Penn State Frat Case: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 1/11/19

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago.  The case centers on what occurred at the Beta Theta Pi house in February 2017, when 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, consumed a large amount of alcohol on pledge bid acceptance night and was fatally injured in a series of falls.

 

The former district attorney had pursued involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against some of the students. But judges tossed some of those allegations and prosecutors withdrew others.  At one point 28 people faced charges. Fourteen of the former fraternity brothers have pleaded guilty to comparatively minor charges, mostly alcohol- or hazing-related.

 

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a school bus driver suffering an apparent medical emergency crashed into a tree in Pennsylvania.  Authorities say the crash happened in Bethlehem around 3 p.m. Thursday.  At least 24 students were on the bus at the time of the crash.

 

The driver was hospitalized for treatment, and his or her condition has not been released. WFMZ-TV reports three students were hospitalized after one bumped their head and two others reported knee pain.  The remaining students on board were released to their parents or transferred to another bus.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. says an upstate New York TV meteorologist who uttered a racial slur while saying her father’s name shouldn’t have been fired.  Bernice King says on TMZ Thursday there should be repercussions for WHEC’s Jeremy Kappell for apparently referring to a park in his weather report as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” But she says bias training or demotion might be better in this case.

 

Kappell has apologized for what he called a mispronunciation.  The firing has sparked a passionate debate in Rochester and beyond. NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker tweeted in defense of Kappell on Wednesday.  The station says Kappell’s utterance was inexcusable.  Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had called for his ouster. She reiterated her position in a video posted Thursday discussing MLK’s legacy.

 

MIAMI (AP) — Tim Tebow is engaged.  The Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement on Instagram Thursday to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a South Africa native and the 2017 Miss Universe.  The 31-year-old Tebow posted photos of himself down on one knee and 23-year-old Nel-Peters wearing an engagement ring.

Tebow quarterbacked Florida to national championships during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.

 

He was drafted in 2010 by the Denver Broncos, where he played two seasons. He also played for the New York Jets in 2012.  Tebow currently plays professional baseball in the New York Mets organization. He also is a college football analyst for the SEC NetworK.

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle TV station has fired an editor after airing video footage of President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration that appears to be altered.  FOX affiliate Q13 broadcast video from the Tuesday night speech that showed a more orange-toned Trump with his tongue hanging out languidly from his mouth after making a statement.  The video’s filtered colors look more saturated and the tongue appears doctored. Mynorthwest.com posted side-by-side videos showing the discrepancies.

 

Q13 news director Erica Hill said: “This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light.”  Hill also confirmed on Thursday that the station investigated the incident and fired the editor involved.  Trump in his televised address had urged for border wall funding amid the federal government shutdown that’s lasted nearly three weeks.  ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sing-along versions coming to theaters.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Bohemian Rhapsody” will give moviegoers an opportunity to rock out with the film.

Twentieth Century Fox announced Wednesday that the Golden Globe-winning Queen biopic will be released as a sing-along in more than 750 theaters in North America on Friday. The film includes some of the band’s most popular songs such as “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”

 

The film is also being expanded from 1,000 theaters to more than 1,300 on Friday. It has grossed more than $734 million worldwide.  The expansion comes days after “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Golden Globe for best film drama. Rami Malek took home a Globe for best actor for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.  Last year, Fox held sing-along versions for “The Greatest Showman.”

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say an alert Milwaukee bus driver rescued a young child found wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures.  The Milwaukee County Transit System says the boy was less than a year old and wearing only a diaper and a onesie when bus driver Irena Ivic spotted him on Dec. 22. Security video shows the boy toddling down the overpass.

 

The video later shows Ivic stopping her bus, running across the street, picking up the crying child and carrying him to the bus.  As Ivic called for help, a passenger gave up her coat to keep the boy warm before police and firefighters arrived. Authorities say the child was cold and frightened, but otherwise OK.  Police say the child had been left outside by his mother who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.

 

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PA Sports Stories, Scores & Skeds

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When injuries ravaged the secondary the Philadelphia Eagles turned to inexperienced guys and castoffs. The no-names are making themselves known. Cre’von LeBlanc, Tre Sullivan, Rasul Douglas and Avonte Maddox have stepped up in a big way down the stretch, helping the Eagles win four straight games and advance to an NFC divisional playoff at New Orleans. The Eagles play this Sunday, 3pm on our sister station Eagle 107 (107.3FM) and on 1070AM WKOK.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies avoided arbitration with a pair of right-handed pitchers, agreeing to one-year deals with former closer Hector Neris and starter Jerad Eickhoff. Neris will earn $1.8 million while Eickhoff gets $975,000. The Phillies play on 1070AM WKOK.com.

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL=

 

Crestwood 68, Berwick 33

 

Halifax 58, Juniata 41

 

Lourdes Regional 73, Marian Catholic 54

 

Millersburg 83, East Juniata 35

 

Shenandoah Valley 42, Tri-Valley 30

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

Dubois 36, Bellefonte 34

 

Towanda 51, Canton 47

 

Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Miami  115      Boston 99

Final    Denver            121      L.A. Clippers  100

Final 2OT        San Antonio    154      Oklahoma City            147

Final    Sacramento     112      Detroit 102

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT          Columbus        4          Nashville         3

Final    N-Y Islanders 4          N-Y Rangers   3

Final    Washington     4          Boston 2

Final    Toronto           4          New Jersey      2

Final    Philadelphia    2          Dallas  1

Final    Tampa Bay      3          Carolina           1

Final    St. Louis          4          Montreal          1

Final    Minnesota       3          Winnipeg         2

Final SO          Edmonton       4          Florida 3

Final OT          Arizona           4          Vancouver       3

Final    San Jose          3          Vegas  2

Final    Ottawa            4          L.A. Kings      1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (2) Michigan    79        Illinois 69

Final    (5) Gonzaga    67        Pacific 36

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Atlanta            at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

Milwaukee      at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Indiana            at         N-Y Knicks     7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn         at         Toronto           7:30 p.m.

Dallas  at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Cleveland        at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Portland          10:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         Utah    10:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Buffalo            at         Carolina           7:30 p.m.

Detroit at         Winnipeg         8:00 p.m.

Florida at         Calgary            9:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         Anaheim          10:00 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(22) Indiana    at         Maryland         7:00 p.m.

 

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