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A jury in Newark found Lee Evans not guilty of 10 murder-related counts in the deaths of the teens.

Mr. Evans represented himself and denied killing the boys.


Sticky goo on turnpike disables about 150 cars

PITTSBURGH | A flood of gooey black muck dropped from a tanker truck disabled about 150 cars and damaged an unknown number of other vehicles along a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials said.

A leaking valve on a tanker spread driveway sealant over the eastbound lanes of a long stretch of the turnpike between New Castle and the Oakmont Service Plaza on Tuesday night, turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said.

Turnpike operations officials on Wednesday said 150 or more cars were disabled when the sticky goo covered their tires and wheels. Some state police and turnpike maintenance vehicles had to be towed away after getting stuck in the tarlike substance, according to the turnpike operations center.

Traffic was moving normally by Wednesday morning, but the sticky mess hindered the travel plans of some motorists traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Agreement reached on Central Falls contracts

CENTRAL FALLS | The Rhode Island appointed receiver in Central Falls and public-sector unions for the insolvent city on Wednesday inked new contracts outside of bankruptcy proceedings that were described as critical in helping return the municipality to fiscal health.

State receiver Robert G. Flanders Jr. and labor union leaders stood together at City Hall to announce the collective-bargaining agreements, which reflect deep concessions that will save the city a little over $1 million in the current fiscal year.

While the new five-year contracts include annual pay hikes, they also include “tremendous” savings derived from health benefit and pension cuts, said Joseph Whelan, one of the lead negotiators for the receiver’s office. There will also be significant reductions in overtime through a consolidation of fire, police and dispatch service. Outsourcing of those services, which had been a possibility, will not be necessary.

Under the agreements, there also will be no additional layoffs.


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