Thursday April 5 2012

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012

SANDUSKY HOPES FOR DISMISSAL

THE JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE WILL HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS, INCLUDING THE DEFENSE’S MOTION TO DISMISS ALL THE CHARGES, AT A HEARING BEGINNING AT 9AM AT THE CENTRE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. SANDUSKY IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND AND BELLEFONTE OFFICIALS WILL NOT CLOSE ANY STREETS AROUND THE COURTHOUSE OR MODIFY PARKING. PUBLIC SEATS ARE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. JURY SELECTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JUNE 5TH.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PRESS SECRETARY HAS FIRED BACK AT ESPN’S “OUTSIDE THE LINES” WHICH SUGGESTED THAT CORBETT WAS THE ONE BEHIND THE DECISION TO FIRE JOE PATERNO. KEVIN HARLEY TOLD THE PATRIOT NEWS THAT THE REPORT MERELY ADDS ANOTHER CHAPTER TO THE LIST OF GROWING CONSPIRACY THEORIES SURROUNDING THE SANDUSKY CASE. THE STORY REPORTS THAT BOB CAPRETTO, A FORMER PENN STATE PLAYER, SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR ON NOVEMBER 12TH, AND ASKED HIM WHO DECIDED TO FIRE PATERNO AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER. CAPRETTO TOLD ESPN: “THE GOVERNOR SAID, 'I TOLD THEM TO DO IT.' HE WAS PROUD OF IT.” CORBETT DECLINED TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR THE ESPN STORY, AND HE HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID THE DECISION WAS THAT OF THE TRUSTEES. “OUTSIDE THE LINES” ALSO REPORTED THAT THE PATERNO FAMILY AND THE BOARD ARE CURRENTLY AT ODDS OVER THE PAYMENT OF THE 4-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLARS THAT REMAINED FROM JOE-PA’S LAST CONTRACT.

STUDENTS PROTEST FUNDING CUTS

HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS AND ALUMNI CHANTED “WE ARE PENN STATE” IN HARRISBURG WEDNESDAY AS THEY PROTESTED GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSAL TO CUT FUNDING BY 30-PERCENT, OR ABOUT 64-MILLION DOLLARS. LAST YEAR, CORBETT PROPOSED A 50-PERCENT REDUCTION, BUT PENN STATE ENDED UP WITH A 20 PERCENT CUT. UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON TESTIFIED BEFORE LAWMAKERS IN FEBRUARY THAT A REDUCTION OF 30 PERCENT WILL ERODE PROGRAMS AND POSSIBLY RESULT IN A TUITION INCREASE AND LAYOFFS.

SANTORUM IN BLAIR COUNTY

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL RICK SANTORUM ATTENDED A RALLY YESTERDAY ON THE STEPS OF THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE. DESPITE MITT ROMNEY’S 3 PRIMARY WINS THIS WEEK, SANTORUM SAID HE GOT MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND VOTES IN WISCONSIN AND HE THINKS THAT SHOWS THAT THERE’S A LOT OF FIGHT LEFT IN CONSERVATIVES OF THIS COUNTRY. QUITE OFTEN, THE NOMINATIONS ARE DECIDED WELL BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY, BUT THAT IS NOT THAT CASE THIS YEAR WITH THE ELECTION SET FOR APRIL 24TH.

SLASHING THE NUMBER OF STATE LAWMAKERS?

LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE STATE HOUSE BY 50 MEMBERS PASSED WEDNESDAY  AFTERNOON BY A VOTE OF 140 TO 49. THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD GO FROM 203 TO 153 AND THE BILL WOULD CUT 12 SENATORS, DOWN TO 38. THE MEASURE NOW GOES TO THE SENATE. IF IT PASSES THERE, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE VOTED ON IN A STATE WIDE REFERENDUM. SUPPORTERS SAY IT WOULD IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND  COMMUNICATION, BUT SENATOR JOHN EICHELBERGER IS CONCERNED THAT RURAL AREAS MIGHT LOSE POWER TO THE URBAN AREAS AND THAT CUTTING THE NUMBER OF LAWMAKERS WON’T SAVE MUCH MONEY BECAUSE MORE STAFF WOULD BE NEEDED.

CAMBRIA COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

A FIREFIGHTER AND A TEENAGER WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER FIRE DAMAGED A HOUSE ON GRANT STREET IN SOUTH FORK, CAMBRIA COUNTY, LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE TEEN AND A FRIEND WERE IN THE HOUSE WHEN A MALFUNCTIONING LIGHT FIXTURE ON THE SECOND FLOOR CAUSED THE BLAZE. THE TEEN TRIED TO PUT OUT THE FLAMES OUT WITH AN EXTINGUISHER..THEN BOTH GOT OUT. THE FIREFIGHTER HAD A WRIST INJURY. 3 ROOMS ON THE SECOND FLOOR SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE, AND THE ROOF AND A DECK ALSO HAD FIRE DAMAGE. THE REST OF THE HOME HAD SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE.

FLIGHT 93 REMAINS NOT IN LANDFILL

A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL CONFIRMS THAT NO REMAINS FROM THE FLIGHT 93 CRASH IN SHANKSVILLE ENDED UP IN A LANDFILL. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY FOLLOWED UP WITH THE PENTAGON AFTER THE POST-GAZETTE PRINTED A STORY ABOUT UNIDENTIFIED REMAINS BEING DUMPED.  THE PAPER REPORTS TODAY THAT ALL REMAINS SENT OUT FOR DNA TESTING WERE RETURNED TO THE SOMERSET COUNTY CORONER.