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PA Headlines 2/14/18

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will not submit a new Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to the state’s high court, saying Tuesday that it uses the same unconstitutionally partisan tactics as the 6-year-old boundaries struck down in a gerrymandering case.  Wolf’s move came six days before the deadline set by the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court to impose new boundaries for Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts.


The state’s districts are routinely labeled as among the nation’s most gerrymandered. Wolf’s office, which has not publicly released the governor’s own proposal, said it remained possible that Wolf would submit one to the court. He also left open the possibility of working with the Legislature to submit a consensus map by Monday’s deadline.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new analysis by experts shows that a Pennsylvania redistricting plan rejected by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf would have been favorable to Republicans.  The analysis released Tuesday predicts that Republicans would have won 11 of the state’s 18 congressional districts under the plan crafted by Republican legislative leaders in response to a state Supreme Court ruling against the current districts.


Republicans currently hold 13 seats.   The analysis used three statistical tests to evaluate the Republican legislative plan. All three found that the districts were skewed toward Republicans, though two of the tests showed a GOP advantage that was slightly less than under the current districts.  Pennsylvania is the first state analyzed under the new PlanScore website, which was developed by team of political scientists, lawyers and data experts.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A county commissioner from southwestern Pennsylvania is the newest Republican to join the field vying to become the state’s next lieutenant governor.  Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan said Tuesday that she’ll seek the nomination. The 55-year-old Irey Vaughan has run unsuccessfully for state treasurer and Congress. She’s been a county commissioner since 1996.


March 6 is the deadline for candidates to file paperwork for the May 15 primary ballot.  Five Democrats have lined up to contest the re-election bid of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the party’s primary.  Other Republicans running include Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and the party-endorsed Jeffrey Bartos, a real estate investor from suburban Philadelphia. Otto Voit, a Berks County businessman, and ex-state Rep. Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster County are dropping out.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — A visit to suburban Pittsburgh by President Donald Trump’s daughter makes it the third time a senior administration official has dropped in on the political hotspot of 2018’s first congressional election.  Ivanka Trump and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon met Tuesday in Mount Lebanon with business owners and Republican state lawmakers where she touted tax-cutting legislation her father signed.


Sitting beside her was state Rep. Rick Saccone, the Republican running in March 13’s special election to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim Murphy’s resignation.  Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor.  Vice President Mike Pence visited earlier this month to help Saccone, and Trump himself is returning next week after visiting last month. Millions of dollars are flowing into the race, mostly to support Saccone.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — “LOVE” returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  The famous 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture was brought back to its namesake downtown park on a flatbed truck after making a number of stops at parks and statues along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before the reinstallation.

School children cheered and those gathered spontaneously sang the fight song for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as a forklift placed the sculpture atop a pedestal.


Susan Murphy had the day off from work and came to the park to see the sculpture reinstalled. She played the Beatles “All You Need is Love” on her iPhone and sang along with her new pal Caitlin Night, who swung by take photos of what she called “the symbol of our city.”  “This is what we are known for, and it’s wonderful to have the ‘LOVE’ back,” Murphy said. “The city seemed empty without it.”


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UNDATED (AP) — We’ve known for a while the Russian government interfered to some extent with the U.S. presidential election in 2016. But are state elections officials ready to block any future efforts by the Kremlin to meddle in the electoral process? The short answer: not really. So far, federal efforts to help states button down elections systems have been slow. So far, just 14 states and three local election agencies have asked for detailed vulnerability assessments offered by the Feds.


And only five of the two-week examinations by the Department of Homeland Security are complete. As an example of what is going on — or not going on in this case — can be found in Illinois. It was one of two states where voter registration databases were breached in 2016. It asked the feds for an assessment back in January — and the request has not been acted on, even with voting set to begin next month.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson have donated the maximum amount to the campaign of their son’s Democratic rival, Sen. Tammy Baldwin.  Nicholson is in a primary battle against Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with the winner advancing to take on Baldwin in the fall.  Federal records show that Nicholson’s parents, Michael and Donna Nicholson, both gave $2,700 in December to Baldwin.


Nicholson is a former Democrat, but his parents have a long history of donating to Democratic candidates. CNN first reported the donations to Baldwin.  Nicholson says in a statement that “My parents have a different worldview than I do, and it is not surprising that they would support a candidate like Tammy Baldwin who shares their perspective.”  Nicholson says he is a conservative by choice “not because I was born one.”


