Troopers Safe After Fatal Standoff: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores

AP PA Headlines 11/29/19

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a man was shot and killed by a state trooper during an armed standoff at a cabin in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Police in Pike County say 31-year-old Nicholas Cantelmi barricaded himself in the Porter Township cabin Wednesday after fleeing a traffic stop that morning in which they say he intentionally struck a police vehicle.

The Jim Thorpe resident was wanted on a parole violation in another county.  Police said in a news release that negotiators tried for seven hours to persuade him to surrender, and they also used tear gas and flash-bang devices to try to get him to come out. Police said Cantelmi fired shots from inside the cabin before he was shot and killed Wednesday night. Police and county prosecutors are investigating.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in Pennsylvania is increasing to 21, although there’s an exception for veterans and service members who are at least 18.  Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a pair of bills that make the age limit also apply to e-cigarettes and vaping products.  They’re banned on school grounds outside designated outdoor areas for nonstudents.  Pennsylvania joins 18 other states in making 21 the minimum age.  The new age takes effect July 1.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor is turning to an engineer who’s served most recently as a top PennDOT administrator to be the agency’s next transportation secretary.  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced his choice of Transportation Department Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian to take over from outgoing Secretary Leslie Richards.

Richards is leaving to become general manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority public transit agency.  Gramian has spent decades as a project engineer, including several high-profile works in the Philadelphia area. She’s scheduled to assume the top duties on Dec. 6.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — High winds have grounded the large balloons during the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that vice president Mike Monsell of parade broadcaster WPVI-TV said early Thursday morning that none of the 15 giant balloons were expected to take part.

A wind advisory from the National Weather Service in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday with projected winds of up to 30 mph (48 kph) and gusts up to 50 mph (80 kph).  The weather service cautioned that “gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects” and toppled tree limbs could cause power outages.

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Features

NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved balloons flew, but lower than usual, in a windy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after an anxious weather watch.  Wind had threatened to ground the giant inflated characters. But officials announced less than an hour before Thursday’s start time that the balloons could fly, if in a down-to-Earth way.  As the parade continued — even while city emergency officials sent out a public alert about wind gusts — handlers struggled with some giant balloons and pulled them close to the ground.

Meanwhile, winds did keep giant balloons out of Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  The Macy’s parade balloons might have been lowered, but Susan Koteen’s spirits weren’t. She has traveled from Florida, three years in a row, to see the parade.  Spectators lined up a half-dozen deep along the route on a gusty fall day, with leaves and confetti swirling in the wind

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man’s quest to find his wedding ring on a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has been completed by a couple of hikers — and a metal detector.  WMUR-TV reports Bill Giguere, of Massachusetts, recently lost the gold band on Mount Hancock. Giguere, who had been wearing it for three years, put out a plea to a hiking group for help.

Tom Gately saw the post but had doubts about finding the ring along the 10-mile loop trail Giguere hiked.  Giguere said the most likely spot was at a lookout where he changed gloves.  Gately and fellow hiker Brendan Cheever set out with a metal detector.  Cheever says that “it beeped and he’s, like, ‘I think I found it,’ and everybody’s, like, ‘What?’ and he just started scratching in the snow. There it was!”

BRUSSELS (AP) — Put domestic cats on a leash to better protect threatened birds and the environment? The European Union says that would deny mankind’s furry friend its unalienable right to roam.  The EU’s executive said Thursday that it is “a strong defender of free movement rights — including of cats” and “categorically” denied it would ever force cats to be kept indoors or on a leash, as one scientific study suggests.

Tilburg University scientists wrote in Oxford’s Journal of Environmental Law that free-ranging domestic cats “impact biodiversity through predation, disturbance, competition, disease and hybridization,” and added that the predatory impact is worse than often assumed.  They argued that EU laws and directives could effectively force owners to keep them indoors or on a leash outdoors..

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 PA Sports, Scores & Skeds

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Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    New Jersey      6          Montreal          4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final    Chicago           24        Detroit 20

Final    Buffalo            26        Dallas  15

Final    New Orleans   26        Atlanta            18

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (5)Maryland    76        Temple            69

Final    Michigan         73        (6)North Carolina        64

Final OT          (8)Gonzaga     73        (11)Oregon      72

Final    Iowa    72        (12)Texas Tech            61

Final    (13)Seton Hall 81        Southern Miss.            56

Final    (14)Arizona     93        Pepperdine      91

Final    (16)Memphis   83        NC State         78

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TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Boston at         Brooklyn         12 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Detroit 7 p.m.

Toronto           at         Orlando           7 p.m.

Milwaukee      at         Cleveland        7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         New York       7:30 p.m.

Atlanta            at         Indiana            8 p.m.

Utah    at         Memphis         8 p.m.

Golden State   at         Miami  8 p.m.

New Orleans   at         Oklahoma City            8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers  at         San Antonio    8:30 p.m.

Dallas  at         Phoenix           9 p.m.

Chicago           at         Portland          10 p.m.

Washington     at         L.A. Lakers     10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N-Y Rangers   at         Boston 1 p.m.

Winnipeg         at         Anaheim          4 p.m.

Toronto           at         Buffalo            4 p.m.

Colorado         at         Chicago           4 p.m.

Ottawa            at         Minnesota       4 p.m.

Detroit at         Philadelphia    4 p.m.

Los Angeles    at         San Jose          4 p.m.

Tampa Bay      at         Washington     5 p.m.

Arizona           at         Vegas  6 p.m.

Pittsburgh        at         Columbus        7 p.m.

Nashville         at         Carolina           7:30 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(18)Cincinnati at         (17)Memphis   3:30 p.m.

(19)Iowa         at         Nebraska         2:30 p.m.

(20)Boise St.   at         Colorado St.    3:30 p.m.

(22)Appalachian St.    at         Troy     6 p.m.

(23)Virginia Tech        at         Virginia           12 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Winthrop         at         (1)Duke           7 p.m.

(2)Louisville    at         W. Kentucky   5 p.m.

(5)Maryland    at         Harvard           11:30 a.m.

(11)Oregon      at         (6)North Carolina        11:30 a.m.

(8)Gonzaga     at         Michigan         2 p.m.

UAB   at         (9)Kentucky    7 p.m.

Morgan St.      at         (10)Ohio St.    9 p.m.

(12)Texas Tech            at         Creighton        10:30 p.m.

(13)Seton Hall at         Iowa St.          7 p.m.

Penn    at         (14)Arizona     11:30 p.m.

(15)Utah St.    at         Saint Mary’s (Cal)       11:30 p.m.

(17)Tennessee at         Florida St.       7 p.m.

(20)VCU         at         Purdue 9:30 p.m.

Marshall          at         (24)Florida      9 p.m.

 

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