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Stefanie Salavantis celebrates her upset victory in the race for Luzerne County District Attorney with her father, Harry. The Republican defeated incumbent Jackie Musto Carroll.

Flooding in September would doom any efforts to save the historic Hotel Sterling structure as engineers called it deficient and its insurer declined to renew its policy.

Mike Lazevnick plays through the rain during a golf tournament on June 24. Rain fell often in 2011, breaking a record set in 1948 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.


Groups will unite against Assad Move made to prepare democracy if president’s regime falls. By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press

BEIRUT — Syria’s two largest opposition groups signed an agreement on setting up a democracy if President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime falls, opposition figures said Saturday. The move is so far the most serious by the fractured opposition to uniteagainsttheregimeandshows that Assad’s opponents will accept nothing less than his departure from power. Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the Syrian National Council, and Haytham Manna of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, or NCB, signed the draft in Cairo on Friday, accordingtoanNCBstatementandOmar Idilbi of the SNC. Syria’s uprising began in March, inspired by other Arab Spring revolts. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have died as the government has sought to See SYRIA, Page 2A


September rainfall left much of the Wyoming Valley inundated with water when it caused the Susquehanna River to overflow its banks, resulting in millions of dollars in damage from West Pittston to Shickshinny. This is an aerial view looking northward with Kingston to the left and Wilkes-Barre to the right and the Market Street and Veterans Memorial bridges crossing the swollen river. A portion of Kirby Park and the Market Street Bridge are under water. By ANDREW M. SEDER

Floods, record rainfall, an earthquake and a seismic shift at the county courthouse. And so it was in Luzerne County in 2011. The most compelling story of the year was the September flooding caused by back-to-back storms – Hurricane Irene and then Tropical Storm Lee – that damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, caused one death and cost millions of dollars in damage. As with the Agnes Flood of 1972, the losses will be remembered for years to come. But the flooding wasn’t the only story involving loss. On the political side, incumbent District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll lost her re-election bid to upstart young insurance attorney Stefanie Salavantis. A few figures caught up in the ongoing corruption scandal lost their freedom in 2011. Former judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella were sent to prison for their roles in the “Kids for Cash” scandal. Also sentenced for various crimes were former Judge

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Michael Toole, attorney Robert Powell, former court administrator William Sharkey and former Luzerne County Probation Officer Sandra Brulo. On the change side of things, which the Salavantis upset of Musto Carroll would also fall under, came the voters’ decision to change the way Luzerne County government operates by approving a Home Rule form of government and the election of 11 people to serve on the inaugural council that will be sworn in on Tuesday. The voters also elected six new judges to sit on the county bench, the largest influx of new jurists in

Bin Laden tops AP news poll By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

NEW YORK — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. The death of bin Laden, the alQaida leader who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, received 128 first-place votes out of 247 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The Japan disaster was next, with 60 first-place votes. Placing third were the Arab Spring uprisings that rocked North Africa and the Middle East, while the European Union’s financial turmoil was No. 4. The international flavor of these top stories contrasted with last year’s voting — when the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the top story, See POLL, Page 9A

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Romney has edge in Iowa Five other challengers fight to emerge as the alternative to the former Mass. governor. By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press


Terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden died May 2 during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on his compound in Pakistan.

LE MARS, Iowa — Mitt Romney is the clear Republican frontrunner in Iowa in the final days before the first voting in the 2012 presidential election. But that’s where clarity ends in this nomination race. Five others are fighting to emerge as the alternative to the former Massachusetts governor. Rick Santorum and Rick Perry are battling to win over social conservatives. Libertarian-leaning Ron Paul is working to preserve support that’s starting to slip. Newt Gingrich is struggling to end his sharp slide. Michele Bachmann is hardly a factor. “It may be Romney’s to lose at this point,” said John Stineman, an Iowa GOP campaign strateSee ROMNEY, Page 2A


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Hanover Twp. man faces drug charges

A multi-agency drug raid targets an apartment at Marion Terrace. By MATT HUGHES

HANOVER TWP. – The Luzerne County Drug Task Force on Saturday arrested one man and seized heroin, marijuana and cash during a raid on a Marion Terrace apartment Saturday morning. Police arrested Wadue Allah Tate, 31, of Mark Drive and Brooklyn, N.Y., on two counts of delivery of a schedule one controlled substance, heroin, and one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, heroin. According to Hanover Town-

ship police, officers from the inter-agency task force served a search warrant at 7:30 a.m. and found herTate oin, marijuana and cash inside the apartment in the1300 block of the Marion Terrace complex. Tate, who sometimes uses the alias Vegas, according to police, was arraigned Saturday before District Judge John E. Hasay, Shickshinny. He is being held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. before District Judge Joseph A. Halesey, Hanover Township.




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Man with explosives at Fire damages 2 W-B structures Texas airport detained The Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas — A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in militarygrade wrapping, federal and local officials said. The man was stopped at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said. FBI spokesman Mike Martinez declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many explosives were found in the bag. He said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland.

POLICE BLOTTER HANOVER TWP. – A resident of Sivelly Street in the Marion Terrace apartment complex said someone removed several dollars in coins from her vehicle while it was parked near her home Saturday. The woman told police her car alarm went off at 3:31 a.m. and that she saw several young people running down the street

City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won’t be known until the explosives are tested. The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item. Watts said the man was entering a terminal when he was stopped, and a sweep was done to clear that terminal before normal operations resumed. when she went to investigate. HAZLE TWP. – State police said they arrested John Thomas Tate, 49, of Lattimer Mines, on suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint on state Route 940 at 11:43 p.m. Friday. State police said Tate’s blood-alcohol content was tested at state police headquarters and that they will file driving under the influence charges.

4.0 quake hits northeast Ohio The Associated Press

McDONALD, Ohio — Authorities say a minor earthquake hit in northeast Ohio. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon in McDonald, outside of Youngstown. There were no immediate reports of damage. It was the latest in a series of

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crush the revolt. On Tuesday, scores of Arab monitors, who are the first that Syria has allowed into the country during the uprising, began their work on the ground visiting hot spots around the country. They are supposed to ensure the regime complies with terms of the Cairo-based 22-member Arab League’s plan to end Assad’s crackdown on dissent. Despite the observers’ presence, regime forces have continued the crackdown. At least six people were killed in attacks on protests Saturday, according to the Local Coordination Committees, an activist group. A day earlier, at least 27 were killed. An amateur video released late Friday showed an observer telling protesters in the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising began, that he saw snipers with “our own eyes and we call upon (Syrian) authorities to withdraw them.” The observer, speaking with a North

minor quakes in the area in 2011, though residents say Saturday’s appeared to be stronger than others. Many have struck near an injection well used to dispose of brine water that’s a byproduct of oil and gas drilling. Its owner agreed this week to stop injecting brine into the earth while the quakes are investigated. African Arab accent, is heard saying if the snipers are not withdrawn within 24 hours “there will be other measures.” The reports of death tolls could not be verified since journalists’ activities are restricted by authorities. The deal between the opposition coalitions says both groups reject any foreign military intervention in Syria and call for the protection of civilians by all legitimate means in the framework of international laws. It said that if Assad’s regime falls, a “transitional period” will begin by preserving all state institutionsthendraftinganewconstitution that guarantees a “civilian pluralistparliamentarydemocratic system.” Then elections for a new parliament and president would be held. The draft also says that all Syrian citizens are equal and the country’s Kurdish minority is a “fundamental and historic” part of Syria’s national structure. It alsocallsfor“liberatingSyrianterritory,” an apparent reference to the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967.

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gist who has been monitoring internal and public polls. “And it’s a battle among the rest.” While much can happen before Tuesday’s caucuses, interviews with operatives inside and outside the campaign, along with public and internal polls, show Romney leading the pack. He’s aided by conservative voters who are dividing their support among the field. Paul and Romney were vying for the top spot in public polls this week, with Romney edging Paul 23 percent to 21 percent in an NBC/Marist poll published Friday. Santorum was in third place with 15 percent, as he was in a CNN/Time poll published Thursday that showed Romney with 25 percent and Paul with 20 percent. But interviews and internal campaign polls also suggest that Paul has faded some after a surge this month, while Santorum and Perry are climbing. But the polls are also showing a large contingent of undecided voters, and the candidates pressed their closing messages, went out with final ads and scampered across the state to garner their support.

Notably absent was Paul, the Texas congressman who returned to his home state and had no campaign events in Iowa. Polls earlier in December showed him narrowly leading. But according to later surveys and to GOP activists in the state, his support has ebbed following attacks on his foreign policy positions. Despite these shifting dynamics, two things were clear on the final weekend before the first votes of 2012: The yearlong effort to establish a consensus challenger to Romney had failed, and Romney’s carefully laid plan to survive Iowa was succeeding. “This president has been a failure,” Romney told hundreds of supporters packed into the Old Salt Restaurant in Hampton, N.H., making an overnight trip to the leadoff primary state. The vote there is Jan. 10. Romney quickly returned to Iowa later Saturday to conservative Plymouth County and more populous Woodbury County, both winning areas for him during the 2008 race. He finished second in the state that year behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, although Arizona Sen. John McCain later captured the party’s nomination. Romney has sounded more confident and kept his attention focused on Democratic President Barack Obama. Large

crowds turned out for Romney this past week during his bus tour. Romney was headed eastward Sunday and planned to campaign Monday in cities he won four years ago — Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Dubuque. He wants to maximize the edge he holds in critical areas rather than risk underperforming in places where more ardent conservatives are leery of his Mormon faith and shifting positions on social issues. Romney has looked beyond his GOP rivals and drawn a straight-up comparison with Obama.

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JCC fest to offer welcome to 2012



Tax base takes a wallop

Local psychology professor says take small steps when attempting change in 2012.

A party next weekend will give area adults a favorite atmosphere of celebration.


By GERI GIBBONS Times Leader Correspondent

WILKES-BARRE – When Jesse Savitz talks about the annual Ike Cimmet New Year’s Eve party, it is evident the event is more than a little bit of night gaiety. Instead, the annual event is a reflection of both Cimmet’s love for the New Year holiday and the spirit in which older area residents are invited to share in the celebration at the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley. The party is subsidized by the family of Ike Cimmet in his memory. The party will take place next Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m., a more convenient time for more area residents to attend the annual celebration. Savitz, co-chairman of the event, said it generally draws "older area residents," but it welcomes adults of all ages. And although the party takes place on Jan. 8 instead of Dec. 31 and ends before the midnight hour, Savitz emphasizes that in no way will it lack all the elements of a New Year’s celebration. There will be noise makers, hats, colorful decorations, and even a midnight countdown. For $10, attendees will be able to partake of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, a full-course dinner, dessert and dancing to the sounds of the Scott Green Band. The event is open See PARTY, Page 4A

Laflin OKs real estate tax increase

Part of the reason for the hike is the costs of round-the-clock police protection. By JOSEPH DOLINSKY Times Leader Correspondent

LAFLIN – Borough council, at a special meeting early Saturday morning, officially approved a tax increase for 2012. The increase in the real estate tax was set at .2834 mills. The increase equates to roughly a $30-$35 tax increase on a property assessed at $100,000. A mill is a $1 tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value. Officials adopted the increase to make up for the $44,405 deficit the borough faced from 2011. After the formal increase was read by solicitor Samuel M. Sanguedolce and approved by council members, Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo commented that she has received “very little negative feedback” regarding the increase and that “the community seems willing to pay as long as they have the 24hour police coverage.” Police protection is among the largest expenses within the borough, and one of the primary reasons for the increase is to fund that 24/7 coverage, which features three full-time and seven part-time officers. Last month, Laflin borough lost out on a police contract from neighboring Yatesville borough, which had paid Laflin $32,000 annually for coverage. Jenkins Township now is providing police coverage to Yatesville. In other new business, council passed a motion to take out a tax anticipation note for $150,000. A tax anticipation note is a short-term loan to help municipalities pay expenses until tax revenue comes in.

Start slow, don’t ‘leap’ into new resolutions


Two kayakers drift along in flooded Shickshinny in September. The water was a result of the Susquehanna River overflowing its banks and spilling into the center of town. Along with West Pittston, Duryea and Plymouth, Shickshinny was devastated by the floodwaters.

Devastation impacts home values By MATT HUGHES

The September flood will have an impact on the tax base of Luzerne County and affected municipalities and school districts, but officials aren’t yet sure how drastic the loss will be. “There definitely will be (a reduction in the tax base),” Luzerne County Assessment Appeals Director “You hope Tony Alu said. “You hope that the taxing that the body’s prepared, that’s all you can really do.” taxing The Luzerne County body’s pre- Commissioners announced in late Septempared, ber that property ownthat’s all ers whose home value you can had been reduced by at least 50 percent because really do.” of flood damages could Tony Alu apply for temporary reLuzerne County ductions in county, muAssessment nicipal and school disAppeals director trict property taxes through the county’s independent assessment appeals board. Those reductions would come in the form of a partial refund of taxes paid in 2011. About 120 have applied so far, but Alu couldn’t say how much would be refunded, or whether the tax breaks would continue into 2012 for those still displaced, because the assessment appeals board will not review the reduction requests until 2012. “We don’t know just exactly how much compensation or how much relief they’re going to get,” Alu said. “Now that creates a problem for the taxing bodies because we don’t know how much we’re going get and that makes it hard to budget.” Alu said the return of properties eventually bought out and returned to municipal ownership through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Acquisitions Program could also erode the local tax base. An estimated 1,463 properties in the county were damaged by flooding, and

Route 239 in the center of Shickshinny immersed by overflow from the Susquehanna River. September flooding will impact the county’s tax base.

about 130 of them were destroyed.

said he isn’t sure of the impact of those buyouts or the assessment appeals for the borough, which collects about $300,000 annually in real estate tax revenue, but council has considered the question. “Even during the budget process, even though it’s not going to impact in the coming year, it’s something they’ve talked about,” Bonita said, adding that council did not raise taxes in its recently passed 2012 budget. In Shickshinny, where flooding damaged 77 homes and 26 of the .4-square-mile municipality’s 28 businesses, buyouts likely will erode a larger percentage of the bor-

West Pittston damage By municipality, West Pittston saw the highest number of assessment appeals at 55, but Borough Manager Savino Bonita said that given the roughly 800 West Pittston homes affected by the flood, that number could have been worse for the borough’s revenue. “It could have been more significant,” Bonita said. “I would say that number probably represents the people (who) haven’t come back into their homes yet.” About 30 borough homeowners have also expressed an interest in the federal hazard mitigation buyout program. Bonita See TAXES, Page 4A

Nanticoke budget includes property tax increase Because of the transition to home rule, new five-member city council has until Feb. 15 to amend budget. By MATT HUGHES

NANTICOKE – At its last meeting before the new home rule government assumes power, Nanticoke City Council passed its 2012 budget at a special meeting Saturday morning. Council was required by state law to pass the budget by the end of the year, but because of the transition to home rule, the new five-member city council will have until Feb. 15 to amend the spending plan after taking office. The budget includes a property tax in-

crease of .35 mills, or approximately $17.50 on a home assessed at $50,000. A mill is a $1tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value. The earned income tax and other tax rates will not change. The budget allows for about $4.3 million in expenditures, about $22,500 less than the 2011 budget. Director of Finance Pam Howard said the city raised taxes so it could put $50,000 into a capital expenses account for contingency expenses because council has vowed not to take out a tax anticipation loan in 2012. Treasurer and Tax Collector Al Wytoshek criticized the tax hike, saying the city should look to reduce expenses instead. The city spent about $260,000 on attorney and legal fees and the salaries

and benefits of the city administrator and finance director in 2011, he said. “We just can’t afford that; not this small a city,” Wytoshek said. In other business, council also approved,subjecttosolicitorreviewandapproval, an agreement with the Luzerne/ Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board to bring10 employees and a supervisor to work with the city road department for six weeks at no cost to the city. Council also approved the sale of the old CVS building on East Main Street, assessed at $160,000, to the city’s General Municipal Authority and the sale of 24 S. Prospect St. The city will host an auction at the municipal building this month to sell the property, with bidding starting at the building’s assessed value of $106,000.

This could be the year to follow through on those resolutions. It’s a leap year and another day is tagged on to the end of February, giving folks a little more time to get in shape, save some money or write a novel. With the additional 24 hours, state Superior Court President Judge Correale Stevens might be able to complete a chapter or two. “I would like to finish a novel I started to write,” said Stevens of his New Year’s resolution. “I know in my mind what I want to write,” he said. It would be along the Stevens lines of a John Grisham novel, only set in New England and the West. Wilkes-Barre tow truck operator and citizen crime fighter Bob Kadluboski is Kadluboski making a federal case out of his resolution. “My resolution is to bring about a half dozen people to justice and I’m going to get it done,” said Ka- Duggins dluboski. Forget about counting on the FBI in Scranton. “I’m going to go to Washington myself,” he said. The past year has Corcoran been a busy one for Darlene Duggins. She ran for a seat on Wilkes-Barre City Council, held her annual block party and graduated from Luzerne County Community College. Her resolution is to continue with her activism and work in the community. Duggins said she’s still trying to determine “which way I want to go.” Ruth Corcoran has a less ambitious resolution, but is equally committed to sticking to it. “I’m kind of a workaholic,” said Corcoran. By day she works at Corcoran Communications. By night Cork Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre has her attention. This year she wants to “try and spend a little more time with my family.” It’s easier said than done, but doable with a little effort and scheduling. “I’m going to do it,” she said. A positive attitude helps and so does a plan on how to achieve the desired outcome, said Dr. Marie Gray, an adjunct professor of psychology at Misericordia University. Her advice is sound anytime and it’s worth repeating, especially at this time of year when people tend to be reflective and desirous to start anew. For many, their 401k plans took a beating last year, she said. It might be wise to do some research on the investments in the plan and make some changes. “Knowledge is power,” said Gray. That applies to the person too. See RESOLVE, Page 4A

R E S O LV E T O B E R E S O L U T E Making resolutions is one thing. Seeing them through is another. Dr. Marie Gray, an adjunct professor of psychology at Misericordia University, has some advice on developing and sticking to challenges ahead: • Be realistic when making a resolution or setting a goal. • Develop a plan to achieve the desired outcome. • Know your strengths and build up on weak areas. • Take small steps.



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ough’s tax base. “We have to go with what we have at hand right now,” Council Chairwoman Rosalie Whitebread said. “I can’t say that we are not worried about it, because, of course, we are; but, we don’t know what the tax base is really going to be.” Borough Secretary/Treasurer Melissa Weber said 24 homes had previously been approved for hazard mitigation and will be demolished by the end of 2012, and that 26 additional property owners, including three businesses, have applied for acquisition/demolition. “Being that right now council is not willing to raise taxes on folks, there’ll have to be changes,” Weber said. “It won’t be business as usual, that’s for sure.” Shickshinny takes in about $17,000 in taxes in property taxes annually and also receives funds from a private endowment, the F.L. Garrison Fund. Weber said the borough will need to explore alternative revenue-generating opportunities, and that the town is exploring its options as part of the long-term community recovery assistance program the borough is undertaking with FEMA.

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When we know what are strengths are we can then work on building up our weak areas, she said. Life itself teaches us about ourselves. “We learn a lot from our mistakes,” she said. Gray’s advice for people who are about to make changes for the new year is to take small steps, be realistic and look at all the obstacles as well as the ways and means to achieve success. “I try and set goals” rather than make resolutions, she said. There is a difference. A resolution “kind of comes across as all or nothing,” she said. A goal, on the other hand, is something one strives to reach and has a beginning and end. Wyoming Mayor Bob Boyer said he uses the New Year as a fresh start, but prefers to set

Some of those options include developing land near the river made available through buyouts into revenue-generating recreational outlets, such as campgrounds, flea markets and community gardens with land for lease. Gale Conrad, Plymouth Township supervisor chairwoman, said she expects most of the nearly 50 residences damaged by the flood will eventually be awarded hazard mitigation buyouts, but that future development will likely offset the corresponding loss in tax revenue. All businesses in the township have also reopened or plan to reopen soon, she added. Most homes that have been repeatedly flooded are between 80 and 100 years old and have relatively low assessed values, Conrad said. By contrast, five or six new homes have been constructed in the township’s hills and more highly elevated sections in each of the past few years, many valued at close to $300,000. “One new home assessed at $200,000 to $250,000 equals the taxes to about six or seven homes in the flood plain,” Conrad said, adding “In 2006 and 2007 we had 17 homes purchased or demolished through hazard mitigation. That was high; that was a very large amount of properties to be purchased in one clip and demolished, and there was very little damage to the municipality.” goals instead of making resolutions. “I look back on the prior year and think about what can be done in the New Year to make your life better personally and professionally,” he said. Looking back on 2011, Misericordia University President Michael MacDowell felt proud of how the students, faculty and staff lived the mission of the school by helping out with the flood recovery. “It was a good test of our resolve to help others,” he said “Our resolve is to be vigilant” in the New Year, he said. Looking ahead, MacDowell had his sights on a record held by the school going on 88 years. “We have an undefeated program in football since 1924,” he said. “I resolve to maintain our undefeated record.” In truth, the school hasn’t played the game since then and will kick off its program on Sept. 1 in an away game against Gettysburg College.


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The U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany have been called to return to negotiations. By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press


Prayers for the new year

Pope Benedict XVI displays the Eucharist as he celebrates a New Year’s Eve vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday. The Pontiff marked the end of 2011 with prayers of thanks and said humanity awaits the new year with apprehension but also with hope.

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Saturday it has proposed a new round of talks on its nuclear program with six world powers that have been trying for years to persuade Tehran to freeze aspects of its atomic work that could provide a possible pathway to weapons production. The country’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said he has formally called on the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to return to negotiations. The invitation comes after new sanctions recently imposed by the West over Tehran’s enrichment of uranium, a process that produces fuel for reactors

but which can also be used in making nuclear weapons. Iran insists it only has peaceful intentions, while the U.S. and many of its European allies suspect Iran of aiming to use a civilian nuclear energy program as a cover for developing a weapons capability. The last round of negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany was held in January in Istanbul, Turkey, but it ended in failure. “We formally declared to them (the intent) to return to the path of dialogue for cooperation,” Jalili told Iranian diplomats in Tehran, according to the official IRNA news agency. Jalili did not say when or through what channel he issued the invitation. Iran’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, said earlier Saturday that Jalili was to send a letter soon to EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to arrange a new round of talks. A spokesman for Ashton said she had


An Iranian navy boat fires a missile in a drill in the sea of Oman, on Friday.

not yet received any new communication from Iran. “As she has made clear in her statements on behalf of the (six nations), we continue to pursue our twin-track approach and are open for meaningful discussions on confidence-building measures, without preconditions from the Iranian side,” said the spokesman, Michael Mann.

The Iranian announcement was the latest signal from Tehran that the country is feeling the impact of international sanctions. The U.N. has imposed four rounds of sanctions. Separately, the U.S. and the European Union have imposed their own tough economic and financial penalties.

Defense bill wins OK from Obama


Links sought in car blazes

everal more cars burned in suspected arson attacks in the Los Angeles S area early Saturday morning, and au-

thorities investigated if they were connected to nearly two dozen deliberately set blazes a day earlier, police said. Seven or eight cars burned Saturday in the North Hollywood area, said officer Robert Collier. He said he didn’t have further details of the blazes, but said arson is suspected and there could be a link to the earlier blazes. Fire officials said the first report came in shortly after midnight, and the most recent about three hours later. Early Friday morning, fires were reported in nearly two dozen locations in Hollywood and the neighboring city of West Hollywood during a four-hour period before dawn. In nearly every case, the fire started in a parked car.

President forced changes, but still says he has reservations. By JULIE PACE Associated Press


US to sell missiles to UAE

The United States has reached a deal to sell $3.48 billion worth of missiles and related technology to its close Mideast ally, the United Arab Emirates. Pentagon spokesman George Little announced the Christmas Day sale on Friday night. He notes that the U.S. and U.A.E. have a strong defense relationship and are both interested in “a secure and stable” Persian Gulf region. The deal includes 96 missiles, along with supporting technology and training support that Little says will bolster the nation’s missile defense capacity. Wary of Iran, the U.S. has been building up missile defenses of its allies, including a $1.7 billion deal to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s Patriot missiles and the sale of 209 Patriot missiles to Kuwait, valued at about $900 million. MEXICO CITY

Cartel entering Guatemala

Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel appears to be extending its massive production of methamphetamine into neighboring Guatemala, as hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals stream into the Central American nation. While Mexico is usually estimated to be the main supplier of meth used in the United States, seizure data suggest that neighboring Guatemala could in fact be producing as much or more. That data, along with interviews with U.S. and Guatemalan officials, also indicate that Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is taking advantage of Guatemala’s remote, isolated mountains and an alliance with a key Guatemalan trafficker to make the Central American nation a new international meth production base. LEXINGTON, N.C.

Big bill brings trouble

Do you have change for a milliondollar bill? Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart. Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit, and Fuller was arrested. The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969. Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument.


Yemeni soldiers and officers march during a rally demanding reforms and dismissal of a senior official over alleged corruption in Taiz, Yemen, Saturday. Arabic on the banners, center, reads, ‘take from me the rifle and give me the civil state,’ and at right, ‘with our standing against corruption, we will build army to protect the country.’

Outgoing president staying in Yemen

President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s change rising against Saleh’s In recent the past year. weeks, the of decision is an apparent attempt to rule Hundreds of thouunrest has salvage his control over the regime. sands of Yemenis marched in the streets expanded with of Sanaa and other ci- strikes breakties on Saturday, deBy AHMED AL-HAJ manding that Saleh be ing out. Associated Press SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s outgoing president decided to stay in the country, reversing plans to leave, his ruling party said Saturday, in an apparent attempt to salvage his control over the regime, which has appeared to unravel in the face of internal revolts and relentless street protests. In a sign of the fraying, the son and nephew of President Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a crackdown on suspected dissidents within the ranks of the elite security services they command, officials within the services said. The Republic Guard, led by the son, and Central Security, led by the nephew, have been the main forces used in trying to suppress the up-

put on trial for the deaths of protesters killed in the crackdown since February. “We will not let you escape,” protesters chanted, holding up posters of the president with a noose around his neck. Saleh signed a power transfer agreement in early November that was meant to ease him out of power after nearly 33 years of rule in hopes of calming the turmoil that has shaken this impoverished Arab nation for months. Under the accord, Saleh handed over all his authorities to his vice president and committed to step down formally once parliament grants him immunity from prosecution. But opponents say he has tried since then to maintain his influence through

loyalists in his ruling party and through the security forces commanded by his family. His People’s Congress Party retains considerable power as part of a power-sharing government with the opposition, and critics say it has worked to undermine Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Meanwhile, protests have swelled after organizers rejected the accord because of the provision granting Saleh immunity. In recent weeks, the unrest has expanded with strikes breaking out within multiple government institutions and within units of the regular military demanding the removal of Saleh loyalists. Hundreds of men in military uniform marched on Saturday through the southern city of Taiz, a center of the uprising, calling for trials of top commanders over the killings of protesters. Some renegade units in other parts of the military have even locked their commanders out of military installations and demanded the removal of officers accused of corruption or involvement in the deadly crackdown.

Moon countdown: NASA probe enters lunar orbit The Grail spacecraft, which won’t land on the surface, will measure lunar gravity from orbit. By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer

PASADENA, Calif. — A NASA spacecraft fired its engine and slipped into orbit around the moon Saturday in the first of two back-to-back arrivals over the New Year’s weekend. Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in cheers and applause after receiving a signal that the probe was healthy and circling the moon. An engineer was seen on closed-

circuit television blowing a noisemaker to herald the New Year’s Eve arrival. “This is great, a big relief,” deputy project scientist Sami Asmar told a roomful of family and friends who gathered at the NASA center to watch the drama unfold. The celebration was brief. Despite the successful maneuver, the work was not over. Its twin still had to enter lunar orbit on New Year’s Day. The Grail probes — short for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory — have been cruising independently toward their destination since launching in September aboard the same rocket on a mission to measure lunar gravity. Hours before Earth revelers counted down the new year, Grail-A flew over the south pole and slowed itself to get cap-

tured into orbit. Deep space antennas in the California desert and Madrid tracked every move and fed real-time updates to ground controllers. Grail is the 110th mission to target the moon since the dawn of the Space Age including the six Apollo moon landings that put 12 astronauts on the surface. Despite the attention the moon has received, scientists don’t know everything about Earth’s nearest neighbor. Why the moon is ever so slightly lopsided with the far side more mountainous than the side that always faces Earth remains a mystery. A theory put forth earlier this year suggested that Earth once had two moons that collided early in the solar system’s history, producing the hummocky region.

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama signed a wideranging defense bill into law Saturday despite having “serious reservations” about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies penalties against Iran’s central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran’s ability to fund its nuclear enrichment program. The Obama administration is looking to soften the impact of those penalties because of con- Obama cerns that they could lead to a spike in global oil prices or cause economic hardship on U.S. allies that import petroleum from Iran. In a statement accompanying his signature, the president chastised some lawmakers for what he contended was their attempts to use the bill to restrict the ability of counterterrorism officials to protect the country. Among the changes the administration secured was striking a provision that would have eliminated executive branch authority to use civilian courts for trying terrorism cases against foreign nationals. The new law now requires military custody for any suspect who is a member of al-Qaida or “associated forces” and involved in planning or attempting to carry out an attack on the United States or its coalition partners. The president or a designated subordinate may waive the military custody requirement by certifying to Congress that such a move is in the interest of national security. The administration also pushed Congress to change a provision that would have denied U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism the right to trial and could have subjected them to indefinite detention. Lawmakers eventually dropped the military custody requirement for U.S. citizens or lawful U.S. residents.

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THE TIMES LEADER DOROTHY MIKELSKI PHILLIPS, 69, formerly of Laflin, died Friday, December 30, 2011 in Kingston. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main Street, Plains Township. A complete obituary will be in Monday’s newspaper. JOSEPH P. ELKO, 82, of Dupont, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Funeral arrangements are pending from Kiesinger Funeral Services, 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

Nadia Marinangeli December 29, 2011


adia Marinangeli, 15, a resident of West Wyoming, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving mother and family on Thursday morning, December 29, 2011, at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on May 23, 1996, in Kingston, Nadia was the beloved daughter of Denise (Serbin) Marinangeli, of West Wyoming and the late Louis M. Marinangeli, who passed away on March 13, 2008. Nadia was currently enrolled as a 10th grade student at Wyoming Area High School, where she was active with the school’s volleyball team. She enjoyed many things in life, but most of all, Nadia enjoyed traveling with her mother and family. In addition to her father, Louis Marinangeli, Nadia was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Irene Serbin and her paternal grandfather, Louis Marinangeli. Nadia will be deeply missed by her mother, Denise Marinangeli; her paternal grandmother, Kay (Rostock) Marinangeli, of Pittston; her uncle, Thomas Serbin and his wife Betty, of Dallas; her aunt, Laura Durkin and her husband Thom, of Pittston; her special cousins, Kelly Vincelli; Rita Capone; Regan, Sadie, Payton and Colin Quinn; as well as numerous other cousins, friends, her dog “Blu” and her cat “Boo.” A private funeral service for Nadia was held for her immediate family. There were no public calling hours. Funeral arrangements for the Marinangeli family have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

Angelina (Angie) M. Burnside December 28, 2011 ngie Burnside, 74, of Pittston, passed away Wednesday, DeA cember 28, 2011in Regional Hospi-

tal of Scranton. Born in Pittston, on January 6, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Giacomo and Mary Caillio Silviano. She was a graduate of Pittston High School and completed several college courses. She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where she had been a member of the church choir and the Altar and Rosary Society. Angie was also a member of the Lioness Club and volunteered at the Pittston Senior Center. She had worked for many years as a server at the former Convention Hall, Pittston. In addition to her parents, Angie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Burnside, in 2010; brothers, Tony, James, and Ernest Silviano and sister, Ann Marie Silviano. Surviving are her son Thomas Burnside, Pittston; brother-in-law, James Burnside and his wife, Lourdes, Port Griffith; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 9 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251William Street, Pittston with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Interment will be in Denison Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, January 2, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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Clarence Van Rose II

Helen Nalewajko

December 21, 2011

December 29, 2011

r. Clarence Van Rose II, 68, of Plains Township, a well-known M and well-respected sports colum-

nist for The Times Leader, passed away Wednesday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness. Born August 26, 1943, in Lexington, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Aleen (Jesse) Rose. A native of Lexington, he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Following his education, Van proudly served our country during the Vietnam War with the United States Army from1968-1969. Van was a reporter with the Times Leader newspaper since 1982, where his abilities and credentials as a columnist became well respected in the local sporting communities. He retired from his journalism duties earlier this year, but continued as an enthusiastic correspondent, reporting and writing about girls high school volleyball and basketball games in the region. He previously worked for an Ohio newspaper before relocating to the Wyoming Valley and joining The Times Leader. Initially, Van was a general assignment news reporter, but he subsequently covered sports and become known for handicapping horse races, especially at the former Pocono Downs. Van later worked in the features department before returning to sports. He was an avid follower of horse racing, basketball and country music. He is remembered as being a loyal fan of the University of Kentucky sports

teams. He is survived by his companion, Jan Ritinski at home. He also leaves behind a favored cat, which has had many names, most recently, “Herman,” as well as many friends and colleagues in the journalism and sporting communities. Funeral services for Van will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre. Private interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Friends and colleagues may join his family for visitation and remembrances Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Morris’ North Wilkes-Barre location and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. To send Jan words of comfort and support, please visit our family’s website by visiting,

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dren, Stephen Nalewajko and his wife, Sandy, Baltimore, Md.; Kathy Leary and her husband, John, Englewood, Florida; Jean Manganaro and her husband Mark, Pittston; Pamela Nalewajko, Wyoming; grandchildren, Stephen IV, Chris and Brittany Nalewajko; great-granddaughter, Kylie Nalewajko; nieces and nephews Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tuesday Night Bowling League c/o Fran Pudim, 469 Shoemaker Avenue, West Wyoming, PA 18644.

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December 29, 2011 lizabeth Cooper, 99, Dallas, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 at her residence in Dallas. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Ann Edwards Edmunds. Elizabeth attended the Edwardsville Schools. She had worked in the Ladies Garment Industry in Edwardsville for many years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Edwardsville and The Ladies Auxiliary of Irem Temple. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cooper, in 1964 and a daughter, Betty Lee Koval, in 1992; brothers, Edward, Stanley and Emlyn (Bud) Edmunds; sisters, Thelma Shrader and Marion Vowell. Surviving are her sons, Donald and his wife, Yoko, and Edward and his wife, Betty, with whom she resided, both of Dallas; sister Dorothy Blakeslee, Ashley; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. Funeral will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. James Quinn, pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, officiat-

December 29, 2011

elen Nalewajko, 75, of Wyoming passed away Thursday evening H in the Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-

Barre. Born in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen Barauskas Matovchak. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School class of 1954. She was employed at the Paramount Studio, formerly of Plymouth, ILGW and B.F. Goodrich, formerly of Exeter. Helen was a member of St. Joseph’s Church of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming. She was a member of the Wyoming V.F.W. Post 396 Auxiliary and held the office of President and Secretary, VFW District 11 President, Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service Wilkes-Barre, where she volunteered for more than 500 hours, American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary of Mildred, Pa., and secretary of the Slovak League, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Senior Citizen Center of Pittston. Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors that supported Helen at Geisinger, Riverstreet Manor and especially to Dr. Sordoni who showed compassion during Helen’s care and the Rev. Don Strope who would visit Helen daily and pray over her. Preceding her in death were her son Daniel Nalewajko, brothers, Andy Matovchak, Francis and Joseph Stanitis. Surviving are her husband, Stephen (Cheb), with whom she celebrated 57 years of marriage; chil-

December 29, 2011 tella Cheresko, 86, formerly of Edwardsville, passed away on S Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Mercy Cen-

ing. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call Monday 5 to 8 p.m. Elizabeth’s family would like to thank Dr. John Carey, the nurses and staff of the Hospice Of The Sacred Heart and the nurses and staff of the Hospice Care of the VNA Inpatient Unit at St. Luke’s Villa for all their support and care given to our mother. Memorial donations, if desired, may be sent to: Immanuel Baptist Church, 25 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, PA, or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, WilkesBarre, PA. 18702.

ter, Dallas. Born May 5, 1925, in Pringle, she was the daughter of the late August and Veronica Dubaskas. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Duplan Silk Mill of Kingston and later Atwater of Plymouth as a machine operator. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and its Altar and Rosary Society. Stella was very proud of her Lithuanian Heritage. She was preceded in death by husband Bernard and brothers, Louis, Peter, William, Fred and Albe held on Tuesday at11a.m. in Merbert. Surviving are daughters, Kathe- cy Center Chapel, Dallas, with the rine Long and husband, Ken, of Lu- Rev. John Kulavich officiating. Inzerne; Carol Duncan of Edwards- terment will be in Chapel Lawn Meville; brother, George Dubaskas of morial Park, Dallas. Friends may Arizona; grand dogs, Francis P., Ru- call on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until by Jane, George Bailey and Clar- time of Mass at Mercy Center. Arrangements are entrusted to ence. The family would like to thank the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home the staff and residence for the love Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, PA and care they showed their mother. 18709. In lieu of flowers, memorial A heartfelt thanks is sent to family donations can be made to Mercy and friends for all their prayers, vis- Center, Dallas. To light a virtual canits, cards, and for never forgetting dle or leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit their mother. A Mass of Christian Burial will

Stanley E. Kudey

Thomas E. Nahill

December 30, 2011

December 30, 2011

E. Kudey, age 82, of MurS tanley ray Street, Forty Fort, died on

Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital. He was born in Dupont, on May 29, 1929 the son of the late Stanley and Anna (Stupak) Kudey. Stanley attended the Dupont Area Schools and resided most of his lifetime in Forty Fort. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army from 1951-53. He was employed by the Dury Clothing Co., West Pittston, for 32 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Mercedes Mital, at home; son, Edward Kudey, at home; daughters, Joanne Zaruta and her husband, George, of West Wyoming, and Mary Lynn Kudey of Phoenixville, Pa.; brother, Joseph Kudey of Duryea and sisters, Rita Jordan of Scranton and Anna Grabowski of Old Forge; numerous nieces and ne-

homas E. Nahill, Staff Sergeant, Pennsylvania Army National T Guard, (Retired), of Wilkes-Barre,

phews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 North Main St., Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from Holy Trinity Church, Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Interment will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Lehman. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday.

