DeWeeses lawyer vowed to appeal. DeWeese said he intended to keep his House seat and continue his re-election campaign in his southwestern Pennsylva- nia district. CAIRO Americans facing trial Egypt on Monday released the names of 19 Americans who face trial over foreign funding of activities of their nonprofit groups in Egypt, a case that has soured U. One of the 19 is the son of U. Trans- portation Secretary Ray LaHood. Sam LaHood and five other Americans are in Egypt while the others have left, accord- ing to a statement from the Egyptian prosecutors office.
Altogether, 43 people face trials over illegally operating in Egypt and receiving funds from abroad without permission from Egyptian authorities for their hu- man rights and pro-democracy groups. Egypt charges that they fund and sup- port anti-government protests. The groups deny that. Superintendent John Deasy told par- ents and media on Monday night that the Miramonte Elementary School staff- ers are being replaced because a full investigation of allegations is disruptive and staffers require support to get through the scandal, too.
An entire staff has been trained to come into classrooms at Miramonte to take over teaching for the time being, and there will be a psychiatric social worker in every classroom to help stu- dents and staff cope with any issues. School officials canceled classes at the school today and Wednesday as a cool- ing-off period, said district spokesman Tom Waldman. Deasy emphasized that all staff mem- bers being brought into the classroom went through a very rigorous screening process.
A three-story factory illegally set up in a residential area of the city collapsed when several gas cylinders inside exploded, killing at least two people and trapping more than 40 others in the rubble, officials said. The offensive beganSat- urday, the same day Syrias al- lies in Russia and China vetoed a Western- and Arab-backed resolution aimed at trying to end the brutal crackdown on dissent.
This is not goingtobe a matter of if, its going to be a matter of when. Also Monday, British For- eign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers that Britain is using multiple channels to ex- press its abhorrence at the vi- olent crackdown, and has sum- moned Syrias ambassador to the Foreign Office to convey that message.
This is a doomed regime as well as a murdering regime, Hague said. There is no way it can recover its credibility inter- nationally. The onslaught on Homs has reinforcedoppositionfears that Assadwill unleashevengreater violence to crush dissent, now that protection fromChina and Russia against any U.
Already, more than 5, people have been killed since the Arab Spring-inspired upris- ing that began in March, ac- cording to the U. The decision to close the em- bassy is the most dramatic U. Even as the U. The State Department warned last month it would close the embassy unless As- sads government stepped up its protection. It cited concerns about the safety of personnel and recent car bombs. In a letter to Congress, Obama said more sanctions were war- ranted, partic- ularly in light of the decep- tive practices of the Central Bank of Iran and other Ira- nian banks.
He said the problems in- cluded the hid- ing of transac- tions of sanc- tioned parties, the deficien- cies of Irans anti-money laundering regime and the unac- ceptably high risk posed to the entire international financial systemposed by Irans activities. The Central Bank sanctions were included as an amendment in the wide-ranging defense bill that Obama signed into law at the end of the year.
The White House said Obama signed the executive order enforcing the sanctions on Sunday. The stronger sanctions come as the White House tries to ratchet up pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear program and dissuade Israel from launch- ing a unilateral strike on Iran, a move that could roil the Middle East and jolt the global econo- my. Obama said Sunday he does not believe Israel has yet decid- ed whether to attack Iran and still believes a diplomatic solu- tion is possible.
Iran insists that its nuclear pursuit is for peaceful purposes, but the West accuses Tehran of developing the know-how to build a nuclear bomb. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week would not dispute a report that he believes Israel may at- tack Iran this spring in an at- tempt to set back the Islamic re- publics nuclear program.
The White House said Mon- day that the timing of the stric- ter sanctions was unrelated to the prospect of an Israeli attack. A Treasury Department state- ment said Monday the newsanc- tions underscore that the admin- istration is determined to hold Iran accountable for meeting in- ternational obligations over its nuclear program. Irans Central Bank is sanctioned Move made to pressure Iran on nuke issue and perhaps deter Israel from attack.
Sensing a possible threat, Mitt Romney criticized Rick Santorums time in the Senate as not effective because of his past sup- port for spending on pork-barrel projects as he worked to fend off an unexpected challenge in the next states to vote. Santorumcountered that Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential race, should not be our nominee be- cause he was dead wrong on the most important issue of the day when, as gov- ernor, he signeda healthcare overhaul in- to law in Massachusetts.
The two sparred from afar one day be- fore Republicans in Colorado and Minne- sota holdnominatingcaucuses, the latest contests in whats become almost a plod- ding race for the GOP nomination com- paredtothe rapid-fire cam- paign of last month. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul al- so are competing but nei- ther was expected to have a breakout performance in either state.
Romney, who won both states four years ago, hopes to extend his winning streak, though advisers acknowledged that a first-place finish would be more likely tocome inColoradothaninMinne- sota.
The Republican Party in Minnesota has become more conservative in recent years and Santorums strong conserva- tive positions on social issues could res- onate with evangelical voters. Santorum, a Catholic, has a strong an- ti-abortion record and consistently focus- es on the issue. Romney, who once sup- ported abortion rights, has struggled to win over those voters. But in a sign that hes trying to do just that, Romneys cam- paign on Monday rolled out a petition fo- cusingonreligious liberty.
The move was intendedtochallenge a recent Obama ad- ministrationdecisiontorequire hospitals to distribute free birth control. Clearlymindful of the shift inMinneso- ta, Santorumhas been working that state and conservative areas of Colorado ag- gressively in the past two weeks while Romney campaigned in Florida and Ne- vada and scored back-to-back victories. Inanappearance across the street from the highly regarded Mayo Clinic in Roch- ester, Minn.
Romney may face a strong challenge from Rick Santorum in todays caucuses in Minn. GOP votes today in Minn. Josh Powell planned the house fire that killed him and his young sons for some time, dropping toys at a charityover theweek- end and sending final emails to several acquaintances in the minutes before the blaze, authorities said Monday.
But nowhere does he ap- pear to have revealed what happened to his wife, Susan Powell, who vanished from their Utah home two years ago. Powell had been named a person of interest in her disap- pearance and just last week was denied custody of his chil- dren, who had been living with Susans parents.
When a social worker arrived at his home with the boys Sunday, he barred her from the house and ignited the fire. The three bodies were found in the central part of the house, whichis about 45miles south of Seattle, authorities said. Pierce County sheriffs spokesman Sgt. Ed Troyer said police found two 5-gallon gasoline cans inside. One was used to spread gas throughout the house. The other was found near the bodies. Troyer said Josh Powell sent emails to several people saying, Im sorry.
To others, including his cou- sins and pastor, he sent longer emails, with instructions such as where to find his money and how to shut off his utili- ties. In at least one email, he wrote that he couldnt live without his boys, Troyer said.
But, he added, theres no indication about Susan in any- thing that weve found so far. He had taken boxes of toys and books and donated them tothegoodwill sometimeover the weekend, Troyer said. So this was definitely a delib- erate, planned-out event. Officials: Dad planned fire that killed boys Josh Powell was seen as person of interest in the disappearance of his wife. A funeral home representative can call the obituary desk atsend a fax to or e-mail to tlo- bits timesleader.
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Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pat, as she was affectionately known, graduated fromOrangeville Vocational School in with Aca- demic Honors. She was co-captain of the O. Girls Basketball Team. Their rival team, Benton, kept them from a perfect season in Pat trained at Geisinger Hospital in Danville as a medical secretary. She later worked for a doctor in Co- lumbus, Ohio. She married James C. Meeker in and they enjoyed 50 years of married life together.
