Few white supremacists march at Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG – A demonstration by a dozen white supremacists at one of the nation’s most famous Civil War battlefields ended without incident Saturday, as a heavy police presence kept them isolated from the slightly larger group of counterprotesters.

The event by the northeastern region of the Aryan Nations was held just a few hundred yards from the site where the Union Army repulsed the Confederates in Pickett’s Charge during the famed 1863 battle. A nearby road was closed off and the event attracted few spectators, unlike a 2006 supremacist rally at the park that drew an audience of 200 people.

The Aryan Nations contingent – bused into the site with a phalanx of motorcycle police guards – shouted their message of hatred toward blacks, Jews, Mexicans, gays and the groups that showed up and tried to drown them out.

Counterdemonstrators used bullhorns to drown out the Aryan Nations group, blew bubbles and held signs that included “Fight sin, not the skin” and “The only good fascist is a dead one.” At one point they urged the group to “Follow your leader and shoot yourself in the head,” a reference to Adolf Hitler’s suicide as Russian troops approached.

‘Industrial accident’ at gas well injures 2

GAINES – An accident at a natural gas well in northern Pennsylvania injured two workers who were flown to a hospital for treatment, state officials said.

Tioga County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dennis Colegrove said what he called an “industrial accident” happened at an Ultra Resources well in Gaines Township on Friday morning.

“Basically a pipe coupling came apart and two workers were injured,” Colegrove said.

Nels Taber, north central region director of the state Department of Environmental Protection, said both workers were taken by air to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He said a piece of metal hit one worker in the head, causing a skull laceration, and the other had broken ribs.

Hospital officials said Saturday they could not release information about their condition.

Taber said the well was being readied for production but was shut down for the remainder of the day Friday. He said he expected the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate along with the company.

Woman almost halfway in Ohio River swim

CINCINNATI – A Tennessee woman swimming the 981-mile Ohio River has nearly reached her halfway mark.

Mimi Hughes planned to swim from Cincinnati to Aurora, Ind., on Saturday as part of a voyage that began May 22 in Pittsburgh and is scheduled to finish July 17 in Cairo, Ill. She’s accompanied by a filmographer making a documentary and a kayaker who warns river traffic that a swimmer is in the area.

Hughes swims 20 miles each day and rests one day a week.

Buoyed by her wet suit, she takes breaks in the water about every hour and a half for an energy bar, water and electrolytes.

The 54-year-old community college reading specialist said she’s swimming to raise money and awareness about the education of women and girls worldwide.

Pittsburgh man ordered to trial in police chase

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh man was ordered to stand trial in connection with a 15-mile police chase that injured three officers.

District Judge Eugene Ricciardi ordered 21-year-old Sean Wright to trial on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding and illegal gun possession.

Allegheny County Public Defender Frank Ralph unsuccessfully sought a delay of the hearing so that his client’s mental competency could be evaluated. He said Wright is delusional and paranoid and has said the sport utility vehicle was driving itself during the June 9 chase from Pittsburgh to Monroeville.

Police said they were trying to arrest Wright on charges of bringing drugs and a gun into a hospital where he was being treated after a shooting. He is being held on $1 million bail in the Allegheny County Jail infirmary while awaiting trial.

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