FUNERALS CHERESKO – Stella, Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday in Mercy Center Chapel. Friends may call 9 a.m. until time of Mass at Mercy Center. COOPER – Elizabeth, funeral 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. DZOCH – Jeff, memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday, January 7, in the Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, Sweet Valley. GOBER – Michael, funeral 9 a.m. Monday in the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Avenue, Kingston. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Church. Friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today. FARRELL – John, funeral services 9:30 a.m. Monday in the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Lyon. Friends may call 3 to 7 p.m. today. HAHN – Shirley, funeral services 9 a.m. Monday in the Harold C. Snowdon Home for Funerals Inc., 420 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston. Friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

KUDEY – Stanley, funeral services 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 North Main St., Ashley. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Friends may call 3 to 7 p.m. Monday. MATT – Mary, funeral services 9 a.m. Monday in Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Duryea. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. MCGUIRE – Janet, funeral Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Rosary Church, Hazleton. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home, Drums. TRIPLETT – Joseph Sr., funeral services 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral service.

passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011 at the Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurses Association Inpatient Unit at St. Luke’s Villa, WilkesBarre. He was born September 21, 1939, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Edward and Margaret Sullivan Nahill. He formerly resided in Bear Creek and was a 1958 graduate of Coughlin High School. For 28 years he was a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 109th Service Battery and retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Nahill was employed for 32 years for A. Danchek Inc., and was a coach for the Parsons Cardinals and Miners Mills Pirates Little League teams. He belonged to the Miners Mills Community Club and Plains Senior Citizens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Margery German and brother, Stanley Nahill. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Nancy Howe Nahill; sons, Thomas P. Nahill, Robert Nahill, Kevin Nahill and his wife, Renee; grandson, Christopher; several nieces and nephews.

CHICAGO — An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle killed when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked for permission to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria. The group says the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 cattle killed as a result of negligent driving this year.



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aymond J. Giacomo, 87, a resident of Dallas, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, December 29, 2011 at Hospice Community Care, Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a brief illness. His beloved wife was the late Eleanore (Smith) Giacomo, who passed away on July 3, 1999. Together, Raymond and Eleanore shared 50 beautiful years of marriage. Born on January 7, 1924 in Swoyersville, Raymond was the son of the late Fernando “Felix” and Celestine “Celeste” (Marchegiam) Di Giacomo. Raymond was raised in Swoyersville and attended local Swoyersville schools. A United States Army Air Force Veteran, Raymond honorably served his country during World War II with the 452nd Air Service Group. During his time of service, Raymond was stationed in the European Theater. A decorated veteran, Raymond was the recipient of three Overseas Bars, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his honorable discharge on November 8, 1945, Raymond had attained the rank of Corporal. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Raymond was employed for 31 years by General Motors, Linden, New Jersey. In his earlier years, Raymond worked in the local coal mining industry. Raymond was a faithful member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish, Luzerne. An avid outdoorsman, Raymond greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing. Also, he took great pride in tending to his yard and garden. Raymond will forever be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Felix and Celeste Di Giacomo, and his wife, Eleanore, Raymond was preceded in death by his brothers, Felix Di Giacomo Jr., Alfred Di Giacomo and Albert James; his sister, Mary Drankoski. Raymond is survived by his son, Louis James and his wife, Linda, of Fairport, New York; his daughter, Kimberly Riley and her husband, Richard, of Swoyersville; his grandchildren, Maggie Triolo, Christopher James, Kirk Riley and Nicole Riley; his great-grandchildren, Caroline and Andrew Triolo; his sister, Helen Lezoli, of Ridge, New York; numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, 574 Bennett Street, Luzerne, with the Reverend Michael J. Zipay, his pastor, officiating. Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. For additional information or to send the family of Mr. Raymond J. Giacomo an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Raymond’s memory to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

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Penn State and historic flooding headline Pa. news By KATHY MATHESON Associated Press

Though historic flooding, power outages and a nationwide protest movement made numerous headlines in 2011, two words sum up the biggest story of the year: Penn State. The child molestation allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky rocked Happy Valley. The fallout led to the ouster of legendary football coach Joe Paterno — who is now also battling lung cancer — and university President Graham Spanier. Two Penn State administrators were charged with perjury in the case. Sandusky and the university officials are awaiting two separate trials; all three say they are innocent. Before that November bombshell, it looked like Mother Nature might be the top newsmaker. In late August, the lights went out for more than 900,000 residents when Hurricane Irene whipped through the state; some lost power for days. Philadelphia for the first time ever shut down its transit system in anticipation of the lashing winds and rain. Six deaths were reported statewide. Less than two weeks later, the region already saturated by Irene was pounded by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. Officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of about 100,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre area as the raging Susquehanna River threatened to top the levees. The historic flooding that followed killed 12 people and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses, from Tunkhannock to Bloomsburg to Harrisburg. But Wilkes-Barre was largely spared even as the river crested at nearly 42.7 feet, higher than the record set during catastrophic Hurricane Agnes in 1972. To date, Pennsylvanians have received about $420 million in federal disaster aid as a result of both storms. That number promises to climb. Penn State wasn’t the only institution rocked by child sex-abuse allegations. In February, the Philadelphia district attorney charged a former high-ranking Roman Catholic priest with endangering children by transferring pedophile priests among parishes.


Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the office of Centre County District Judge Daniel A. Hoffman under escort by Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General’s Office officials in Bellefonte. In a year of historic flooding, power outages and the occupation of major cities, the Penn State sex-abuse scandal topped headlines in 2011.

Monsignor William Lynn, once the secretary for clergy, became the first Catholic church official in the U.S. to face criminal charges. Defense lawyers say Lynn was following orders from his then-boss, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who was not charged and is now ill with dementia and cancer. Prosecutors also charged two priests, a former priest and a Catholic school teacher with raping boys in the 1990s. The archdiocese later suspended 21 priests named as child molestation suspects in the grand jury report. The developments eventually led to the September departure of Cardinal Justin Rigali, who was re-

placed by new Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. One of the biggest court scandals in U.S. history ended with lengthy prison terms for two former Luzerne County judges who, prosecutors said, essentially jailed kids for cash. Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were charged with taking $2.8 million in payoffs to place juvenile offenders in privately owned lockups. Many teens got only cursory trials, authorities said. Ciavarella was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison; Conahan pleaded guilty and will serve more than 17 years. The developer who offered money to the judges,

Robert Mericle, is paying nearly $18 million to settle a lawsuit filed by juveniles detained in his facilities. A stomach-churning grand jury report issued in Philadelphia in January made horrific allegations against a local doctor. Authorities said late-term abortions were routinely performed by unlicensed and untrained staff, and viable newborns were killed by having their spinal cords cut with scissors. Kermit Gosnell, 70, was charged with murder in the deaths of seven babies and one patient, but he has denied the allegations. His wife and six clinic employees have pleaded guilty to lesser roles in the clinic en-

terprise, which authorities called a "house of horrors." In October, a Philadelphia landlord made a stunning discovery in his basement: four mentally disabled adults, living in squalid conditions. One was chained to the boiler. Authorities now say the four were victims of 51-year-old Linda Weston, a paroled killer charged with kidnapping and abusing them to get their government benefit checks. Weston’s daughter, boyfriend and friend also have been charged in the case. In Pittsburgh, Richard Poplawski was sentenced to death for killing three city police officers who responded to a domestic dispute at his home. His mother had called 911 in April 2009 when an argument between them escalated about his puppies urinating on the floor. Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal was taken off death row for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. District Attorney Seth Williams, with the approval of Faulkner’s widow, announced he would not pursue capital punishment for Abu-Jamal. A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing for the onetime radio journalist and former Black Panther because of flawed jury instructions. Williams decided a new hearing would lead to even more appeals in the 30-yearold legal battle and agreed to let Abu-Jamal serve a life term. The state commemorated the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks with a solemn ceremony in Shanksville the day before the 10th anniversary. It included the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial, marking the site where 40 passengers and crew died after the plane was hijacked. In central Pennsylvania, a couple lost seven of their eight children to

an early-morning house fire in March. Janelle Clouse was milking cows in the barn and Ted Clouse was making rounds in a milk truck when the blaze began at their house in Loysville. Investigators could not determine the cause of the blaze. Three months after the fire, Janelle Clouse gave birth to a son. Philadelphia native "Smokin’" Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champ and first boxer to beat Muhammad Ali, died of liver cancer at 67. The city also lost Joey Vento, 71, the colorful and controversial owner of Geno’s cheesesteak emporium. He made national headlines in the immigration debate for posting signs asking customers to speak English when ordering. And it was sadly no stunt when 34-year-old "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn crashed his Porsche near West Chester. Dunn and his passenger died in a fiery wreck that authorities attributed to speed and alcohol. The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York, which opposes economic inequality and corporate influence on government, spawned similar protests around the state in places including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Lancaster and Scranton. Tent cities sprung up at local parks, and many lasted for weeks. Police later dismantled some camps deemed to be risks to public safety; the overnight eviction of Occupy Philadelphia led to dozens of arrests. Members of the movement say it will continue even without a home base. But the weak economy continued to take its toll. In April, The Philadelphia Orchestra became the first major U.S. orchestra to file for See STATE, Page 9A

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President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was No. 2, and the U.S. midterm elections were No. 3. Here are 2011’s top 10 stories, in order: OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH: He’d been the world’s most-wanted terrorist for nearly a decade, ever since a team of his al-Qaida followers carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In May, the long and often-frustrating manhunt ended with a nighttime assault by a helicopterborne special operations squad on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Bin Laden was shot dead by one of the raiders, and within hours his body was buried at sea. JAPAN’S TRIPLE DISASTER: A 9.0-magnitude earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast in March unleashed a tsunami that devastated scores of communities, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and wreaking an estimated $218 billion in damage. The tsunami triggered the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl after waves knocked out the cooling system at a nuclear power plant, causing it to spew radiation that turned up in local produce. About 100,000 people evacuated from the area have not returned to their homes. ARAB SPRING: It began with demonstrations in Tunisia that rapidly toppled the longtime strongman. Spreading like a wildfire, the Arab Spring protests sparked a revolution in Egypt that ousted Hosni Mubarak, fueled a civil war in Libya that climaxed with Moammar Gadhafi’s death, and fomented a bloody uprising in Syria against the Assad regime. Bahrain and Yemen also experienced major protests and unrest. EU FISCAL CRISIS: The European Union was hit with relentless fiscal turmoil. In Greece, austerity measures triggered strikes, protests and riots, while Italy’s economic woes toppled Premier




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sures, joblessness and benefit cutbacks, and investors were on edge monitoring the chain of fiscal crises in Europe. PENN STATE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: One of America’s most storied college football programs was tarnished in a scandal that prompted the firing of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno. One of his former assistants, Jerry Sandusky, was

accused of sexually molesting 10 boys; two senior Penn State officials were charged with perjury; and the longtime president was ousted. Paterno wasn’t charged, but expressed regret he didn’t do more after being told there was a problem. GADHAFI TOPPLED IN LIBYA: After nearly 42 years of mercurial and often brutal rule, Moammar Gadhafi was toppled by his own people. Anti-government protests escalated into an eight-month rebellion, backed by NATO bombing, that shattered his regime, and Gadhafi finally was tracked down and killed in the fishing village where he was born. FISCAL SHOWDOWNS IN CONGRESS: Partisan divisions in Congress led to several showdowns on fiscal issues. A fight over the debt ceiling prompted Standard & Poor’s to strip the U.S. of its AAA credit rating. Later, the so-called “supercommittee” failed to agree on a deficitreduction package of at least $1.2 trillion — potentially triggering automatic spending cuts of that amount starting in 2013. OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS: It began Sept. 17

with a protest at a New York City park near Wall Street, and within weeks spread to scores of communities across the U.S. and abroad. The movement depicted itself as leaderless and shied away from specific demands, but succeeded in airing its complaint that the richest 1 percent of Americans benefit at the expense of the rest. As winter approached, local police dismantled several of the protest encampments. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS SHOT: The popular third-term congresswoman from Arizona suffered a severe brain injury when she and 18 other people were shot by a gunman as she met with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket in January. Six people died, and Giffords’ painstaking recovery is still in progress. Among the news events falling just short of the Top 10 were the death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, Hurricane Irene, the devastating series of tornados across Midwest and Southeastern U.S., and the repeal of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy that barred gays from serving openly in U.S. military.









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county history. Change almost came to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport as long-held discussions to create an airport authority to operate the Pittston Township-based facility seemed to have been approved by commissioners in both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. But Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo flip flopped his vote less than a week after voting to approve an authority. His switch led to the demise of the plan that would have removed elected officials from the airport’s board and replaced them with appointed board members whose first responsibility would be to the airport and not their county. The Times Leader asked readers to vote for the top 10 local stories of 2011 and after tabulating the readers agreed that flooding was the biggest story of the year. Here are the results from 1 through 10 chosen by readers:


Vice President Joe Biden talks to Brianna Hubert after touring the flood damage on Chittenden Street in Duryea just days after the Susquehanna overflowed its banks flooding river towns throughout the region. Brianna’s grandmother’s home was damaged in the flood.

judges were among those sentenced for their roles in the ongoing corruption scandal that’s plagued Luzerne County for the past three years. Michael Conahan, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Toole each received a sentence of at least two and a half years in prison for their crimes, topped by the unrepentant Ciavarella’s 28-year jail term. More figures will get their day in Ciavarella court this year including former State Sen. Ray Musto, Robert Mericle and Michael Pasonick. Musto was indicted by a fedConahan eral grand jury in 2010, charged with accepting $38,000 in kickbacks in exchange for using his influence as a senator. Mericle pleaded guilty in September 2009 to withholding information on a crime for his role in the Kids for Cash scandal. Pasonick, a local engineer whose company did contract work for area school districts, will also learn his sentence this year. He pleaded guilty in May to paying a bribe to an area school board member who promised to help Pasonick obtain contracts with the district.

No. 1: September flooding Back-to-back heavy rainfalls in August and September caused by Hurricane Irene and then Tropical Storm Lee caused the Susquehanna River and its tributaries to overflow their banks and flood towns unprotected by the Wyoming Valley Levee System. River towns including Shickshinny, Edwardsville, West Pittston and Plymouth were inundated by water that caused millions of dollars in damages. A river gauge that was not able to read levels above 38.5 feet – though officials were unaware of the limit – led emergency management officials to announce the river had crested at 38.7 feet. A few hours later, the river actually crested at a record 42.66 feet, more than a foot above the maximum the levees were meant to hold and nearly two feet above the previous record of 40.9 feet set on June 24, 1972 after Tropical Storm Agnes hit the region hard. Federal Emergency Management Agency centers were set up throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and temporary housing trailers were brought in for residents whose homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. Vice President Joe Biden made a stop in Duryea days after the No. 3: Bi-county airport flooding to assure residents their authority grounded For years, some members of country wouldn’t let them down. the Bi-County Board of CommisNo. 2: The ongoing corruption sioners that oversees the Wilkesprobe Barre/Scranton International Three former Luzerne County Airport have favored the creation

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No. 5: Youth is served A prosecutor for nearly half her adult life, Jacqueline Musto Carroll was defeated as Luzerne County district attorney in the November general election by insurance attorney Stefanie Salavantis, two years out of law school. Salavantis received 31,801 votes to Musto Carroll’s 30,839. Musto Carroll served one full term as district attorney after previously working her way up the ladder in the office. She started as an intern, then served as a part-time and full-time assistant district attorney and first assistant district attorney. She’ll now go into private practice at an office in Pittston. Salavantis’ run almost never happened. Salavantis said she didn’t have political aspirations until no Republican candidate came forward to challenge the DA in the May primary. So she threw her hat in the ring, mounted a media-savvy campaign that saw her spend nearly $270,000 and won by fewer than 1,000 votes. No. 6: Rain, rain go away By Nov. 2, a record annual rainfall had been set at the WilkesBarre/Scranton International Airport. Since then a few more inches of precipitation has fallen, bringing the total to 59.99 inches. The old record, set in 1948, was 53.7 inches. The average yearly rainfall locally is 38 inches. Not only did the heavy rains lead to the historic September flooding but also to flooding in the Plymouth area in July when 3 inches of rain fell in less than an hour.

ling will soon check out. Worries about its structural integrity led county leaders to fund the 113year-old building’s demolition. Some spent days protesting the demolition and urged saving the once-grand hotel. But the demise of the building was sped up after the company that provided property and liability insurance coverage informed the county it would end its coverage because of the poor condition. Concerns about the building’s integrity led to Wilkes-Barre changing traffic patterns near the hotel And closing lanes on West Market Street and River Street. Even if the hotel is razed, it’s likely to be in the news in 2012 for another reason. An FBI agent visited Luzerne County government offices last month to collect subpoenaed documents about the Hotel Sterling project, officials said. A federal grand jury is investigating the project, though several county officials said they still have no clue what potential criminal activity is being examined. County Controller Walter Griffith said he believes the grand jury will be asked to study how the Sterling’s owner, the nonprofit CityVest, spent $6 million loaned by the county to preserve the landmark Wilkes-Barre structure. No. 8: Unusual vibes “Did you feel it?” was the question of the day for residents up and down the East Coast on Aug. 23 as an earthquake in Virginia registering 5.8 on the Richter scale shook buildings and traffic lights. The tremors forced hundreds of downtown office workers in Wilkes-Barre to evacuate buildings, but not everyone in the county felt the rattling. How much people felt of the earthquake depended on where or rather how high -- they stood. While those in ground-level shops felt nothing, upper-floor offices quickly emptied as windows rattled and chairs slid. No. 9: Six new robes needed In a historic vote, county electors chose six people to occupy open judgeships. Jennifer Rogers received the most votes of the seven candidates for Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge with 41,706. Fred Pieranto-

ni, Joseph Sklarosky Jr., Michael Vough, Dick Hughes and Lesa Gelb rounded out the winners. Molly Hanlon Mirabito finished seventh. The newly elected judges will join current full-time judges Thomas Burke, David Lupas, Tina Polachek Gartley and William Amesbury. The first of the six vacancies opened when Ann Lokuta was removed from the bench in December 2008. In January 2009, two more judges – Ciavarella and Conahan – left the county bench after they were charged in the ongoing probe of corruption in the county. A few months later, Michael Toole, also entangled in scandal, was forced from the bench and Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. lost a bid for retention in the 2009 election. With 10 judges serving this year, the bench is considered to be fully staffed. No. 10: Bath salts A new kind of drug hit the market in 2011 and the term “bath salts” became a staple of news reports for a few months. The chemically-altered drugs are not for the tub nor do they have sodium, but since they were legal – and affordable – people across the country, and in Northeastern Pennsylvania tried them out, often with bad results. A sampling of local police reports involving bath salts includes: A West Pittston couple hallucinating on bath salts endangered a young child when they used knives to stab walls believing there were 90 people living in them; two women were charged by Wilkes-Barre police with being high on bath salts while driving in a car with two children inside; a man high on bath salts allegedly broke into St. Ann’s Monastery and attacked a sleeping priest. Finally law enforcement agencies persuaded elected officials to ban the sale and possession of the drug. Authorities and emergency rooms in Luzerne County saw an immediate drop in incidents after Lackawanna County banned bath salts on April 13 and Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. did the same 12 days later. The state legislature and Congress followed suit later in the year with bans of their own. The drug known as bath salts was banned in Luzerne County in 2011 after multiple incidents in which users were hallucinating and breaking the law.

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Whistleblower, business leader are among those lost By ANDREW M. SEDER

While hundreds of Luzerne County residents died in 2011, a few left distinct and notable marks on their communities. The two who perhaps made the greatest impact on the Wyoming Valley were former county Controller Steve Flood and businessman Charles D. Flack Jr. Flood, who served as controller from 2002-05 is credited by many for initiating the federal corruption probe that led to charges against two once-powerful county judges and several others. Flood presented his findings, hours before suffering a stroke in 2007, at a county commissioner meeting where he criticized the county’s leasing of the juvenile detention center that was later linked to the charges against two former judges. He also took his findings and suspicions to federal authorities, convincing them to investigate, his lawyers have said. The stroke left him unable to speak, but what he was able to find and tell others about beforehand was enough to spur a major federal probe into corruption. As controller, Flood had uncovered information about former judges Michael T. Conahan and Mark A. Ciavarella and a Pittston Township juvenile detention center leased by the county, including details gleaned by a private investigator he hired and paid for on his own. Flood, of Dorrance Township, died on July 16 at 67 shortly after suffering a second stroke. His dogged pursuit of corruption earned praise from Republicans and Democrats alike. Flack, one of the Wyoming Valley’s most influential and well-respected community leaders, businessmen, philanthropists and political power brokers, died at 56 on May 26. The list of boards Flack sat on includes: The Luzerne Foundation, Wyoming Seminary, Misericordia University, Oak Lawn Cemetery Association and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry. He also was chairman of the nonprofit Wyoming Valley Health Care System board when the decision was made in 2009 to sell the system, including Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, to for-profit Community Health Systems Inc. The Lehman Township resident took the helm of Diamond Manufacturing Co. in West Wyoming at 24 after his father died. Flack, who ran the business with his brother Harold, sold the company in 2010 to Los Angelesbased Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. He also was part of a local investment group that helped buy The Times Leader. “He was a giver. He knew the importance of being involved in the community,” said Flack’s friend and state Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser shortly after Flack’s death. “He knew it before it was fashionable.” Among other notable county

Charles D. Flack

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residents or natives who died in 2011: • John D. “Jack” Smith Sr., the “Little Mayor of South Main Street,” died Jan. 26 at 86. The lifelong Wilkes-Barre resident was a former bail bondsman and welterweight boxer and later the chairman of the board of directors for the Boxing Hall of Fame. He was the owner and presSmith ident of the General Lamp Corp. and along with his family, owned the Paramount Theatre, now called the F.M. Kirby Center, on Public Square. Smith also was the owner of American Cab Co. and American Ambulance Association, both based in the city. • Raymond G. Ostrowski, of the Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Feb. 1, at 74. He owned and operated Raymond Electronic Service, Wilkes-Barre; was emergency management coordinator for Hanover TownOstrowski ship; and, prior to retiring, was Luzerne County chief deputy sheriff. He also served as fire chief for the Newtown Volunteer Fire Department. • Howard B. Fedrick, of Laflin, a member of both the downtown Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta and the history department at King’s College, died Feb. 9 at 67. The 2010 arts festival, the 56th annual, Fedrick was dedicated to Fedrick. • Former Luzerne mayor and councilman Leon Nevin Gorki, 95, died March 12. He was heavily involved in Democratic Party politics, and prior to his retire-

ment he was employed by Pennsylvania Gas & Water Co. as a salesman. • Walter Yablonski, one of the area’s few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, died March 13. He served as mayor of Luzerne from 1986 to 1997 and operated the Atlantic Service Station Yablonski on Main Street in Luzerne until his retirement in 1985. • Oliver “Lee” Dominick, founder and longtime owner and operator of Dominick’s Cafe, a landmark restaurant in the Hudson section of Plains Township, died March 22 at 95. Dominick Dominick played a fundamental role in the development of the Plains Township Teeners’ Baseball League. He also was the founder of the Plains Yankee Dugout Club and the Plains Yankee Football Program, where he served as a life board member. • Frank “Franco” S. Kossa, of Sugarloaf Township, died at 45 on May 2. He was the cofounder of the Inkin’ the Valley Tattoo Convention, founder of its SideShow Gathering, and owner Kossa of Marc’s Tattooing and Body Piercing, which has locations in Wilkes-Barre, Hazle Township and Scranton. • Billie J. Gross, died May 3 at 84. He had served as chief of the Germania Hose Co., Duryea. • Noted animator and filmmaker Karen Aqua, a Forty Fort native and 1972 Wyoming Valley West High School graduate, died at 57 on May 30. She produced, directed, and animated 22 segments for “Sesame Street,” com-

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pleted 11 independently produced animated films and one collaborative animation/ live action video. Aqua • Local businessman, community leader and economic development visionary Edward Schechter died at 91 on July 2. Schechter was one of four founding members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and the first executive director of the Committee for Economic Growth. While director of the Greater WilkesBarre Chamber of Commerce, he also served on the boards of the Flood ReSchechter covery Task Force, the Boy Scouts, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority, the United Way, the YMCA and the Earth Conservancy. • Elizabeth Chacko, the founding partner of Chacko’s Family Bowling Center in Wilkes-Barre, died Aug. 10 at 83. She and her late husband, John Chacko Sr., purchased their original bowling center location on South Main Street, WilkesBarre, one day prior to the 1972 Agnes Flood. The flood destroyed everything and Chacko the couple had to gut the entire building. They eventually rebuilt and later opened a new bowling center on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. • Marilyn Saidman died Oct. 11. She served as councilwoman in Laflin Borough for eight years, beginning in 1976, and served as its president for six of those










Phyllis Siegel, 77, arms raised, and Connie Kopelov, 85, in wheelchair, both of New York, celebrate in July after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office.

Crowds gathers outside the White House in Washington in the early hours of May 2 to celebrate after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

An Occupy Wall Street protester draws contact from a police officer near Zuccotti Park after being ordered to leave the longtime encampment in New York in midNovember.

A large vessel stands among debris after being washed ashore by the March 11 tsunami in Kesennuma, Japan. The tsunami followed a massive earthquake. Two-year-old Aden Salaad looks up toward his mother, unseen, as she bathes him in a tub at a Doctors Without Borders hospital, where Aden is receiving treatment for malnutrition, in Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya, in July. U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said that drought-ridden Somalia is the ’worst humanitarian disaster’ in the world.

A motorcycle policeman tries to remove his helmet as he burns after protesters throw a petrol bomb in Athens during February rioting. Scores of youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at riot police after clashes broke out during a mass rally taking place as part of a general strike. The motorcycle policeman was later taken to a hospital for medical treatment. Greece was rocked by discord and protest during a tumultous year for its economy.


Patricia Weaver, center, is comforted by Chief Warrant Officer Wesley Norris, right, and family members of Army Sgt. Jason Weaver from Anaheim, Calif., at a Hero Welcome and Memorial Service at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Calif. in March. Weaver died just days earlier in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.








Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, appears on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington in August. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier in the year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise.

In year of cataclysms, a few images stand out


Joplin residents Paula Barnett, left, and Susan Dodson console each other during a memorial service marking the one week anniversary of an EF-5 tornado which ripped a six mile long path of destruction through Joplin and killed at least 139 people in May.



eismic jolts shook 2011 — uprisings that set a whole region afire, natural disasters of historic destructiveness, the demise of icons. But again and again amid these world-changing convulsions, the mirror of a single face, or two or three, joyous, tormented, panicked or hopeful, brought the larger-than-life moments back to human scale. There were the taut, staring faces in the White House situation room as America’s leaders strained to take in reports of the raid that was, right then, killing Osama Bin Laden. Youthful faces filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square, triumphant and forward-looking in spring, angry and masked against tear gas in fall. Tears streaked faces in the ruins of tornadoes that scoured towns in Missouri and Alabama. Behind a hazmat faceshield, scared eyes scanned Japan’s quake-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant; in a final portrait, Steve Jobs stared, intense as ever but so thin; through a car window, Joe Paterno frowned distractedly. It’s not hard — and it may be almost necessary — to recall such images as we try to

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Britain’s Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, as bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, left, covers her ears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London in April.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home in State College, Pa., in November. Paterno was fired in the aftermath of child sex-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who maintains his innocence. Paterno is not a target of the investigation.

The new year means new discoveries W

hat kind of year did you have as a genealogist? Did you make the breakthroughs you hoped to have, or was it the kind of year most genealogists experience — a mixture of success and frustration? Either way, that’s ancient history. Here are some New Year’s resolutions to help make 2012 a time of success in which you knock down (or get around) that “brick wall” and solve a mystery or two that’s been plaguing you. Read a genealogy magazine. If your hobby were model railroading or needlepoint you’d subscribe to a hobbyrelated periodical and read it cover-tocover for advice from the experts, wouldn’t you? The current issue of “Family Tree Magazine” offers articles on tracing Polish ancestors and researching Philadelphia and New Orleans families. During 2012 you’ll find updates on genealogy websites and articles on new software products. You’ll also find an annual list of articles you can order as reprints. To subscribe, go to Join a genealogy club. Hobbyists of all kinds find and join societies of likeminded people. They go to meetings to hear stimulating talks and ask questions. The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society offers free programs most months of the year at King’s College. Its research library in Hanover Township can order microfilms from the Church of Latter Day Saints Family History Library in Salt Lake City. To join and get the quarterly newsletter, send an email to Explore the ever-expanding world of Genweb. This network of county-based websites covers the whole United States, offering a message board and lots of basic local genealogical material. Search for “Oklahoma Genweb,” for instance, and get a list of all the county Genweb sites there. A standard map will tell you what county your ancestor’s town was in. Additionally, there are now scores of Genweb sites in English for foreign countries and the states and provinces of those countries. Search for “Germany Genweb,” for example, and you’ll find links to all the states. Some countries, Ireland one of the most prominent, have established their own very thorough Genweb sites. Buy key genealogy books. Every hobby has some expense. Go out to the local bookstore and look for research guides keyed to the nation or ethnic group you’re focusing on. They’ll tell you about locations of informational databases abroad and how to access them. If you can’t find the books locally, go online and search using key terms like “finding Italian ancestors.” There are even specialized books on topics like tracing women who changed their names through marriage or tracing soldiers in a war. Find the libraries and historical societies that can help you. Luzerne County has its wonderful Osterhout Free Library and Luzerne County Historical Society, neighbors on WilkesBarre’s South Franklin Street. Other communities have comparable institutions. When you’re researching faraway areas, go online with key names (cities, counties, etc.) and find out what public libraries and historical societies they have. Then go to their websites to find out what mail or online services are available. You’ll find a surprising amount of help. New York, for instance, has a network of local historians, based in libraries and dedicated to assisting researchers. Help out wherever you can: Even if you don’t make connections that improve your own genealogical work, you’ll help others — and that’s something. What can you do? Reply to online queries. Volunteer at research organizations. Talk about family history to your younger relatives. Donate to the flood-damaged West Pittston Library through the Luzerne Foundation (

Tom Mooney is a Times Leader genealogy columnist. Reach him at













Zorzi, Watkins

McLaughlin, Kovalski


atie and Tommy McLaughlin, Wilkes-Barre, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Maggie, to Daniel Kovalski, son of Rita and Butch Kovalski, Mountain Top. Maggie is a 2005 graduate of Meyers High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and business from Villanova University in 2009. Following completion of her Business Analysis master’s certificate in 2011, she continues to work toward a Master of Science degree in sustainable engineering from Villanova University. Maggie is a technology and sustainability analyst for Johnson Controls, Philadelphia. Daniel is a 2005 graduate of Crestwood High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He is a sales representative for State Farm Insurance, Glen Mills. The couple will exchange vows during an intimate beach ceremony in Ocean City, N.J., in May of 2012.

arie Zorzi and Russell Richard Watkins, together with their M families, announce their engagement

and upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joseph and Theresa Zorzi, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of the late John and Mary Pacovsky, West Wyoming, and the late Joseph and Lottie Zorzi, Plains Township. The prospective groom is the son of John and Judy Lee, Mountain Top. He is the grandson of the late Shirley and Leonard Dompkosky, Kingston, and Helen Lee and the late Red Lee, Nanticoke. Marie and Russell are both graduates of Crestwood High School, Mountain Top. Marie is a 2006 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She is pursuing a master’s degree in organizational management from Misericordia University. Marie is employed at Luzerne County Head Start. Russell is a 2006 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy. He is pursuing a master’s degree in exceptionalities from Bloomsburg University. Russell is employed at Loftus-Vergari and Associates. The couple will exchange vows in the presence of family and friends in March, 2012, at Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top.

Ide, Newman hannon Ide and William Gary Newman, Wilkes-Barre, were S engaged on Oct. 31, 2011.

The couple met on Easter Day and knew they were soul mates and destined to be together for the rest of their lives. Love has no boundaries for the couple who is truly in love. A wedding is planned for Oct. 31, 2012.

Jeryga, Felter

Zielinski, Kwiatkowski

imberly Jeryga and Matthew Felter were united in the sacraK ment of marriage on Saturday, July

effrey Alan Fine and Amber Brooke my Lynn Zielinski and Sean Paul Snyder were united in marriage on J Kwiatkowski were married Dec. A Jan. 22, 2011, at the Eden Resort in 31, 2011. The evening ceremony took

16, 2011, at the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City. The ceremony was performed by Monsignor Patrick J. Pratico. The bride is the daughter of Mary Ann and Carl Jeryga, Jessup. The groom is the son of Susan and Paul Felter. The bride was given away by her father. She chose her sister, Kristin Jeryga, Shohola, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Alison Doll, Archbald; Lisa Stoltzfus, East Earl; Jessica Tomasello, Jessup, friends of the bride; and Amanda Felter, Dupont, sister of the groom. The groom chose John Schuh, Pittston, as the best man. Groomsmen were Christopher Yonki, Duryea; Edmund Gromelski, West Pittston; Paul Migliorino, Pittston, friends of the groom; and Michael and Alexander Felter, brothers of the groom. The ring bearer was Jacob Alden Felter, godson of the couple. Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. The bride is a 2002 graduate of Valley View High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006. She is employed at Scranton Healthcare Center, Scranton, as the activities director. The groom is a 2002 graduate of Pittston Area High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. He is employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, as a chemical engineer. The couple honeymooned in Oahu, Hawaii. They reside in Moosic.

place at St. Ann Basilica, Scranton. The Rev. Richard Burke performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dale Falcone, Kingston. She is the granddaughter of Amelia Falcone and the late Angelo Falcone, both of Pittston, and Victoria Zielinski and the late John Zielinski, both of Duryea. The groom is the son of Ann Marie Kwiatkowski, Scranton, and Theodore and Patricia Kwiatkowski, Moosic. The bride was presented in marriage by her mother and brother, Robert Zielinski, and chose her friend, Angela Forlenza, as her maid of honor. Her cousin, Lindsey Falcone, was bridesmaid. The groom chose his son, Matthew Kwiatkowski, and friend, Bill Ferrario, as his best men. The bride was honored with a bridal shower hosted by her attendants, mother and aunt, Kathy Falcone, Forty Fort, at the Tripp House. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by Theodore and Patricia Kwiatkowski at Jilly’s, Scranton. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at the Colonnade, where everyone welcomed the New Year. The bride is 1998 graduate of Pittston Area High School. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in television, radio and film and psychology from Syracuse University in 2002. She is director of sales and marketing for an advertising post studio in New York City. The groom is a 1996 graduate of West Scranton High School. He is employed by Proctor and Gamble Paper Products. The couple will honeymoon in Belize. They reside in Scranton..

Shutts, Baird evin and Mary Barrett, Nanticoke, are pleased to announceK ment the engagement of their son,

Bradley Baird, to Colleen Shutts, daughter of Kenneth and Linda Shutts, Harrisburg. Bradley is a 2003 graduate of LakeLehman High School and is in his final year of law school at Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg. Colleen is an associate attorney at the law firm of Margolis Edelstein, Harrisburg. The couple will be wed on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Hershey.

Lancaster. Officiating were Rabbi Richard Allen of Philadelphia and the Rev. Carl Shankweiler. They were married under a chuppah designed by the groom. The groom is the son of Saundra Fine, Kingston, and the late Max Fine. He is the grandson of Lillian Goldstein, Duryea; the late Samuel Goldstein; and the late Helen and Maynard Finkelstein, Kingston. The bride is the daughter of Ralph and Vicki Snyder, Hegins. Amber was escorted by her father and Jeff by his parents. Amber chose Ashley Barge, York, as her maid of honor and Kristin Frederick, Auburn, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Ashley Smyk, Philadelphia; Colleen Rafferty Smith, Hershey; Kami Miller, Valley View; Melissa McNutt, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Eve Bellinger, Philadelphia; Ashley Pesaresi, Hershey; and Lorrin Petrole, Seattle, Wash. Alana Orshesky, cousin of the bride, was flower girl. Jeff chose his brother, Michael Fine, Philadelphia, as best man. Groomsmen were Brock and Colby Snyder, Hegins, brothers of the bride; Matthew Smith, Broadheadsville; Nick Laskaris, Kingston; David Smith, Hershey; and Ross Bellinger, Philadelphia. A bridal shower hosted by the bridal party was held in Amber’s honor at the Piazza Sorrento in Hershey in November 2010. The groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Eden Resort. Jeff is a 2000 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Amber is a 2001 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and a 2005 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The couple are both employed by Hershey Medical Center as registered nurses. Following an evening reception at the Eden Courtyard, the couple honeymooned at the Sandals Resort in St. Lucia. They reside in Harrisburg and are expecting their first child in 2012.

