AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA
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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia says it will no longer keep a portion of defendants’ bail deposits even if they appear for court hearings. The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which covers the Philadelphia County court system, announced Thursday that the judicial rules had been revised to return the entire bail amount to defendants who met their court obligations. The previous rule allowed the court to keep up to 30 percent of a defendant’s bail. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.
NOT REAL NEWS-COSBY-FOOD FIGHT
Comedian Bill Cosby, now inmate No. NN7687 in a Pennsylvania prison, was not slapped with a chicken patty during a food fight, despite stories circulating online. Reports claiming inmates were throwing food at the 81-year-old Cosby began circulating on online news sites and social media soon after he was sent to prison for sexual assault. He was sentenced to three-to-10 years in prison Sept. 25, after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate in 2004. By Beatrice Dupuy. AP Photos NYAG409-0925181228.
MAN SHOT IN BACK-OFFICER CHARGED
PHILADELPHIA — A murder charge has been reduced against a fired white Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a black man after a confrontation over a dirt bike last year. During a hearing Thursday morning, a judge reduced a first-degree murder charge against Ryan Pownall to a third-degree charge. He also granted bail, set at $500,000. UPCOMING: 380 words.
ERIE — As Hurricane Michael pounded Florida, President Donald Trump took shelter at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, where he sought to boost Republicans before the midterms. Trump acknowledged the hurricane at the top of his rally Wednesday night in Erie, offering his “thoughts and prayers” to those in the storm’s path and promising to “spare no effort” in the response. He promised to travel to Florida “very shortly.” By Catherine Lucey. AP photos and video.
SMALL BUSINESS-COMPETING WITH AMAZON
NEW YORK — Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company. “Amazon is giving a kick in the butt to a lot of business owners to increase compensation,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. AP photos.
—PEOPLE-KEN BURNS — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is being honored in Philadelphia with an award from the Museum of the American Revolution.
— WAREHOUSE FIRE-ALLENTOWN — A Pennsylvania city will spend $1.25 million for the emergency demolition of a privately owned vacant warehouse gutted by fire this week.
— DEADLY STREET SHOOTING-PHILADELPHIA — A street shooting in Philadelphia has left one man dead and another critically wounded.
— UNIVERSITY STUDENT STABBED — Police in suburban Philadelphia say they are searching for three men who stabbed a Villanova University student near a bar.
BIG TEN-MEDIA DAY
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that significant “storm clouds” are hanging over college athletics because of a basketball recruiting scandal displaying what many see as the sleazy side of the sport. Delany cited a federal trial that began in New York last week following an FBI investigation, and he said there is a “pattern” at certain schools. He also insisted the vast majority of programs are following the rules. By andrew Seligman.
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Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich’s staff. Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday. By Brian Mahoney.
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