Gearing up for the primaries: AP PA Headlines, Sports, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 5/13/18


LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s thus-far sleepy U.S. Senate race could nonetheless help determine whether Republicans maintain control of the chamber.  U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana in Tuesday’s Republican primary election.  Republicans control the Senate, 51-49.

Casey is one of 10 Democratic senators who represent a state won by President Donald Trump in 2016, putting a target on his back for Republicans.  Barletta is endorsed by the state GOP and is a favorite of Trump, who Barletta endorsed in the 2016 presidential election.  Casey is a fierce Trump critic. The Scranton native is the son of the late former governor, Bob Casey Sr.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Party voters aiming to beat Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will choose between three candidates in Tuesday’s primary.  At stake is another four years under Wolf, who is seeking a second term in November’s general election.  Scott Wagner is a York County state senator since 2014 who has long been viewed the front runner.

He’s the state Republican Party’s endorsed candidate and has used the millions he made in the waste-hauling industry to make himself the biggest spender in the primary campaign.  His opponents are both first-time candidates from suburban Pittsburgh. They are former health care systems consultant Paul Mango and commercial litigation attorney Laura Ellsworth.  Independent polling in the three-way race is sparse. But the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate has won every gubernatorial primary since 1978.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania’s primary election for governor have similar stances on taxes, marijuana policy and gun rights.  But they differ on raising the minimum wage and cutting school property taxes.  The candidates in Tuesday’s primary election are commercial litigation attorney Laura Ellsworth, former health care systems consultant Paul Mango and state Sen. Scott Wagner.

The winner gets to contest the re-election bid by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November’s general election.  The three Republicans all oppose raising taxes, legalizing marijuana or restricting gun sales and support expanding taxpayer funding for private schools.  But Wagner supports increasing the minimum wage, while Mango and Ellsworth oppose it. Wagner and Mango support eliminating school property taxes by raising the state sales and income taxes, but Ellsworth opposes it.


ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) — The superintendent of a Philadelphia-area high school told parents she understood why they opposed renaming the school after an alumnus who made a $25 million donation, but then told the billionaire she was disappointed in their reaction.  The Philadelphia Inquirer obtained emails from Superintendent Amy Sichel of the Abington School District to Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman in response to a Right-to-Know request filed last month.

Sichel didn’t immediately return a request for comment Friday.  Abington Senior High School was to be renamed Abington Schwarzman High School. After backlash in March, the district announced it reversed its plans.  Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, say the emails show that private cash infusions into public schools can lead to “divided loyalties” among officials who should be putting taxpayer interests first.


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CANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.  The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s seven-decade history.

In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup.  Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time’s Up movement and the French movement known as 5020×2020 to show “how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder” for women.  It brought an array of film industry professionals to the Cannes red carpet, including actresses Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, “Wonder Woman” filmmaker Patty Jenkins and French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes.


LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio dog daycare photo has gone viral for capturing what looks like a group of four-legged friends taking a selfie.  The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Go Fetch Dog Daycare and Boarding in Loveland originally posted the photo of the group March 30.  A black Labrador mix named Rouge appears front and center in the photo with several dogs howling in the background.

The photo was shared by a Facebook user who commented that it looks like Rouge was taking a selfie.

The photo has received more than 1,800 Facebook reactions and hundreds of comments, including one from a user saying, “this is exactly how I imagine the entrance to heaven.”  Go Fetch owner Matt Ramsey says the dogs get along well, which makes it easy to take photos of them.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Pornographic films won’t be eligible for Louisiana’s film tax credit program, under a bill heading to the governor’s desk.  Supporters of the measure say the state Department of Economic Development currently doesn’t issue the tax credits to projects involving pornography. The legislation by Rep. Mark Abraham, a Lake Charles Republican, will codify that into law.  The Senate gave final passage to the measure with a 31-0 vote Friday. It previously had been approved by lawmakers in the House with a 97-0 vote.

If signed, the new law would take effect July 1.


TROY, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws.  A cat named “Pawfficer Donut” was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness.  Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department’s first “pawfficer.”  Troy police pledged to add a cat if it could reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April. It took just eight days to go from 4,000 to 10,000.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood played host Thursday evening to a few more scoundrels than usual for the world premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”  The film tells the story of the early years of smuggler Han Solo, who was played by Harrison Ford in seven movies in the “Star Wars” franchise. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, both actors playing younger versions of the characters made famous by the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

“Solo” also features fan favorites Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon — in its earlier and spiffier days before being introduced as a grimy, albeit fast, hunk of junk in the original “Star Wars” film.  Solo is one of the franchise’s most popular characters. Ford’s portrayal of the gruff smuggler in the original “Star Wars” catapulted him to stardom and has become one of the characters most closely associated with the actor.


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Sports, Scores & Skeds



Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
Final Chi Cubs 8 Chi White Sox 4
Final N-Y Yankees 7 Oakland 6, 11 Innings
Final Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 3
Final Boston 5 Toronto 2
Final Detroit 4 Seattle 3
Final Cleveland 6 Kansas City 2
Final Tampa Bay 10 Baltimore 3
Final Houston 6 Texas 1
Final Seattle 9 Detroit 5
Final Minnesota 5 L-A Angels 3, 12 Innings
Final Washington 2 Arizona 1
Final Pittsburgh 6 San Francisco 5
Final Atlanta 10 Miami 5
Final Colorado 4 Milwaukee 0
Final San Diego 2 St. Louis 1, 13 Innings
Final Cincinnati 5 L-A Dodgers 3
N-Y Mets at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m., postponed
Final Winnipeg 4 Vegas 2
Final L.A. Sparks 82 China National Team 61
Final Washington 91 Indiana 56
Final Minnesota 87 Chicago 58
Final Seattle 84 Phoenix 61
Chi White Sox at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m.
Oakland at N-Y Yankees 1:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore 1:05 p.m.
Boston at Toronto 1:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland 1:10 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit 1:10 p.m.
Texas at Houston 2:10 p.m.
Minnesota at L-A Angels 4:07 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami 1:10 p.m.
N-Y Mets at Philadelphia 1:35 p.m.
San Francisco at Pittsburgh 1:35 p.m.
Milwaukee at Colorado 3:10 p.m.
St. Louis at San Diego 4:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at L-A Dodgers 4:10 p.m.
Washington at Arizona 8:08 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston 3:30 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay 8:00 p.m.
Las Vegas at Dallas 3:00 p.m.


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