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August 31, 2017


HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are coming home to their waterlogged city — and will open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Saturday.

The Astros had to relocate their series against the Texas Rangers this week to St. Petersburg, Florida, because of catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Astros return to Houston tonight night after their in Florida against the Rangers.

Astros president Reid Ryan says: “We hope that these games can serve as a welcome distraction for our city that is going through a very difficult time. We hope that we can put smiles on some faces.”

The Mets series was scheduled to begin tomorrow — but instead a Saturday doubleheader is planned and the finale on Sunday.


WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect they say stole an ambulance and led officers on a chase along a Southern California freeway.

The California Highway Patrol says the pursuit yesterday on Interstate 405 began in the Orange County city of Westminster.

It ended with an arrest a few miles north, just over the border with Los Angeles County.

Details about the identity of the suspect and how the ambulance was taken were not immediately available.


CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts city are warning of fake social media accounts that have popped up to scam people since a local woman won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot.

Chicopee (CHIH’-kuh-pee) police say fake Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts state they belong to Mavis Wanczyk (WAHN’-zihk), who was announced as the Powerball winner last week.

The fake accounts say following and answering private messages will result in getting money. Police warn people not to provide personal information.

Lottery officials say Wanczyk chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million, or $336 million after taxes. It’s the largest grand prize won by a lottery ticket in U.S. history.


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department has warned its officers about the “negative public perception” of patronizing strip clubs after a brawl between several off-duty officers and a known gang member.

Masslive.com reports no one was arrested in the brief melee in the Mardi Gras strip club in Springfield last December that involved an off-duty officer exchanging punches with another man. The gang member and his associates were thrown out of the bar — and the officers called in a report about the fight.

After an internal investigation, the officers were retrained — and warned about public perception of police frequenting strip clubs.


DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge has been honored by the prep school he attended in Massachusetts.

St. Johns Prep yesterday named Pete Frates (FRAY’-tees) as its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.

The school also announced the dedication of the school’s baseball diamond in Frates’ name and the retirement of his No. 3 jersey in football, hockey and baseball.

Frates calls it a “tremendous honor.”

He graduated from the all-boys school in Danvers, Massachusetts in 2003.

Frates inspired the ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $220 million for Lou Gehrig’s disease research since 2014.


NEW YORK (AP) — An actor and former journalist who served as Donald Trump’s first publicist, has died. Larry Sherman was 94.

His son Charles says his father died this past Saturday of natural causes in New York.

Sherman was an out-of-work sports journalist with no experience in publicity in 1982 when he applied to be head of public relations for the New Jersey Generals of the U.S. Football League. Trump, then a real-estate magnate who owned the franchise, hired him on the spot.

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