New game in (Allen)town
This gives new meaning to the phrase “streaming video.”
At Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are about to debut a “urinal game system” in the men's restrooms. The games are played on a video display mounted above each urinal; the player controls the, er, flow of the action by aiming to the right or left.
According to a release from the IronPigs, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, a number of video games are planned for the 2013 season. They include an alpine skiing game, in which players travel down the slopes on a snowmobile while attempting to hit pudgy cartoon penguins. The video games will rotate throughout the year.
IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes believes the video games, which are being sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network to raise prostate health awareness, will provide men with a unique way to pass time in the restroom.
Predicted Landes: “These games are sure to make a huge splash.”
Corbett seeks bucks after Bucs: Gov. Tom Corbett's game plan for Monday appears to be as follows: Root for the Bucs, then raise lots of bucks.
Corbett will hold a $500-per-person reception in the shadow of PNC Park, with the event slated to begin shortly after the Pirates finish dismantling the Chicago Cubs in the season opener. The soiree will be held at the offices of the Burns White law firm in North Shore Center directly across from the ballpark.
Tip to the caterer providing the fundraiser food: It's probably best to leave hot dogs and nachos off the menu. Many of those attending probably already will have had their fill of those edibles at the game.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.Rick Santorum couldn't seal the deal in his ill-fated presidential bid last year. The former U.S. senator of Pennsylvania's progeny, John Santorum, recently suffered the same fate in his attempt to become the sophomore class president at The Citadel.
The New York Daily News reported that the younger Santorum's candidacy failed despite a campaign slogan posted on his Facebook page: “Help Me Finish What My Dad Couldn't.”
Ouch! Having your own offspring make fun of your failings really has to hurt.
WRITE BECK A CHECK. Looking for something to do with that small fortune you have buried in the backyard? Glenn Beck probably would like to speak with you.
Beck is attempting to raise $40 million for TheBlaze, his conservative information and entertainment TV network, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The news first surfaced on the TechCrunch website.
According to the SEC document, the company has raised $1.5 million toward its goal thus far, and currently has revenues between $25 million and $100 million. The filing comes two months after Beck announced that TheBlaze was relaunching as a global network, would open three foreign bureaus and would move to larger offices in New York.
Before you put shovel to dirt, though, be forewarned: You're going to have to dig up beaucoup backyard bucks if you want to own a piece of TheBlaze. The minimum investment Beck is seeking is $1 million.
SECRETARY OF CAKE. Nice to see Secretary of State John Kerry dedicating so much of his time to delicate matters of diplomacy.
With threats from North Korea seemingly escalating daily, Kerry leaped into action on Tuesday and ... uh ... personally delivered a birthday cake to CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan. Kerry, the husband of Pittsburgh's own Teresa Heinz, surprised Brennan by presenting her with the cake while both were en route to Paris aboard a State Department plane.
The birthday treat was delivered mere hours after Kerry concluded an important trip to Afghanistan highlighted by Kerry bouncing a soccer ball off his head and handing it to Zahra Mahmoodi, captain of the Afghan Women's National Soccer team.
What gravitas Kerry is bringing to the job.
SHOT SEEN 'ROUND THE WORLD. Their age difference is 63 years, so when Latrobe golf legend Arnold Palmer and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton got together this month, the paparazzi weren't far behind.
And the photographers didn't leave disappointed, as Palmer, 83, planted a peck on the cheek of Upton, 20, after they dined together at Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.
Upton, who grew up in Florida, said both her parents are lifelong Palmer fans. And according to The Associated Press, the feeling is mutual.
The AP's Doug Ferguson reported Palmer is no wallflower, writing:
“‘Did you see this?' Palmer said, holding up the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with Upton on the cover. ‘She's coming here. Did you know that?'
“He put it back on his desk, gave it one last look, and then grabbed a stack of papers to place over the magazine.
“‘I better cover this up,' he said.”
Upton plans to do some advertising work for Arnie's namesake drink, a blend of iced tea and lemonade.
DUKE OR NO DUKE?Edward J. Donnelly ran into a unique legal challenge when he filed petitions as Edward “Duke” Donnelly to be on the ballot for re-election as Bucks County sheriff.
Tom Lingenfelter, a Doylestown Republican challenging Donnelly for the nomination, has asked the county court to remove Donnelly's name from the primary ballot for apparent violations of state and national election laws.
When Donnelly signed affidavits requesting that his name appear on the ballot as Edward “Duke” Donnelly, Lingenfelter claims, the incumbent Republican violated laws that clearly prohibit fraudulent affidavits and the use of nobility titles and nicknames.
Lingenfelter believes the sheriff of nine years is violating both the letter and spirit of the law by seeking to use an unlawful name on the ballot.
Donnelly, a former Lower Southampton Township police chief who was appointed sheriff in 2004 and then ran unopposed twice, counters that he has used the “Duke” moniker throughout his professional career.
HONORING THE GIPPER & VOLUNTEERS. The Westmoreland County Republican Committee will hold a Ronald Reagan Liberty Celebration event honoring 2012 campaign workers on Thursday.
Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Butler will be the keynote speakers. The event runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon. For more information, call 724-836-0570 or visit westmorelandGOP.org .
— compiled by Tribune-Review staff