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Mayor calls off ceremony to raise LGBTQ flag at City Hall

Jul. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading called off a scheduled ceremony to raise the LGBTQ rainbow flag over City Hall for the first time, calling it a political symbol. Acting Managing Director Osmer Deming said Mayor Wally Scott believes the "pride flag" represents a...

The Latest: Child, pregnant mom found dead in car amid flood

Jul. 12, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on flooding and storms around Pennsylvania (all times local): 1:10 a.m. A Pennsylvania police chief says a pregnant woman and her 8-year-old son have been found dead in a car swept away by floodwaters. Douglass Township Police Chief John Dzurek told news outlets the car was...

DA: Woman who gave birth in restroom gets 9 to 23 months

Jul. 8, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania woman who gave birth in a restroom at her workplace and left the baby boy partially submerged in the toilet will serve "at least a few more months in prison." Twenty-four-year-old Emmanuella Osei of Reading pleaded guilty in March to felony child...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 3, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer on symbols of Independence Day July 3 We mark this Independence Day by a clash of symbols. On one hand, we have President Trump's multi-million dollar military parade rolling its tanks, fighting vehicles...

Ex-mayor pleads guilty to corruption day after resignation

Jul. 2, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The former mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he shook down businesses for bribes and campaign contributions throughout his term and a half in office. Bill Courtright's plea in federal court to bribery, extortion and conspiracy came less than 24...

Feds accuse Scranton ex-mayor of using office to take bribes

Jul. 1, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

The mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, used his office to extort bribes from people who did business with the city, federal prosecutors said in documents filed Monday, shortly after the second-term chief executive announced his resignation. In a plea agreement signed last week by now former Mayor Bill Courtright...

Pennsylvania radio station WEEU to stay on air after sale

Jun. 20, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania radio station that was in danger of going off the air after its owner filed for bankruptcy is being sold to a broadcasting company with radio stations in the western part of the state. Twilight Broadcasting of New Freedom is acquiring the federal broadcasting license of...

David Ortiz shooting suspect charged with drug possession

Jun. 20, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The man in custody in the Dominican Republic on suspicion of shooting former baseball star David Ortiz was indicted Thursday on drugs and weapons charges unrelated to the shooting. Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz was indicted in New Jersey on cocaine and heroin possession charges, a charge of...

MediaNews plans to cut 81 jobs at Reading Eagle

Jun. 19, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

The new owners of the Reading Eagle plan to lay off more than a third of the staff after they assume control of the 150-year-old newspaper and the company's other assets later this month. MediaNews Group stepped forward to buy the Reading Eagle Co. for $5 million after the family-owned company filed for...

Prosecutors believe suspects in Ortiz shooting wanted in US

Jun. 13, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — American prosecutors said Thursday that they believe two suspects in the shooting of retired Red Sox star David Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States, while the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a notorious Dominican gang of drug-dealing...