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It’s a weekday, so that means there must be another story about the ongoing saga of selecting a new Luzerne County controller.

Today, Carolee Medico Olenginski is dropping out. … Wait this just in Carolee Medico Olenginski isn’t dropping out after all.

Walter Mitchell (who, for the sake of full disclosure, I have to admit directed in me in a wonderful production of The Odd Couple a few years ago) will have to resign as mayor of Bear Creek Village if he gets the job.

Karen Ceppa-Hirko has withdrawn her name from the list of people vying for the job.

And there are six other candidates for the post — all to fill out a term that will end at the end of year.

Picking a new Pope seemed to be a whole lot easier.

I can’t follow any of this anymore. If you interested, I can guarantee you that Jen Learn-Andes’ story in Thursday’s Times Leader will answer all your questions. OK, probably just most of your questions, but that’s a start.

Andrew Seder will have a follow on yesterday’s story about UGI-Penn Natural Gas’ $1 million civil penalty.

Good news for customers of UGI, of which I am one. The company will not be allowed to pass the cost of the penalty along in the form of higher rates. The not so good news, the settlement calls for the company to adhere to a series of record keeping, inspection, pipeline improvement and reporting requirements, all costs that UGI could seek to recover at its next base-rate proceeding.

An Associated Press report tells us that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get all of the world’s 7 billion people online. Hmm, he couldn’t have any ulterior motives for that, could he?

If you want to see how fast you can run a really big hill, be sure to get to the Giants Despair Challenge tonight. Or if you are like me and would just much rather see how fast other people can run up a big hill, read Bob Miner’s report from the event online later tonight and in the paper tomorrow.

Penn State beat writer Derek Levarse has a story online today about the Nittany Lions’ quarterback battle. Coach Bill O’Brien says he will name either Tyler Ferguson or Christian Hackenberg the starter by the end of the week.

Since it’s taking so long for O’Brien to make his choice, I’m betting on the true freshman Hackenberg to get the nod. Of course, the last time I won a bet Smarty Jones was still racing.

Well that’s it for today.

As always, if you have a question, comment or complaint, you can call me at 570-829-7164 or email me at jsoprano@timesleader.com.

Have a good night.

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