Shaw, Scavone ina M. Scavone and Randy S. Shaw were united in marriage on D The Najibs Aug. 27, 2011, at Fox Hill Country Club, West Pittston, Pa., by the Rev. aweed and Elaine Najib, Drums, Ann Marie Acacio. are celebrating their 40th wedN The bride is the daughter of Doding anniversary today. They were

Gentile, Philipps r. and Mrs. William Philipps, Santa Cruz, Calif., are pleased to M announce the engagement and ap-

proaching marriage of their daughter, Nuria, to Joseph Gentile Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gentile, Exeter. Nuria is a graduate of San Jose State University and is employed as a retail manager for Macy’s. Joseph is a 2001 graduate of Wyoming Area and 2005 graduate of Shippensburg University. He took graduate courses at John’s Hopkins University and earned his master’s degree in criminal justice in 2010 from American Military University. He was previously employed as a police officer with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and is currently employed as a Deputy U.S. Marshal with the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Sacramento, Calif. A wedding is planned for Aug. 25 in Sacramento, Calif.

Fine, Snyder

Morehart, Barnes urtis Barnes and Ellissa Morehart were married at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10 K by Judge Hovan in the Magistrate’s

office. Ellissa is the daughter of Adam Morehart, Plymouth and Elizabeth Breauchy, Williamsport. Kurtis is the son of Darren Barnes, Florida, and Veronica Davy, Tunkhannock. A small party with close friends and family was held after the ceremony. The couple resides in Tunkhannock.

nald and Catherine Scavone, Sweet Valley, Pa. The groom is the son of Robert and Judy Shaw, Vestal, N.Y. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She chose her sister, Denise Driscoll, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Celeste Czaj and Khristina Scavone, cousins, and Christine Valvano, best friend. Her niece, Emily Driscoll, was the flower girl. The groom chose close friend, Rodney Driscoll, as his best man. His groomsmen were Chris Meyers, Earl Coffey and Nick Chiappinni, friends. The ring bearer was R.J. Driscoll, nephew of the bride. The couple honeymooned in Daytona Beach, Fla. They reside in Pittston, Pa.

married on New Years Day 1972. Mrs. Najib is the daughter of the late John and Mildred Yarrish. Elaine graduated from Kings County School of Nursing and attended Wilkes University. Prior to retirement, she was employed by National Association of Home Care and Adventist Home Health Care in Washington, D.C. Mr. Najib is the son of late Rashid Najib and Sania Nouri Najib and the brother of late Dr. Umid Nejib. Naweed earned graduate degrees from Wilkes University, The Catholic University and George Washington University. He retired from Lockheed Martin in northern Virginia. A cocktail gathering of family and friends will be held at their residence in Drums.

Misericordia safety officer honored at retirement

Misericordia University Campus Safety Officer Thomas Matinas, Swoyersville, retired in December after more than 21years of befriending students, faculty and staff, and patrolling the more than 124-acre campus. Matinas earned the nickname, ‘Ticket Tom,’ due to the frequency in which he issued parking tickets and enforced parking regulations. He also ardently patrolled the upper and lower campus to ensure campus safety and directed guests at various cultural and academic events. The campus community recognized Matinas and his wife, Carol, at a surprise retirement party at T.C. Riley’s Pub & Inn, Trucksville, on Nov. 30. From left, are Matinas on his last day of work and Michael A. MacDowell, president, Misericordia University.

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Reeves, Flynn aura Beth Reeves and Ryan Patrick Flynn were united in marL riage Aug. 13, 2011, at Hope Church

PCA, Moosic, by Pastor Stephen Wilson. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Jessica Harvey, Plymouth. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Harvey and the late Ernest Harvey; Marjorie Combs and the late Paul Combs; and the late Connie Harshaw. The groom is the son of Joseph and Gloria Flynn, Plains Township. He is the grandson of the late Matthew and Janet Welebob and the late Martin and Elizabeth Flynn. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her dear friend, Carolyn Bomboy, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Gwenn Letoski, Susan Evans and Carol Stevens. Best man was Joseph Flynn Jr., brother of the groom. Groomsmen were James Evans, Edward Evans, and Ryan Buchanan. Steve Reeves, brother of the bride, was an usher. Flower girl was Corrina Lynn Reeves, beautiful daughter of the bride, accompanied by the ring bearer, Damien Leonard, son of Rose Leonard, wonderful mother and friend. Music was provided by DJ Tunes by Joey and his wife. The bride and groom presented flowers to the parents of the groom for the late Ronald Milgate, brother of the groom. The reception was held at R&D Memories, Hanover Township. The bride is a 2003 graduate of E.L. Meyers High School and earned an associate’s degree in computer graphics from Luzerne County Community College in 2009. The groom is a 1998 graduate of Coughlin High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from King’s College in 2002. The couple is expecting a new bundle of joy to grace their presence in early August 2012.

The Kaminskis


renewal of marriage vows was the pinnacle of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Karl and Suzy Kaminski, Mountain Top, on Dec. 10, 2011. The grand fête, held at the Frederick Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre, was semi-formal and attended by local and out-of-state family and friends. Karl and Suzy were married Dec. 7, 1961, in Detroit, Mich. The groom was raised in Plymouth, Pa., and Dearborn, Mich., and is retired from the construction trades. In the early 1960’s he rose to the top of the Billboard pop charts at the forefront of the rock and roll era in Detroit as Karl Kay of The Cameos and The Royaltones, with two Hot 100 Hits. The bride is the former Susan Iskow, a native of Detroit and graduate of Luzerne County Community College. Susan is a career serial entrepreneur and for the past 16 years has been the owner of Abby Girl Enterprises, the manufacturer of Abby’s Doggone Good Gourmet Cookies, with distribution in retail outlets across northeastern states. She is the recipient of several entrepreneurial awards. The couple has two children, a son, Karl Kaminski, Swoyersville, married to the former Carolyn Stofey and parents of granddaughter Sarah Kaminski, and daughter, Karla Porter, Ashley.

Lehman, Goswamy


elly Ann Lehman and Amul Goswamy were united in marriage on Sept. 3, 2011, in a ceremony performed by their friend and officiant Soren Spies at the Bargetto Winery in Soquel, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Jerome and Jayne Lehman, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Frank and Jane Bendowski, West Hazleton, and the late Elizabeth and Stanley Lehman Sr., Ransom Township. The groom is the son of Promod and Ichcha Goswamy, Bellmore, N.Y. He is the grandson of the late Jagdish Lal and Kaushalya Devi Batra Goswamy and Ram Pyiari and Kanshi Ram Bhasin, all of India. The bride chose her friends, Keri Nork, Kelly Robertson and Amy Patton, as well as her aunt, Mary Maddon, as attendants. Anuj Goswamy, brother of the groom, and Matt Lehman, brother of the bride, served as groomsmen/ ushers. The wedding reception was held at the Bargetto Winery. A rehearsal party was sponsored by the groom’s parents at the Seacliff Inn in Soquel, Calif. Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Crestwood High School. She graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 and from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor in 2006. She is employed by CCOF, LLC as a senior certification specialist in Santa Cruz, Calif. Amul graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in 2000, and from Tufts University with a Master of Science degree with a focus on education engineering in 2009. He is employed as a senior software engineer at Energy Solutions, Inc., Oakland, Calif. The couple honeymooned to the Russian River District in Northern California. They reside in San Jose, Calif.

Hadley, Sabol arcia Catherine Hadley and Andrew John Sabol were united M Studd, Jones in marriage on Oct. 8, 2011, at Marvin Gardens in the Boardwalk Resort r. and Mrs. Donald Jones, at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla., Kingston, Pa., are pleased to M by the Rev. Tim Herring. announce the marriage of their The bride is the daughter of the late Edith Hadley, Browndale. She is the granddaughter of the late Arthur and Mary Hadley, Browndale. Marcia was raised by her grandmother, Mary, from the age of 3. The groom is the son of Paul and Kathy Sabol, Plains Township. He is the grandson of the late Paul and Mary Sabol and the late Irene Ketcha, all of Plains Township. The bride was given away in marriage by her uncle, David Zebrowski. She chose her cousin, Erin Stitt, as her matron of honor. Danielle Sabol, cousin of the groom, was maid of honor. The groom chose his brother, Paul Sabol, as best man and Joseph Schreckengost, friend of the bride and groom, as groomsman. The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by the groom’s mother at The Waterfront Banquet Facility, Plains Township, in July. A dessert party, followed by fireworks, was held at the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT in Walt Disney World the evening before the wedding. The ceremony, evening cocktail hour and reception were held at Marvin Gardens in the Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla. The bride is a 1998 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School, Carbondale. She earned an associate’s degree in applied science in respiratory therapy in 2002 from Luzerne County Community College. She is employed as a respiratory therapist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. The groom is a 1999 graduate of Coughlin High School. He earned an electronics engineering technician degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 2000. He is employed as a slot technician supervisor at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs Casino, Plains Township. The couple resides in Plains Township.

daughter, Susan, to Ronald Studd Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Studd Sr., Bear, Del. The wedding was held on Aug. 6, 2011, at Rockwood Carriage House, Wilmington, Del., by the Rev. Nancy Rolland. The reception followed inside the Rockwood Carriage House. The bride is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at King’s College and her master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Scranton. Susan works for Chimes International, Newark, Del., where she is a case manager. The groom is a graduate of Middletown High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Misericordia University. Ronald worked at JPMorgan Chase, where he spent one year working in Singapore. He is employed at Connolly Health Care, Philadelphia, Pa., where he is an associate business systems analyst. The wedding party consisted of Ms. Khushbu Patel, as the maid of honor, with Ms. Kimisha Midgette and Ms. Lisa Russ as bridesmaids. Mr. Brandon Rohwer was the best man, with Mr. Timothy Studd, Mr. Alex Studd and Mr. Andrew Burkeley as groomsmen. Susan’s niece, Halley Russ, and nephew, Tanner Russ, served as the flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Following the ceremony and reception, Mr. and Mrs. Studd proceeded to their honeymoon in Santorini, Greece, where they stayed for two weeks before returning to the United States.

Marena Rasmus, daughter of Joseph and Diane Rasmus, Hunlock Creek, was named Northwest Area Senior High School’s Student of the Month for December. Rasmus has proved to be Rasmus a valuable leader, holding membership in the student council and diligently serving as president. She is the office treasurer of the senior class and serves as treasurer and fundraising coordinator for the Yearbook Club. She has also been employed at R&H Ace Hardware for three years. Rasmus plans on attending Luzerne County Community College and transferring to Bloomsburg University to earn a degree in social work. John Patrick Murray, a member of Boy Scout Troop 281, Dallas, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, on April 20. An Eagle Court of Honor was held on Nov. 20 at the Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, to recognize the Murray achievement. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service project, Murray planned, organized and directed 30 volunteers for 249 hours of community service in the cleaning and painting of 34 fire hydrants in Dallas. The project was approved by the Dallas Fire Company and United Water Company. Murray began his trail to Eagle as a Tiger Cub in 2003 with Pack 281. As a Cub Scout, he earned the Parvuli Dei Religious Award and the Arrow of Light in 2006. As a Boy Scout, Murray held leadership positions in Troop 281 as Patrol Leader, Librarian and Troop Quartermaster. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Lowwapaneu Lodge 191, the National Honor Society for Boy Scouts. Murray received the Ad Altare Dei Religious Award in 2011 and the Wildlife Conservation Award from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the World Conservation Award from Boy Scouts of America in 2010. He has provided over 300 hours of community service and has earned 45 merit badges. Murray attended summer camps at Camp Trexler, Resica Falls, Bashore and Goose Pond. He participated in fall and spring camporees, Memorial Day parades and Great Expectations leadership training. He also participated in high adventure activities including hiking the Appalachian Trail at Delaware Water Gap and Hawk Mountain; climbing Mt. Washington, N.H.; whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River, Maine, and the Rio Grande River, Ariz.; and backpacking and camping at the Philmont Scout Ranch, N.M. Murray will be attending the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys in the summer of 2012. Murray is in his junior year at Dallas High School, where he is on the high honor roll. He is a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. He also plays travel soccer for the Lehigh Valley United Soccer Club. He is a member of the Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Murray is the son of Kathy and Don Murray, Dallas, and the grandson of Beatrice and Thomas Murray Jr., Wilkes-Barre, and the late Genevieve and Kenneth Schumacher, Pittsburgh. Sarah Cragle, a seventh-grade student at Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, held an Advent season book drive to benefit the school’s library. Cragle encouraged her classmates to donate new or Cragle used books during the season of Advent. The books were presented to the school’s librarian Mrs. Sabetta at the end of the season.

The Longs r. and Mrs. Arthur J. Long, Wilkes-Barre, celebrated their M Wilkes charters Professional Engineers Chapter 20th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12, 2011. They were married in St. Mary’s Church, Wilkes-Barre, by the Rev. Mark Balczeniuk. Mrs. Long, the former Mary Ann Kopiak, is the daughter of Norman and Margaret Kopiak, Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Long is the son of the late Arthur and Mary Long. They are both employed by the Social Security Administration, where they began their employment 27 years ago. Mr. Long is an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. The couple has been blessed with three sons, David, 17, Charles, 15, and Arthur, 9, all honor students at their respective schools. The Long family celebrated with a dinner and a trip to New York.

The Keystone NE Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) recently presented the society’s Chartering Certificate to officers of the Wilkes University Student Chapter at Rodano’s Restaurant, Wilkes-Barre. PSPE is a state engineering society that promotes development of professional values and attainment of professional licensure by its members. The student chapter was set up to help student members develop a better understanding of the career paths that are available to them and to build networking and other skills. At the award presentation (above), from left, are Norm Johnstone, contact, Keystone NE Chapter; Katie Cirone, president, Student Chapter; Elizabeth Helsel, vice president, Student Chapter; and Bill McFarland, president, Keystone NE Chapter. Members and faculty of the Wilkes Student Chapter (below), from left, first row: Dr. Holly Frederick, faculty adviser; Brian Palmiter, treasurer; Katie Cirone, president; Elizabeth Helsel, vice president; Cassidy Strickland, secretary; and Dr. Marleen Troy, environmental engineering. Second row: Elliott Simms, Matt Boyle and David Wodyka.

MMI students headed to regional music festival Three MMI Preparatory School students will represent the school at regional music festivals. Marianne Virnelson will perform as a soprano at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Chorus Festival Jan. 25-27 at E.L. Meyers High School. Soprina Guarneri will play violin and Claire Sheen will play cello at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Orchestra Festival Feb. 8 at Northwest Area High School. The students were chosen after auditions held in the fall at Lackawanna Trail and Wyoming Valley West High Schools. Performers, from left, first row, are Sheen. Second row: Guarneri; Christine Lizbinski, MMI music teacher and member of the PMEA; and Virnelson.










A survivor despite the odds Story that shocked the nation is 16-year-old’s family history



RIDGEPORT, Ill. — Eli Evans doesn’t dwell on the horrific violence that surrounded his birth 16 years ago. He has known the unfathomable details for years since he and his older brother came to live with their grandfather in this rural southeastern Illinois community. Sam Evans still encourages the boys to come to him whenever they feel the need to discuss what happened. Junior Senior High School in this tight-knit community, nestled near the Indiana border 200 miles southeast of Chicago. The city of 1,900 residents once was a booming oil center, but never recovered after a Texaco refinery closed in the mid-1980s. In many respects, Eli is a typical teenager. He just got a driver’s license and has been trying to coax his disapproving grandfather into letting him pierce his ear. He raps to Lil Wayne songs. One of his favorite movies is “The Blind Side,” based on pro football player Michael Oher’s life story. An average student, Eli likes U.S. history and chemistry, isn’t so fond of Spanish and would rather run track or walk Beast, his Rottweiler, than be cooped up playing video games. Elected freshman class president last year, the teen resigned after he realized the commitment would cut into his athletics, he said. He and Jordan began playing varsity football as freshmen. They are focused on getting college scholarships. Eli wears No. 43, Jordan, No. 34. The brothers were separated for the first time this fall. Jordan moved in with an uncle in Kentucky so he could play football for a larger high school in the hope of being noticed by college recruiters. The distance separating them has been tough on Eli, who idolizes his older brother. They talk on the phone most nights and reunited over Christmas break. Eli’s athletic attention during winter is on basketball. After a grueling practice, the players huddled around coach Bryan Havill, who told the Salukis they have to work harder. How they react to adversity will speak volumes about their character, he said. That evening at dinner, Eli repeated those words. He knows about adversity, he said, about giving your all to work through it with the help of others. Many in the town are aware of the boys’ story. So are most of the 295 students at school, said principal Clarence Gross, who described Eli as bright, honest and mature for his age. On a recent afternoon, the teen found himself telling the story to a teacher in the cafeteria. When he finished, he noticed other students had gathered to listen. “I’m OK with telling them what happened,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt me. ... I’ve been telling people my whole life.” Derek Archer, one of Eli’s football coaches and favorite teachers, said it’s difficult to know how the murders have affected him. “It’s not something that’s really discussed at school very much,” said Archer, who teaches U.S. history. “But on the other hand, there are those times when I’ll say something and wonder how it’s received. “There’s a part of me that feels like he’s on the verge of creating his own identity,” he said. “He’s been in the shadows of a lot of things bigger than him — the shadow of his past or his older brother — and now you wonder if he’s thinking, ‘Hey, I can be Eli.’ ” Eli is one of the few mixed-race students at the school, which reflects the makeup of a predominantly white community. Sam Evans, who is white, tells stories of confronting racism on behalf of the boys, of correcting an embarrassed father whose adolescent son used a racially charged word for Eli. But, he said, the problems have been few. He takes Eli to a church with a black Baptist minister in a nearby town to help the teen identify with his heritage. When he started raising the Chance at a normal life boys, Evans was a divorced father Eli is a sophomore at Red Hill with a teenage son and daughter

“I always think God has a plan for me since he kept me here,” Eli said. “I was put on this earth for a reason, and I’m still trying to figure out what the reason is. I know it’s going to be something good because not many people could have survived what I did.” Elijah “Eli” James Evans, who cherishes his brother, Jordan, and grandfather, seems to be thriving now as a high school football player who dreams of an NFL career. He is keenly aware that the story of his birth shocked the nation. He hasn’t publicly shared the story of his life since. But not long after his 16th birthday, Eli agreed to a Chicago Tribune request to speak about his remarkable path to adulthood. Late on the night of Nov. 16, 1995, his mother, Debra Evans, was fatally shot in her Addison apartment. Eli, a full-term baby, was cut from her womb with a pair of shears. Also slain were her 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, and 7-yearold son, Joshua, whose body was later discovered in a Maywood alley. Jordan, then 22 months old, was found in the apartment, sobbing, “Mommy hurt.” Eli was whisked away by the killers but was rescued within hours after police closed in on three suspects who were later convicted of the slayings. Jacqueline Annette Williams knew about Evans’ pregnancy and concocted the kidnapping plot because she couldn’t have a child with her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, prosecutors said. Also charged were Caffey and Williams’ cousin, Levern Ward, the biological father of Eli and Jordan. Ward was sentenced to life in prison. The other two received death sentences, but Gov. George Ryan commuted all death row sentences to life without parole in 2003. Sam Evans said he wasn’t allowed to see the baby until three days after the murders. Authorities carried Eli into the funeral home where Evans was attending the wake for his slain daughter and two grandchildren. Following the wishes of the boy’s mother, relatives named him Elijah, the Biblical name of a prophet who raised the dead. “I didn’t think there was a prayer he could have lived,” said Evans, 63, who testified at all three trials, telling jurors he thanked God each day that Eli survived his birth. After a five-month struggle to become the boys’ legal guardian, the Vietnam veteran brought them home with him. They lived in the country outside Bridgeport for the first several years, but Evans later bought a home within blocks of their school so the boys could be close to friends. Evans said he immediately felt responsible for the two brothers. They were all he had left of Debra, 28, the oldest of his five children. Evans recalled that one evening, he overheard Jordan whisper to Eli, who was still in a crib, that they were safe now because their grandfather promised to protect them from “those bad guys.” “From that point on,” Evans said, “there was no doubt we were together, and it was going to be for keeps.” His life is a promise fulfilled, Eli said. “I never honestly said thank you,” he told his grandfather recently. “It’s special what he did for me. He’s always wanted what was best for me, even when I wouldn’t listen.”


Eli Evans, 16, poses with his grandfather, Sam Evans, in Bridgeport, Ill. In 1995 Eli’s mother, Debra Evans, was murdered by three people who cut Eli, a full-term baby, from her body.

Eli has dinner with his grandfather, Sam Evans, in Vincennes, Ind., near their home.

at home. His daughter Katy Evans Salhani, who lives nearby, teases about how soft he is on the grandsons compared with the strict way he raised his own. “It’s more a success story than survival,” she said of her nephews. A tragic past As he has grown older, Eli has become more reflective and curious about his father, who relinquished his parental rights. Eli has rummaged through a large box where his grandfather stored newspaper clips and tapes documenting national television coverage of the crime. He has searched the Internet for photos of Ward to see if they look alike. He also has spoken with members of Ward’s family on the telephone and said he may try to contact his father someday. The teen wonders if his dad is sorry. Eli acknowledges he once fantasized about avenging his slain mother and siblings. He grew envious of friends with their parents and was aware hate was beginning to consume him. “Look at what my father did. Look at what he took from my life, and then he just disowned me and my brother,” he said. “It just gave me a lot of anger.” His grandfather, he said, helped him cope with that, too. “He would always tell me not to hate,” Eli said. “He would tell

Eli, right, and his brother, Jordan, pose with their grandfather in a 1996 family photo.

me, ‘Elijah, there’s times when you have to get mad and times when you have to forgive.’ ” He realized through reading the Bible that it was all right for him to forgive his father, he said. Teaching that lesson to his grandsons has been difficult for Evans, who also struggled with hatred for his daughter’s killers. But then he began to wonder what kind of example he was setting. Through long talks, he and the boys reached a level of forgiveness together, he said. He has never regretted telling them the truth. A bright future In Vietnam, Evans counseled hospitalized soldiers and said he has been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder. He has raised the boys mostly on his veteran disability checks, he said. His hope for them? A good education, a career, a loving family — and that the

Eli has turned to faith and athletics and is shown on the football field at Red Hill High School where he attends school.

brothers remain each other’s best friend, he said. “They’re both survivors of a real family tragedy, and they know that,” he said. “They’re living their lives not just for them, but for their mom, their sister and their brother. Their special bond is that they’re their only immediate family that’s left. I’m blessed to be a part of their lives.” Evans once thought about correcting Eli’s birth certificate, which lists the date police rescued him, Nov. 17, instead of the day earlier when he actually came into the world. But he decided to let it go because he believed the boy deserved his own special day free of the sadness of the triple murder. For now, the teenager is focusing on the three things that matter most to him: family, faith and football. He remembers a game last year when he was carrying the ball and heard Jordan screaming from

the sidelines, “Run, Eli! Run! Don’t stop!” When times are tough, he remembers that and it helps sustain him. Eli is still trying to figure out his future. He hopes to use his athleticism and personal history to inspire other youths, he said. There was a time when he worried his father’s violence somehow could be genetically passed on to him. It’s a relief to know that his mother’s blood also pumps through his veins. Eli has been told, he said, that one of his mom’s strongest traits was that she stuck up for underdogs. He hates bullies, too, and hopes she would be proud of him. “I like to find out more new stuff about her from my grandpa,” he said. “Every day he tells me, ‘You know, you’re looking more and more like your mom,’ and I’ll just smile and ask questions about her. ... She lives on through us.”
















King’s College business students participate in McGowan School of Business forum Sixty-eight King’s College business students were selected to participate in the Seventh Annual Forum of the McGowan School of Business held at the Princeton Club of New York. The annual event, which is held on a rotating basis in New York, Philadelphia, and Wilkes-Barre, consists of a one-hour mentoring session, many led by King’s alumni, followed by a meal in a professional business setting and a presentation by a guest speaker. This year’s keynote speaker was King’s College president, the Rev. Jack Ryan. The event is underwritten by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. and others. At the forum, from left, first row, are Ryan Fean, Brian Zinn, Belinda Coulibaly, Kimberly Penetra, Kristen Kohut, Natalie Pica, Matthew Koncz, Leighanne Tompko, Chloe Fanelli, Molly Brown, Christine Malecki, Alli Gibbons, Exaud Hugo, and Dr. Joan Blewitt, forum coordinator. Second row: Dr. Barry Williams, dean, William G. McGowan School of Business; Emily Kopec; Alicia Higgs; Nicole Buckman; Lenny Fox; Briana Turnbaugh; Matthew Weitz; Andrew LaFratte; Michele Hoffman; Michael Lombardi; Talia Mamola; Jorge Brito; and Tish Last, director of corporate, foundation and government grants. Third row: Michael Bocan, Kellie Rhiel, Kelly Flannery, Kim Wasmanski, Micah Cross, Tina Lispi, Mike Toma, Paige Carlin, Roman Collins, Dan Smith, Ariana Blackstock and Christopher Urgiles. Fourth row: Adrian White, Mintong Lu, Harry Giacometti, Christopher Klaiss, Jennifer Orso, Albert Trinisewski, Michael Daly, Eric Vega and Manuel Mendes. Fifth row: Tom Meluskey, Laura Panzitta, Caitlyn Ferry, Alexandra Mazaleski, Anthony Varrone, Preston Balavage, Kaitlyn Nonamaker, Brett Mirigliani, Rob McGulness, Billy Joyce, Robert Kopycienski and Dennis Loughran. Sixth row: Emily D’Amato, Parveen Merchant, Cynthia Bodden, Elsie Turkovich, Kyle Kepfinger, Katie Phelan, Allyson Pekar, Shannon Derrick, Tim Sanderson, Alison Cheung and Patricia Swipe.

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Wilkes education students host social studies workshop Dr. Robert S. Gardner, assistant professor of education, Wilkes University, and his Education 360 class recently conducted workshops for the fifth- and sixth-grade social studies students of the United Hebrew Institute. During the first social studies workshop, Gardner’s class taught the students the history of hieroglyphics and the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. The Wilkes students’ instruction enabled the fifth and sixth graders to write their essays which demonstrated an understanding of the importance of this discovery. During the second social studies workshop, the Wilkes students helped UHI’s students revise their essays. Participants, from the left: Amanda Fasciana, Wilkes student, and UHI students Jacob Kaplan, Lily Drak and Zak Kornfeld. Second row: Barbara Welch, social studies teacher; Wilkes students Lindsey Speck, Julia Keefer, Megan Clementson and Rachel Bernosky; Gardner; and Jamie Barlow, Wilkes student.

Dental hygienists earn certifications from LCCC The Luzerne County Community College Continuing Education Department recently offered a course for licensed dental hygienists to become certified to administer local anesthesia. Participants, from left, first row: Valerie McCreary, course coordinator and instructor; Julie Cleary, course instructor; Elizabeth Norton Exeter; Joette Orendorff, Douglasville; Valerie Nezelkewicz, Scranton; and Ashley Young, Mountain Top. Second row: Dr. Calandria Miller, course lab instructor; Kristie Troy, Berwick; Susie Martin, Hanover Township; Nadena Nykaza, Scott Township; and Stephanie Lenny-Heck, Phoenixville. Third row: Dr. Anthony Egidio, course lab instructor; Jamie Fletcher, Kulpmont; Shelley Volinsky, Dallas; Stephanie Krolikowski, Milton; Sandra Roach, Dallas; and Alyssa Matlowski, Hunlock Creek.

Golf committee celebrates Christmas, plans future tournament M&T awards center with holiday donation The M&T Charitable Foundation recently presented a holiday donation in the amount of $1,500 to the Victims Resource Center. At the check presentation, from left: Malcolm Williams, M&T Bank; Janet MacKay, executive director of Victims Resource Center; and Jack Nolan, M&T Bank.

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The McGlynn Center Golf Committee recently celebrated Christmas together at the Wyoming Valley Country Club. Next year’s tournament is planned for June 15 at Sand Spring Golf Course. At the Christmas event, from left, first row, are Kate Button, Sister Elizabeth Brody, Sister Miriam Stadulis, Ruby Carmon and Sister Jane Pruitt. Second row: Joe Tarity, Lois Boginski, Beverly Johnston, Pat Alansky, June Olszewski, John Plucenik, Todd Materna and Ed Katarsky.

Friedman Electric recently presented the North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross of Williamsport with a check for $1,000 to assist area residents. The money was part of Friedman Electric’s grand opening of its 14th branch at 325 Penn St., Williamsport, and an initiative to give back to the community. At the check presentation, from left: Kathy Stine, executive director, American Red Cross, North Central Pennsylvania Chapter; Rich Potero, president, Friedman Electric; and Eric Hoover, Williamsport branch manager, Friedman Electric.

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Kingston Class of ’60 holds holiday party The Reunion Committee of Kingston High School Class of 1960 recently enjoyed its annual holiday party at Leggio’s in Dallas. Committee members and spouses gathered to celebrate the season. At the party, from left, first row, are Gene Scott, Sally Brace Ermish, Andrea Petrasek, Rita Davis Galenty and Judy Polinski Schoonover. Second row: Steve Giza, Jane Scott, Larry McDavitt, Sally Zeske McDavitt, Lois Edwards Giza, Barbara Deets Pittman, Jack Pittman and Jon Thomas.








Sports jackets blessed during Wyoming Area Catholic School ceremony Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, recently held its annual Blessing of the Sports Jackets ceremony. The event takes places every fall to bless the new sports jackets of the seventh- and eighthgrade students. The Rev. Joseph Verespy, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont, presented a special prayer and blessing. With their jackets, from left, first row, are Zach Patterson, Nicole Cirelli, Tim Murphy, Vanessa Musto, Marissa Moran and Giana Tondora. Second row: Brenna Satkowski, Molly Holmes, Matthew Loeffler, Nadine Green and James Kosik.

Seminary students earn honors at Model United Nations Conference

Wilkes students named Sidhu Scholars Eight Wilkes University students were named 2011 Sidhu Scholars by the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University. Sidhu Scholars are selected by faculty and staff out of the top students in each class year. The scholars are funded by the Outstanding Leaders Scholarship Program, created to help identify and educate the leaders of tomorrow. All Sidhu Scholars receive a $2,500 scholarship, leadership training, an international trip, a yearly field trip, dinner at the dean’s house and a yearly banquet. This year’s recipients were also privileged to meet Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman, keynote speaker for Wilkes University’s Outstanding Leadership Forum on Nov. 16. Sidhu Scholars at the forum, from left: Conor Clair, Pine Bush, N.Y.; Kyle Rountree, Central Islip, N.Y.; Friedman; Michael Shannon, Harrington Park, N.J.; Olivia Waszkiewicz, Sauquoit, N.Y.; Heather Ramberger, Milford; and Tory Price, Berwick. Zachory Ty Bauserman, Hamlin, and Raina Connor, Swoyersville, were also named Sidhu Scholars.

Five Wyoming Seminary Upper School students recently received honors for their presentations at the Brown University Model United Nations Conference held on the university campus in Providence, R.I. About 800 students from schools around the country attended the conference. Honored students include Spencer Norris, Mountain Top, honorable mention; Salvadore Diaz, Avoca, Logan May, Dallas, and Amanda Immidisetti, Princeton Junction, N.J., Outstanding Delegates; and Sean Banul, Pittston, a Gavel Award, the top award given at Model UN conferences. Following the conference, from left, first row: Brandon Rome, Shavertown; Diaz; Matthew Obeid, Pittston; and Andrew Levandoski, Dallas. Second row: Banul; May; Immidisetti; Norris; and Tim Fetcher, Clarks Green. Third row: Adithya Pugazhendhi, Mountain Top; Han-Ting Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.; Brendan Larar, Waverly; Harry Parkhurst, Trucksville; Sai Abhishek, Shavertown; Henry Cornell, Mountain Top; and Henry Smith, Mountain Top. Also participating were Udai Aulakh, Waverly, and Joe Zhou, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Redeemer alums acquaint students with offerings at school

Student Council raises funds for local groups with spaghetti dinner The Wyoming Valley West Middle School Student Council recently held a spaghetti dinner. The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit local nonprofit organizations, including the St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen. At the check presentation from left, first row, are Student Council members Claire Winton and Chole Ruckle. Second row: Wynter Libby, Ethan Rosentel and Kiersten Wiedwald. Third row: Joanne Derwin, Student Council adviser, Mike Cianciotta, St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen; Deborah Troy, principal; David Bond, assistant principal; and Mike Munzing, Student Council Adviser.

Young dancer awarded Gianna Jaslar, 7, a member of the Hot Tamales Competition Line at the David Blight School of Dance in Wilkes-Barre, recently competed at Talent Olympics at the Fernwood Hotel and Resort located in the Poconos. Jaslar competed in lyrical, tap, jazz and hip hop solos. She took first place in the 7-9 age group for her hip hop performance. Jaslar is the daughter of Torrey and Dina Jaslar, Hanover Township.

Representatives from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre visited their alma mater to acquaint fourth- through eighth-grade students at St. Jude School with the academic, athletic, and spiritual opportunities available to them at Holy Redeemer and to encourage the younger students to take advantage of the many programs open to them through the junior high program. Some of the participants, from left, first row, are McKaylia Ward, Nathan Ragantesi, Katie Wills, Bryce Zapusek, Tommy Shafer, Alyson Rymar and Madison Stoltz. Second row: Abe Simon, academic vice principal, Holy Redeemer; Rachel Sowinski, Fallyn Boich, Patrick Loftus, Caroline Jones and Michael Martin, alumni; and J.P. Aqulina, assistant athletic director, Holy Redeemer.



DEAN’S LIST King’s College Dr. Nicholas A. Holodick, vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced the students who have qualified for the fall 2011 Dean’s List. A Ali Abualburak, Richard Acierno, Andrew Agustini, Kristin Ahearn, Nicole Aiello, Adrian Albertini, Matthew Alles, Megan Amey, Joseph Antosh, Elizabeth Appleby, Janeen Arancio, William Ardoline, Nicholas Armenti, Lee Arner, Lindsay Atchison and Katheryn Avila. B Matthew Bagley, Priyanka Bahl, Ashley Bahlatzis, Preston Balavage, Tara Banville, Haley Baran, Tyler Baran, Jessika Baranousky, Eric Barber, Shawna Barcheski, Laura Barna, Colleen Barr, Kevin Barry, Jeannette Bartlow, Christina Bartolomei, Allison Baumgartner, Jonathan Beekman, Luke Beermann, Shawnna Benedict, Matthew Bennett, Anna Bergeman, Joshua Berman, Kylanne Berry, Sarah Beyer, Emily Biffen, Justin Binkowski, Julie Blackmore, Allyson Blonski, Michael Bocan, Cynthia Bodden, Sarah Bolton, Aimee Bono, Mikhail Boris, John Borisuck, William Borysewicz, Heather Bowman, Ryan Boyle, Alyssa Bozzett, Taylor Brainard, Michael Brannon, Rachele Brennan, Molly Brown, Emily Buchman, Nicole Buckman, Steven Buczek, Stephanie Burke, Loretta Bushick, Robert Buttafog and Joseph Byczek. C Nicole Caccese, Joseph Caffrey, Patrick Caffrey, Lily Calkins, Tyler Calkins, Kelly Caloway, Sarah Calvaresi, Matthew Campbell, Courtney Carey, Amanda Carey, Paige Carlin, Timothy Carroll, Marguerite Carver, Amanda Casey, David Castro, David Centak, Justyna Cerefin, Nirvana Chand, Rebecca Chateauneuf, Tanya Cheeseman, Michael Chmielewski, Madeline Cielski, John Clawson, Rebecca Coleman, Roman Collins, Daniel Comunale, Elizabeth Conn, Kevin Conroy, Nicholas Conte, Courtney Conway, Carissa Cook, Kaleen Cook, Jennifer Cook, Gianna Cordasco, Ryan Cordingly, Anthony Corigliano, Jeffrey Cort, Bryan Coslett, Morgan Coslett, Blair Ann Costantino, Belinda Coulibaly, Hannah Creveling, Kasey Critchlow, Lucas Crock,

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Christine Guarino, Annemarie Guest, Christina Gugliotti, Kaitlyn Gustafson and Sarah Guzinski.

