Pitt, S. Carolina churches worship together: AP PA headlines, features, scores & skeds

AP PA Headlines 1/22/19


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Members of a congregation from a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 died in a mass shooting by an anti-Semitic gunman last fall have traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to worship with members of the church where nine black worshippers died in 2015 at the hands of a white supremacist.  The Post and Courier reports that members of the New Light Congregation of the Tree of Life synagogue and members of the Emanuel AME Church worshipped together Friday and Sunday in Charleston.  The Pittsburgh group came to Charleston for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend for a show of unity and celebration.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says city departments and agencies will be offering flexibility in bill payments to federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday that furloughed federal workers and those employees working without pay can contact the revenue department, water revenue bureau and Philadelphia Gas Works if they need “additional flexibility” in paying current bills or existing payment agreements.


Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin said officials can delay enforcement actions such as water shut-off and foreclosure and can also waive interest, penalties and other charges. They may also be eligible for consideration when paying tickets.  In other news, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia announced plans for an emergency meal preparation day Wednesday and distribution of supermarket gift cards to those affected.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Officials say strong river currents caused a dozen barges hauling coal to break loose from a tow boat, prompting the closure of major bridges crossing the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, at least one of which was struck.  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says five vehicular bridges were shut down early Monday because of the loose barges. The Liberty, Smithfield, Fort Pitt, West End and McKees Rocks bridges later reopened.


The Port Authority of Allegheny County said the Panhandle bridge, a light rail transit bridge, took “a direct hit from a loose barge” but also reopened after inspection.  Murray American Transportation Inc. of Monessen said all barges had been secured and the company is working with the Coast Guard and federal and state agencies to determine the cause of the breakaway.


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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP wants a St. Louis-area TV station to fire a newscaster for what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr. KTVI newscaster Kevin Steincross was discussing a tribute to the black civil rights leader on Jan. 17, when he referred to King as “Martin Luther coon Jr.” He apologized a few hours later, saying he accidentally misspoke.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis County NAACP plans to ask the TV station to fire Steincross when they meet Monday.  Owner Tribune Broadcasting has said KTVI believed Steincross’ statement was an inadvertent mistake and that it doesn’t plan to discipline him.  NAACP chapter president, John Gaskin, said even if people believe the comment was a mistake; some mistakes are grounds for termination.


NEW YORK (AP) – Coast Guard crew members in New York have rescued a 21-year-old man stranded on an island in the Navensink River in 34-degree weather (1 Celsius) after his small boat broke down.  The Coast Guard said crews arrived on the island just over half an hour after the call came in Monday morning. The air temperature was 7 degrees (minus-14 Celsius) with 30 mph wind.


The search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard Sector New York says a bad situation can turn to worse very fast in such conditions.  Emergency works throughout the U.S. now say at least six people have died following the vicious winter storm that ravaged the northeastern U.S. over the weekend.  A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district had a fatal heart attack while shoveling snow.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school’s president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.  The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori.

They were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment. But they conceal another side of Columbus: the exploitation and repression of Native Americans, said the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame.  It is a “darker side of this story, a side we must acknowledge,” Jenkins said in a letter Sunday.


The murals in the Catholic university’s Main Building are painted directly on walls. Jenkins said they will be covered, although they still could be occasionally displayed. A permanent display of photos of the paintings will be created elsewhere with an explanation of their context.  “We wish to preserve artistic works originally intended to celebrate immigrant Catholics who were marginalized at the time in society, but do so in a way that avoids unintentionally marginalizing others,” Jenkins said.


In 2017, more than 300 students, employees and Notre Dame alumni signed a letter in the campus newspaper that called for the removal of the murals.  The president of the Native American Student Association praised Jenkins’ decision.  “This is a good step towards acknowledging the full humanity of those native people who have come before us,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones of Dowagiac, Michigan.  But Notre Dame law student Grant Strobl said the decision was disappointing.  “If we adopt the standard of judging previous generations by current standards, we may reach a point where there are no longer accomplishments to celebrate,” Strobl said.


NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta’s John Gotti biopic “Gotti” has topped the 39th annual Razzie Awards with a co-leading six nominations, while President Donald Trump also earned a nod for worst actor.

In nominations announced Monday, “Gotti,” the Will Ferrell comedy “Holmes & Watson,” conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” and the R-rated puppet comedy “Happytime Murders” all earned six nominations.


