Close finish in western pa special election: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor’s edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early Wednesday in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate Lamb severely tested Donald Trump’s sway in a GOP stronghold. Lamb claimed victory before exuberant supporters after midnight, though many absentee ballots were still to be counted in the contest that has drawn national attention.


The race is thought of as a bellwether for the midterm elections in November when the Republican Party’s House and Senate majorities are at risk.  Lamb, a Marine veteran, told his crowd that voters had directed him to “do your job” in Washington. “Mission accepted,” he declared. Earlier, Saccone told his own supporters, “It’s not over yet, we’re going to fight all the way, all the way to the end, we’ll never give up.”


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to cut about a quarter of state lawmakers from the Pennsylvania General Assembly moved ahead with a favorable House vote Tuesday, but it’s still not certain that the constitutional amendment will make it onto the November ballot.  The House voted 109-80 on Tuesday for a bill that would cut the House from 203 to 151 members and the Senate from 50 to 38. It was not a party-line vote , but Republicans were generally in favor and Democrats generally opposed.


The discussion about the future of their institution, and perhaps their own fate, generated an impassioned debate that pitted supporters touting greater efficiency and cost savings against opponents warning it could dilute the voice of constituents, particularly in rural areas.  “If you truly believe that the Legislature will be better off with 153 members, resign tomorrow,” Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, told colleagues who supported the measure.

Supporters said there will be savings from the lawmakers’ own salaries and benefits.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — University of Pennsylvania officials have barred a law school professor who said she has never seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the class from teaching mandatory courses.  Law school Dean Ted Ruger tells WCAU-TV Professor Amy Wax spoke “disparagingly and inaccurately” about the performance of black students.


Wax made the statement last year during an interview with Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury on the “downside of affirmative action.”  Ruger says black students have graduated at the top of the class at Penn Law, and black students are “extremely successful” both inside and outside the classroom.  Wax has tenure at the university, and she will retain her salary and her seniority.


LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A former TV weatherman who legally changed his name to Meteorologist Drew Anderson says there’s a 100 percent chance he’ll run for Congress in Pennsylvania under the new moniker.  Anderson says he is collecting signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot for a run against U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker. Anderson says he’s looking for a climate change in Washington.


Anderson lives in West Chester but may move to Lancaster if he wins.    It says the weatherman changed his name from Drew Anderson last year and left his TV job at in York two weeks ago. Anderson also has worked for a TV station in Lancaster and as a science teacher.  Locksmith Bill Neff also is seeking to run against Smucker in the primary—but he has not changed his official name to ‘Locksmith.’


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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing on behalf of a New Orleans resident who says he was ordered to remove a large mural featuring infamous Donald Trump quotes from a 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording. The mural is, in effect, a partial transcript of the recording that surfaced during the 2016 presidential race. In it, Trump is heard boasting about grabbing women’s private parts and describing a woman’s breasts in vulgar terms. The suit says city codes governing permits for murals violate the constitutional rights of artists and their patrons.


NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar of “The View” apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.  Her comments launched a protest that made it all the way to a shareholder’s meeting of ABC parent Walt Disney Corp. Pence said on Monday that when Behar called him personally to say she was sorry, he urged her to apologize publicly.


So she did at the top of Tuesday’s show.  “I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith and I fell short of that,” the comedian said. “I sincerely apologize for what I said.”  Show moderator Whoopi Goldberg quickly moved on.  Behar’s original comments came on a Feb. 13 show during a discussion that touched upon Pence’s Christianity. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus,” Behar said. “It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct — hearing voices.”


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar acceptance speech.  Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.


Early Tuesday, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig followed suit saying on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the inclusion rider for all film and television productions.  Feig thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her “guidance and inspiration.”  “We challenge other companies and studios to do the same,” Feig wrote.  “Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support to the concept after the Oscars for his company Outlier Society, which is developing a sci-fi series for Netflix and other projects.


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding.  A small group of military veterans has been meeting weekly in a classroom at the University of Vermont to discuss “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” for college credit — and to give meaning to their own experiences, equating the close-order discipline of men who fought with spears, swords and shields to that of men and women who do battle these days with laser-guided munitions.