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Larson, Nicole Lawler, Ryan Lawrence, Devin Leffler, Jacob Lehnowsky, Kristina Leiby, Leah Leikheim, Amanda Leonhart, Brenton Lewandowski, Christopher Lewandowski, Emily Lichtenstein, Tiffany Lines, Kathryn Lisante, Justine Lisella, Jenni Lisiewski, Tina Lispi, Kellie Logrande, Mark Loiacono, Jarryd Lokuta, Brandon Lombardo, Danielle Lombardo, Danielle Long, Dawn Long, Bobbilynn Loomis, Melissa Loomis, Richard Lopez, Angela Lopez, Ryan Lord, Mingtong Lu, Jillian Luckasavage, Eric Ludwig, Joshua Lukaszewski, Shannon Lushefski, Kelcie Lushefski, April Lynch, Sara Lynn and Katlyn Lytle. M Stephen Macioch, Tina Magowan, Matthew Malak, Karen Maley, Ashlee Mallery, Abigail Malloy, Thomas Maloney, Talia Mamola, Chelsea Manes, Marissa Manning, Patricia Manning, Holly Mannucci, Gregory Maresca, Samela Mariano, Alisa Marino, Amanda Marra, Maryann Marselles, Janelle Marshallick, Chelsy Marszalek, Trevor Marszalek, Mario Martinelli, Christina Marvin, Paul Marzella, Joseph Maskalis, Paul Masker, Dominick Massino, Jocelyn Mathew, Julie Mathew, Patrick Matthews, Kristopher Matthews, Karmen Matusek, Amber Mays, Alexandra Mazaleski, Catherine McAfee, Rebecca McCallick, Shannon McCarthy, Debra McCloskey, Mark McCracken, Morin McDade, Valerie McElrath, Scott McGonigal, Sean McGowan, Shannon McGowan, Rob McGuiness, Hayley McGuinn, Erin Mclin, Kevin McMahon, Andrew McMaster, Jessica McNally, Edward McNichol, Brandon McNulty, Teila McNulty, Paige McWilliams, Steven Meckel, Anthony Melf, Mary Jo Mellas, Thomas Meluskey, Emmalee Meyers, Katlin Michaels, Eric Miller, Leslie Miller, Jessica Miraglia, Brett Mirigliani, Nicole Mitkus, Elyssa Molino, Jennifer Momenzadeh, Joseph Monaghan, Jenny Monge, Patrick Moran, Sean Moran, Brian Morris, Robert Moulton, Samantha Moyer, Megan Mundy, Nicole Munley, Shelby Munson, Brittany Murgallis, Connor Murphy, Cori Muscatell and Marissa Mutzek. N David Nat, Drake Nester, Matthew Nice and Kirstie Nicol. O Ian Oakley, Paul Ofcharsky, Irene Ogrodnick, Mara Olenick, Jenna Oley, Louis Oley, Amy Oliveri, Annamae Olivo, Lindsey Olson, Samantha Olson, Jill O’Malley,

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John M. Esposito John Michael Esposito, son of Michael and Christine Esposito, Sayre, is celebrating his 13th birthday today, Jan. 1. John is a grandson of Harry D. and Elaine Bowman, Mountain Top, and Angelo and Donna Esposito, Sayre. He has a brother, James, 10.

NAACP Chapter at LCCC Thanksgiving dinner benefits scholarship fund The Luzerne County Community College NAACP Student Chapter 29 AC recently held a Thanksgiving dinner to benefit the LCCC NAACP scholarship fund. At the dinner, from left, first row: Sonny Sanaphol, Pittston; Jordan Daylida, Kingston; Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC; Brittny Woss, Luzerne; Angella Patterson, Wilkes-Barre; and Shanice Thomas, Wilkes-Barre, president, LCCC NAACP student chapter. Second row: Angel Jirau, Wilkes-Barre, volunteer; Jermaine Foster, Wilkes-Barre, treasurer, LCCC NAACP student chapter; Julius Zukerwar, Forty Fort; Ron Strothers, Wilkes-Barre, adviser, LCCC NAACP student chapter and gymnasium attendant, LCCC; and Connie Pace, Wilkes-Barre.

BIRTHS Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Financial aid workshop set at U. of Scranton The University of Scranton will conduct a financial aid workshop for prospective students and their parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the fourth-floor Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. The workshop will be presented by William Burke, director of financial aid, and will include a review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and details regarding the university’s academic scholarship and need-based assistance programs. Also included will be information on federal- and state-aid programs, student and parent loans and alternative financing options. Staff from the university’s Admissions Office will also be available to answer questions. In the case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23. For more information, call the Financial Aid Office at 941-7700. Discussing the workshop, from left, are: Patricia Cegelka, assistant director of financial aid; Burke; Melissa Bevacqua, associate director for outreach for admissions; and Jonathan Kirby, assistant director of financial aid.

Pacelli, Kelly and Frank, Wyoming, a son, Dec. 6.

Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Fisk, Shari, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 12. Masi, Kristina and Jeffrey Bruns, Harding, a daughter, Dec. 13. Lamberth, Kira L. and Matthew R. Melnick, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 15.

Cheer for a Cure raises money for local organizations The fifth annual Cheer for a Cure, sponsored by Lake-Lehman High School cheerleaders and the Junior Knights cheerleaders, was held on Oct. 22 at Lake-Lehman High School. This year’s coordinators are Lauren Boyle, Sarah Brooks and Gina Bartley, who adopted the event as their senior graduation project. A cheer competition was held along with raffle baskets, a jump and tumble off competition, candy grams, T-shirt sales and a charity cup competition for the team that raised the most cash. The event raised $9,400 that was split between two charities, Medical Oncology Associates, to help those in need of assistance with their prescriptions during cancer treatments, and Fallen Officers Remembered, a police support organization that, along with other events, purchases bullet-proof vests for officers. At the check presentation, from left: Gina Pocceschi Boyle and Jaclyn Pocceschi Mosley, founders of Fallen Officers Remembered; Sandy Dobrowolski, Lake-Lehman cheerleading coach; seniors Brooks, Bartley and Lauren Boyle; Brian Pipech, assistant principal, Lake-Lehman Jr.-Sr. High School; and Jennifer Arellano, representative from Medical Oncology Associates.

Rodriguez, Joselynn and Jose Hernandez, Mountain Top, a son, Dec. 15.

Northwest Area students learn about holiday traditions Students in Mrs. Hasay’s second-grade classroom at the Primary School recently studied different holiday traditions. Students made gingerbread men, sang Christmas carols, made tree ornaments and read classic Christmas stories. With their gingerbread men, from left, are Jacob Piestrak, Milana Straub, Eli Scott and Kennedy Yaple.

Stehle, Erika and Robert, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 15. McGoldrick, Jessica and Brian Keith Jackson, Plains Township, a son, Dec. 15. Provenzano, Jessica and Joseph, Kingston, a son, Dec. 16. Miller, Jodie and Brian Adamczyk, Mountain Top, a son, Dec. 16. Klein, Erin and Michael, Nanticoke, a daughter, Dec. 16.

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Marks, Erin and Eugene III, Avoca, a daughter, Dec. 16.

Students in the Law Enforcement/Police Science program at West Side Career and Technology Center recently participated in the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The students helped to receive, separate, bag and distribute the toys. Participants, from left, first row, are William Bevan Jr., Law Enforcement instructor; Sgt. Robert Smith, Marine Corps; Matt Balut; Ceara Letteer; Emily Mansilla; Heather Kennedy; Allisah Fuches; Lyndsey Fuches; Shawn Davis; Sajion Edminds; Jia Torres; Robert Arnold; Gysgt. Dennis Jones, Marine Corps. Second row: Sgt. David Hummel, Marine Corps; Rebecca Green; Melissa Troy; Scott Keller; David McTague; David Eland; Daniel Pierce; Dylan Williams; Doc Rafael Castillo; Cpl. Charles Bowman, Marine Corps. Third row: Robert Thompson, Eric Woolard, Jack Shover, Christie Lord and Chris Osborn.

Evans, Tammy and Ronell Freeman, Edwardsville, a son, Dec. 16. Ryan, Jessica and Kevin, Wyoming, a son, Dec. 16. Truska, Kristen L. and Taft A., Lehman, a son, Dec. 16.

Honor society of women educators holds dinner Beta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society of women educators, recently held a holiday dinner at Costello’s in Edwardsville. The guest speaker was Captain Patty Richwine from the Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army. A collection of new clothes was donated by Beta Sigma members. At the dinner, from left: Carol Williams, vice-president, Beta Sigma; Richwine; and Jane Maneval, president, Beta Sigma.

Snyder, Cheri and Dustin, West Pittston, a son, Dec. 16. Yaksima, Amy and John Smith, Hanover Township, a son, Dec. 19. Melan, Mellissa and Timothy, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 19. Puscavage, Darci and Chad Stoneroad, Harveys Lake, a son, Dec. 20.

OUT-OF-TOWN BIRTH Geisinger Medical Center, Danville Beishline, Jennifer and Jonathan Marra, Bloomsburg, a daughter, Dec. 16. Grandparents are William and Darlene Beishline, Catawissa; Maryhelen Naumann-Travis, Bloomsburg; and Benjamin Cutler, Dickson City.

Head Start receives donation from M&T Charitable Foundation The M&T Charitable Foundation recently presented a $2,500 holiday donation to Luzerne County Head Start. At the check presentation, from left, first row, are Janiyah Dargon, Trinity Serpe, Nicholas Lawson, Brianna Smith, Sha-rel Peterson, Brian Baez, Ashton Herbel, Alivia Price, Damyah Rockey and Joenny Alberty. Second row: Terri Kosakowski and Patty Gregg, M&T Bank representatives; Lynn BigaEvans, executive director Luzerne County Head Start; and Justin Temperine, teacher.


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Candy’s Place benefits from Seminary fundraisers Students at Wyoming Seminary Lower School and Upper School recently held fundraisers to benefit the projects and services of Candy’s Place, a cancer wellness and resource center. The students collected $1,867 in a ‘Cannonball for a Cure’ competition and from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-shirts and dress-down days. At the check presentation, from left: Kim Mericle, member, Board of Directors, Candy’s Place; Anna Warriner, Pasadena, Md.; Rebecca Czajkowski, Dix Hills, N.Y.; Haley Karg, Pittston; Lisa Mozeleski, Upper School cancer awareness activities coordinator; and Peggy Zinkavich, Lower School cancer awareness activities coordinator.

Wyoming Area Catholic sixth-graders build seismographs Sixth-grade earth science students at Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, recently designed and built their own seismographs. With their completed projects, from left, first row, are Joshua Sepcoski, Molly Poray, Jocelyn Kosik, JoAnna Cox, Preston Harvey, Colin Hunter, Ryan Hartigan, Dennis Harrison, Aidan Barney, Charles Kulick, John Morris and Matthew Peck. Second row: James Cunningham, Stephen Olson, Erika Serafin, Samantha Rajza, Emily Kaluzny, Bryce Yencha, Alisa Barbie, Jada Exter, Isabel Cherryy and Ryan Januszko.

Kindergarteners decorate school with turkey artwork The kindergarten classes at St. Jude School, Mountain Top, created turkeys of all kinds that were used to decorate the hallways. The students started out with a basic plain turkey outline and were directed to be as creative as possible. Turkeys came back to school as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, a princess, angel, baby, hockey player, skateboarder, pirate, Hawaiian, Ravens fan, Steelers fan and more. With their turkey display, from left, are Mary Kate Banford, Brendon Brobst, Kesi Wambold, Natalie Hunsinger, Kayden Ayre, Ahyaan Sayed and Austin Campbell.

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Members of the Luzerne County Community College Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) Club performed Christmas carols at the college’s Campus Center. The group also distributed cookies to students and staff. Members of the BASIC Club, from left: Elizabeth Baumeister, Dalton; Jacob McNamara, Factoryville, treasurer; Machelle Smith, Ashley, co-adviser; Connie Pace, Wilkes-Barre; Glenda Race, Wilkes-Barre, adviser; Todd Howe, Mocanaqua, vice president; Kenneth Wright, Hazleton, chaplin; and Julius Zuckerwar, Swoyersville, co-chaplin.

Staff, teachers and students of Wyoming Area Catholic School, Exeter, participated in the Giving Tree Project during the season of Advent and in the spirit of the Christmas season. One hundred and ninety requests were received and all were fulfilled. The gifts were given to needy children from the surrounding community. Some of the participants, from left, first row, are Tyler Mozeleski. Second row: Dana Ungureit and Josie Toomey, coordinators of the project; MacKenzie Crake; Nicholas Prociak; Emma Ulichney; Abigail Kolessar; Elizabeth Kravitz; and Kenny Remus.

LCCC students collect toys for drive Students at Luzerne County Community College recently held a Toys for Tots drive on campus. Members of the NAACP student chapter 29AC, Circle K Club, Adult Learners Association and Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) Club participated in the collection. With some of the donations, from left: Ed Hennigan, assistant director of admissions and adviser, Adult Learners Association; Shanice Thomas, president, NAACP student chapter; Cpl. Josue Velez, MWSS 472 Det A; Cpl. Daniel West, MWSS 472 Det A; Michele Fine, adviser, Circle K Club; and Machelle Smith, adviser, BASIC Club.

St. Nicholas-St. Mary students win NASA competition Eighth-grade students from St. Nicholas-St. Mary School, WilkesBarre, recently received notification from NASA that they are winners in the What If No Gravity National Competition. The six students submitted a proposal called ‘Springing into Changes,’ which describes how capillary forces and spring forces will behave in a microgravity environment and cause a chemical change to occur. The experiment will now be constructed by the eighth-grade students and dropped at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in March 2012. Participants, from left: Janice Szczechowicz, NASA coach and teacher; Gabrielle Tomasura; Meghan McGraw; Cameron Brennan; Marissa Rogers; Michele Devaney; and Alyssa Christian.

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Coughlin Spanish Club collects gifts for Toys for Tots The Coughlin High School Spanish Club recently held its annual Toys for Tots campaign to benefit needy children in our area. With the donations, from left, first row: Sgt. Christian White; Kim Salas; Jennifer Sosa; Kayla Eaton, treasurer, Spanish Club; Rachael Javorka; Julia Demellier; Eryn Harvey; Melanie Sweeney; Mr. Callahan, adviser, Spanish Club; and LCpl. Matt Tran. Second Row: Patrick Patte, principal; Kaitlin Sypniewski, secretary, Spanish Club; Spoorthy Challa; Shelby Flaherty, vice president, Spanish Club; Matthew Moorhead; Catherine Yankowski; Ryan Sypniewski, president, Spanish Club; Sam Andrews; and Brian Costello, assistant principal.


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make sense of the relentless buffeting we’ve all been through in this extraordinary year. Not all the faces are downcast. Seven months after she survived a would-be assassin’s shots in January, beaming looks and happy tears greeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on her return to Congress for a vote to avert a government shutdown. And as well-wishers thronged London streets for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Britain’s capital was almost one great grin. Almost, but not quite. As the royal newlyweds kissed on a Buckingham Palace balcony, eyes quickly shifted to the corner of the frame — and the head-in-hands grimace of a little worn-out flowergirl. Think of an unforgettable event in 2011, and you conjure a signature face. “Arab Spring� was the term coined for one of the year’s most profound developments, but it was still winter when a street vendor in Tunisia, Mohamed Bouazizi, tragically protested officials’ humiliating harassment by setting himself on fire. Demonstrators carrying poster-size photos of his youthful face surged in thousands to the seat of power in Tunis, eventually driving out the longtime ruler. It was the first crack in the stone wall of autocracy in nations across the Middle East — and the Arab Spring became a yearlong struggle to reshape the region. Tahrir Square’s crowds pushed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office in February and later into a courtroom to answer charges; the crowds returned to the square amid the uncertainty surrounding November’s elections. Yemen’s pressured leader agreed to step aside, and other governments were forced to respond to demands for change. In Syria, deadly suppression of a determined uprising continues. In ravaged Libya, the capture and shooting of Moammar Gadhafi provided one of the year’s most searing images: his corpse, face bloated, laid out on a bare mattress for queues of spectators to gawk at. Near year’s end, queues of a different kind formed in Egypt and Tunisia — as millions of voters cast ballots. On the other side of the world, in the United States, long lines of people told another story of 2011. In cities from Atlanta to Los An-

President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy attend an event in November honoring the alliance between the United States and France and their efforts in Libya at Cannes City Hall, after the G20 Summit in Cannes, France.

geles, job fairs lured throngs of unemployed Americans who snaked forward, single-file, to present their resumes as the jobless rate hovered around 9 percent. Lines of tents filled Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in lower Manhattan, which spread its message of economic disenfranchisement — “we are the 99 percent� — to cities around the nation and the world. The economy’s woes were a theme hammered home as Republican presidential candidates stood behind rows of lecterns for what seemed at times like weekly debates — and near-weekly shifts in the front-runner, from Rep. Michelle Bachmann to Gov. Rick Perry to businessman Herman Cain (who’d later drop out, denying claims of sexual improprieties) to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. “Anybody but Mitt,� some in the GOP said, referring to ex-governor Mitt Romney, whose pretty good poll numbers neither dwindled nor let him pull away. On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama geared up for a re-election run amid both economic and political dysfunction. “We can’t wait,� he repeated in speeches, chiding congressional Republicans for blocking administration initiatives on job creation and taxing the wealthy. A drawn-out battle in Congress over raising the federal debt ceiling nearly halted government activity and led to the downgrading of America’s credit rating. It also prompted creation of a special bipartisan congressional “supercommittee.� Its job: to find budget savings on a scale not seen before — $1.2 trillion over the next decade. In the end, no compromise emerged in the gridlocked capital. Congress’ approval ratings dropped to historic lows (9 percent, according to a New York Times-CBS poll), which sent wags looking for anything ironic that enjoyed more favorability: “U.S. going communist� (11 per-

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stretches of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers; Bangkok, Thailand, was inundated. An earthquake shook Christchurch, New Zealand, killing more than 180. And quakes struck in many other places, including some odd ones; a temblor just south of the U.S. capital cracked and closed the Washington Monument. In roaring springtime tornadoes, parts of Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., among other towns, were virtually wiped away. One Missouri newspaper’s full-page array of portraits — a baby’s laughing face set amid the images of dozens of others, old and young — pitifully tallied the toll. Another 2011 image of innocents who perished: In July, attacks in Oslo and at an idyllic island summer camp nearby in Norway by a man later deemed insane left 77 dead, most of them children and teenagers. Death claimed the famous. Besides Jobs, the genius behind Apple computer and its elegant ithings, they ranged from legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor to former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, from assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian to inaugural Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, from Vaclav Havel, the Czech democracy champion, to Kim Jong Il, the North Korean dictator. Something more abstract was mourned after the scandal that enveloped Penn State University’s football program, breaking student and alumni hearts. Here again, a proud and rock-solid institution seemed for a time to sway on its foundation. It was all unthinkable: the lurid details of a grand jury’s charges that longtime former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was a serial child molester and that some school administrators allegedly failed to act responsibly on what they knew. Paterno, the coach admired far and wide for his high standards, wasn’t charged but his era ended in summary firing. In his storybook college town, bewildered students rampaged. Yet, at a campus rally where candlelit young faces made another memorable image of the year, a larger group of Penn Staters gathered to support the abuse victims — and, as one student said, “to put ourselves back together.� In a shattering year around the world, the comment could have stood for many others.



cent, Rasmussen poll), BP during the Gulf oil spill (10 percent, Gallup poll). One survey (Public Policy Polling) concluded Congress ranked below Rupert Murdoch, the media baron hauled before Britain’s Parliament to explain revelations of widespread illegal phone hacking by his aggressive tabloid reporters. In Obama’s year, no day proved more eventful than May 2. He had given the order for a Navy Seal operation against bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11, whom CIA intelligence had traced to a walled house in Pakistan. As CIA director Leon Panetta gave a real-time description of the unfolding helicopter raid, a White House photographer captured the moment: Obama’s eyes burning straight ahead, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tensely raising hand to mouth, others appearing to hold their breath. In 40 minutes, it was over; the commandos vanished into the darkness with hard drives and other evidence they gathered, plus bin Laden’s body, which was hurriedly buried at sea. “We got him,� Obama said. The man who had held the world in terror was gone — but the Afghan war launched to capture him marked its 10th year in 2011. In Iraq, the long U.S. military involvement came to an end in December. In the war that freed Libya from Gadhafi, European powers cooperated under NATO’s aegis — even as sovereign debt worries in Greece and other nations pulled the eurozone apart, threatening chaos far beyond. What images rise to the surface of this slow-motion crisis? Besides scenes of street fighting in Athens and elsewhere, it’s the faces of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel, looking awfully tired. Government and corporate leaders in Japan tried to strike a calming tone after a cataclysmic earthquake and resulting tsunami crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March. But dubious safety claims were quickly overwhelmed by surreal news coverage, such as scenes of hazmat-suited workers checking children with Geiger counters. With nearly 20,000 deaths and damage in the hundreds of billions of dollars, it was called the most costly natural disaster in history. And nature’s wrath wasn’t spent. Historic flooding ravaged








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WBS sets a franchise record with two goals in six-second span of second period. TOM VENESKY

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished 2011 on a high note, dominating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for a 4-2 win at home on Saturday. In the first meeting between the two teams this season, the Penguins set a new franchise record for the fastest two goals – six PENGUINS seconds apart, and Zach Sill had the first SOUND TIGERS multi-goal game of his career. The win is the second in a row for the Penguins and improves their record to 18-10-1-4. “The guys really came prepared tonight and it was a nice way to end 2011,” said Penguins head coach John Hynes. After a scoreless first period, the Penguins connected four times in the next 20 minutes. Sill opened the scoring when he was alone in front and converted Ryan Craig’s pass from behind the net to give the Penguins a 1-0

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Showdown gives NFL perfect end Giants host Cowboys in regular-season finale that will determine playoff berth.


Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired in the aftermath of child sex-abuse charges against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was fired Nov. 8, days after his FBS-leading 409th career victory.


Dallas’ Ted Jackson had his position opened after 27 years as head football coach.

See GIANTS, Page 9C


The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will be on the road all of 2012 as PNC Field in Moosic is renovated.

Change was the main storyline of 2011 The Times Leader staff

The year that’s gone by brought everyone so many memories, so many sights etched into history. We’ll be talking about the Flood of 2011 like earlier generations talked about Hurricane Agnes in 1972. We’ll be talking about the time when Penn State became the epicenter of the news world during the Jerry Sandusky scandal. We don’t know what lies ahead as

the calendar turns, but we do know what became the biggest local sports stories of 2011. In the list, the flood and Sandusky were left to the top news list. JOE PATERNO FIRED BY PENN STATE While everyone expected that some day would be Paterno’s last as the head coach of the Nittany Lions football program, no one expected such

abruptness. Paterno was fired Nov. 8, days after his FBS-leading 409th career victory, a 10-7 decision over Illinois on Oct. 29. The coach was brought down by the Sandusky scandal, as he and university president Graham Spanier remain the only two Penn State employees fired because of the matter. Paterno’s first win came on Sept. See TRANSITION, Page 4C


By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the NFL schedule maker, this is perfection. After a season of inconsistency and disappointments, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants play one game that will make the winner forget the frustrations of the regular season and send the other home for a long rest. Archrivals UP NEXT facing off for a DALLAS at division title in N.Y. GIANTS prime time. DeTV: 8:20 p.m. licious. today, NBC, The CowWBRE-28 boys (8-7) and OPENING (8-7) LINE: Giants by Giants 3 close the reguLAST MEETlar season toING: Giants night at Metlife beat Cowboys Stadium, the 37-34, Dec. 11 winner getting a first-round home game against either Atlanta or Detroit. Oh, in case of a tie, which hasn’t happened all season in the NFL, the Giants capture the division and return to


VAN ROSE DEDICATED nearly half of his life to Wilkes-Barre and The Times Leader community. He died Thursday, shocking those that knew him. Rose retired from the newspaper in the fall, only to continue his work – just with a reduced

schedule. He was in the midst of covering the girls basketball season when he died. In tribute to Van, our list is not numbered, as his friendship and dedication deserves a place to stand alone among the biggest sports stories of the year. For us, there was no bigger loss in 2011.


Opportunity arises for Bolden to take over PSU quarterback Rob Bolden will start for the Lions in the TicketCity Bowl.

Starting QB McGloin hasn’t been cleared yet by medical staff to play in bowl game. By DEREK LEVARSE

Lions’ starting quarterback has been at practice this week, he has done little work since suffering a seizure on Dec. 17 during an altercation with receiver Curtis Drake. Coaches UP NEXT said Friday that Rob BolPenn State vs. den would start against Houston WHEN: Noon, Houston. Monday McGloin had long been TV: ESPNU scheduled to speak to reINSIDE: Stats, porters on Saturday, but marchups and was not made available afmore, 6C, 7C ter practice. Walk-on Shane McGregor, the third-stinger all season long, took all of the reps with the second-team offense during

DALLAS – As per tradition, Penn State players exchanged jerseys on Saturday at their final practice of the season. The man who ended up in a quarterback uniform – play-chart wristband and all – was senior right tackle Chima Okoli. The Nittany Lions won’t be quite that desperate at quarterback in Monday’s TicketCity Bowl, but their depth has disappeared. Penn State is preparing to play without Matt McGloin, who still has not passed all of his concussion tests. Though the See BOLDEN, Page 6C

Rose had a passion unmatched

THEY HELD A moment of silence before a girls basketball game in remembrance of Clarence Van Rose. Which seemed kind of paradoxical. Because Van Rose was rarely quiet, at least when it came to the wonderful writing and reporting he brought to this newspaper. He came hard at all his stories with his Kentucky drawl and clever instincts and such passion for his craft, covering all the angles – always. It was as if he played the newspaper version of a sharp-shooting guard for Kentucky basketball – his true sports love – trying to make every single shot count. Whether Rose was shooting from the hip or showing compassion for those who slipped. He did all this for nearly 30 years at the Times Leader, right up until the day he died this week. And he did it during his final years while wrestling with a mean disease called diabetes. It may have taken away his proud strut and clouded the vision of those once-sharp eyes, but Van Rose wasn’t going to let any physical ailment take anything off his fastball when it came to pitching stories. You don’t think so? Go read his piece titled “Eye of the Tiger,” which won Rose a Keystone Press Award for best sports story of 2008. Or take a look at the last story he ever wrote in Wednesday’s paper, his coverage of the Pittston Holiday Tournament which captured everything you could want to know about two girls basketball games all meshed fluidly in one story while written with time running out on deadline. There was this one time Rose fretted over approaching a girl who played high school basketball – his beat at the time – while wondering if she’d talk about a car accident she’d suffered through. By the end of his conversation with her, she was describing every detail of her frightful night, right to the point of how cars kept driving right on by. Decades of dedication All that was brought to life in one of the most moving sports stories our paper has produced over the past few years. But then, Rose was doing that type of work for decades. He would have made a good cop because Rose just had this natural, caring manner that made people want to reveal to him their deepest secrets or most dramatic delights. He wasn’t always a joy to figures in the sports world. Back in the 1980s, when Rose had this space as a sports columnist, he made coaches shake and their ground quake. Because Rose would criticize a bad decision as a calamity as quickly as he’d put a superior players on a pedestal. He’ll miss the start of a new year today, but we’ll miss his style that was old school. He was more than a mentor, to me and everyone else in our department. Rose was a model for what a newspaper reporter should be. He had an exceptional eye for the action, and for what makes news. What you saw with Van Rose was what you got. He was blue jeans and bluegrass, country music and corny See ROSE, Page 4C













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would not grant him a release from his scholarship during the spring semester and Bolden ultimately decided to stick around for the 2011 season. Now he is in line to play his first start-to-finish game under center since Sept. 25, 2010, against Temple. Penn State periodically used Kevin Newsome at quarterback in losses to Iowa and Illinois that season and Bolden was then injured against Minnesota, leading to McGloinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be rusty at all,â&#x20AC;? Bolden told reporters in Dallas on Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be good. In practice weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been going against defenses and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got one of the best defenses in the country, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely help me out.â&#x20AC;? Splitting time with McGloin in 2011, Bolden struggled throughout the regular season, finishing just

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DALLAS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whoever ends up taking over the reins at Penn State, he will still have Gerald Hodges to build around in 2012. The linebacker said emphatically Saturday he will return to the team for his senior season despite filling out paperwork to receive an evaluation for the NFL draft. Hodges said even an unlikely first-round projection would not sway him from playing for the Nittany Lions next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh no, not a chance at all,â&#x20AC;? Hodges said after the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final practice before Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TicketCity Bowl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just talked it over with my parents when I went home for break. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely staying here. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a semester-and-a-half left before I graduate, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in any rush.â&#x20AC;? Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said Friday that Hodges had filed the draft paperwork, joining defensive tackle Jordan Hill as someone interested in hearing from the NFL. Hill, a junior, has said he is also likely to return for a final year but an unexpectedly high projection â&#x20AC;&#x201C; first or second round â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could change his mind. Hodges had a breakout season

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46-for-109 (42 percent) for 548 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. The touchdown was a short swing pass to Devon Smith that the speedster took 71yards for the score. For the first time in 14 months, Bolden wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be looking over his shoulder, wondering when he will be replaced. Should he have to come out with an injury, however, the offense will be handed over to


ess is,â&#x20AC;? Hodges said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first time me and my family have ever been in this situation. So we just had to sit back and wait and see what they had to tell me. If they do have improvements they want me to work on, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely going to work as hard as I can with it.â&#x20AC;?

report said both Clements and Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley would receive a second interview. Both Clements and Bradley are western Pennsylvania natives.

in this, his first full year as a starter and only his second playing linebacker. The New Jersey native spent his first year working predominately as a safety. But Hodges exploded in the middle of the 2011 season, raising his game after a seasonending knee injury to fellow linebacker Michael Mauti and earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. Hodges finished the regularseason with a team-best 97 tackles, adding 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He had a knack for timely plays during conference play. A sack and a forced fumble against Iowa set up a game-clinching touchdown. He was named Big Ten defensive player of the week twice in a row in October, getting a key interception against Northwestern and then recording a careerhigh 19 tackles in a win against Illinois. With a potential NFL future ahead of him, Hodges said he wanted to get the evaluation to help prepare him for next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the proc-

No clarity on a coach One thing that did not factor in on Hodgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision to stay or go was Penn Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stillunsettled coaching situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not at all,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coaching changes happen every week in college and the NFL. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just gotta deal with it.â&#x20AC;? The returning players will have to deal with it for a little longer. Acting athletic director Dave Joyner said this week that interviews will continue into next week after the bowl game and that a hiring is not imminent. Reports out of Pittsburgh Saturday suggested that two of those ongoing interviews could go to a pair of candidates who have already interviewed with Penn State. Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements will get a second look for the position in the next week according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

McGregor, a redshirt junior from Central Cambria High School in Ebensburg. McGregor has completed one pass for 12 yards in his collegiate career, throwing four times this past September against Eastern Michigan. He did, however, record a touchdown in the opener against Indiana State, going 3 yards up the middle for a rushing score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first day I came here, the intent was to get myself into a position to play,â&#x20AC;? McGregor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it would be long, I knew it would be hard, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been working for that everyday. And now that I have that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how it goes. Elsewhere on the injury front, defensive tackle Devon Still did not practice again on Saturday because of turf toe, but the All-American was adamant he would play on Monday.

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin (11) looks to make a pass as assistant coach Jay Paterno, rear, looks on during practice Friday.

Redd back on track Regardless of who the coach is, standout tailback Silas Redd reiterated Saturday that he will be sticking with Penn State. The sophomore starter admitted that he briefly considered transferring back in November in the immediate aftermath of Joe Paternoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s firing, but said he has no intentions of leaving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sat down with a couple of people and they gave me the right advice,â&#x20AC;? Redd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever the situation may be, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stay with Penn State.â&#x20AC;? On the field, Redd said he feels 100 percent after being slowed in November by an injury to a collarbone joint. Redd said he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;still sore at times,â&#x20AC;? but that he has full range of motion and is not restricted in any way. Penn State figures to lean on Redd heavily in Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Houston, particularly with the Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; precarious situation at quarterback.


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Former players taking active role in supporting Nittany Lions Football Lettermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club members among those in Dallas for TicketCity Bowl. By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer

DALLAS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The day after Joe Paterno was fired, former Penn State player Tim Sweeney relayed two messages to the current Nittany Lions at a team meeting. One was a farewell note passed on by the ousted coach; the other a statement of support from former players for a team besieged by scrutiny after Pater-

no was ousted in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant Jerry Sandusky. Nearly two months later, Sweeney and other old Nittany Lions are gathering again in Dallas to see a tumultuous season come to a close Monday when No. 24 Penn State plays No. 20 Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some (current players) I think felt they were being blamed for something they had nothing to do with,â&#x20AC;? Sweeney said Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These guys needed to know we were in support of them, we had their backs.â&#x20AC;? Sweeney is the president of

the Football Lettermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, a group of former Penn State players with the goal of helping other school football alumni after college. Fellow board member Trey Bauer, a former linebacker, called the three-decade-old club a group that worked more behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. But the scandal that rocked Happy Valley had the club bending the rules. No team in college athletics has ever had to play under such extenuating circumstances. So the club reached out to Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley, who replaced Paterno,

to get the OK to play a more proactive role with current players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really helped out, staying with us, supporting us,â&#x20AC;? senior left tackle Quinn Barham said Saturday at the team hotel in Dallas after practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Telling us to stay motivated to block out all the negativity ... to hear that from them, it feels good to know that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a family.â&#x20AC;? Once a noted member of that same Penn State family, Sandusky is awaiting trial after pleading not guilty earlier this month and waiving a preliminary court hearing. Paterno testified before a state grand jury investigating

Sandusky, and prosecutors have said he is not a target of the probe. But the state police commissioner on Nov. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two days after Sandusky was first charged â&#x20AC;&#x201D; criticized Penn State leaders including Paterno for failing to do more to report alleged abuse to authorities. Paterno announced his retirement effective the end of the season the morning of Nov. 9 before trustees fired him anyway about 12 hours later. The next day, Sweeney relayed the message from Paterno to the team. Sweeney declined to divulge the content on Saturday except saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was a very brief

letter, very poignant and powerful ... Only Joe would come up with something like that.â&#x20AC;? Recently, other former players acting separately from the lettermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club have taken more proactive roles in support of Paterno. As of Saturday, the names of more than 520 former players were attached to an online petition entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Penn State Football Familyâ&#x20AC;? with the subject heading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Stand in Support of Joe and Penn State.â&#x20AC;? The letter began by expressing sadness over the allegations and offered prayers to alleged victims and their families.












Pocono Raceway founder and owner Joseph “Doc" Mattioli announced his retirement in August.


Hazleton Area graduate Russ Canzler was named the International League MVP after an outstanding season at Durham.


Kentucky’s Anthony Davis (23) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) celebrated a basket by Kidd-Gilchrist in the first half Saturday.

Kentucky freshmen help topple Louisville The Associated Press


Wyoming Seminary field hockey won the state title for a second consecutive year.

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17, 1966, in a 15-7 victory over Maryland. Under his watch, Penn State won 24 of its 37 bowl appearances, and he had 29 Top-10 finishes and 29 seasons of nine or more wins.

DALLAS OPENS HEAD COACH POSITION Ted Jackson, the Wyoming Valley Conference Big School Coach of the Year the past three seasons, has his position opened by the Dallas School Board on Dec. 12. Jackson had a 227-83-3 record in 27 seasons at Dallas. His teams have posted a losing record just once, when the 2009 squad finished 2-8. Dallas won the PIAA Class 2A state championship in 1993 and was in the District 2 Class 3A championship game two of the last three years. Jackson applied for the open position days later. EUGENE LEWIS COMMITS TO PENN STATE And then some. Arguably the area’s biggest high school sports star started the year with a verbal commitment to play football at Penn State for Paterno. Now, Paterno is no longer the Nittany Lions coach and Lewis is no longer a Wyoming Valley West Spartan. Lewis transferred to Meyers in early December and


The Penguins’ playoff collapse ended hopes of a Calder Cup.

Coach of the Year and the Goaltender of the Year. But in hockey, a best-of-7 series can be the ultimate equalizer. The Penguins trailed the East Division final 3-2 when they played Game 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena. They enjoyed a 3-0 lead in the third period of that game against the Charlotte Checkers, But Charlotte scored four times DOC MATTOLI RETIRES, in 12 minutes to eliminate the RACES SHORTENED Penguins two series short of a In something of a surprise, PoCalder Cup title. cono Raceway founder and ownSEMINARY REPEATS AS er Joseph “Doc” Mattioli, 86, anFIELD HOCKEY CHAMPS nounced in August that he had reA team that started four sesigned all of his positions and handed duties over to three of his niors during the season had only three come playoff time, thanks grandchildren. After 50 years at the helm, Mat- to an illness. But the Blue Knights rattled off tioli turned Pocono over to his grandson, Brandon Igdalsky, who seven consecutive wins in the became president and chief exec- playoffs behind backup goalie utive officer of the track. Another Hannah Dressler, and seniors and grandson, Nicholas, became top recruits AshLeigh Sebia, chief operating officer and exec- Kristian Stefanides and Ann Routive vice president. Brandon manowski. The last was a 3-2 state final and Nicholas’ sister Ashley was victory over Villa Maria in which named secretary/treasurer. Immediately after his retire- Stefanides scored all three goals. ment, Pocono announced future The win gave Sem a second conNASCAR races would be reduced secutive title and a record 16to 400 miles from their then-stan- game winning streak in PIAA tournament play. dard 500. endured a lengthy hearing before the PIAA District 2 Athletic Committee. He now plays basketball for the Mohawks. During his senior season, Lewis rushed for 1,410 yards and a WVC-high 27 touchdowns. He also threw for more than 1,000 yards, and was named to the Class 4A all-state team.

The Hoyas won their 10th straight game despite making only eight field goals in the second half. The score was tied at 35 with 8 minutes to play before Georgetown closed with a 14-5 run. No. 15 Mississippi State 66, Utah State 64 STARKVILLE, Miss. — Rodney Hood scored 16 points, Arnett Moultrie added 15 points and No. 15 Mississippi State escaped with a victory. Mississippi State (13-2) needed a defensive stop on its final possession to seal the win. Utah State’s Danny Berger missed a jumper as time expired that would have tied the game.

