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Governor Wolf Announces $1 million in Funding for Scranton Downtown Revitalization Project January 12, 2018 Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of $1 million in funding to help transform a historic and underutilized downtown Scranton building into a vibrant, valuable office that will help revitalize the downtown and bring workers into the city.The funding, supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, will help create the new Lackawanna County Government Center at the historic Globe building on Wyoming Avenue, bringing this piece of Scranton history back into use and allowing Lackawanna County to consolidate its government office footprint. Renovations to the building began in late summer 2017 and are expected to be completed this year.“I am proud to be here to announce my administration’s investment in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “This targeted investment will help to revitalize downtown Scranton and bring workers into the city, while repurposing a historic building.Governor Wolf was joined for the announcement and tour of the project by Senator John Blake, Representative Marty Flynn, Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright.“I am excited to be here today to stand and work as one – with Governor Wolf, Senator Blake and our County Commissioners – on a project that is going to consolidate services for our residents, save our taxpayers money, return a former government building to the tax rolls and to grow business in our downtown,” Rep. Flynn said.“I sincerely appreciate Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to bringing state investment back to Northeastern Pennsylvania and specifically into the heart of downtown Scranton,” Sen. Blake said. “This state investment reduces the amount of debt Lackawanna County will have to incur to complete the consolidation of services at the former Globe Store. That means less debt service obligations on local taxpayers who will also benefit from more efficient access to county services. The state investment in this project will also serve as a catalyst for additional revitalization in Scranton’s core business district.”“Lackawanna County shares my goals of greater government efficiency, better government services, and the revitalization of our local communities, and this project dovetails with my GO-TIME initiative, which has already helped save over 217 million dollars in taxpayer money,” Governor Wolf said.“Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to ensure that when state government is investing in our local communities, we are directing our resources towards projects that transform our cities, municipalities, and counties into more livable places to work and live.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoIt’s been two weeks since the Wisconsin men’s basketball team began practicing together and head coach Bo Ryan can’t wait for his team to play some outside competition.”Coaches right now pull their hair out and [are] going gray because we don’t know how we stack up against any opposition yet, because we are only going up against one another,” Ryan said.Ryan’s patience will pay off Saturday when Wisconsin will finally get to play UW-River Falls in its first exhibition game of the 2005-06 campaign.The Badgers are only returning one regular starter in junior Alando Tucker. Tucker led the Badgers in scoring last year and Ryan expects his squad to lean on Tucker throughout the year.”Have you seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa?” Ryan said at Sunday’s Big Ten Media Day. “We are going to lean on Alando a lot. I want the players to be listening to both me on the bench and Alando on the court. He is not bashful with taking a leadership role, whether in practice or community service. He does things because he wants to help the people around him, not because he wants attention.”He takes care of the younger players, he is a leader on and off of the court and he takes care of himself,” Ryan added. “You could not be around a more pleasant leader.”While a leadership position may have gone to many players’ heads, Tucker couldn’t be more laid back and thrilled about taking on this new role.”I’m down to earth,” Tucker said. “I also like to hang out with the team. I am a team player. I think each of the 14 other guys on the team understand that. I’m totally for the team and that is why they [are] following me the way they do.”Since Ryan’s squad is relatively young, he will rely on Tucker to help motivate the players to play more maturely.”I want those players to come out of the locker room feeling older,” Ryan said. “I want the freshmen to feel like sophomores and I want the sophomores to feel like juniors, and [Tucker] can make them do that.””I think that deals with maturity in every practice,” Tucker said. “At practice we have to come mentally prepared, to learn. Practice prepares you for the games and I just try to make sure in the locker room that everyone is comfortable playing. I don’t want any one guy to put pressure on himself. That all comes with building chemistry within the team. It will be key for us.”Along with Tucker, the Badgers will also turn to potential starters Ray Nixon, Kammron Taylor, Brian Butch and Michael Flowers to help lead the maturing squad.Nixon is the Badgers’ lone senior and has seen action in 81 games, including 31 last season. Nixon has also been a part of two Big Ten titles, one Big Ten tournament title and 93 wins since he has been at UW.The senior has seen a lot, and Tucker expects him to put everything together so he can leave UW with a bang.”This is [Nixon’s] last year and there has to be an urgency from him,” Tucker said. “This is the year for him to prove that he’s learned, he’s battled and he’s done things. He has been getting better every year, but this is the year I expect him to put it all together.”After a year of pressure and criticism, Butch is back and appears to be stronger and more confident.The forward’s ability to shoot three-pointers will be an important factor this season. Now a year older, the sophomore has also put the pressure behind him.”He has gotten past last year and he knows now that he can’t put pressure on himself if [he wants] to perform,” Tucker said.Butch and Nixon will be able to showcase their talents Saturday at the Kohl Center. Saturday’s game will also give the freshmen a chance to release some of the preseason jitters many younger players face.”We are excited that we get to play,” Tucker said. “It’s going to be exciting to play in front of our fans. It also will give us a chance to lose some of those jitters. Some of those [younger] guys don’t know what to expect. Walking out under that tunnel in front of 17,000, it’s loud. So this will be big for getting out some of those jitters and being able to perform.”
NBA championship odds 2020: Odds for Thunder, Rockets adjusted after Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul blockbuster
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019MORE: NBA players react to Rockets-Thunder megadealThe blockbuster trade was the latest move in an NBA offseason that seems to get crazier with each passing day.Not only has the balance of power seen a major shift in recent weeks, so have the Vegas odds for who is favored to win the 2020 NBA Finals.Last week, before the Thunder shipped Paul George to the Clippers and Westbrook to the Rockets, OKC’s title odds according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were 30-1. As of Thursday night, those odds had jumped to 500-1. The NBA is truly a 24/7 league now.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night that the Oklahoma City Thunder were trading Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and multiple first-round draft picks. The Rockets’ odds have gone the other way, from 10-1 to 8-1, tied with the Sixers for the fourth-best odds, per Westgate. Other sports books have shifted their odds for the Thunder and Rockets accordingly. Bovada lists the Rockets at 14-1 and the Thunder are 100-1. Caesars Palace has the Rockets at +700 (7-1).Updated odds to win 2019-20 NBA title @CaesarsPalace books:Lakers +350Clippers +400Bucks +450Rockets +70076ers +800Warriors +1300Jazz +1400Celtics +2000Nets +2000Nuggets +2000— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) July 12, 2019You might want to place your bets if you haven’t already, because knowing the NBA, another mind-bending trade could be right around the corner.