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AP PA Headlines 5/27/18


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Treasury Department hopes rightful owners will come forward to claim more than 500 military medals that have ended up in its possession.  Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella said Friday some were reported to his agency as unclaimed property.  Seven of the medals, including three Purple Hearts, were recently turned over the proper veterans or their families.


The procedure to establish ownership of war medals can be lengthy and involve genealogical research.

At least 12 of the medals the department currently has are Purple Hearts. The rest are various honors related to military service.  A spokeswoman says the Treasury Department doesn’t provide a detailed description of them on the state website because of procedures used to verify ownership.  The department will help potential claimants assert their right to a medal.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Visitors at a Pittsburgh zoo got a surprise when they witnessed a gorilla giving birth in the exhibit area.  Moka, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning.  The zoo says Moka is very attentive and has been encouraging her baby to nurse.


Brandi Bella-Shaw says she was at the gorilla exhibit with her husband, teenage son and his girlfriend when Moka emerged from behind a wall, carrying the baby. She says the umbilical cord was still attached and it was very apparent Moka had just given birth.  She says “it was amazing to see” and Moka “was so nurturing.”

She says everyone in her group was “amazed by the sight.”


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EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A neighbor accused of harassing and using racial epithets against a black Pennsylvania family for years has been sentenced to prison.  A Northampton County judge sentenced 45-year-old Robert Kujawa to the term Friday after a jury convicted him of ethnic intimidation, harassment and stalking, the (Allentown) Morning Call reported.


Prosecutors said Kujawa hung Confederate flags in the windows of his Bethlehem Township home, but only those facing the black family’s residence, and used a racial slur against the woman and her son when they were in the backyard. Kujawa’s attorney denied his client, who is white, used the slur.  Family members said the man used a pellet gun to shoot out their outdoor lights and damage their furniture.  Judge Jennifer Sletvold noted that Kujawa was convicted of harassment of the family in 2015 and the following year admitted to reckless endangerment.


NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn’t have time to read the books he brought with him.  The film mogul carried three books under his arm as he surrendered at a New York City police station Friday.  One was “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,” by Todd Purdum.


A second was Richard Schickel’s biography of filmmaker Elia Kazan. The identity of the third book wasn’t immediately apparent.  Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly. An associate was carrying them when he left court a few hours later.  The film producer denies charges that he raped one woman and forced another to have sex with him.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series’ producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.  Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller will begin in December at London’s Pinewood Studios.


Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Oscar-winner Boyle (“Trainspotting,” ”Slumdog Millionaire”) will direct from a screenplay by Boyle’s frequent collaborator John Hodge.  Confirmation of Craig’s fifth Bond film followed speculation that the 50-year-old actor was about to hand in his license to kill. He said in 2015 that he would rather “slash my wrists” than return to the role — but later backtracked on those remarks, made just after he finished filming his fourth Bond film, “Spectre.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Freeman says he likes to compliment people to make them feel at ease around him but that he has never sexually assaulted women. The Academy Award-winning actor is fighting back against charges of bad behavior made by multiple women in a CNN report this week. He said in a statement late Friday that the report has devastated him and that “it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”


Following the report, Visa announced it was suspending all of its marketing that features the actor’s voice.

CNN’s story includes one movie production assistant who said Freeman unsuccessfully tried to lift her skirt. Other women talked about unwanted touching on their backs and shoulders. Mostly, Freeman’s accusers say he would comment about their bodies or clothes or make them uncomfortable by staring. A male former employee of Freeman’s production company said the 80-year-old actor would behave like a “creepy uncle.”  One of the article’s authors, Chloe Melas, began working on it following a press junket where she said Freeman clasped her hand, looked her up and down and made comments like, “you are ripe.”


KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states.  The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper’s office.  Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.  Bruinooge, who is an avid participant of yoga, says her motivation was simply “the fun of doing headstands.”  Bruinooge says she isn’t sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.


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Sports, Scores & Skeds

Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Nick Williams hit his third pinch-hit homer of the year in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies moved into first in the NL East with a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Nola did not allow a hit until Russell Martin’s RBI single to left in the seventh, which tied the game at 1. He was pulled after throwing 113 pitches. Saranthony Dominguez came on and got his first major league win.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies has lost his no-hit bid against Toronto with two outs in the seventh inning. Russell Martin grounded a tying single through the left side to spoil Nola’s try. Nola was pulled after that, having thrown 113 pitches, which matches a career high. Nola struck out 10 and walked two at Citizens Bank Park.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Flaherty allowed four hits over six innings, Matt Carpenter hit his fifth home run of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1. Flaherty (2-1) followed up a dominant performance against Philadelphia by keeping the Pirates in check. Flaherty gave up Starling Marte’s long home run in the first but settled down quickly. Jose Martinez added three hits for the Cardinals, who beat the Pirates for the first time in five tries this season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Starling Marte off the disabled list. Marte missed nine games while recovering from an oblique injury he suffered swinging at a pitch against the Chicago White Sox on May 15. The Pirates sent utility player Jose Osuna to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Marte. Pittsburgh opted to keep rookie Austin Meadows in the majors as a fourth outfielder. Meadows is hitting .448 since making his major league debut earlier this month.

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Goalkeeper Luis Robles was honored in a pregame ceremony for the conclusion of the longest Ironman streak in MLS history and the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union both had their winning streaks snapped as they played to a scoreless draw. Robles sat out due to a knee injury he suffered in the final minutes of a win at Colorado a week ago, ending his streak of 183 games dating to September 2012.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Devin Mann homered and drove in three runs as Louisville advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game by beating Pittsburgh 5-2. Mann hit a two-run homer in the seventh and had an RBI triple in the first.  Josh Stowers drove in his ninth run of the tournament to help the fifth-seeded Cardinals reach their first ACC final. They will play Florida State on Sunday.


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Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
Final Boston 8 Atlanta 6
Final Oakland 3 Arizona 0
Final Philadelphia 2 Toronto 1
Final Texas 4 Kansas City 3, 10 Innings
Final Chi White Sox 8 Detroit 4
Final Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 1
Final Cleveland 8 Houston 6
Final L-A Angels 11 N-Y Yankees 4
Final Seattle 4 Minnesota 3, 12 Innings
Final St. Louis 4 Pittsburgh 1
Final Milwaukee 17 N-Y Mets 6
Final Washington 4 Miami 1
Final San Francisco 5 Chi Cubs 4
Final Cincinnati 6 Colorado 5
Final San Diego 7 L-A Dodgers 5
Final Golden State 115 Houston 86
Final Dallas 78 Atlanta 70
Final Connecticut 86 Indiana 77
Atlanta at Boston 1:05 p.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia 1:35 p.m.
Arizona at Oakland 4:05 p.m.
L-A Angels at N-Y Yankees 1:05 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland 1:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay 1:10 p.m.
Chi White Sox at Detroit 1:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Texas 3:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Seattle 4:10 p.m.
Washington at Miami 1:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1:35 p.m.
N-Y Mets at Milwaukee 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Colorado 3:10 p.m.
San Diego at L-A Dodgers 4:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Chi Cubs 8:08 p.m.
Cleveland at Boston 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Washington 3:00 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Sparks 5:00 p.m.
Seattle at Las Vegas 8:30 p.m.



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