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PA Headlines 2/05/18

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The rain and hail that pelted Philadelphia for much of the day dissipated just as people across the city spilled out of sports bars, apartments and houses.  They all had one destination: Broad Street.  It was time for a celebration 58 years in the making.  On Sunday night, just as Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, the scene more than 1,000 miles away in Philly was jubilation and pandemonium.

 

Fireworks were set off. Car horns blared. And Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street, the iconic thoroughfare that will soon host a parade to commemorate the city’s first major pro sports championship since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series.  “The city deserved it,” said 66-year-old Lou Potel, who threw a party at his home just off Broad before joining a much bigger party outside. “It’s a great city, and now we have a Super Bowl to go along with it.”

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While Philadelphia Eagles fans prepared for the Super Bowl, police were working to keep any victory celebrations firmly on the ground.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that police officers were out Sunday afternoon rolling hydraulic fluid onto light poles to keep celebrating fans from climbing them in case of an Eagles victory.

 

Officers who declined to give their names reported greasing about 100 poles up and down Broad Street. They dubbed themselves the “Pole Patrol” rather than the earlier “Crisco Cops” that applied shortening that failed to stop some fans after the NFC championship victory.  Philadelphia’s police commissioner earlier vowed a safe but effective alternative before the big game. He said police had to assure the safety of fans “as well as the people who they could fall down on.”

 

HARWICK, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who broke into a home near Pittsburgh was shot by a resident and was later found dead in a field nearby.  Officers in Springdale Township were sent to the home just after 10 a.m. Sunday after a 911 call.  Police found the residents unharmed and were told the suspect had fled on foot. He was found across the street lying in a field with a gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Allegheny County homicide detectives said the suspect was shot by a resident after he broke through a rear glass door and entered the home.  Police said the motive is unknown but “it is believed the actor had mental health issues.”  No arrests were made. The name of the suspect hasn’t been released.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Bon-Ton Stores, saddled with debt and struggling with weak sales as shoppers abandon traditional department stores, said it filed Sunday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and was exploring a sale of all or part of the company.

 

The chain, which operates 260 stores in 24 states, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, made the filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Delaware. It had said earlier this year that its holiday sales fell, despite a solid economy in which many retailers did well.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will roll out his fourth and final first-term budget proposal, an election-year plan expected to be relatively restrained after three years dominated by drawn-out partisan fights with the Republican-controlled Legislature over how to plug gaping deficits.

 

Administration officials and lawmakers describe the plan being released Tuesday as one that will carry no major new policy initiatives. Rather, Wolf is expected to use his budget to highlight priorities and cement accomplishments, rather than risk the partisan acrimony that plagued the first three years. A smooth landing for his budget could give Wolf a big boost as he campaigns for a second term.

 

A look at what Wolf will propose in his 2018-19 budget plan to lawmakers:

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

 

Spending under Wolf’s proposal would rise to nearly $33 billion, or almost 3 percent, with no increases in taxes on sales and income, the state’s two biggest sources of revenue.

 

THE DEFICIT

 

Wolf insists he has dealt with Pennsylvania’s post-recession deficit, and needs no tax increase or cash infusion to maintain the state’s current programs. There are reasons for optimism, just a year after the state suffered its largest cash shortfall since the recession.  Revenue growth is expected to be better than it has been since Wolf’s first year in office. Key cost pressures — pension obligations, prisons and health care for the poor — also are easing.

 

Meanwhile, a grab bag of tax and fee increases approved by lawmakers in the past 19 months — after Republicans rejected two Wolf requests for multibillion-dollar tax increases — is providing about $1 billion a year. Still, the state is borrowing $1.7 billion to plug last year’s shortfall and took out another $600 million in short-term borrowing from the treasury to tide it over until spring.

