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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

March 2, 2019

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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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PITTSBURGH _ A man is on trial on third-degree murder and other charges in a Thanksgiving Day police chase that authorities said ended when he collided with a car that burst into flames, killing the driver, his fiancee and her toddler daughter.


SANTA FE, N.M. _ Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is joining a push in four states to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.



ERIE _ Eleven killed at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in October. Twenty-six slain at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017. Seven fatally shot at Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec, Canada, in January 2017. Nine gunned down at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015. Six dead at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August 2012. Houses of worship are usually places of refuge, but in recent years they’ve also become sites of carnage. Erie hasn’t experienced a mass shooting in a church, temple, mosque or other place of worship, but the threat is real to local congregations, and they’re responding. Security cameras, locked doors and people armed with guns are ways in which Erie-area congregations have reacted. Dana Massing, Erie Times-News.


PITTSBURGH _ When the first heat hit the water, Colby Love stepped behind the starting blocks and took a deep breath. As the only freshman to make the podium the previous year in the 200-yard freestyle at the WPIAL swimming championships, Colby had his sights set on qualifying for the state finals as a sophomore. His heat was next. But he couldn’t stop shaking. And then he was crying. The truth was that Colby already was spiraling into severe depression. This was two years ago now, before Colby stopped swimming and nearly dropped out of school; before he hit rock bottom and went to bed each night hoping not to wake up in the morning; before he found help, came out publicly as a transgender man and showed his scars. It was before Colby was Colby. Stephen J. Nesbitt and Jessie Wardarski, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


DOVER _ Around these parts, Steffee’s Corner, in the hills of northern York County, they call her The Mountain Lady. She lives at the end of a long dirt lane at the top of a hill, off Buck Road, on a farm that bears the legend “The End of the Trail Farm,” the name burned into a wooden placard on the steel gate that marks the entrance to the 15-acre spread in Conewago Township. She’s been on this mountain for a good number of her 60 years, and she’s the person they call when an emu goes missing and shows up unexpectedly in somebody’s driveway. Mike Argento, York Daily Record.


PHILADELPHIA _ Some people truck chickens down the road or move milk from state to state. Others lug fresh-cut lumber around. The Cisney family makes a living hauling Amish. “I already have a morning and afternoon run that day,” driver Lee Allan Cisney, 56, told an Amish man who called for a ride on a recent weekday afternoon. “I have to take a young couple to pick out a wedding gift.” Think of “haulin’ Amish” as a rural Uber, except trips are confirmed days or weeks ahead of time through landline telephones that sit in “phone shanties” shared by various Amish families, in the middle of fields. Jason Nark, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


CARLISLE _ Garrett Greenwood could relate to the new kid in homeroom. “He was sitting there by himself,” recalled the senior at Cumberland Valley High School. “He was scared to talk to anybody. He was me last year at the beginning of the year.” The son of an Air Force officer, Greenwood has moved frequently over the course of his young life. Every new school meant a period of adjustment. So when the opportunity presented itself, he sat next to the new student and introduced himself. Greenwood was on a mission to deliver an invitation from the It Takes One Club. Such encounters are efforts to counter the negative effects of bullying with the positive message of inclusion. The club is one of many in local school districts where students take the lead in changing the climate and culture within a building. Joseph Cress, The (Carlisle) Sentinel.


US HOUSE-SPECIAL ELECTION — Republicans meeting to pick a candidate to fill an open northern Pennsylvania congressional seat have a huge field to consider.

SCHOOL THREAT-INDICTMENT _ Federal authorities say a man has been indicted for threatening to shoot Ohio school students on Snapchat.



MADISON, Wis. _ Penn State, which has gone 5-2 since an 0-10 start in Big Ten play, goes for a second straight win over a ranked opponent when it visits No. 19 Wisconsin. The Badgers are coming off a double-overtime loss at Indiana. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, after 1 p.m. EST start.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ No. 2 Virginia tries to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference when it hosts Pittsburgh at John Paul Jones Arena. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. EST.


PHILADELPHIA _ The Golden State Warriors visit the Philadelphia 76ers.


MONTREAL _ The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Montreal Canadiens.


CHESTER _ The Toronto FC plays at the Philadelphia Union.


CLEARWATER, Fla. _ The Philadelphia Phillies have announced Bryce Harper’s 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history at $330 million. SENT: About 330 words.


PITTSBURGH _ New Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein will try to help his club hit with a little more power in 2019. The Pirates finished near the bottom of the National League in most power categories last season. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.


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