Cong. Barletta ready: Sunday AP PA Headlines, Sports, Scores & Skeds

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is facing skepticism from Republicans in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania.  The four-term Republican congressman isn’t wowing anybody with his fundraising efforts. He hasn’t received any outside help to boost his image. And he is nagged by questions about whether he is too closely tied to President Donald Trump to make his race about anything else.


There also are a large number of battleground states for control of the Senate, and competition will be stiff for campaign cash.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Washington Post that he believes nine states are likely decide the battle for Senate control, and the list didn’t include Pennsylvania.  Without substantial outside help from Republican super PACs like McConnell’s, Barletta could be hobbled.


POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who stepped down following profanity-laced online tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has been spared jail time on firearms purchase convictions.  46-year-old former Gilberton chief Mark Kessler was ordered Thursday to spend two years on probation.


Jurors convicted the Frackville resident in April of making a false statement on a firearms application and unsworn falsification. State police said he falsely stated in May 2016 that he wasn’t charged with an offense carrying a one-year jail term even though he faced a terroristic threat charge. He said he erred on the form and his attorney vowed an appeal.  Kessler was suspended after gaining notoriety for posting videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others.


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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.  The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.  Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers.


Starbucks said it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer, “regardless of whether they make a purchase.”  The company said anyone can use its cafes, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is a safety threat.  “We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome,” Starbucks said in a statement.

Starbucks has long projected itself as a socially conscious company and promoted its stores as a neighborhood gathering place.


NEW YORK (AP) — Some inmates at New York City’s biggest jail got a taste of ancient Greece this weekend.

A theater company went to Rikers Island on Saturday to perform skits from plays by Sophocles that deal with wounded, traumatized warriors and how they deal with other people off the battleground. It was a perfect fit for the New York audience behind bars — about 20 military veterans living in a new jail unit where even the correction officers are veterans.


Bryan Doerries, head of the Theater of War company that presented the Greek tragedies, then invited the imprisoned veterans to discuss their personal stories.  The Department of Correction’s Senior Deputy Commissioner Timothy Farrell says officials are trying to give these veterans charged with non-violent crimes “a sense of camaraderie.”


BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.  Guess who’s coming to Windsor?

The ceremony married the pomp and circumstance of Britain’s most sacred institution with elements of black culture, drawing viewers not normally drawn to the spectacle of the monarchy.


Race has loomed over the couple’s relationship from the beginning. After the pair went public in 2016, Harry lashed out in a public statement at what he described as “racial undertones” in media coverage and overt racism toward his then-girlfriend, who has lamented such views. At the announcement of their engagement last fall, many black women around the world cheered the news as a fairytale that doesn’t always include them.

Markle, 36, became the first black member of the British royal family in modern history. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is black. Her father is white.


LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) — A missing statue of the Virgin Mary stolen from a Vermont nativity scene more than two years ago has been found unharmed and returned to its owner. The statue was stolen from Lyndonville in January 2016 and it was recently discovered in an apartment house storage area by Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris acting on a tip. It was returned to the Lyndon Ecumenical Council.


The Caledonian Record reports Municipal Administrator Justin Smith recognized the missing statue in photos of the building’s interior taken by the town health officer during an inspection.  Police say mostly college students live in the building and it will be impossible to determine how it got there.  A statue of the baby Jesus that was stolen at the same time remains missing.


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Sports, Scores & Skeds


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clayton Richard allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian Villanueva homered and drove in two runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2. Richard pitched into the eighth inning for a third straight start after allowing a combined five runs and 12 hits in his previous two. Jose Pirela also had two RBIs for the Padres. They have won two straight games and three of their past four.

  1. LOUIS (AP) — Odubel Herrera homered and Jorge Alfaro drove in the go-ahead run to propel the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Alfaro was scratched with right knee soreness after originally being in the lineup.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify is one win away from the Triple Crown after capturing Saturday’s Preakness, outracing the field on a sloppy track similar to the conditions in his Kentucky Derby victory two weeks earlier. It’s the second Preakness win for jockey Mike Smith in 17 starts and keeps alive the chance for trainer Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. Baffert tied D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th victory in a Triple Crown race and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title.





Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
Final Milwaukee 5 Minnesota 4
Final Oakland 5 Toronto 4
Final Cleveland 5 Houston 4
Final Chi White Sox 5 Texas 3
Final Boston 6 Baltimore 3
Final N-Y Yankees 8 Kansas City 3
Final Tampa Bay 5 L-A Angels 3
Final Seattle 7 Detroit 2
Final Cincinnati 5 Chi Cubs 4, 11 Innings
Final L-A Dodgers 4 Washington 1
Final Philadelphia 7 St. Louis 6
Final San Francisco 9 Colorado 4
Final San Diego 6 Pittsburgh 2
Final N-Y Mets 5 Arizona 4
Final Chi Cubs 10 Cincinnati 0
Final Atlanta 8 Miami 1
Final L-A Dodgers 5 Washington 4
Final Cleveland 116 Boston 86
Final Tampa Bay 3 Washington 2
Final Chicago 82 Indiana 64
Milwaukee at Minnesota 2:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Boston 1:05 p.m.
Oakland at Toronto 1:07 p.m.
Texas at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m.
N-Y Yankees at Kansas City 2:15 p.m.
Tampa Bay at L-A Angels 4:07 p.m.
Detroit at Seattle 4:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston 8:08 p.m.
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati 1:10 p.m.
Arizona at N-Y Mets 1:10 p.m.
L-A Dodgers at Washington 1:35 p.m.
San Diego at Pittsburgh 1:35 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta 1:35 p.m.
Philadelphia at St. Louis 2:15 p.m.
Colorado at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Houston at Golden State 8:00 p.m.
Vegas at Winnipeg 3:00 p.m.
Indiana at Washington 1:00 p.m.
Las Vegas at Connecticut 1:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Dallas 3:00 p.m.
L.A. Sparks at Minnesota 5:00 p.m.
N-Y Liberty at Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix at Seattle 9:00 p.m.



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