No. 16 Michigan St. 68, Nebraska 55 No. 9 Connecticut 83, LINCOLN, Neb. — DraySt. John’s 69 mond Green scored 19 points HARTFORD, Conn. — Shaand Keith Appling had eight of bazz Napier had 17 points and his 14 in the last 7 minutes to nine assists as No. 9 Connecti- help No. 16 Michigan State cut beat St. John’s in a game hold off struggling Nebraska coached by assistants for both 68-55 on Saturday, the Sparteams. tans’ 13th straight victory. Andre Drummond had 16 The Spartans (13-2, 2-0 Big points and 11 rebounds and Ten) are on their longest winJeremy Lamb added 15 points ning streak since the 1998-99 for UConn (12-1, 2-0 Big East), team won 22 straight. Eleven which shot 60 percent from the of the 13 have been by double floor to win its seventh straight digits. game.


SWB YANKEES LEAVE PNC FIELD The Yankees posted a 73-69 record this season, finishing in third place in the International League North Division and missing the postseason for the first time since the New York Yankees moved their Triple-A affiliate to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2007. But the big news was that the team will be nomads in 2012, playing “home games” in six parks, none of which would be PNC Field, as their home undergoes major renovations. The sites are: Rochester, N.Y., 37 games; Syracuse, N.Y., 10 games; Allentown, eight games; Batavia, N.Y., seven games; Buffalo, N.Y., six games; and Pawtucket, R.I., four games. The Yanks are supposed to return to Moosic in 2013.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had season-highs with 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead No. 3 Kentucky in a rough-andtumble 69-62 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Saturday to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak. Fellow freshman Anthony Davis added 18 points, all in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-1) in their annual instate rivalry game that at times looked more like a free throw shooting contest with 52 fouls. The Cardinals (12-2) only led at 2-0, but gave Kentucky all it could handle after rallying from an early 15-point deficit before tying it in the second half thanks to Russ Smith, who had a career-high 30 points.

Eugene Lewis made news for various reasons.

was going to make it to the bigs anywhere, it would be with Hazleton native Joe Maddon in the mix. Canzler put together an all-star season at Durham, where he batted .314 with18 home runs and 83 RBI, and won the International League MVP Along the way, he reached the bigs in a season full of major accomplishments: he hit a grand slam at Lehigh Valley in first atbat in Pennsylvania as a pro, he made his major league debut at Fenway Park, and he got his first big league hit at Yankee Stadium.

REP. STABACK WANTS SUNDAY HUNTING Rep. Ed Staback has been an advocate of Sunday hunting for years. But this year was different. The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 4-3 to adopt a resolution supporting the repeal of the prohibition against Sunday hunting. The following day, House Bill 1760 was presented to the state legislature. “There is a lot of support for the Sunday hunting concept in this area,” Staback said of the hotbutton issue. “We still have some HAZLETON’S CANZLER W-B/SCRANTON hurdles, but with so many highWINS IL MVP AWARD PENGUINS COLLAPSE Russ Canzler took a shot when profile organizations, and now The Penguins turned in the best regular season in their histo- he joined the Tampa Bay Rays or- the PGC supporting this, I think ry (58 wins), had the AHL’s ganization. He figured that if he it’s closer than ever before.”

Iowa 72, No. 11 Wisconsin 65 MADISON, Wis. — Freshman reserve Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Iowa stunned No. 11 Wisconsin, snapping the Badgers’ six-game winning streak. White was 6 of 7 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made all four of his free throws as the Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) held on to beat the Badgers for just the third time in the past 15 meetings. No. 10 Florida 90, Yale 70 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton’s 26 points led No. 10 Florida to a victory over Yale less than 40 hours after the Gators were upset at Rutgers. Patrick Young added 19 points and Erik Murphy had 18 for Florida (11-3), while Bradley Beal had 11. No. 12 Georgetown 49, Providence 40 WASHINGTON — Henry Sims scored five of his 11 points in the final 7 minutes, and No. 12 Georgetown blew a 14-point lead and shot a season-low 30 percent in a win over Providence.


No. 17 Kansas 84, North Dakota 58 LAWRENCE, Kan. — Thomas Robinson posted careerbests with 30 points and 21 rebounds, helping NO. 17 Kansas overcome a sluggish start and beat North Dakota 84-58 on Saturday in its final nonconference game. North Dakota (5-8) simply had no answer for the muscular 6-foo-10 Robinson. With 12 points and 10 rebounds, the junior had socked away his Big 12-leading ninth double-double by halftime. His monster game included two steals and four assists as the Jayhawks (10-3) won their 55th straight nonconference home game. No. 24 Harvard 74, Saint Joseph’s 69 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Kyle Casey scored 7 of his 26 points in the closing 4:25 as No. 24 Harvard completed a comeback from a late 11-point deficit to beat Saint Joseph’s 74-69 on Saturday. Keith Wright added 16 points and five rebounds, and Casey had 10 rebounds for the Crimson (12-1), who trailed by 11 with just over 10 minutes to play.

Governors’ Cup, their manager Dave Miley gave Van Rose a hug. He may have put away his Continued from Page 1C notepad and pen for the final lines, horse racing and hoops. time. But before he did, Van He didn’t much care for base- Rose left our business ideals to ball, but took his best swing at hold onto. covering the game for more than a decade. He began to em- Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader brace it, and when the Triple-A sports columnist. You may reach Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yan- him at 970-7109 or email him at kees won the franchise’s first

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THE TIMES LEADER L O C A L C A L E N D A R This Week's Events MONDAY, JAN. 2 MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Cross County Challenge Wilkes at Scranton, 6 p.m. King’s at Marywood, 8 p.m. Misericordia vs. Sponaugle New Year’s Tournament, at Franklin & Marshall TUESDAY, JAN. 3 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Berwick at Pittston Area, 7:15 p.m. Hazleton Area at Coughlin, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer, 7:15 p.m. Tunkhannock at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. Nanticoke at Lake-Lehman, 7:15 p.m. Hanover Area at GAR, 7:15 p.m. Northwest at Wyoming Seminary, 7:15 p.m. MMI Prep at Meyers, 7:15 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer, 7 p.m. Coughlin at Hazleton Area, 7:15 p.m. Crestwood at Wyoming Valley West, 7:15 p.m. Dallas at Tunkhanock, 7:15 p.m. GAR at Hanover Area, 7:15 p.m. Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Area, 7:15 p.m. Lake-Lehman at Nanticoke, 7:15 p.m. Meyers at MMI Prep, 7:15 p.m. Pittston Area at Berwick, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Seminary at Northwest, 7:15 p.m. HS BOWLING Berwick at Central Columbia, 3 p.m. Hazleton Area at Governor Mifflin, 3 p.m. HS SWIMMING Hanover Area at Wyoming Valley West, 4 p.m. Lake Lehman at Holy Redeemer, 4 p.m. Hazleton Area at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Scranton at Abington Heights, 4:30 p.m. Elk Lake at Delaware Valley, 4:30 p.m. Valley View at Scranton Prep, 7 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Cross County Challenge Wilkes at Marywood, 6 p.m. King’s vs. Scranton (at Marywood), 8 p.m. Misericordia vs. Sponaugle New Year’s Tournament, at Franklin & Marshall PSU Wilkes-Barre at Shippensburg, 7 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wilkes at Cenetary, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4 HS SWIMMING Meyers at Pittston Area, 4 p.m. Wyoming Area at Nanticoke, 4 p.m. Dunmore at Coughlin, 4:30 p.m. West Scranton at Tunkhannock, 4:30 p.m. HS WRESTLING (all matches 7 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Coughlin Hanover Area at Wyoming Area GAR at Lake-Lehman Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area Pittston Area at Crestwood Meyers at Dallas THURSDAY, JAN. 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL Berwick Area at Holy Redeemer, 7:15 p.m. Dallas at Hazleton Area, 7:15 p.m. Hanover Area at Meyers, 7:15 p.m. Lake-Lehman at GAR, 7:15 p.m. MMI Prep at Wyoming Seminary, 7:15 p.m. Nanticoke at Northwest, 7:15 p.m. Pittston Area at Crestwood, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Valley West at Coughlin, 7:15 p.m. HS SWIMMING Meyers at Dunmore, 4 p.m. Pittston Area at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Berwick Area at Hazleton Area, 4:30 p.m. Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood, 4:30 p.m. Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area, 4:30 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wilkes at Penn College, 7 p.m. Thaddeus Stevens at PSU Wilkes-Barre, 7 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Wilkes at Albright, 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JAN. 6 BOYS BASKETBALL Tunkhannock at Wyoming Area, 7 p.m. Holy Redeemer at Berwick, 7:15 p.m. Coughlin at Wyoming Valley West, 7:15 p.m. Crestwood at Pittston Area, 7:15 p.m. Hazleton Area at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. Northwest at Nanticoke, 7:15 p.m. Wyoming Seminary at MMI Prep, 7:15 p.m. Meyers at Hanover Area, 7:15 p.m. Lake-Lehman at GAR, 7:15 p.m. HS SWIMMING Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Seminary, 4 p.m. Meyers at Dunmore, 4 p.m. Nanticoke at Coughlin, 4:30 p.m. Hanover Area at West Scranton, 4:30 p.m. HS WRESTLING WVC Wrestling Tournament at Lake-Lehman SATURDAY, JAN. 7 GIRLS BASKETBALL Hazleton Area at Tamaqua, 1:30 p.m. Col-Mont Vo-Tech at MMI Prep, 2:15 p.m. Susquehanna at Crestwood, 2:15 p.m. Hanover Area at Pottsville, 7:15 p.m. HS WRESTLING WVC Wrestling Tournament at Lake-Lehman Storm King School at Wyoming Seminary, 10 a.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PSU Wilkes-Barre at Wilkes, 3 p.m. Lycoming at King’s, 3 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Neumann at King’s, 1 p.m. Lycoming at Wilkes, 1 p.m. COLLEGE WRESTLING King’s at Pennsylvania/New York Duals Wilkes at North/South Duals

T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Signed LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Jerry Gil, RHP Garret Mock, RHP Robert Coello and SS Brian Bocock to minor league contracts. National League SAN DIEGO PADRES—Acquired OF Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox for RHP Simon Castro and LHP Pedro Hernandez.


National Basketball Association MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES—Re-signed C Hamed Haddadi.


National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Placed OT Brandon Keith on injured reserve. Signed CB Marshay Green from the practice squad. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed LB Brandon Siler to a one-year contract extension.


National Hockey League NHL—Fined Phoenix F Raffi Torres $2,500 for elbowing Colorado D Jan Hejda in a Dec. 29 game. Fined New York Rangers D Michael Del Zotto and Florida F Tomas Kopecky $2,500 apiece, for their respective actions during an altercation in a Dec. 30 game. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Recalled D David Savard from Springfield (AHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS—Reassigned RW Evgenii Dadonov to San Antonio (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS—Announced C Sean Avery cleared waivers and assigned him to Connecticut (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Assigned F Adam Cracknell to Peoria (AHL). American Hockey League GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS—Announced G Tom McCollum was assigned to the team from Toledo (ECHL).


ECHL—Suspended Colorado’s Michael Forney one game as a result of his actions in a Dec. 30 game at Alaska. Fined Colorado assistant coach Greg Pankewicz an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions in a Dec. 30 game at Alaska.


CONNECTICUT—Named Phil Chardis assistant director of athletic communications. MARSHALL—Suspended freshman men’s basketball G Justin Coleman indefinitely. WASHINGTON—Fired defensive coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills.

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MOTORSPORTS 1:30 a.m. VERSUS — Dakar Rally, Mar del Plata to Santa Rosa de la Pampa, Argentina (delayed tape)


1 p.m. CBS — N.Y. Jets at Miami FOX — Washington at Philadelphia 4:15 p.m. CBS — Pittsburgh at Cleveland FOX — Tampa Bay at Atlanta 8 p.m. NBC — Dallas at New York Giants


6 p.m. NHL — Calgary at Nashville


6 p.m. YES — New Jersey at Cleveland


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F O O T B A L L National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England .................... 12 3 0 .800 464 321 N.Y. Jets............................... 8 7 0 .533 360 344 Buffalo .................................. 6 9 0 .400 351 385 Miami .................................... 5 10 0 .333 310 296 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Houston............................. 10 5 0 .667 359 255 Tennessee ........................... 8 7 0 .533 302 295 Jacksonville ......................... 4 11 0 .267 224 316 Indianapolis.......................... 2 13 0 .133 230 411 North W L T Pct PF PA x-Baltimore ........................... 11 4 0 .733 354 250 x-Pittsburgh.......................... 11 4 0 .733 312 218 Cincinnati.............................. 9 6 0 .600 328 299 Cleveland ............................. 4 11 0 .267 209 294 West W L T Pct PF PA Denver..................................... 8 7 0 .533 306 383 Oakland ................................... 8 7 0 .533 333 395 San Diego ............................... 7 8 0 .467 368 351 Kansas City............................. 6 9 0 .400 205 335 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA N.Y. Giants............................ 8 7 0 .533 363 386 Dallas .................................... 8 7 0 .533 355 316 Philadelphia.......................... 7 8 0 .467 362 318 Washington .......................... 5 10 0 .333 278 333 South W L T Pct PF PA y-New Orleans..................... 12 3 0 .800 502 322 x-Atlanta ............................... 9 6 0 .600 357 326 Carolina ................................ 6 9 0 .400 389 384 Tampa Bay ........................... 4 11 0 .267 263 449 North W L T Pct PF PA y-Green Bay ......................... 14 1 0 .933 515 318 x-Detroit................................ 10 5 0 .667 433 342 Chicago ................................ 7 8 0 .467 336 328 Minnesota ............................ 3 12 0 .200 327 432 West W L T Pct PF PA y-San Francisco................... 12 3 0 .800 346 202 Seattle ................................... 7 8 0 .467 301 292 Arizona ................................. 7 8 0 .467 289 328 St. Louis ............................... 2 13 0 .133 166 373 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday's Game Indianapolis 19, Houston 16 Saturday's Games Oakland 16, Kansas City 13, OT Tennessee 23, Jacksonville 17 Pittsburgh 27, St. Louis 0 Buffalo 40, Denver 14 Carolina 48, Tampa Bay 16 Minnesota 33, Washington 26 Baltimore 20, Cleveland 14 New England 27, Miami 24 N.Y. Giants 29, N.Y. Jets 14 Cincinnati 23, Arizona 16 Detroit 38, San Diego 10 San Francisco 19, Seattle 17 Philadelphia 20, Dallas 7 Sunday's Game Green Bay 35, Chicago 21 Monday's Game New Orleans 45, Atlanta 16 Today's Games Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m. NFL Playoff Scenarios Week 17 AFC CLINCHED: New England-East Division and firstround bye;Houston-South Division;Baltimore and Pittsburgh-wild-card spots. NEW ENGLAND — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win or tie OR Baltimore loss or tie AND Pittsburgh loss or tie BALTIMORE — Clinches AFC North Division and first-round bye with: Win OR Tie AND Pittsburgh loss or tie OR Pittsburgh loss — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win AND New England loss PITTSBURGH — Clinches AFC North Division and first-round bye with: Win AND Baltimore loss or tie OR Tie AND Baltimore loss OR — Clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with: Win AND Baltimore loss or tie AND New England loss DENVER — Clinches AFC West Division with: Win OR Tie AND Oakland loss or tie OR Oakland loss OAKLAND — Clinches AFC West Division with: Win AND Denver loss or tie OR Tie AND Denver loss — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie OR Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win CINCINNATI — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win or tie N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Oakland loss or tie N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Denver loss or tie N.Y. JETS — Clinch wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie AND Oakland loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND Tennessee loss or tie AND Denver loss or tie TENNESSEE — Clinches wild-card spot with: Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win AND Oakland loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets win AND Denver loss or tie Win AND Cincinnati loss AND N.Y. Jets loss or tie AND Oakland win AND Denver win NFC CLINCHED: Green Bay-North Division and homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs;New Orleans-South Division;San Francisco-West Division;Atlantaand Detroit-wild-card spots. SAN FRANCISCO — Clinches first-round bye with: Win OR New Orleans loss OR Tie AND New Orleans tie NEW ORLEANS — Clinches first-round bye with: Win and San Francisco loss or tie OR Tie and San Francisco loss N.Y. GIANTS — Clinch NFC East Division with: Win or tie DALLAS — Clinches NFC East Division with: Win

C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L FBS Bowl Glance Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Temple 37, Wyoming 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Ohio 24, Utah State 23 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30 Tuesday, Dec. 20 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall 20, FIU 10 Wednesday, Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24 Thursday, Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl At Las Vegas Boise State 56, Arizona State 24 Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Southern Mississippi 24, Nevada 17 Monday, Dec. 26 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Missouri 41, North Carolina 24 Tuesday, Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Purdue 37, Western Michigan 32 Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina State 31, Louisville 24 Wednesday, Dec. 28 Military Bowl At Washington Toledo 42, Air Force 41 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas 21, California 10 Thursday, Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14 Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Baylor 67, Washington 56

H O C K E Y National Hockey League

AMERICA’S LINE By Roxy Roxborough CIRCULAR REPORT: On the NFL board, the Packers - Lions circle is due to the fact that Green Bay might rest some players; the Steelers - Browns circle is for Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (probable). On the NBA board, the Knicks Kings circle is for New York forward Amare Stoudemire (questionable). NO LINE REPORT: On the NBA board, there is no line on the Warriors - 76ers game due to Golden State guard Stephen Curry (questionable) and guard Monta Ellis (doubtful). INJURY REPORT: On the NFL board, Miami RB Reggie Bush is out Clemson

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Friday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Dallas BYU 24, Tulsa 21 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17 Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14 Saturday, Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Texas A&M 33, Northwestern 22 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27, OT Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Illinois 20, UCLA 14 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Penn State (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1), Noon (ESPNU) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 4 Orange Bowl At Miami West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Kansas State (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 8 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 9 BCS National Championship At New Orleans LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 21 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m., (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 28 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Feb. 5 Texas vs. Nation At San Antonio Texas vs. Nation, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)

B O X I N G Fight Schedule Jan. 6 At Key West, Fla. (ESPN2), Dyah Davis vs. Alfonso Lopez, 10, super middleweights. At Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, Calif. (SHO), Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Raymundo Beltran, 10, lightweights; Michael Perez vs. Omar Figueroa Jr., 10, lightweights. Jan. 7 At Heredia, Costa Rica, Bryan Vazquez vs. Eugenio Lopez, 12, for Vazquez’s interim WBA World super featherweight title. Jan. 13 At Las Vegas (ESPN2), Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin, 10, junior featherweights. Jan. 14 At Offenburg, Germany, Arthur Abraham vs. Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias, 10, super middleweights; Robert Stieglitz vs. Henry Weber, 12, for Stieglitz’s WBO super middleweight title. Jan. 20 At Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas (SHO), Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, 12, for Ramos’ WBA World super bantamweight title. Jan. 21 At Philadelphia (NBCSN), Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovich, 10, heavyweights; Gabriel Rosado vs. Jesus Soto-Karass, 10, junior middleweights.

B A S K E T B A L L National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York .......................... 1 2 .333 — Toronto.............................. 1 2 .333 — Philadelphia...................... 1 2 .333 — 1 ⁄2 New Jersey....................... 1 3 .250 1 Boston ............................... 1 3 .250 ⁄2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami............................... 4 0 1.000 — 1 Atlanta ............................. 3 0 1.000 ⁄2 Orlando ........................... 3 1 .750 1 1 Charlotte ......................... 1 2 .333 2 ⁄2 Washington .................... 0 3 .000 31⁄2 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana ............................ 3 0 1.000 — 1 Chicago........................... 3 1 .750 ⁄2 Milwaukee....................... 2 1 .667 1 Cleveland........................ 1 2 .333 2 Detroit ............................. 0 3 .000 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio ...................... 2 1 .667 — New Orleans..................... 2 1 .667 — Memphis ........................... 1 2 .333 1 Houston............................. 1 2 .333 1 Dallas ................................ 1 3 .250 11⁄2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City ............... 4 0 1.000 — 1 Portland........................... 3 0 1.000 ⁄2 Denver ............................ 2 2 .500 2 Utah................................. 1 2 .333 21⁄2 Minnesota....................... 0 3 .000 31⁄2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State..................... 2 1 .667 — L.A. Lakers ....................... 3 2 .600 — L.A. Clippers..................... 1 2 .333 1 Sacramento ...................... 1 2 .333 1 Phoenix ............................. 1 2 .333 1 Friday's Games Orlando 100, Charlotte 79 Indiana 98, Cleveland 91, OT Boston 96, Detroit 85 Atlanta 105, New Jersey 98 Phoenix 93, New Orleans 78 Miami 103, Minnesota 101 Memphis 113, Houston 93 Dallas 99, Toronto 86 Milwaukee 102, Washington 81 Utah 102, Philadelphia 99 Chicago 114, L.A. Clippers 101 Saturday's Games L.A. Lakers 92, Denver 89 Indiana at Detroit, late Atlanta at Houston, late New York at Sacramento, late Phoenix at Oklahoma City, late Utah at San Antonio, late Philadelphia at Golden State, late Today's Games New Jersey at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Miami, 6 p.m. Toronto at Orlando, 6 p.m. Boston at Washington, 6 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Denver, 8 p.m. Memphis at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Monday's Games Golden State at Phoenix, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Denver, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Utah, 9 p.m. NBA LEADERS INCLUDES GAMES OF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011 SCORING AVERAGE ..........................................................GFGFTPTSAVG James, MIA..................................... 4 49 34 132 33.0 Durant, OKC ................................... 4 43 30 125 31.3 Griffin, LAC ..................................... 3 34 16 84 28.0 Bryant, LAL ..................................... 4 39 29 111 27.8 Love, MIN ....................................... 3 22 32 78 26.0 Anthony, NYK................................. 3 21 29 77 25.7 Jennings, MIL................................. 3 23 17 68 22.7 Lawson, DEN.................................. 3 26 10 67 22.3 Nowitzki, DAL................................. 4 29 29 88 22.0 Bargnani, TOR................................ 3 25 10 64 21.3 Ellis, GOL........................................ 3 24 12 63 21.0 Rose, CHI ....................................... 4 28 19 83 20.8 Aldridge, POR ................................ 3 27 8 62 20.7 Thornton, SAC ............................... 3 22 8 61 20.3 Allen, BOS ...................................... 4 25 16 80 20.0 Wade, MIA ...................................... 4 32 15 79 19.8 Wallace, POR................................. 3 21 15 59 19.7 Granger, IND .................................. 3 22 9 59 19.7 Anderson, ORL .............................. 4 27 8 78 19.5 Williams, PHL ................................. 3 17 19 58 19.3 Randolph, MEM ............................. 3 21 14 57 19.0 Rondo, BOS ................................... 4 27 18 75 18.8 Lee, GOL ........................................ 3 22 12 56 18.7 Ginobili, SAN .................................. 3 17 14 56 18.7 Deng, CHI ....................................... 4 28 15 74 18.5 Augustin, CHA................................ 3 17 13 53 17.7 Iguodala, PHL ................................ 3 18 8 53 17.7 Harden, OKC.................................. 4 18 28 70 17.5 Stoudemire, NYK........................... 3 17 15 52 17.3 Lowry, HOU .................................... 3 15 17 51 17.0 Howard, ORL ................................. 4 27 14 68 17.0 Landry, NOR................................... 3 18 15 51 17.0 Gasol, LAL ...................................... 4 26 15 67 16.8 Bosh, MIA ....................................... 4 27 12 67 16.8 J. Johnson, ATL ............................. 3 17 9 50 16.7 Holiday, PHL................................... 3 18 12 50 16.7 Martin, HOU ................................... 3 18 7 50 16.7 D. Williams, NJN ............................ 4 22 15 66 16.5 Gasol, MEM.................................... 3 16 17 49 16.3

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers............... 36 23 9 4 50 107 77 Philadelphia ................ 36 22 10 4 48 123 106 Pittsburgh .................... 38 21 13 4 46 121 100 New Jersey ................. 37 21 15 1 43 103 105 N.Y. Islanders.............. 36 13 17 6 32 84 113 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston.......................... 34 24 9 1 49 121 64 Toronto ........................ 37 18 14 5 41 116 122 Ottawa .......................... 38 18 15 5 41 117 131 Buffalo.......................... 37 17 17 3 37 98 109 Montreal....................... 38 14 17 7 35 97 107 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida .......................... 38 19 12 7 45 100 105 Winnipeg...................... 37 18 14 5 41 101 105 Washington ................. 36 19 15 2 40 107 107 Tampa Bay................... 37 17 17 3 37 104 122 Carolina ....................... 40 13 21 6 32 103 135 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago........................ 38 24 10 4 52 125 107 Detroit .......................... 37 23 13 1 47 120 84 St. Louis....................... 37 21 11 5 47 95 82 Nashville ...................... 38 20 14 4 44 100 105 Columbus .................... 37 10 22 5 25 91 124 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver ................... 38 24 12 2 50 128 92 Minnesota.................... 39 21 12 6 48 93 91 Calgary ........................ 39 18 16 5 41 96 106 Colorado ...................... 39 20 18 1 41 104 113 Edmonton .................... 37 15 19 3 33 100 104 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose ....................... 34 19 11 4 42 99 83 Los Angeles ................. 38 18 14 6 42 82 89 Dallas ............................ 36 20 15 1 41 96 105 Phoenix ......................... 38 18 16 4 40 98 101 Anaheim........................ 36 10 20 6 26 85 120 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday's Games Nashville 2, St. Louis 1, SO Washington 3, Buffalo 1 Ottawa 4, Calgary 3, OT N.Y. Rangers 4, Florida 1 Chicago 3, Detroit 2 Saturday's Games N.Y. Islanders 4, Edmonton 1 New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 1 Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 2 Phoenix at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Toronto at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 7 p.m. Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m. Boston at Dallas, 8 p.m. Colorado at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Today's Games Calgary at Nashville, 6 p.m. Monday's Games N.Y. Rangers vs. Philadelphia at Philadelphia, Pa., 1 p.m. New Jersey at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Devils 3, Penguins 1 Pittsburgh........................................ 0 0 1 — 1 New Jersey ..................................... 2 0 1 — 3 First Period—1, New Jersey, Kovalchuk 12 (penalty shot), 14:43. 2, New Jersey, Clarkson 13 (Elias, Kovalchuk), 19:36 (pp). Penalties—Orpik, Pit (crosschecking), 6:36;Zubrus, NJ (elbowing), 15:33;Asham, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct, highsticking), 17:57;Staal, Pit (slashing), 18:22. Second Period—None. Penalties—Niskanen, Pit (hooking), 4:27;Clarkson, NJ (hooking), 7:40. Third Period—3, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 13 (Niskanen, Sullivan), 9:25 (pp). 4, New Jersey, Parise 13 (Elias, Kovalchuk), 19:10 (en). Penalties—Cooke, Pit (interference), 1:38;Carter, NJ (tripping), 4:59;Fayne, NJ (hooking), 8:02. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 9-12-9—30. New Jersey 10-5-6—21. Power-play opportunities—Pittsburgh 1 of 4;New Jersey 1 of 6. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Fleury 19-9-2 (20 shots-18 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 11-9-0 (30-29). A—17,625 (17,625). T—2:19. Referees—Paul Devorski, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen—Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA St. John’s .............. 31 19 7 4 1 43 113 93 Manchester ........... 34 20 12 0 2 42 93 87 Worcester.............. 31 16 9 3 3 38 88 80 Portland ................. 32 15 12 2 3 35 88 98 Providence............ 34 14 17 1 2 31 72 103 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Hershey ................. 32 18 8 3 3 42 122 94 Norfolk ................... 32 20 11 0 1 41 117 90 Penguins.............. 33 18 10 1 4 41 100 93 Syracuse ............... 30 13 13 3 1 30 98 101 Binghamton........... 35 14 19 1 1 30 89 104 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Connecticut........... 33 19 10 1 3 42 106 94 Adirondack............ 31 16 13 1 1 34 89 85 Albany .................... 33 14 13 4 2 34 79 103 Springfield ............. 32 14 16 1 1 30 90 93 Bridgeport ............. 33 12 17 3 1 28 88 111 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Charlotte................ 33 19 11 2 1 41 93 85 Milwaukee ............. 28 19 8 0 1 39 91 72 Chicago ................. 32 16 12 1 3 36 89 89 Peoria .................... 33 15 15 2 1 33 102 100 Rockford................ 32 11 17 1 3 26 99 122 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto ................... 33 16 12 3 2 37 94 90 Rochester............... 33 15 13 4 1 35 96 98 Lake Erie ................ 33 16 15 1 1 34 81 85 Hamilton ................. 32 13 14 1 4 31 74 98 Grand Rapids......... 31 12 13 4 2 30 95 101 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Oklahoma City........ 32 21 7 1 3 46 97 76 Abbotsford .............. 33 22 9 2 0 46 88 79 Houston................... 33 18 6 2 7 45 97 81 San Antonio ............ 31 14 15 2 0 30 71 90 Texas....................... 31 14 16 0 1 29 90 94 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Saturday's Games St. John’s 4, Toronto 3, SO Lake Erie 3, Hamilton 2, SO Charlotte 4, Chicago 1 Connecticut 5, Springfield 2 Penguins 4, Bridgeport 2 Portland 4, Worcester 2 Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, late Norfolk at Hershey, late Syracuse at Binghamton, late Providence at Manchester, late Rockford at Peoria, late Albany at Adirondack, late San Antonio at Oklahoma City, late Today's Games St. John’s at Toronto, 3 p.m. Peoria at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 6:05 p.m. Monday's Games Worcester at Bridgeport, 1 p.m. Connecticut at Portland, 1 p.m.


EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Elmira.............. 20 11 0 0 40 102 98 Wheeling ........ 16 10 1 1 34 94 80 Reading .......... 12 13 3 3 30 94 108 Trenton ........... 11 15 2 3 27 92 109 North Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Kalamazoo ..... 16 11 1 2 35 107 107 Chicago .......... 15 11 3 1 34 89 94 Cincinnati........ 13 9 0 3 29 84 77 Toledo............. 13 14 0 1 27 84 86 South Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Gwinnett.......... 15 9 6 3 39 90 89 Florida ............. 17 13 1 1 36 108 97 Greenville........ 16 10 1 1 34 88 87 S. Carolina ...... 15 14 1 1 32 76 76 WESTERN CONFERENCE Mountain Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Alaska ............. 22 5 2 3 49 107 64 Colorado......... 18 10 0 3 39 116 103 Utah ................ 15 12 0 3 33 75 96 Idaho ............... 15 13 2 1 33 95 104 Pacific Division W L OL SL Pts GF GA Las Vegas ...... 19 9 1 3 42 108 86 Ontario............ 15 12 1 1 32 85 86 Stockton ......... 12 13 1 3 28 78 95 Bakersfield...... 7 22 3 0 17 82 112 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Saturday's Games Elmira 2, Trenton 1, SO Florida at South Carolina, 6:05 p.m. Toledo at Kalamazoo, 7:30 p.m. Reading at Wheeling, 7:35 p.m. Bakersfield at Utah, 8:05 p.m. Greenville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Las Vegas at Idaho, 9:10 p.m. Ontario at Stockton, 10:30 p.m. Colorado at Alaska, 11:15 p.m. Today's Games Greenville at Chicago, 5 p.m. Monday's Games No games scheduled Tuesday's Games Bakersfield at Ontario, 10 p.m.

BULLETIN BOARD MEETINGS Crestwood Boys Basketball Booster Club will hold their next meeting Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s. We will be discussing the white-out t-shirt sale, team picture updates, the winter social in February and the end of the season banquet. Parents of boys basketball players are invited to attend. The Crestwood Football Booster Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at King’s Restaurante. Parents of players and supporters of the program are invited to attend. For more information, call Tony at 430-7351. West Side United Soccer Club’s monthly parent/coaches meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 at the Plymouth Borough Building, second floor, Shawnee Ave., Plymouth. All parents and coaches are asked to attend. REGISTRATION/TRYOUTS Mountain Top Area Little League and Softball will be offering registration for managers/coaches for the 2012 season. The early registration will be at Crestwood High School on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Bring a copy of your photo ID and the registration fee. For more information, call Terry at 823-7949, or visit The Rock Rec Center will be holding tryouts for Rock Solid AAU basketball on Jan. 8 and 15. The cost is $10 per player, and players may attend both tryouts for that price. The times for Jan. 8 are: 2 p.m., girls grades 5-6; 3 p.m., girls grades 7-8; 4 p.m. girls grades 9-10; 5 p.m., boys grades 5-6; 6 p.m., boys grades 7-8; 7 p.m. boys grades 9-10. Times for Jan 15 are: 2 p.m., boys grades 5-6; 3 p.m., boys grades 7-8; 4 p.m., boys grades 9-10; 5 p.m., girls grades 5-6; 6 p.m., girls grades 9-10; 7 p.m. girls grades 7-8. Contact the Rock Rec Center for more information at 696-2769 or UPCOMING EVENTS The Knights of Columbus Council 302 will conduct a basketball free throw competition at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Wyoming Valley CYC on South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre. All children ages 10-14 are eligible. Entry forms will be available at the CYC, Grandpa’s Workshop on Scott Street in Wilkes-Barre and lasting impression on River Street in Plains. For more information, call 262-3873. Wilkes University will host its 12th annual mid-winter softball camp Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Pitching will begin at 9 a.m., hitting at 10 a.m., and fielding at 11 a.m. The camp will be held in the UCOM building on Main Street and the Marts Center (Wilkes Gym) on Franklin Street. For more information, call Frank at 571-408-4031. Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to or dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

N C A A B A S K E T B A L L Men's College Basketball Saturday's Major Scores EAST Albany (NY) 65, Mount St. Mary’s 64 Army 79, St. Francis (NY) 70 Bucknell 63, Cornell 60 Drexel 63, St. Francis (Pa.) 42 Duquesne 118, Houston Baptist 72 George Washington 77, Delaware St. 59 Georgetown 49, Providence 40 Harvard 74, Saint Joseph’s 69 Holy Cross 65, Dartmouth 61 La Salle 73, Hartford 55 Lehigh 72, Bryant 55 New Hampshire 71, Colgate 64 Quinnipiac 59, Boston U. 53 UConn 83, St. John’s 69 SOUTH Arkansas St. 65, Louisiana-Monroe 63 Charleston Southern 81, Liberty 76 E. Kentucky 73, Tennessee St. 68 FIU 81, W. Kentucky 63 Florida 90, Yale 70 Gardner-Webb 61, Radford 55 Kentucky 69, Louisville 62 Louisiana-Lafayette 67, FAU 55 Maryland 75, Samford 63 Middle Tennessee 68, South Alabama 52 Mississippi St. 66, Utah St. 64 NC State 82, W. Carolina 55 South Carolina 72, SC-Upstate 66 Southern Miss. 65, McNeese St. 56 Tennessee Tech 85, UT-Martin 62 UAB 92, Alabama A&M 58 VMI 78, Presbyterian 70, OT SOUTHWEST Oklahoma 83, Northwestern St. 63 SMU 73, Louisiana Tech 65 Texas 73, Rice 59 Tulane 53, Texas-Pan American 42 Virginia Tech 67, Oklahoma St. 61 MIDWEST Ball St. 86, Chicago St. 58 Butler 54, Milwaukee 50 Indiana St. 77, Bradley 66 Iowa 72, Wisconsin 65 Iowa St. 67, MVSU 65 Kansas 84, North Dakota 58 Kansas St. 82, Howard 46 Michigan St. 68, Nebraska 55 Missouri St. 72, Drake 61 Purdue 75, Illinois 60 Valparaiso 90, Green Bay 87 Wright St. 74, Ill.-Chicago 70, OT Youngstown St. 73, Cleveland St. 67 FAR WEST Arizona 68, Arizona St. 51 California 85, UCLA 69 Colorado 73, Utah 33 Idaho 76, Boise St. 73 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 74, Pepperdine 45

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Dec. 19 Albany L, 2-1

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Jan. 7 Syracuse 7:05 p.m.

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Rust making an impact for Pens despite his stature BALANCING ACT


During Wednesday’s game against Hershey, a Bears player collided with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins center Matt Rust at mid-ice. The Hershey player fell while the 5-foot-9 Rust skated away. The same thing happened when the Penguins hosted Albany a week earlier – Rust collided with a larger player and the former fell. In fact, Rust hasn’t been knocked around much during the first 15 games of his AHL career. The reason? He knows his limits. “I’m only 5-9, so I‘m not going to go out there and be a physically dominant player,” Rust said. “But as a smaller player you learn to see the hit coming, hit back and get yourself away from positions where you’re vulnerable. “I think when people hit me they’re a little surprised sometimes.” While Rust knows his limits, he also is well aware of his strengths. It’s what has gotten him into the Penguins’ lineup on a nightly basis as a rookie. The strengths are many – strong on his skates, excellent on faceoffs, strong work ethic and energy and keen attention to detail, especially on the penalty kill. They’re all attributes that Rust developed during his four seasons with the University of Michigan and he continues to hone with the Penguins. Take Rust’s knack for winning faceoffs – a skill Rust developed during his first season with Michigan in 200708. That team was led by current NHLers Kevin Porter and Max Pacioretty and AHL standouts Chad Kolarik and Aaron Palushaj. While those four took care of the scoring duties, Rust saw a need in the faceoff department in order to keep the team well-rounded. “It was something we needed to keep us in big games. I started to develop it then,” he said. Rust blossomed into the role of faceoff specialist as his college career progressed. As a junior he won 51.3 percent of the draws, and improved that

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lead at 3:25 of the second period. Six seconds later, Eric Tangradi sent home a wrist shot to make it 2-0. The six seconds between goals are a new team record and is just shy of the AHL record of five seconds. “It gave the guys a little extra jump,” Hynes said of the two quick goals. “The first period we played well and their goalie came up with some big stops. We wanted to make sure we stuck with it.” Bridgeport narrowed the lead four minutes later when Tyler McNeely scored to make it 2-1.

