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  2. My family and I recently traveled to an adjoining state for vacation, and I noticed as I entered that state that there were signs displayed that said the use of cellphones or texting while driving was prohibited. Why is the use of cellphones while driving still allowed in Pennsylvania? A good investigative reporter would look into how many of our state representatives have a financial interest in cellphone companies and do not want that ban in Pennsylvania. Hank Wells New Holland View the full article
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    CNN- Five things to know today

    Hankering for a trip across the pond? It's now cheaper than ever to fly across the Atlantic. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) View the full article
  4. IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Iraq's air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants. They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week's Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border. Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq's top counterterrorism agency. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. View the full article
  5. The Senate is working through the August recess. Sort of.Senators didn't arrive in Washington for this week's work until late in the day Wednesday and held their last votes of the week at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, adjour... View the full article
  6. Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism increasingly looks to be winning over the Democratic Party, raising concerns among some Democrats about whether it could hurt the party in this year's midterms, and the presidential... View the full article
  7. Monday, Lancaster County’s fair season starts with the return of Elizabethtown Fair. But if you can’t wait, the fun starts Sunday with a pet show and a rabbit show. The fair continues through Saturday with daily animal shows, rides and dozens of exhibits made by locals, from home-grown vegetables and flowers to baked goods and homemade birdhouses. There may be fireworks and bands, yet the fair is agricultural at heart, says Sally Nolt, secretary of the fair. At this time of year, it’s one of the last gatherings before the school year starts. For some, the highlight is the petting zoo with baby calves, goats, sheep, chicks and rabbits. Food may be on the top of your fair to-do list. Fans say milkshakes from the Elizabethtown Grange (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry) are worth the wait in line. Other favorites are rhino fries covered in cheese and bacon from T.J. Rockwell’s and funnel cakes from St. Peter Catholic Church. The fair started in 1973 and has grown since then. New this year are chess tournaments for children, teens and adults. Also new is the addition of homemade wine and beer to the exhibits, which will be judged off-site. The winners will be displayed at the fair with other entries. By the end of the week, fair organizers expect about 100,000 people will come to the fairgrounds. Here’s more about this year’s fair: When: Aug. 20-25. Hours: Monday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Fairgrounds at 900 E. High St. Started: The Jaycees had a community picnic, which led to the first fair in 1973. Details: Agricultural fair with judged exhibits, commercial exhibits, contests, food, rides, entertainment, livestock shows and a daily petting zoo. Monday, Aug. 20, the fair queen competition is at 6 p.m. Skid loader rodeos are Tuesday, Aug. 21 (youth at 6 p.m. and adult at 7 p.m.). Fleece-to-shawl demo is Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. The cornhole tournament is Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. A celebrity milking contest is Friday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. Fireworks are Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10:45 p.m. Cost: Entry to the fair is free. Parking is $5. Entertainment highlights: Elvis Tribute featuring Jeff Krick, Jr. performs Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Country artist Chris Higbee performs Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Money-saving tip: Senior citizens day on Wednesday. On weekdays, unlimited rides are $15 from 2-6 p.m. on weekdays. Fun fact: Anyone 62 or older can register for the senior king and queen on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The winners each get a $100 prize and everyone who enters gets $1 off fair food. Organized by: Elizabethtown Community Fair Inc. Information: etownfair.org or 717-367-0508 Here is a full fair schedule: Sunday, Aug. 19 1 p.m. Pet show (petting zoo) 3 p.m. Rabbit show Monday, Aug. 20 9 a.m. Market goat show 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Petting zoo 1 p.m. Market lamb show 2 p.m. Rides open. 5-9 p.m. Farmer for a day 5:30 p.m. Flag raising ceremony 6 p.m. Fair queen competition (Kiwanis Stage) 6 p.m. Swine show 6 p.m. Ride for one price is $20 from 6-11 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Opening ceremony 7 p.m. Three-legged race for children 7:30 p.m. Pleasant Passage (Southern gospel on stage 2) 8:15 p.m. Laredo (country band on Kiwanis Stage) Tuesday, Aug. 21 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Competitive exhibit area closed for judging. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Petting zoo 10 a.m. Beef show (Breeding, market, dairy) 1 p.m. Sack race for children 2 p.m. Rides open. Ride for one price is $15 from 2-6 p.m. 5-9 p.m. Farmer for a day 5 p.m. Exhibits open in Church Fellowship Hall. 6 p.m. Mock rabbit show (petting zoo) 6 p.m. Youth skid loader rodeo (horse arena) 6:30 p.m. Talent show (Kiwanis Stage) 7 p.m. Adult skid loader rodeo (horse arena) 7 p.m. Egg and spoon race for children 7:30 p.m. Annual baked goods auction (stage 2) Wednesday, Aug. 22 Senior citizen’s day 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Petting zoo 11 a.m. Glenn Miller The Big One Man Band (stage 2) 11:45 a.m. Senior king and queen announced (stage 2) 1 p.m. Egg and spoon race for children. 2 p.m. Rides open. Ride for one price is $15 from 2-6 p.m. 5-9 p.m. Farmer for a day 5 p.m. Fleece to shawl demo (petting zoo) 5 p.m. Supreme champion market 5:30 p.m. Sale of champions 6 p.m. Child chess tournament (Myer Hall) 6:30 p.m. Josh Squared Band (Kiwanis Stage) 7 p.m. Juggler Chris Ivey (behind office) 7 p.m. Sack race (children) 7:30 p.m. Jess Zimmerman Band (stage 2) 8 p.m. The Uptown Band (Kiwanis Stage) Thursday, August 23 10 a.m. 10 p.m. – Petting zoo 12 p.m. Breeding and pygmy goat show 1 p.m. Pie-eating contest for children 2 p.m. Rides open. Ride for one price is $15 from 2-6 p.m. 4 p.m. Breeding sheep show 5 p.m. Angora rabbit spinning/weaving demo (petting zoo) 5-9 p.m. Farmer for a day 6 p.m. Corn hole tournament (behind office) 6 p.m. Youth chess tournament (Myer Hall) 6:30 p.m. Elvis Tribute featuring Jeff Krick, Jr. (Kiwanis Stage) 7 p.m. Mini hay bale toss for children 7:30 p.m. Tractor games (horse arena) 7:30 p.m. Not Quite Rite (acoustic band) (stage 2) 7:30 p.m. Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods (oldies band) (Kiwanis Stage) Friday, Aug. 24 8 a.m. Dairy show 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Petting zoo 2 p.m. - Rides Open. Ride for one price is $15 from 2-6 p.m. 4 p.m. Celebrity milking contest (show ring) 5-9 p.m. Farmer for a day 6 p.m. Pedal power tractor pull 6 p.m. Adult chess tournament (Myer Hall) 7 p.m. Arts and crafts auction (stage 2) 7 p.m. Sheep herding demo (horse arena) 7 p.m. Fighting dragons martial arts demo 7:30 p.m. Nomad (country band) (Kiwanis Stage) Saturday, Aug. 25 10 a.m. Horseshoe pitch 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Petting zoo 10:30 a.m. Rabbit hopping demo (petting zoo) 11 a.m. Creative art for kids (stage 2) 12 p.m. Rides open. Ride for one price is $18 from noon-5 p.m. noon - 9 p.m. Farmer for a day 2 p.m. Hay bale throwing contest 3 p.m. Buck shot tournament (stage 2) 4:30 p.m. Frog jumping contest 7 p.m. Elizabethtown Fire Company meet and greet (horse arena) 7 p.m. Mike Bishop, comedy hypnotist (stage 2) 7 p.m. Fighting Dragons martial arts demo 7:30 p.m. Chris Higbee (country/fiddle) (Kiwanis Stage) 9 p.m. Mike Bishop, comedy hypnotist (stage 2) 9 p.m. Winners of baby photo and pet photo contests announced. 10:45 p.m. Fireworks Once Elizabethtown Fair's over, Denver Fair is next (Sept. 11-15). View the full article
  8. THE ISSUE Pennsylvania has been taking a closer look at how it handles and reports rape kits since Act 27, which expanded the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, went into effect in 2015. After years of renewed effort, the number of reported backlogged kits statewide decreased by more than 60 percent, from 1,908 in 2016 to 689 in 2018. A review of Department of Health data and interviews with several police chiefs showed that there were no backlogged rape kits in Lancaster County in 2017, LNP’s Lindsey Blest reported. In 2016, the year after Act 27 was implemented, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale criticized state law enforcement and health officials for both the rape kit testing backlog and for a poor reporting system. He was absolutely right to make that a priority, and we’re encouraged by the measurable progress that has been made in significantly reducing the backlog. But we want to see that number get to zero — so more work clearly must be done. We have a tendency to minimize the crime of sexual assault. If a bullet is fired, it’s generally tested immediately — not put into a drawer for a year or more. Why the different standard for rape kits in some police departments? They should be tested as quickly as possible, so perpetrators can be tracked before they offend again. We applaud Lancaster County law enforcement for reporting no backlogged rape kits — a template for other counties to follow. “If there are zero untested rape kits in Lancaster County, that is certainly a very good thing,” DePasquale recently told LNP. Blest’s report was prompted by Kendra Saunders, who submitted a question about the status of rape kits in this county through We the People, LancasterOnline’s reader-powered journalism project. Saunders, a counseling psychologist at Millersville University, said she has worked with many sexual assault victims. “One really simple thing we can do to show that we value victims is to test their rape kits,” she told LNP. As Blest reported, men such as Gabriel Valentin-Rodriguez, Antwuan Gomez and Robert Pitt wouldn’t have been charged with sexual assault crimes committed