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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

August 20, 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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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, seeking to respond to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: About 1200 words.

Also moving:

— CLERGY ABUSE-SIGN VANDALIZED — A sign at a Roman Catholic high school in Pennsylvania named for Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been vandalized with paint.



PITTSBURGH — Just less than a month to go before Pittsburgh’s annual Shrine Circus, fans are snapping up tickets quicker than usual. It’s not only because Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shut down last year, leaving big-top faithful without the famous traveling show. It’s that September could mark an end for the 69-year-old Shriners’ event, too, organizer Paul Leavy said. “We just don’t know,” the longtime circus chairman said last week. About 30,000 people turn out for five shows over three days, the biggest single fundraiser for the Syria Shrine. An animal treatment law passed by city council in December jeopardizes the circus, where animals remain the No. 1 attraction, Leavy said. Such conflict could leave the group with a few options: Convert to an animal-free circus, which Leavy said would likely fail; attempt to relocate the event out of Pittsburgh; or close it down. The group has argued a shutdown would devastate its fundraising. Adam Smeltz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. SENT: About 880 words.


DOUBLE SHOOTING-STEEN WOUNDED — A shooting on a Philadelphia street has left two people critically wounded, including a 14-year-old boy.

SUV ROLLS INTO POLICE CAR —Authorities say the driver of a stolen SUV ran off while the vehicle was still in gear, causing it to roll back into and damage a police car.

MISSING WOMAN — Police in southeastern Pennsylvania are searching for a 69-year-old woman who went missing over the weekend.



PITTSBURGH — The Atlanta Braves, in a fight with Philadelphia for the top spot in the NL East, open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Monday night. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.


LONG POND, Pa. — Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens have forged a bit of a rivalry this season. They’ve tangled on the track a few times, and exchanged the occasional verbal dart — some more playful than others, like when Wickens jokingly locked Rossi in a prison cell during a promotional event last month. But animosity between IndyCar drivers tends to dissolve quickly amid grim reminders of the sport’s dangers. By Dan Gelston. SENT: About 710 words, photos.


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