Homer isn’t just for student veterans. Discussion groups are also being offered at veterans centers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Maine Humanities Council has sponsored sessions for veterans incarcerated at Maine’s Kennebec County jail, as well as for other veterans.  For many in the UVM class, Homer’s 2,800-year-old verses seem all too familiar: the siege of Troy, the difficult quest of Odysseus to return home after 10 years at war, his anguish at watching friends die, and his problems readjusting to civilian life.


STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — The professor scrawls “macho,” ”brave” and “strong” on a crowded blackboard, apt words for someone whose book titles are littered with “masculinity” and “manhood.” He’s spent three decades building a nascent corner of academia, presenting himself as a feminist as he dissects what it means to be a man. Now, he hopscotches from college campuses to company conference rooms as a movement baring abuse by men rages. Michael Kimmel may be made for this moment.


The 67-year-old sociologist is a leader in what’s known as “masculinities studies,” and an in-demand purveyor of insight on why men are the way they are. The field he helped develop has long had men’s misdeeds as an area of focus, but it’s gained newfound exposure and relevance with #MeToo and #TimesUp.  A 2015 TED Talk elevated Kimmel’s profile just in time for the election of President Donald Trump and the subsequent women’s movements that put gender issues at the forefront. These days, he balances lectures to students with speaking engagements at a motley range of companies, from mining and pasta manufacturing to banking and film — all looking to him to explain the importance of equality.


NEW YORK (AP) — In pajamas and old wedding gowns, with high tea or a bit of the early morning bubbly, royal watchers in the U.S. and around the globe are fascinator-ready to watch the nuptials of Prince Harry and his unprecedented fiancee: Meghan Markle.  He’s the spare to the heir, soon to be booted to sixth in line for the throne, but Harry is forever the people’s prince to many inside and outside the Commonwealth who once wondered whether the bad boy of Windsor would ever tie the knot.


She, of TV “Suits” fame, has whipped up some big fan buzz, including those thrilled by her mixed race heritage.

Their wedding (the Spice Girls are expected) is Saturday, May 19 at midday, Windsor Castle time, or about 7 a.m. in the Eastern U.S. Viewing party plans are in the works, as are pricey hotel packages and bar meet ups. The frenzied have their own Facebook groups and some have cajoled less-enthused spouses to jet across the pond to watch the pomp in person from a spot on the carriage route.


NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer, Americans have been known to rise early for what NBC likes to call “Breakfast at Wimbledon.” But will people be tuning in early next month — in an event in which “love” means more than nothing? There are pockets of British royalty fans here in the states who expect to be watching the wedding of Prince Harry and his finance Meghan Markle. The nuptials are set for midday in the U.K., which means about 7 a.m. on the east coast — and before dawn on the west coast. Aside from the usual “prince-meets-princess” fantasy, the wedding has piqued interest because Markle is an American TV actress — and she is half-black, bringing a little mixed-race intrigue to Britain’s royal bloodline.

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Sports, Scores & Skeds




Faith Christian Academy 66, Millville 43


Lourdes Regional 57, Sankofa Freedom 49


Plumstead Christian 67, Sullivan County 50




Dunmore 52, Mount Carmel 47


Imhotep Charter 65, North Schuylkill 58


Neumann-Goretti 79, Loyalsock 31


Mahanoy Area 58, Sacred Heart 32


Minersville 59, Old Forge 48


Philadelphia West Catholic 67, Southern Columbia 53


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Toronto           13        Atlanta            6

Final    Philadelphia    6          Tampa Bay      3

Final    Houston          6          N-Y Mets        1

Final    Milwaukee      4          Texas   3

Final    Colorado         8          Seattle 7



Final    Baltimore        7          Minnesota       5

Final    Detroit 2          N-Y Yankees  2

Final    Oakland          9          Kansas City     8



Final    St. Louis          11        Miami  4

Final    San Diego       7          Chi Cubs         5

Final    Washington     7          N-Y Mets        4

Final    Chi Cubs         2          San Francisco  1



Final    Minnesota       116      Washington     111

Final    Indiana            101      Philadelphia    98

Final    Oklahoma City            119      Atlanta            107

Final    Toronto           116      Brooklyn         102

Final    Dallas  110      N-Y Knicks     97

Final    L.A. Clippers  112      Chicago           106

Final    New Orleans   119      Charlotte         115

Final    San Antonio    108      Orlando           72

Final    Utah    110      Detroit 79

Final    Cleveland        129      Phoenix           107

Final    L.A. Lakers     112      Denver            103



Final    Boston 6          Carolina           4

Final    Montreal          4          Dallas  2

Final    Ottawa            7          Tampa Bay      4

Final    Nashville         3          Winnipeg         1

Final    Colorado         5          Minnesota       1

Final    Calgary            1          Edmonton       0

Final SO          Arizona           4          L.A. Kings      3



Final    (20) Saint Mary’s (Cal)            89        SE Louisiana   45




Tampa Bay      at         Pittsburgh        1:05 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Houston          1:05 p.m.