in Lancaster County and convicted without the results of a rape kit being tested. Lancaster County police departments submitted 42 cases last year and the state police tested them all, state police spokesman Ryan Tarkowski told Blest. Act 27 set requirements for reporting how many kits are backlogged, meaning untested for more than a year. The legislation requires municipal police departments to report annually how many of their kits are backlogged. In the first report in 2016, Lancaster County departments had 28 backlogged kits. Officials at many of the departments said they did not understand how to report the information correctly. However, district attorney spokesman Brett Hambright told Blest a backlog hasn’t been a problem with county departments. “I can only speak for Lancaster County in saying we have never had a true backlog in the sense of kits that should be tested (being) essentially neglected in evidence lockers.” Kits that had been classified as backlogged fell under two categories that the Department of Health added for its April 2018 report: a victim who did not consent to testing or an anonymous victim, Hambright said. After evidence is gathered in a rape kit, victims must give consent for a kit to be tested by police, according to state law. Some victims decide against taking that step. “That number will probably never be zero,” DePasquale said. Testing rape kits “does help prevent future rapes and crack down on future crimes,” he said. “But you have to respect the wishes of the victim and walk through it with the victim.” He is right about this. At Lancaster General, trained sexual assault forensic nurse examiners, or SAFE nurses, provide care to victims of sexual assault, Mary Ann Eckard,,spokeswoman for Lancaster General Health, told Blest. “The SAFE nurse’s primary concern is for the patient’s physical and emotional well-being,” she said. “Evidence collection is important, but the patient’s medical needs and emotional well-being are always the first focus.” This is as it should be. Police from the jurisdiction in which the crime happened have 72 hours to pick up the kit from the hospital. Those departments have 15 days to send it to one of three state labs. If a victim doesn’t give immediate approval for testing, his or her kit must be stored for at least two years, according to state law, Blest reported. But Lancaster city police keep untested kits 10 more years, to give victims time to come forward before the state statute of limitations on the assaults committed against them expire, Lt. Phil Berkheiser said. “Some may feel that they are not ready to talk about it to law enforcement and can be assured that the evidence will be properly collected and held until they are ready to proceed,” he said. We commend Lancaster police for this. It can take years before victims of sexual assault are ready to talk about what they endured. Giving them time to decide whether to proceed with the testing of their rape kits is something all police departments should do. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape would like the commonwealth to strengthen the guidelines on the handling of rape kits. There are no guidelines, for instance, about informing victims if their kit is about to be destroyed, Kristen Houser, PCAR’s chief public affairs officer said. Better protocols for kit collection, kit processing, kit storage and kit destruction need to be established, she said. We agree. We can never hope to erase the pain of what survivors have been through — much as we desperately want to. But what we can do, at least, is to ensure that the criminal justice system gives them the respect and dignity they deserve, by handling carefully the evidence of the harm that was done to them. View the full article
  9. On July 20, LNP published Jim Uhernik’s letter, “Repeal the 17th Amendment.” Prior to 1913, when that amendment was adopted, members of the U.S. Senate were elected by their respective state legislatures. As we witness the gridlock in the Senate today, it is proper to ask whether that former system would provide the nation with a more effective body. The fact that senators, prior to 1913, did not have to campaign across their respective states nor raise campaign funds undoubtedly resulted in the availability of more qualified candidates than some who serve today. Representing Pennsylvania, we have Sen. Bob Casey Jr. When he ran 12 years ago, polls indicate many of his supporters thought they were voting for his father, Bob Casey Sr., who served the commonwealth as a pro-life and competent governor. Clearly Bob Jr.'s performance to date is far less impressive than his father’s. On Nov. 6, the voters will have the opportunity to elect a more qualified candidate. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and his wife, Mary Grace, built a road construction business, with an initial investment of $29.95, into the largest in Pennsylvania. Later, as the mayor of Hazelton, he was one of the first to highlight how immigrants here illegally were destroying his community. Since being elected to Congress. Barletta has saved the taxpayers over $4 billion by cutting waste and reducing the size of federal real estate. Please vote for Barletta for U.S. senator on Nov. 6. Frank C. Fryburg Manheim Township View the full article
