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PUERTO RICAN EVACUEES SCRAMBLE FOR HOUSING BEFORE DEADLINE

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of Puerto Rican evacuees who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria devastated the island are scrambling to find housing before federal vouchers that paid for their hotel rooms expire tomorrow.

The clock began ticking late last month after a federal judge in Massachusetts denied an effort to force the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continue the temporary housing voucher program.

Earlier this week, there more than 600 families were using the vouchers on the mainland, with more than half of those families in Florida. Almost 400 families were using the vouchers on the island.

Advocates say FEMA hasn’t done enough for the evacuees, forcing local governments and organizations to step up. FEMA has said it has provided a variety of housing options for people left homeless by Maria.

FAN HIT WITH BAT AT MLB GAME IN BOSTON

BOSTON (AP) — A man sitting in the box seats at last night’s Red Sox game was hit on the forehead by a bat that slipped out of Devon Travis’ hands in the eighth inning.

The bat cleared the netting along the baseline and landed about 15 rows up in the box seats, about midway between third base and home plate. Security scrambled for towels and a stretcher was brought to take the man.

The man got a big ovation from the crowd when he stood. Holding a towel to his head in his right hand, he pumped his left fist to acknowledge the applause before he walked to a stretcher and was wheeled away.

CHILD KILLED BY ALLIGATOR – UPDATE

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Nebraska couple whose little boy was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World hotel has welcomed a new child to their family.

Matt and Melissa Graves have announced the birth of Christian Lane Graves.

In 2016, an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves as he played along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The child’s father jumped into the water to try to free his son — but failed. The child’s body was found 16 hours later. His death was ruled an accident.

PUSSY RIOT MEMBER POSSIBLE POISONING VICTIM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say a member of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning.

Two news outlets say Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quote a fellow Pussy Riot member as saying the victim’s symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak.

Members of Pussy Riot served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting the World Cup final in July. They ran on the field wearing police uniforms, briefly interrupting a match between France and Croatia.

The group was protesting excessive police powers in Russia.

SHOOTOUT AT FUNERAL

LANSDOWNE, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say a man is dead and a second man has been seriously wounded in a shooting at a funeral.

News outlets report authorities said a funeral procession arrived yesterday at a cemetery in Lansdowne, Maryland. They say the service was about to start when shots were fired. Police say one man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said police believe there were two shooters in the crowd at the funeral, and that the shooting was targeted.

Peach says police believe the shooters were firing at each other.

No arrests have been made.

NBA ANNOUNCER TO RETIRE AFTER 40 YEARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralph Lawler has announced his intention to retire as the television and radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers at the end of the season, which will be his 40th with the NBA team.

Lawler says it’s important that he and his wife have a life after basketball. Lawler turns 81 next April.

He joined the then-San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California in 1978, where he spent six years before the franchise relocated to Los Angeles. Lawler has called over 3,100 games.

His announcing career has included games for the NFL’s Chargers, Major League Baseball’s Phillies, the NHL’s Flyers and the Clippers and 76ers.

Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer says he’s looking forward to celebrating Lawler and his legacy during the upcoming season. Ballmer calls Lawler “the heart and soul of the Clippers.”

Lawler has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and three Emmy Awards.

The Clippers will host Ralph Lawler Night on April 10, with his bobblehead being given away to fans.

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