 

EDUCATION

 

Wolf will seek another $225 million to push total new dollars for education under his administration to above $1 billion a year, or more than halfway toward his original goal of $2 billion.  Much of the increase — $100 million, a nearly 2 percent bump — would for public school instruction and operations. Another $50 million would go toward a new effort to boost computer and industrial skills training in high schools and for high school graduates who don’t want to attend a four-year college.

 

STATE POLICE SERVICE

 

Wolf will renew his call for municipalities that don’t have their own full-time police force to pay a $25 per-person fee, or about $63 million total, to help pay for state police coverage that is currently supported, perhaps unconstitutionally, by $778 million in highway construction funds. Republican lawmakers, who represent most of the 3.3 million residents who receive full-time or part-time state police coverage, rejected Wolf’s proposal last year.

 

CHILDREN, ELDERLY AND DISABLED

 

Wolf will request an extra $230 million for programs that help provide services at home for the elderly and disabled. He also will seek an extra $25 million, or 16 percent more, to help subsidize child care for low-income working parents.

 

NATURAL GAS DRILLING

 

For a fourth straight year, Wolf will propose a new tax on production of Marcellus Shale natural gas. Wolf administration officials said his proposal will resemble one approved by the Senate last July, which would raise substantially less money than what Wolf has sought previously.

 

OPIOID ADDICTION

 

The Wolf administration will seek tens of millions of dollars more for opioid-addiction treatment and specialty drug courts. That’s on top of the administration’s efforts — pegged at $76 million last year — to fight a crisis that coroners believe claimed more lives last year than it did in 2016.

 

AGENCY MERGERS

 

Wolf will renew a request to merge the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health into one agency. That plan stalled in the Legislature last year. He is giving up on including the Department of Aging and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in that merger.

 

POLITICS

 

This year’s budget politics still could be supercharged. Wolf is running for a second term and, as of Friday, a dozen sitting lawmakers had announced plans to seek higher office. That includes House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, who is vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Wolf..

 

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Features

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was wrong to assert that a GOP-produced classified memo on FBI surveillance powers cleared him in the Russia investigation, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said Sunday. They expressed hope that special counsel Robert Mueller’s work would continue without interference.

Democrats could seek a vote on publicly releasing their rebuttal memo when the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee meets late Monday afternoon.

 

The committee rejected that move last week, with one Republican member saying revisions were needed so the memo would not endanger national security. The Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, urged Trump to back the public release and said that refusing to do so would show the president’s intent to undermine the Russia investigation.

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump expressed appreciation for U.S. service members on Super Bowl Sunday, saying their bravery and sacrifice help make occasions like the year’s most-watched football game possible and renewing his criticism of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.  “Though many of our Nation’s service members are unable to be home with family and friends to enjoy this evening’s American tradition, they are always in our thoughts and prayers,”

 

Pres. Trump said in a statement about the game shortly before the matchup between the defending New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles got underway.  “We owe these heroes the greatest respect for defending our liberty and our American way of life. Their sacrifice is stitched into each star and every stripe of our Star-Spangled Banner,” Trump said. “We hold them in our hearts and thank them for our freedom as we proudly stand for the National Anthem.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans living in struggling communities say they have respect for and confidence in the police who patrol their neighborhoods, according to a survey released Sunday.  More than 7 in 10 Americans who live in these communities said they have some or a lot of confidence in the police who patrol their neighborhoods, according to the State of Opportunity in America survey. The numbers go up even higher when asked about respect for the police: 86 percent of people in struggling neighborhoods said they had some or a lot of respect for their local police.

 

The survey looks at the relationship between police and “fragile” communities, described as locations with high proportions of people struggling in their daily lives who also have limited opportunities for social mobility.  Those same neighborhoods used to be called disadvantaged and at-risk, noted Gerard Robinson, executive director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity. The term “fragile” is a better descriptor, Robinson said.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Activists protesting police brutality chained themselves along a light-rail line carrying ticketholders to the Super Bowl on Sunday, halting trains in both directions.  Metro Transit’s Green Line was shut down a little after 2 p.m., about three hours before kickoff, by a group of about 30 activists at the Stadium Village station. Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said the agency had a contingency plan to get ticketholders to the game on time.

