The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

January 6, 2013

Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien, who quickly defused speculation that he intended to capitalize on the success in his first year at Penn State by making a jump back to coaching in the NFL. O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record. With the full impact of NCAA sanctions looming, fans were worried that the lure of the NFL would motivate the coach to abandon Happy Valley. By late Thursday, O'Brien had told pennlive.com, "I'm not a one-and-done guy. I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that's what I am going to do. I'm not gonna cut and run after one year. That's for sure."

Jeers: To officials at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration who have used a narrow interpretation of the Federal Freedom of Information Act to withhold information about an investigation into allegations about the conduct of one of the agency's inspectors. Staff in U.S. Rep. Tom Marino's office said the congressman has been told that OSHA will not comply with a request from Marino because only those who chair House committees have the authority to ask for the information. The specific allegations include improperly documented citations; improper citations; unnecessarily prolonged and warrantless inspections; and alleged sexual harassment of a female construction worker. Marino first raised the concerns about the OSHA inspector's conduct in early November. Since then, the congressman's efforts to determine if those complaints were handled properly have been hamstrung by OSHA's unwillingness to share what its internal probe revealed.

Cheers: To the Sunbury Revitalization Inc. committee -- Jillian Eister, Megan Beck, Police Chief Steve Mazzeo, Lori Johnson, Tia Reddington and Slade Shreck -- that planned and put on the city's first New Year's Eve celebration, which attracted several hundred revelers downtown for a variety of activities. A stiff gust of wind dislodged celebratory balloons a few hours early, but those who ventured downtown said the atmosphere was improved by the balloons wafting around.

Cheers: To football hero Henry Hynoski Jr., of the New York Giants, who found his way to the end zone for the first time in his professional career during a romp of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hynoski, a former Southern Columbia standout, has become a fan and commentator favorite, inspiring a variety of nicknames including "The Hynocerous." As a nod to the nickname, "Hyno" broke into a rhino dance while celebrating the touchdown.

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