Friday February 17 2012

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012

'THON WEEKEND

‘THON BEGINS TOMORROW AT 4 AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER AND HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS WILL BE ON THEIR FEET FOR 46 HOURS. THE LARGEST STUDENT-RUN PHILANTHROPY IN THE WORLD RAISES MONEY FOR THE 4 DIAMONDS FUND AT HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER TO BENEFIT THE FAMILIES OF CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER. LAST YEAR, THON RAISED NEARLY 9-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS. DUE TO THON, STATE COLLEGE WILL ALTER ITS PARKING REGULATIONS. STREETS MARKED WITH “NO PARKING 2AM TO 6AM” SIGNS WON’T BE ENFORCED UNTIL 2AM ON TUESDAY. THE ONE AND 2-HOUR PARKING LIMITS IN THOSE AREAS WILL ALSO BE LIFTED STARTING AT NOON TODAY.

DONATIONS FOLLOW SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY WAS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER…AND SINCE THEN, THE PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST RAPE SAYS IT HAS COLLECTED 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATIONS. AFTER THE SCANDAL BROKE, THE SECOND MILE, WHICH SANDUSKY FOUNDED IN 1977, ASKED PEOPLE TO DONATE TO THE COALITION IN SUPPORT OF SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS. MORE THAN 11-HUNDRED DOLLARS CAME FROM SECOND MILE DONORS.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF PENNSYLVANIA SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED ABOUT 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF JOE PATERNO. FOLLOWING THE COACH’S DEATH, HIS FAMILY REQUESTED THAT DONATIONS BE MADE TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS OR THE PENN STATE DANCE MARATHON. JOE-PA’S WIFE, SUE, IS ONE OF THE LEAD ORGANIZERS FOR THE SUMMER GAMES HELD AT PENN STATE IN JUNE.

GOVERNOR VISITS JOHNSTOWN

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT TOURED JOHNSTOWN DEFENSE CONTRACTOR LOCKHEED MARTIN THURSDAY MORNING…THEN SPOKE TO EMPLOYEES AND THE MEDIA ABOUT HIS PROPOSED 27-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET.CORBETT SAYS “WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. WE’RE REQUIRED TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET.” AND HE HAD TO SEPARATE THE NECESSITIES FROM THE WANTS. CORBETT’S PACKAGE REDUCES SPENDING BY 20 MILLION DOLLARS.

PENN STATE TUITION SKYROCKETED FROM 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN 2001 FOR A FRESHMAN AT UNIVERSITY PARK TO MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND LAST YEAR, BUT SPEAKING IN JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAID IT TROUBLES HIM WHEN UNIVERSITIES IMMEDIATELY START TALKING TUITION INCREASES WHEN THE STATE PROPOSES TO CUT THEIR FUNDING. CORBETT’S LATEST PROPOSED BUDGET CALLS FOR A 30 PERCENT REDUCTION TO STATE OWNED UNIVERSITIES. THAT TRANSLATES INTO 62 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PENN STATE. CORBETT IS A MEMBER OF THE PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND SAYS THE UNIVERSITY RECEIVED 3-BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS AND STILL TUITION IS UP 110-PERCENT.

EXTRA MONEY IN OUR POCKETS

U-S SENATOR BOB CASEY SAYS THE PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION THAT WAS APPROVED BY A JOINT SENATE-HOUSE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WILL GIVE BLAIR COUNTY RESIDENTS AN AVERAGE OF 426 DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS DURING THE LAST 10 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THE FIGURE ON AVERAGE WILL BE 400-DOLLARS IN CAMBRIA COUNTY…304-DOLLARS IN CENTRE COUNTY…404 IN BEDFORD COUNTY…AND 417 IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. CASEY SAYS PENNSYLVANIA ADDED 50-THOUSAND JOBS LAST YEAR AND IF THE PAYROLL TAX CUT HAD NOT BEEN IN PLACE, THAT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

STATE PATTY’S DAY

STATE COLLEGE-DOT-COM REPORTS THAT AT LEAST 2 LOCAL BARS WILL CLOSE THEIR DOORS DURING STATE PATTY’S DAY NEXT SATURDAY.A DOWNTOWN ESTABLISHMENT OPERATOR SAID THE LION’S DEN AND THE SHANDYGAFF PLAN TO SHUT DOWN ENTIRELY DURING THE STUDENT-CREATED DRINKING HOLIDAY. IN ADDITION, THE STATE LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD WILL CLOSE ITS 4 STATE COLLEGE WINE & LIQUOR STORES AT 6PM, 3 HOURS AHEAD OF THE NORMALLY SCHEDULED TIME.

MOM’S HEARING POSTPONED

23 YEAR OLD MARIA BOYD OF STATE COLLEGE IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE 2010 DEATH OF HER 6-WEEK OLD SON, ANDREW, IN HUNTINGDON AND HER PRELIMINARY HEARING WAS DELAYED AGAIN YESTERDAY WHEN THE JUDGE SAID IT WOULD TAKE AN ADDITIONAL HEARING TO DETERMINE IF THE COUNTY OR THE DEFENDANT SHOULD PAY FOR EXPENSES OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AND PATHOLOGIST. A DOCTOR SAYS ANDREW DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO HIS ABDOMEN AND HE ALSO HAD A HEAD INJURY, A BROKEN ARM, AND ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM. BOYD IS JAILED WITHOUT BAIL.HUNTINGDON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE ZANIC SAYS HE HASN’T DECIDED WHETHER HE WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE LARGEST JURY VERDICT IN CENTRE COUNTY HISTORY

A JURY YESTERDAY AWARDED 16-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS TO A WOMAN WHO SAID SHE WAS DRUGGED WITH CARBON DIOXIDE BY A FORMER STATE COLLEGE PSYCHOLOGIST AND MANIPULATED TO BELIEVE SHE WAS RAPED BY FAMILY MEMBERS AND AS PART OF A SEXUAL CULT. 59 YEAR OLD JULIAN METTER LOST HIS LICENSE TO PRACTICE PSYCHOLOGY IN JUNE 2009 WHEN HE PLEADED GUILTY TO FRAUDULENTLY BILLING MEDICARE. HE WAS SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY 2011 TO SERVE 5 MONTHS IN PRISON. METTER SAYS HE WILL APPEAL.

LIBRARY CLOSED

THE FURNACE IS BROKEN AT THE HOLLIDAYSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARAY…AND IT’S CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY. DIRECTOR JANET ELDRED SAID THE LIBRARY WOULD ALREADY HAVE BEEN CLOSED MONDAY FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY.