PA Senate contest could head to court: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 11/21/18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state Senate contest in suburban Philadelphia where the six-term Republican incumbent leads a Democratic challenger by about 75 votes may be heading to court.

Democratic Rep. Tina Davis sued Monday in a bid to force Bucks County to count what her lawsuit says are at least 216 absentee ballots received after the legal deadline.


Her lawsuit wants a county judge to declare that deadline to be unconstitutional and order the absentee ballots to be counted.  Among the reasons cited in her lawsuit is that absentee voters can receive a ballot too late to return it before the deadline, which was Nov. 2. Her lawsuit says there’s no compelling interest in depriving voters of a meaningful opportunity to vote in Nov. 6’s election.  Republican Sen. Robert Tomlinson is seeking a seventh four-year term in office.


UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) – A lawsuit is asking a court to order a fraternity house where a pledge suffered fatal injuries during a night of drinking and hazing last year to be sold to Penn State University.  The complaint filed Monday in Centre County argues that a 1928 deed gives the university the right to force the sale of the Beta Theta Pi property and house once it stops being used as a fraternity.  The school wants the price to be set by an arbitrator or another court-mandated process, and it says the fraternity house has disputed whether it has the right under the nearly century-old deed to compel the sale.


Penn State said the owners have been issued a rooming house and rental house permit.  The national fraternity closed down, and the university decertified the fraternity chapter after the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.  Piazza’s death resulted in related criminal charges against about two dozen fraternity members and led lawmakers to pass anti-hazing legislation .  A Penn State spokesman said if the lawsuit is successful, the school hopes to put the property toward a “positive purpose” that has not yet been determined. It will not be a fraternity or sorority, he said.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday it is putting aside $25 million to start paying claims to people who say its clergy sexually abused them as children.  The archdiocese said it expects to need more money than it has on hand, so it will have to borrow and liquidate assets. A spokesman calls initial funding of $25 million to $30 million, from existing liquid assets, “a floor and not a ceiling.”  The archdiocese announced last week it was beginning a claims process and had mailed out a few hundred informational packets to people who had previously reported credible abuse claims.  Most of the state’s dioceses are setting up compensation funds.


A proposal to retroactively allow child sexual abuse lawsuits that are otherwise too old to pursue passed the state House by a wide margin but was blocked by state Senate Republicans.  A grand jury report issued in August identified about 300 priests and other clergy in six of the state’s eight dioceses that it said had sexually abused more than 1,000 children dating to the 1940s. Similar widespread abuse was documented in the Philadelphia Archdiocese over a decade ago.  Most of the attacks took place too long ago to result in criminal charges or lawsuits.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police officers often come across families or people on their beats who they wish they could do more to help in a city where one in four people lives below the national poverty line.

Officers around the city got the chance Tuesday to do a little more as they delivered more than 450 Thanksgiving meals to families and seniors. The officers had donated the money themselves — about $13,000 — to buy as much food as they could to make the meals.   For 49 years, volunteers in the Philadelphia department have gathered money from officers and civilian employees, asked beat police to keep an eye out for people who might be able to use some holiday help, and assembled the boxes of turkeys and fixings for as many people as their donations can buy.  Officer David Jones, who stood Tuesday with a clipboard in his civilian clothes setting up tables in the chilly predawn, has kept the event running for more than 20 years.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lock her up? Eh, not so fast. President Trump says there’s a difference between his daughter, Ivanka Trump using private email to conduct government business — and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doing so. During his presidential campaign, Trump mercilessly criticized Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” for doing government business using private email — and once told her to her face at one of the debates saying she belonged in jail. But now that the White House has acknowledged Ivanka Trump did the same thing, Trump has said the two cases aren’t the same. Trump says his daughter didn’t have a private server, never emailed classified information — or deleted emails.


WASHINGTON (AP) — An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges that he dragged her across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument over money, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.  Mareli Miniutti wrote in a sworn statement that during the argument, Avenatti shouted expletives at her and told her she was “ungrateful” before he hit her in the face with pillows. She said Avenatti attempted to pull her out of a bed in his guest bedroom and snatched her phone away before she screamed for help.


Avenatti, who was arrested last week on a felony domestic violence charge, called the allegations “completely false.” He’s scheduled to appear in court next month.  Avenatti, who is mulling a presidential run, is best known as the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, a claim Trump denies. As Daniels’ lawyer, Avenatti has pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.  Asked about Avenatti’s arrest, Trump said Tuesday, “I wish him the best of luck.”


BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mom faces criminal charges for allegedly driving with her son on the hood of her car after the boy refused to go to the dentist.  Police in Bethlehem Township say the incident began last Wednesday when the 12-year-old boy told 36-year-old Shaurice Jones he wasn’t going to the dentist and climbed on the hood of the car.


Jones then allegedly drove two miles to a regional police office. Police say the speed limit on the road is 40 mph. reports Jones, of Bath, was arrested Monday. She is charged with child endangerment and reckless endangerment and has been freed on $1,000 bail.  It wasn’t known Monday night if Jones had retained an attorney. A phone number listed for her address was not working.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee believe someone threw a chunk of concrete from a highway overpass, killing a driver who was on his way to work.  The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says 54-year-old Joe C. Shelton Jr. was killed when the concrete came through his front windshield and hit him in the face.


The incident happened just before 5 a.m. yesterday while Shelton was driving on I-24 near downtown Nashville. Shelton was travelling from his home in Pleasant View to his job at a Nissan plant in Smyrna.

Tennessee Transportation Department bridge inspectors determined the concrete was not part of the nearby Shelby Avenue Bridge. They say the chunk more closely resembles a roadway curb.

Police believe the chunk was thrown from the bridge and are reviewing available surveillance footage of the area.


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Scores & Skeds


CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket.  The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley Wednesday while the Raiders take on SMU for third place.


Stevens was 10 of 15 from the floor and has reached 20 points in all four games this season. He scored 11 points in the first half with Myles Dread and Josh Reaves adding 10 each when Penn State took a 45-28 lead after opening the game on a 12-3 run. Dread finished with 13 points and Reaves had 12 points and 10 rebounds.


The Nittany Lions shot 58 percent and made 9 of 17 from the arc.  Bill Wampler scored 17 points and Loudon Love added 14 with 10 rebounds for the Raiders (3-2). The Nittany Lions will tonight on WKOK and at 8pm.


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Toronto           93        Orlando           91

Final    Washington     125      L.A. Clippers  118

Final    Brooklyn         104      Miami  92

Final    Portland          118      N-Y Knicks     114



Final OT          Edmonton       4          San Jose          3



Final    (1) Duke          78        (8) Auburn      72

Final    (3) Gonzaga    91        Arizona           74

Final    (16) Clemson   64        Georgia           49

Final    Lipscomb        73        (18) TCU         64

Final    (21) Oregon     83        Green Bay       72

Final    (23) Ohio St.   68        Samford          50




Indiana            at         Charlotte         7:00 p.m.

New Orleans   at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

Toronto           at         Atlanta            7:30 p.m.

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

Phoenix           at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

Portland          at         Milwaukee      8:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         Cleveland        8:00 p.m.

Detroit at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

Denver            at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

Brooklyn         at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.

Memphis         at         San Antonio    8:30 p.m.

Sacramento     at         Utah    9:00 p.m.

Oklahoma City            at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.



Toronto           at         Carolina           7:00 p.m.

N-Y Islanders at         N-Y Rangers   7:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         Pittsburgh        7:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Washington     7:00 p.m.

Montreal          at         New Jersey      7:00 p.m.

Florida at         Tampa Bay      7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         Buffalo            7:30 p.m.

Boston at         Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa            at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Nashville         8:00 p.m.

Vegas  at         Arizona           9:00 p.m.

Winnipeg         at         Calgary            10:00 p.m.

Vancouver       at         Anaheim          10:00 p.m.

Colorado         at         L.A. Kings      10:30 p.m.



(1) Duke          at         (3) Gonzaga    5:00 p.m.

Marquette        at         (2) Kansas       7:00 p.m.

Middle Tennessee       at         (4) Virginia      9:30 p.m.

Louisville        at         (5) Tennessee  5:00 p.m.

(8) Auburn      at         Arizona           11:30 p.m.

Winthrop         at         (10) Kentucky 1:00 p.m.

Saint Mary’s (Cal)       at         (15) Mississippi St.      8:30 p.m.

Creighton        at         (16) Clemson   7:30 p.m.

Alabama St.    at         (20) Iowa        8:30 p.m.

Dartmouth       at         (22) Buffalo    7:00 p.m.

Stanford          at         (25) Wisconsin            2:30 p.m.


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