While Rust had a ton of success on the ice during his four years at the University of Michigan, the accolades extended into the classroom as well. As a senior, Rust was named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten and won the University of Michigan Academic Achievement award. While Rust improved as a hockey player during his time at Michigan, he did the same as a student. “When I was a freshman and sophomore I didn’t do as well,” Rust said. “I got sucked into the college lifestyle of having fun and schoolwork took a little bit of a hit. But after my sophomore year I had a wake up call and realized there’s a reason why I chose to play college hockey.” Rust renewed his focus on his education during his last two years at Michigan and was able to balance successful academic and athletic careers while majoring in sports management and being drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. “I enjoyed schoolwork and going to class. It gave me a life away from hockey,” Rust said. “I don’t want to be premature in saying there’s a life after hockey because I’m here and I’m 100 percent into it, but I am aware that when this does end I do have my degree.”


Although 5-foot-9, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Matt Rust has measured up against bigger opponents because of his determination.

figure to 55.1 percent during his senior season. With the Penguins, Rust’s ability to win draws has earned him ice time during even strength and on the penalty kill. “He’s worked his way into being a guy we feel confident in on the penalty kill,” said

head coach John Hynes. “He does a good job with faceoffs, and if you win them on the penalty kill you eat up a lot of time. It’s definetly an important part.” Hynes said three components go into Rust’s faceoff success – strength, a low center of gravity and quick hands.

Rust said there’s one more element that all successful centers employ on the draw – cheating. “Just trying to get an advantage by trying to jump the drop (of the puck) or things like that,” he said. “Taking a faceoff here is different than in college and it

“We knew they weren’t going to quit,” Hynes said. “We couldn’t let off the gas.” The Penguins kept the pedal floored, adding two more goals before the end of the period. Sill scored his second of the game when he skated into the slot and beat Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin with a shot to the wide side to make it 3-1. It was the first two-goal game of Sill’s career and gives him three tallies in the last two games. “It’s nice to see him get rewarded,” Hynes said of Sill. “He makes some key plays that don’t get noticed, but he’s a key member of our team. He gets us going and it’s nice to see him get on the scoresheet.” Bryan Lerg gave the Pen-

guins a three-goal lead when he put home a Geoff Walker rebound with 28 seconds left in the period. The Penguins got into a bit of penalty trouble to start the third period when Paul Thompson went off with a matching roughing minor followed by Ben Street for holding a minute later. Goaltender Scott Munroe, who was making his second straight start, made several stops on the few chances the Penguins allowed to maintain the three-goal lead. Bridgeport did connect later in the period when Kael Mouillierat broke through the middle and beat Munroe to make it 4-2 with 10 minutes left. Bridgeport nearly rallied again with less than two minutes to play when head coach

NOTES • D Boris Valabik (injury), D Joey Mormina (injury), D Carl Sneep (injury), RW Nick Petersen, LW Ryan Schnell, RW Brian Day (injury) and RW Keven Veilleux (injury) were scratched for the Penguins.

Brent Thompson pulled his goaltender for the extra attacker. The Sound Tigers controlled the puck in the Penguins zone, but managed only a few shots on Munroe, who saved them all to seal the win. “They would get two or three minutes of momentum, but we always had a line step up and stop them,” Hynes said. “We never let it get to a five minute momentum swing, which was important because they’re a good team and if we

was hard at first to get acclimated to the strength and overall talent level. In college you could be a senior taking a draw against a freshman. Here, guys are getting paid and if winning faceoffs is their job they’ll be giving it that much more effort.” This season Rust has a goal and four assists in 14 games and is a plus-2. They aren’t gaudy totals by any means, but statistics don’t necessarily define the success of Rust’s game. It’s winning faceoffs, blocking shots, killing penalties and playing a gritty game that often takes a backseat in recognition to those who score goals and put up points. “I’m not a player who’s going to score a highlight-reel goal or make a ridiculous play,” Rust said. “I pride myself on working hard and doing the little things right. It may not be very glamorous, but at the end of the day the reward is just as good because you’re playing for the team’s success.” didn’t stop them things might have changed.” Penguins 4, Bridgeport 2 Bridgeport............................................... 0 1 1 — 2 Penguins ................................................ 0 4 0 — 4 First Period: Scoring – None. Penalties – WBS, Grant (cross-checking) 5:03; BRI, Donovan (slashing) 7:33. Second Period: Scoring – 1. WBS, Zach Sill 5 (Craig, Grant) 3:25. 2. WBS, Eric Tangradi 13 (Williams, Picard) 3:31. 3. BRI, Tyler McNeely 3 (Rakhshani, Cizikas) 7:08. 4. WBS, Zach Sill 6 (McDonald) 15:34. 5. WBS, Bryan Lerg 12 (Walker, McDonald) 19:31. Penalties – WBS, Walker (high-sticking) 9:48; WBS, DeFazio (delay of game) 16:18; BRI, Olson (fighting) 19:34; WBS, Merth (fighting) 19:34. Third Period: Scoring – 6. BRI, Kael mouillierat 1 (Rakhshani, McNeely) 9:58. Penalties – BRI, Howes (roughing) 1:53; WBS, Thompson (roughing) 1:53; WBS, Street (holding) 2:56; BRI, Romano (cross-checking) 7:17. Shots on goal: Bridgeport – 7-6-3-16; Penguins – 10-14-8-32. Power-play Opportunities: Bridgeport – 0 of 4; Penguins – 0 of 2; Goaltenders: Bridgeport – Kevin Poulin 7-12-0 (28 saves - 32 shots); Penguins – Scott Munroe – 7-3-2 (14-16). Starters: Bridgeport – G Kevin Poulin, D Ty Wishart, D Aaron Ness, LW Joey Haddad, C Trevor Frischmon, RW Blair Riley; Penguins – G Scott Munroe, D Cody Wild, D Alex Grant, LW Eric Tangradi, C Ben Street, RW Jason Williams. Three Stars: 1. WBS, Zach Sill (two goals) 2. WBS, Colin McDonald (two assists) 3. WBS, Bryan Lerg (goal). Referee – Chris Brown. Linesmen – Mike McDevitt, Jud Ritter; Attendance – 5,548

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We almost had a case of nepotism with this week’s Fantasy GM. When it came time to pick a head coach for his fantasy team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson quickly said his father, Ulf, who is coach of the Swedish Elite team Modo. The choice would’ve been fine, but Samuelsson didn’t want to appear biased so he chose a pair of current NHL coaches who are impeccable as well. While Samuelsson’s team does have a few current Penguins, he spanned the NHL to fill many of the slots. But when it came time to pick an all-time great, Samuelsson returned to his Pittsburgh roots and made the obvious choice. It may have been biased, but there wasn’t any nepotism involved. FORWARD – Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), “He’d be my top pick. He’s so talented, controls the puck, sees the ice so well and is big and strong.” DEFENSEMAN – Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit), “A tremendous player and probably the best defenseman of this year.” GOALTENDER – Tim Thomas (Boston), “As much as I don’t like the way he plays, he gets the results and that’s all that matters. He’s a Vezina candidate every year.” POWER PLAY SPECIALIST – Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), “The whole Red Wings team is tremendous on the power play and he does a great job working the half-wall.” PENALTY KILL SPECIALIST – Zybnek Michalek (Pittsburgh) and Max Talbot (Philadelphia), “The pain of blocking shots doesn’t seem to bother them, and that’s big on the penalty kill.” SHOOTOUT SPECIALIST – Jussi Jokinen (Carolina), “He’s pretty nifty and pretty consistent at it.” ENFORCER – Steve MacIntyre (Pittsburgh), “He’s got hands like bowling balls. A tough customer and someone you want on your side.” AGITATOR/PEST – Sean Avery (New York Rangers), “I’ve never met him, but I’ve seen what he does. He really gets und the skin of the other team and it’s something you need.” HEAD COACH – Mike Babcock (Detroit) and Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh), “I’d pick them both. Babcock for his success over a long career and Bylsma for not being there that long but winning a cup and making deep pushes in the playoffs.” ALL-TIME GREAT – Mario Lemiuex (Pittsburgh), “The easiest one that comes to mind is (Wayne) Gretzky, but I’m more of a fan of Lemieux. I grew up watching those ’91 and ’92 Stanley Cup videos and it’s just amazing what he did. I’m not taking anything away from Wayne’s records and they’re both tremendous players.”


Manderson plays role in victory over Trenton Denver Manderson had a shorthanded goal and an assist as the Nailers beat Trenton on Wednesday, 5-4. The Nailers power play was a perfect 3-for-3 as was the penalty kill, which killed off all three Trenton chances. Manderson now has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games and is heating up after a slow start. For December, he had five goals and 10 points.


















A&M holds off Northwestern rally Bearcats cap year By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON — After everything Texas A&M had been through in the last month, interim coach Tim DeRuyter worried how the Aggies would respond in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. It didn’t take long for DeRuyter to see that his team was going to be just fine. Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Northwestern led 7-3 early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then fight off a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001. Texas A&M (7-6) broke a fivegame bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident last week. “When you go through the adversity our guys have been through ... there was just a sense that things weren’t quite right,”

DeRuyter said. “As a coach you’re a little bit unsettled. But when we came out and started fast, I thought: TEXAS A&M ‘These guys are really ready to play.’” A&M won a N’WESTERN bowl for the first time since a 28-9 victory over TCU after the 2001 season. That also came in Houston, when this game was called the bowl and played next door at the Astrodome. Tannehill said all of the adversity simply gave them extra motivation. “It’s been a long year with a lot of ups and downs,” Tannehill said. “To get a bowl win for the first time in 10 years, to play for Joey V. most importantly and his family and coach Sherman — there’s many different levels to it, but a win satisfies them all.” Malena ran for 77 yards, filling in ably for Cyrus Gray, who missed his second straight game with a stress fracture in his left

by topping Vandy By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer




Texas A&M’s Ben Bass, right, sacks Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa during the first quarter of the Car Care Bowl Saturday.

shoulder. Northwestern (6-7) hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. Dan Persa, who finished with 213 yards passing, was disappointed he couldn’t help the team break its bowl win drought. “We failed in that regard,” he said. “We let everyone down and we know it.” Persa set an NCAA record for

career completion percentage (73.6) by going 25 of 37 to end his career 460 of 633. He entered the game needing 19 attempts to meet the minimum standards to qualify for the record. The Aggies were up 30-7 before Brian Peters intercepted Tannehill early in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats took advantage of that mistake when Kain Colter scored on a 1-yard run.

Illini top UCLA to end six-game losing streak The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a sixgame losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 in the Fight Hunger Bowl. Nathan Scheelhaase added a 60-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter to seal the first victory for Illinois (7-6) since beating Indiana 12 weeks ago. The game between two six-win teams who have already fired their head coaches matched the underwhelming expectations as there was little excitement before Hawthorne’s third-quarter touchdown that gave Illinois its first

lead. UCLA (6-8) was held to 18 yards rushing in its third straight loss. Kevin Prince threw two TD passes, ILLINOIS including one in the closing minute to Nelson Rosario after the UCLA game had been decided. But it was an earlier pass by Prince that proved decisive and helped give Illinois its first bowl wins in consecutive seasons in school history. Three plays after Derek Dimke missed a 37-yard field goal for Illinois late in the third quarter, Prince dropped

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back and threw to his left looking for Shaquelle Evans. Hawthorne read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the throw for the interception and had a clear path to the end zone for the score that gave the Illini a 10-7 lead. Dimke added a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Scheelhaase and Jenkins combined on their big play to make it 20-7 with 5:36 to go. Scheelhaase finished 18 for 30 for 139 yards with 110 yards rushing to lead the Illinois offense. Prince completed just 14 for 29 for 201 yards and the Bruins were held to a season-low in rushing, well below their 190.7 yard per game average, by the stout Illini front.

The matchup between Big Ten and Pac-12 teams on New Year’s weekend at a picturesque setting in California conjures up memories of Rose Bowls past. But this game was played on San Francisco’s waterfront instead of with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background in Pasadena and was between two teams that had little to celebrate this season. Both teams fired their coaches after disappointing regular seasons.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV’s 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put Cincinnati ahead to stay as the Bearcats edged Vanderbilt 31-24 on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl. The Bearcats (10-3) capped the season with their third straight victory. But the co-Big East Conference champs had to work to put away Vanderbilt (6-7), a team that tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference, despite forcing three turnovers and coming up with two sacks. The Commodores led 21-17 when Abernathy became the first Cincinnati player to return a kickoff for a TD in the program’s 13 bowl appearances. Vandy’s Archibald Barnes blocked Tony Miliano’s 39-yard field goal with 3:58 left, giving the Commodores the ball with plenty of time to go ahead. Nick Temple picked off a Larry Smith pass with 3:15 remaining, and Pead sealed the victory with a 12-yard TD run with 1:52 left. Pead was the game’s MVP. Vanderbilt kicked a 35-yard field goal with 35 seconds left, but the Bearcats recovered the onside kick to kneel down for the victory. Abernathy is the grandson of the civil rights leader who was in Memphis with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in 1968. George Winn also scored on a 69-yard TD run when he replaced Pead, while the Big East Offensive Player of the Year

fixed a broken chin strap. Zach Collaros, playing for the first time since breaking his right ankle Nov. 12, threw CINCINNATI a touchdown pass but was intercepted VANDERBILT twice. He was just 12 of 29 for 80 yards passing, though he moved around well. Vanderbilt missed notching only its second winning record since 1982 with the loss. This was only the fifth bowl for the SEC’s only private university yet the second in four seasons. But the Commodores had trouble getting their offense going to match a defense that came up with three sacks and two interceptions — both by Casey Hayward. Smith replaced Jordan Rodgers at quarterback in the third quarter, and he threw for 142 yards, including a short pass to Chris Boyd that the receiver took 68 yards up the right sideline before pulling up lame and diving into the end zone for a 21-17 lead with 14:03 left that lasted only as long as Abernathy could sprint down field after the kickoff. The Bearcats led 14-7 at halftime and couldn’t take advantage of two Vanderbilt turnovers in the third quarter. The Commodores first muffed the opening kickoff before Rodgers was intercepted by Camerron Cheatham. Rodgers, the younger brother of NFL Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, didn’t play after that.




Utah downs Georgia Tech in overtime The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — John White plowed into the end zone from 8 yards out to give Utah a 30-27 overtime victory against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl on Saturday. Justin Moore kicked a 34yard field goal in Georgia Tech’s overtime possession to take a three-point lead, but White finished a 115-yard rushing day with the game-winning score on his 26th carry. The Utes (8-5) tied it in regulation when Jon Hays hit DeVonte Christopher with a 28yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-14 with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets (8-5) drove to the Utah 31 with 2 seconds left, but David Scully missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt as time expired. Justin Moore

had earlier missed two 42-yard tries for Tech. Georgia Tech lost its seventh straight bowl appearance and UTAH Utah improved to 7-1 in bowls under coach Kyle WhittingGA. TECH ham. Georgia Tech’s Preston Lyons, who came in with only 39 carries, rushed for a careerbest 140 yards on 18 carries and Tevin Washington passed for 137 yards and ran for 97. Utah grabbed a 7-0 lead on

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Shawn Asiata capped the game-opening drive with a 1yard run. With David Sims out of with an injury and Orwin Smith also ailing, Georgia Tech relied heavily on Lyons, who put the Yellow Jackets on the board with a 36-yard run up the middle tie the game at 7. Lyons finished the first half with 129 yards on 12 carries. Coleman Peterson banked in a 25-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the first half to give the Utes a 10-7 lead. A 27-yard punt by Utah set up Moore’s 32-yard field goal to tie it in the third quarter.

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NEWARK, N.J. — Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a penalty shot in the first period and added an assist on David Clarkson’s power-play goal four minutes later, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Zach Parise scored an emptynet goal with 49.5 seconds left as the Devils ended a four-game winless skid against Pittsburgh and won for the ninth time in 12 games overall. The Penguins lost their second straight game after a four-game win streak. Martin Brodeur was brilliant in goal for the Devils, making 29 saves, including an improbable glove save on Matt Cooke with four minutes left. It was his 11th win of the season, third straight and his record 636th victory of his career. It was also his 43rd win in 75 games against Pittsburgh.

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Big Ben to give it a go

Steelers QB intends to play in regular-season finale despite high ankle sprain. By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND — Ben Roethlisberger has played on one leg before and he’s willing to do it again. Roethlisberger has never let pain stop him, and Pittsburgh’s tough-as-the-steel city-he-playsin quarterback certainly won’t let it slow him this week. Not now, not with a possible division title and playoff seed at stake. Let’s face it, the Steelers just aren’t the Steelers without him. Despite a high ankle sprain that has limited his mobility and would probably sideline lesser QBs, Roethlisberger intends to play today — at least at the start — as the Steelers (11-4) play their regular-season finale against the Browns (4-11), who never doubted for a second that they would have to deal with Pittsburgh’s top gun as well. “Big Ben, we’ve always got to count on seeing him,” Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. They can also count on seeing Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who three weeks ago blasted quarterback Colt McCoy with his helmet and hasn’t shown much repentance for his illegal hit that gave McCoy a season-ending concussion.

NEXT GAME PITTSBURGH at CLEVELAND TV: 4:15 p.m. today, CBS, WYOU-22 OPENING LINE: Off LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Browns 14-3, Dec. 8

This one’s big for the Steelers, who must win to keep pace with Baltimore (11-4) atop the AFC North. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker after beating the Steelers twice during the regular season, so Pittsburgh needs to beat Cleveland and hope Cincinnati can knock off Baltimore. If that happened, the Steelers will have their fourth division title in five years. If both teams win, the Ravens are champions. If the Steelers win and the Ravens and New England Patriots lose, Pittsburgh will be the No. 1 seed and play at home throughout the postseason. If Pittsburgh loses and Baltimore wins, the Steelers will be the No. 5 seed and play on the road in the wildcard round. With both games starting at 4:15 p.m., Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace said it will be tough not to sneak a peek at the score going on in Ohio’s other NFL outpost.

“It’s gonna be hard not to look at it because those guys (the Ravens) are determining which seed we’ll be in the playoffs,” the speedster said. “But we can’t worry about that and we can’t be scoreboard watching and lose our game. We need to focus in on our game and handle our business and then the chips gonna fall where they fall. If we have to go on the West Coast or whatever, that’s what we’ll do.” Three weeks ago against Cleveland, Roethlisberger had his left ankle twisted grotesquely on a sack late in the first half by the Browns, who must have thought he was done for the game when Roethlisberger hobbled off the field carrying his shoe and had to be carted to the locker room. But as halftime ended, No. 7 came back on the field. Roethlisberger returned and despite being so heavily taped that he moved only slightly faster than a statue, he led the Steelers to a 14-3 win over the Browns, who for some reason chose not to blitz him as much after halftime. A week later, Roethlisberger gutted it out as long as he could in a 20-3 loss to San Francisco before turning things over to backup Charlie Batch last week against St. Louis. Despite reports earlier this week out of Pittsburgh that Roethlisberger only had “a shot” to play, Browns coach Pat Shurmur figured he’d heal enough to be ready for the finale.

Eagles hope for strong finish Philadelphia to end season where accomplishments didn’t match the preseason hype. By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Playing for pride, playing for a strong finish, playing for .500. That’s all that remains for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles (7-8) have one game left in a disappointing season that began with tons of hype and Super Bowl expectations. They host the Washington Redskins (5-10) today and then begin an early vacation. No playoffs are unusual for this franchise. It’s the first time since 2007 the Eagles haven’t qualified for postseason play and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid’s 13 seasons. “I’ll never sit up here and make excuses. That’s not how I operate, so I’m not going to start now,” Reid said. “I’ll take full responsibility for that. I think we all expected — players and coaches — to have a better record than we have today. So that’s my responsibility, and to say anything less I’d be wrong saying that.” Despite their poor record, the Eagles weren’t officially eliminated from the playoff race until last

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the playoffs for the first time since 2008 based on head-to-head play. “I think everyone knows this is the most important game of the season,” Giants veteran left tackle David Diehl said. “We all know what’s at stake. We know what we are playing for. When we started this season our No. 1 goal was to win the division and here we are. It’s right in front of us.” The division title has been in front of both teams all season, and neither has grabbed hold of it. The Giants won six of their first eight games, then went on a four-game losing streak to fall a game behind the Cowboys in early December. New York, however, rallied from a 12-point deficit on Dec. 11 to beat Dallas 3734 and regain first place on a tiebreaker. The momentum lasted a week. New York put in a no-show in losing to Washington on Dec. 18, putting Dallas back in first. Of

NEXT GAME WASHINGTON at PHILADELPHIA TV: 1 p.m. today, FOX-56 OPENING LINE: Eagles by 9 LAST MEETING: Eagles beat Redskins 20-13, Oct. 16

week. Had the New York Jets beaten the New York Giants last Saturday, the Eagles would be playing for the NFC East title instead of simply trying to finish strong with a four-game winning streak. Reid plans to use all his healthy starters, including quarterback Michael Vick. He’s trying to become the second player to have consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing. Vick needs 32 yards passing to join Randall Cunningham in that exclusive club. Cunningham did it three years in a row with Philadelphia from 1988-90. “I think at the end of the day you just want to go out there and play with a sense of pride,” Vick said. “You know things didn’t go the way we wanted them to go and you just can’t say that because we’re out of the playoffs, that we’re just going to lay down and not finish the season strong. I course, the inconsistency continued last week as the Giants played one of their best games of the season in knocking off and shutting up the local rival Jets 2914. Meanwhile, Dallas lost to Philadelphia for the second time this season and quarterback Tony Romo bruised his right hand — his passing hand. So who shows up this week with everything on the line? Who knows? “I think these two teams are very comparable team-wise, not only in record but the types of seasons we have had,” said Romo, who plans on playing. “I suspect that talent-wise, we are pretty close so there will be a few plays here or there that will decide this game. We have to be ready to make those plays.” Coincidentally, both teams have been in similar situations in recent years as far as making the playoffs and came up short. The Giants have had late-season collapses the past two years. They lost to Carolina and Minnesota in the final two games of the ‘09 season to miss the playoffs and they were beaten by Philadelphia and Green Bay in the 14th

think there are a lot of positives that we can take out of this last game, ending the season on a four-game winning streak going into next season. So there are things that you can look on the bright side on and a lot of positive things that we can take away from the last four games we played.” While the Eagles are feeling better about themselves heading into the offseason, the Redskins are going in an opposite direction. When the teams met on Oct. 16, the Redskins were 3-1 and in sole possession of first place that late in a season for the first time since 1999, when they last won a division title. The Eagles had lost four in a row after a season-opening win and were desperate to save their season. A 20-13 win gave Philadelphia some hope and it also started Washington’s downfall. The Redskins lost six straight and fell out of the playoff picture. One of Washington’s veterans will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Linebacker London Fletcher leads the NFL with 163 tackles, but was passed over for the Pro Bowl team this week. “It’s not surprising,” Fletcher said. “We need a better record than 5-10. The teams that win typically get more players in the Pro Bowl.” and 15th games last season — blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead against the Eagles — to also go home early. The Cowboys, who last went to the playoffs in the 2009 season, had another win-and-in game on the road in 2008 against the Eagles and were blown out 44-6. “I think it’s the same thing,” Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware said of the parallel to 2008. “Going into this game, this is an opportunity where you can sort of get a birth, an opportunity where you can catapult yourself sort of where you need to be, showcase what we actually have. We haven’t been the most consistent team this year, but if you get this game and get to the playoffs, that’s like rebirth, a rebirth of the team. I think it’d be great to just keep going.” Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said this is an easy game to get ready to play because the picture is so clear, the teams know each other so well after having played only three weeks ago — and having played each other twice a year for decades.








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OUTDOORS FAREWELL TO 2011: Nature continued to offer a unique perspective on places, people and animals throughout the region

Having a really wild time stocked trout. We searched a stretch below the Francis Walter Dam and found quite a few A flood, an ancient bear, two trout. But what was surprising retirements, Sunday hunting was where they turned up. legislation, trapping deer and When Pierce probed the electrogeese, electro-shocking trout on shocker into the smallest of the Lehigh River, and the opporholes – some no larger than a tunity to crawl inside a bear’s dinner plate, small, wild trout den made 2011 an eventful year would surface. The trout were in the outdoors. Here’s a look at only temporarily stunned, and some of the notable events that after a few seconds they recofound their way onto the Times vered a darted back into the Leader Outdoors page in the current. last year. It was a busy one, and Floods and pheasants – Sept. hopefully 2012 will be just as 25: The flood that devastated eventful. the area in September also deIce stifles area’s largest coyote molished two of the PGC’s hunt – Feb. 7: A thick crust of pheasant farms in Lycoming ice on top of snow made it a County. Approximately 40,000 tough go for the 725 hunters in pheasants were either washed the Northeast Regional Coyote away or escaped when the flood Hunt conducted by District 9 of waters swept through the pens. the PA Trappers Association. At That equated to 40 percent of the weigh-in in Tunkhannock, the agency’s total pheasant hunters brought in just 21 production for the year. Despite coyotes from the seven-county the loss, the PGC remained region. The year before 56 optimistic it could accomplish coyotes were bagged during the the increased production goal of hunt. 200,000 for this fall. Deer trapping – March 6: One Sunday hunting heats up – of the best parts of this job is Oct. 30: The state legislature the opportunity to tag along conducted three public hearings BILL TARUTIS PHOTOS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER with wildlife biologists in the on House Bill 1760, which field. Jim Stickles of the PennA wildlife biologist escorts wild Canadian geese ashore at Frances Slocum State Park for examination and banding. would give the PGC the authorsylvania Game Commission ity to implement Sunday huntnursing four cubs. Ternent and invited me to join his crew on a ing and mandate that they do so deer trapping venture in Susque- his crew efficiently sedated the in some form. The bill was inbear, gave her and the cubs a hanna County. The wait was troduced by state Rep. Ed Stacheck-up (they got a clean bill of long, but the action was fast back earlier in the year and health) and outfitted the sow when a pair of adult bucks enimmediately sparked a debate. with a new, larger collar before tered two of the cage traps The bill is currently in commitwe all quietly left scene. Stickles had baited with corn. tee as legislators work with Doe season shortened – April While watching his assistants supporters and opponents to 13: The Pennsylvania Game hold the deer down so they find a solution that would allow Commission implemented a could be tagged and collared, some form of Sunday hunting in significant change that affected one gets a good perspective of Pennsylvania. just how powerful these animals a lot of deer hunters in the area Hunters losing an ally – Nov. when they added Wildlife Manare. To protect themselves 9: Staback announced he would against the kick of a hoof, Stick- agement Unit 3B to the split not seek re-election and retire at season concept. That meant les crew wore hockey helmets the end of 2012, wrapping up 13 hunters could only harvest a when they entered the cages. terms. An avid hunter, Staback They escaped unharmed, as did buck during the first five days of was a tireless supporter of huntthe season, until antlerless deer the bucks that were released ing and fishing issues. He came in on the first Saturday. after a few minutes. chaired the Game and Fisheries Commissioner Jay Delaney said Into the bear’s den – March Committee and authored severthe change was made partly in 20: Another trip afield with a al bills that protected hunting response to the overwhelming biologist – this time PGC bear and fishing. Most notable was a support he has received from biologist Mark Ternent. I’ve bill to increase the penalties and hunters wanting a split season. done stories with Ternent befines for those caught poaching. Now, three of the five WMU’s in fore, but this one presented a How old? – Nov. 13: A female unique opportunity – the chance the northeast are under the split bear that was put down in Carseason. Could more join the list A sedated black bear sleeps inside her den beneath boulders in Wilkes-Barre Township. to peer inside a bear’s den. The bon County because it couldn’t den was located in Wilkes-Barre this year? walk was found to be 35 years One special deputy – June 19: age for a deputy. Zellner for a day of goose band- molt and can’t fly for about a Township and the bear – a 300old, meaning it was born in “I would keep going if I didn’t ing, which meant surrounding a month. pound female – was fitted with a When Hanover Township resi1976. The Game Commission have to retire,” Walton said. flock with fence panels, handing Discovering the Lehigh – radio collar the year before. The dent Rich Walton retired as a tagged the bear in 1982 when it deputy Wildlife Conservation “The longer I was a deputy, the the birds out one by one and Aug. 7: After months of working was six, and again in 1992 when den wasn’t spacious. It was Officer, it brought an end to the more I liked it.” holding them – making sure to with bear, deer and geese, it was a tooth was pulled and it was basically a narrow gap between third-longest deputy tenure in Wild goose chase – July 10: secure the powerful wings, time to hit the water and search determined the bear was 16. a pile of large boulders. When I Game Commission history. For as powerful as the deer that while they could be fitted with a for trout. Pennsylvania Fish and The PGC has aged more than looked inside the bear was alWalton served in the capacity were trapped in March were, the leg band. Why were the geese so Boat Commission biologist ready safely sedated. When 80,000 bear teeth in the last for 47 years. He would’ve served geese that we corralled in July easy to catch? At the end of Daryl Pierce let me join him as Ternent took the first peak three decades, and only a few longer, but Walton turned 70 on were no slouches. I joined PGC June and early July, geese drop he electro-shocked the Lehigh minutes earlier, however, the topped the 30-year mark. None July 1, reaching the maximum biologists Ian Gregg and Drew their flight feathers when they River in search of wild and sow was sitting on her rump reached 35, until now. By TOM VENESKY

OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK The North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold its annual antler scoring session on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. in the old Noxen School in Noxen. Members and non-members of QDMA are welcome to bring in antlers that they would like to have scored that had been harvested during any year or any location. The North Mountain Branch also encourages folks to come out and see what others may have harvested and possibly learn more about deer management or the branch’s activities throughout the year and hopefully get some new volunteers for some upcoming habitat projects. You can learn more about the North Mountain Branch and their activities by logging onto or by calling 477-2238 or emailing The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its fourth annual Winter Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Farmers Inn, 1597 Hillside Road in Shavertown. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The buffet style dinner is open to the public at a cost of $22 for adults and $18 for children ages 5-16. Youngsters under age 5 are free. While this is not a typical RGS fundraiser, there will be a few raffle items available to help make this a fun

event. All guests are asked to bring a gender-free wrapped gift. For more information and/or tickets contact Brian Clark at 570-983-9918. The 2012 Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt, sponsored by District 9 of the PA Trappers Association, will be held on Feb. 3, 4 and 5. A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded for the heaviest coyote, a $250 prize for the heaviest coyote turned in each day and $100 will be awarded for all coyotes turned in during the hunt. Coyotes taken in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Pike, Luzerne and Sullivan counties during the three-day hunt are eligible. Coyotes must be taken by legal hunting methods only and not with traps or cable restraints. Weigh-in will be held at the Triton Hose Co. in Tunkhannock from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Weigh-in ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. A weigh-in dinner, included in the entry fee, will be held for all entrants on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. A $25 entry fee is due by Jan. 21 (fee includes dinner). After Jan. 21 the fee is $30 and entries will not be accepted after 10 p.m., Feb. 1. For more information call 570-942-6895, 570-679-2318 or email Include “coyote hunt information” in the subject.

Huntington Mills United Sportsmen will hold their 10th Annual Coyote Hunt on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22. Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse on 251 Waterton Road in Huntington Mills. The hunt begins on Friday, Jan. 20, at 12:01 a.m. Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday (Jan. 20 and 21) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for heaviest coyote and second place will be $500. There will also be a smallest coyote pool, gun raffle and 50/50 drawing. A breakfast buffet will be served on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $25 and must be in by Jan. 18. Entries can be mailed to United Sportsmen Camp 271, P.O. Box 85, Huntington Mills, PA 18622 or emailed to For more information call 256-3933 or 6835472. An ice fishing derby will be held at Lake Jean on Jan. 15 – rescheduled from Jan. 8 due to unsafe ice conditions. Registration fee is $10 per person and there’s an optional $5 pickerel lunker. Registration is from 5:30-7 a.m. at the west boat launch off of Route 487. The derby runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A second ice fishing derby will be held at Long Pond in Wayne County on Jan. 22. For more information, email Christopher Jones at

First nighttime patrol bags some violations The Times Leader staff

For three weekends in October and November, the Pennsylvania Game Commission conducted Operation Talon – a night detail aimed to crackdown on poaching. Dan Figured, PGC law enforcement supervisor for the Northeast Region, said this was the first year the operation was conducted and it will likely be held again in the future. The following are the results of Operation Talon (conducted on the weekends of Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 5): Statewide results · 460 officers involved, including Wildlife Conservation Officers and deputies, local police, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officers and a Pennsylvania State Police airplane out of Harrisburg · 313 contacts (vehicles checked, individuals questioned, etc.) · 94 warnings · 192 citations

· 5 DUIs · 2 felons apprehended for possessing firearms · Charges include unlawful lights while hunting, taking game in a closed season, unlawful devices and methods and shooting on or across highways. · Seized items include several deer, firearms, ammunition and spotlights

Northeast Region results · 59 law enforcement officers involved · 38 contacts · 33 warnings · 30 citations · Charges include hunting deer in a closed season (4), unlawful taking or possession of big game (1), spotlighting while in possession of a firearm (5), spotlighting violations (11), loaded firearm in a vehicle (5). · Game Lands violations (3) and one individual charged with possession of a concealed handgun without a permit.











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Happy New Year! Today will start off nice with partly cloudy skies and a high of 47. Clouds will increase in the evening with a late rain shower. On Monday, a front will pass through and have a major impact on our temperatures. We could see snow showers overnight. Light snow showers will stick around Tuesday with partly cloudy skies. The wind will be a factor making it feel very cold. Mostly sunny skies will return on Wednesday. On Thursday, we may have a flurry with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures stay in the mid20s overnight into Friday. Milder weather returns Friday and Saturday. - Michelle Rotella

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ost of us know all too well the top world and national business stories of 2011; fears of collapsing economies in Europe, a moribund U.S. business climate and the rise of social media. All of those got our attention, but the effect on local business owners, employees and consumers wasn’t always clear. Here are capsules of 10 stories that hit closer to home, some good, some not, but all relevant to our lives and the vitality of the Northeastern Pennsylvania economy. Deal-making in health care tops the list because it affects so many of us; not only will we all visit a doctor or hospital at some point, the industry is the largest private employer in the region. The damage to businesses from the September flooding is a close second; there’s no particular order beyond that and some readers surely will point out omissions. But we hope this is a representative summary of a year that seemed to drift by with no particular direction. — Ron Bartizek, Business Editor

Health care consolidation A trickle of hospital acquisitions became a flood in 2011, as both Geisinger Health System and Community Health Systems moved to cement their competitive positions. Things began modestly when CHS-owned Wilkes-Barre General Hospital said it had purchased InterMountain Medical Group, a

practice with locations in Luzerne and Monroe counties. In March, a Lackawanna County judge approved the $150 million sale to CHS of Scranton’s Mercy Hospital and affiliated facilities in Nanticoke and Tunkhannock. In July, Geisinger and Community Medical Center, Scranton’s largest hospital, an-

nounced a planned merger. Not to be outdone, CHS said it would take over Moses Taylor Health Care System, which operates Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Mid-Valley Hospital in Peckville and Physicians Health Alliance Inc. See TOP 10, Page 2D

When a thief steals your ID and your IRS refund By JAY WEAVER McClatchy Newspapers

MIAMI — Without a hitch, Ed and Kelley Brill had filed their joint income-tax returns from the same home address for 14 years. But this year, after obtaining an extension, the Miami Shores, Fla., couple were shocked to learn that the Internal Revenue Service had rejected their electronically filed return. It turned out that a thief had stolen Kelley’s identity, Social Security number and employer’s name, then filed a falsi-

GET HELP To contact the IRS about a possible tax fraud complaint, go to the agency’s website,, and click on “Where’s My Refund?” The hotline to reach an IRS customer service representative is 800829-0582.

fied refund claim — beating the Brills to the punch. Now, the Brills, parents of three school-age children — who still have no idea how they were victimized —

must wait six to 12 months to get their $7,918 refund. Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, the Brills are enduring a frustrating triple whammy: ID theft, tax fraud and IRS red tape. “What gets me is the taxpayer who was ripped off and did nothing wrong has to prove himself to the IRS,” said Ed Brill, 50, a mortgage banker whose wife is a schoolteacher. They learned from an IRS representative in November that Kelley’s ID was stolen and used for the fraudulent

tax refund, but were told little else. “The IRS never bothered verifying anything filed by the crook who committed the crime,” said Brill. “I want to be afforded the same courtesy and efficiency that the crook was afforded by the IRS.” The combustible issues of identity theft and tax fraud in the electronic age have forced the IRS to come up with smarter ways to detect phony refund claims, match employee-employSee THEIF, Page 3D

Celebrate the New Year by redeeming your gift cards PLENTY OF YOU likely got gift cards as holiday presents. Don’t hold on to them too long and use them wisely. At Old Navy, you can turn those cards into clothes and get vouchers to get more clothes next month. Through Jan. 22, for every $20 spent on eligible purchases, customers will receive $10 in Super C-A-S-H, up to a maximum of $30 in value per transaction. Eligible purchases include sale, regular and clearance merchandise but exclude gift cards, packaging, taxes and prior purchases. Super C-AS-H will be available in increments of $10, $20, and $30. Customers can redeem $10 in Super C-A-S-H on purchases in $20 increments. Only one Super C-A-S-H cou-


pon may be redeemed per transaction and redemption must be made between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8. If one of your resolutions was “new year, new bra,” then Victoria’s Secret has what you need. The store has most bras buy-one, get-one-half-off today only. If you received a gift card to a store you have no interest in, you have four choices. Regift it, try to find a family member or friend who likes that store who will buy it, donate it to charity or go to one of the numerous gift card exchange websites that have sprung up that allow you to trade or sell your card, but below face value. You can buy gift cards below face value, too.,, and all offer about 90 percent of the face value for your card. I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer Happy New Year greetings to you, the faithful readers of this column. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t let you know that Price Chopper has a great Can Can Sale going on this week and also quite a few buy-one, get-two-free offers on products like John Morrell Polish sausage, Prima Familia Italian Style meatballs and baked in-store pound cake. Now that’s the way to ring in the new year. After a few weeks of few or no coupons being inserted into newspapers, 2012 starts off strong with four insert booklets containing $366 worth of coupons. Among the best ways to use the coupons at area retailers are:

• Use the $1 off two Ultra Palmolive dish detergents at Weis and get three 25 oz. bottles for $2. • Maybe Dawn is your detergent of choice. Head to CVS with the $1 off two Dawn hand renewal liquid detergents and walk out with two for the price of 98 cents. • Use the $1 off five Lean Cuisine entrees at Shur Save or Weis markets to get five boxes for $9. Or head to Target and get 10 boxes for $19 plus a free $5 store gift card. • Rite Aid has Herbal Essence and Aussie shampoos, conditioners or stylers on sale for $2.49. There’s a coupon for $1 off any one of those products that brings the price down even more. Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. Follow him on Twitter @TLAndrewSeder.

