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CMYK A freaky kind of technology Musicians provide a riverside serenade for W-B crowd. Special hearing aid works ’crazy’ miracles NEWS, 4A HEALTH, 1C 764980 Jazzed up on the riverbanks The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE 50¢ Missing fuel could cost W-B The state could go after more than $6,000 in taxes on unaccounted-for gas, diesel. By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER WILKES-BARRE -- The city could be liable for thousands of dollars in fuel taxes if it’s unable to document that nearly 18,000 gallons of unaccounted for fuel were SHARAPOVA OUSTED Sharapova ousted Top-seeded Maria Sharapova was overpowered in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki. The 2004 Wimbledon champion was bidding to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. 1B TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 INSIDE: There’s no excuse for lack of oversight, Page 11A State does a leak check, Page 12A used solely for municipal purposes. Municipalities, school districts and certain other nonprofit entities are exempt from paying taxes on gasoline and diesel. But they must be able to document the fuel was used for official purposes, Elizabeth Brassell, press secretary for the state Revenue Department, said Monday. If not, the state could seek to recoup the taxes, which this year equaled 31.2 cents per gallon for gasoline and 38.1 cents per gallon for diesel, on undocumented fuel. “An entity has to maintain a daily accounting record of fuel received,purchasedandofconsumption,” Brassell said. “Whenever we come across information that the appropriate tax was not paid ... we could go after taxes that are due the commonwealth.” City officials on Friday said they cannot explain a discrepancy between the amount of fuel reported on log sheets by employees and a computer-generated report that shows how much fuel was dispensed from the tanks between Dec. 1, 2011 and June 22. The Times Leader review showed a difference of 10,260 gallons of gasoline and 7,620 gallons of diesel fuel. Brassell said she could not comment on whether the Department of Revenue will audit WilkesBarre, because such investigations are confidential. Speaking generally, she said the department has the authority to conduct an audit if it receives information that questions whether the fuel was used for unauthorized purposes. See GAS, Page 12A RAYS 4 YANKEES 3 Barletta calls out Obama NATIONAL LEAGUE U.S. rep. says president’s decision on illegal immigrants oversteps limits. PIRATES 11 ASTROS 2 By BILL O’BOYLE "It’s difficult to believe that someone would have such disrespect for our flag and our veterans. They obviously don’t understand the meaning of the American flag and the sacrifices made by our veterans." U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta AMERICAN LEAGUE CUBS 4 BRAVES 1 IL BASEBALL IRONPIGS 5 SWB YANKEES 4 CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Several American flags were stolen recently from the Vietnam War Memorial on West Main Street in Plymouth. Shown at the site is Clyde Peters of the Plymouth VFW who is one of the volunteers who take care of the memorial. INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 8A Editorials 11A B SPORTS: 1B Business 7B Stocks 7B Weather 8B C HEALTH : 1C Birthdays 5C Television 6C Crossword/Horoscope 7C Comics 8C D CLASSIFIED: 1D WEATHER Ava Swiderski. Mix of sun, clouds. High 88, Low 55 Details, Page 8B Valor dishonored Flags stolen from Plymouth’s Vietnam site By BILL O’BOYLE HOW TO HELP LYMOUTH – The theft of American flags from the Vietnam War Memorial on Main Street in this West Side community is especially upsetting to Clyde Peters. The Vietnam veteran led the campaign to raise funds to erect the memorial that bears the names of seven Plymouth residents who were killed in Vietnam. More than a dozen flags were apparently stolen overnight Sunday. “We put them up for Memorial To obtain a flag or to help the VFW Post 1425 to buy more, contact Clyde Peters at 762-2907, stop by the post home at 111 W. Main St., Plymouth, or call 779-9327. P street,” Peters said. “We think some kids decided to have some ‘fun.’ Whoever is responsible should pay for what they did.” The memorial and the site that was developed to house it cost around $10,000, he said. The Plymouth American Legion Post 463 planted flowers to spruce up the display. Peters said that when the granite memorial was set in place, he installed red, white and blue lights to illuminate it at night. Day and a lot of people would stop and take pictures,” Peters said. “And now somebody who has no respect for the flag or the sacrifices all veterans have made decided to ruin the display. “We found a couple of the flags thrown in yards just down the See FLAGS, Page 12A HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging what he says is President Barack Obama’s decision to grant de facto amnesty to as many as 1.4 million illegal aliens. In a press conference Monday at his Hazleton office, Barletta claimed Obama does not have the power to use “prosecutorial discretion” in the granting of indefinitely renewable twoyear work permits to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Barletta Barletta, R-Hazleton, said Congress took discretion away from the executive branch in 1996 when it passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrants Responsibility Act. “That law clearly spells out the actions that must be taken by federal officials,” Barletta said. “In other words, the discretion that President Obama claims he can use no longer exists. Congress deliberately eliminated it in 1996. “By stating they still have it, President Obama is actually ordering federal immigration officials to break the law.” The White House did not respond Monday to The Times Leader’s request for comment. Barletta is basing his actions on the opinion of Kris Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas and the author of Hazleton city’s Immigration Reform Act. Barletta, 56, has called for hearings into “prosecutorial discretion” by two committees – Judiciary and Homeland Security. He sent letters to Chairman Peter King See BARLETTA, Page 12A After the storm – a long wait Nearly 1.8 million in East still take so long to get the lights back lack power, and problem could on? Nearly three full days after a selast most of the week. vere summer storm lashed the By JESSICA GRESKO and MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press 6 09815 10011 WASHINGTON — From North Carolina to New Jersey, nearly 1.8 million people still without electricity were asking the same question Monday evening: Why will it ma.Andthetoppledtreesandpower lines often entangled broken equipment in debris that must be removed before workers can even get started. Adding to the urgency of the repairs are the sick and elderly, who are especially vulnerable without air conditioning in the sweltering triple-digit heat. Many sought refuge in hotels or basements. Officials feared the death toll, al- East Coast, utilities warned that many neighborhoods could remain in the dark for much of the week, if not beyond. Friday’s storm arrived with little warning and knocked out power to 3 million homes and businesses, so utility companies have had to wait days for extra crews traveling from as far away as Quebec and Oklaho- See STORMS, Page 12A AP PHOTO Frances Lukens looks at the tangle of boards and tree limbs piercing her living room ceiling in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday.

Times Leader 07-03-2012

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