Gov. signs more bills: AP PA Headlines, Sports, Scores & Skeds

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign legislation that Pennsylvania’s electric and gas utilities say will help them recoup costs more quickly, but consumer advocates warn that it erodes protection for people and businesses against higher rates.  Wolf’s office said Friday that he’ll sign the bill after the state Senate voted 41-8 to pass it.


Wolf’s office says he supports efforts to advance innovation, grid reliability, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and that his administration will work with the Public Utility Commission to ensure consumers are protected.  The measure represents significant change to the state’s regulated rate-setting model. Utilities contend that letting them adjust distribution charges between time-consuming rate cases won’t mean higher long-term costs for consumers.  But opponents say the shift will provide less ability to challenge rate increases.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf plans to sign school safety legislation that’s designed to set up state-administered programs to distribute grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools.  The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill Friday as part of an advancing budget package that’s seeding the grant program with $60 million.  Lawmakers’ exploration of improvements to school safety was spurred by February’s Parkland, Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.


Under the bill, school districts could apply for a grant for a wide range of purposes, including safety and security assessments, security-related technology, training, counselors, police officers and anti-violence programs.  The anonymous reports program would be called “Safe 2 Say” and relay reports to police. It’s modeled on one Colorado created after 1999’s Columbine school shooting.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officials to charge the officer.  Hundreds of marchers chanting “Who did this? The police did this” shut down a Pittsburgh area highway in the early morning hours, and a small group staged a sit-in outside the district attorney’s office later in the day.


Demands for answers to why a police officer shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. seconds after he bolted from a car grew with an emotional speech by state Rep. Jake Wheatley at the state Capitol, and a videotaped appeal by the legislator and two other black Pittsburgh area lawmakers for a “thorough and transparent investigation that builds community.”  “My heart is heavy right now,” Wheatley said , decrying both Rose’s death and the street violence that earlier in the week left a young rapper dead. “We cannot casually keep closing our eyes and ears to the fact there’s a group of people whose lives seemingly don’t matter.”


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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama will discuss her upcoming memoir “Becoming” as she kicks off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.  Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will moderate a conversation Friday with Obama at the city’s convention center.  Obama’s book chronicles the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive and her time at the White House.


It’s being released in the U.S. through the Crown Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division.  The publisher says, “‘Becoming’ is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations — and whose story inspires us to do the same.”  The conference is expected to draw more than 15,000 participants.


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis.  Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez dropped the sculpture at the company’s Stamford headquarters. Police arrested Alvarez on a minor charge of obstructing free passage.


A city worker removed the spoon with a payloader and it was hauled to a police evidence holding area.

Several state and local governments are suing Purdue Pharma for allegedly using deceptive marketing to boost sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin, deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. The company has been blamed for helping fuel addiction and opioid overdose deaths.  Purdue Pharma denies the allegations in the lawsuits.


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old who was investigating a loud noise in his kitchen got quite a surprise. He came face-to-face with a burgling bear. Carlos Novicky said he found the bear in his home in Torrington, Connecticut, after it pushed through a screen window to get a loaf of bread from the counter. And what did he do next?


Well, he says he went back into his room and called police and animal control. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the bear was euthanized as it left the house, which the department said is standard protocol. The female bear was about a year old. The agency said it had had no previous contact with the animal.


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts couple wants to know who’s shooting hunting arrows at their house. Accurzio and Loretta Schlafani, both in their 70s, say three arrows with razor tips have struck on or near their Worcester home since Friday. The first arrow remains stuck in their garage roof because they are physically unable to climb up and pull it out.


They found a second arrow on their rear deck on Saturday. A third arrow struck in their backyard on Sunday. Loretta Schlafani says she’s concerned because young relatives often visit their home. The couple reported the mysterious arrows to police, who took one away as evidence. Lt. Sean Murtha called the situation “odd” and says police have not received any other reports of stray arrows.


PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Dogs with hairless bodies and lolling tongues will flaunt their imperfections as they compete to win the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The event is taking place Saturday this year at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, a departure from previous years when it was held on Friday. Organizers say they wanted more people to attend.


This year’s dogs include a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt and a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin.  The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner takes home $1,500.  Last year’s winner was a 125-pound (57-kilogram) gentle giant named Martha — a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.


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Sports, Scores & Skeds.

Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings, staying in through two rain delays, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 for their third consecutive win. Paul Goldschmidt homered for NL West-leading Arizona, and David Peralta drove in two runs. Goldschmidt also walked twice and scored three times.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maikel Franco went 4 for 4, Carlos Santana homered and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 5-3. With the Phillies leading 3-2 in the eighth, Santana sent a drive into the Philadelphia bullpen in left-center field off Kelvin Herrera for his 13th homer of the season and second in two games. Franco later added an RBI single. Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera, who had homered in five straight games, went 0 for 4.

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Borek Dockal scored twice, Ilson Pereira had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Union beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 to snap a two-game losing streak.  Philadelphia had nearly 60-percent possession and outshot the Whitecaps 25-2, including 11-0 on target.


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



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