STOCK INVESTORS ran in place in 2011. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is ending the year about where it started. Invest in a stock mutual fund, and you likely ended up losing because of fee expenses. About three-quarters of the U.S. stock fund categories that Morningstar tracks are closing out the calendar with a loss. That’s another knock for investors who are still stinging from their losses in the financial crisis of 2008. Although the market rebounded sharply beginning in March 2009, it’s still about 20 percent shy of its peak in late 2007. Yet even in the gloom of 2011, there was a bright spot: dividend-paying stocks. Across the board, the top-performing mutual fund categories were those that invested in dividend stocks, led by funds specializing in utilities stocks. Other top categories were funds that primarily invest in real estate investment trusts, the health care sector, and stocks of consumer goods companies that make necessities. What’s more, large company stocks outperformed small- and mid-cap stocks. It’s the big companies, rather than the smaller ones, that are the most reliable dividend payers. Nearly 80 percent of S&P 500 companies make regular payouts. The results are a complete reversal from 2010, when the top-performing funds specialized in small-cap stocks. Those stocks typically outperform larger ones when economic news turns positive, as it did in 2010, a year when stocks rose 13 percent. But the economic recovery lost momentum in 2011, and investors bid up the prices of dividend stocks, while small-caps fell. “Practically anything paying a dividend was hot,” Morningstar fund analyst David Kathman says. Dividend-payers are typically wellestablished companies that share profits through quarterly payouts, rather than plowing the cash back into the company to fuel growth. Stocks of smaller companies can offer greater long-term potential, but are more vulnerable when the economy stumbles, or when fears like the European debt crisis send stocks tumbling. Investors have been hard-pressed to find decent sources of investment income, which has made dividends more appealing. Consider that 10-year Treasury bonds yield around 1.9 percent. That’s less than half the yield of more than a dozen S&P 500 stocks. With interest rates low, bank accounts and savings options such as certificates of deposit provide even less income than Treasurys. “People are looking to dividends for income, because they can’t get it from the other sources they normally rely on,” Kathman says. Here’s a look at average returns through Wednesday for some notable stock fund categories, starting with the top four performers: Utilities (9.7%): These stocks tend to be stable performers in both a rising and falling market. It’s an outgrowth of the typically steady demand for electricity and natural gas. The average dividend yield of utilities stocks within the S&P 500 is 4.1 percent, about twice the average yield of the index. A handful of utilities sector funds delivered returns of around 20 percent in 2011, including Franklin Utilities (FKUTX), which earned toprung gold honors from Morningstar under its new analyst ratings of funds. Some of the strongest-performing utilities, with gains of more than 30 percent including dividends, were big names like Progress Energy Inc. and Consolidated Edison Inc. Real estate (6.9%): Real estate investment trusts generate income from properties they own, and often operate. They’re big dividend payers, because they’re required to distribute at least 90 percent of their taxable income to shareholders. See JEWELL, Page 3D












United Continental to make headlines in 2012

By GREGORY KARP Chicago Tribune

While 2012 is likely to feature a variety of dramatic airline news stories, if only because most years in the volatile and hypercompetitive industry beget drama, some of the biggest developments will come from the world’s largest airline, United Continental Holdings Inc. of Chicago. Behind the scenes, the company will attempt to merge United’s and Continental’s reservation computer systems, a huge and perilous undertaking. It will also be the first North American airline to take delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, considered a game-changing aircraft for fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. Perhaps most important, the company will roll up its sleeves and try to hammer out labor contracts with several of its unions, including the feisty pilots union that has been highly critical of the airline in recent months. Developments elsewhere in the airline industry will include American Airlines making its way through bankruptcy protection, potentially cutting some service in Chicago and elsewhere. Already, American shelved its connector flights from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International to Chicago. There’s also the little matter of the sluggish U.S. and world economies with which the airline industry’s fate is tied. But fliers will also see more cabin amenities, such as Internet access, power supply in seats and high-tech video choices for movies and television shows onboard. For United Airlines customers, the change they might notice first will come when the company combines its reservation systems. That change is slated to happen in the first quarter of 2012. After the switch, will go away, and travelers no longer will be able book flights online there. Continental as an airline technically ceased to exist after the company received Federal Aviation Administration approval on Nov. 30 to operate as a single airline, called United Airlines. But since then, the company has been operating two airline nameplates, United and Continental, until it can combine computer systems that run its book-

BUSINESS AGENDA OSHA’S IMPACT ON RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION: Jan. 10, 9-1 1 a.m., Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, 20 W. Broad St. Information on how OSHA regulations affect residential contractors. Chamber members $25; nonmembers, $30 non members, includes materials and continental breakfast. Reservations required online at, by calling 455-1509 or by email at CEO LUZERNE ROUNDTABLE: Jan. 12, 1 1 a.m.-1 p.m., Top of the 80s, Hazleton. Robert T. Sweet, economist and managing director of MTB Investment Advisors, will discuss the economic outlook for 2012 and the outlook for capital markets. $36 for Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association members; $72 for non-members, includes lunch. To register, call 622-0992 or email OSHA TRAINING IN GENERAL INDUSTRY: Jan. 12-13, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, 20 W. Broad St. For general industry workers, supervisors, safety managers, or other individuals responsible for safety in their organizations. Chamber members $175 members; nonmembers, $225, includes training materials and lunch. Send announcements of upcoming events by e-mail to; by mail to Business Agenda, Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 or by fax to 829-5537. Include a contact phone number and e-mail address. The submission deadline is Wednesday for publication on Sunday.

ings. Currently, those computer systems, which are the digital backbone of an airline, run on different brands of incompatible software. Airline officials chose to stick with Continental’s brand of booking software, called SHARES, sold by Hewlett-Packard. “That’s a very big deal for us because it will make the customer experience better than it is today,” said United Chief Executive Jeff Smisek, who has called United Continental “a technology company with wings.” “It will make our treating of the customers more seamless than it is today, because we have two separate sets of technology, and they don’t talk to each other.” It’s not all about software. It’s also about teaching United employees to use it. Such computer switchovers have not always gone smoothly. Virgin America switched to a new reservation system Oct. 28. It was plagued with glitches on its website and airport kiosks. Customers were outraged when they couldn’t change or cancel flights, choose seats or access their frequent-flier accounts. The airline was forced to issue blanket apologies and individual ones via Twitter. It hired extra people to handle all the customer problems. And US Airways had trouble in 2007 when it merged with America West. During that episode, merging the systems crashed check-in kiosks nationwide. “It was pretty ugly,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly. “People would show up at the airport and not be able to check in for their flights. And planes were taking off empty because people couldn’t get their boarding passes and get through security.” United Continental in 2012 is scheduled to be the first North American airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a twin-aisle plane that offers the best fuel economy and range for a craft its size and promises passengers far greater comfort. Smisek has called it a “truly gamechanging aircraft.” It’s expected to be in service during the second half of the year, and, all told, United expects to receive six 787s from Boeing in 2012. “It will be the only U.S. airline


Boeing Employees walk with an ANA 787 as it slowly moves towards the celebration during a driving rainstorm in Everett, Wash. Boeing handed over the key to the first Boeing 787 delivered to All Nippon Airways during a ceremony in front of the 787 factory in Everett.

flying them for a long time to come,” Kaplan said. “It will be years before anyone else in the U.S. has them.” Specifically, United claims it will be three years before the competition in North America has a Dreamliner. Boeing delivered the first 787 this year to Japan’s All Nippon Airways, which put it into service this month. The 787 is said to be the most technically advanced commercial aircraft ever built. The jet’s largely composite structure is lighter and promises greater fuel efficiency, which is a big deal for airlines. If it lives up to expectations, the Dreamliner would burn 20 percent less fuel than other midsize jets but boast the range of far larger aircraft. It would enable carriers to bypass airport hubs and directly connect city pairs that otherwise wouldn’t generate enough passenger traffic to fill bigger jets. For passengers, the plane has the industry’s largest windows and overhead bins. Quieter and

smoother-riding, the aircraft has wider aisles and seats, lower cabin pressure and cleaner air using a filtration system to remove offensive odors. The windows will be dimmable, via electrochromic window shades rather than physical pull-down shades. Perhaps the biggest challenge for United next year will be successfully negotiating labor contracts with its various unions, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, passenger service agents and ramp agents. The most difficult, and most costly, will likely be the pilots contract. The two sides have been negotiating for more than a year. Pilots, looking to recoup pay and benefits they lost in United’s bankruptcy from 2002 to 2006, have regularly staged informational pickets about not having a new contract. The Air Lines Pilots Association filed a federal lawsuit against United, complaining about poor cockpit training, although labor officials said the suit was about safety, not

their labor contract. The union lost that suit. “I certainly wouldn’t bet a lot of money on it getting done in 2012,” Kaplan said of the pilots’ contract. “They certainly don’t seem any closer now than when the companies merged. If anything, they seem further apart.” The company would receive financial benefits in having a joint pilots’ contract. It would allow the airline to mix United and Continental pilots in the same cockpits to achieve efficiencies, which can’t happen now. And there’s an intangible benefit to having harmony between pilots and management. The problem is, the unions, especially pilots, might ask for so much that the total cost would far surpass any efficiency savings the company would reap. Smisek said the company wants to seal deals with all the unions, including pilots. “We’re very committed to getting a deal with the pilots, but it has to be fair,” Smisek said. “I will

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The deals came with big commitments to invest in the facilities. Geisinger said it would spend $159 million on capital projects at CMC; CHS agreed to invest $60 million over five years in facility and technology upgrades at Moses Taylor. The Geisinger expansion attracted the affiliated Geisinger Health Plan to Wilkes-Barre, where it said it would add 75 jobs. All the dealing left only Hazleton General Hospital and Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale unaffiliated with either of the two health care giants. Marian announced in December that it would close. Flooding swamps businesses Many area businesses suffered severe damage in floods caused by Tropical Storm Lee, perhaps none more than the low-lying Mark Plaza in Edwardsville. The 216,000square-foot complex, which prior to the flooding housed anchor stores Kmart and Redner’s Warehouse Market and six other businesses, took on at least 8 feet of water when the Susquehanna River crested on Sept 9. The shopping center remained shuttered three months later, and business owners said they’d heard little from the landlord, White Plains, N.Y.-based Acadia Realty Trust. Businesses in West Pittston, Plains, Plymouth Township and Shickshinny also were hard-hit, including such well-known shops as Jon L. Stopay Candies and Agolino’s restaurant, both of which reopened. But Wells Fargo said its branch in Shickshinny would not reopen, leaving the town with no local bank. Unemployment holds tight grip

not do it if it’s not fair to the company and fair to the co-workers. When we get to the point where we can reach such a deal, we will.” US Airways hasn’t reached that point. It merged with America West Airlines more than six years ago and still hasn’t struck a joint deal with the pilots union. “There’s precedent for these things getting really drawn out,” Kaplan said. “What US Airways has shown is it’s possible to run an airline without getting the groups together.” The recent bankruptcy of American Airlines, which is likely to see the airline significantly lower its labor costs, could also have an effect on United’s stance with unions. “United might be in a position to say to its workers, ‘Look, we just can’t give you what you’re asking because that would make us totally uncompetitive against this important competitor that now has much lower costs,’ ” Kaplan said.


Mark Plaza in Edwardsville was devastated by September’s flooding.


Robert Peloso of Fortis Institue visited the Times Leader Job Fair in December to ask about work for his students.

In an up-and-down year for the local unemployment rate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region maintained an unwelcome distinction as the worst place in Pennsylvania to get a job. The jobless rate in January was 9.1 percent in the labor market area that includes Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Things looked better in April, when the rate fell to 8.4 percent, the lowest in two years. But a sharp uptick followed; by August

Marcellus Shale’s long reach Natural gas drillers have locked up hundreds of leases in Luzerne County, but the few experimental wells have thus far come up dry. That didn’t mean the booming industry had no effect here. Two proposed pipelines that would bring gas from northern counties to the Transco interstate pipeline in Dallas Township drew heated opposition, but in the end received approval. Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority explored the possibility of building treatment facilities for “frack water,” but the proposed operator withdrew its proposal. Cate Street Capital said citizen opposition to the plant was the main factor in its decision, but equally important may have been the industry’s push to reuse as much water as possible. In December, Transco operator Williams announced plans to expand the capacity of its compressor station in Buck Township. Also in December, Clarks Summit-based Laser Northeast Gathering said it would sell its pipelines, contracts and easements to Williams for $750 million.

Theater block struggles Five years after completion, the University Corners complex in downtown Wilkes-Barre remained largely empty. WilkesBarre Movies14, the major tenant, continued to operate successfully, while most of the ground level retail spaces remained vacant. Adding uncertainty, Bill Geary, who in 2009 took ownership of AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER three-fourths of the retail portion Wilkes-Barre Movies 14 anchors the University Corners complex. and assumed an $8.4 million mortgage note, filed for bankruptcy in May, listing $39.3 million in debts the rate jumped to 9.8 percent. As ple were working. “The overall march is in the and $724,984 in assets. Geary also the end of 2011 approached, the rate settled at 9.2 percent in both right direction, but the drum beat was accused of misappropriating October and November. Still, that is slow right now,” said Anthony funds at a Florida development was below the 9.8 percent in No- Liuzzo, director of the master of vember 2010, and 1,300 more peo- business administration program See TOP 10, Page 3D










SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012 PAGE 3D nancial services companies were the worst-performing mutual fund category of 2011. It’s familiar territory. Financial sector funds also have the Continued from Page 1D worst results over the past three- and five-year periods. In Although the real estate mar2011, these stocks were hurt by ket clearly isn’t back to where the slowdown in the economic it was a few years ago, comrecovery; legal liability stemmercial real estate has fared ming from the flood of home better than residential real foreclosures; and fears that estate. debt-burdened European govHealth care (6.6%): ernments would fail to fully Uncertainty over President pay their debts, potentially Obama’s health care overhaul hurt health care stocks in 2009 hurting European and U.S. and 2010, but that cloud lifted banks. Shares of Bank of Amera bit in 2011. Drug maker Pfiz- ica tumbled 60 percent. Technology (8% loss): er returned nearly 28 percent. These stocks are among the One attraction was the stock’s top performers over the past dividend yield of 3.7 percent. Biotech stocks were among the three years, but the slowdown year’s biggest winners. Biogen in the economic recovery hurt Idec shares jumped 64 percent, their 2011 results. There were and a specialized fund, Fidelity exceptions, like Apple, whose shares gained nearly 25 perAdvisor Biotechnology cent as consumers continued (FBTAX), returned nearly 17 to demand the latest versions percent. of the iPhone and iPad. Consumer staples (4.5%): As for dividends, the outlook These funds invest in stocks remains strong. The cash coffof companies that provide everyday essentials, from food ers of companies in the S&P 500 are at a record $1 trillion, to soap to trash bags, and typputting them in good position ically pay dividends. Demand to keep increasing dividends. for these products is stable in Payments rose about 16 pergood times and bad. Two of the standout stocks in 2011 are cent in 2011 compared with the previous year, and more than tobacco companies paying half of S&P 500 companies dividends of 3.9 percent or increased their dividends. higher. Lorillard returned S&P analyst Howard Silverabout 46 percent, and Philip blatt is quite confident about Morris International 39 perthe outlook for dividends: “You cent. can write the copy for next Financials (16% loss): year now: Dividends continue Funds that specialize in to increase for 2012.”’ stocks of banks and other fi-



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and lost his real estate license in California, where Geary lives and his company, Carlsberg Management Co., is headquartered. The upstairs loft condominiums were a brighter story, with most of the 21 sold. A separate company, Susquehanna Real Estate, took over that part of the

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er wage statements and handle victims’ refund problems. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman has focused not only on the viral identity-theft problem, but also on potential solutions such as “real-time” matching of W-2 income statements before tax refunds are issued. The agency has recently begun a series of public meetings with

To meet demand for flights to project and completed constructhe Southwest, Delta reinstated tion. a daily flight to Atlanta that had Airport sees growth been dropped in 2009. In NovemCrediting much of the increase ber, Delta said it would upgrade to the Marcellus Shale gas drill- the flight to a 65-seat aircraft ing boom, the Wilkes-Barre/ from 50 seats. Not all the news was rosy, Scranton International Airport saw flights added and passenger though. Financially troubled numbers on the rise in 2011. American Airlines announced in Through November 30 the air- October that it would discontinport saw 428,341 flyers either ar- ue flights to Chicago. And a weak rive or depart in 2011. That was local economy “kept a lot of our 7.3 percent higher than the same local travelers home,” said airport Director Barry Centini. period a year earlier.

consumer groups, accountants, employers and others. Here’s the crux of the challenge: Scammers are exploiting a weakness in the IRS electronic filing system, because the agency does not match filers’ tax returns to W-2 income forms filed by employers until months after the filing season ends in April. That means the IRS is not scrutinizing fabricated documents before it issues refunds to thieves — refunds that are loaded onto debit cards that can be used in retail stores, super-

Deal, no deal for insurers One Wilkes-Barre-based insurance company was sold in 2011 and the proposed sale of another fell through. In November, Penn Millers Holding Co., parent of 124-yearold Penn Millers Insurance, was swallowed by a subsidiary of Swiss-based ACE American Insurance Co. Penn Millers had gone public in 2009 and was the See TOP 10, Page 4D

markets and banks. But fixing the costly problem will require the IRS to modernize its processing system and set new rules mandating that employers file workers’ income statements earlier in the year. Jose Marrero, a former IRS special agent in charge of the agency’s South Florida criminal division, said part of the problem is that Congress has pressured the agency to process returns faster, so taxpayers can receive their refunds more quickly.

But that has meant the IRS has less time to review claims for accuracy. “There is a real conflict that the IRS has to deal with,” said Marrero. “They are hamstrung by some of the things that Congress wants them to do or allows them to do.” In the meantime, the IRS has designed software filters to flag false returns before they are processed and refunds issued — including screens that spot certain changes in a taxpayer’s filing, such as a different ad-

dress or marital status. The agency warns that despite improvements, it is “also unfortunately seeing an increase in identity theft, including more complex schemes.” According to a Government Accountability Office report, the number of identity theft-related fraud incidents on tax returns reached 248,000 last year, about five times the number in 2008. Ed Brill pressed an IRS representative for immediate resolution of his case. Instead, he was

told if he did not hear back from the IRS by phone or writing within 90 days, he should contact the agency again. That clock started ticking on Nov. 7, when the IRS received the couple’s theft affidavit, he said. “I just don’t want to be penalized for a hole in their system,” he said. “And their attitude was, ‘Get in line with the rest of them.’ ” But with Christmas around the corner, he said, the Brills could use their nearly $8,000 tax refund.














Start 2012 off right in your small business

When success does not guarantee happiness

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — The arrival of the new year gives small business owners a chance to fix some of the problems that may have dogged them through 2011. Those whose accounting systems were haphazard, or who didn’t have a clear policy about vacations and sick time should take advantage of the fresh start that 2012 offers. A look at what needs to be done: If you’re likely to show up at your accountant’s office during tax season with a pile of disorganized receipts, invoices and ledgers for 2011, get yourself some accounting software designed for small business owners. And start using it right away. If you’re not sure which one would be best for you, talk to your accountant or to another business owner whose line of work is similar to yours. Many small business owners

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only locally based publicly traded company aside from banks. At $20.50 per share, shareholders more than doubled their money from the $10 per share initial public offering. Penn Millers executives did even better; eight officers shared a total of $8.1 million in “golden parachute” and other rewards. The story was different for Guard Insurance, which had been sold in 2007 to Israel-based Clal Insurance Enterprise Holdings Ltd. In September, Employers Holdings Inc., of Reno, Nev., withdrew a non-binding offer of $312 million for Guard that it had made in August. Guard said the failure of the deal would not affect its operations. Chamber chief moves on Giving more than adequate notice, Todd Vonderheid announced in February that he would resign as president and CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry by the end of the year. With seven replacement candidates in line, he left dayto-day operations in November but agreed to stay available Vonderheid through December to assist in a transition. Vonderheid’s tenure was marked by the Great Recession and its aftermath and he was forced to reduce the staff of more than 30 by half during his four years at the helm. Vonderheid returned to the chamber in June 2007 after spending one term as a Luzerne County Commissioner. He previously worked for the chamber for 10 years. The new CEO will lead both the Chamber of Business & Industry and the affiliated Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Vonderheid was paid $184,847 in salary and $29,143 in other compensation in 2009, according to federal filings. Fairchild stays open Two and a half years after announcing the end was near for a Crestwood Industrial Park plant and its 200-plus employees, Fairchild Semiconductor changed course and announced the plant will remain open indefinitely. The plant produces wafers — the basic component used to make computer chips — primarily for the automotive market. Since the original closure announcement in April 2009, the company says it has more than doubled its sales of the high voltage and automotive products which the Mountain Top facility supports. Fairchild expects to continue the rapid expansion of these businesses and determined that retaining the local facility will be essential to supporting customers’ current and future needs. New business brewing Ed Maier, president of Susquehanna Brewing Co., his son Fred

Many small business owners have poorly kept or nonexistent books because they don’t have time to keep track of what they spend and earn. Or they feel intimidated by accounting. The solution is to get some help. have poorly kept or nonexistent books because they don’t have time to keep track of what they spend and earn. Or they feel intimidated by accounting. The solution is to get some help. Your accountant or another owner can help you find a good bookkeeping service. Or hire an accounting student at a local college. Students are eager for the work. If you need help learning to use the programyou can search for a counselor who’s savvy about accounting software. Keeping good books is not just about being organized. It’s also about knowing what’s go-

ing on with your business. If you can’t easily look at your receivables and your expenses and know what your cash flow is, then your company can run into financial trouble. If you spent time in 2011 trying to mediate disputes over which employee was going to take which holiday or week in the summer off, you need to create a written vacation policy. There are two reasons: It will help your company operate in a fair and orderly fashion, and employees will know what to expect. Similarly, you might want to think about time off for illness, jury duty and other situations. A policy should spell out how much time employees get, how many staffers can be off at one time and how conflicts will be resolved. You need to decide if employees get their time off by seniority, or on a first-come, first-served basis. And, how far in advance do they need to ask for time off? How will you handle emer-

gency requests, especially when staffers have already used all their vacation time? And what happens if staffers don’t use all their time? Can they roll it over to the next year? For sick time, you need to think about how much you want to give staffers. And how do you want to handle situations where someone is out for an extended time? A big caveat: Some of these situations may be covered by federal or state laws, like the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should probably speak with a human resources consultant or a SCORE counselor who has worked in HR to be sure you comply with the laws. You can learn more about the FMLA at dol/topic/benefits-leave/ fmla.htm and the ADA at Check your state’s websites to see if there are laws you must follow.

Maier and Mark Nobile announced in October they would open Susquehanna Brewing Co. in the former United Beverage of NEPA building in Jenkins Township. Ed Maier is local brewing pioneer Charles Stegmaier’s great-great-grandson; Nobile’s grandfather, Mac Gargano, opened Wyoming Quality Beverage in West Wyoming in 1934, a year after Prohibition ended. In November the partners announced that Jaime Jurado, a 1990 Wilkes University graduate, would be the master brewer. JuAIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER rado was lured away from The Fairchild Semiconductor in Mountain Top will stay open ’indefiGambrinus Company in San Annitely.’ tonio, Texas.

ities. But if you dread going to the office or find yourself bored to tears Q: I am a happily married man in whileyou’rethere,itmaybetimeto my mid-40s with three young chil- start looking for a new and more indren. During my career, I have built teresting occupational challenge. a successful business and accumuQ: You recently printed a queslated enough wealth so that I have no worries about money. My prob- tion from an attorney who was conlem is that I really don’t know what cerned that her desire to start a family might cost her the chance to motivates me anymore. I have read articles on job moti- make partner. Your advice to look vation, but none of the traditional for a firm with better work-life baltypes of motivators — such as ance was fine, but there’s another achievement, social interaction or option which you failed to menservice to others — seems to apply tion. The woman could consider to me. The only thing I really care asking her husband if he would like aboutismakingmywifehappyand to become a stay-at-home dad. As president of DaddysHome, the providing love, support and econationalnetworkforstay-at-homefanomic certainty for my family. I greatly enjoy sports and other thers, I have found that many of our typical male activities, but I find it members are married to attorneys. difficult to get excited about work. These men elected to step out of the Can you help me figure out what workforce so that their wives could succeed and thrive in their careers. I’m missing? This lifestyle choice has worked A: Actually, your situation is not uncommon. Based on your descrip- extremely well for our family and tion, you seem to fall into the catego- thousandsofothers.Ifyourreaders ry of people who work primarily to would like more information, they support the rest of their life. This can visit our website at www.athosimply means that your job, while — Al Watts, President, not terribly exciting, enables you to DaddysHome, Inc. fund other enjoyable pastimes, like sports and family activities. A: Thank you for sharing a very In reality, people vary quite a bit valuable perspective. To make the in enthusiasm for their chosen probest possible choice for themselves fession. A few have discovered a and their children, parents should meaningful vocation which trigconsider all realistic options for bagers a deep, lifelong passion, while lancingfamilyneedsandworkpriormany others are perfectly satisfied ities.Whenbothpartiesarecomfortwith work that is reasonably enable with the decision, reversing the joyable, but not particularly enertraditional roles can be a practical gizing or inspirational. and rewarding alternative. To gauge the severity of this problem, you need to assess your Marie G. McIntyre is a workplace own feelings about work. If you are coach and the author of "Secrets to fairly content with your job, then Winning at Office Politics." Send in there’s nothing wrong with being questions and get free coaching tips more excited about other activ- at By MARIE G. MCINTYRE McClatchy-Tribune News Service












MarketPulse CASH FOR HOMES More homes are being purchased with cash, thanks to tighter mortgage lending requirements and real estate investors’ appetite for foreclosures.

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THE BANKRUPTCY/CREDIT LINK Bankruptcy filings for 2011 are likely to be down between 10 percent and 12 percent from the nearly 1.6 million in 2010, ac-

The trend picked up momentum in the years since the housing market boom ended and the number of foreclosures skyrocketed, leading to steep declines in home prices. And it continued to do so this year, according to an analysis by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence. The firm estimates 38 percent of homes sold this year were purchased with cash. That's up from 34 percent last year and a twofold increase from 2006, the firm says. Hanley Wood anticipates the trend will continue, as real estate investors make up more of the home buying pool.


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HOPE FOR THE HOUSING MARKET? the government reports strong The spring home selling season growth in jobs the next two starts in about two months. It’s months, more people may feel ophard to make a call now about timistic enough to buy. how strong it’s likely to be. This past week, the National Association of Realtors reported that the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose more than 7 percent in November to the highest level in a year and a half. And mortgage rates were close to record lows at year’s end. But home sales through November have put 2011 on track to be one of the worst ever for the housing market. And home prices were dropping during the fall. So far, the expectations are that 2012 will be a bumpy year for housing. Still, if

cording to the University of Illinois. But Robert Lawless, a business law professor at the university, warns against viewing the drop as a sign of a stronger economy. Lawless says there’s a link between bankruptcy filings and the availability of credit. He notes that consumers found it harder to borrow during and after the credit crisis in 2008. That means many people have accumulated less debt, and therefore had fewer reasons to file for bankruptcy in 2010. He also says they’re also finding it easier to borrow now, which means they can tap that money to pay bills and avoid bankruptcy.


Up in smoke

How did a quirky mutual fund that specializes in stocks like alcoholic beverage makers and casino developers end up one of 2011’s top-performers? By not letting the year’s double-digit gains for tobacco stocks go up in smoke. The aptly named Vice Fund (VICEX) returned 9 percent in 2011, placing it in the top 1 percent among large-blend stock funds. Four of the fund’s recent top holdings are cigarette makers, and had a stellar 2011. Their gains: Lorillard, 39 percent; Philip Morris International, 34 percent; Reynolds American 27 percent, and Altria Group, 20 percent. Contrast that with the S&P 500 index, which was virtually unchanged. Vice Fund’s tobacco stocks fared better than the other three industries that the fund specializes in: alcoholic beverages, defense contractors and gaming and casinos. Fund manager Gerry Sullivan discusses the 2011 results, and his unique fund:



What’s behind this year’s strong results for tobacco stocks? These companies have hit their projected growth numbers. People are smoking less, yet the tobacco companies have been able to raise prices. And price increases overcompensate for loss of sales, by a factor of 3-to-1. Despite higher prices, everyone seems to remain brand loyal. But people in the U.S. are smoking less, because of health concerns, cigarette tax increases and smoking bans. Isn’t smoking declining in other countries, won’t that hurt tobacco companies? It doesn't seem to be true in Asia, although it does seems to be true in Europe. But the question for tobacco companies is, ‘Whatever loss results from having fewer people smoking, can you make that up in price increases?’ It seems they can. I would have to attribute that to the vice nature of the product. People stick with their brand. What’s your favorite tobacco stock now? Altria. Its dividend yield is about 5.6 percent. Ten-year Treasurys are yielding about 2 percent now. What would you be more comfortable holding for the next 10 years? If there’s inflation, it probably won’t affect tobacco sales much, because people will still smoke. But if there is steep inflation, it will really hurt bond yields. And look at Altria’s record. Its stock has beaten the S&P 500 for 11 years in a row now. Are you a smoker? No. I understand there are health risks. But I believe they are properly disclosed. And I do believe this is a society where you should be able to do what you want. The Vice Fund is explicit about its focus on sin stocks, starting with its name. Does that hinder or help the fund? The fund follows a disciplined approach, and it’s not salacious. The portfolio is very rational and wellmaintained. Its goal is to deliver a high-quality product. It just has a salacious name, and it’s kind of a double-edged sword. We’re hoping the more marketing we do, the less people will look at it as something salacious, and instead look at the fund’s long-term record, and say, ‘Can you get over the name, by looking at its performance, and understanding that it’s disciplined and defensive?’ AP

Mortgage rates near record lows

Optimistic about 2012 the S&P 500 will reach 1,425 by the end of next year. That would be a 13 percent rise from Thursday’s close of 1,263.02. He discussed the outlook for 2012 with The Associated Press. Here are excerpts:

Investors are worried as they head into the new year. They see the European debt crisis as a threat to the U.S. economy. And the recovery in this country inspires little confidence. But David Joy, chief market strategist at the mutual fund and financial planning firm Ameriprise Financial, is optimistic. He predicts that


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The U.S. stock market has been volatile because of Europe’s problems. Do you expect that to continue? Europe will eventually play a smaller role in the U.S. market, but we should expect to see volatility continue in the first quarter, and maybe beyond. It won’t calm down until there’s some mechanism so that the European Central Bank can serve as a lender of last resort. Investors need to be AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL convinced that there will be some CHIEF MARKET firepower behind the European debt STRATEGIST markets to, in essence, bail a country DAVID JOY out if investors turn their backs on it, and a country’s debt financing costs become unmanageable. Italy has a lot of debt coming due that it needs to What impact will low interest rates have? roll over in the first half of next year. So we’ll see the The cost of debt financing for business will remain crisis intensify in the first quarter. Countries like very attractive. If you want to borrow money to build a new plant, it’s cheap. It’s likely to stay cheap, because Greece and Italy face years of austerity, and Europe will be kind of a toothache for the market for a long we don’t see inflation becoming a problem, with 8.6 time, perhaps years. percent unemployment likely to be with us for a while.

What’s the biggest factor leading you to expect a double-digit gain in the stock market next year? Stocks are relatively inexpensive. Although stock prices have climbed since bottoming out in March 2009, they haven’t risen in tandem with the recovery in earnings. And prospects are good that earnings will remain strong, because corporate America remains lean after all the cost-cutting in recent years. And the economy is likely to continue picking up. We’ll probably see growth of about 2.5 percent next year – not great, but better than the 1.6 percent we’re expecting this year.

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Two lessons in renewal of democracy WHAT BETTER way to begin the new year than to savor the Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus on Tuesday evening and the commencement of a new Luzerne County government at 10 a.m. Monday? While turmoil touches many nation states around the globe, over the next two days an American primer on peaceful, grassroots democracy will be on public display in the great state of Iowa and the Pennsylvania comeback county of Luzerne. The lesson’s profound. The tuition is free. Consistent with the soaring notes echoed in the first sentence of President John Kennedy’s inaugural address, we will soon observe, here and in Iowa, “not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, as well as change.” Republicans in the 1,794 precincts of our nation’s 29th state will gather in schools, arenas, fire halls, church basements and private homes. They will come from the rural farming community of Farragut and the urbane center of science and education in Iowa City — home of the University of Iowa. They will arrive Tuesday evening prior to the 7 p.m. start time, listen to representatives of each candidate for the highest office in the land and cast their precious votes. Once ballots are tabulated those participants in an evening of democracy-close-up will return home to watch the statewide results. Their votes will further the cause of their favorite candidate and determine emissaries to county and state Republican conventions at which Iowa’s 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will be selected. There, it will take 1,144 delegates to secure the Republican presidential nomination. So forget the 78th annual Sugar Bowl featuring Michigan and Virginia Tech. By 8:30 p.m. “Arenareaders” need to be tuned in as network correspondents in Iowa receive the initial exit polling that might begin to unravel the perplexing puzzle that is the current crop of GOP contenders. Congressman Ron Paul, of Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, of Virginia, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lead the Iowa polls. And I believe Pennsylvania’s former U.S. senator, 53-year-old Rick Santorum, will exceed all expectations — though by not as much had he a few gray hairs on his head. It seems Santorum is as silvery challenged as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 61, and the 64-year-old Romney. The average age of tomorrow’s “Big 11” Luzerne County Council inductees is 53 years. And regardless of the depth of snow on the mountain, there will be far more of it blanketing those peaks when they leave office. Such is the enormity of the task before them. But tomorrow presents us with “one brief shining moment” to celebrate the truly remarkable exercise in hometown democracy that brought them to this point. The indisputable contention that county government could and should do better was followed by an overwhelming vote in support of a Government Study Commission to examine the problem, and the voters’ subsequent ratification of the commission’s final report, in November 2010, recommending a new county constitution. The council will meet as a legislative body for the first time at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Sources indicate that attorney Jim Bobeck, 31, will likely be named the council’s first permanent chairman. An independent and professional new voice, Bobeck would perform well in the new role, and his selection would signal a complete break with the politics of the past. When coupled with the six new Luzerne County judges who took their oaths on Friday, a powerful sense of hope is beginning to transfuse the courthouse. I wish each of these public servants great wisdom, independence and courage. “The torch has been passed.” Kevin Blaum’s column on government, life and politics appears every Sunday. Contact him at


AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus has covered war and conflict for 20 years. She has received a Pulitzer Prize and the Courage in Journalism award for her work. She has spent considerable time covering the Afghan conflict and spent 2 1/2 weeks in June with the U.S. Army’s "Dust Off" Medevac unit in southwest Afghanistan. By ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS Associated Press


At top: On June 4, 2011, United States Marines evacuate their wounded comrade Cpl. Burness Britt onto a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Lift ’Dust Off,’ Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, after a huge piece of shrapnel cut a major artery in his neck in an IED strike near Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. Above: In this Dec. 13 photo, Britt is hugged by his wife Jessica Flegel Britt at the Hunter Holmes Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

ICHMOND, Va. — Inside the medevac helicopter in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Cpl. Burness Britt bleeds profusely from his neck. He and two other Marines have just been hit by shrapnel, with Britt’s injuries the most serious. The medevac crew chief clutches one of Britt’s blood-covered hands as he is given oxygen. I take hold of the other. With my free hand, I lift my camera and take some pictures. I squeeze Britt’s hand and he returns the gesture, gripping my palm tighter and tighter until he slips into unconsciousness. His shirt is ripped, but I notice a piece of wheat stuck to it. I pluck it off and tuck it away in the pocket of my body armor. In my 20 years as a photographer, covering conflicts from Bosnia to Gaza to Iraq to Afghanistan, injured civilians and soldiers have passed through my life many times. None has left a greater impression on me than Britt. I knew him only for a few minutes in that helicopter, but I believed we would meet again one day, and I hoped to give him that small, special piece of wheat. As Britt underwent surgeries and painful rehabilitation, I returned to my job with The Associated Press, yet Britt was never far from my mind. I searched for him on the Internet. I called hospitals. I wondered if he remembered me.



