Pennsylvania- After 5,500 professors from Pennsylvania’s state colleges went on strike on the morning of Oct. 19, the union for faculty at these colleges said that their strike would continue until they reach a deal on pay and benefits.

Portland, Ore.- The closing arguments of the trial of six men and a woman charged with conspiracy in the armed takeover of a U.S. wildlife center that began in early January came to a close on Oct. 19. The U.S. District Court jury in Portland began deliberations on Oct. 20.

Jackson, Ga.- Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, died by lethal injection on Oct. 19 at a state prison for opening fire on Atlanta police with an AR-15 rifle in 1997. Lawler killed one officer and critically wounded another after they gave his intoxicated girlfriend a ride home, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement.

Los Angeles, Calif.- NBA star Derrick Rose, who was accused in a $21.5 million civil lawsuit of drugging and gang-raping his ex-girlfriend in 2013, was cleared by a federal court jury on Oct. 19, according to CNN. No criminal charges were filed in the case, though the Los Angeles Police Department said that the allegations remain under investigation.

Atlantic City, N.J.- Atlantic City voted on Oct. 19 to sell a defunct airstrip to its water utility for $110 million and present a five-year recovery plan in an effort to avoid state takeover of the city. The city has tried to find new ways to raise funds and trim costs after struggling with rising debt, reported Yahoo News.

San Diego, Calif.- Richard Sepolio, 24, a U.S. Navy serviceman, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 19 for charges saying that he drove his pickup truck while drunk off of a ramp leading to the Coronado Bridge, killing four people. Sepolio is facing six felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Spokeswoman Tanya Sierra.

New York City- Garivaldi Castillo, 32, and Julio Salcedo, 34, were indicted on Oct. 19 by New York City prosecutors in connection with an explosion at a home in the Bronx on Sept. 27 that killed Battalion Chief Michael Fahy. Fahy died after he was hit in the head by debris from the blast while he and other firefighters were responding to reports of a gas leak, prosecutors said.

Nassau County, N.Y.- Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife Linda and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on Oct. 20 and charged with corruption, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Prosecutors alleged that Mangano and Venditto “engaged in a scheme to solicit and receive bribes and kickbacks from co-conspirator #1,” who was not identified.



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