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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 15, 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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WILKES-BARRE _ Jurors begin deliberating Monday in the trial of two men charged with killing a popular disc jockey in northeastern Pennsylvania



PHILADELPHIA _ Ten years ago, the Rev. Adan Mairena decided to leave the Main Line majesty of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church to minister to people living in poverty in Kensington. “In one day,” said Mairena, a Honduran-born, second-generation preacher, “I went from first world to the third. From Renoirs on the walls to people with no running water — in 15 miles.” Ask him why and Mairena, 45, will tell you that he had little choice. A place, he’ll say, chooses you: “The electricity of the neighborhood, that urban feel. The sounds, the diversity, and the people who look like me.” That, and there was just so much more to be done in Kensington, where hunger and meager chances have made life endlessly difficult for people — many of them Latino — searching for something better. Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


PITTSBURGH _ While Cheryl Klein was studying Hebrew for her coming-of-age bat mitzvah in 1967, she began teaching her classmates. “I was teaching them how to sing their haftarah (biblical passages). They needed some tutoring,” Rabbi Klein recalled, adding that her tutoring rate was $1 an hour. Back then, baby sitters earned 50 cents an hour, so the 12-year-old thought she had hit the lottery. Rabbi Klein grew up in Squirrel Hill, where she and her friends gathered often in one another’s homes, at the Jewish Community Center and the beloved Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop on Forbes Avenue. A mother of four, she has devoted her life to Jewish education. For more than 20 years, she taught Jewish history and Holocaust studies at the School of Advanced Jewish Studies. In 2016, she was ordained a nondenominational rabbi. Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


SCRANTON _ He didn’t play piano, but 15-year-old Joey Aikens had an ear for perfect pitch. When a family friend gave him a small console piano, he could hear it was out of tune. A hands-on kid who took his electronic toys apart, diagrammed them and put them back together for fun, Aikens went into his dad’s toolbox. He found a hex fitting and locking pliers, which he used as a makeshift tuning lever. “I never really thought as to whether or not I could actually do it,” Aikens said. “All I had known was it was out of tune, it needed to be done and so I tried to remedy it. I’m kind of like that with everything.” Twenty-five years later, Aikens is one of the few remaining piano tuners in the region. As pianos continue to remain a centerpiece of classical and modern music, opinions differ on whether piano tuning is reaching its swan song. Jim Lockwood, The (Scranton) Times-Tribune.


DILLSBURG _ You’d never guess from the ear-to-ear smile stretched across Jacy’s face, but she claims she usually doesn’t like dogs. Murray, though, is winning her over, one smooch at a time. The scene unfolds during a recent afternoon at Northern High School in Dillsburg, York County, where the 3-year-old Labrador Retriever usually sits — well, lays in his doggie bed — alongside special education teacher Lauren Berry. Murray is employed by the Northern York County School District, the highly trained pooch empowered to perform helpful tasks and, perhaps most importantly, provide a calming influence for the students in Berry’s special education class. In addition to Murray at the high school, there are others scattered among the middle school and elementary schools: Hershey, Dewey, Aspen, Vale, Brodey and Aurora. All are Labrador Retrievers, though service dogs can come in various breeds. Geoff Morrow, York Daily Record.


APOLLO _ Making a prize trophy — be it a deer, bear, turkey, mountain lion, zebra or any other mammal, fish or fowl — look lifelike through taxidermy for hunter or fisherman is a real art form, area taxidermists say. “I like to create art, and that is what this really is,” said Randy Kanner, owner of Fur, Feathers & Fins Taxidermy of Washington Township, Westmoreland County. Kanner got into the taxidermy business 16 years ago. He finds that his current profession gives him opportunities to display different skills than when he was an electrical engineer, before losing his job in 2000. “I get to express my artistic side,” Kanner said. Joe Napsha, Tribune-Review.


GAS STATION ASSAULT-SLAYINGS _ A man has been charged in the shooting deaths of two men he said were among a group that assaulted him outside a western Pennsylvania gas station.

FATAL DUMP TRUCK CRASH _ Authorities have released the names of two New Jersey women killed when a dump truck rolled onto a sport utility vehicle on a southeastern Pennsylvania highway.



PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for their second win in as many nights when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Game begins at 7 p.m. EST.


LAWRENCE, Kan. _ It’s a Final Four rematch when defending national champion Villanova plays Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 11 a.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Bucknell plays Ohio State at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. By Edward Sutelan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon EST.


PITTSBURGH _ Pittsburgh looks to end a two-game losing streak when it hosts Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday. Game begins at 2 p.m. EST.


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