Nominated for worst picture are “Gotti,” ”The Happytime Murders,” ”Holmes & Watson,” ”Robin Hood” and “Winchester.”  Along with Johnny Depp in “Sherlock Gnomes” and Travolta in “Gotti,” the Razzies nominated Trump in “Death of a Nation” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” for worst actor. It also nominated Trump and “his self-perpetuating pettiness” for worst screen combo. Melania Trump was nominated for worst supporting actress.  Winners will be revealed Feb. 23.


NEW YORK (AP) – Sunday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs was the second-most watched and rated AFC championship game in 42 years.  The overtime thriller on CBS averaged 53.219 million viewers, just shy of the 54.850 million that viewed Pittsburgh’s victory over the New York Jets in 2011. The 27.5 household rating fell short of the 2016 matchup between New England and Denver that had a 29.3 rating.  Sunday’s game is also a 22 percent increase over last year’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots, which averaged 44.145 million.


Fox’s telecast of the NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints had a 24.6 rating. The game averaged 49.299 million, which is up 14 percent over last year’s game which saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings (42.408 million).  Both games had 13 percent rating increases over last year. This year’s 10 playoff games have averaged a 19.1 rating and 34.584 million viewers. The rating is up 11 percent over last year while the average audience has increased 12 percent.  The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in. The share refers to a percentage of the audience viewing it at the time.


SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night’s AFC championship game isn’t claiming divine intervention. But he’s confident the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl as well.  The Rev. Mark Tanner asked his secretary Friday to post a message on the sign outside the Skowhegan Federated Church: “God doesn’t have a favorite team but the pastor does!! Patriots 37. Chiefs 31.”

On Sunday, that was the exact outcome when the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs to win another spot in the Super Bowl.  Tanner told the Morning Sentinel Monday he is predicting a Patriots’ Super Bowl win Feb. 3, but he’s not revealing the score. Yet.


RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — A restaurant owned by musician and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi is providing free meals to local government workers and their families during the federal government shutdown.  JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank announced on Facebook it will provide the free meals to furloughed workers Monday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.  The meals are a result of a partnership between Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization the Phil and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation.  JBJ Soul Kitchen opened in 2011, and the restaurant allows customers to pay a donation or volunteer to pay for their meals.


UNDATED (AP) — The first batch of Ozzy Osbourne stuffed bats with detachable heads have already sold out. Osbourne announced the bats on Sunday, the 37th anniversary of the time when he bit the head off a bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. The bats are on back order and will ship in March.


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past fellow MVP contender James Harden and the Houston Rockets 121-93. Harden finished with 37 points, giving him 20 straight games with at least 30.




Central Columbia 66, Southern Columbia 47


Danville 72, Williamsport 60


Loyalsock 77, Shamokin 51


Montoursville 74, Mifflinburg 51


South Williamsport 63, Muncy 53




Milton vs. Shikellamy resked to 1/28




Sayre Area 51, Canton 31



Final    Oklahoma City            127      N-Y Knicks     109

Final    Chicago           104      Cleveland        88

Final    Washington     101      Detroit 87

Final    Milwaukee      116      Dallas  106

Final    Orlando           122      Atlanta            103

Final    Brooklyn         123      Sacramento     94

Final    New Orleans   105      Memphis         85

Final    Boston 107      Miami  99

Final    Philadelphia    121      Houston          93

Final    Portland          109      Utah    104

Final    Golden State   130      L.A. Lakers     111



Final    Nashville         4          Colorado         1

Final    L.A. Kings      4          St. Louis          3

Final    Minnesota       4          Vegas  2

Final    Florida 6          San Jose          2



Final    (6) Michigan St.          69        (13) Maryland 55

Final    (9) Kansas       80        (24) Iowa St.   76

Final    (11) North Carolina     103      (10) Virginia Tech       82




Sacramento     at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Portland          at         Oklahoma City            8:00 p.m.

L.A. Clippers  at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Phoenix           9:00 p.m.



San Jose          at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Arizona           at         Ottawa            7:30 p.m.

N-Y Islanders at         Chicago           8:30 p.m.

Detroit at         Edmonton       9:00 p.m.

Carolina           at         Calgary            9:00 p.m.



(2) Duke          at         Pittsburgh        9:00 p.m.

Wake Forest    at         (3) Virginia      9:00 p.m.

Minnesota       at         (5) Michigan    7:00 p.m.

(22) Mississippi St.      at         (8) Kentucky   7:00 p.m.

(14) Texas Tech           at         Kansas St.       7:00 p.m.

(15) Buffalo    at         N. Illinois        8:00 p.m.

(16) Auburn    at         South Carolina            6:30 p.m.

(18) Villanova at         Butler  7:00 p.m.

(20) Mississippi           at         Alabama          9:00 p.m.


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