Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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JURY SELECTION UNDER WAY IN EDWARDS TRIAL

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection began today for the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Mr. Edwards sat at the defense table as about 100 potential jurors filed into a Greensboro, N.C., courtroom. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles then asked Mr. Edwards to stand and face them. He smiled and nodded as the judge introduced him.

Mr. Edwards, who served a single term in the U.S. Senate, faces six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

"This is not a case about whether Mr. Edwards was a good husband or politician," the judge said from the bench. "It's about whether he violated campaign finance laws."

NY GROUP WINS OK TO ORGANIZE PTA FOR GAY STUDENTS

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- A New York group has won approval to organize the first Parent Teacher Association unit in the country dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths.

The news was confirmed today by David Kilmnick. He's executive director of the Long Island GLBT Services Network.

Mr. Kilmnick says representatives of the state and national PTA will present organizers of the newly formed regional chapter with their charter at a meeting in Garden City next week.

An official with the national PTA says the organization knows of no other PTA dedicated to advocating for gay students.

The group will advocate for stronger measures to protect Long Island students from bullying. It also will seek to add the contributions of gays to school curriculums.

REPORT: COLLAPSED INDIANA FAIR STAGE DIDN'T MEET CODE

INDIANAPOLIS -- An engineering review has found that stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during last summer's Indiana State Fair wasn't built strong enough to meet state building codes. …

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