Eric Frein asking for case to be thrown out: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man on death row for killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another to act out his anti-government beliefs is asking the state Supreme Court to throw out his conviction.

Lawyers for Eric Frein and Pike County prosecutors are scheduled to argue Thursday before the justices in Harrisburg.  It’s been more than three years since the killings and subsequent 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains.


The 35-year-old Frein is convicted of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II at the Blooming Grove barracks in September 2014.  He also wounded Trooper Alex Douglass so badly he’s needed at least 18 major surgeries.  Frein’s lawyers argue interrogators violated his right to remain silent and should have permitted him to speak with a defense lawyer the night he was captured.


MANCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor is getting to know his new running mate better, a day after Democrats voted to replace the incumbent lieutenant governor with the mayor of an economically struggling steel mill town who has tattooed his arm with the dates of murders in his town.  Gov. Tom Wolf had lunch near his home Wednesday with his new ticket mate, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.


Fetterman says he sees his role as doing what he can to help re-elect Wolf.  Fetterman beat four others for the nomination. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack finished fourth out of five .  Governors and lieutenant governors run for the nomination separately, and Wolf did not have a close relationship with Stack.  Wolf launched an investigation last year into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife.  The Republican candidate is state Sen. Scott Wagner, who also is from York.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ed Bradley, the award-winning television journalist who broke racial barriers at CBS News, is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia with a mural.  Mural Arts Philadelphia says it will dedicate the work on Saturday in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where Bradley grew up.  It was designed by artist Ernel Martinez and depicts the journalist surrounded by images from his career.


Schoolchildren helped paint the panels, which were created on squares of parachute cloth.  Bradley died of leukemia in 2006 at age 65.  He created a distinctive, powerful body of work during his 26 years on “60 Minutes.”  In 1976 he became CBS’ first black White House correspondent.  He landed many memorable interviews, including with Michael Jackson and the only TV interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.


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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango City Council has approved an ordinance that will make it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks, curbs or other public areas. Councilor Dick White says the ordinance is meant to improve the safety and atmosphere in the city’s downtown. The Durango Herald reports the rule bans sitting or lying down on sidewalks, streets, railways, alleys, parking spaces or other publicly owned property for pedestrian or vehicle travel in the downtown area from 7 a.m. to 2:30 am. Exemptions include people experiencing medical emergencies, people with disabilities, children in strollers or those attending parades, festivals, performances or other special events. Violators can be fined up to $200.


HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush says “history never sounded so powerful.”

The touring company of the Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” gave the Republican a special performance in his Houston office on Tuesday.  Bush tweeted it was a “complete joy to welcome the ‘HamFam.'” The 93-year-old says he’ll never forget it.  “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted it was an honor.  The 41st U.S. president was released from a hospital earlier this month after contracting an infection. Bush was admitted to the hospital on April 22, one day after the funeral for his 92-year-old wife, Barbara.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG ” is turning into a mini box office phenomenon. The film cracked the top 10 this weekend with $1.2 million from only 180 screens nationwide.

In just over two weeks of limited release it’s made over $2.2 million.  Exhibitor Relations box office analyst Jeff Bock says documentaries don’t often enter the top 10 if they’re not politically charged or about cuddly animals, noting that “RBG” is neither.


He says that for a documentary, “RBG” is essentially doing blockbuster business.

The film from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West gives an intimate peek at the life of the famed Supreme Court associate justice from her childhood to her present day pop culture icon status and even her impressive workout routine.  “RBG” expands to 330 screens on Friday.


UNDATED – Do you hear what I hear?  That was the question Wednesday as a short audio clip sparked a social media debate about whether the word being heard is “yanny” or “laurel.” How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago and raised questions of whether the mind and ear can be out of sync.  The scientific explanation centers more on the quality of the recording and the resonance of speech sounds.


“This is a relatively low quality signal that is played over a variety of devices and the sound was developed to be on a perceptual border,” said Todd Ricketts of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Hearing and Speech Sciences Department.  “For example, with a full-range higher quality speaker, I clearly only hear laurel, but over my computer speakers, I clearly only hear yanny,” Ricketts said.  Alicia Spoor, president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, agreed the quality was not good. She said the complicated answer has to do with “resonance of the speech sounds.”


