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September 03. 2013 11:58PM

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Fair relents,

will allow guns

Officials in central Pennsylvania have relented and say gun owners will be allowed to bring concealed weapons to the Bloomsburg Fair.

The ban was intended to assure the safety of an expected crowd of 80,000 people attending the Sept. 22-28 event.

Bill Barratt, Bloomsburg’s superintendent of police and parking said many of those complaining don’t understand the fair is a private entity and its fairgrounds are private property, meaning it can ban whatever it likes.

But the decision prompted hundreds of people to take to social media sites and threaten a boycott. Officials say they’ll search bags as people enter.


De Blasio leads

big in mayor’s race

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to a commanding lead in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary, raising for the first time all campaign the possibility that a runoff may not be needed to pick a nominee.

A poll from Quinnipiac University shows de Blasio is the choice of 43 percent of likely Democratic voters, the highest mark any candidate has tallied all year. It also is the first time that any candidate has passed the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff; if no one passes that mark, the top two finishers in the Sept. 10 primary advance to a showdown three weeks later.

Former comptroller Bill Thompson places a distance second at 20 percent, according to the poll, which was released Tuesday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is at 18 percent.

Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, a former front-runner whose support collapsed amid a new sexting scandal, is fourth at 7 percent.


2 kids’ bodies

dug up at school

Researchers unearthed the remains of two children buried at a former reform school that had a history of extreme abuse, and the bones will be analyzed in hopes of identifying the children and determining how they died, the anthropologist leading the excavation said Tuesday.

Based on the size of the remains, the children probably were between the ages of 10 and 13 when they died, said Erin Kimmerle, the University of South Florida professor who is heading the project to exhume an estimated 50 graves.

The remains were buried close to each other, but one had a very elaborate coffin and the other was plain, Kimmerle said. The coffins were different sizes and one was found a little less than 1.5 feet below the surface and the other more than 2.5 feet below the ground.


Pot stashed in

musician’s drums

A musician faces up to five years in prison after federal agents found 20 pounds of marijuana hidden in drums he checked in as baggage on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Brian Kusko is set to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Honolulu after entering into a plea deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in April to possessing, with intent to distribute, about 20 pounds of marijuana.

According to the plea agreement, Kusko checked in three pieces of oversized luggage containing musical drums for an October 2012 Hawaiian Airlines flight. Transportation Security Administration screeners found about 23 pounds of marijuana in one drum. TSA seized the marijuana and the drum and allowed the other two pieces of luggage to be loaded onto the plane, the document states. Kusko was already on board.

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