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CMYK Worth a thousand words Vince Young’s late TD pass leads Philly past N.Y. Realtors Dinner; Mohegan Sun Birthday; Flood Benefit Dance. SPORTS, 1B CLICK, 1C ELMER SUDDS SUDDS ELMER 20 $ FOOD VOUCHER FOR ONLY 10 $ 722142 Eagles get big win over Giants The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SECOND OF A TWO-PART SERIES ON THE TOLL THE DISORDER IS TAKING ON SOME VETERANS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN Invisible wounds 50¢ NYC man arrested in extensive bomb plot “Al-Qaida sympathizer” set to target police and post offices and returning troops, cops say. NFL COWBOYS 27 REDSKINS 24 By TOM McELROY Associated Press RAVENS 31 BENGALS 24 PACKERS 35 BUCCANEERS 26 DOLPHINS 35 BILLS 8 BROWNS 14 JAGUARS 10 SMOKE BURNS HIS WAY TO TITLE Tony Stewart has held off Carl Edwards to win his third NASCAR championship with a powerful and relentless drive in Sunday’s season finale at HomesteadStewart Miami Speedway. Stewart went into Sunday’s race trailing Edwards by three points but confident he’d be the winner at race’s end. Early damage to the front of his Chevrolet dropped him to 40th in the field. But Stewart plowed his way back to the front, using aggressive three and four-wide passes to get back into contention. 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 8A Editorials 9A B SPORTS: 1B C CLICK: 1C Community News 2C Birthdays 3C Television 4C Movies 4C Crossword/Horoscope 5C Comics 6C D CLASSIFIED: 1D PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BALTIMORE SUN/JOHN MAKELY U.S. Marines who served with former Marine Sgt. Stanley Laskowski of Carbondale ride through a sandstorm in Iraq. The Veterans Administration estimates up to 20 percent of soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 will return with serious mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder, which afflicts Laskowski. Soldiers return with mental health issues TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER The expected withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by the end of the year promises to be a joyous event for the families of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers now stationed there. But for many families, that joy will quickly be tempered by a stark realization: the soldier who comes back is a very different person than the one who left them months or years ago. Thousands of soldiers, particularly those who saw combat, are expected to return with mental health issues related to their service, including depression, anxiety and, in more severe cases, post-traumatic stress disorder. The Veterans Administration has estimated that up to 20 percent of the 2.1 million soldiers deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan since 2001 will suffer from PTSD or some other mental health problem. Other studies have pegged that number as high as 30 percent to 35 percent, said Patrick Bellon, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, a nonprofit organization that advocates for improvements in veterans health care. Bellon said there’s a growing concern among veterans groups whether the VA, which Bellon contends is already overwhelmed, will be able to handle the influx of cases once the Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers return home. See ISSUES, Page 10A WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County Judge Joseph Cosgrove has never fought in a war, but he’s seen the damage combat can do in the faces of the veterans who have appeared in his courtroom. Many of the veterans once served with distinction, but due to substance abuse and mental health issues related to their service find themselves on the wrong side of the law, Cosgrove said. He’s now working to establish a Veterans Court program that would provide special services to help them get their Cosgrove lives back on track. There are currently 83 Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States, including six in Pennsylvania, according to the National Association of Drug Treatment Professionals. The first court was established in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2008. The courts are based on the same model as drug treatment courts and mental health courts -- which already exist in Luzerne County -- that focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. Offenders charged with non-violent crimes are offered the chance to avoid See COURT, Page 10A WEATHER Aidan Martin Rain, cloudy, cooler. High 47, low 40. Details, Page 8B 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK see. Depending on how many people read this, I may have just fulfilled my obligation for World Hello Day, which is today. What’s that? Well, it’s a day where the objective is to say “hello” to 10 different people and thereby fostering good will and peace, rather than all that bad stuff you can read about on our Nation & World page. 09815 10011 P E N N S TAT E S C A N D A L Events are costly for school brand Sales of hats, shirts and other merchandise with the school name have plummeted. PHILADELPHIA — The unfolding Penn State child molestation scandal has slammed the university’s reputation and shaken its loyal fan base that sees the school as more than a campus or a team but a way of life, an identity, a brand. Part of the immediate fallout from the still-developing investigation is economic: Sales of hats, shirts, and other items emblazoned with the Penn State name have plummeted about 40 percent overall compared with the same period last year, according to retailers and industry analysts. See PENN STATE, Page 7A >> SAY ’HELLO,’ GRACIE: Hi, how’s it goin’? Let’s 6 See TERROR, Page 8A By JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press Judge: Courtroom can become another battlefield By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER NEW YORK — An “al-Qaida sympathizer” who plotted to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorismrelated charges, city officials said Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced at a news conference the Saturday arrest of Jose Pimentel of Manhattan, “a 27-year-old alQaida sympathizer” who the mayor said was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The mayor said Pimentel, a U.S. citizen originally from the Dominican Republic, was “plotting to bomb police patrol cars and also postal facilities as well as targeted members of our armed >> MUPPETATIONAL: It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to go to the movies and see “The Muppets” this Wednesday night. (Yes, that was bad. Sorry.) Everyone’s favorite felt thespians are back on the big screen for a new adventure – 2011 style. There’ll be Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, Yoda .. well, not Yoda, but everyone else will be there. Even Statler and Waldorf may not totally hate the film. >> TURKEY DAY: To tweed-jacket wearing smart people with letters after their names, it’s called “Meleagris gallopavo.” The rest of us call it turkey, and this Thursday it will be what’s for dinner. Thanksgiving is upon us and all around the area, families will be settling down for the biggest feast of the year. So enjoy the football, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce and uncle Vic’s karaoke version of “My Sharona” after he has one too many Gennys. >> READY, SET, SHOP: Some- where out there in the retail store jungle lurks an animal known as “the deal.” And on Friday, thousands of wellarmed shoppers will set forth to stalk the elusive beast. The economic holiday called “Black Friday” is this week, and the stores will be packed tighter than the Duggar Family van on the way to the beach. So as you head out to shop, remember two very important things. … I’m a size 2XL and I could really use a new DVD copy of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” >> BIG GAME: Somehow, with all that’s happened, Penn State stands one win away from a berth in the innaugural Big Ten Championship Game. If Penn State can go into Madison, Wis., and muster up enough offense to help their first-class defense take down the Badgers, then the Lions will have a date with Michigan State for all the Big Ten marbles. ABC has the matchup at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Times Leader 11-21-2011

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