Today's Top Picks: Oct. 19, 2016

Faculty at West Chester University, along with the rest of the members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education union, are on strike starting Oct. 19, 2016.

Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities are on strike, the first in the system's history. After days of bargaining between the system and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the strike began at 5 a.m., likely bringing education to a halt for more than 100,000 students. "We waited until 5 a.m. We are headed to the picket lines, but even on the picket lines, our phone will be on, should the state system decide it doesn't want to abandon its students," said union president Kenneth M. Mash, a political science professor at East Stroudsburg University. Read more
A man was shot in Rittenhouse Square when he tried to stop a robbery. The 38-year-old victim suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, torso and shoulder after intervening when two armed tried to rob a group of people in the Center City park. The man was listed in critical but stable condition. Read more
A 4-year-old boy who was in the United States for medical treatment died after falling from the balcony of a seventh-floor apartment. The boy, who was from Saudi Arabia, fell 70 feet onto a parking lot from the building on the 3800 block of Conshohocken Avenue. Read more
A new windshield blocker could replace the boot as the go-to device for immobilizing automobiles. Allentown is testing a device called the Barnacle, which grips the windshield and blocks a driver's view until it is removed wirelessly or with a keypad. If the tool proves effect, the Philadelphia Parking Authority may bring it here to combat parking scofflaws. Officials say the device is faster and easier to attach than boots, which date to the 1940s. “They’d love to see the results from Allentown,” PPA spokesman Martin O’Rourke said of the agency, “especially if it’s more cost-effective and easy to use.” Read more
Lawyers for former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane are asking a Montgomery County judge to sentence her to probation, saying she has spent her life in public service and feels "deep regret" for her crimes. "She rose from poverty to a pinnacle, and she has already fallen," lawyer Marc Steinberg wrote in a 107-page memo. Prosecutors are seeking a prison term for Kane, who was convicted of perjury, official obstruction and other crimes for orchestrating a leak of grand jury information and lying about it. Read more
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