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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

July 8, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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HARRISBURG— The criminal proceedings against former Penn State fraternity brothers over the death of a pledge after a night of drinking and hazing are still playing out, with another preliminary hearing on tap, as well as the sentencing of a defendant who pleaded guilty. By Mark Scolforo. UPCOMING: About 500 words.



SCRANTON — Until about two weeks ago, Bill Mentz was a full-time liturgy director for the Roman Catholic Church. Now the 32-year-old from Dunmore is starting a new church, one that dispatches uncertainty in traditional Catholicism about welcoming gay people, divorced people, and women and gay clergy. It’s also one with which his former employer wants nothing to do. SS. Francis and Clare Independent Roman Catholic Community planned to begin services this month, but since Mentz is not yet ordained through the Independent Roman Catholic Church, it was to be a Sunday celebration in absence of a priest. For now, Mentz serves as the parish administrator, and expects to be ordained as a deacon in the fall. Pending a deep-dive ordination process that includes a background check and psychological evaluation among other things, he is set to be ordained as a priest next year. Jon O’Connell, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune. SENT: About 820 words.


MISSING FISHERMAN — The body of a fisherman has been recovered from a lake in central Pennsylvania more than two weeks after he went missing.



PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies wrap up a three-game series on Sunday. Nick Kingham starts for Pittsburgh. Game begins at 1:35 p.m. EDT.


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