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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 24, 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:

BILL COSBY

NORRISTOWN — Bill Cosby and his chief accuser arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting her more than 14 years ago.

POLITICAL ICE CREAM

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Bernie Sanders’ home state are putting their ice cream expertise to work to support seven congressional candidates they call progressive. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

EXCHANGE:

IN BRIEF:

STUDENT SHOT NEAR SCHOOL — Police in Philadelphia say a high school student was hit by a stray bullet about a block away from campus, and is in stable condition at a hospital.

NEIGHBOR TRYST SHOOTING — Trial opens this week for a central Pennsylvania man accused of ambushing and killing the husband of a woman with whom police say the defendant had had an affair.

GUN ROBBERY-TWO SHOT — Jury selection is slated for the death penalty trial of a man charged in a slaying during an alleged effort to steal guns from a safe in a western Pennsylvania home almost six years ago.

TWO FOUND DEAD — Authorities say a couple found dead in their western Pennsylvania home by their children apparently died in a murder-suicide.

BOY KILLED-SUBWAY — Philadelphia police say a 7-year-old boy who fell between two moving subway cars has died.

BUS-SUV CRASH — A head-on crash in Pittsburgh involving a bus and an SUV has left the bus driver critically injured and five others hurt.

CLIMATE ADAPTION CONFERENCE — A conference at the University of Michigan is bringing together experts to share ideas on dealing with a warming climate in the Great Lakes region.

SPORTS:

FBN--STEELERS-BUCCANEERS

TAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Fitzpatrick and the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers try to improve on an impressive when they host Ben Roethlisberger and the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

BBN--PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — In the thick of the playoff chase, the Colorado Rockies begin their final homestand Monday night by hosting Philadelphia in the first of four games. The Rockies trail Los Angeles by 1 1/2 games in the NL West race and St. Louis by a 1 1/2 games for the last wild-card spot. Lefty Tyler Anderson goes for the Rockies and Zach Eflin for a Phillies team that’s out of playoff contention. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game time is 8:40 p.m. EDT.

BBN--PIRATES-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs, closing in on the NL Central Central championship, meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a seven-game homestand to close out the regular season. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs, who have a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee, while Jameson Taillon pitches for the Pirates. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

FBN--OBIT-MCDONALD

PHILADELPHIA — Tommy McDonald, the small, speedy and sure-handed receiver who teamed with quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to help the Philadelphia Eagles win the 1960 NFL championship, has died. He was 84. SENT: About 650 words.

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