Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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CLEVELAND - With several swipes from the arm of an excavator and a smattering of applause from spectators, demolition began today on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade.

It took about an hour and 20 minutes to tear down the house, which occurred as part of the plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early before the work began. She made a brief statement and released balloons into the air.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said the two houses to the left of Castro's are also being torn down and will be developed into a park or whatever the residents decide.

Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. They highlighted the teary-eyed scene to illustrate Castro's "distorted and twisted" personality.


DETROIT -Mike Dugganaccomplished something in Detroit's mayoral primary that may never have been done before: He won as a write-in.

The last time a candidate ran for the mayor's job as a write-in was in the 1920s, andCharles Bowleslost that race, according to Elections Director Daniel Baxter.

By early this morning, with most of the city's 614 precincts reporting, Mr. Duggan and popular Wayne County SheriffBenny Napoleonhad clear leads over the rest of the field. The top two vote-getters will face only each other in the Nov. 5 general election for a job that in the short-term wields no real power over any city business that deals with money.


BETHEL, N.Y. - The ashes of Richie Havens will be scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the anniversary of the final day of the concert he opened with a nearly three-hour performance.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the music venue built on the Woodstock site in New York's Sullivan County, announced Tuesday that a musical tribute to the folk singer-guitarist will be held Aug. …

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