  10. The jury in the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will return to court Friday morning for its second day of deliberations. View the full article
  11. PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Police Department officials say an officer and suspect are in critical condition after exchanging gunfire in north Phoenix. Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said at a news conference that the incident happened about 8 p.m. Thursday after the officer attempted a traffic stop and the driver initially refused to stop. Once the driver stopped, the suspect reportedly shot the approaching officer who was able to return fire, striking the suspect Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams tells ABC15-TV (https://bit.ly/2L0Zr4G ) that she believes the shooting was an ambush. The unidentified officer involved has been with the department for one year and worked out of the Desert Horizon precinct. No further information was immediately available. View the full article
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  13. PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts have closed two Cape Cod beaches following shark sightings. According to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a shark was seen in the waters off Race Point Beach in Provincetown Thursday afternoon. Video shows the shark feeding on a seal near the shore. Meadow Beach in Truro was closed earlier in the day when several sharks were spotted in the water. The closures came a day after a 61-year-old man was bitten at Long Nook Beach in Truro. The man was taken to a hospital with puncture wounds to his torso and legs. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, an organization that studies sharks, says shark encounters in which people are injured are as "terrifying as they are rare." Massachusetts' last shark attack fatality was in 1936. View the full article
  14. Gone are the days when flying across the Atlantic would routinely cost a small fortune. View the full article
  15. BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Hamburg are selling off 50 little wooden houses used to house newcomers at the height of the influx of refugees and other migrants to Germany. The boxy houses, 28 square meters (301 square feet) in size, were offered this week as potential guest houses, workshops, or sport or yoga venues. The minimum bid price was 1,000 euros ($1,130), but there were two catches: buyers need to have building permission to put the houses up and must collect them themselves. Hamburg's refugee coordination center told news agency dpa that there were around 100 queries about the houses on the first day alone. On Thursday, the center tweeted that the online ad had been taken down after about 48 hours and it will contact all applicants. View the full article
  16. A Colorado man faces three counts of murder after his pregnant wife and two young daughters disappeared. Officials said they discovered three bodies they believe to be Shanann Watts and her two children, but are working to confirm their identities. CNN's Paul Vercammen reports. View the full article
  17. A low-carb or high-carb diet raises your risk of death, a new study suggests, with people eating the food staple in moderation seeing the greatest benefits to their health. View the full article
  18. KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag. That image has defined the unlikely new political phenomenon — and possibly now put him in danger as an opposition figure taking on one of Africa's longest-serving leaders. Once considered a marijuana-loving crooner, the 36-year-old "ghetto child" is a new member of parliament who urges his countrymen to stand up against what he calls a failing government. He has protested against an unpopular social media tax and against a controversial change to the constitution removing presidential age limits. Despite murmurs about his wild past and inexperience in politics, his approach appears to be working: All of the candidates he has backed in strongly contested legislative by-elections this year have emerged victorious. But after clashes this week led to a smashed window in President Yoweri Museveni's convoy and Ssentamu's own driver shot dead, some of the singer's supporters now wonder if they'll ever see him again. The brash young lawmaker was charged Thursday in a military court with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition for his alleged role in Monday's clashes in the northwestern town of Arua, where both he and Museveni had been campaigning. As the president's convoy left a rally, authorities say, a group associated with Ssentamu and the candidate he supported, Kassiano Wadri, pelted it with stones. Ssentamu quickly posted on Twitter a photo of his dead driver slumped in a car seat, blaming police "thinking they've shot at me." Then he was arrested, and he hasn't been seen in public since. His lawyer, Medard Sseggona, told reporters after Thursday's closed-door hearing that his client had been so "brutalized he cannot walk, he cannot stand, he can only sit with difficulty ... It is hard to say whether he understands this and that." Critics have said Uganda's government might find it easier to get the verdict it wants in a military court, where independent observers often have limited access. Ssentamu's