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At Friday’s symposium “Responsible Reporting of Gun Violence” at the University of Pittsburgh, researchers discussed how to prevent mass shootings.

Russell Palarea, an operational psychologist who works in Bethesda, Maryland, works to thwart intentional and targeted acts of violence. He said that it’s a myth that people snap and then commit mass violence.

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 An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife in 2013.

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More than 1,000 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Yardley on Sunday evening to remember the lives of four young Bucks County men found buried at a 90-acre family farm, days after prosecutors charged two cousins with murder for allegedly carrying out the acts.

As the sun fell over the crowd at the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial, Ellen Saracini called for harmony amid the despair.

People, she said, have an uncanny ability to spring back from unspeakable tragedies. Saracini lost her husband, a pilot, in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Papers Reveal Grisly Confession In Slayings Of Missing Pennsylvania Men

Jul 14, 2017
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*UPDATED: July 14, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

A pot dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family's Pennsylvania farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in the same metal bin, according to court papers filed Friday.

Hearings For Hundreds Of PA Lifers Sentenced As Juveniles A Daunting Task

Feb 12, 2016
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Hundreds of Pennsylvania inmates serving life sentences now have a shot at release after last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile lifers.

While everyone agrees that the decision should give certain prisoners new hearings, how exactly that will play out is being debated fiercely.

Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of having more offenders serving life behind bars for crimes they committed as teens than any other state.