They were blessed with one son, Steven Paul, who was born in Phantom 570 - Larry Scott - Keep On Truckin: To The Truckers - Coast To Coast (Vinyl died in ; two step-sons, Harry LeRoy, who was born in and died in ; James J.
Meeker; Kathleen Puso and her husband, Jason; and four great-grandchildren. She was also blessed with two beautiful sisters and a brother, John "Jack" Conner, deceased; Molly Curilla, deceased; and Mary Burns, living in Naples, Florida; seven nieces and one neph- ew and their extended families.
Her parents were the late L. Pat had many dear friends in Leesburg, Florida, and Huntington Mills, where she hadbeenactive inchurchchoirs and womens groups. She also sang in the church choir and served as pianist.
She came back home from Flor- ida approximately four years ago to reside at BonhamNursingCenter in Stillwater. Bonhams was truly home as they provided wonderful care for Pat. The staff was profes- sional and very caring. Bonham Nursing Center has a beautiful country setting with deer and wild birds to for the residents to enjoy.
The family would also like to thank the staff fromColumbia Mon- tour Home Hospice for their loving support in Pats final week before re- ceiving her extended life with no more suffering or pain. There will be a Memorial Service Saturday, February 11, at 11 a. Meeker, officiating. There will be a luncheon served for family and friends at the church following the services. For online con- dolences, please visit our website: www.
Funeral arrangements are pending Kiesinger Funeral Servic- es Inc. She attended Dupont schools, and throughout her life worked in the lo- cal garment industry. In addition to her parents, her brothers John and Stanley Cebula, preceded her in death. Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stanley A. Koytek; her sons, Stanley J. Her brother Andrew Cebula, of Avo- ca; sister, Rosalie Dudeck, of Plains; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive Mary.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 9, at 9 a. Charles Rokosz offi- ciating. Friends may call Wednesday, Feb- ruary 8, from 5 to 8 p. Interment will be held at Holy Ros- ary Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www. Her husband, Leo Mariani, died in She was also preceded in death by brother Raymond Call- ahan and sister Margaret Catell.
Surviving are son, Leo, and wife Sylvia Mariani. She also survivedby her dog, GiGi, whom she so loved and adored. Viewing hours will be held on Wednesday, February 8, from5 to 7 p. Funeral servic- es will begin at the funeral home on Thursday, February 9, at 9 a. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Barbaras Parish St. Cecelias R. ChurchExeter, at a. Onlinecondolences maybemade at www. He was surrounded by his family and friends. He had many physical jobs throughout his life.
He was last employed by Huffy Bike Company, prior to his failing health in Helovedhis familyandspent alife- time showing his love for them. He alsoenjoyednatureandtheoutdoors. He bridged this gap by teaching his children and grandchildren to hunt and fish.
He also taught them about conservation. He had a special relationship with his youngest grandson, Wesley, whom he did not have a chance to teach some of these things due to his failing health. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny. He also en- joyed carpentry and woodworking. He made a hobby out of model air- planes, motorcycles and cars.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rodger Tinker Killian, in; son-in-law, David Wojciechowicz, in ; brothers C. He is survived by his devoted wife, Janet Carter Killian, with whomhe celebrated55 years of marriage onJa- nuary He is also survived by his lovingdaughters, Sue Beaver andher husband, Brett, Mocanaqua; Kelly Sweet and her husband, Dallas, Glen Lyon; Nikki Seigfried and her hus- band, Michael, of Shickshinny; 15 grandchildren, four great grandchil- dren; sister, Emily Culver, and her husband, Paul, Shickshinny; brother Thomas and his wife, Judy, Buck- horn; as well as many nieces and ne- phews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a. Interment will be in Sorber Ceme- tery, Reyburn, Pa. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc. Ottowas agraduateof Tunk- hannock High School, Army veter- an and, prior to his retirement, he was employed by No. Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 11, at 11a. Tioga St. Inter- ment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.
In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to the char- ity of the donors choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. Otto Skovronsky February 4, D ebbie Orloski, loving wife, amazing mother and loyal friend to many, passed away unex- pectedly, yet seemingly peaceful, at home on Saturday evening, Febru- ary 4, Debbie graduated from Crestwood High School in and proceeded to Edinboro University, where she earned a bachelors degree in art.
After col- lege, Debbie worked for numerous advertising agencies, achieving both local and national recognition. It was during this time that she re- connected with an old high school friend, Frank Orloski Jr.
The couple married in at St. Judes Church in Moun- tain Top. Debbie and Frank enjoyed 30 wonderful years together; most of this time was happily shared with their four loving children. The fam- ily made annual trips to the Maine coast, Scottsdale, Arizona; Avalon, New Jersey; they are blessed with countless memories of good times spent with both family and friends.
Debbie was always on the go. She was passionate about life and lived it to its fullest. She was an active member of St. Debbie will be remembered for her warm heart, her extreme optimism and her sin- cere devotion to family and friends. She was always eager and willing to aidanyfriendina time of need, even at a moments notice. Her generos- ity and selflessness were unparallel- ed. She surround- ed herself with those she loved, and so many loved her in return.
Debbie will be deeply missed by those whose lives she impacted daily. The funeral will be held on Fri- day, February 10, at a. Mountain Blvd. Judes Church, Mountain Top. Interment will take place at the convenience of the fam- ily.
Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 4 p. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial dona- tions be made to St. View obituaries online at mccunefuneral- serviceinc. Santoro came to America inresiding in New York until coming to Nanticoke to live with her daughter Angela in She was a professional seam- stress.
Santoro was a member of St. Faustinas Parish, Nanticoke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rocco, on Nov. Survivingareher daughter, Ange- la Pignataro; granddaughter, Mrs. Giuseppe Giovanna Tomasino; great-granddaughter, Sophia, all of Nanticoke; sister Colomba; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at a. Stegura Funeral Home Inc. Hanover St. Faustinas Parish, S. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 5 p. He was born in Pittston, a son of the late Lehman and the late Alice Hall.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Robert and Er- nie Aksomitus. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. B elovedobstetricianandgynecol- ogist Dr. Hiyoung Charles Chung has passed away peacefully in Florida on February 3,at the age of Chung, better knowntomany as Doc, practiced medicine in the Wyoming Valley for over 40 years and delivered more than 7, ba- bies.
He began his practice in as a member of the medical staff at the former Wyoming Valley Hospi- tal and Mercy Hospital in Wilkes- Barre. Chung earned both his under- graduate and medical degrees from the Seoul National University of Ko- rea. He finished an internship at St. Marys Hospital in Hoboken, N. He completed his residencies at St. Lukes Hospital inBethlehemandat St. Johns General Hospital in New Foundland. At the same time, he served on the board of directors for the Luzerne County Housing Corporation and the Com- munity Cancer Corporation.
Chung earned the respect of his peers and colleagues as well as the love from the many moms who benefited from his medical exper- tise. He felt that managing pain was as crucial as any other part of the childbirth process. According to Dr. Chung, medicine had been an inte- gral part of his life. He loved people, but, especially towards the end, he loved sharing time with his family and only grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Charlene Lisa Chung, who died in He is also survived by his four younger sisters. Funeral will be held Friday at 9 a. Mass of Christian Burial will beheldat a. Anthonyof Padua Church St. Barbaras Par- ishExeter. Interment will be in St. Marys Cemetery, Hanover Town- ship. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 7 p.