wife, Barbara, told reporters he has never owned a gun and does not know how to handle one, reinforcing widespread concerns about trumped-up charges. The case against Ssentamu has riveted this East African country that has rarely seen a politician of such charisma and drive. Beaten and bruised, often literally, Uganda's opposition politicians have largely retreated as the 74-year-old Museveni pursues an even longer stay in power. While Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential challenger who has been jailed many times, appears to relax his protest movement, Ssentamu has been urging bold action. The young must take the place of the old in Uganda's leadership, he says. His message resonates widely in a country where many educated young people cannot find employment, public hospitals often lack basic medicines and main roads are dangerously potholed. Because traditional avenues of political agitation have largely been blocked by the government, the music and street spectacle of an entertainer with a political message offer hope to those who want change, said Mwambutsya Ndebesa, who teaches political history at Uganda's Makerere University. "There is political frustration, there is political anger, and right now anyone can do. Even if it means following a comedian, we are going to follow a comedian," Ndebesa said. "Uganda is a political accident waiting to happen. A singer like Bobi Wine can put Uganda on fire." Running against both the ruling party and the main opposition party under Besigye, Ssentamu won his parliament seat by a landslide last year after a campaign in which he presented himself as the voice of youth. "It is good to imagine things, but it is better to work toward that imagination," he told the local broadcaster NBS afterward while speaking about his presidential ambitions. "But it does not take only me. It takes all of us." Not long after taking his parliament seat, Ssentamu was among a small group of lawmakers roughed up by security forces inside the chamber for their failed efforts to block legislation that opened the door for Museveni to possibly rule for life. "You are either uninformed or you are a liar, a characteristic you so liberally apply to me," the president said to Ssentamu in a scathing letter published in local newspapers in October amid public debate over the law. Museveni, who took power by force in 1986, is now able to rule into the 2030s. While his government is a key U.S. security ally, notably in fighting Islamic extremists in Somalia, the security forces have long faced human rights groups' allegations of abuses. The alleged harassment of Ssentamu, however, has only boosted his popularity and led to calls for a presidential run in 2021. "Bobi Wine is now a phenomenon in the sense of the reaction of the state," said Asuman Bisiika, a Ugandan political analyst. "The only critical thing is how he responds to the brutality of the state. How does he respond after the physical impact of the state on his body? We are waiting." A trial before a military court is likely to be drawn out over months and possibly years, impeding his political activities. His followers have expressed concern that this was the government's motive in locking him up. In the poor suburb of Kamwokya in the capital, Kampala, where Ssentamu's musical journey started and where he is fondly recalled as "the ghetto president," some vow to fight until he is freed. On Thursday, protesters were quickly dispersed by police lobbing tear gas. "For us, Bobi Wine is a good leader because he cares for the ordinary person and he is a truth teller," said John Bosco Ssegawa, standing in a street where tires had been burned. "And those people whose names I will not mention think he is wrong. No, they are wrong." ——— Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP—Africa View the full article
  19. NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and slick sunglasses serve as lead blockers. "I do it regularly, being red-haired with freckles, Irish heritage," Dolphins offensive tackle Sam Young said of using sunscreen. "I go to a dermatologist once a year to make sure everything is good." Young doubles up on the protection by also wearing long sleeves during practice, despite steamy conditions that are more suited for lounging at the beach than playing on a football field. "To me, it's not worth the risk," said Young, who grew up in South Florida and has family members who have had skin cancer. "I try to be as practical as I can about it. Sleeves mean one less thing to have to worry about." And, there are plenty of concerns for those who spend so many hours on sun-splashed fields. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The organization estimates there will be 5.4 million new cases of non-melanoma this year among 3.3 million people, and 91,270 new cases of melanoma — a more serious and aggressive form of skin cancer. Melanoma is usually curable, however, when detected in its early stages. The NFL and American Cancer Society teamed up this summer to launch an initiative as part of its "Crucial Catch" campaign in which free sunscreen is being provided to players, coaches, fans, team employees and media at camps around the country. Some sites — such as at Jets and Giants camp — have several receptacles where people can get sunscreen from a dispenser, while packets of lotion are being handed out at others. "One of the things we try do here that we haven't done before (is) to look at the skin cancer part of it," first-year Lions coach Matt Patricia said, "and see if there's anything you have questions about as a person, 'Hey, this doesn't look right,' or, 'What do you think about this?'" Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he's had a spot "removed or checked on" in annual skin cancer checks during physical exams. He and some of his assistants normally wear long shirts under their T-shirts during practice — despite the Georgia heat and humidity. "We all remind one another," Quinn said. "For the players and for the coaches, we always have the lotion that we need or the spray to use. They're pretty mindful." Well, some are. Plenty of players acknowledge they often hit the field focused more on picking up blocks than putting on sunblock. "I probably should, but I'm just too lazy," said Washington rookie wide receiver Trey Quinn, who was "Mr. Irrelevant" as the last player selected in this year's draft. "Hopefully my mom doesn't see this. She'd probably recommend with my pale skin to wear a little sunscreen, but it's available to us and it's up to us to be adults and make decisions for ourselves." Most players and coaches don't usually reapply sunscreen during practice, although the American Cancer Society recommends doing so after two hours in the sun. Jets defensive end Henry Anderson usually remembers to put lotion on his arms before practice — not that it stays on long. "Sometimes, I'll get a little red because O-linemen are rubbing your arms and rubbing your skin and stuff," he said. "I guess it does the job. I still get kind of burned here and there, but I just don't really want to wear sleeves out to practice in this weather." The American Cancer Society says the lifetime risk of melanoma is higher for people who are white, especially those with fair skin that freckles or burns easily. But people of all skin colors are vulnerable, and sun damage can occur at any time of year. Broncos linebacker Justin Simmons, who is black, recently wore tights and a long-sleeve shirt while practicing in the elevated altitude of Colorado. He also regularly wears sunscreen. "When you're out here, yeah, you have to," Simmons said. "I just tan easy — very rarely does my skin break. But you have to put it on. You're so much closer to the sun. It may feel a little bit more humid, like where I'm from in South Florida, and may not feel as humid here. But you're so much closer and the sun is beaming on you. "You have to protect your skin." Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, Texans owner Bob McNair and Jaguars coach Doug Marrone are among some in the NFL community who have been successfully treated for melanomas. But there have also been several who have been devastated by skin cancer, including former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, who lost his wife Kaye to melanoma in 2010. Former NFL assistant coach Jim Johnson died from that form of cancer in 2009, while former coach Buddy Ryan and former NFL player and coach Jack Pardee also dealt with it. "Down in Houston with Mr. McNair, he would always remind us, 'Hey, make sure you put sunscreen on. It's important,'" said Titans coach Mike Vrabel, a Texans assistant the past four seasons. "It's something that he went through, and as you're out there every single day, just being conscious of it." Vrabel's quarterback certainly is. Marcus Mariota grew up in Hawaii, so he's used to sunny days. He doesn't use sunscreen, but wears a long-sleeved hoodie at practice, something he started doing last year. "But today was a steamer," Mariota said recently. "I did consider putting on sunscreen. It's just slippery and messy. I'm not a big fan." That's a common sentiment among players, particularly in the heat and humidity of training camp. "I don't like doing it," Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb said. "I don't want it slipping on my hands, so I am not putting it on at practice. When I golf or I'm at the beach, I like to throw it on." Dolphins rookie kicker Jason Sanders grew up in sunny Orange County, California, but is using sunscreen this summer for the first time in his football career. "I get my upper arms to prevent the farmer's tan, and my neck, too," he said. "I get it on my ears and neck, but stay away from my face because I sweat a lot out here. I would say two out of three days I put sunscreen on. Some days when I kick, I don't want to be all lathered up. You can feel it when you're sweating this much. I don't want to get it anywhere near my eyes." Just as long as it gets on every other exposed area. Between blocks and screens, NFL players and coaches are doing everything under the sun to protect themselves. "I think we can always get more information on all of that topic in general," Patricia said. "But (it's) something we have to be conscious about when we're out in the sun that long." ——— AP Pro Football Writer Teresa Walker and AP Sports Writers Tom Canavan, Pat Graham, Larry Lage, Brett Martel, Charles Odum, Stephen Whyno and Steve Wine contributed. ——— More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP—NFL View the full article
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