Cameras in work zones: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP Headlines 10/22/18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will place cameras in highway construction work zones as part of a pilot program to discourage speeding and improve safety.  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed the law that calls for cameras to record driver’s licenses of anyone going more than 11 miles per hour above the limit while workers are present.  Violators will get a written warning  the first time, followed by fines of $75 and $150 for subsequent offenses.

 

The five-year pilot program involves the Transportation Department and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. There will be signs indicating where cameras are in use.  Interstate work zone crashes increased from about 600 to nearly 1,000 over a recent four-year period.  The law also allows a five-year speed camera pilot program on a section of Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of new faces will be joining the Pennsylvania Legislature next year because of retirements, and the national political mood has Democrats hopeful they can pick up seats and chip away at the large majorities Republicans have long enjoyed in both chambers.  But the Republican margins of 121-82 in the House and 34-16 in the Senate mean even the bluest of waves would likely fall short of flipping control. There’s much at stake, because in the Pennsylvania Legislature the majority party has a dominant role in determining what happens.

 

Over the past two years, lawmakers have enacted tougher rules for surrendering guns in domestic violence cases, established grants to help make schools safer and overhauled pension benefits for future state government and public school employees. The Republican majorities have struggled to reach budget agreements with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, although this year’s spending was completed before the July 1 deadline.

 

Perhaps the most contentious issue to face lawmakers in years has been the challenge of responding to a sweeping state grand jury report into the sexual abuse of children by priests. Late Wednesday, legislation stalled in the Senate on the last scheduled voting day of the two-year legislative session, leaving none of the grand jury’s recommendations enacted.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first debate between Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, touched on health care, abortion rights and the economy under President Donald Trump before it ended in a personal and emotional exchange Saturday.  The hourlong debate, at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, also featured Barletta being prompted four times to directly answer whether he would vote to prevent Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation uncovered Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and independent polls, making it a low-profile race in a state Trump won in 2016. Casey is seeking a third six-year term in the Nov. 6 election.  In his closing statement, Barletta raised the matter of a Casey TV ad that he objected to last weekend when it began running. Barletta contends it is particularly cruel to his family because it mirrors the plight of his toddler grandson, a twin, who is fighting cancer.  The TV ad accuses Barletta of voting to let insurers strip coverage for pre-existing conditions and features a woman, Stacie Ritter, whose twin daughters were diagnosed with cancer.

 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) — State police say a trooper shot and wounded a woman authorities allege pointed a gun firearm at troopers at her western Pennsylvania home.  Police in Butler County say two troopers went to a residence in the Stone Bridge Apartments in Worth Township shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday to check on the welfare of the 36-year-old woman.

 

Police say they found the woman “holding a long gun inside of her residence.” They say the woman “pointed her firearm at the troopers” and preliminary indications are that one trooper fired, striking her at least once in the hip area.  The troopers administered first aid and the woman was taken to a hospital, where her condition wasn’t immediately reported. State police and the county district attorney’s office are investigating.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fistfight at a Philadelphia-area mall ended with shots fired in the parking lot, but no one was injured.  Officials say the Springfield Mall was closed following the Saturday afternoon gunfire and no arrests were reported.  Springfield police said they were called to the Delaware County mall just after 1 p.m. Saturday after two groups of people began to fight and at least one person from each group apparently fired shots in the parking lot.

 

Authorities said at least five cars were struck, and investigating officers found vehicles with bullet holes and shattered windows as well as shell casings.  Lt. Joe Sadoff said the combatants were gone when police arrived, but officials hoped to get surveillance video from the mall to help them identify suspects.

 

UNDATED (AP) —The moment in the spotlight isn’t over yet for a Philadelphia Eagles fan who stumbled into fame as a viral video star after running into a subway pillar earlier this year.  Jigar Desai is now the subject of an NFL digital short feature, shot ahead of the Eagles game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Oct. 28. In the short, he’s surprised with tickets for himself, his wife and two kids to attend the game in England.

 

Back in January, Desai, sporting a Brian Dawkins jersey, was trying to rally subway passengers for the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was filmed running alongside the train on the platform, and then all of a sudden slamming into a pole and bumping off the train.  Passenger video of his fan fail took off on social media, prompting everything from Philly sports pride to general mockery.

 

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Features

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon on Friday ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments.

 

Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enroll customers. All other sign-up systems are working.  Federal law enforcement has been alerted, and affected customers will be notified and offered credit protection.

 

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. stretched out on rain-soaked sidewalks, benches and public plazas in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula, worn down by another day’s march under a blazing sun.  Keeping together for strength and safety in numbers, some huddled under a metal roof in the city’s main plaza Sunday night. Others lay exhausted in the open air, with only thin sheets of plastic to protect them from ground soggy from an intense evening shower.