CUMBERLAND, Wis. (AP) — Police had praise for students who created an illusion for a senior class prank that appeared to show a car crashed into the principal’s office.   Students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin used a junk car, some bricks, some tape and a black tarp to make it look like the car had crashed into their school.


Police arrived on the scene only to realize it wasn’t really a wreck. The Cumberland Police Department wrote on Facebook that it was “one of the best senior pranks.”  The school district also congratulated the students for their ingenuity.  Cumberland is about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.


NEW YORK (AP) — Glance at next season’s schedule for CBS and you could be forgiven for wondering what decade it is.  The network is adding remakes of 1980s series “Murphy Brown” and “Magnum, P.I.” to a line-up that already includes blasts-from-the-past “Hawaii Five-0” and “MacGyver.”  CBS executives said Wednesday that the “Murphy Brown” reboot, which again stars Candice Bergen, moves TV anchor Murphy out of prime-time. She hosts a morning cable show with the snappy title of “Murphy in the Morning,” and is facing off against her son on a competing network.


A change that “Magnum” fans should watch for, beside a missing comma in the revamp’s title: The private detective has a goatee instead of the signature moustache of original star Tom Selleck. Jay Hernandez plays the new Thomas Magnum.  While ABC and NBC have found comedy reboot success with, respectively, “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl acknowledged it’s not a slam-dunk. That’s why “Murphy Brown” is getting a supportive Thursday berth, airing after established comedy hits including “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom.”


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight.  Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, says he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi.  Adams tweeted that a call went out requesting a doctor.


A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman says a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Adams and two nurses responded. The patient woke up and was sent to a hospital.  Adams says the patient doing well and, like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist.  Adams was traveling to Mississippi for public events Thursday.


DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old man duped two Dallas high schools for nine months by posing as a 17-year-old student and Hurricane Harvey evacuee in order to play basketball. Court records show Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley faces a charge of tampering with government records. Dallas school district officials say he first enrolled at Skyline High School and later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team. District spokeswoman Robyn Harris says the man took advantage of schools opening their doors to students displaced by the hurricane. She says district officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball.



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Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press


BALTIMORE (AP) — Nick Pivetta tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, Cesar Hernandez homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 in a wet interleague matchup Wednesday. With the victory, Philadelphia climbed eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. The Orioles have dropped two of three and have the second worst record in the American League behind the White Sox. The Phillies play on WKOK while our normal programming continues at


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Josh Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 3-2. Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-2 in interleague play this season. It has won eight straight against the White Sox, outscoring them 45-17 during the streak.


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Philadelphia    4          Baltimore        1

Final    Pittsburgh        3          Chi White Sox            2

Final    Toronto           12        N-Y Mets        1

Final    St. Louis          7          Minnesota       5

N-Y Yankees  at         Washington     5:05 p.m.

N-Y Yankees  at         Washington     7:05 p.m., postponed



Final    Cleveland        6          Detroit 0

Final    Tampa Bay      5          Kansas City     3

Final    Texas   5          Seattle 1

Final    Boston 6          Oakland          4

Final    Houston          2          L-A Angels     0



Final    Milwaukee      8          Arizona           2

Final    Cincinnati        6          San Francisco  3

Final    Miami  6          L-A Dodgers   5

Final    Atlanta            4          Chi Cubs         1



Final    Houston          127      Golden State   105



Final    Vegas  4          Winnipeg         2




Oakland          at         Toronto           7:07 p.m.

Baltimore        at         Boston 7:10 p.m.

Texas   at         Chi White Sox            8:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay      at         L-A Angels     10:07 p.m.

Detroit at         Seattle 10:10 p.m.



L-A Dodgers   at         Miami  12:10 p.m.

San Diego       at         Pittsburgh        7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         St. Louis          7:15 p.m.

Chi Cubs         at         Atlanta            7:35 p.m.

Colorado         at         San Francisco  10:15 p.m.



Tampa Bay      at         Washington     8:00 p.m..


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