Organ donation law update: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP Headlines 10/12/18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is finalizing the first major update to the organ donation law that’s been in place for a quarter century.  Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Thursday he plans to sign legislation that passed this week. That culminates eight years of work to update the law and resolve conflicts over how donors consent and the effect on criminal investigations.


The bill gets more state agencies involved in raising awareness of organ donation and creates guidelines for the donation of hands, facial tissue, limbs and other body parts that weren’t happening when the organ donation law was originally written.  Coroners who deny the donation of all of a person’s organs must review the clinical findings of procedures performed at the hospital and provide a written statement explaining the reason for the denial.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It’s one of President Donald Trump’s favorite talking points in promoting his administration’s success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow.    As children laughed on the playground, several black men — some out of work, others homeless — sat or slept on benches nearby. Similar scenes play out across America and are backed by data that counter the positive picture Trump often paints in campaign-style rallies before largely white audiences.


When asked what he makes of Trump’s claim that black Americans are faring better under his administration, construction company owner and Germantown resident Carlton Washington replied, “Where at? Calabasas?”

The retort was a reference to controversial rapper Kanye West, who had lunch with Trump at the White House on Thursday afternoon. Over roasted chicken, fingerling potatoes and sauteed asparagus, the two discussed crime in Chicago, more possible presidential pardons, job creation and the black unemployment rate.


ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania city will spend $1.25 million for the emergency demolition of a privately owned vacant warehouse gutted by fire this week.  The Allentown City Council reluctantly approved the expenditure Wednesday. But officials vowed the city will use “all legal avenues” to get the money back from the developer who owns the site.


The move came after city officials and firefighters said the fire had so badly damaged the warehouse that it must be demolished before the scene can be safely cleared and fire marshals can investigate the cause of the blaze.  The fire broke out Sunday night, sending flames high into the sky and heavy, dark smoke billowing from windows. It was still burning in spots Wednesday night.  The demolition work should start late Thursday or early Friday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel has recently pulled back from airing President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies during prime time, a move that could put a crimp in Republican efforts to reach voters in the weeks before midterm elections.  During much of the late summer, Fox would pre-empt its lucrative nightly lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham in order to air the rallies. None of its rivals did so. It was an important platform for the president and his supporters, since Fox’s opinionated hosts are generally their first choice for political coverage.


On Tuesday of last week, Carlson told viewers that Fox would be monitoring the president’s rally from Mississippi and would break in for any news. He did interrupt his show later to tell viewers of Trump’s comments about Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who had accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual harassment.  During Martha MacCallum’s show two nights later, Fox showed a portion of Trump speaking in Minnesota with the battle over Kavanaugh’s mission coming to a climax. With Hurricane Michael in the news Wednesday, Fox didn’t air Trump’s rally from Pennsylvania.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Live from the Oval Office, it’s Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance.

The rapper didn’t rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and oh so much more.  Seizing the spotlight from the typically center-stage president, West dropped the F-word, floated policy proposals — and went in for a hug.


“They tried to scare me to not wear this hat,” West said of his red “Make America Great Again” cap. But, he said, “This hat, it gives me power in a way.”  “You made a Superman cape for me,” he told Trump.  It was a surreal scene even by the standards of a nonconventional White House. The unlikely allies spoke to reporters before a closed-door lunch that had been billed as a forum to discuss policy issues including manufacturing, gangs, prison reform and violence in Chicago, where West grew up. Spectators at the show included Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former NFL star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.


WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump says she could be “the most bullied person” in the world, judging by “what people are saying about me.”  She made the remark during a television interview in which she promoted her Be Best initiatives, which take on online bullying. Critics have pointed out that her husband, President Donald Trump, routinely mocks people for their looks and for what he says is a lack of talent or intelligence.


“I could say I’m the most bullied person in the world,” Mrs. Trump said in the interview segment that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America.”  Mrs. Trump said her Be Best campaign is focusing on social media and online behavior in part because of “what people are saying about me.”  “We need to educate the children of social emotional behavior so when they grow up … they know how to deal with those issues,” she said.

The first lady also said there are people in the White House whom she and the president can’t trust. She didn’t name names but said she let her husband know about them.


ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area city offered residents a $50 discount from citations for registering to vote or confirming their voter status.  The move by the city of South Fulton has raised questions about whether state law barring the exchange of money or gifts for registering voters was violated. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that city solicitor LaDawn Jones said the policy was an example of the city’s “innovative” criminal justice system.


She said that the offer was not simply for gifts or money, but to consider a person’s civic engagement when the city assessed fines.  The Georgia secretary of state’s office told the newspaper they had not received any complaints about the discount offer. The deadline to register was Tuesday. It’s unclear how many people took advantage of the discount offer.  Jones said the city did not inquire about any specific parties or candidates in the process.


LONDON (AP) — The winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to go through with the purchase, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Thursday.  The auction house said a female European collector was the successful bidder, agreeing to pay 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million) for “Girl With Balloon.”


But just after the hammer came down, and to the shock of those in the saleroom, the bottom half of the work passed through a shredder concealed in the frame.  Sotheby’s said the painting has now been retitled “Love is in the Bin” and authenticated by Banksy’s Pest Control agency.  Alex Branczik, head of contemporary art for Europe at Sotheby’s, says it is “the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.”



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Sports, Scores & Skeds


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are finally starting to play like a defending Super Bowl champion. It took six games, but they sent a clear message to the rest of the NFL that they are going to make another run, if their game against the New York Giants on Thursday night was a sign of things to come. The Eagles play on our sister station Eagle 107 (107.3FM).


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt is doing his best to keep pace with older brother, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. The two Watt brothers are tied with Cincinnati’s Carlos Dunlap for the NFL lead with six sacks through the season’s first five weeks. T.J. Watt says he’s not paying attention to his sibling rivalry and instead is focused on trying to help Pittsburgh find some consistency. The Steelers lead the NFL with 19 sacks but are also 29th in yards allowed. The Steelers play on our sister station 100.9 The Valley.


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:





Final    Toronto           134      New Orleans   119

Final    Utah    132      Sacramento     93

Final    L.A. Clippers  124      Maccabi Haifa 76



Final    Boston 4          Edmonton       1

Final    New Jersey      6          Washington     0

Final    Colorado         6          Buffalo            1

Final    Pittsburgh        4          Vegas  2

Final OT          N-Y Rangers   3          San Jose          2

Final    Columbus        5          Florida 4

Final    L.A. Kings      3          Montreal          0

Final    Vancouver       4          Tampa Bay      1

Final    Toronto           5          Detroit 3

Final    Nashville         3          Winnipeg         0

Final OT          Minnesota       4          Chicago           3

Final    St. Louis          5          Calgary            3



Final    Philadelphia    34        N-Y Giants     13




L-A Dodgers   at         Milwaukee      8:09 p.m.



Guangzhou Long-Lions          at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Detroit at         Cleveland        7:00 p.m.

San Antonio    at         Orlando           7:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Dallas  7:00 p.m.

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

Houston          at         Memphis         8:00 p.m.

Atlanta            at         Miami  8:00 p.m.

Denver            at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Milwaukee      8:30 p.m.

Sacramento     at         Portland          10:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.



(23) South Florida       at         Tulsa    7:00 p.m.



Final    Philadelphia    34        N-Y Giants     13



Houston          at         Los Angeles FC          10:00 p.m.


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