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CMYK 25 50$ $ ONLY @ Royals score road win TImes Leader county council endorsements, Part 1 Holy Redeemer tops North Pocono in volleyball EDITORIAL, 13A SPORTS, 1B Sign up now at DEAL FOR DEAL! DAILY 284728 Taking our political picks NEPA TODAY’S The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011 50¢ GAMBLING FUNDS "WHEN WE SAY we will never forget, we mean what we say." 12 towns Obama’s NYC visit solemn not celebratory big casino winners President Obama President visits ground zero after U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. By BEN FELLER AP White House Correspondent NEW YORK — Solemnly honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Barack Obama hugged survivors, thanked the heroes of one of the nation’s darkest days and declared Thursday that the killing of Osama bin Laden after all these The presiyears was an dent also American peppered message to his brief the world: “When we comments say we will with renever forget, minders of we mean the chalwhat we say.” On a brillenges liant blue-sky ahead. day, one of reflection more than celebration, Obama offered New Yorkers a moment of their own. Standing at the gritty construction site of ground zero, where the towers fell and a memorial now rises, the president laid a wreath of red, white and blue flowers for the nearly 3,000 who died as he marked a turning point Grant funding approved for 13 projects in the county totaling more than $12 million. By MATT HUGHES AP PHOTO President Barack Obama prepares to lay a wreath Thursday at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at ground zero in New York. for the nation and this city of steely resilience. For Obama, the day was about the importance of being in New York in the after- math of the successful raid to find and kill bin Laden, the alQaida leader. Obama addressed families who have watched and wondered for nearly a decade whether the Obama never mentioned bin government would track Laden’s name. down its most infamous enemy. On this special ground, See OBAMA, Page 6A HARRISBURG – Twelve Luzerne County municipalities will cash in on more than $12 million in state revenue raised by the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Plains Township. The Commonwealth Financing Authority on Thursday approved grant funding for 13 projects in the county totaling more than $12 million from the local First reported at share assessment account, a 11:55 state fund to reinvest revenue from Pennsylvania’s casinos a.m. into surrounding municipalities. Funds for grants in Luzerne County came from revenue generated by Mohegan Sun, the county’s only casino, in Plains Township. A total of 61 applications totaling more than $60 million in funding were submitted this grant cycle, making the odds of winning a casino-money grant one in five. Wilkes-Barre was the only municipality in the county awarded two grants, and was also the overall largest funding recipient with $2.75 million. The city was awarded $706,044 to continue restoration work on the First National Bank building at 59-63 Public Square, which has been vacant since See CASINO, Page 14A New version of raid recounts far less resistance Pakistani men on Thursday look at the house where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad. The town’s residents were confused and suspicious about the killing of bin Laden, which took place Monday. By ROBERT BURNS and PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press AP PHOTO Pasonick no longer key owner in engineering firm he started The business makes the announcement days after a plea agreement. By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER Pasonick, 69, was officially charged with the crime in a complaint filed Wednesday. Prosecutors say PaPasonick sonick paid the money to reward the school board member, who is not identified, for supporting the naming of Pasonick as the district’s engineer and the architect for a new school the district was planning to build. In the letter to Exeter, Amato described the change as a “corporate restructuring.” He identified himself and Daryl Pawlush, Andrew Pasonick and Paul Pasonick as the new principals. “With geographic growth and diversification of services in all facets of our corporate family, it is important that we have a corporate structure in place that supports the future direction of our company and industry,” Amato wrote. “We assure you WILKES-BARRE – Longtime local engineer Michael J. Pasonick is no longer a principal owner of one of the architectural and engineering firms he founded 35 years ago, according to a letter to Exeter Borough Council. Michael L. Amato of Michael J. Pasonick Jr. Inc. wrote to council on April 21 to advise members that Amato and three other men had become the principals of the firm as of January 2011. The letter was written two days after Michael Pasonick signed a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office relating to his payment of a more than $1,000 bribe to a Luzerne County school board member. See PASONICK, Page 14A Navy SEALs mounted a precision, floor-by-floor operation to find the alQaida leader and his protectors — but without the prolonged and intense firefight that officials had described for several days. By any measure, the raid was fraught with risk, sensationally bold and a historic success, netting a man who had been on the run for nearly a decadeafterhisterroristorganization pulled off the devastating attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Even so, in the ad- WASHINGTON — The Americans who raided Osama bin Laden’s lair met far less resistance than the Obama administration described in the aftermath. The commandos encountered gunshots from only one man, whom they quickly killed, before sweeping the house and shooting others, who were unarmed, a senior defense official said in the latest account. In Thursday’s revised telling, the See RAID, Page 6A INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Obituaries 8A Birthdays 12A Editorial 13A B SPORTS: Scoreboard 2B Baseball 3B Business 8B Stocks 9B PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER Mohegan Sun blackjack dealer Amy Johns of Clarks Summit reacts to a casino patron hitting 21 at the blackjack table on Dec. 2. Pipeline plans filed under protest Chief Gathering lays out plans in Dallas Twp. but says local approvals not needed. C CLASSIFIED: Funnies 12C THE GUIDE Entertainment/Movies TV/Crossword WEATHER Millie Symbula Mostly sunny. High 68. Low 37. Details, Page 10B 6 09815 10011 By SARAH HITE DALLAS TWP. – Chief Gathering LLC has filed plans “under protest” for a portion of its Wyoming County Pipeline Project with township officials because attorneys for the company believe land development and zoning approvals aren’t required. The proposed 6.25-mile, 24-inch pipeline would start at the border of Wyoming and Luzerne counties, cross state Route 309 and zigzag throughout 23 properties in a southeast direction, where it would tap into the Williams-owned Transco interstate pipeline near the Dallas School District campus. The company also is proposing a natural gas metering station. The project would have a 100foot right-of-way for construction purposes that would last between two and three months. Ted Wurfel, vice president of environmental, safety and regulatory affairs for Chief, said the complete pipeline is “approximately 30 miles,” but he could not release any more details about the project. A letter sent to township officials written by Chief attorney Kenneth Komoroski states Chief takes the position the company “does not need local zoning, subdivision, and/or land development approval or review” to proceed with its plans for the pipeline project. He also said Chief has never had to apply for land development in any other municipality for a pipeline. He argues the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code does See PIPELINE, Page 14A

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