CMYK End of the road for GAR team McAdoo man says he made harassing phone calls Wilkes-Barre high school falls to Pen Argyl in state playoffs NEWS, 12A SPORTS, 1B 200 $ HOLIDAY PARTY GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR ONLY 100 $ 722408 Development in Palin stalker The Times Leader timesleader.com WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011 S TAT E B U D G E T BLACK FRIDAY Staggering start The Associated Press LSU 41 ARKANSAS 17 NEBRASKA 20 IOWA 7 WEST VA. 21 PITT 20 NHL FLYERS 3 CANADIENS 1 PSU V. WISCONSIN Penn State’s nightmare November concludes today. The past four weeks have been filled with tragedy, scandal and things well beyond the control of the actual players. But the Nittany Lions still have a shot at the Big Ten title as they face No. 16 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. in Madison. Interim coach Tom Bradley says: “They’ve eliminated the distractions. They’ve hung tough. It’s been a heck of a group.” Sports, 1B INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 2A, 8A Editorial 11A B SPORTS: Scoreboard 2B Business 9B C AT HOME: Birthdays 4C Movies/TV 6C Crossword 7C Funnies 8C D CLASSIFIED WEATHER Evan Dweck Sunny, warm. High 60. Low 35. Details, Page 10B 3 percent raise for legislators next week Automatic COLA means rank-and-file lawmakers will take in $82,026 annual pay. COLLEGE FOOTBALL DEVILS 1 ISLANDERS 0 50¢ Brittani Smith, left, Wilkes-Barre, lends her boyfriend, David Mitchell, Wilkes-Barre, a hand with carrying a large screen TV to the cashier at Best Buy in the Arena Hub Plaza on Friday during the Black Friday sales. Shopping began on Thursday for hardy By ANDREW M. SEDER firstname.lastname@example.org line. “I can cross this off my bucket list,” the Scranton resident said with a smile. For 17 years she’s been a Black Friday shopper; but, for the first time ever, she found herself in the front of the line. She said the midnight opening worked out well for her and others who saw less competition because shoppers were forced to choose which store to go to PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER since the majority of big box retailers opened at midnight this Black Friday shoppers dash from out of the Toys R Us in Some shoppers were thankful their favorite retailers decided to open much earlier than usual for Black Friday – including some that made it a Black Thursday. For others, the midnight or earlier openings altered Thanksgiving plans and gave them an early bah-humbug feeling. Sitting in a folding lawn chair in front of the Kohl’s store in Wilkes-Barre Township, Mandy Naunczek loved being first in See START, Page 9A Wilkes-Barre and to their cars Thursday evening. Sharp elbows on Black Friday A young shopper holds an Abercrombie and Fitch shopping bag at the Park City mall in Lancaster, on Black Friday. Early signs point to bigger crowds at the nation’s malls and stores. By MAE ANDERSON AND ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writers AP PHOTO A shopper in Los Angeles peppersprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday. For the first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl’s opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Toys R Us opened for the second straight year on Thanksgiving itself. And some shoppers arrived with sharp elbows. “The more the people, the more the occurrences.” Marshal Cohen Market research firm The NPD Group Near Muskegon, Mich., a teenage girl was knocked down and stepped on several times after getting caught in the rush to a sale in the electronics department at a Walmart. She suffered minor injuries. On Thanksgiving night, a Walmart in Los Angeles brought out a crate of discounted Xboxes, and as a crowd See SHOP, Page 9A HARRISBURG — State lawmakers in Pennsylvania will get a 3 percent pay raise starting next week, pushing the annual salary for rank-and-file legislators above $80,000 for the first time. The automatic cost-of-living adjustment, which is based on the rate of inflation, means legislators will now earn $82,026, up from the current $79,623, according to a story in Thursday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The four legislative caucus leaders will now earn $118,845 per year, up from “It would $115,364. Raises for be extop executive tremely branch and judicial posi- arrogant tions take ef- for state fect Jan. 1. represenThe governor’s annual tatives to salary will accept a rise to pay in$183,250, from crease at a $177,888. time like However, Gov. Tom this.” Corbett has decided to re- Rep. Brad Roae R-Crawford tain the 2010 rate of $174,914, and will donate his raise to charity. It was not immediately clear which organization(s) he would support. “I have not taken the raise, will not take the raise,” Corbett said earlier this week. The cost-of-living increase stems from a law approved in the mid-1990s. But those who reject the raise will still see the extra funds in their paychecks, which also will boost their eventual pension. They must either write a check to return the money to state government, or donate it to another group. Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford, introduced a measure in early November that would reverse that rule only for the state House of Representatives. “We had a tough state budget last year and this year’s is looking difficult again,” Roae said in a statement. “It would be extremely arrogant for state See RAISE, Page 12A Schooled by life, now trained for ministry Bishop Joseph Bambera hopes State? The Diocese of Scranton ordito make relatively rare event nation of permanent deacons, of ordination more frequent. occurring in St. Peter’s CatheBy MARK GUYDISH email@example.com 6 09815 10011 SCRANTON – It hasn’t happened locally in six years, didn’t happen at all around here before 1993, and likely won’t happen again until 2016. So what, exactly, is almost as rare as a total Asolar eclipse over the Keystone sermonize, but cannot celebrate a Mass. They can preside over baptisms, marriages and funerals, but not other sacraments. They can be married, but cannot remarry if their wives die after ordination. But defining deacons by comparing them to priests is misleading, Diocesan Director of Formation Monsignor David Bohr warned. “We don’t talk of what they dral in Scranton this morning. Seven men, including three from Luzerne County, will become part of a religious order that, in the Roman Catholic Church, disappeared in the Middle Ages and didn’t return until Pope Paul VI reinstated it in 1967. At first blush, “deacon” sounds like a compromise. They can read the Gospel at Mass and See DEACON, Page 12A AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER William, Elizabeth and Sarah Jenkins. William will be ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Joseph Bambera today.