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Penguins are looking for love with big red hearts at a San Francisco aquarium.  In what has become an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, biologists handed out red felt hearts to the 14 African penguins at the California Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.  The animals grabbed the hearts in their beaks and waddled around their rocky enclosure toward their nests.


Spokeswoman Kelly Mendez said it is often the male penguin who retrieves the heart and carries it back to his mate. The penguins use the felt for material in their nests, which helps reinforce the couples’ bonds.  The activity is part of the academy’s captive breeding program to help increase the African penguin population, which is endangered in the wild.


STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Two people in New Hampshire say they lasted 5½ hours outside in the cold overnight to make a point to pet owners who leave their animals outside on cold winter nights.  The pair moved inside after they say their feet went numb.  Ian Matheson says he had the idea to camp outside the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Stratham, in a dog house to show the cold’s effect.


He was joined by Pelham Animal Control Officer Allison Caprigno for the Monday night campaign. Temperatures plunged into the teens.  NHSPCA spokesman Sheila Ryan says the group has heard “horrible stories” about animals freezing to death. An emergency medical technician was on hand to make sure Matheson and Caprigno didn’t suffer hypothermia.


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog’s campaign for governor.  Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his 3-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the state’s top office after reading stories about six teenage candidates. The teens entered the race after learning Kansas doesn’t have an age requirement, something lawmakers are seeking to change.


Angus is a type of hunting dog called a wire-haired Vizsla. Woolley figured Angus would need to run as a Republican. He described Angus as a “caring, nurturing individual who cares about the best for humanity and all creatures other than squirrels.”  But the Kansas Secretary of State’s office says man’s best friend is not capable of serving the responsibilities required of the governor.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former president Barack Obama says he likes the portrait of his wife because it captures her beauty and “hotness.” But former first lady Michelle Obama says she likes her portrait because it’s cool — in the sense that minority children can see it and know someone who looks like them has occupied the White House. The portraits were unveiled yesterday. And today there were lines to see it on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.




NEW YORK (AP) — While gold medals aren’t awarded a quarter of the way into a race, NBC says it is encouraged by how the viewing public has responded to the Winter Olympics from South Korea.  NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus said Tuesday that ratings are exceeding the guarantees that NBC gave to its advertisers which has enabled the network to sell even more commercial time. NBC said before the games it had sold $900 million worth of advertising.


Through five days, the Nielsen company said NBC’s prime-time Olympics viewership is down 6 percent from the 2014 games in Sochi. This year’s numbers include prime-time programming on the NBCSN cable network and digital streaming, which adds about 2 million viewers each night to the 22 million who watch on the broadcast network. Those extra options weren’t available four years ago.  “The Olympics continue to defy media gravity,” Lazarus said.


LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle are continuing their pre-wedding tour of Britain with a trip to Scotland.  Hundreds of well-wishers greeted the couple Tuesday in a cold and windy Edinburgh, including one besotted man who implored Markle to choose him instead of the prince.  The visit began with a stop at Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks.  The fashionable Markle wore a tartan coat by Burberry to honor the plaid for which Scotland is known.  It was the couple’s fourth official engagement together as Harry introduces Markle to various parts of Britain.


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White set a U.S. Winter Olympics record and allowed his country to reach a milestone by capturing the men’s halfpipe at Pyeongchang. White was second heading into his final run before becoming the first American male to win a gold medal in three Olympics. It was the 100th gold medal all-time for the United States in the Winter Games.


VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph. A Florida Highway Patrol report says 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn’t slow down. The 911 operator told Cooper to put the vehicle in neutral, but he said he couldn’t. He said he didn’t want to use the emergency brake at the speed he was traveling. State troopers and local police drove alongside the SUV to clear traffic. Deploying stop sticks three times, they finally brought the SUV to a stop west of Vero Beach. Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains.


