2 dead in Berks Co. crash: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

AP PA Headlines 2/11/19

BERNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a crash involving a car and a pickup truck killed two people.

Police in Berks County say the car heading north on Route 183 went into the southbound lane and collided head-on with the truck in Penn Township.  The driver of the car and a rear-seat passenger died at the scene of the crash shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Their names weren’t immediately released.  Mount Pleasant’s fire chief told WFMZ-TV that the truck driver was able to exit his vehicle but the front-seat passenger had to be helped out of the sedan. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue in October is expected to appear Monday morning in a federal courtroom to be arraigned on additional charges.  The hearing in Robert Bowers’ case is expected to be short and involves giving him formal notice of the criminal charges issued in a new indictment.


A grand jury on Jan. 29 added 19 counts to the 44 he had faced in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building. The additional charges include hate crimes violations, obstruction of religious belief and the use of a firearm during crimes of violence.  Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, is accused of targeting worshippers from three Jewish congregations when he attacked Saturday, Oct. 27, while Sabbath services were being held.

Seven people were wounded in the rampage, including five police officers.


BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — At least one newspaper says it has dropped the syndicated cartoon “Non Sequitur” after a vulgar message to President Donald Trump appeared in it.  The Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania reported Sunday that the “shot at President Donald Trump” will cost cartoonist Wiley Miller “his place in the Eagle’s Sunday comics.”  A scribbled message in one panel of that day’s cartoon appears to begin with “We fondly say go …” followed by the message to Trump.


It’s not clear whether other publications have dropped the strip, distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication. The company’s website says “Non Sequitur” appears in more than 700 newspapers.  Miller appeared to acknowledge the message in a tweet that said “some of my sharp-eyed readers have spotted a little Easter egg. … Can you find it?”  Emails seeking comment were left with the syndicate and with Miller.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — The parent company of the National Enquirer says the publication engaged in no extortion or blackmail in the case of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. An attorney for American Media Inc. chief David Pecker says the Enquirer got the explicit pictures of Bezos it threatened to publish from what it calls “a reliable source” well-known to Bezos and his mistress. Bezos says AMI threatened to publish the photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer got his private exchanges with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.


Bezos says AMI also demanded that he publicly declare Enquirer’s coverage of him wasn’t politically motivated. Bezos also owns The Washington Post. The Enquirer supports President Donald Trump — who often criticizes the Post’s coverage of the White House.  Meanwhile federal investigators are looking into whether the Enquirer paid hush money to a Playboy model who says she had an extramarital affair with Trump.


UNDATED (AP) – At the time Virginia’s future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy “Trading Places.”  Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as “smart” while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted.


Such racial insensitivities ran rampant in popular culture during the 1980s, the era in which Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring, have admitted to wearing blackface as they mimicked pop singer Michael Jackson and rapper Kurtis Blow, respectively.


Meanwhile, Chicago elected its first black mayor, Michael Jackson made music history with his “Thriller” album, U.S. college students protested against South Africa’s racist system of apartheid and the stereotype-smashing sitcom “The Cosby Show” debuted on network television.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.  “Music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”


Gaga told the crowd: “They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them.”  Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.  “Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”


The opening contrasted with last year’s Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.  But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys.  Carlile won three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves believes just because she won the album of the year Grammy for “Golden Hour” does not make her album better than anyone else’s. Musgraves said during her acceptance speech life is tumultuous these days, but art is thriving. Childish Gambino’s “This is America” won song and record of the year, the first time a rap-based song has won either award.


Dua Lipa got in a dig at the Recording Academy when accepting best new artist. She said she guesses because so many great women were nominated, “I’ve guessed this year we’ve really stepped up?” Last year, Recording Academy head Neil Portnow had suggested women should step up if they want to win in major categories. The academy may have gotten its dig on Lipa, though. Her speech got cut off.


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PA Sports, Scores & Skeds






Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Dallas  102      Portland          101

Final    Philadelphia    143      L.A. Lakers     120

Final    Sacramento     117      Phoenix           104

Final    Orlando           124      Atlanta            108

Final    Golden State   120      Miami  118



Final OT          St. Louis          5          Nashville         4

Final    New Jersey      3          Carolina           2

Final OT          Boston 2          Colorado         1

Final    Winnipeg         3          Buffalo            1

Final    Chicago           5          Detroit 2

Final    N-Y Islanders 2          Minnesota       1

Final    Tampa Bay      5          Florida 2

Final    N-Y Rangers   4          Toronto           1



Final    (12) Houston   65        (25) Cincinnati            58

Final    (20) Iowa        80        Northwestern  79




Washington     at         Detroit 7:00 p.m.

N-Y Knicks     at         Cleveland        7:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Indiana            7:00 p.m.

Brooklyn         at         Toronto           7:30 p.m.

Portland          at         Oklahoma City            8:00 p.m.

Milwaukee      at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

L.A. Clippers  at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

Miami  at         Denver            9:00 p.m.



L.A. Kings      at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

San Jose          at         Vancouver       10:00 p.m.



(3) Virginia      at         (8) North Carolina       7:00 p.m.

(13) Kansas     at         TCU    9:00 p.m.


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