 

Some didn’t even have plastic.  The migrant caravan swelled to an estimated 5,000 after many migrants found ways to cross from Guatemala as Mexican police blocked the official border crossing. The group’s advance has drawn strong criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, who lashed out again on Twitter.

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top German official is pressing for a joint European Union position on Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on arms exports to the kingdom following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.  Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has said Riyadh’s explanation of Khashoggi’s death is insufficient.

 

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier underlined Monday its position that “we won’t at this point approve any further arms exports because we want to know what happened.”  Altmaier told ZDF television that a joint EU position is needed “because only if all European countries agree, this will make an impression on the government in Riyadh.” He said “it will have no positive consequences if we, as we are doing, currently don’t pursue our arms exports if at the same time other countries fill this gap.”

 

BOSTON (AP) — Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., are among 20 cities being awarded support for their work to reduce carbon emissions.  The cities were announced Sunday as the latest winners in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. Each will receive a support package valued at up to $2.5 million.  The $70 million program aims to help cities accelerate plans to fight climate change. I

 

t’s backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The winning cities say the support will bolster initiatives in areas including bicycle infrastructure, solar power and energy improvements in large buildings.  They join six other winning cities announced in an earlier round. Others will be announced this fall.  Bloomberg says the federal government is “asleep at the wheel” on climate change, leaving cities to play a larger role.

 

HOLLYWOOD (AP) – Don’t look for Amy Schumer in any Super Bowl LIII commercials this time around. She’s sitting this one out as she stands with Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism and police brutality.  The comedian and “I Feel Pretty” actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: “Otherwise how are you not complicit?”

 

Of her plan to steer clear of Super Bowl ads, she said: “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.”  Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered her support among more than 8,000 comments left on her post. It was not immediately clear whether she had been approached to appear in an ad during the big game.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty years later, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences to the movie theaters for a good scare. “Halloween” has opened in first place with an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters, according to Universal Pictures on Sunday. David Gordon Green directed the “Halloween” sequel which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers.

 

It’s the second highest horror opening of all time, behind last year’s “It.” It was also enough to bump the comic-book film “Venom” out of the No. 1 spot and into third place in its third weekend in theaters with $18.1 million. Meanwhile “A Star Is Born” held on to the second place spot for its third weekend with $19.3 million.

 

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Scores & Skeds

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles can go back to being underdogs again. After embracing that role last year and overcoming huge odds to win their first Super Bowl title, the Eagles haven’t lived up to expectations as defending champions. They blew a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter and lost 21-17 to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.  The Eagles play on our sister station Eagle 107FM.

 

Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Atlanta            133      Cleveland        111

Final    Sacramento     131      Oklahoma City            120

Final    Denver            100      Golden State   98

Final    L.A. Clippers  115      Houston          112

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Tampa Bay      6          Chicago           3

Final    Calgary            4          N-Y Rangers   1

Final    Buffalo            4          Anaheim          2

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final    L.A. Chargers 20        Tennessee        19

Final    New England  38        Chicago           31

Final OT          Tampa Bay      26        Cleveland        23

Final    Houston          20        Jacksonville     7

Final    Minnesota       37        N-Y Jets          17

Final    Indianapolis    37        Buffalo            5

Final    Detroit 32        Miami  21

Final    Carolina           21        Philadelphia    17

Final    New Orleans   24        Baltimore        23

Final    Washington     20        Dallas  17

Final    L.A. Rams       39        San Francisco  10

Final    Kansas City     45        Cincinnati        10

N-Y Giants     at         Atlanta            8:15 p.m.

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Final    Atlanta            2          Chicago           1

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Orlando           at         Boston 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Toronto           7:30 p.m.

Indiana            at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

N-Y Knicks     at         Milwaukee      8:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.

Memphis         at         Utah    9:00 p.m.

Washington     at         Portland          10:00 p.m.

San Antonio    at         L.A. Lakers     10:30 p.m.

Phoenix           at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Colorado         at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

Carolina           at         Detroit 7:30 p.m.

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

Washington     at         Vancouver       10:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final    L.A. Chargers 20        Tennessee        19

Final    New England  38        Chicago           31

Final OT          Tampa Bay      26        Cleveland        23

Final    Houston          20        Jacksonville     7

Final    Minnesota       37        N-Y Jets          17

Final    Indianapolis    37        Buffalo            5

Final    Detroit 32        Miami  21

Final    Carolina           21        Philadelphia    17

Final    New Orleans   24        Baltimore        23

Final    Washington     20        Dallas  17

Final    L.A. Rams       39        San Francisco  10

Final    Kansas City     45        Cincinnati        10

N-Y Giants     at         Atlanta                8:15 p.m.

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