 

Chinyere Tutashinda, a spokeswoman for the activists, said they were also protesting authorities’ decision to dedicate the city’s two light-rail lines to Super Bowl ticketholders on Sunday. Non-ticketholders had to use buses instead.  Black Lives Matter and several other groups planned two separate events and a march Sunday afternoon. About 300 people had gathered at a park a couple of miles south of U.S. Bank Stadium, and planned a march that would have them arrive at the stadium near 5 p.m.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The Giants won the Super Bowl.  Not really, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. stole the show with an NFL ad in which the two perform the choreography from the movie “Dirty Dancing” — complete with the iconic lift done by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

 

The third-quarter ad was an instant social media hit. Twitter users said they had the time of their life.  Bret Werner, who is the president of MWW public relations, says “the NFL spot on “Dirty Dancing” was vintage. The Odell and Eli connection scored off the field.”

 

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Super Bowl ads ran the gamut from tame humor to … tame messages about social causes.  After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked overtime to win over audiences with messages that entertained and strove not to offend. The slapstick humor and sexual innuendo that used to be commonplace during Super Bowl ad breaks were nowhere in sight.

 

Instead, Budweiser , as always the largest advertiser during the game, eschewed the usual puppies and Clydesdales to showcase employees that send water to places in need. Verizon showed people thanking first responders who saved them. And Tide tried to make people laugh (and perhaps forget about its Tide Pod problem ) with a humorous series of ads that starred “Stranger Things'” actor David Harbour.

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash.  The ad shows people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King’s speech, which urges people to be “great” by serving the greater good rather than being successful. It was supposed to highlight the volunteer program Ram Nation.

 

But it was criticized by viewers and ad experts alike for forging too tenuous a connection with the civil rights hero.  On Twitter, most people expressed the idea that using King’s speech to “sell trucks” crossed a line between a heartfelt message and exploiting emotions just to push a vehicle.

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — A parking ticket amnesty program in Baltimore has netted more than $2.1 million for city coffers over a two-day period.  The Baltimore Sun reports the totals collected as of Friday evening only reflected electronic payments.

 

The newspaper says there were also lines at city offices as residents came to pay outstanding tickets in person but those amounts have not yet been calculated.  Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced the initiative last month. It’s the first parking ticket amnesty program the mid-Atlantic city has organized in roughly 15 years.

 

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Sports, Scores & Skeds

 

Newsradio 1070 WKOK had Super Bowl 52 on WKOK Sunday. Today on WKOK, Shikellamy boy’s basketball team is at Bellefonte. The game is on WKOK and WKOK.com at 7:15pm.

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Boston 97        Portland          96

Final    Atlanta            99        N-Y Knicks     96

Final    Toronto           101      Memphis         86

Final    Milwaukee      109      Brooklyn         94

Final    L.A. Lakers     108      Oklahoma City            104

Final    Charlotte         115      Phoenix           110

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Vegas  4          Washington     3

Final    San Jose          3          Carolina           1

Final    Montreal          4          Ottawa            1

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final    Philadelphia    41        New England  33

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (1) Villanova   92        Seton Hall       76

Final    (17) Ohio St.   75        Illinois 67

Final    (25) Arizona St.          88        Washington St.           78

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Portland          at         Detroit 7:00 p.m.

Washington     at         Indiana            7:00 p.m.

Orlando           at         Miami  7:30 p.m.

Utah    at         New Orleans   8:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Denver            9:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Sacramento     10:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         L.A. Clippers  10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Anaheim          at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Nashville         at         N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m.

N-Y Rangers   at         Dallas  8:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay      at         Edmonton       9:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final    Philadelphia    41        New England  33

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(15) West Virginia      at         (12) Oklahoma            9:00 p.m.

 

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