Helen attended Nanticoke schools and was a member of the former St. Francis Church, Nanticoke. Prior LP) retirement, she was em- ployed as a factory worker by Gen- eral Cigar in Nanticoke, and also a housewife. She was preceded in death, in additiontoher parents, by her hus- band, Michael Kupinewicz; broth- er Frank Grevera, and a sister, Agnes Wisniewski.
Presently surviving are sons, Donald, New Wales, Pa. Faustina Parish, primary site, Nan- ticoke, at 10 a. Marys Cemetery, Hanover Township. There will be no prior calling hours. Arrangements are byGrontkow- ski Funeral Home P. Helen T. Were Here To Help! Lowest price cabinets! Farrell was charged after her former partner, Jennifer Roberts, a former deputy sheriff, claimed she was threatened on Jan.
The two women ended their rela- tionship in early Farrell strongly denied the alle- gations. She said she was returning property to Roberts, who works as a bartender at the Pitchers Mound. Jen called me to bring a micro- wave to her, and I told her Imnot bringinganythingtoyour house, Farrell said. She said bring it to my place of work.
I thought, great, its a public place. Farrell said she arrived at the tavern and called Roberts to say she was outside. Farrell entered the kitchen to say hello to a mu- tual friend, Terri Vesek. Farrell said that after she en- teredthe tavern, Roberts gave her a menu that included a cheese- burger made the way she enjoys the food.
That flipped me off. Its listed on the menu of how I eat my cheeseburger, Farrell said. I told her youhavetostopblamingme. Farrell and Roberts have been involvedinarelatedcaseinwhich Roberts allegedly assaulted Far- rells girlfriend Sheila Sult on July Farrell is a witness against Ro- berts and testified against her for- mer partner at the preliminary hearing. Roberts is facing aggravatedas- sault charges in county court for allegedlyholdingSult over achair and punching her several times inside Sults residence, according to the criminal complaint and court records.
ShetoldmeYoudidnt haveto testify against me, Farrell said. I told her, You did this. I saw you. Farrell said she left the tavern and did not threaten Roberts.
Roberts told police Farrell threatened her saying, Imgoing to get you, you and your girl- friend. I will expletive you so bad, you will pay for everything you have done to cost me my kids for three months and all the mon- ey you cost me to get themback, according to the criminal com- plaint against Farrell.
Vesek, ina writtenstatement to police, said she heard Farrell threatening to bury Roberts and Roberts girlfriend. Roberts could not be reached for comment on Monday. Farrell said Sheriff John Gilli- gan called her Monday to tell her she was suspended and to surren- der her badge and weapon pend- ing a termination hearing. Gilligan said Monday after- noon that Farrell has not worked for nearly a year due to a disabil- ity. County deputy sheriff denies charges Mary Jean Farrell accused by former domestic partner of terroristic threats, harassment.
Michelle Lynn Beagle, 33, last known address as Taylor, was wanted on a series of charges by police in Kingston and Wilkes- Barre and by state police at Wyoming. Beagle was arrested by state police on Thursday in Belfast on charges of receiving stolen prop- erty and driving with a suspend- ed license. As the arrest was processed, authorities learned Beagle had activewarrantsinLuzerneCoun- ty. She ran out of the bank when the teller learned the check was stolen.
Wilkes-Barre police say the checks Beagle cashed were sto- len from a residence on South FranklinStreet, whereshewasal- lowedtostaybythehomeowners until she was evicted in early Ja- nuary Beagle was arraigned Friday byDistrict JudgeDavidBarillain Swoyersville on five counts of forgery, four counts of theft anda single count of criminal attempt to commit forgery, which were filed by Kingston police.
Beagle has not been arraigned on related charges filed by Wilkes-Barre police and on bur- glarycharges filedbystate police at Wyoming. Arrest records allege Beagle purchased heroin with proceeds fromthe sale.
Lamb pleaded guilty to theft andwas sentencedinJune to days time served in jail. Junevitz pleaded guilty to prohibited pos- session of a firearmand was sen- tenced in August to three to six years in state prison, court re- cords say.
Woman charged in gun thefts, forgery captured Michelle Lynn Beagle, 33, was wanted on a series of charges by area police. Tom Corbett to propose a bud- get plan today that relies on cuts in spending for education and social services to balance sluggish tax collections and the rising costs of pensions and debt. I dont expect to see programs or new spending of any sort.
Pileggi, R-Delaware, and Sen- ate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, both said that Republicans who control the Senate have no interest in raising taxes to ease the sting of cuts to education and services for the poor, disabled and elder- ly. Scarnati said Pennsylvanians should be prepared for a debate on how best to use existing tax dollars, and he warned that the cuts in Corbetts budget propos- al would be dramatic and dif- ficult.
For now, top Corbett adminis- tration officials have declined to discuss what the Republican governor will propose in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Corbett, who campaigned on a pledge not to increase taxes, pushed through a 3 percent spending reduction for this fis- cal year to address a multibil- lion-dollar deficit.
Business advocates are press- ing again this year for more tax cuts. Dramatic cuts in Pa. Corbett to announce plan today that will call for more sacrifice, officials say.
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Votes shall be tallied at the conclusion of voting and the results reported to the 3. Luzerne County Council Chair immediately. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes shall be confrmed as the Elected Representative at the next meeting of the Luzerne County Council. Please direct questions about this procedure to: Richard R. Hummer luzernecounty.
James David Oko, Jr. Oko pleaded guilty to the fire- arms-related charge Monday and the burglary-related charges in December. Okos attorney, Mark Bufalino, said his client has had a longtime battle with drug addiction, and that half a dozen crimes commit- tedinthelast fiveyearsweredrug- related. Okosaidhe has beencleanfor a number of months while incarcer- ated, andhehopes toseekrehabil- itation to improve his life.
Oko was charged in May after a Bear Creek Township man reported to police that his resi- dence had been entered and two handguns were stolen. Frankelli said he discovered a. Pascucci pleaded guilty in Oc- tober to two related charges and was sentenced that Decem- ber tonine to18months incounty prison followed by three years probation. In the most recent incident, po- licesaidthat onJune26, they werecontactedbyapoliceinform- ant, a convicted felon, who told police Oko had contacted him to sell pistols and assault rifles.
Police saidthe informant spoke with James David Oko, Sr. Oko Sr. Man is sentenced on firearms charges James David Oko Jr. According to court papers, in Octoberpolice responded to a call that a toddler was on the roof of a Madison Street home. Police said that when they ar- rived they did not see a toddler on the roof, and when question- ing Miller, she said she wasnt aware her thenyear-old may have been on the roof. Police said they found an open window and no screen on the second floor of the home.
WILKES-BARRE A man sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison on charges he sexually assaulted a woman over a year-period said in court papers filed Monday he is appealing his sentence to a higher court be- cause of several errors he says were made before and during his trial.
Ralph E. Lewis, 34, of Plains Township, was convicted in July of 26 charges relating to the case, in which prosecutors said the assault began in when the nowyear-old woman was 8, and resulted in the birth of two children. He was later sentenced to the lengthy prison term. Lewis said in court papers filed Monday through his at- torney Nanda Palissery that his appeal should be granted be- cause a judge did not suppress DNA evidence, and because a witness called to testify said the statements of another witness were false and the criminal com- plaint filed against him did not include that information.
They are both represented by attorney Demetrius Fannick. The Kochers were among several people charged in June for their alleged roles in the case in which17 meth labs were dismantled.
Investigators say there were eight organizations that did not work as one single group but independently to produce and provide enough methamphetamine for individ- uals within their groups.
