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State of the Union challenge Tax hikes, job cuts on tap? Obama to make election-year address before Congress. County Council outlines budget, plans manager hire. NATION & WORLD, 4A LOCAL, 3A 20 $ VOUCHER FOR ONLY 10 $ 733377 CMYK The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012 50¢ Resident: Official lied about records JOE PATERNO: 1926-2012 “The Penn State community loves Joe Paterno and always will. ’’ – Michael Day 1973 graduate Saying goodbye Joseph Wielgosz alleges W-B administrator perjured self on existence of card statements. NCAA BASKETBALL SYRACUSE 60 CINCINNATI 53 By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER KANSAS 64 TEXAS A&M 54 NBA 76ERS 103 WIZARDS 83 CELTICS 87 MAGIC 56 BULLS 110 NETS 95 DALLAS GIVES JACKSON HIS SAY Feeling he didn’t get an opportunity to present his case, ex-Dallas football coach Ted Jackson asked for and received a due process hearing before the school board Monday Jackson night. Does he want to continue on for a 29th season as Dallas’ head football coach? “Yes,” he said. The school board will have to make a decision on Jackson during a general purpose meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesday. 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 4A Obituaries 6A, 7A Editorials 9A B SPORTS: 1B B BUSINESS: 7B C HEALTH: 1C Birthdays 4C Television 6C Movies 6C Crossword/Horoscope 7C Comics 8C D CLASSIFIED: 1D WEATHER Tony Shusta Partly sunny. High 42, low 35. Details, Page 8B AP PHOTO Margaret Bigham, left, and Jake Bigham, from near Charleston, S.C., pause in remembrance around a statue of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State campus Monday in State College. Paterno died Sunday morning. Memorials are expected to draw thousands By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press STATE COLLEGE — Joe Paterno’s family said Monday the legendary football coach will get a two-day viewing and a public memorial this week on the Penn State campus, two months after the university summarily fired him over the phone. The family gave no details on who might be invited or asked to speak at the memorial Thursday at the basketball arena, which can hold 16,000 people. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the specifics were still being worked out with the Paternos. 09815 10011 See CARDS, Page 10A LIONS’ NEW coach talks about his new job. 1B JOEPA’S DEATH leaves legacy to others. 1B SCOTT PATERNO: Dad upbeat until the end. 5B AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre have a moment of silence outside the Hayfield House on Monday afternoon. HOW SOME media outlets botched reports of death. 10A See PATERNO, Page 10A Groups vie for some of Mericle settlement cash Programs must serve clients 20 years old and younger. By BILL O’BOYLE 6 MORE/INSIDE A city resident said he plans to file a private criminal complaint charging City Administrator Marie McCormick with perjury, alleging she provided a false affidavit regarding the existence of credit card statements of cards held by several city officials. Joseph Wielgosz said he has evidence that 15 credit card Wielgosz statements that McCormick said did not exist actually do exist. He obtained the statements through a subpoena he issued directly to FIA Card Services, which maintains copies of the statements of the cards issued by Bank of America. Wielgosz filed a court petition seeking to compel the city to provide the statements, which were for cards held by Mayor Tom Leighton, McCormick and former city administrator J.J. Murphy. He withdrew the petition at a hearing Monday before Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. after he acknowledged he already had the documents. Wielgosz said he expected his petition would be dismissed but went ahead with the hearing because he wanted to get out in pub- park. The Pittston Memorial Library will submit an application, as will the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Arc of Luzerne County and the Maternal Family Health Services Agency. All of these groups and others attended Monday night’s public forum at King’s College held by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, steward of the money that comes from a settlement reached with Robert Mericle. The commission describes Mericle, the developer of the two detention centers connected BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER with the case, as “a cooperating defendant in a scheme that Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Director Mi- WILKES-BARRE – Applicants seeking funding from a $2.15 million settlement resulting from the Luzerne County juvenile justice corruption case will come from a variety of agencies and organizations. Because of funding cuts, the county District Attorney’s Office is interested, as is the Public Defender’s Office. The United Ways of Wyoming Valley and Greater Hazleton are interested, as is the city of Nanticoke, which is seeking help to build a skateboard See MERICLE, Page 10A chael Pennington reviews details of the $2.15 million from a settlement with Robert Mericle at a forum at King’s College on Monday. Chesapeake to lower gas production Company to cut by 30 percent the number of drill rigs active in NEPA Marcellus Shale area. By RON BARTIZEK Faced with decade-low natural gas prices that have made some drilling operations unprofitable, Chesapeake Energy is reducing its commitment to natural gas production, and will cut back by 30 percent the number of drilling rigs active in the MarcellusShalearea in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Chesapeake, the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer, said Monday it plans to cutitscurrentdailyproductionby8 percent. Over a year, that means the company would produce the same or slightly less natural gas in 2012 than it did in 2011. Chesapeake produces about 9 percent of the nation’s natural gas. The company said it would reduce its drilling activity in soSee CHESAPEAKE, Page 10A

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