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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
Earlier this week, Michael Sam Sr., the father of gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, aired his concerns to the national media that his son would be incapable of providing his future grandchildren with a traditional family environment to grow up in.After Sam Sr. received a text message from his son simply stating, “Dad, I’m gay,” he reportedly had a hard time digesting the news.“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. told The New York Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”Oh, the irony.That’s right — the man who aired a deeply controversial reaction to his son’s sexual orientation to the most-read newspaper in the world is concerned about someone else’s ability to provide a loving family environment.He even went as far to say that late Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones is “turning over in his grave.”As a journalist, I am usually thankful when people give non-cookie cutter quotes — but I would never wish something like this upon anyone.People have mostly had one of two reactions to Sam Sr.’s feelings — one camp is shocked that these emotions were disclosed to the press, the other is sympathetic to Sam Sr.’s reaction due to the seemingly casual manner in which he was informed of his son’s sexual orientation.I must admit, at first I was surprised at Sam’s decision to inform his father of his orientation through a text message. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Sam has known his father far longer than any of the bloggers questioning that fateful text message. He probably had an inkling of what his father’s reaction would be (losing his appetite and going to get drunk), and didn’t want to hear it with his own ears. I can hardly blame him for waiting to tell his father long after his friends, waiting until the last possible moment before his personal life became international news. It might not have been the right decision, if he didn’t want his father to express his knee-jerk reaction to The New York Times. But who could ever anticipate a parents doing that?Sam Sr. has since told the Galveston County Daily News that he was radically misquoted by the Times, saying, “[Sam] has made a great statement in coming out, and he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally.”I would honestly love to believe that Sam Sr. was indeed drastically misquoted, and I am certainly not writing this to argue that he doesn’t love his son. But Sam’s relationship with his father obviously isn’t as simple as we’d all like it to be — Sam Jr. also told the Times that he stays with his friends rather than his family when he returns home to Hitchcock, Tex.Everyone has had to admit things to their parents that they’d rather not. But it’s shocking to see the disparity between Sam’s seemingly nonchalant demeanor in interviews with ESPN and the Times, in which he said coming out to the world was “nothing” compared to the hardships he endured as a child and the far less direct approach he took in disclosing his orientation to his father.The tragedies the Sam family has endured makes Sam Sr.’s reaction even more cringe-worthy. Considering that according to the Times two of his children are dead, two more are in jail and another went missing as a child, shouldn’t he be more accepting of his remaining son?Many have speculated that Sam chose to text his father because he was nervous about what he’d hear on the other end of the line. But maybe that’s not it at all.Maybe he felt his father only deserved a text. Maybe he wanted to keep him at an arm’s length. Maybe that’s why he forgoes staying with him on trips back to his hometown. Maybe he wanted to keep him informed on a need-to-know basis before the word got to him through the media.From now on, Sam Sr. might not even deserve that courtesy. Will Laws is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Laying Down the Laws,” runs every other Friday.
That, at least, is the story today, Scott’s tenure such an unmitigated natural disaster that his belated dismissal works well as an aftershock.Personally, I have no idea if Thibodeau would have been the ideal choice as this team’s next coach. He was pretty good in Chicago, where his biggest failing was that he kept allowing Derrick Rose to get hurt.But George Karl was pretty good in Seattle and Denver and even Milwaukee before going to Sacramento and spending most of the past season answering questions about why he hadn’t been fired yet.Likewise, I’m not 100 percent certain Luke Walton is the Lakers’ answer. Sure, he had a ridiculously impressive record — 39-4 — filling in at Golden State this season. But, let’s be frank, anyone could coach the defending champions, even Byron Scott.The one thing I do know is that Jeff Van Gundy now has been linked to every available job in basketball and beyond. I’m sure if Axl Rose had said no, Van Gundy today would head the list of candidates to be the next lead singer of AC/DC. Starting over again with another new coach — Scott’s replacement will be the Lakers’ fourth since Phil Jackson left in 2011 — might seem like another delay in the team’s return to relevance, relevance that is, as it relates to winning.The Lakers never have stopped mattering. As evidence, I point to a passionate debate I heard on a national radio show two months ago. Three people were arguing over the on-court worth of Roy Hibbert. Folks, I’ll be honest, after about the Lakers’ third preseason game, I never once thought about Roy Hibbert again.As a way to encourage otherwise frustrated Lakers fans, however, I’ll note that any delay in their success only adds to the pressure on Jim Buss, who holds the official title of team vice president and unofficial title of team weak link.Buss is pretty much universally considered to be the worst thing to happen to the Lakers since his late father, Jerry, was the best thing to happen to the Lakers.It was two years ago that Buss told the Los Angeles Times he would step aside if the Lakers weren’t contending for the Western Conference title “in three or four years,” and let this be a reminder that words can be used as weapons.As soon as after next season, Buss could be forced to answer to his own publicly stated expectations, his completely on-the-record assurance looking more and more like a way off-the-mark projection.The only way this changes is if the 2016-17 Lakers do contend, a development so beyond belief that trying to envision it could tear the meniscus of your imagination. Sure, they’ll have a ton of salary-cap space this summer. But the biggest boxers in the world still won’t fit the skinniest elephant.Buss is very much on the clock here, as should be General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers’ decision-makers recently shooting at a percentage not seen around here since Shaquille O’Neal stopped missing free throws.The Steve Nash decision. The Dwight Howard decision. Four years of Nick Young. One season of nothing but Kobe Bryant. The two misfiring Mikes — Brown and D’Antoni. All those free agents who had the power to decide and decided against the Lakers.Remember when everything — on and off the court — just seemed to go this team’s way? Then an old guy in a suit, David Stern, did something many of the NBA’s best players have found impossible: He stopped Chris Paul one-on-one, forever altering two franchises.After he was hired, D’Antoni talked about improving the Lakers’ offense. After he was hired, Scott talked about improving the Lakers’ defense. Both men now have time to sit back and talk about how those plans worked out.I can’t wait to hear what the next Lakers coach intends to improve. Having covered the offense and the defense, who knows? Special teams?At Scott’s introductory news conference — only 21 months ago — he posed for photos with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes. At one point, Johnson announced, “‘Showtime’ is back, baby.”The words couldn’t sound any more absurd than they do today. “Showtime” is history and now, too, is Byron Scott.In the next few months, the fate of the Lakers will be determined by a bunch of decisions, only one of which will be who’s going to coach.Like watching Shaq at the free-throw line, it might be safest to look away and wait for the crowd’s reaction. There’s no way, of course, they can win in this.But then, the good news is everyone is used to them not winning by now. I mean, these are the Lakers.So, even if firing Byron Scott was the absolute right decision, they still messed up by not firing him quickly enough to hire Tom Thibodeau when they had the chance, right?Somehow, what already was the worst team in franchise history just got a little more worse, the 2015-16 Lakers tacking on one final defeat after the locker room had been packed up for another entirely too long offseason. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Accidents happen. It’s a fact of life and, sometimes, a fact of death. What doesn’t need to happen, however, is for motorists to run away from their accidents. But that’s what’s happening all too often in the San Fernando Valley. According to police statistics, there were 8,325 hit-and-run collisions reported in the Valley in 2005. That’s a tremendous number of people not willing to accept the responsibility for the mayhem, injury and even death they cause. Something’s very wrong with the state of our public health that this type of cowardly act occurs in the thousands among otherwise law-abiding citizens. Police suspect that the majority of hit-and-run drivers are unlicensed or drunk. Neither explanation provides much in the way of consolation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!