Agents allege they found large amounts of methamphe- tamine, chemicals, medica- tions and generators at the labs. Mieczkowski and Wells have filed separate civil lawsuits against the tavern and owner Paul Halliday. Wells was beaten with a pool stick when he tried to help Mieczkowski, police said.
Halliday could not be reac- hed for comment Monday. Citations filed against the tavern on Monday add to 16 others sinceaccording to online records maintained by the state Liquor Control Board. The LCB ordered the tavern to shut down after a series of administrative citations but successful appeals by Halliday allowed the business to stay open.
In the latest appeal, a three- member panel of the LCB ob- jected to renewing the liquor license in September based up- on the 16 citations and nine dis- turbances at or near the tavern.
Under a conditional agree- ment signed on Dec. State police allege the tavern did not adhere to the agree- ment on Dec. While the news release does not specify the agreement vio- lations, police said Mieczkow- ski was slashed on Jan. Knowing who is making decisions at any given time inside of Iran is tough. Barack Obama The president said the United States has a very good estimate of when Iran could complete work on a nuclear weapon, but during an interview broadcast on NBC Monday he cautioned that there are still many unanswered questions about Tehrans inner workings.
Senior driver has some advice for younger set T his is in response to a letter to the editor in the Jan. To the person who wrote that senior drivers should be re-tested every five years, there are a few things you should know. First, we can read the road signs quite well. See, we wear our glasses; and if we had cataracts, they were removed and we can now see perfectly. Her shot sparked the Spartans, who scored eight of the next 10 points to put the game away.
The Spartans started strong, with their lead swelling to 10 at in the first 10 minutes. It reached in the final minute of the first half. But in the second half, we wanted to concentrate on their three-point shooters. And the best may be yet to come. The bond between Coughlin and Manning is there for all to see. It is found in the word, team. Coughlin has rubbed off on Manning, or vice versa. He has always thought about team first. He is the perfect guy in regard to that because he is continuously spreading things around.
He hands the praise out, he distributes it well. He looks to his teammates. He is a guy who is an outstanding leader. He has taken responsibility for his team. Seven times Manning led the Giants to fourth-quarter victories and the last was the most impressive — an yard.
Several players saluted the crowd as they departed the aircraft, and some used cameras and video recorders to capture the moment and the scene. Coach Tom Coughlin also had a big smile as he waved to the crowd. Once on the ground, the players, coaches and team officials were greeted by several hundred airport employees and a Port Authority bagpipe band.
So a match that finished even on the scoreboard,was awarded to Western Wayne based on some obscure condition that rarely matters in the outcome of an individual battle. They do wrestle three two-minute periods to determine a winner. The Wildcats powered their way to a lead with three punishing pins at the upper weights. They may be deserving champions. But Lehman deserves a better fate. In a match with this much at stake, where one team goes on to states and the other goes back to preparing for individual districts, hold an extra match as a tiebreaker.
Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at or email him at psokoloski timesleader. A game is circled for a variety of reasons, with the prime factor being an injury.
When a game is inside a circle, there is limited wagering. The line could move a few points in either direction, depending on the severity probable, questionable, doubtful, out of the injury. Tunkhannock at Berwick, p. Wyoming Area at Hazleton Area, p. Holy Redeemer, at Dallas, p. Coughlin at Pittston Area, p. Lake-Lehman at Meyers, p. Northwest at GAR, p. Wyoming Seminary at Hanover Area, p. Hazleton Area at Wyoming Seminary, 4 p. Berwick at Wyoming Valley West, 4 p. Meyers at Lake-Lehman, p.
Delaware Valley at Abington Heights, p. West Scranton at Scranton High, p. Tunkhannock at Valley View, p. Dunmore at Meyers, p. Elk Lake at Scranton Prep, 7 p. Wilkes at FDU-Florham, 8 p. Misericordia at Eastern, 6 p. Wilkes at FDU-Florham, 6 p. Coughlin at Tunkhannock, p. Crestwood at Holy Redeemer, p. GAR at Nanticoke, p. Hazleton Area at Pittston Area, p. Northwest at Hanover Area, p. Wyoming Area at Dallas, p. Wyoming Seminary at Meyers, p.
YES — Texas Tech. NHL p. CSN — N. Rangers p. Nate Oliver Phil Trout Connor Flaherty Devon Davis Eric Heffers Chris Fazzini Steve Roberts Mike Judge Brady Gallagher Josh Jones Frankie Vito Sal Biasi Tyler Plaksa Adam Hauze Hunter Samec Steve Sklanka Jordan Houseman Shaun McDermott Mason Gross Mike Schwab Jaquan Ingram Jonathan Gimble Brett Good Ryan Hoinski Chris McCue Acquired allocation money from Portland for an international roster spot.
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Detroit at New Jersey, p. Chicago at New Orleans, 8 p. Minnesota at Memphis, 8 p. Dallas at Denver, 9 p. Houston at Portland, 10 p. Williams, NJN Johnson, ATL AVG It was previously reported that Black Knights head coach Tom Williams overlooked signing the weigh-in sheet and if he was called on that, the team would have lost by default.
According to Hossage, no one — even the head referee — is mandated to sign the sheet with the wrestlers weights on it and it has never been a rule nationally or by the PIAA. But there is nothing in the rule book and nothing mandated by the PIAA that the weigh-in sheet has to be signed.
On Monday, Williams said that the sheet he supplied to the officials was signed, submitted earlier and copies were made of the lists without his signature. Williams also said that he had a copy of his signed papers on his clipboard and Terenzio had an unsigned copy. After winning the tipoff for her team, Tanner Englehart immediately put the Mountaineers on the board first with a wide open jumper. The Royals took the lead late in the first quarter and the scoring continued in the second as Wignot kicked off the scoring for Redeemer in the second quarter when she collected three points on an andone after her shot rolled in despite being hit on the arm.
Alyssa Platko also scored two points after shedding a defender and making a jump shot from underneath. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers continued to find holes in the Redeemer defense, but had a tough time capitalizing on the penetration until Sara Flaherty drove to the net twice for two buckets.
These were followed by a high floater by Maggie Michael inside the perimeter and drew Dallas to within seven as it went into the halftime break down The Royals came out in the third quarter looking like a whole new team as they outscored Dallas Lewis ignited Redeemer with her physical play under the net, nabbing rebound after rebound before converting them into points.
Her inside prowess was highlighted by a rebound after which Lewis ran down the court and shook off two defenders before passing to Sara Altemose for a deep three-pointer. Sutliff 0 0; Totals: 14 38 Meyers Sutliff 3. The Mountaineers seemed to become flustered in the final four minutes as they began making very sloppy decisions passing the ball. This led to a lack of offensive possessions and hurt any real chances of a comeback.
We started rebounding the basketball and our defensive intensity picked up a lot. Paige Makowski chipped in with Ashley Dunbar led the Mountaineers with nine tallies. Holy Redeemer 66, Dallas Totals 17 Totals 25 Serra Degnan was the leading scorer for Wyoming Area with 11 points. Tunkhannock 41, Berwick 38 The Tigers trailed after the first period but came back to defeat Berwick Monday night.
Kassie Williams led Tunkhannock with 12 points and Gabby Alguire contributed with 11 points. Northwest 49, GAR 42 The Rangers rallied for the victory coming back from a three-point deficit after the third quarter to outscore the Grenadiers in the fourth. Alivia Womelsdorf led the way for Northwest scoring 23 points, while Sarah Shaffer added 10 points. Katie Wolfe led the scoring for Nanticoke with 22 points and Samantha Gow contributed three three-point field goals.
