AP PA headlines, features, scores and skeds – January 23

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —  Top Republican lawmakers say they are outraged by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts and will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt it.  Pennsylvania’s top two Republican state senators, Joe Scarnati and Jake Corman, said Monday that the state court’s decision oversteps its legal authority. They say they’ll petition the U.S. Supreme Court this week to halt the decision.

 

They also say the state court has set up an impossible deadline of Feb. 9 to redraw the map and that will introduce chaos in the upcoming congressional election.  Democratic voters sued last summer, contending that Pennsylvania’s congressional boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.  The state’s congressional delegation is controlled by Republicans, 13-5, even though registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republicans.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say few arrests have been made amid celebrations following the Eagles’ NFC championship game victory.  The arrests came as thousands of fans took to the streets following the Eagles’ 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The Eagles advanced to their first Super Bowl since 2005, against the AFC champion New England Patriots.

 

After Sunday’s game, huge crowds gathered around the city.  Police say one man is accused of punching a police horse and a mounted officer who was trying to disperse a crowd in a stadium parking lot before the game.  Police also reported two arrests for disorderly conduct and three arrests for counterfeit ticket sales.  Earlier in the day, workers who jokingly called themselves the “Crisco Cops” greased light poles to prevent fans from climbing them.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are expected to return to work now that Congress has agreed on temporary funding for the government and President Donald Trump has signed the bill into law.  Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations, relenting in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” and other contentious issues.

 

The end to the standoff began Monday when the Senate passed a stopgap funding measure 81-18, with senators from both parties voting against it. The House quickly approved, and Trump signed the measure Monday night.  Democrats gave in after wrangling a promise that the GOP-run Senate would debate an immigration proposal even if it doesn’t have the backing of Republican leaders and the White House.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The gun industry is holding its biggest annual trade show this week just a few miles from what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It was just in October when Stephen Paddock slaughtered 58 concertgoers outside his high-rise Las Vegas hotel room using a display case worth of weapons, many of them fitted with bump stocks that enabled them to mimic fully automatic fire.

 

It’s a bit of a mystery what exactly will be among the thousands of products crammed into the exhibition spaces at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show convention. The public and general-interest media aren’t allowed inside.  But one thing is known: Slide Fire, the leading manufacturer of bump stocks, a once-obscure product that attracted intense attention in October’s aftermath, won’t be among the exhibitors.

 

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several fraternity chapters at Yale University have postponed recruiting events amid a push by student activists to make the social organizations open to both men and women.  North-American Interfraternity Conference spokeswoman Heather Matthews Kirk said Monday that chapters put off the rush events this weekend when students ineligible for membership indicated they planned to attend.

 

Yale senior associate dean Burgwell Howard urged fraternity leaders in a letter Thursday to keep rush events open to all students, regardless of gender, while being clear about their organizations’ membership criteria. He wrote that the New Haven, Connecticut, university has no interest in dictating to student organizations who they select.  A student group called Engender has been working on the Ivy League campus to end what it describes as sex discrimination by all-male fraternities.

 

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Officials in a rural Maine community are reaching out for help regarding what to do about their town manager, who has publicly espoused white separatist views.  Jackman Town Manager Tom Kawczynski (kuh-ZIN’-skee) operates a website that promotes racial segregation. Many social media users are calling for him to quit or be fired.

 

Maine Municipal Association spokesman Eric Conrad said Monday that Jackman town officials have been in touch with the association for guidance about how to respond. He says the association has provided help, but declined to elaborate about specifics.  Officials are set to meet with Kawczynski on Tuesday morning about his future as the top administrator in the small town. Kawczynski has said his views on race don’t interfere with his work but that he expects to be fired.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is this the year the motion picture academy responds to the grievances of women the way it did last year to quiet the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag? With the Harvey Weinstein scandal resonating through Hollywood, don’t be surprised to see projects featuring or run by women to get serious consideration. One place to look for evidence of that is in the best director category. Greta Gerwig was at the helm of “Lady Bird” and is expected to score a nod in the directing field. If so, she’d be just the fifth woman nominated in the category. Also, “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison could also become the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — “I used to be a comedian.” That was a line Bill Cosby used to get a laugh during in a performance in his native Philadelphia. The appearance last night is seen as part of an effort to rehabilitate a career that’s been derailed by a sex scandal. The 80-year-old performer showed up at a jazz club in Philly to spend about an hour on stage telling jokes and bantering with the band. Cosby made no comments about his upcoming retrial on a criminal charge of drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee. In the past week or so, Cosby has made three outings — with members of the news media tipped off in advance — as part of an effort to showcase him in advance of the retrial.

