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Locals bid adieu to long-running soap New interview with Joe Paterno ’One Life To Live’ finishes 44-year run and area fans react. Former PSU coach talks with Washington Post columnist. LOCAL, 3A COMING TOMORROW 20 $ VOUCHER FOR ONLY 10 $ The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE By EDWARD LEWIS 76ERS 120 WIZARDS 89 PISTONS 98 BOBCATS 81 NHL PENGUINS 4 PANTHERS 1 PLAINS TWP. – A local medical facility has seen a recent boost in the number of patients seeking treatment after ingesting synthetic bath salts, even though the substance was banned in Pennsylvania last year. Bath salts were supposed to be pulled from store shelves last summer after Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation making it illegal to possess, sell or use them. Despite the ban, some stores have been selling the substance that can cause life-threatening physical and psychological effects, often presenting it as plant food or insect repellant. In November, a federal grand jury indicted a Wilkes-Barre couple and three others on charges of illegally distributing bath salts “We have definitely seen a surge in the numbers in the last week or two.” Dr. Sam Saylor Emergency room physician from convenience stores in Plains Township and Noxen. On Friday, one store in Kingston had tiny packages marketed as plant food on the counter. Dr. Sam Saylor, an emergency room physician at Geisinger See SALTS, Page 10A Kingston girl, 6, keeps her cool, makes 9-1-1 call that saves her grandmother’s life. By MATT HUGHES N.Y. YANKEES DEAL CATCHER FOR PITCHER The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees traded a power pitcher for a power hitter. The Mariners agreed to trade right-hander Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher Jesus Montero on Friday, a swap involving two young stars under the age of 23. A person familiar with the deal confirmed the trade. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss the trade that will be completed pending physicals. As part of the trade, the Yankees also sent 24-yearold pitcher Hector Noesi to Seattle for 19-year-old righty Jose Campos. Page 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Obituaries 2A, 8A Local 3A Nation & World 5A Editorials 9A B SPORTS: Scoreboard 2B D CLASSIFIED: Comics 22D WEATHER Connor Courtney Flurries, some sun. High 27, low 23. Details, Page 8B PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER Helen Eddy hugs her granddaughter Trinity Shaver after Trinity received a proclamation from Kingston Fire Chief Frank Guido. It proclaimed Friday ‘Trinity Shaver Day’ at Pringle Street Elementary in recognition of Trinity saving her grandmother’s life by calling 911 when her grandmother had an acute respiratory attack. 09815 10011 PSU chief tries to reassure alumni KINGSTON – Trinity Shaver is a quiet girl – super-shy, her mother says – but she spoke up when she was needed most. The 6-year-old probably saved her grandmother’s life by dialing 91-1 after the woman suffered an acute respiratory attack Jan. 2. “I said In recognition of her cool head ‘Trinity, I and swift ac- can’t tion, Kingston declared Friday breathe.’ Trinity Shaver … She Day and pretook it sented the firstgrader with a over from certificate of there.” recognition Helen Eddy from the muTrinity’s nicipal fire degrandmother partment. “We’re so proud that you’re a resident of Kingston, and that you were so smart to save your grandmother’s life,” said Kingston Fire Chief Frank Guido, addressing Trinity in front of her class at Pringle Street Elementary School. “We’re extremely proud of you.” On the day of the emergency, Trinity was at her Belles Street home because her school was out for Christmas break. Her grandmother, Helen Eddy, was babysitting Trinity and her 5-year-old sister, Isis, while their mother was at work. NEW YORK — Penn State President Rodney Erickson wrapped up three cities in three days of often tense meetings with alumni assuring this: “We’re going to be OK.” And that was one thing frustrated graduates could applaud. Erickson faced about 300 alums in a packed hotel ballroom in lower Manhattan on Friday night, the last stop on a road trip intended to calm anger about how the university has dealt with a child sex abuse scandal involving longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Instead, the sessions have triggered more anguish and another round of introspection for the people who love the school and its football program. A teary-eyed woman asked: “How do you explain the lack of due process for Joe Paterno?” That drew sustained if not unanimous applause. The largest ovations came for queries criticizing the Board of Trustees and the school’s public relations efforts. “I can assure you that as I go back to the Penn State campus, I See SAVED, Page 10A See ALUMNI, Page 10A Rodney Erickson faces alumni in NYC, where he is pressed on plans to honor former coach. By RACHEL COHEN Associated Press U.S. Rep. Holden getting to know his coal region neighbors Redistricting will put parts of U . S . R E P. T I M H O L D E N Northeastern Pa. in redrawn Name: Tim Holden Age: 54 17th Congressional District By BILL O’BOYLE 6 Synthetic drugs known as bath salts are still a problem despite being deemed illegal and banned from store shelves. Small girl, big action SABRES 3 MAPLE LEAFS 2 C AT HOME: Birthdays 3C Television, Movies 4C Crossword/Horoscope 5C SUBMITTED PHOTO A LOCAL HERO CAPITALS 4 LIGHTNING 3 B BUSINESS: 7B 50¢ Bath salts users showing up in ERs Banned synthetic drugs are being marketed with different labels but have same affects. NBA SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012 WILKES-BARRE – U.S. Rep. Tim Holden is facing challenges as he seeks his 11th term in Congress. Holden, D-St. 2012 ELECTION Clair, must learn about his newly redrawn17th Congressional District, which will include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Pittston. Those cities were once part of the 11th District, represented by Republican Lou Barletta. The redrawn lines will be used probation officer who served as Schuylkill County sheriff from 1985 until he was elected to Congress in 1992. Party: Democrat; 17th CongresHolden faces many of the same sional District; 10th term challenges he has in his previous Committees: Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture five campaigns – the stability of Residence: St. Clair, Schuylkill Social Security, Medicare fundCounty ing, a down economy and the alEducation: Bachelor of Arts from ways present task of creating Bloomsburg University; honorary “jobs, jobs, jobs.” doctorate from the Harrisburg Add to the list the amount of University of Science and Techmoney needed to finance his nology Family: Wife, Gwen campaign – he said it will take $750,000 just to run in the April 24 Democratic primary. One in this year’s primaries and gener- challenger is still mulling his decision to enter the race – Demoal election. And his constituents have to crat Matt Cartwright of Moosic. Holden said he has about learn about Holden – including where he stands on key issues. . $335,000 cash on hand. “If anyHolden, 54, is a former real estate agent, insurance broker and See HOLDEN, Page 10A CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Congressman Tim Holden, a native of St. Clair in Schuylkill County, visited The Times Leader on Friday. 733360 CMYK

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