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August 17th Playbook

Attorney General Shapiro’s findings of 2-year grand jury investigation on sexual abuse by Catholic priest released on Tuesday remains the focus across the state. Here is the Playbook.  

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Vatican in ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuses in Pennsylvania
AP: Next mission for women with military service: Run for office
Inquirer: Vatican statement on Pa. grand jury clergy sex-abuse report
AP: Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor’s challenge
StateImpactPA: Lancaster, PA. among first cities in the world to get LEED certification
StateImpactPA: Federal judge reverses Trump decision on clean water protections
StateImpactPA: DEP approves ME2 modifications in West Whiteland, but PUC green light still needed
City and State PA: Sources: Former DA candidate Jack O’Neill mulling Philly Council run
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration provides update on workforce development in the state
PLSReporter: Statue of former Philly mayor, police chief scheduled for move – but not for a few years
PLSReporter: Growing Greener program, pollutants market bill strike up feud between admin, House
KYW Newsradio: Wolf visits Philly-area town hit hard by floods, pledges better long-term planning


Inquirer: Philly city worker triples salary with overtime, adding to record OT bill for year
WHYY Newsworks: No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They’re still pretty rare here
The Temple News: Temple student to lobby city officials to pay interns in city departments
KYW Newsradio: National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce conference emphasizes diversity in businesses
KYW Newsradio: City makes effort to save homeowners money on real estate taxes – really
KYW Newsradio: Councilman, grocery stores brew up coffee care packages for those serving overseas
KYW Newsradio: Wolf visits Philly-area town hit hard by floods, pledges better long-term planning
Philadelphia Business Journal: Train car maker Hyundai Rotem to vacate Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Canadian trade minister talks Trump tariffs during Philadelphia visit


Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf surveys flood magage in Delco
Daily Local News: Controller not happy with sheriff’s records
Bucks Local News: MORE THAN 17,000 ACRES PRESERVED: Bucks County Commissioners surpass farmland preservation milestone at Grange Fair (PHOTO GALLERY)
Bucks County Courier Times: Court approves $6.8M sale on Bensalem school properties
Pottstown Mercury: Mother of former school board member chosen for Pottsgrove vacancy


WTAE: Pittsburgh light rail system ‘woefully behind’ other regions in Amazon HQ2 race, mayor says
City Paper: GOP state Rep. candidate Natalie Mihalek poses as everyday ‘working mom’ in Florida congressional ad
City Paper: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Lt. Gov. candidate John Fetterman rally for security officers
KDKA: Survivors Network Of Abuse Victims Asks Parishioners To Think Before Donating To Church
KDKA: Multiple Pittsburgh-Area Districts Starting School Year Without Teachers Contracts
KDKA: ‘I Met With Every Victim’: Cardinal Wuerl Addresses Claims Of Inaction In Grand Jury Report
Post-Gazette: Reaction swift as petition grows calling for removal of Cardinal Wuerl’s name from high school
Post-Gazette: Sortable list: Members of the Diocese of Pittsburgh accused of sexual misconduct
Tribune Review: At least $5.2 million paid out to victims of priests in Pittsburgh, Greensburg dioceses
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners OK union pitch to all new employees
Tribune Review: Allegheny Valley Hospital workers give OK for strike authorization
Tribune Review: Beaver County DA investigates predecessor named in church sex abuse report
Tribune Review: Gateway passes agreement through 2020, teachers to see 1 percent raises


Beaver County Times: Lamb given 93 percent chance to beat Rothfus
Beaver County Times: County will not investigate Masters’ work for CYS
Beaver County Times: Ambridge Area School District appoints new member
Observer-Reporter: Greene County priest named in Catholic Church sex abuse report responds to allegations
Observer-Reporter: Charges withdrawn against disbarred lawyer, former state representative
Altoona Mirror: Panel sees trend from heroin to crack
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Grand jurors objected to report redaction, wanted details of child sexual abuse victims’ stories ‘to be heard and validated’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: A ‘fantastic day for Johnstown’: State awards $500,000 for Iron to Arts Corridor work
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mayor’s move leaves vacancy in Windber


Citizens Voice: Diocese paid out $3.7M to 6 victims
Standard Speaker: Luzerne council mulls tax abatement
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill commissioners OK hike in recording fee to flight blight
Citizens Voice: Victim regrets going public
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s September back-tax sale roster at 2,545 properties


South Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bishop defends lenient treatment of former Lancaster priest who admitted abusing 7 girls
LNP | LancasterOnline: On Politics: Barletta and his dog campaign in Willow Street; Vets for Jess supports congressional hopeful, and Smucker tours the district
York Dispatch: Report: Police, DA’s office, received evidence of York City priest abuse
PennLive: Face the voters, Rep. Helm. Hold your town hall | Friday Morning Coffee


Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley velodrome board put Pennsylvania congressional candidate Marty Nothstein on leave after sexual misconduct allegation
Reading Eagle: Reading School District praised for ‘miraculous’ turnaround
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: ‘Unpaid leave’ job status of Marty Nothstein, candidate for Congress


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Persico: Grand jury should have named laypeople
Erie Times-News: Full list of accused in Erie diocese: 74 entries
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Safety in schools a dynamic issue
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County declares disaster emergency


Christine Flowers: Channeling sorrow and anger after reading the clergy abuse report
Stu Bykofsy: Dying to do the right thing, he gets a tax bill
Inquirer Editorial Board: Here’s what 15 newspapers around America had to say about freedom of the press
Michael Smerconish: In defense of third-party candidates: Blame those who didn’t vote, not those who chose to run
Will Bunch: Can Elizabeth Warren’s big new idea sae capitalism (and America) from itself?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Good signs on steel: Trump’s policy is bringing new life to the industry
Tony Norman: Aretha, (You Made Us Feel Like) Soulful Americans
David Mekeel: Audit of Reading schools good news, but best for kids

One Response

  1. In 2009, Tom Corbett and Frank Fina arrested me as part of the PA House of Representatives Republican Caucus Computergate case. Two years later, the charges were dropped. My case in Federal Court failed this year since exculpatory evidence and the destruction of witness and profer notes were of no interest to certain state and Federal judges.

    Josh Shapiro and his staff authorized payments to an outside attorney to defend the state as I tried to recover attorney fees and lost wages.

    I only wish that victims of the Attorney General’s Office would receive the same respect from our judiciary as crimes in the private sector.

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