September 18, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

Work already underway for SGA speaker Sïonan Barrett -

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UMass in for a challenge against Penn State and quarterback Christian Hackenberg -

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Nostalgia and angst abound in ‘Palo Alto’ -

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Want student power? End the SGA -

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UMass football kicking situation still undecided, looking forward to opportunity to play at Beaver Stadium -

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Lorenzo Woodley finds opportunity after getting lost in the shuffle -

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Millennials’ votes can make a difference in all elections -

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UMass faculty member Bonnie Strickland recognized for work in psychology -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UMass women’s soccer suffers major set back with injury to co-captain Jackie Bruno -

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UMass men’s soccer returns home looking for season’s first win -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UMass professor Elizabeth Chilton to speak in Madrid and Paris about importance of heritage studies -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UMass club rugby hopes to continue momentum despite opening loss -

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Bizarre foods eaten worldwide -

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US should spend more on space -

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Walking through a week of practice with UMass field hockey -

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UMass receives $37.5 million for environmental and sustainability initiatives -

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Irish coffee recipe -

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To fight ISIS, US must understand them, not chalk up actions to pure evil -

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UMass tennis is reloading, not rebuilding in 2014 -

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Fast food workers need more than $7.25 to sustain basic living -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pa. woman pleads guilty in womb attack

PITTSBURGH-A woman pleaded guilty Monday to attempted homicide, assault and kidnapping for trying to cut a fetus from her neighbor’s womb. Peggy Jo Conner, 39, was accused of plotting to steal Valerie Oskin’s baby and pass it off as her own. Both Oskin and the baby survived after a boy on an all-terrain vehicle spotted the two women in a clearing.

The plea came as Conner’s trial was to begin Monday.

“I think she wanted to take responsibility and have that going for her in the sentencing hearing,” Conner’s attorney, David J. DeFazio, told The Associated Press. “She is facing repercussions to her behavior but, given her options, I think she is satisfied.”

Authorities accused her of attacking Oskin on Oct. 13, 2005, with a baseball bat at her home, then driving her to a remote location and using a razor knife to cut her abdomen in an effort to remove her unborn baby.

The ATV rider who spotted the women told his father, who called authorities.

Oskin’s baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean section and was put up for adoption, which had been Oskin’s intention before she was attacked.

Conner pleaded guilty to attempted homicide, kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault. She was initially charged with two counts of attempted homicide, but prosecutors withdrew the charge that alleged Conner intended to kill the unborn baby.

She remains in custody pending sentencing.

Under a plea agreement, a judge will determine Conner’s degree of guilt on the attempted homicide charge that applied to Oskin. If the judge determines Conner did not attempt first-degree murder, the attempted homicide charge will be dismissed, DeFazio said.

He said he believed that would leave her facing at least three years on the assault charge and nearly two years for kidnapping.

District Attorney Scott Andreassi did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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