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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 5, 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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TOP STORIES:

CLERGY ABUSE-FATHER NED

A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the “misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders” is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera handled three sexual misconduct cases during his three-year tenure as diocesan vicar for clergy. He testified about one of them in a 2007 civil trial over clergy abuse. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 970 words, photos.

PRISONS-OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania prison system is putting in place new policies on mail handling, visits and detection of drones after a month in which about 50 staff reported symptoms that may have been caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Gov. Tom Wolf announced it Wednesday.

FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL

PHILADELPHIA — The parents of a Penn State University student who died after a night of hazing and drinking have settled with the national organization of the fraternity he was pledging, their lawyer said. SENT: About 280 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-REVOLUTIONARY WAR MASS GRAVE

BETHLEHEM — The memorial is well marked but not as well known, tucked away on a side street yet perched over a busy highway. Blue signs point the way in West Bethlehem, but are missed by those hurrying by. The flagpole on the hillside overlooking Route 378 is only noticed by drivers who dare glance up. This is Bethlehem’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is the final resting place for some 500 of America’s earliest defenders. Their exact numbers and location are a mystery. They are buried — and occasionally, accidentally found — under the roads, sidewalks, homes and gardens in the neighborhood. More than two centuries ago, a Moravian dwelling was pressed into service as a war hospital, where carts arrived laden with hundreds of men sick and wounded in the fight for independence. We do not know who they were but we do know how they ended up on this hillside, their graves hidden in plain sight. Steve Novak, The (Easton) Express-Times. SENT: About 1160 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING-CHARGES — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman has admitted she allowed men to have sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl.

CHARTER-SPECTRUM WIRELESS SERVICE — Cable company Charter is launching its own wireless service as cable companies try to diversify to offset slowing traditional cable TV revenue.

SPORTS:

FBN--WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE

NEW YORK — Good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. It’s seeking to expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining. The regular season starts Thursday. Anick Jesdanun. SENT: About 730 words.

FBN--FALCONS-EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA — The NFL season opener is a playoff rematch that came down to an incomplete pass in the end zone, sending the Eagles past Atlanta and on their way to their first Super Bowl title. Matt Ryan and the Falcons know they were close to advancing and getting the season started with a road win could help them down the line. By Rob Maaddi.

FBN--PRO PICKS

The last time the Eagles opened a season as NFL champions, it was 1960 and, well, who remembers what folks did then in Philadelphia? What they’ll certainly do Thursday night at the Linc when the Falcons come to town is roar with approval at the site of the Lombardi Trophy and the championship banner. Fans will sing many, many choruses of “Fly Eagles Fly.” And then the guys on the field will get down to business, defending the title they took away from New England last February. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.

BBN--PHILLIES-MARLINS

MIAMI — Still hanging on to playoff hopes, the Philadelphia Phillies visit the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. The Phillies start the day three games back in the NL East. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game begins 7:10 p.m. EDT.

BBN--REDS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up a three-game series on Wednesday. Jameson Taillon starts for Pittsburgh against Homer Bailey. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

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