Marks had 16 points and eight rebounds and Robinson added 15 points. Amanda Greene added nine points and eight rebounds as the Cougars improved to Robinson got the Cougars off to a fast start with 15 points in the first eight minutes as Misericordia opened a lead. Misericordia will host Eastern in a key Freedom Conference contest, Wednesday at 6 p.
Tiara Brathwaite assisted with 13 points and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Gross 3 6, Quie. Gross 4 9. Totals 19 Totals 18 Gross ; NW 3 Womelsdorf, Shaffer 2.
Petersburg, Fla. Guthrie, who turns 33 in April, is eligible to become a free agent af. And Olivia did a great job of getting her second-chance points. We had too many girls watching them inside. Bonnevier advised any season ticket holders who have not yet contacted or been contacted by the Shamrocks to do so immediately at Guthrie will be in the mix to start on opening day along with hard-throwing righty Jhoulys Chacin, the ace of the staff last season.
Hoffman added a season-high 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Kait Smicherko had nine rebounds and five assists as Valley West enjoyed a edge on the boards. Myers paced Crestwood with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but the Comets were hindered by 32 percent shooting from the field. Kayla Gegaris added 10 points for the Comets.
Smicherko 2 7, Reilly 1 3, K. Jennings said the Shamrocks are still a member of the NALL, but the Shamrocks and three other teams that decided to start the season in the fall — Charlotte, Hershey and Jacksonville — are in a lawsuit with the league.
While no indoor lacrosse games are presently scheduled to take place in the arena, the authority continues to look for exciting and entertaining events to bring to Northeastern Pennsylvania, Bonnevier said.
Playing the odds and inviting critics, the calculating coach of the New England Patriots told his players to get out of the way, open a wide path for Ahmad Bradshaw and give Tom Brady a chance to win the Super Bowl in the final 57 seconds.
Not at all. ThestrategyfailedandtheNew York Giants won on Sunday night. But Belichick was certain it gave the Patriots their best opportunity. They led with left but had just one timeout as New York faced a second down only 6 yards. If they did use it, the Giants could let the clock run after the next play, leaving precious few secondswithLawrenceTynessetting up for a chip-shot field goal.
Still, it went against the competitive nature of defensive players, whose job it is to keep opponents out of the end zone, and runners, whose goal it is to get there. It definitely was tough. As he approached the goal line, he tried to stop, like someone trying to avoid losing his balance. But his momentum carried him across the goal line, falling backward, even as game MVP Eli Manning yelled at him to go down. He had done it many times before. Starting at his 20, he threw two incompletions and then was sacked.
But on fourth down, he connected with Deion Branch for 19 yards and a first down at the Then he hooked up with Aaron Hernandez for 11 yards to the 44 before spiking the ball. The Giants then drew a 5-yard penalty, moving the ball to the Patriots Still a chance, however slim. With nine seconds left, Brady threw an incompletion to Branch.
With five seconds left, there was just one option — a desperation pass into a crowd in the end zone. It got there but, with tight ends Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski nearby, it dropped to the ground and the Patriots cham. New England was about a 3 point favorite, but the Giants won It was a different story for Nevada casinos when the same two teams played in the Super Bowl. The Patriots opened as point favorites four years ago, but Giants backers bet the line down to 12 points and got paid when New York earned a win.
The bailiff says he has a valid license now. But the ruling that Jackson crossed the goal line was reversedafterreplayandBuffalogot the ball at the 1. Fitzpatrick kept kneeling on every play until Rian Lindell kicked a winning yard field goal as time expired. The score was tied at 24 when he let Terrell Davis score on a1-yard run with left rather than allow the Broncos to run down the clock for a short field goal attempt.
Brett Favre then led the Packers from their 30 to the Broncos But after three straight incompletions, Denver regained possession with 28 seconds to go and John Elway kneeled down to end the game.
On Sunday, he experienced the wrong side of it. Head coach, quarterback, owner, D-linemen no one knows. At around p. The first bus. Safety James Ihedigbo said the Late in the game, usually dependable flight home was especially diffireceiver Wes Welker dropped a pass that went cult because he realized the team off his hands; Aaron Hernandez and Deion would probably not be together Branch also had trouble coming up with again as a whole.
We on buses. But defensive back James Ihedigbo says Welker was a big to swallow. And we lost to a good football team. We just came up down with 57 seconds left so that ton on Monday afternoon and short.
When all five buses made it safely inside, the players started to filter out and to their own vehicles. Wide receiver Mario Manningham and defensive end Justin Tuck came over to the fence to greet the cheering fans, offering handshakes and high fives.
We were so focused. He managed to smile and wave to the adoring fans. Defensive end Dave Tollefson. The scene at the facility was an ironic twist to the entire season, one that began in July with the media being forced to try to gain access from outside the same gate during the final stages of the lockout.
Each one has special moments during the season and, obviously, different teammates. This year, I am just happy for a number of guys getting a championship. We are the champs. This is about a team, an organization being named world champions, and that was the ultimate goal. He gets knocked down, he gets back up. Coughlin left little doubt that he wants to go for a third title next season, joking he was only Just coach as long as I can.
Lehman closing in on ending below. Win two of their final four Wyoming Valley Conference games, and the mark of 18 consecutive losing seasons ends. While the Black Knights go into the Meyers game as heavy un. Another goal is tougher. Cutter wants his team to stick to the game plan. That was a problem in a loss to GAR last week. The Grenadiers. They sort of probed and probed at Lehman until the game progressed into a track meet.
Bruce Lieb had the job of cobbling together a team after. Hazleton, West Hazleton and Freeland high schools merged. He handed the reins over to Mike Joseph, one of his former players at Hazleton, six seasons ago. They ended the first-half season with a overtime loss to Lake-Lehman.
In accordance with the wishes of David, the funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Me- morial Mass will be held at 10 a. Benedicts Church, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Phil- lipsburg, N. He was self-employed as a painter. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. He was son of the late John and Catherine KoschakKrouchick. Funeral services will be at 8 p. Wednesday in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc. Visiting hours are from 5 p.
R etired Senior Master Sgt. Char- les J. Hensley, U. He had been in ill health the past several years. He was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, class ofand entered the Air Force inwhere he served for 28 years.
Charles had his primary duty in the medical field, served as a med- ical service superintendent and as a medical service technician. He retired from the Air Force in and returned to Wilkes-Barre. He was then employed by the Wyoming Valley Chapter, American Red Cross, Wilkes-Barre, in the blood services division, and as an aide to military families, retiring in after 12 years of service.
Charles and his family had been very active in Scouting, and he had received his Eagle Award while a member of Troop 98, of the former Christ Lutheran Church, Wilkes- Barre.
He also enjoyed jewelry making, painting Civil War scenes, fantasy and dragon figures. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Jane Miller Hensley; sons, Col.
Charles T. Army, and his wife, Nikki, Fort Myer, Va. Hensley and his partner, Brandi L. Morgan, Buffalo, N. Air Force, andhis wifeLisa, Tyrone, Pa. Hensley, Wilkes- Barre; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11a. Peter D. Kuritz officiating. Privateinterment with military honors will be in Indi- antown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memo- rial donations in Sgt.
Charles J. Thomas attended local Plains Township schools and was a gradu- ate of Plains High School, class of He continued his education at lo- cal Penn State trade schools where he became a certified refrigeration engineer.
He was present at the Battle of the Bulge, andsawactive fightingin the Rhineland, Europe and African theater. Thomas received numer- ous metals for his service and con- duct.
