While Hurricane Florence is hammering the coast of North Carolina, it looks like our region will receive some pretty nice weather over the weekend partly because of it. Sports betting is also slated to soon come to Pennsylvania, and colleges are already wagering that students will cheat, leaking confidential information about players' and classmates' game day prospects. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's Archdiocese plans to host a lengthy vigil tonight in hopes of atoning for the clergy sex abuse scandal roiling the church.
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It's not that they're worried as much about shaving points or fixing a game, officials say. Instead, they fear that gamblers, including classmates and neighbors, will try to cajole confidential data from insiders — say, about injuries or academic standing — to get an edge.
And, officials say, unpaid student athletes are predicted to be more susceptible than pro athletes to payments to rig a game's outcome or disclose confidential information. So, they're stepping up surveillance and training efforts to curb the cheating.
In the wake of the scathing grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse by clergy across Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Archdiocese will host a seven-hour vigil at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul tonight, rallying the faithful to pray that the church atones for the sin of sexual abuse, and that the victims will be healed.
The ceremony entitled "Have Mercy on Us Lord, O Lord: A Prayer Vigil of Reparation and Petition," comes a day after West Virginia Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield – who was first accused of sexual misconduct during his tenure as a Philadelphia priest – resigned from his post as the pope authorized an investigation into claims that Bransfield had also sexually harassed adults.
Working for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft is always a gamble, as drivers hope each day that the cost of a passenger’s trip will outweigh the out-of-pocket fees of maintenance and gas.
But at the Philadelphia International Airport, the stakes are heightened as up to 200 drivers queue in a side parking lot for sometimes hours, hoping the app will partner them with a profitable passenger.
A Lyft spokesperson said negotiations are currently underway to find better driver accommodations —something parking lot attendants across the city also say are necessary.
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