Nola Helps Phillies Beat Cards 5-1, Stop 5-Game Losing Steak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

Joseph drove in three runs as Philadelphia, a major league-worst 23-48, won for just the second time in 15 games.

Nola (4-5) allowed one run, four hits, and two walks in 7 1/3 innings and struck out eight.

Paul DeJong homered on a hanging curveball leading off the eighth, pulling the Cardinals to 3-1, and Matt Carpenter walked with one out. Pat Neshek relieved and got Tommy Pham to ground into an inning-ending double play, and Luis Garcia followed with a perfect ninth.

Carlos Martinez (6-6) gave up three runs — two earned — and six hits with four strikeouts in six innings. The Cardinals, who made three errors, had won their previous five games against the Phillies.

Galvis homered in the first and Joseph leading off the fifth. With two on and two outs, Andres Blanco scored from second on an errant flip to second by shortstop Aledmys Diaz after his fine grab of Galvis’ liner up the middle.

Left fielder Jose Martinez dropped Odubel Herrera’s fly ball in the eighth for a two-base error, and Joseph followed with a two-run, two-out single.

Herrera was picked off third base in the fourth inning. In Wednesday’s 7-6 loss, Herrera ran through third-base coach Juan Samuel’s stop sign in the ninth and was out by 10 feet.

St. Louis has homered in 11 straight games and has 20 home runs since June 16. The Cardinals had scored four or more runs in their previous 11 games.

Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler did not play, a day after experiencing quadriceps tightness.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.75) is to start for St. Louis as the Cardinals open a three-game home series against the Pirates. Wainwright set career highs for earned runs (nine) and home runs allowed (three) over 1 2/3 innings in a 15-7 loss Saturday at Baltimore, the shortest start of his big league career.

Phillies: Philadelphia opens a nine-game trip at Arizona on Friday night. The Phillies had not announced a starter to pitch in place of Jerad Eickhoff, who was placed on the 10-day DL on Tuesday with an upper back strain.

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Spokesman: Bill Cosby Plans To Give Town Halls On ‘What To Do To Avoid’ Sex Assault Allegations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP)Bill Cosby is planning to give town halls to warn people about the dangers of sexual assault allegations.

Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for the 79-year-old actor and comedian, told Fox Birmingham affiliate WBRC-TV that Cosby wants to reach out to young people following the trial.

“Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work. We are now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city (Birmingham) sometime in July,” said Wyatt. “To talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby.”

Wyatt continued, “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing. And it also affects married men.”

Following that interview, Wyatt told CBS3 that there have been “multiple requests for Cosby to come out to churches and organizations, including one in Philly, to talk to the youth to discuss how he handled the allegations, how these allegations should be handled and what to do to avoid them.”

A judge declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the Cosby sexual assault case over the weekend.

A juror told The Associated Press on Thursday that a similar number of jurors wanted to convict Cosby as acquit him on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Constand, testified that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers after giving her pills that left her woozy and unable to tell him to stop. Cosby has said his encounter with Constand was consensual.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele plans to retry Cosby.

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Who Needs A Break? These Cities And States Leave The Most Vacation Days Unused

CBS Local– To some, the notion of unused vacation days is borderline inconceivable. But it’s not a rare phenomenon for many to leave days off on the table each year as 54 percent of American workers fail to use all of their vacation days.

How does it vary across the country?

Thanks to the folks at Project Time Off, we know which workers from which cities and states are leaving vacation days on the table.

Washington D.C. is the city that ends the year with the most unused vacation time, mostly due to the higher percentage of government workers in the capital than anywhere else. Government workers are the second most likely to use less than their full vacation allotment, just behind those in education.

Second for cities is San Francisco, the heart of Silicon Valley, followed by Tampa Bay in third.

As far as states go, the highest percentage of workers who use less than their allotted time off is Idaho, with 74 percent of those employed doing so. Second is New Hampshire and third is Alaska, where the cost of vacation is cited as a reason many opt not to take the time off.