Returning home, inTho- mas became an entrepreneur open- ing Northern Commercial Refriger- ation Service, located in Hudson. He brought refrigeration and cool- ing services to many of the small businesses and large commercial buildings in Northeastern Pennsyl- vania.
After 50 years of service, he re- tired and passed his business to his dear co-worker and friend Robert Yakaski. Together, they enjoyed many snow birding winters travelingtotheir residences in Venice, Fla. They enjoyedwalks onthe beach, bicycling and special times with family and friends. Thomas was a passionate Penn State and Eagles fan.
Throughout his life he was a past member of St. Joseph Church, Hud- son, until its closure. Thomas was a present member of Ss. Thomas was recently honored by his fellowbrothers in arms at the Jo- sephE. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marguerite; sister Helen Duckworth, Edwardsville; brother Joseph and his wife Elaine, Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-ne- phews; his devoted partner and friend Robert Yakaski, Hudson, and employees of NorthernCommercial Refrigeration Service.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a. A Mass of the rite of Christian Burial will be held at a. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in Thomass name. Condolences and directions can be accessed at www. Thomas S. Czekalski June 18, E mil Roman, 76, a wonderful hus- band and father, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11,at his home in Simpsonville, S.
Marine Corps from February to Janu- ary Emil spent many years working as a mechanical engineer in Penn- sylvania and California until he re- tired. He was marriedto the former An- na Mae Masonis inuntil her passing in Also preceding himindeathwere his sister Mary Conway and his stepfather John Molitoris.
Amemorial Mass will be cel- ebrated at a. Ignatius Loyola Church, N. Maple Ave. Marys Annunciation Cemetery, Pringle. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Special Olympics. Emil Roman June 11, W esley S. Adams, 30, of Trucksville, passed away sud- denly on Saturday, June 18, He was a graduate of Dallas High School, class of He was employed by Dove Win- dows, Hanover Township, as a maintenance mechanic.
An avid nature lover, his special interests included hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Fred K. Amemorial service will be held at 8 p. David Mansfield officiating. Friends and family may call from to p. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the fam- ily.
AMasonic service will be heldat 7 p. Inlieuof flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made for Wesleys chil- drens welfare. Wesley S. She attended Holy Trinity School, Swoyersville. Anna was a seamstress in various garment shops throughout the area. She was preceded in death by husband Howard and son Paul. AMass will be held at 10 a. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Swoyers- ville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p. Thursday at the funeral home. She had celebrated her th birthday on January 1.
Mary was a daughter of the late John and Pearl Suda Leck. Rey- nolds, when she moved to New- town section of Hanover Town- ship. Her husband, a long-time teach- er in the township schools, died in Mary was also preceded in death by her sons James W. Rey- nolds Jr. Roxy, who died in Feb- ruary; and Warren John, who died in infancy inas well as nine brothers and sisters. She was an accomplished seam- stress, Phantom 570 - Larry Scott - Keep On Truckin: To The Truckers - Coast To Coast (Vinyl worked in alter- ations at the Paris Corset Shop, and Blum Brothers, long-gone Wilkes-Barre clothing establish- ments.
When she became a stay- at-home mom, she continued to sew extensively for family and friends. She was a member of the Ashley Presbyterian Church. Funeral service will be held at 11 a. Marys Road, Hanover Township, withthe Rev. Rebecca Tanner officiating. Interment will follow. The familywishes toexpress ap- preciation to the staff of River Street Manor for their excellent care of Mary during the past five years.
She entered there at the age of 99, having been cared for at home for five years by grandson Matt Nagle. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Ashley Presby- terianChurch, 32 N. Condolences maybe emailed to info lehmanfuneral- home. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Emil. Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Frank Sr. She was a lifelongparishioner of the former St. Elaine was employed by F. Woolworth and various beauty sa- lons in the Scranton area. She was alovingwifeandmother whodedi- cated her life to raising and nurtur- ing her daughter, Carolyn, and cherished her two grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Francis. She also leaves behind her best friend and con- stant companion, Pepper. The family wishes to thank Drs. Darlene Dunay, Jeremiah Eagen, John Lundin, plus the staff and nurses at LinwoodNursingandRe- habilitation Center for their kind and compassionate care during her illness. The funeral will be held at 9 a.
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At extremely affordable rates. Groom was also charged with public drunk- enness. According to the criminal complaint, police allege Groom shoved a woman who struck her head on the pavement, and Giarratano pulled another wom- ans hair during a large fight outside the Town Tavern, Hoo- ven Street and Foote Avenue, at about a. Police said the fight was re- corded on a surveillance cam- era. Police allege Cupil assaulted a woman with a bamboo stick and bit her neck inside an apartment on Roosevelt Street Friday night, according to the criminal complaint.
Francisco Santana, 26, of Cherry Street, was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and a traffic offense.
Police allege Santana had an alcohol level of. During the traffic stop, police allege they found marijuana inside his vehi- cle, according to the criminal complaint. Robert Mason Gribble, 42, address listed as homeless, was arraigned Saturday on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, criminal mis- chief and simple assault after police allegedly found him steal- ing copper pipe inside a house on Covell Street on Saturday.
A girl told police a Hispanic man with a scruffy beard ex- posed himself to her in the area of Rose Lane Sunday night. Police said the man, operating a maroon Chevrolet Blazer, has followed children and often parks near the Heights Ele- mentary School. Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to contact Wilkes-Barre police at Police cited Francis Norton, 47, of South Franklin Street, with harassment after Mike Mishanski claimed he verbally threatened him in the area of S.
The summary offense was mailed to Norton on Friday. Police cited Vito Aiello, 45, of Andover Street with taking unauthorized pictures and mak- ing lewd comments to a hus- band and his wife on Andover Street on June The summary offense was mailed to Aiello on Friday. Abbie Steinruck, of South Franklin Street, reported Mon- day a silver mountain bicycle was stolen from her residence. Township police reported the following: A year old woman from Maple Street reported receiving harassing text messages and a voice mail on her phone.
Four hose nozzles were reported missing during an inventory at the Valley Regional Fire Department. Police said they cited Chris- topher Kalanik, 46, of White Haven, with possession of drug paraphernalia while investigat- ing a suspicious person in the area of East Butler Drive and Drasher Road on June Police recently charged Maryanne Gentele, 64, of Wood- side Drive, with aggravated assault and simple assault after investigating a stabbing on Woodside Drive on May Police allege Gentele bran- dished a knife and stabbed a person walking near her resi- dence.
She then attempted to stab two neighbors, and at- tempted to stab a man who opened his front door, police said. Police said Gentele threw rocks smashing windows at a Woodside Drive house. Gentele had been in a hospital for a mental-health evaluation.
She was charged when she was released from the hospital. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Wednesday. Shawn Miller Sr. Nilon, 68, of Carey Street, with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief after he allegedly tampered with his PPL meter at his residence from February to April. The citations were mailed to Walkowiak on Mon- day.
State police at Hazleton charged Wil- liam David Custer, 55, of Moun- tain Top, with violating a protec- tion from abuse order on Sat- urday when he allegedly wrote a letter to a woman. A hearing is scheduled on June 28 in county court. Municipalities that host municipal waste landfills, re- source recovery waste to energy facilities and commer- cial hazardous waste treat- ment, storage and disposal facilities are eligible for reim- bursement of approved costs for a certified inspector.
Shawnee Ave. Edwardsville Borough Building, Main St. Mullerys regular office hours are a. Mon- days, a. Tuesdays through Thursdays and a. Fridays at S. Market St. The phone number is Residents also may contact Mullery through his website at www.
