Pennsylvania women guilty of golfing while black; 13 trucks line up in detroit to stop suicide; puerto rican anger grows over lack of basic services; more in u.s. news gas 1940 hopper


Black people have long complained about getting pulled over by police for "driving while black," or being eyed suspiciously by security guards for "shopping while black." Now, five women say they got into trouble for golfing while black. Officials at the Grandview Golf Club in York called police on the female members, accusing the experienced golfers from local group Sisters in the Fairway of playing too slowly. No charges were filed, but the confrontation Saturday touched a raw nerve. Golfer Sandra Harrison said they were at the second hole when white men told them they were playing too slowly. After the ninth hole — about an hour and 45 minutes later — club co-owner Jordan Chronister, father and former county commissioner Steve Chronister, and other white, male workers told the women they took too long a break and needed to leave. Harrison and two others left because they were rattled. "It was like we were playing with targets on our backs," she said. The club called police on the two who remained. On Monday, club co-owner JJ Chronister said the women "refused to leave so we called police to ensure an amicable result." The players who have golfed all over the country and world are very familiar with golf etiquette.

More than a dozen tractor-trailers lined up beneath a Detroit-area freeway overpass to aid police trying to help a man contemplating suicide. State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man standing on an overpass above Interstate 696 in Huntington Woods. As officers routed traffic away, they directed truckers to drive into positions to shorten a potential fall. As police spoke with the man, 13 trucks lined the freeway — from one wall of the interstate to the other, their roofs a few feet from the bridge. After about four hours, the man walked off to waiting officers and to seek medical help. Shaw says troopers typically work with truckers during such incidents, but it’s unusual to have so many involved. He adds there are "many other options out there aside from taking your own life." The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is available 24 hours a day.

"I’m just a bill." "Conjunction junction, what’s your function?" If you started singing along, you’re of the Schoolhouse Rock generations that learned lifelong lessons about civics, grammar, math and more through the catchy tunes and lyrics of Bob Dorough. The composer died of natural causes Monday at his Mount Bethel home, said his son, Chris. Dorough was 94. According to his biography, the jazz musician "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational ABC cartoon series between 1973 and 1985. It was revived from 1993 to 1999. He also wrote the song Devil May Care, which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version.

Puerto Rico’s Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The agencies have five days to present a plan on how and when they will address the needs of rural towns, an order that came as police in a small mountain town blocked power crews from leaving Tuesday. Joining the protest was the mayor and dozens of people who noted nearly 40 percent of Las Piedras’ inhabitants were still without electricity service as crews prepared to leave on company orders. The standoff caught the attention of top government officials and ended several hours later after the power company promised it would keep crews in Las Piedras. Las Piedras residents, many elderly, are suffering, Mayor Miguel Lopez told the Associated Press. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to restore power to everyone by late May. Many remain wary of that timetable, including federal legislators.

A man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. Gilberto Escamilla, 53, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant. He told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control, the Brownsville Herald reported. Escamilla had intercepted fajitas that he ordered through the Cameron County juvenile center where he worked and delivered them to his own customers. His scam was uncovered when he missed work and an 800-pound fajita delivery arrived at the center, which doesn’t serve fajitas. Escamilla was fired in August and arrested after authorities checked invoices and uncovered county-funded fajitas in his fridge. — tbt* wires