Chi White Sox            at         Milwaukee      4:05 p.m.

Chi Cubs         at         Kansas City     4:05 p.m.

San Francisco  at         Seattle 9:40 p.m.



N-Y Yankees  at         Baltimore        1:05 p.m.

Boston at         Minnesota       1:05 p.m.

L-A Angels     at         Cleveland        4:05 p.m.



N-Y Mets        at         Miami  1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         Atlanta            1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati        at         Arizona           4:10 p.m.

Colorado         at         L-A Dodgers   10:05 p.m.



Milwaukee      at         Orlando           7:00 p.m.

Washington     at         Boston 8:00 p.m.

Miami  at         Sacramento     10:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.



Dallas  at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         N-Y Rangers   8:00 p.m.

San Jose          at         Edmonton       9:30 p.m.

New Jersey      at         Vegas  10:00 p.m.

Vancouver       at         Anaheim          10:00 p.m.


Here are the scores from yesterday’s men’s college basketball tournaments:


First Four


at University of Dayton Arena

Final    Radford          71        LIU Brooklyn 61

Final    St. Bonaventure          65        UCLA 58


Round 1

at Louisville, Ky.

Final 4th          Louisville        66        N. Kentucky   58

at Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Final 4th          Middle Tennessee       91        Vermont          64

at Waco, Texas

Final 4th          Baylor 80        Wagner            59

at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Final 4th          W. Kentucky   79        Boston College           62

at Los Angeles, Calif.

Final 2OT        Southern Cal   103      UNC-Asheville           98

at Stillwater, Okla.

Final 4th          Oklahoma St.  80        Florida Gulf Coast      68

at Eugene, Ore.

Final 4th          Oregon            99        Rider   86

at South Bend, Ind.

Final 4th          Notre Dame    84        Hampton         63

at Moraga, Calif.

Final 4th          Saint Mary’s (Cal)       89        SE Louisiana   45


Round 1

at Orem, Utah

Final    Utah Valley     87        E. Washington            65



First Four


at University of Dayton Arena

Syracuse          vs         Arizona St.      9:10 p.m.


at University of Dayton Arena

Texas Southern           vs         NC Central      6:40 p.m.


Round 1

at Starkville, Miss.

Nebraska         vs         Mississippi St. 9:00 p.m.

at Stanford, Calif.

BYU   vs         Stanford          10:00 p.m.

at University Park, Pa.

Temple            vs         Penn St.           8:00 p.m.

at Milwaukee, Wis.

Harvard           vs         Marquette        7:00 p.m.

at Baton Rouge, La.

Louisiana-Lafayette    vs         LSU    7:00 p.m.

at Seattle, Wash.

Washington     vs         Boise St.          10:00 p.m.

at Salt Lake City, Utah

UC Davis        vs         Utah    9:00 p.m.


Round 1

at Chicago, Ill.

St. Francis (Pa.)           vs         Ill.-Chicago     8:00 p.m.

at Ypsilanti, Mich.

Niagara            vs         E. Michigan     7:00 p.m.

at Beaumont, Texas

UTSA  vs         Lamar  8:00 p.m.


Round 1

at San Francisco, Calif.

Colgate            vs         San Francisco  10:00 p.m.

at Phoenix, Ariz.

Mercer vs         Grand Canyon            10:00 p.m.

at New Orleans, La.

Rio Grande     vs         New Orleans   8:00 p.m.

at Buffalo, N.Y.

Jacksonville St.           vs         Canisius           7:00 p.m.

at Seattle, Wash.

Cent. Arkansas            vs         Seattle 10:00 p.m.

at Buies Creek, N.C.

Miami (Ohio)  vs         Campbell         7:00 p.m.

at Vermillion, S.D.

North Texas    vs         South Dakota  8:00 p.m.

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