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Empty Netter Assists - 01-27-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Remember when Jussi Jokinen (above) was just a fill-in for Sidney Crosby?

-The Buffalo News has a fantastic story on a former hockey player who became a financial advisor and allegedly scammed several NHLers including former Penguins Sergei Gonchar, Jay McKee and Jason Woolley out of millions of dollars.

-Eric Hartzell made 15 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-0 shutout loss to the rival Hershey Bears.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Zach Sill traveled to Pittsburgh to have a forearm injury evaluated.

-Jacob Lagace and Cody Sylvester each had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 home win against the Cincinnati Cyclones Sunday. Former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino made 22 saves for Wheeling.

-After the Jump: The Rangers rout the Devils outdoors.

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Grammys fashion recap: Elegance trumps extremes

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Those who look to the Grammy Awards as a spectacle for the bizarre, peculiar and beyond might have been a bit disappointed by Sunday night's red carpet parade in Los Angeles. Instead of going for extremes, the majority of celebrities who turned out for the mega night of music exercised elegance in their fashion choices. 

Armani, Valentino and Gucci were among the designers they donned, rivaling the stature of style typically spotted on red carpets with higher stakes of sophistication, such as the Oscars or the Emmys.

Check out some of the standout looks of the night below. Do you have a favorite? (Photos courtesy of Associated Press)

Grammys AliciaKeys

Alicia Keys


Grammys Bonnie

Bonnie McKee


Grammys Colbie

Colbie Caillat


Grammys KatyPerry

Katy Perry


Grammys ParisHilton

Paris Hilton


Grammys Pink

Pink


Grammys Skyler

Skylar Grey


Grammys TaylorSwift

Taylor Swift

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Desjuan Newton explains his absence

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Junior guard Desjuan Newton has not left the Robert Morris basketball team and said that his absence has been due to what he described as personal matters that he's "figuring out," he told the Post-Gazette Sunday.

Newton said that his time away from the Colonials has nothing to do with the team. A junior-college transfer in his first season with the team, Newton has not appeared in a game since a Dec. 22 loss to Oakland and was not on the team's bench for the past four games.

He did not rule out a possible return, but he noted that decision will not come until he ultimately figures things out.

“It’s still a possibility for sure, but we’ll see," Newton said. "Right now, I can’t really call it like ‘I’m going to play with the team right now’ or ‘No, I’m not going to play with the team.’ Right now, I’m just trying to get things figured out.

"If I play with them, I’ll play. If I don’t, then I’m going to cheer. By me not playing with them does not mean I’m not on the team. If [head coach Andy] Toole tells me I’m not on the team, then we’ll go from there, but he hasn’t said anything to me.”

In 12 games this season, the Seattle native averaged 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Newton reiterated that his absence has not had anything to do with any sort of lack of cooperation between him and the team's coaches. Simply, Toole has granted him permission to sit out while he figures out the personal matters.

Due to the indefinite suspension of four team members, the Colonials have played the past two games with just eight players. Even in those circumstances, Newton said he has felt no pressure from coaches to come to a decision and play.

“They haven’t really approached me about it and I haven’t really approached them about it because at the end of the day – no matter if they’ve got eight guys or five guys – we’re most definitely in condition to run," Newton said. "We’ve got the right guys out there and they’re ready to go to war.”

During his absence, Newton said he's been in touch with assistant coach Tim Lawrence and while he said there is no timetable on a possible decision, he's more than likely going to talk with Toole "soon" to get the final say on what's going on.

“We’ve still got jobs to do," Newton said. "I’ve got to focus on school and making sure I make the right decisions for me. He still has to focus on the eight guys he does have and make sure we continue to get wins.”

 

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Coyote legislation

Written by John Hayes on .

House Bill 1534 would authorize the payment of $25 for a coyote pelt.

House Bill 1534

Read Post-Gazette coverage of the bill here.

PG story about coyote hunts.

PG story about alleged coyote stocking.


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Endangered-threatened species bills

Written by John Hayes on .

Learn more about bills in the state House and Senate that would change the way Pennsylvania protects endangered and threatened species.

Senate Bill 1047.
House Bill 1576.

Read Post-Gazette coverage here, here and here.

Supporting the bill:
Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee’s Association, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association.
Link to the position statement of Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Camp Lessee's Association.

Opposing the bill:
Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Pennsylvania Trapper’s Association, Pennsylvania Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, Izaak Walton League of America, Pheasants Forever, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Read the Trout Unlimited position statement below:

Today (Jan. 9), Pennsylvania’s largest sportsmen’s groups joined forces to send a strong message to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly:  Hunters and anglers throughout the Commonwealth oppose House Bill 1576 and Senate Bill 1047.

The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Trapper’s Association, and the Pennsylvania Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, the Izaak Walton League of America and Pheasants Forever, sent a letter to Pennsylvania legislators today urging them to put science before politics, when it comes to fish and wildlife conservation.  Collectively, these groups represent more than 100,000 sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania—a constituency that generates nearly $1.5 billion annually for the state’s economy.

At issue are House Bill 1576 and Senate Bill 1047—two bills that would fundamentally change how the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission operate, when it comes to establishing protections for sensitive fish and wildlife in the commonwealth. 

“Both the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission currently have a transparent, rigorous process for listing species and wild trout streams that is based on science, while at the same time limiting bureaucracy, and overregulation,” said Melody Schell of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.  “These bills seek to bury our commissions in regulatory obstacles that will not fix the problems that the proponents of the bill are seeking to address.”

The bills would eliminate the independence of Pennsylvania Fish and Boat and Game Commission by subjecting their decisions to designate wild trout streams, or to list threatened or endangered species, to review by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and legislative committees.

“It is clear that the proposed bills are intended to slow down, or even bring to a halt, the process of listing wild trout streams and as a consequence, streams where wild trout are present are left unprotected, ” said Brian Wagner, president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited.  “As the recent Act 13 Supreme Court ruling pointed out, the Commonwealth has an affirmative duty to protect natural resources—including fish and wildlife—for current and future generations.”

Pennsylvania has a long and proud tradition of allowing independent commissions staffed by nationally-recognized wildlife and aquatic experts to manage the fish and wildlife of the Commonwealth without undue political interference. These bills would end that tradition and undermine the longstanding independence of the Game Commission and the Fish & Boat Commission and severely limit their ability to protect Pennsylvania's threatened and endangered species—opening up the door for increased federal oversight and potential loss of federal funds under the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Funds.


 

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