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Treating gun violence in Philadelphia trauma bay

Aug. 17, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the movies, gun violence ends with a clink. After the shots are fired, after the frantic rush to the hospital, after the blood-soaked T-shirt is cut away, the scene ends with a surgeon pulling a bullet out of the victim and dropping it into a metal container. Clink. But for trauma...

'God's blessing': Murrysville family farm predates America

Aug. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The Murrysville land farmed by Herb Gearhard and his family is older than America. The Gearhard farm, the oldest continuously worked farm in Westmoreland County, dates to the late 1760s, and marks its 250th anniversary this year. On April 3, 1769, Robert Hays paid 45 pounds, two...

Ministry opens Lake Erie to passengers with special needs

Aug. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Rob Wilson virtually grew up on Lake Erie. He was born in Erie and comes from a family of anglers dating to 1908. He learned to fish and boat at an early age before pursuing a religious career and becoming pastor for Zion United Methodist Church in Sarver, southeast of Butler. Wilson, 49,...

Stankovic heading to international polka hall of fame

Aug. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — Back in his Polka band's heyday, John "Stanky" Stankovic once had a globe-crossing marathon weekend by playing in England on Friday, at the Bloomsburg Fair on Saturday and in Switzerland on Sunday. "How we did that? I don't know. But we did it," Stankovic, 83, said. From playing at...

Newman hits RBI single in 9th, lifts Pirates past Cubs 3-2

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman felt the entire crowd on his side when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cubs 3-2 on Friday night. Tucker...

Harper homers in third straight game to lead Phillies to win

Aug. 16, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just like their laid-back new hitting coach, Phillies batters suddenly are relaxed. But they are doing some serious damage. Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto also went deep and Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an 8-4...

Kentucky Little League team honors teammate they lost

Aug. 16, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Just before he threw the first pitch in the biggest game of his life, Grayson Newman bent down on the Lamade Stadium pitching mound and swiped his finger through the dirt twice to scratch a number 11 behind the rubber. Newman repeats his ritual after every strikeout to...

Charles Santore, illustrator of children's books, dies at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was...

Former WNBA star inspires young female players

Aug. 16, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — "We are getting ready to light up Camden," Valerie Still told the gym full of young girls from the city on Wednesday afternoon. "And then we're going to take it on the road!" A Camden native who played basketball at Camden High and at Cherry Hill East, Still is the all-time leader in...

Barber gives kids free haircuts to boost confidence

Aug. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WILLINGBORO, N.J. (AP) — A Willingboro barber and a Bordentown church say the power of a good haircut can make all the difference for kids looking to go back to school with confidence. In a time when American families are spending more and more on back-to-school shopping — the National Retail...