AP: Gov. Wolf’s big plans, Penn State preps for Citrus Bowl, and more

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf, who introduced himself at his first inauguration as an unconventional governor and then unveiled an ambitious blueprint to transform Pennsylvania’s tax structure, is returning for a second term with big plans, although with perhaps a more sober view of what is possible.  Wolf, a Democrat, faced huge Republican legislative majorities throughout his first term, and will again face substantial Republican majorities as he hopes to nail down second-term achievements, including on stalled first-term priorities.

He is frank about his prospects for success in persuading lawmakers to increase the minimum wage, expand background checks on firearms purchases, overhaul how public schools are funded and impose a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production.  “I don’t know,” he said during a December interview in his Capitol offices with The Associated Press.  And while lawmakers wonder whether Wolf will float another bombshell, he is stressing the importance of getting things done.

“You can choose as to whether you want to focus on things where we disagree and where we are different and, I think in American politics right now, we’re doing too much of that,” Wolf said. “But here, we’ve said, ‘OK, and it might not be the biggest area in the world, but there are areas of overlap,’ and we have focused on that, and I think that’s how we’ve gotten things done.”  The mild-mannered Wolf talks now about fixing inequities in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system, including stopping the widespread use of bail from leading to debtors’ prisons.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.  The sound-only recording was posted Sunday in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, New York, comedy club. Several media outlets captured and posted clips and transcripts of the set.

 

“You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot,” C.K. can be heard saying on the recording. “Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking?”  Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg replied to the C.K. material on Twitter.

 

“My daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting,” Guttenberg said. “My son ran from the bullets. My wife and I deal with loss every day. Why don’t you come to my house and try out your new pathetic jokes?”  The most prominent of the student-activists from Parkland have not offered comment. A message seeking comment left at C.K.’s website wasn’t immediately returned.  A gunman killed 17 students and staff members at the school on Feb. 14.  C.K., 51, temporarily disappeared from public life after acknowledging and apologizing for sexual misconduct in November of 2017.

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they’re investigating the theft of clothing that belonged to a retired animatronic character at Walt Disney World.  The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that the theft occurred in August. The stolen items had belonged to Buzzy, who was part of the now-closed “Wonders of Life” attraction at Epcot.

 

Investigators say someone sneaked into a backstage area that’s not open to the public and took a red jacket, green cap and rubber molded hands. An incident report lists the items’ value at $600, but it wasn’t known what a black-market collector might pay for parts of a Disney attraction.

The sheriff’s office says they’ve interviewed a suspect. He was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to hand over his phone, but no charges have been filed in the theft.

 

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner’s request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple.  The man who’d owned Sam, a pointer, and Cosmo, a Lab mix, had divorced and was moving in with his girlfriend, who said she was allergic to dogs.

 

He visited a Portage, Indiana, veterinarian and asked that the dogs be put down, but the vet refused because they were healthy and friendly.  Penny Emerson is president of Begin Again Rescue Co. in Valparaiso. She tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that the dogs were eventually moved to Peoples Animal Welfare Society in south suburban Chicago’s Tinley Park.  A Lockport, Illinois, couple eventually adopted the canine companions, who are doing well..

 

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UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) – Penn State, Kentucky chase 10-win finish in Citrus Bowl. The game will be on WKOK (1070AM) and WKOK.com, Citrus Bowl: No. 13 Penn State (9-3) vs. No. 16 Kentucky (9-3),  Line: Penn State by 6 1/2.  Series Record: Penn State leads 3-2.

The winner will finish with 10 wins, and that would be significant for Penn State and even more noteworthy for Kentucky, which hasn’t done it in 41 years. The Nittany Lions are trying to finish with double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons with the first time since 1980-82. The Wildcats have their best record since going 10-1 in 1977

Trace McSorley-led Penn State offense that’s averaging 424.3 yards and 34.6 points per game against a stingy Kentucky defense anchored by LB Josh Allen, the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year. The Wildcats have allowed 332.2 yards per game and rank seventh nationally in scoring defense at 16.2.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles will lead the Philadelphia Eagles into the playoffs.  Coach Doug Pederson said Foles is “feeling good” after suffering a chest injury and will start when the Eagles (9-7) face the Bears (12-4) in an NFC wild-card game next Sunday.   “We’ll take care of him and make sure he’s ready,” Pederson said Monday.

Pederson said Nate Sudfeld is the backup as of right now and couldn’t provide an update on Carson Wentz’s back injury. He wouldn’t commit to starting Foles if the Eagles advance.  “There is no guarantee we’re going to win this game,” Pederson said. “I’ll evaluate next Monday.”  The Eagles earned a playoff berth with a 24-0 win at Washington coupled with Chicago’s victory at Minnesota.

Foles is 6-0 in must-win games filling in for Wentz the past two seasons, including 3-0 in the playoffs and earned Super Bowl MVP honors in a 41-33 victory over New England.  He tied an NFL record by completing 25 consecutive passes in the win against the Redskins and has been outstanding in three starts since Wentz was sidelined. Sudfeld relieved Foles and tossed a touchdown pass on his only throw.

 

SCOREBOARD

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Indiana            116      Atlanta            108

Final    Charlotte         125      Orlando           100

Final    San Antonio    120      Boston 111

Final    Houston          113      Memphis         101

Final    Oklahoma City            122      Dallas  102

Final    New Orleans   123      Minnesota       114

Final    Golden State   132      Phoenix           109

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Nashville         6          Washington     3

Final    New Jersey      4          Vancouver       0

Final    Carolina           3          Philadelphia    1

Final    Pittsburgh        3          Minnesota       2

Final    N-Y Islanders 3          Buffalo            1

Final    N-Y Rangers   2          St. Louis          1

Final    Columbus        6          Ottawa            3

Final SO          Florida 4          Detroit 3

Final OT          Tampa Bay      2          Anaheim          1

Final OT          L.A. Kings      3          Colorado         2

Final OT          Montreal          3          Dallas  2

Final    Calgary            8          San Jose          5

Final    Winnipeg         4          Edmonton       3

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (4) Virginia      100      Marshall          64

Final    (7) Gonzaga    89        CS Bakersfield            54

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