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Atthe e n d ofthe in trod uctory ra te te rmthe ra te will con ve rtto the Prim e ra te. Con ta ctthe cre d itun ion forthe com ple te loa n d e ta ils. TomCorbetts signature, officials said Monday.
On Monday, leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities gave a joint spending plan to Corbett to address some of the changes he requested in a previous proposal. They planned to meet with the governor this morning, after a Monday evening meeting was postponed. Hopefully in the next day or two well have some sort of final agreement, said Corman, who added that the size of cuts in so- cial and human service programs was probably the biggest unre- solved matter between the sides.
Corman declined to give many details about the latest plan. In general, leaders in the Republi- can-controlled Legislature have been meeting behind closed doors to consider using surplus tax revenue to ease the impact of proposed spending cuts in aid for state-supported universities, public schools and hospital care for the poor.
Corbett, who spoke Monday morning at a public event in Lan- caster, also declined to discuss details of negotiations. The state faces a projected multibillion-dollar budget deficit in the next fiscal year, largely be- cause of the disappearing federal stimulus money that temporarily helped buttress the states reces- sion-wracked tax collections.
In keeping with demands by Corbett, the proposal under dis- cussion would not increase taxes and would keep spending within the bottom line of Corbetts pro- posal, which represented about 3 percent less than this years bud- get.
However, Democrats and some Republicans argue that, thanks to better-than-ex- pected revenue col- lections throughthe end of May, the state can spend more to ease the proposed cuts, something Corbett has said he opposes. The dis- trict, one of the states poorest, is expecting a 10 percent shortfall.
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However, the Corbett ad- ministration has questioned whether that level of savings is re- alistic and has asked lawmakers to erase part of them, Corman said. Thats probably sort of the biggest pieceout therethat needs to be resolved, Corman said. In his March proposal, Corbett sought to move those programs into the general fund. Those pro- grams, paid for by money from a legal settlement with tobacco companies, historically have been kept separate.
State budget is in final stages of negotiations Top GOP lawmakers hope spending plan can pass House and Senate this week. Tom Corbetts proposed cuts in state aid to public schools in front of the Capitol, Monday in Harrisburg. Hopefully in the next day or two well have some sort of final agreement. Jeromy Griffiths The member of the city-sponsored dragon boat that capsized during races in the Susquehanna River Sunday made the declaration after emerging from the river with the wooden dragon head that had detached from the bow of the vessel.
Cuts to music education lacking rhyme or reason C restwoods proposed budget cuts will have a detrimental effect on its stu- dents for years to come. The proposed state budget has placed the Board of Edu- cation in a no-win situation. Crestwood students will feel the effects of the kindergarten cuts through grade 12, as they will forever be one semester be- hind.
Recognizing the importance of exer- cise, cutting elementary and junior high sports makes no sense. What about the cuts to music? Learning to play a musical instrument stimulates the development of both hemispheres of the Phantom 570 - Larry Scott - Keep On Truckin: To The Truckers - Coast To Coast (Vinyl while developing complex motor skills involved in ear-eye-hand-brain coor- dination.
Music study deals with language, math, history and the science of acoustics. These skills are easily transferred to other dis- ciplines. Research from around the world has shown music is fundamental to the creative, intellectual and emotional devel- opment of all children. The earlier a child begins studying an instrument, the greater the neuronal activity. Early musical train- ing helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pic- tures of things.
Students of the arts learn to think cre- atively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Recent studies also show that students who study music are more successful on standardized tests. They also achieve higher grades in high school. Data collected by Educational Testing Services, which provide college entrance examinations, indicate a strong connection between test scores and instrumental music study.
Verbal and mathematic test scores of high school seniors are signif- icantly higher for those students who have had seven or more years of instrumental music study.
Childhood music study could pay off decades later, even for those who no long- er play an instrument, by keeping the mind sharper as people age, according to a preliminary study published by the Amer- ican Psychological Association.
Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making a brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of aging. Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may cre- ate alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older. Crestwoods instrumental music stu- dents whose parents have spent hundreds of dollars purchasing instruments with the expectation of the availability of music classes next year will now be stuck with an expensive instrument and no classes.
The proposed Pennsylvania state budget imposes harmful cuts on all Pennsylvania students as well as our seniors, women, and people with disabilities while gener- ously rewarding major corporations and CEOs. But there is a fix to the situation. Its called the ballot box. Letters should be no more than words. We reserve the right to edit and limit writers to one published letter every 30 days.
Email: mailbag timesleader. Its a show worth catching in Colorado National Monu- ment. Unfortunately, as we watched the red sun dim and the city lights brighten, we were missing an even better show, one on TV, to which we had no access.
My wife and I had begun eight great days hiking and sightseeing in the southern nex- us of Colorado and Utah. And I mean working. I watched the finals online after we got back. It was nearly three tense hours of whiz kids spelling the likes of exsufflation forcible breathing out and bourride a fish stew.
The finals started with 13 people, whittled to five in three rounds. Those five hung on through four more rounds thats 20 tough words in a row spelled perfectly. To stay in the hunt, Sukanya had to spell rapakivi a coarse, red granite in Finland ; lakatoi a dugout double canoe of Australasia ; zwis- chenspiel a musical interlude ; and preux chivalrous. The field started to slim when Sukanya correctly spelled sangsue a bloodsucking wormwhile Dakota Jones missed on zan- ja an irrigation ditch.
Sukanya got le- kane a basin-shaped vesselthen naum- keag a machine that buffs shoe soles. Two others went out by missing jugendstil a German decorative style and galoubet a small flute. Then there were two. Sukanya got orge- at, a non-alcoholic drink from almonds; Laura Newcombe got Hooroosh an excited state. Sukanya nailed Periscii those who live in a polar circle where shadows move entirely around the compass some days.
Newcombe missed sorites an aggregation of more or less related things. Sukanyas winning word is well known by now: cymotrichous, having wavy hair. The year-old who won our regional bee three consecutive years had outlasted others through 20 rounds, tying the record for longest Scripps Spelling Bee. She be- came the seventh champ from Pennsylvania; only one state Ohio has produced more nine.
Sukanya went on a mini-tour. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel challenged her to a bee with a catch: The pronouncer, Kimmels sidekick Guillermo, mangled words be- yond comprehension. At one point Sukanya asked if there was an alternate pronuncia- tion. Kimmel laughed and said That is the alternate pronunciation.
Sukanya still man- aged to spell soliloquy. On Regis Philbins gabfest, producers staged a bee using the pronouncer from the national competition. Sukanya breezed through it while Kelly Ripa flubbed phlegm, then admitted we are idiots.
In all her appearances Sukanya kept her poise and humility. Northeastern Pennsylva- nia could scarcely ask for a better ambassa- dor. I loved the scenery of Arches and Can- yonlands National Parks. The steam-power- ed Colorado train excursion from Durango to Silverton time-warped us to the s. But the best part of our vacation came when Mary Therese called home and her mom said Sukanya won the national bee.
As judges of the regional bee, MT and I have seen great spellers win here who were true contenders in Washington, and I be- came convinced this area had plenty of potential to produce a national champ. Sukanya Roys hard work and focus brought home more than a title. In a region currently more famous for corruption scan- dals, she brought us a little pride.
And I thank her. Mark Guydish can be reached at or via email at mguydish timesleader. States sued to recoup smok- ing-related health care costs, and Pennsylvania used its share solely for health related purposes, including the adult- Basic health insurance pro- gram that ended in February.