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Sports, Scores & Skeds


Tuesday’s Scores


By The Associated Press


Abington Heights 65, Scranton 45


Berlin-Brothersvalley 94, Salisbury-Elk Lick 38


Bethlehem Catholic 67, Parkland 53


Bishop Shanahan 60, Coatesville 58


Bradford 56, Elk County Catholic 54


Cambridge Springs 89, Iroquois 65


Camp Hill Trinity 61, Boiling Springs 51


Carbondale 50, Riverside 48


Chestnut Ridge 75, Southern Fulton 56


Cochranton 66, Union City 52


Community Academy 80, Katzenbach, N.J. 40


Conemaugh Township 69, Portage Area 51


Conneaut Area 52, Harbor Creek 44


Corry 64, Warren 37


Crestwood 68, Wyoming Valley West 46


Dallas 68, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin 26


Doane Academy, N.J. 48, Solebury 36


Eisenhower 47, Youngsville 46


Elk Lake 44, Forest City 43


Erie 77, Meadville 72


Erie First Christian Academy 81, North East 42


Erie McDowell 57, Erie Cathedral Prep 41


Everett 73, McConnellsburg 31


Fairview 59, Titusville 31


Farrell 49, Slippery Rock 32


Galeton 57, Bucktail 46


Girard College 53, New Foundations 39


Greenville 48, Rocky Grove 43


Hanover Area 70, MMI Prep 40


Hazleton Area 91, Pittston Area 61


Hickory 56, Franklin 40


Highland View, Md. 57, Shalom Christian 49


Holy Redeemer 66, Northwest Area 47


Jamestown 63, Commodore Perry 54


Jersey Shore 62, Milton 55


Kane Area 65, Cranberry 39


Karns City 74, Leechburg 69


Lakeland 65, Old Forge 44


Lower Merion 48, Penncrest 46


Malvern Prep 73, Springside Chestnut Hill 43


Maplewood 64, Saegertown 33


Mid Valley 41, Dunmore 28


Mifflinburg 66, Lewisburg 59, 3OT


Millville 77, Montgomery 19


Montrose 63, Lackawanna Trail 29


North Clarion 60, Keystone 51


North Pocono 64, Delaware Valley 41


North Star 49, Windber 38


Oil City 52, Grove City 48


Otto-Eldred 66, Northern Potter 24


Penns Valley 52, Williamsburg 37


Punxsutawney 69, Redbank Valley 40


Red Lion Christian 65, West Shore 54


Reynolds 45, Mercer 41


Ridgway 75, Sheffield 20


Scranton Holy Cross 66, Blue Ridge 39


Scranton Prep 67, Honesdale 49


Seneca 43, Girard 42


Shade 104, Turkeyfoot Valley 49


Shanksville-Stoneycreek 64, Meyersdale 39


Sharon 58, George Jr. Republic 48


Susquehanna 57, Mountain View 52


Tunkhannock 56, Nanticoke Area 51


Tussey Mountain 83, Forbes Road 55


Valley View 51, West Scranton 49


West Middlesex 50, Sharpsville 47


Western Wayne 41, Wallenpaupack 38


Wilkes-Barre GAR 65, Wyoming Area 56


Wilkes-Barre Meyers 51, Berwick 47


Williamsport 74, Central Mountain 70


Wilmington 58, Lakeview 35


Wyalusing 49, Sullivan County 44


Wyoming Seminary 50, Lake-Lehman 26


Bicentennial Athletic League Tournament


Christopher Dock 43, Holy Ghost Prep 42


Faith Christian Academy 46, New Hope-Solebury 42, OT


Lower Moreland 67, Delco Christian 46


Valley Forge Military 74, Plumstead Christian 46


Colonial League Tournament


Bangor 62, Wilson 46


Southern Lehigh 56, Moravian Academy 41


Mid-Penn Tournament


Milton Hershey 77, Hershey 68


State College 95, Greencastle Antrim 62


PAISAA Tournament

Academy of the New Church 65, Barrack Hebrew 22


George School 54, Germantown Friends 46


Philadelphia Public League Tournament

Bracket A


Bartram 73, Paul Robeson 49


Imhotep Charter 76, Parkway Northwest 34


Mastery Charter North 66, Gratz 54


Sankofa Freedom 64, Overbrook 52


Bracket B


Abraham Lincoln 85, Mastbaum 50


Constitution 76, Audenried 68


Martin Luther King 73, Latin Charter 69


Philadelphia MC&S 75, Frankford 66


Pioneer Athletic Conference Tournament


Methacton 72, Spring-Ford 60


Pittsburgh City League Tournament


Allderdice 60, Pittsburgh Obama 44


Westinghouse 51, Carrick 49, OT


Schuylkill League Tournament


Blue Mountain 78, Lourdes Regional 58


Pottsville 76, Panther Valley 36


Tri-Valley Tournament


Halifax 48, Lancaster Country Day 29


Juniata 44, Greenwood 33


YAIAA Tournament


Central York 56, New Oxford 42


Northeastern 58, Kennard-Dale 44



Hyndman vs. Hancock, Md., ppd.< to Feb 17.



