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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

November 20, 2018

Good morning! 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. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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PHILADELPHIA — Police officers often come across families or people they wish they could do more to help on their beats. They started a program where officers are asked to donate as little as $4 to buy food to pack 450 boxes of Thanksgiving meals to help some of those families, seniors or others. During the year officers keep track if they notice a situation or home that would benefit from the help. They raised $13,000 this year from officers. By Claudia Lauer.


PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh bank employee who said on social media that a man who drove through a crowd of protesters should have used a bus instead of a car is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she was fired because she’s white. The Tribune-Review reports that Lisa Ellis of Mt. Lebanon made the comment June 30, three days after a Pittsburgh police officer was charged with homicide in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. The shooting fueled daily protests around Pittsburgh, and a man was charged with reckless endangerment for driving his car through a crowd of activists, injuring three. SENT: 397 words.


PHILADELPHIA— Philadelphia and other cities around could see the coldest Thanksgiving Day in over a century. UPCOMING: 200 words.


PHILADELPHIA — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have filed friend-of-the-court briefs to support New Jersey’s latest gun control effort in a case set for federal appeals court arguments on Tuesday. They call the state’s effort to limit large-capacity magazines (“LCMs”) that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition a “reasonable” approach that still protects individual Second Amendment rights, but a gun rights group is challenging the plan.


—PENNSYLVANIA BUS CRASH — A bus driver faces criminal charges stemming from a crash last month near Scranton that killed a California woman and seriously injured other passengers.

— SON ON HOOD — A Pennsylvania mom faces criminal charges for allegedly driving with her son on the hood of her car after the boy refused to go to the dentist.



Sidney Crosby is hurt. The defense is a mess. Matt Murray’s confidence too. No wonder the Pittsburgh Penguins are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference a quarter of the way into the season. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


Duquesne plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.


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