On the other end of the spectrum are the cities that take full advantage of vacation days, with Pittsburgh being first on that list followed by Phoenix and Orlando.

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Protesters Gather In Philly To Oppose EPA Budget Cuts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Government employees are encouraging local residents to reach out to their congressmen and oppose budget cuts that will impact the environment.

Protesters say, by this fall, the cuts could have a direct impact on your health

Protesters showed up on Independence Mall to rally against the Trump administration’s proposed 31% budget cuts to the EPA.

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“Here’s what they think about you in Washington, they don’t want you to have clean air! They don’t want you to have clean water!” said Gary Morton, President of AFGE Local 3631.

He says cutting the budget will essentially cut environmental services.

“In the city of Philadelphia, we give federal grant money to monitor the air, monitor the water. Those programs will be cut,” Morton said.

And, he says, without environmental protections, certain communities could face a health crisis.

“That’s why we had birth defects, lung pollution, you have sections of the city where asthma is prevalent and that comes from the desire to put big business over the health concerns of the American people,” said Morton.

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Radnor Township Police Searching For Elderly Woman With Dementia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Radnor Township Police Department asking for the public’s help in locating a 79-year-old woman suffering from the early stages of dementia.

Sandra Gilbert of Wayne, Pa. was last seen wearing a green skirt and green top, carrying a brown purse.

Gilbert reportedly left her residence at 10 a.m. Thursday, driving a 2004 Silver Volvo Sedan, with a Pennsylvania registration FWS-5639.

Police say Gilbert’s family received a phone call from her at 11 a.m. and she stated that she was at the Northbrook Market Place in Unionville. She used the market’s landline to make the call, according to police.

But there has been no word from Gilbert since that phone call and she did not take her cell phone with her when she left the residence, police say.

If you see Gilbert or her vehicle, police ask the public to call 911 or 610-688-0503 immediately.

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Philly Intern Program Celebrates New Graduates

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of recent high school grads got a pretty good graduation gift: a full-time job with the city of Philadelphia.

“We’re very proud that you’ll be part of city government,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Kenney led the charge on Thursday in welcoming five new automotive apprentices to the City’s office of Fleet Management.

“They’re going to be fixing and maintaining city vehicles- everything from police cars to ambulances,” explained Stephen Herring, Industry Development Specialist for Transportation for the school district.

He says the city hires 10th graders in auto tech classes throughout the district as paid interns.

They train them, and then when they graduate, they get a job as an AFSME apprentice.

“Right out of high school as a full time position,” said Herring.

“I did basic maintenance- oil changes, tires, brakes,” said Eucall Holness.

Holness just graduated from Randolph Tech and says his parents are proud he’ll be working.

“I can take care of myself now, so they love it,” he said.

Five new interns will be starting, 100 students have gotten jobs through the program over 20 years.

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First Responders Taking Precautions Over Substance Recently Found In Heroin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are taking extra precautions against an especially deadly substance being used to cut heroin.

A DEA video warns first responders of the dangers of carfentanyl:

“A bunch of it poofed up into the air right into our face, and we ended up inhaling it.”

“I felt like my body was shutting down.”

Carfentanyl is used to tranquilize elephants, but it’s also emerging as a way to cut heroin — and authorities say it’s 100 times more potent than its relative, fentanyl.

Breathing or touching minute amounts can be deadly.

Philadelphia Police captain Sekou Kinebrew says his officers are advised not only to wear gloves and masks during field tests, but: “What we’d like officers to do is have two officers, an additional officer present while officer number one is testing the drugs, just in case officer number one who’s handling the drugs goes into some sort of medical distress.”

In the meantime, Philadelphia police are awaiting toxicology tests on what would reportedly be Philadelphia’s second carfentanyl-related death.

Kinebrew advises members of the public that if they report a heroin overdose to police, that they give 911 a detailed description of the scene so that police know what to expect when they arrive.

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