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HARRISBURG — Even as President Donald Trump found himself under fire from his party perhaps like never before this past week, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania reached for his shield. While some prominent Republicans pushed back on Trump or blistered Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Barletta. By Marc Levy. SENT: About 750 words.


CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian soldier's skull has been buried in a French war grave a century after it was taken for eventual display in a Philadelphia museum, Australia's government said Saturday. Private Thomas Hurdis was wounded in Belgium on Sept. 26, 1917, and died a week later in a U.S. field hospital in France at the age of 26. SENT: About 340 words.


DOYLESTOWN — In the sweltering heat of a summer day, Sharon Patrick walked the cornfields of the DiNardo family's Solebury Township farm, praying the rosary. She told herself that her Jimi would be found, perhaps traumatized, but alive. Aimee Sturgis King stared up the long driveway toward the center of the property, where investigators searched for four missing young men: her son Mark Sturgis; Tom Meo; Jimi Patrick; and Dean Finocchiaro. "It was just one giant blur," she said in a recent interview, recalling the events of that July day last year. Cosmo DiNardo, the property owners' mentally ill son, later told authorities he lured the young men to the farm under the guise of selling them marijuana, then shot and killed them. DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz, both 21, were charged. DiNardo pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to four consecutive life terms. Kratz's trial is expected to begin next year. Until now, the victims' families have stayed mostly out of the spotlight. But as the one-year anniversary of the murders approached, they sat down to recount the terrible events, to shed light on the lives of the young men who were killed, and to talk about how they have learned to live without them. Erin McCarthy, The Philadelphia Inquirer.


PITTSBURGH — Once again, Carol Johnson was searching. Somewhere in the grassy hillside before her lay the focus of a lifetime of grief and guilt. She reached into her purse for a tissue, then walked forward, looking for landmarks. Years had passed since her last visit. With help she found the spot, but then she wasn't sure. Every few minutes the sun came from behind gathering clouds and threw heat in her face. Not yet 10 o'clock and already the temperature was above 80. "Mind if I sit down?" Carol asked. And so she rested her small, 74-year-old body among unmarked graves in a burial ground that shelters many who lived and died in a neighborhood that no longer exists. Somewhere in the earth below rested the remains of the one whose absence has caused her so much pain. Carol clutched a moist tissue and thought back to a cool summer night 65 years ago and the brutal event that warped her life. Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


GREENSBURG — Businesses have them. So do school districts. Whatever they're called — superintendents, chief executive officers or presidents — they're managers. Local governments need them too, but most of Pennsylvania's 2,560 municipalities operate without them, according to Rick Schuettler, executive director of the Pennsylvania Municipal League. Many of the municipalities are so small that it would be hard to justify or cover the expense of paying a manager. Schuettler estimated there's a need for managers in about 400 of the state's municipalities that he described as "full-service," with police, public works and other departments to run. Government leaders across the region have differing takes on how to best run their communities, and often their approaches evolve as their communities change. Brian C. Rittmeyer, Valley News Dispatch.


SUGARLOAF — Colleen Cavallo was 14 years old when she went to a party at a house blocks from her home where five boys brutally raped her. For 20 years, the Sugarloaf Twp. woman stayed silent, blaming herself for the violent sexual assault that left her bloody and in shock. "It's like a part of me died," Cavallo said. "It was such a violent attack. In a matter of minutes, they not only physically changed me forever, but they effectually destroyed my emotional and psychological self at the same time. "I feel a part of me was murdered that night. The part of me that knew who I was." Cavallo, now a nurse, wife and mother, came forward in the wake of the #MeToo movement to tell her story, hoping to protect her daughter and assist other survivors find help. It has been five years since she first broke her silence, telling family members and a counselor. Kelly Monitz, The (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker.


LITTLESTOWN — In his formative years as a competitive weightlifter, Leo Totten trained in "some really bizarre little places." Holes-in-the-wall, unheated garages in the winter — you name it, he said. What Totten, the 66-year-old CEO and head coach of a national weightlifting team, experienced as a competitor shaped his coaching philosophy, which has bred considerable success. Totten of Littlestown coached six different world teams, two Olympic teams and three Pan American teams. In 1992, he helped start the East Coast Gold weightlifting team, which has gone on to win 11 men's national titles and eight women's titles with the most recent sweep coming at the 2018 National Championships held in Kansas City in May. "The joke is we're shooting for world domination," Totten said. Dustin B. Levy, (Hanover) Evening Sun.


THREE SHOT-TWO DEAD — Jury deliberations are expected to begin Monday in the western Pennsylvania trial of a man accused of having killed two sisters last year.

POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED — Two men have been charged in connection with a reported attack on a truck driver during a Pittsburgh protest over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer.



PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez (5-8) starts for the Phillies and Luis Perdomo goes for the Padres in the middle game of a series. By Rob Maaddi


CINCINNATI — The Reds and Pirates play the second game of their series, with Anthony DeSclafani (4-4) facing Nick Kingham (4-4). Game starts at 7;10 p.m. EDT.


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