Its interesting that a gover- nor who refuses to allow any taxes or impact fees on natural gas drilling to enter the Gener- al Fund would propose doing that very same thing withmon- ey intended to maintain Penn- sylvanians health.
We think the Tobacco Settle- ment Fundought tobe devoted solely to its original purpose of health care, and certainly not to increase the pool of money available for business loans. The plan has other prob- lems. It wouldspendtwoyears worth of tobacco settlement payments in one fiscal year.
That could create an even big- ger funding crisis for health care services down the road. We recommend that 30 per- cent be applied back to the adultBasic program where it belongs, perhaps cutting a break to some of those 45, Pennsylvanians who lost their health insurance after Corbett decided that money would be better spent elsewhere. He dripped from pate to sole, having emerged from the Susquehanna a bit like the creature fromthe blacklagoon, an amphibian rising from total submersion to walk on land.
The mayor who touts him- self as saving Wilkes-Barre from economic inun- dation had just sunk the city. OK, were exaggerating com- pletely. Leighton was one of 21 crew members in a city- sponsored dragon boat when - appar- ently through no fault of anyone on board - the craft turned bottom-up during a series of races held as part of the RiverFest weekend.
The long, slim vessel sort of a canoe on steroids had completed one race and was curving back upstreamto dock when it abruptly dumped ev- eryone into the drink. One mo- torboat collected the soggy paddlers all wore mandatory life jackets ; another righted the dragonboat andtowedit to dock, filled to the gunwales with river water.
As a TV cameraman pushed a microphone into Leightons soggy face, he cheerfully blamed a motorboat carrying a TV cameraman. The news crew had zipped near the city- manned ship for a close up shot, then powered away too fast, creating a high wake that hit the dragon boat broadside.
Everyone was in the pool be- fore you could say re-elect me! Its always the medias fault, Leighton said with tongue in cheek we hope. Wethinkthemayor deserves kudos for remaining upbeat af- ter floating down- stream without a paddle or boat. And the city crew didnt shirk either, readily remount- ingthat dragonfor a second and third race though we note Leightonwas absent for the latter two heats; off to more city stuff, were sure.
Infact, the city andeveryone involved in the constantly growing RiverFest merit acco- lades for shaking off this lone glitch in an otherwise well-run event. We hope someday soonto see RiverFest sprawl along both banks, giving vis- itors numerous entertainment and educational opportunities. We take the boat-tipping as metaphor for a city that comes backwheneveryone declares it sunk.
Besides, the goal of River- Fest is to bring people closer to the Susquehanna. Wed say the city dragon boat crew wins an award in that department. BLOGS: wages and benefits. Leonard instructed the county to file paperwork with the Penn- sylvania Labor Relations Board within20 days documentingthat it has complied with the order.
Commissioner Chairwoman Maryanne Petrilla said she ex- pects the county to appeal the ruling. Werethrilledthat thehearing examiner ruled in our favor be- cause we knewthat what was oc- curringwas wrongright fromthe get-go, Schnelly said.
She said the 36 workers effec- tively performed their job place- ment and training work and said their salaries had been covered by state and federal funding.
Its unclear whether the payment of lost wages and benefits would have to come out of the countys general fund operating budget or this pot of state and federal fund- ing. The termination of the compa- nies who now handle this work could also lead to breach of con- tract legal action. Those compa- nies are Employment Data Sys- tems Inc. Schnelly said only one of the 36 workers had been called back tocountyemployment.
Someare still out of work, while an un- known number accepted em- ployment with the new compa- nies. These employees had to go throughsuchhardshipdue tothe actions of the commissioners, Schnelly said. This is a wrong made right. Petrilla said commissioners must reviewthe examiners deci- sion and discuss it with legal counsel.
The commissioners were pow- erless to prevent the layoffs be- cause the state wanted the job placement and training work to be awarded through a public bid- ding process, known as requests- for-proposals, or RFPs, Petrilla said. The state point blank told us that if we didnt RFP the service and get the best product, theyd pull out funding. If we didnt do anything, wed lose our funding, Petrilla said.
The county department in which the 36 employees were as- signed had submitted a proposal to try to keep the work, but it wasnt selected. The proposal that the work force agency put together was worse than sub-par, so they didnt get the bid.
Thats what happened, Petrilla said. The Luzerne-Schuylkill Work- force Investment Board, which selected the three companies, predicated more accountability and improved services with the new providers, allowing more funding to be spent on clients. Members of the person board, many business leaders, are appointed by commissioners in Luzerne and Schuylkill coun- ties. The high court agreed to accept the appeal to resolve a dis- pute among federal appellate courts regarding the interpreta- tion of the petition clause of the First Amendment, which pro- tects a persons right to petition the government.
Federal courts have long held that a public employee who alleg- es retaliation for exercising free speech must show that the mat- ter they spoke about was an issue of public importance, such as ex- posing wrongdoing.
Guarnieris case hinged on an action taken against him for filing a union grievance, which is a private mat- ter. The Third Circuit Court had ruled that the public impor- tance standard did not apply to Guarnieris case because he had filed a petition, as opposed to speaking out at a public meeting.
Citing a prior court ruling, the court said a petition differs from the free speech component of the First Amendment in that it does not require an employee to show the issue was a matter LP) public importance.
The Supreme Court disagreed with the Third Circuits ruling. In an opinion authored by Jus- tice Anthony Kennedy, the court expressed concern that provid- ing different standards for em- ployment disputes based on how the dispute was filed would lead to abuses within the court sys- tem. Kennedy noted that the public importance standard is in place precisely to ensure the courts are not clogged up in deciding rou- tine employment disputes that can be resolved through other channels.
If the court were to find the public importance standard does not apply to petitions, every government action could present a potential federal constitutional issue, Kennedy said. Budget priorities, personnel decisions and substantive poli- cies might all be laid before the jury, Kennedy said. It would al- so consume the time and atten- tionof public officials, burdenthe exercise of legitimate authority and blur the lines of accountabil- ity between officials and the pub- lic.
The ruling is a major victory, but it does not end the case, Me- halchick said. The court directed the case be returned to the Third Circuit Court, which must now take a new look at whether Guarnieris grievance petition raised any is- sue that is a matter of public con- cern. Should the court determine it did raise an issue of public con- cern, the verdict would stand. If not, the verdict would be negat- ed. Guarnieris attorney, Cynthia Pollick of Pittston, did not return a phone message seeking com- ment.
The court said that the author- ity to seek reductions in emis- sions rests with the Environmen- tal Protection Agency, not the courts. Columbia University law pro- fessor John Coffee said the Wal- Mart ruling all but sounds the death knell for class-action suits against employers that seek mon- ey.
This significantly changes the balance between employers and employees. And it largely eliminates the monetary threat facing big employers, he said. Lawsuits are expensive to bring, and if there is no money relief at the end of the road, there is no in- centive tobringthe suit, he said. The Wal-Mart case has been seen as a key test of whether civil rights lawyers, armed with com- puter-generated data on wages, could force the nations largest employer to stand trial and face billions of dollars in potential lia- bility.
Had they won against Wal- Mart, other similar suits against nationwide retailers were in the offing. While the justices all agreed that the employees had no right to group damages under the court rule they cited in their suit, that unanimity masked a funda- mental split largely along gender lines over the extent of discrimi- nation at Wal-Mart and the amount of proof required to pro- ceed with a class action.
Speaking for a conservative majority in the central holding, Scalia said this class-action claim and others like it are doomed without convincing proof of a companywide discriminatory pay and promotion policy.
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