AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BUILDING COLLAPSE-FIREFIGHTERS KILLED
YORK — Federal authorities say the cause of a central Pennsylvania fire that preceded a building collapse that killed two firefighters will remain undetermined
HOME INVASION SLAYING-WITNESS KILLED
READING — Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of having killed another man in a 2004 home invasion and then assassinated a witness in a fast-food drive-thru a week and a half later.
EXCHANGE-COMIC SHOPS DIVERSIFY
ELLWOOD CITY — Unless you read the sign out front, you might not know where you’re at when you first walk inside. Men sit at long tables with stacks of trading cards resting beside them. Pop culture-inspired figurines — 4 inches in height — are displayed in thin plastic boxes; some holding wands, others wearing crowns and even more sporting capes and masks. Thousands of graphic novels are tucked in bookcases, lining an entire wall with serialized comics contained in one cohesive book. Comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts — mostly men — were once the main folks who called New Dimension Comics along Lawrence Avenue home, as well as at the hundreds of similar shops throughout the country. But now, according to comic expert John Jackson Miller, that’s not necessarily the case. Trading card players, pop culture fanatics and vintage collectors are now the face of many comic shops, according to the largest comic sales database in the world, Comichron.com. Dani Fitzgerald, Beaver County Times.
EXCHANGE-LIFE ON THE ROAD
LANCASTER — Brian and Diane Peachey had always dreamed about seeing as much of the country as possible. But with just a few weeks of vacation a year, they never could relax or see everything on their list. They liked camping with their three children. Maybe they could buy an RV and take a break from work. Then Brian Peachey was laid off. It was a permanent sabbatical, they joke. So the Peacheys went for it. They sold their house in February and soon hit the road in their RV. Now the family of five is exploring the country while looking for their next home. They’re documenting their epic trip for their thousands of followers on YouTube, showing how Brian’s wheelchair doesn’t stop him from adventure. Their experiment is like an early retirement, with their children along for the ride. Erin Negley, LNP newspaper.
WRIGHTSVILLE — For 30 years Mitzi Eaton has been York County’s lifeline for injured and ill birds of prey. The unending flow of grounded raptors comes to her Lower Windsor Township home at all hours of the day and night. Always, there are 15 to 30 birds here in various stages of recovery. Those in the worst shape are closely monitored in crates and boxes in her basement and garage. Being a state and federally licensed raptor rehabilitator is a rare and wearisome undertaking requiring seven-days-a-week vigilance. Eaton must be the determiner of life and death. And she receives no pay or financial reimbursement for the food and medicine required to nurse them back to health. Frank Bodani, York Daily Record.
PHILADELPHIA — Every few days, Sam Torres heads to Glen Foerd in Northeast Philadelphia to check his beehives. He gets there about 8 a.m. because bees get up with the sun, and goes through the hives carefully to make sure his “girls” — beehives are a bona fide matriarchy at 85 to 90 percent female — are doing just fine. Smoker in hand, Torres looks at how many cells the bees have capped with wax, meaning that they’ve filled them with honey, and observes the larvae that will eventually grow into worker bees that clean and forage for the hive. Torres, 27, sells his honey and provides beekeeping consulting services under the name Keystone Colonies. He is part of a growing group in the Philadelphia beekeeping community: millennials. Bethany Ao, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
EXCHANGE-POLICE BODY CAMERAS
DOYLESTOWN — Gun — check. Badge — check. Body camera — check. Clipping a video camera to his chest is not something Central Bucks Regional police Cpl. Cliff Horn ever thought would become part of his pre-shift ritual. And two years ago, when Horn, then an officer, learned the department would be one of seven Bucks County law enforcement agencies taking part in a pilot program to test out police-worn body cameras, he was not exactly enthused. But over time he’s changed his tune. He says the cameras often reduce tensions immediately. When everyone involved in a police response call knows that tape is running, it tends to de-escalate situations pretty quickly, he added. Christian Menno, The (Allentown) Morning Call.
RABID SKUNKS — Authorities say a second skunk in three weeks has tested positive for rabies in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown, and like the earlier case the animal came into contact with at least one dog.
WATER RESCUE — The Coast Guard has rescued two men found clinging to an overturned watercraft near the Ben Franklin Bridge.
PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs look for a third straight victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Tyler Chatwood starts for the Cubs against Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
PHILLIES — Jacob deGrom (7-7) starts for the Mets and Jake Arrieta (9-7) goes for the Phillies. By Aaron Bracy.
LONG POND, Pa. -- Will Power has an Indianapolis 500 championship this season. He’d like to pair it with an IndyCar title. But with four races left, he’ll have to be flawless to catch leader Scott Dixon. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words. AP Photos. By 6 p.m.
— INDYCAR-QUALIFYING. By Dan Gelston. Starts at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
PICK SIX-REDSHIRT FRESHMAN
Redshirt freshmen are becoming less common as more players contribute straight out of high school. They still can have an impact, though. That’s particularly true on the offensive and defensive lines, where players regularly need that extra year to gain the physical strength necessary for the college game. By Steve Megargee. SENT: About 730 words.
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