website: bradfordgunclub.com or by calling Mike Schuler at 814-598-2186.

Pictured, Longtime Bradford Gun Club member Ed Konwinski prepares for the 28th annual Zippo Trap Shoot, being held May 24-26. This is the first time that the Zippo Trap Shoot will be held on Memorial Day weekend.
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OGH Employees Say No to CWA

Olean, NY – Olean General Hospital (OGH) employees have rejected an attempt by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to represent them at the hospital. “Our employees have said no to the CWA,” said Dennis McCarthy, hospital spokesperson.

The final determination came today (Friday, May 23) when the ballots of 11 technical employees were opened by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the presence of officials from OGH and the union. The ballot count resulted in a CWA loss in its attempt to organize at OGH.

The ballots had been sealed and sequestered since last October when employees of Olean General Hospital voted on whether or not to be represented by the union. The initial results showed 55 employees voting against union representation and 45 voting in favor. The union challenged the results with the NLRB. Following months of proceedings with the NLRB both sides agreed to waive future appeals and let the votes of the 11 technical employees stand and be opened to reach a final outcome.

In a ruling two weeks ago the NLRB refuted a challenge by the CWA that management acted inappropriately over the course of the organizing campaign “We steadfastly maintained that the conduct of the management team was honest, straight forward and fact-based over the course of the CWA’s attempt to organize our employees,” McCarthy said. “The NLRB’s ruling supported our careful and thoughtful approach during the election campaign.”

“The final results confirm that employees want to work with management as part of a united hospital team,” McCarthy said. “Our employees took the facts into consideration and made their decision. We are grateful for the careful consideration our employees gave to the issue, their examination of the facts and their confidence in the future of Olean General Hospital.”

“Although the final results were close we firmly believe the margin of loss for the union would have been greater if the NLRB had not ruled in favor of the union to exclude the votes of OGH LPNs who work for the hospital in the health clinic at the Seneca Allegany Casino,” McCarthy said. “The hospital feels those ballots should have been counted. Excluding some employees, setting aside their votes, while including others is not something one should expect in an open election. We think it is contradictory for the CWA to claim they want to give LPNs a voice while fighting a legal battle to exclude certain LPNs from the right to have their vote counted.”

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Corbett Makes Campaign Stop in Bradford


Governor Tom Corbett made a campaign stop in Bradford this morning.

Much of his hour-long talk and question-and-answer session focused on education. He said he is being criticized for cutting education funding but explained that school districts getting less money are the ones that didn’t use federal stimulus funds the way they were supposed to.

Corbett said they were told not to use the money for the operating budget, and to use it for projects. But, he said, a large number of school districts put it right into the operating budget, and paying salaries.

He also talked about high school graduation standards, continuing to weed out fraud and abuse in the welfare system, and pension reform.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charge

A traffic stop led to drug charges against a Westons Mills man.

State police say they stopped 29-year-old Joseph Butterbaugh on Wednesday in the Town of Angelica, and subsequently charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Butterbaugh is scheduled to appear in Town of Angelica Court next Thursday.

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Allegheny River Level to Remain High

Significant outflow from the Allegheny Reservoir will continue through Sunday, and the Allegheny River will continue to flow at or near full conditions until then.

The US Army Corps of Engineers at the Kinzua Dam says the reservoir level has to be lowered to maintain adequate storage space for possible future floods.

Because of the high water level in the river boaters and fisherman are being advised to use extra caution.

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PSP: Woman Threatened Man with Hammer

A woman is accused of hitting a man in the face and then threatening him with a hammer.

Police say at about 8:45 Tuesday night in Harrison Valley 52-year-old Ruth Kinchen and a 29-year-old man were arguing when she assaulted and threatened him.

She was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment and sent to the Clinton County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail.

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Flooding Delays ANF Trail Openings

Wednesday’s flooding has delayed trail openings on the Allegheny National Forest.

The ATV trails and the Spring Creek Horse Trail were scheduled to open tomorrow, but the flooding led the Forest Service to delay the opening so they can assess the damage. Parts of the forest got 3 to 4 inches of rain over the past 36 hours.

Trail conditions will be assessed daily and an announcement will be made as soon as conditions allow for their opening.

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Gabler Issues Statement on Flooding

In the wake of severe weather that struck a number of Elk County communities Wednesday morning, state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) is issuing the following statement:

“I have been in touch with my staff frequently during my overseas NATO training exercises in France with the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. They reached out to me immediately Wednesday as they began to hear of the damage caused by the heavy thunderstorms that rolled through the area.