Allegheny-Clarion Valley 52, Dubois Central Catholic 42


Altoona 68, Williamsport 41


Bishop Guilfoyle 60, Central Cambria 46


Blairsville 63, Marion Center 43


Cambria Heights 86, Northern Bedford 43


Clearfield 52, Curwensville 21


Coudersport 91, Oswayo 31


Covenant Christian Academy 38, Harrisburg Academy 34


Elk County Catholic 40, Bradford 37


Ellis School 53, Propel Braddock Hills 10


Galeton 49, Austin 25


Germantown Academy 52, Episcopal Academy 30


Jenkintown 64, Faith Christian Academy 24


Juniata Valley 82, Homer-Center 57


Lansdale Catholic 51, Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt 40


Lower Moreland 48, Bristol 39


New Foundations 28, Mercy Career 20


New Hope-Solebury 57, Calvary Christian 25


Pennsylvania School of the Deaf 41, The City School 23


Philadelphia West Catholic 48, St. Hubert’s 29


Pittston Area 58, Hazleton Area 45


Punxsutawney 56, Brookville 50


Ridgway 53, Sheffield 41


Shipley 62, Agnes Irwin 29


Springfield Delco 51, Garnet Valley 46


Springside Chestnut Hill 40, Baldwin 31


St. Basil 38, Villa Maria 35


West Chester Henderson 63, West Chester Rustin 58


Westtown 38, George School 27


Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament


Lancaster Catholic 53, Elizabethtown 35


Lebanon Catholic 38, Lampeter-Strasburg 29


Mid-Penn Tournament


Harrisburg 66, Shippensburg 28


Lower Dauphin 43, Camp Hill Trinity 25


Pittsburgh City League Tournament


Allderdice 79, Carrick 33


Westinghouse 44, Pittsburgh Obama 33


Tri-Valley Tournament


Juniata 55, Lancaster Country Day 45


Upper Dauphin 41, Greenwood 31


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Toronto           115      Miami  112

Final    Houston          126      Minnesota       108

Final    Cleveland        120      Oklahoma City            112

Final    Milwaukee      97        Atlanta            92

Final    Sacramento     114      Dallas  109

Final    Denver            117      San Antonio    109



Final    Carolina           7          L.A. Kings      3

Final    Columbus        4          N-Y Islanders 1

Final    Pittsburgh        6          Ottawa            3

Final    Buffalo            5          Tampa Bay      3

Final    Boston 5          Calgary            2

Final SO          New Jersey      5          Philadelphia    4

Final    Detroit 2          Anaheim          1

Final OT          Nashville         4          St. Louis          3

Final OT          Winnipeg         4          Washington     3

Final    Minnesota       3          N-Y Rangers   2

Final    Vegas  5          Chicago           2

Final    Arizona           2          San Jose          1



Final    (1) Virginia      59        Miami  50

Final    (2) Michigan St.          87        Minnesota       57

Final    (7) Texas Tech 88        (23) Oklahoma            78

Final    (13) Kansas     83        Iowa St.          77

Final    (16) Rhode Island       85        Richmond       67

Final    (18) Tennessee            70        South Carolina            67

Final    Missouri          62        (21) Texas A&M         58




Atlanta            at         Detroit 7:00 p.m.

Miami  at         Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.

Charlotte         at         Orlando           7:00 p.m.

Washington     at         N-Y Knicks     7:30 p.m.

Indiana            at         Brooklyn         7:30 p.m.

Toronto           at         Chicago           8:00 p.m.

Oklahoma City            at         Memphis         8:00 p.m.

Sacramento     at         Houston          8:00 p.m.

L.A. Clippers  at         Boston 8:00 p.m.

L.A. Lakers     at         New Orleans   8:00 p.m.

Phoenix           at         Utah    9:00 p.m.

Golden State   at         Portland          10:30 p.m.



Columbus        at         Toronto           7:00 p.m.

Montreal          at         Colorado         9:30 p.m.

Florida at         Vancouver       10:00 p.m.



(3) Villanova   at         Providence      7:00 p.m.

Seton Hall       at         (4) Xavier        9:00 p.m.

Kentucky        at         (10) Auburn    9:00 p.m.

(11) Clemson   at         Florida St.       7:00 p.m.

Virginia Tech  at         (12) Duke        7:00 p.m.

Iowa    at         (22) Michigan  6:30 p.m.

(24) Nevada    at         Boise St.          11:00 p.m.


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