 

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he and his team took so long to post a message to social media about the recent missile alert being a false alarm because he didn’t know his Twitter username and password. The governor told reporters yesterday that he now has them in his cellphone. And he says he can now use social media without waiting for his staff. The governor was asked why his Twitter account relayed a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweet about the false alarm at 8:24 a.m. on Jan. 13 even though Ige learned about the mistake 15 minutes earlier at 8:09 a.m. Ige’s communications staff members manage his social media accounts, as is the case with many politicians.

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying a multi-state bank robbery suspect investigators have nicknamed “The Chameleon Beard Bandit.” They think he’s committed six robberies since September, hitting banks in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas. The FBI in Richmond said the man wears glasses and frequently changes the color of his beard. He’s described as a white man, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2, approximately 180 to 240 pounds, in his mid- to late-30s, with brown eyes and hair, and a light complexion.

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school. A Senate panel voted yesterday for a bill that would let students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types of violence to move to a different public school or receive a private school voucher. The legislation is a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Democrats on the Senate Education Committee voted against the bill. Several said they were concerned about expanding the use of private school vouchers in the state. But Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican and sponsor of the bill, said the legislation was meant to help students who now feel they are trapped.

 

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles are one victory away from the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960 thanks to key contributions from several backups. The Eagles lost star quarterback Carson Wentz, nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, playmaking linebacker Jordan Hicks, versatile Darren Sproles and special teams ace Chris Maragos to season-ending injuries and are still heading to the Super Bowl.

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots hope the Super Bowl bye week will give Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski time to heal. Brady played effectively in the AFC championship game with stitches in his right hand, and he expects they will be removed this week. Gronkowski was knocked out of the game with a head injury, and he’s likely to spend at least part of this week in the concussion protocol. New England is thin at tight end behind Gronk.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Danville 62, Southern Columbia 51

Halifax 47, Selinsgrove 42

Hughesville 45, Lewisburg 43

Juniata Valley 73, Claysburg-Kimmel 47

Lourdes Regional 62, Mahanoy Area 45

Loyalsock 58, Shamokin 52

Mifflinburg 64, Mount Carmel 43

Millville 36, Meadowbrook Christian 27

Montoursville 57, Bloomsburg 37

Muncy 66, Midd-West 49

Northumberland Christian 61, Benton 31

Shikellamy 55, Central Columbia 48

South Williamsport 76, Montgomery 31

 

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Canton 60, Montgomery 30

Jersey Shore 59, Wellsboro 58

Juniata 47, Greenwood 38

Juniata Valley 59, Claysburg-Kimmel 11

Line Mountain 56, Halifax 45

Newport 24, East Juniata 22

Sullivan County 63, Troy 17

Upper Dauphin 54, Biglerville 23

Warrior Run 40, Williamsport 20

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final     Charlotte          112      Sacramento      107

Final     Atlanta 104      Utah     90

Final     Memphis          105      Philadelphia      101

Final 2OT         New Orleans    132      Chicago            128

Final     Houston           99        Miami   90

Final     Milwaukee       109      Phoenix            105

Final     Dallas   98        Washington      75

Final     Denver 104      Portland           101

Final     Minnesota        126      L.A. Clippers   118

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final     Detroit  3          New Jersey      0

Final     Colorado          4          Toronto            2

Final     Minnesota        3          Ottawa 1

Final     Tampa Bay       2          Chicago            0

Final OT           Buffalo 2          Calgary            1

Final OT           Arizona            3          N-Y Islanders  2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final     (6) Michigan St.            87        Illinois   74

Final     TCU    82        (7) West Virginia          73

Final     Virginia Tech    80        (10) North Carolina      69

Final     (13) Ohio St.    64        Nebraska         59

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sacramento      at         Orlando            7:00 p.m.

Brooklyn          at         Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.

Cleveland         at         San Antonio     8:00 p.m.

Boston at         L.A. Lakers      10:30 p.m.

N-Y Knicks     at         Golden State    10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Carolina           at         Pittsburgh         7:00 p.m.

New Jersey      at         Boston 7:00 p.m.

Philadelphia      at         Detroit  7:30 p.m.

Colorado          at         Montreal          7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at         St. Louis           8:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay       at         Nashville          8:00 p.m.

Florida at         Dallas   8:30 p.m.

Buffalo at         Edmonton         9:00 p.m.

Columbus         at         Vegas   10:00 p.m.

N-Y Rangers    at         Anaheim           10:00 p.m.

L.A. Kings       at         Vancouver        10:00 p.m.

Winnipeg          at         San Jose           10:30 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Providence       at         (1) Villanova     6:30 p.m.

(18) Clemson   at         (2) Virginia       7:00 p.m.

(4) Duke          at         Wake Forest    9:00 p.m.

(5) Kansas       at         (12) Oklahoma 7:00 p.m.

Oklahoma St.   at         (14) Texas Tech           7:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt        at         (22) Tennessee 7:00 p.m.

 

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