“My heart goes out to the local residents who have been severely impacted by the weather, particularly everyone in Benezette, Jay Township, Johnsonburg, Penfield and Ridgway, where I’m told the flooding is the worst. Please know while I am a great distance away, the resources of my St. Marys district office are at your disposal.

“My staff is working closely with the Elk County Office of Emergency Services, which is currently handling flood damage calls at (814) 776-4601. They are prepared to take on additional responsibilities should the need arise, and will help in any way they can.

“They have also been in touch with Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, who will be visiting the area sometime Friday. I appreciate him taking time to come home to get a first-hand look at the area.”

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Forest County Now Faces Flooding

River Road in Forest County is closed from the Clarion County line to Coleman Run Road in Barnett Township due to flooding.

Traffic is detoured to Route 36, then Route 66 to Route 899.

The road is expected to reopen by 4 p.m.

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Roadwork Starts Tuesday on Route 46

Roadwork on Route 46 in Cameron County near the McKean County line is expected to cause some traffic delays.

Work will start Tuesday to excavate existing road on a northern section of Route 46 in Shippen Township. Through mid-June, the road will be rebuilt and a new guiderail will be installed. All work is weather-dependent.

The work will be going on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Flaggers will be controlling the alternating traffic pattern along the mile-long work zone.

PennDOT is advising motorists to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles in the work zone.

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Part of Route 16 to Close on Tuesday

Part of a major road in the Town of Olean will be closed starting Tuesday so crews can do culvert repair work.

Route 16 between Union Valley Road and Fairview Avenue will be closed to all traffic in both directions for about two weeks, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

Northbound motorists will be detoured onto Interstate 86 at Exit 26 in Olean. Southbound motorists will be detoured onto I-86 at Exit 27 in the Town of Hinsdale. Local traffic will still be able to access destinations to the north and south of the closed portion of Route 16.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Threat Charges Bound to Court

Charges against a Lewis Run man accused of threatening a woman in Bradford have been bound to court.

Jeffrey Buterbuagh is accused of driving past a Pearl Street home three times, pointing his finger at a woman as if it was a gun and yelling, “Bang, bang. You’re gonna be a dead crack whore.”

Buterbaugh is free on bail.

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Two Accused Sex Offenders in Court

Charges against two Bradford men accused of having sexual contact with minors have been bound to court.

26-year-old Anthony Goodrich allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old between March 11 and April 15.

28-year-old David Wells allegedly sent a sexually explicit text message to minor and also asked for, and received, two pictures from the child.

Both men are in McKean County Jail.

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Man Accused of Threatening Neighbor, Police

A Bradford man accused of threatening a neighbor and city police officers is in McKean County Jail.

Court papers say 35-year-old Jason Dickerson was yelling obscenities and pounding on a neighbor’s door at the High Rise. When confronted by police, he threatened them, became defensive, kicked at them, spit at them and had to be carried from the building. Police eventually had to use Mace on him.

Dickerson’s bail is set at $100,000.

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Alleged Burglary Ring Member Waives Hearing

The last member of a McKean County burglary ring run by Garrett Hoy of Smethport has waived his preliminary hearings in that case and another.

20-year-old Austin Tankersley is accused of being part of the ring that stole dirt bikes, ATVs and chainsaws from several locations in the county and then sold them in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Warren counties. According to court papers Tankersley, using an assumed name, sold a four-wheeler to Parts-R-Us in Limestone. The owner then saw the four-wheeler online and learned that it had been stolen. He searched Tankersley’s phone number, got his real name and contacted police.

In another case from a couple of weeks ago, police saw Tankersley behind the wheel of a car that was parked near Main and Mechanic streets in Bradford, knowing that he didn’t have a driver’s license. When a passing police officer said something to him he said, “I’m not driving and please don’t ruin my day.” When the officer turned around and drove back to Tankersley, he ran away. Police eventually caught up with him on Tibbits Avenue.

He’s jailed on $10,000 bail.

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Alleged Burglary Conspirator Waives Hearing

One of the men charged in the burglary at Pizza Napoli back in February waived his preliminary hearing today.

20-year-old Alexander Pfeifer of Saylorsburg was allegedly acting as a lookout while his co-defendant 20-year-old Kyle Foster Colosimo of Bradford broke into the building and damaged some property.

Colosimo waived his hearing in February.

Both men are free on bail.

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PA Won't Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, with no threat of a higher court reversing the decision made by a US District Court Judge yesterday who said the state’s ban was unconstitutional.

Governor Tom Corbett decided today that he will not appeal Tuesday’s decision. Corbett said he still opposes same-sex marriage but believes an appeal would be extremely unlikely to succeed.

Pennsylvania is the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages, and the last in the northeastern U.S. to legalize it.

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