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In brief: Two killed in garage collapse in Florida

Miami – A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people, officials said.

Early today, rescue workers freed a construction worker who had been trapped in the rubble for about 12 hours after the garage collapsed at the campus of Miami-Dade College West.

Members of the Miami-Dade fire rescue team carried the unidentified man out of the debris on a stretcher about 1 a.m. and placed him in an ambulance. His condition was not immediately known.

The roof of the five-story garage collapsed Wednesday afternoon while still under construction. No students were in the area at the time.

Voting ID law put on hold till next year

Washington – A three-judge panel has upheld South Carolina’s law requiring voters to show photo identification but has delayed enforcement until next year – adding to the list of states that have had to postpone or drop strict ID or voting laws they wanted in place for the Nov. 6 elections.

The federal panel on Wednesday found that the law was not discriminatory because of the safeguards in it, but would require more time to put those protections against discrimination in place.

Sandusky’s pension revoked by agency

Harrisburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s public employee pension system said Wednesday it will revoke Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension in the wake of his conviction and sentence in the child sexual abuse scandal.

The State Employees’ Retirement System notified Sandusky by letter that his crimes triggered forfeiture of his pension. The former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys.

Sandusky’s lawyer, Karl Rominger, contended the agency has no legal grounds for revoking the pension and said Sandusky will fight any attempt to do so.

Pennsylvania’s pension forfeiture law, originally passed in 1978, primarily applies to public employees convicted of a financial crime related to the office “or when his public employment places him in a position to commit the crime.”

Since 2004, it has also applied to any public school employee convicted of a sex crime against a student.


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