In this Dec. 13, 2011 photo, injured United States Marine Cpl. Burness Britt shows his tattoos during a therapy session.

Britt reacts after seeing pictures of his evacuation laid out on his bed in the Hunter Holmes Medical Center in Richmond, Va.


It’s been just over six months since that day in the wheat field not far from his small combat outpost “Kajaki Dam,” named for a mammoth structure the U.S., British and NATO troops have been trying to protect and repair to help produce electricity. Afghanistan was Britt’s first combat deployment and he was in Sangin, a town in Afghanistan’s southwest Helmand province that has seen some of the bloodiest fighting. He knew the mission was dangerous. He was leading a group of 10 Marines through a wheat field when there was an explosion. He doesn’t know how far away, maybe a few yards. He was thrown into the air, and landed with a thump in the field, a searing hot pain raging in his neck. He had been hit by a huge piece of shrapnel from a bomb and a major artery was cut. Britt believes the improvised explosive device was hidden and somebody triggered it from a distance, though he can’t say for sure. “My only thought was my wife,” he said recently from his hospital bed in Richmond, Virginia, where the 22-year-old Marine has been recuperating and rebuilding his life and health. His speech comes with a great deal of difficulty these days, and sometimes he is hard to understand. During the many surgeries that followed his injury, he had a major stroke and is partially paralyzed on his right side. See MARINE, Page 5E


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Renewed bench for the new year


E GREETED the swearing-in of a half dozen new Luzerne County judges late last week much like the farmer welcomes taking a shower after the ickiest of barnyard chores. Begone, muck! Away, stench! Corruption can’t be scrubbed off, so the ceremonial appointment of these six men and women to the county bench will have to suffice as a kind of final cleansing after its drawn-out, sordid judicial scandals. We, and no doubt other county residents, hope that January 2012 marks not only the launch of a new year, but also a new era in this court’s conduct, efficiency and esteem. The sextet selected by voters in November now carries those sizable but attainable expectations on its shoulders. As of Friday morning, after taking an oath, each retains before his or her name the title “judge.” They are Lesa Gelb, Richard Hughes, Fred Pierantoni, Jennifer Rogers, Joseph Sklarosky Jr. and Michael Vough. With the title comes enormous responsibility. And power. The new jurists vowed during their respective campaigns

to wield that power for public good, not personal gain. Each is afforded the opportunity over the course of a 10-year term to serve every day with honor, to rule impartially, to behave righteously. No less should be expected. No less tolerated. The county’s Court of Common Pleas had been hobbled in recent years, first by internal squabbling, then the removal of three bad judges who violated the law and the public’s trust. Two of them, Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan, brought international attention and no shortage of derision on the county for their roles in the “kids-for-cash” scheme. These vacancies and subsequent turnover heaped a tremendous workload on other judges, including interim and senior jurists. Our appreciation goes to Judges Joseph Cosgrove, Joseph Van Jura and Lewis Wetzel, all of whom ably handled their temporary assignments, which end this year. Finally with a full complement of 10 judges, the Luzerne County bench this year can more fully separate itself from its stinky past. If so, we all will breathe easier.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s been like no other season in college football. People have accused us of things that we had no control over.” Jack Crawford The senior Penn State defensive end said the child sex abuse scandal that led to the departures of university president Graham Spanier and Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno has somewhat overshadowed the team, which faces Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Monday.


Bipartisan plan glimmer of hope


AYBE WE just wanted to close 2011 on an optimistic note. Or maybe it’s because things in Washington looked nothing short of dismal much of last year. But there’s something to get up and shout about in the Medicare proposal presented recently by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. Yes, you read that right: Lawmakers from opposing parties have a common solution, a somewhat unexpected development after so many partisan brawls. But there they were, offering serious ways to control Medicare costs to keep this program from going belly up like Lehman Brothers and leaving seniors without a safety net. Ryan previously introduced a Medicare overhaul that would give seniors government vouchers to pay their premiums for a private health care plan. His proposal got shoved aside because it didn’t keep traditional Medicare as an option for them. Now he’s back with a different “premium support” model. This one would keep traditional Medicare as a choice for seniors in the future, much like a version floated recently by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and former

PROPOSED CHANGES Starting in 2022, the RyanWyden Medicare overhaul would: • Allow seniors to choose among health care plans, including traditional Medicare. • Pay wealthier retirees less in annual premium subsidies to purchase private plans. • Cap annual Medicare spending at 1 percent above the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate. • Require private health plans to offer benefits that at least equal those of traditional Medicare. • Determine annual premium vouchers through a competitive bidding system.

Clinton adviser Alice Rivlin. If seniors like Medicare as they know it, they can keep it. But if they want to choose among plans that offer benefits tailored to their specific needs, they can go that route. We like the competitionchoice strategy because it would force plans to offer better benefits at lower costs. Ryan and Wyden have included several additional elements, starting in 2022, that are favorable to seniors. Yes, there are kinks that need to be worked out. But the bipartisan duo has given Congress a good place to start in 2012. The Dallas Morning News

Making resolutions? Make it impossible to break them AS THE new year arrives, so too does a vast armada of New Year’s resolutions, their eager sails full of wind on the bright horizon. Sadly, most of these proud vessels will sink before the month of January has ended, taking with them their precious cargo of hope. The reason is that, like merchant ships preyed upon by pirates, they’re unarmed. Big mistake. This year, give your resolutions some firepower. If you really want to change your life, you have to make it practically impossible to avoid doing so. And that in turn is another excuse for me to talk about one of my favorite topics: commitment devices. What’s a commitment device? Any technique you can use to bind yourself tomorrow to the wishes you happen to have today. The great orator Demosthenes, for example, forced himself into seclusion (the better to sharpen his rhetoric) by shaving half his head, making it too embarrassing to go anyplace. Victor Hugo, determined to stay in and write, had his valet take his clothes. My nerdy hobby is collecting such tactics, and my new favorite is a service called Gym-Pact, which will let you specify how often you want to get to the gym – and what penalty to impose on yourself (at least $5 a day) if you fall short. Starting in the new year, the company says, you can download a smartphone app

COMMENTARY DANIEL AKST that tells Gym-Pact when you’ve been to the gym. The company will rely on a database of more than 40,000 facilities in conjunction with the global positioning system. You’d think merely joining an expensive health club would motivate exercise – Freud himself said that fees are therapeutic, although of course he was biased – but once this money is paid, it’s too easy to mentally write it off. Gym-Pact strives to make each lapse costly. Exercise isn’t the only subject of New Year’s resolutions. But you can raise the cost of breaking almost any resolution via, which will charge you for practically any failing you choose. If you prefer to give your resolutions sharper teeth without resorting to the Internet, by all means rely on family and friends. Telling everyone you know that you’ve decided to quit smoking, for instance, will mean embarrassment if you start puffing again, and that’s not a bad deterrent. Better yet, tell yourself – and everyone else – that if you decide to light up, you’ll only do so using a $20 bill. Surely the sight of Andrew Jackson going up in flames will discourage you. The danger (aside from self-immolation) is that you’ll

come to see this as a tolerable cost, and keep right on smoking. Local charities ought to offer commitment devices as a way of raising money. Imagine if your local Elks lodge or PTA held a gala public weigh-in every New Year’s Day. If you gained weight from one year to the next, you could pay whatever you’d pledged per pound. Commitment devices rely on penalties and rewards, the stronger the better – which makes it puzzling that sex is so infrequently used in this way, at least as far as I know. Marital therapists, hold your fire; I’m not suggesting people grant or withhold it to get what they want, although that’s certainly a time-honored tactic. Think of the ancient comedy “Lysistrata,” in which the women of Greece banded together to withhold sex until the men ended the Peloponnesian War. I’m simply suggesting that a person writing a book might authorize a significant other to veto sex on any day two pages or more weren’t produced. The sedentary could commit to the same on any day the pedometer didn’t show an extra three miles. I leave it to readers to imagine subtler ways of using this approach for self-improvement. If nothing else, it’ll take your mind off whatever you plan on giving up in the new year. Daniel Akst, a columnist for Newsday, is the author of “We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess” from Penguin Press.

Africa’s rise deserves Americans’ attention in 2012 HERE’S AN issue that doesn’t get much play in America, but is worth watching in 2012: The rise of Africa. The continent might seem far from our own concerns here at home, but the emergence of an African middle class would mean new markets for U.S. products – and more jobs for American workers. The emergence of the Four Asian Tigers – Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan – certainly produced that kind of ripple effect here. Beyond the Arab spring headlines out of the northern part of the continent, Americans don’t hear much from many of Africa’s leaders – or aspiring leaders – about its potential in terms of trade, democracy and commerce. It’s time we start hearing more from them. In its Dec. 3 cover story, The Economist reported on the rise of Africa. The magazine even chided itself for, a decade ago, labeling Africa “the hopeless continent.” The International Monetary Fund now expects Africa to grow by 6 percent in 2011 and almost that much in 2012. The growth is close to that of Asia, The Economist reports. The expansion is fueled partly by commodity prices favoring Africa, which has

COMMENTARY WILLIAM MCKENZIE large reserves of gold, diamonds and other natural resources. But trade flowing more freely across borders also is driving growth. As a result, big markets are opening up. Foreign investors get that point. They’ve increased their African stakes tenfold over the last decade. Another reason to pay more attention is Africa’s potential “demographic dividend.” The continent is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing nations. In fact, about half of the world’s population expansion is projected to come from Africa over the next 40 years. As was true with Asia, the combination of emerging markets and a large number of people means more places for businesses from the United States and elsewhere to sell their products. The question is this: Will enough of our leaders really understand the potential Africa offers the United States? I don’t expect Africa to dominate foreign policy discussions during the presidential campaign. But will any of the candidates explain, for example, why continuing the

fight against AIDS in Africa makes sense? President George W. Bush said he took up the fight for moral and strategic reasons. He didn’t want an AIDS pandemic to wipe out a generation on his watch. And he knew Africa would become more of a recruiting ground for terrorists if the continent atrophied. Additionally, he thought African trade was in our economic interest. Unfortunately, there’s a nascent isolationism at play in the GOP presidential campaign. Jon Huntsman takes a big picture view, but Rick Perry typified the skepticism toward developmental assistance when he said: “We’ll have a conversation in this country about whether or not a penny of our taxpayer dollars needs to go into those countries.” That’s a great sound bite, but we need to realize that developmental issues, such as keeping the fight up against AIDS, are in our strategic interest. If Africa keeps growing a middle class, that means more political stability and demand for American goods. I don’t know about you, but that’s worth paying attention to next year and beyond. William McKenzie is an editorial columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Readers may write to him at the Dallas Morning News, Communications Center, Dallas, Texas 75265; email:


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Our lonely universe hinges on frail politics HUGE excitement. Two Earth-size planets found orbiting a sun-like star less than a thousand light-years away. This comes two weeks after the stunning announcement of another planet orbiting another star at precisely the right distance – within the so-called “habitable zone” that is not too hot and not too cold – to allow for liquid water and therefore possible life. Unfortunately, the planets of the right size are too close to their sun, and thus too scorching hot, to permit Earth-like life. And the Goldilocks planet in the habitable zone is too large. At 2.4 times the size of Earth, it is likely gaseous, like Jupiter. No earthlings there. But it’s only a matter of time – perhaps a year or two, estimates one astronomer – before we find the right one of the right size in the right place. And at just the right time. As the romance of manned space exploration has waned, the drive today is to find our living, thinking counterparts in the universe. For all the excitement, however, the search betrays a profound melancholy – a lonely species anxiously awaits an answering voice amid utter silence. That silence is maddening. Not just because it compounds our feeling of cosmic isolation. But because it makes no sense. As we inevitably find more and more exo-planets where intelligent life can exist, why have we found no evidence – no signals, no radio waves – that intelligent life does exist? It’s called the Fermi Paradox, after the great physicist who once asked “Where is everybody?” Or as was once elaborated: “All our logic, all our antiisocentrism, assures us that we are not unique – that they must be there. And yet we do not see them.” How many of them should there be? Modern satellite data suggest the number should be very high. So why the silence? Carl Sagan (among others) thought that the answer is to be found, tragically, in the high probability that advanced civilizations destroy themselves. In other words, this silent universe is conveying not a flattering lesson about our uniqueness but a tragic story about our destiny. It is telling us that intelligence might be the most cursed faculty in the entire universe – an endowment not just ultimately fatal but, on the scale of cosmic time, near instantly so. This is not mere theory. Look around. On the very same day that astronomers







A photograph by Don Carey and words by Mark E. Jones

COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER rejoiced at the discovery of the two Earth-size planets, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity urged two leading scientific journals not to publish details of lab experiments that just created a lethal and highly transmittable form of bird flu virus, lest that fateful knowledge fall into the wrong hands. Wrong hands, human hands. This is not just the age of holy terror, but also the threshold of an age of hyper-proliferation. Nuclear weapons in the hands of half-mad tyrants (North Korea) and radical apocalypticists (Iran) are just the beginning. Lethal biologic agents might soon find their way into the hands of those for whom genocidal pandemics loosed upon infidels are the royal road to redemption. And forget the psychopaths: Why, just 17 years after Homo sapiens discovered atomic power, those most stable and sober states, the United States and the Soviet Union, came within inches of mutual annihilation. Rather than despair, however, let’s put the most hopeful face on the cosmic silence and on humanity’s own short, already baleful history with its new Promethean powers: Intelligence is a capacity so godlike, so protean that it must be contained and disciplined. This is the work of politics – understood as the ordering of society and the regulation of power to permit human flourishing while simultaneously restraining the most Hobbesian human instincts. There could be no greater irony: For all the sublimity of art, physics, music, mathematics and other manifestations of human genius, everything depends on the mundane, frustrating, often debased vocation known as politics. Because if we don’t get politics right, everything else risks extinction. We grow justly weary of our politics. But we must remember this: Politics – in all its grubby, grasping, corrupt, contemptible manifestations – is sovereign in human affairs. Everything ultimately rests upon it. Fairly or not, politics is the driver of history. It will determine whether we will live long enough to be heard one day. Out there. By them, the few – the only – who got it right. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is

now goose, your very name brings a chill. The sight of you, hunkered down S in Pennsylvania’s wetlands – your winter getaway from ruthless arctic air – reminds us to call the travel agent and inquire about upcoming flights to Florida. It’s instinctual. Yes, snow goose, our adaptations might be slightly different; but deep down we are birds of a feather.

America falling behind in science, technology very broad area of biology, from the fundamental molecular structure of telomeres, or chromosome ends, to the role CAROL W. of telomeres in mediating GREIDER human disease. It was this connection of fundamental floor of the Congress – even as chromosomes biology and diseases such as cancer and other nations are stepping up research. age-related degenerative proctheir determination to match Congress recently passed esses that led to my Nobel legislation providing a modest and exceed the United States Prize in physiology or medin discovery. It takes years to increase in funding to the Narealize the multiple benefits of icine in 2009. My early training tional Institutes of Health, fostered the habits of mind and science; without adequate, which funds research at the sustained funding for research, ingenuity that led to awardJohns Hopkins University and winning discovery. It is essenthe careers of many bright, other universities, academic young scientists might come to tial, if we want to continue to medical centers, small busireap the benefits of science, to a screeching halt. nesses and independent recommit as a nation to preparFederal funding for biomedsearch institutions across the ing more young people for United States. That’s the good ical sciences plays a critical role in training the next gener- extraordinary careers in scinews. ence. ation of scientists. Research The bad news is that this How is that possible in this dollars from the NIH and Naincrease doesn’t make up for economic climate? tional Science Foundation, the $300 million-plus cut the According to the NIH’s OfNIH received in the last budget Department of Energy and fice of Extramural Research, other agencies do more than go-round; much less does it the agency funded only 17.4 pay for test tubes and microkeep pace with the increasing scopes. Most of the budget of a percent of research grant applicost of conducting medical cations in the last fiscal year, a research lab goes directly toresearch. As we reflect on a historic low. If we continue on ward the training of graduate year that brought scientific this path, young investigators students and postdoctoral breakthroughs that ultimately will improve the treatment and fellows. Critical thinking and a might well take their brain power to other countries prevention of disease, we must strong curiosity for finding where research and develthat “needle in the haystack” pay heed to the extraordinary are skills that must be acquired opment is now a growing, not challenges facing scientists, shrinking, share of the gross to support creative, outsideparticularly young scientists. domestic product. This should the-box initiatives. Our traiThey always have aspired to nees leave federally supported raise concerns here at home – making world-class contribulabs to apply their new skills at and indeed, a recent Researtions, but as they very well ch!America poll shows approxknow, their chances of success research institutions and in imately 80 percent of Amerindustry, and in doing so susin the United States today are icans believe the United States tain America’s world leadfading by the week. is losing its global competitive ership in science and innovaOur nation’s elected leaders edge in science, technology are not championing science – tion. and innovation. Given public In my own lab, I support or even talking about it, during young researchers who study a concern about stalled econompresidential debates or on the YOU WIN some, you lose some. That appears to be the current state of affairs with federal funding for


According to the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, the agency funded only 17.4 percent of research grant applications in the last fiscal year, a historic low. If we continue on this path, young investigators might well take their brain power to other countries … ic growth, and the slowdown in innovation and its resultant benefits, why haven’t our elected leaders stepped up? Students and postdoctoral fellows largely depend on the support of the public sector to finance the training and research that will make them world-renowned scientists. They’re worried about their futures and their capacities to establish and sustain careers in a tough fiscal environment. This is the time for our elected leaders, and those who aspire to be, to become outspoken champions of research, calling for greatly enhanced investment in the next budget cycle, before the United States loses our competitive edge and with it more and more of our young talent pool. Carol W. Greider, a 2009 Nobel laureate in physiology/medicine, is Daniel Nathans Professor and director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her email is She wrote this for the Baltimore Sun.


Animal rescue advocates praised


am writing in reference to the article “Tough not to love,” printed on Dec. 18 in The Times Leader. As a volunteer of both organizations, Modified K9 and Blue Chip Farm, I thank the community for its generosity and outpouring of donations. During the holiday season, when many people are short on funds, it is heartwarming to see the community support of animal rescue programs that are dedicated to helping animals that can’t help themselves. On behalf of both Modified K9 Pit Bull Rescue and Blue Chip Farm No Kill Animal Refuge, I offer sincere thanks to Lisa Gryskavicz of Valley Dog in Larksville for hosting the event, The Times Leader for its news article about it and Lamar Advertising for helping us to spread the word. Linda Antosh Exeter

MOUNTAIN LAURELS Mountain Laurels is a regular series of letters from readers conveying thanks to individuals or groups for their support, help or kindness.

Santa to a Senior program triumphs


n behalf of the staff at Home Instead Senior Care, I thank everyone who helped with this year’s very successful Be a Santa to a Senior program. With support from generous shoppers, the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties, Walmart in Pittston and Walgreens in Kingston, Wilkes-Barre and Dallas, we were able to collect more than 300 gifts for area seniors who otherwise might have been overlooked this holiday season. We also thank the many volunteers who shared their time to collect, wrap and deliver the gifts. Thanks to all those who helped us brighten the holi-

days for our local seniors and truly make a difference in our community. Alyssa Maria Co-owner Home Instead Senior Care Luzerne

Sock drive comes home a winner


o all those people who gave to the sock drive: Thank you for your support of Making A Difference Ministries, which is a nonprofit, faith-based organization committed to meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the homebound, youth, families, homeless, hungry, poverty stricken and those in spiritual distress in our area. Our most recent efforts have been to gather socks for those in need. Tanya Olaviany

of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge, a program of Catholic Social Services, was so grateful to receive two deliveries of socks for the children enrolled in its program. So far, hundreds of pairs of socks have been delivered. Vince Kabacinski of the Mother Teresa Haven Program of Catholic Social Services also was the recipient of socks for homeless men in our area. These men often have nothing new to wear. A new pair of socks helps to keep them comfortable and dry on cold winter nights. How often do we take for granted how simple it is to have new, clean and cozy socks to wear? Making A Difference Ministries has made a commitment to those in need, and the sock drive already has made a distinct difference to many. Socks will continue to be collected until March 9. Donations are being accepted at the following locations: • Phoenix Rehabilitation in the Koral Building, 311 Market St., Kingston.

• Pennoni Associates Inc., in the Jewelcor Building, 100 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., WilkesBarre. • Fidelity Bank, 247 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins office, in The Ice Rink, 40 Coal St., WilkesBarre. For more information, visit Stephen L. Perillo Director Making A Difference Ministries Wilkes-Barre

Live Nativity inspires awe


n Dec. 2, I was fortunate to be able to attend an event that I will not soon forget. The members of St. Faustina’s parish in Nanticoke presented an outdoor Nativity at their grove on Newport Street that was absolutely awe-inspiring. I was astounded to see the professionalism of this group

of performers. A woman dressed in a beautiful white gown sang with a voice that made me think I was back in a theater in New York. The acting on the part of the rest of the cast was outstanding. “Mary” rode into the scene on a burro. The shepherds tended a flock of sheep. The magi brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus lying in a manger. The scene was absolutely beautiful and certainly appreciated by the huge crowd in attendance. The technicians who handled the audio also did an outstanding job. The costuming was professionally done; the actors really “looked” their parts. I want everyone who was not able to see this production to mark their calendars, so as to not miss this show next year. I know, Lord willing, that I certainly will be there. Nick Pucino Nanticoke
















Entrepreneurship, technology needed to grow the regional economy IT’S NOT easy to reinvent or to grow a regional economy. The old proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child” can be applied equally to building a sustainable and vibrant economy because it requires the whole community to be successful in sometimes complicated and intertwined facets. There are several key ingredients to most successful regional economies: A strong community of entrepreneurs with investment capital is essential, but so is the availability of state-of-the-art technology. Innovative companies must be willing to work hand-in-glove with institutions of higher education to further develop technology and to create other high-tech products and services. And perhaps most important is the local workforce. So seven years ago, business and education leaders in a nine-county area in Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania set out to rebuild the foundation of our own economy from manufacturing to technology with the assistance of a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development project. The genesis of the 2004 grant was the


sioned in 1999 by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hazleton CAN-DO and the Greater WilkesBarre Chamber of Business and IndusMICHAEL A. try. They visualized a “Great Valley MACDOWELL Technology Corridor,” running along Interstate 81 and eventually branching belief that the region could be a backup out to Stroudsburg and the eastern part of the state. The concept was based site for the financial district of New upon a proven system for 21st century York City and even Philadelphia if another 9/11-type disaster occurred. Some economic development wherein inpeople, though, have suggested that the novative new companies paired with area colleges and universities to create results of the WIRED grant, later high-tech products and services. dubbed “Wall Street West,’’ were at Of course, building a community with best, mixed. strong entrepreneurial attributes based Few people knew that shortly after the grant was received that the financial upon state-of-the-art technology does not happen overnight. It takes many markets would experience an historic meltdown. The resulting contraction in interested parties, spanning several financial-related business, coupled with areas of expertise and working closely together to create a new technologythe inability of the commonwealth to provide the high-speed connection from based focus. The NPTI and GVTA – which have subsequently merged – New York City that was promised as a match to the grant, inhibited the growth helped facilitate the WIRED project. They were conduits for the distribution of Wall Street West, per se. Our local of competitively awarded funding for economy, though, is better today beinternships that were supported by the cause of the grant. A lot was accomWIRED grant and the Keystone Inplished thanks to significant input and novation Zone. KIZ allowed small, startdirection from the Northeastern Pennup businesses the opportunity to sell sylvania Technology Institute and the tax credits to larger companies and by Great Valley Technology Alliance. The formation of the NPTI and GVTA so doing, raise the capital they needed to grow their new business. The NPTI was based upon the recommendations and GVTA also developed an Angel of a study conducted by the Battelle Network, through which local investors Memorial Institute that was commis-


second is the quality of life. Talented and technologically sophisticated companies will flock to areas where local college graduates have the ability to help them create new wealth through hard work and innovation. Similarly, firms will grow in an area where social, cultural and recreational facilities are prevalent and where schools are good and neighborhoods are safe. These attributes are abundant in the region. Economic growth also requires wellmanaged technology or biotechnologybased firms that can hire young college graduates and provide them with the opportunities for career growth. For years, this region was known for its “brain drain” as hundreds of viable young people left the area to seek their fortunes in larger cities. This tradition can be, and in part has been, reversed by the growth of firms that owe their success at least partially to the NPTI and GVTA. Regional leaders had to adjust their focus for Wall Street West when elements outside of their control changed the scope of the initial project. The region continues to benefit today due to the work of these innovative and hardworking people. Michael A. MacDowell is president of Misericordia University in Dallas Township, where he occasionally teaches economics.


Wyoming Kiwanis thanks community

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s 2011 comes to an end, the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club thanks the communities we serve for their continued support of our many projects throughout the year, most recently our annual “Breakfast with Santa.” Your support ensures that we can continue to carry out the Kiwanis motto of “changing the world one child and one community at a time.” Thank you and happy New Year!

Megan Kuffa Secretary Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club

Forum reinforces view on drilling


ecently, I attended the Keystone Energy Forum in Hershey to hear what the gas industry had to say regarding its process of hydraulic fracturing. There were several representatives present, including those from the Public Utility Commission and the American Petroleum Institute, all of whom were well-versed in articulating much of the unknown mechanics of the process. While many of us already knew that the drillers use elaborate technology to prevent possible contamination to our environment, there is still much controversy and resistance, based on anecdotes, and not validated research, suggesting that these risks are relatively high. I was glad I attended this forum, and spoke with many experts, which reinforced my confidence in the gas industry.

Since the industry has come to our area, it has demonstrated its willingness to become involved as a partner in our community, often repairing roads to be in better shape than they were prior to its arrival. It has taken extensive measures to finance studies and explore new technologies in safety in order to be good environmental stewards and in compliance with laws, and with respect to assuring not to damage neighboring properties. It is bringing jobs to people in our area at higher wages than can be expected by our local wage structure. It is extracting a natural resource of clean, reliable energy that will help to dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil. In an area where high unemployment prevails, and we continue to witness a mass exodus of our youth, can we really afford to impede progress of the gas industry with increased regulation? I believe not. Before resisting what could be one of the greatest opportunities our area has seen, I would recommend that anyone with doubts should become educated about the process from those in the industry. I also would encourage them to consider what the gas industry will do for our economy, in providing good jobs

vital to sustaining future generations. Eric Villano Pittston Township

Bill will bolster dairy farmers


he Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2011 (S 1640) received a large boost recently when the National Dairy Producers Organization announced its support of the measure. The organization’s membership and its board of directors stretches from Vermont to California and from Wisconsin to Virginia. The Meshoppen-based Progressive Agriculture Organization and the National Family Farm Coalition are working with other national organizations to obtain their support of S 1640. What still puzzles me is why we keep hearing several people exclaim that we have to stop using government money to support dairy programs. Yet these same people support dairy bills that are geared to spend government money on subsidizing insurance programs to protect part of the losses that might be experienced by dairy farmers. Please remember these dairy proposals will cover only a portion of the potential losses experienced by dairy farmers

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can review and, after discernment, invest in local firms that offer exciting opportunities for growth and development. The Department of Labor estimates that 90 percent of startup businesses are under-capitalized in terms of both financial resources and personnel. The WIRED grant and KIZ are a perfect match to offset this inevitable phenomenon. With WIRED support, and with the help of the KIZ program, hundreds of young college students fanned out to serve new firms such as Pepperjam, Baby Age, Solid Cactus and TMG Health, to name a few. These firms have gone on to hire many local college graduates. Some of these companies have been sold to larger firms, and the wealth created by those sales has multiplied locally. For instance, Kris Jones, the founder of Pepperjam, is now using the capital created by the sale of that company for a new innovative, knowledgedriven marketing firm called TMG, which will soon be opening a new office in Jessup, was among those companies that benefited from the efforts of the NPTI and GVTA. Two ingredients for this new knowledge-based economy are critical to a region’s ability to compete: The first is the quality of the workforce and the

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(even with subsidies by the government). In my opinion, the only way to reduce government spending on dairy programs is by passing S 1640. Yes, there is margin protection available for all dairy farmers without government subsidies. This protection is contained in S 1640, and guess what? The money for the dairy farmers can, and must, originate from the marketplace. Are we going to wait around and watch more dairy farmers be forced out of business? Now is the time to get behind S 1640 and have the bill passed by Congress. Pro-Ag can be reached at (570) 833-5776. Arden Tewksbury Meshoppen

A true champion on and off field


ust before sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, I heard a familiar voice yell to me, “Quick, before we eat I want to show you and dad something.” My brother pressed play and the music video for “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney began to play. My mother, sister-in-law and other brother filtered into the kitchen, and for the next seven minutes we all stared at the screen with faint smiles on our faces. Not much was said, not even by my rambunctious nephews. Instead we watched, we listened, and we remembered. As lyrics were sung and the

numerous hard-nosed, oldschool coaches were recognized for their passionate ways of teaching young men about the game of football and about the game of life, we as a family remembered. We remembered the last 27 years of Dallas High School football. We remembered the 231 victories and the 76 loses. We remembered the PIAA state championship AA title, the three District 2 championships, the four Eastern Conference championships, and the 14 Wyoming Valley Conference championships. We remembered the 22 times we beat Lake-Lehman. We remembered the 15 times a member of our family was named the Wyoming Valley Conference Coach of the Year. We remembered when a member of our family coached in the Big 33 and East vs. West All-Star games. More recently, we remembered the four consecutive years a member of our family was named the “Best of the Back Mountain” in the coaching category. That family member is my father, Ted Jackson. And as I sat beside him watching this music video, I not only remembered the incredible credentials he has on paper, but more important, I remembered the little things that not many people get to see. I remembered the pre-game Saturday morning breakfasts with my dad. I remembered the post-game hugs and kisses I received, in the middle of the field, regardless of the outcome. I remembered saying goodbye to my father in Au-

gust and never really getting him back until late November. I remembered playing in field hockey games with only one parent in the stands because my dad was busy helping other people’s children become the best they could be in a sport they loved. And most important, I remembered that each one of these sacrifices was welcomed by my family members because we all knew how much his players and coaches meant to him. The only difference between the coaches in the Kenny Chesney video and my dad was that the ones in the video got to keep their jobs. The 8-1 vote against the rehiring of my father for his 28th season as the head coach of Dallas football came as no shock to me. Ignoring the hundreds of supporters who showed up on his behalf, the board members apparently based their votes on the opinion of angry parents of children who do not play and the negative recommendations from ill-informed administrators. It took my father 27 years to build a dynasty that is recognized by many people as one of the most successful smallschool football programs in Pennsylvania. He has made incomparable impacts in the lives of many. His legacy will live on in his former players. It will live on in their children; and it will live on through my family and me, because “tradition doesn’t graduate.” Jill Jackson Shavertown








He saw me and that warm smile crossed his face again. He hugged me. Like that day in the helicopter when I held his hand, it seemed he did not Continued from Page 1E want to let go. He kept repeating: “Oh man, it is so good to His smile, though, is unsee you.” changed. The nurses at the In his room, his dark brown Hunter Holmes Medical Ceneyes sparkled and he tried to ter in Richmond, where we tell jokes. He explained what met for the first time since the he had been through since we helicopter ride, call him “Sunhad last seen each other. shine” because their youngest Doctors put him into a coma patient is always joking and in for a month and when he woke a good mood. up, he was he was at the hospiIt was his courage and smile tal in Virginia. I remember so vividly. After he He had just started to regain was wounded, he smiled briefhis speech, working his way ly when he reached the helback from months of “thumbs icopter, as if to reassure us he up, thumbs down conversawould be OK. tion,” says his 22-year-old wife, It was June 4. I was embedJessica. ded with the U.S. Army “Dust He will undergo more surOff” medevac unit, a group geries next year to rebuild his that moves quickly, with little skull. concern for their own safety. Sitting on his bed, he looked When the call came that Britt at me and asked: “Did you had been hit, the description bring some pictures with of his wounds let everyone you?” He wanted to see those know it was serious. Within moments in the helicopter. five minutes, the unit was at He studied each photo. his side. When he looked up, he had Marines from the 2nd Battaltears in his eyes. “Thank you ion 12th Marines, 3rd Marine so much,” he said. Division rushed out of the I pointed to one of the picnearby bushes carrying Britt. tures with the piece of wheat. I We were quickly airborne. told him I had brought it with In the helicopter, the scene me. He couldn’t believe it. was one of quiet courage. No We reminisced about Afwords were spoken, no ghanistan. He talked about his screams of pain. Blood was AP PHOTO Marine buddies, those he had everywhere. served with and friends who Britt was moving his legs, In this June 4, 2011 photo, U.S. Army Chief Spc. Jenny Martinez holds the hand of injured U.S. Marine Cpl. Burness Britt onboard a checking to see if they were medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Lift ’Dust Off,’ Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, after he was wounded in were seriously injured or an IED strike near Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. killed. still there. When he realized He lifted his left arm to his they were, he smiled once protect his head where part of chest, where he has a Marine had so many questions. The next thing I heard was again. The crew chief, Jennifer that he was at the hospital in Corps tattoo. the skull had been removed. He listened and in a gentle, Martinez, of Colorado Springs, Richmond. I tracked down the Britt’s voice. He sounded re“The love for the Marines is His brain had swollen to nearly number with the help of an AP lieved that I had found him by soft voice, he said: “Yes, Col., held Britt’s hand. Anothdeep in my heart, they are my ma’am, I would like to see you. twice its size because of his phone. The memories of Helphotographer in Richmond er wounded Marine, Lance family,” he said. “I want to injuries and doctors had to Come.” mand flooded through my and when I called, a nurse Cpl. Joshua Barron, looked at return immediately back to When we finally met Dec. 13 open the skull to relieve the head. I fumbled my words. I answered. his buddy and cried. I had Afghanistan to help them keep pressure. I heard her yell: “Britt, there wanted to come to Richmond, at the hospital, I saw him in Britt’s other hand in mine. His helmet had a camouflage fighting.” the distance. He walked with meet him, interview him, is a phone call for you from a We left Britt at our small I left the piece of wheat with difficulty, trying to control his cover on it emblazoned with show him the images of that photographer in Switzerland outpost called Camp Edi, Britt. He said it was his new the 3rd Marine Division emright arm and leg. He was day, give him the wheat sheaf who was there in Afghanistan where medical staff provided lucky charm. blem on its side. wearing a plastic helmet to and talk about his recovery. I when you got picked up.” the first round of treatment before transferring him to Camp Bastion. From there, he went to the U.S. Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was then taken to Bethesda Hospital in Washington and finally to Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center in Richmond. I traveled to Germany, and then to Switzerland where I am based for AP. I kept the piece of wheat with me, carefully stowed away in a small jewelry box. My search for Britt started almost as soon as I got back to Geneva. I emailed the Marines and the Army, but all they said was that Britt was still in serious condition. I got in touch with patients at Walter Reed Hospital, where many of the seriously wounded were taken, but they didn’t know Britt. I searched the Internet for his name for weeks. Then one evening, like so many before, I was on the Web and I thought I would play around with the spelling of his name. I immediately discovered I had his first name wrong. That day in the helicopter, I was told his name was Burmess. It was actually Burness. When I entered the correct name, I found articles about Britt. His local paper in Georgetown, S.C., had done a story on him. I wrote the newspaper several times but got no reply. Then I called the AP bureau in South Carolina. The news editor there gave me the phone number of Britt’s father, Neal. I thought my perseverance had paid off, but there was another setback — the number was out of order. I refused to give up. A few weeks later, the news editor found another phone number. This time it rang, but no one picked up. I kept calling, every evening for about a week. Eventually, I found Britt on Facebook. He accepted my friend request and at last, it looked like I we would finally be able to connect. But when I sent him messages, there was no reply. I worried that he didn’t want to reconnect. Maybe he wanted to forget that day in Helmand and everyone involved. I soon found out that wasn’t the case. His paralysis made it nearly impossible for him to chat over the Internet, but I noticed on his Facebook page










Book examines turn from science, danger for democracy By RENEE SCHOOF McClatchy Newspapers


President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference in the South Auditorium of the White House in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22 to urge House Republicans to vote on the short term bipartisan compromise to extend the paroll tax cut passed by almost the entire Senate.

Was first session of 112th Congress worst ever? A N A LY S I S By KYUNG M. SONG The Seattle Times

WASHINGTON — Now that the payroll-tax-break debacle has been resolved (for two months, anyway), it’s time to ponder: Was the first session of the 112th Congress the worst ever? The verdict from voters, political scientists and lawmakers themselves: It’s a strong contender, if not the winner. After all, 2011 began with a House Republican vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and ended with a flip-flop over the 60-day taxcut extender — with detours in between for the two parties to flirt with shutting down the government, jeopardize the nation’s credit and assorted legislative mayhem. That may go down as one of the most dysfunctional sessions, said Sarah Binder, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and author of “Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock.” After two years of Democratic control over both chambers of Congress and the White House, Republicans gained majority in the House this year. The modern-era benchmark for gridlock is pretty high — or low, depending on your view. The 102nd Congress under President George H.W. Bush, according to Binder’s analysis, left 65 percent of its policy agenda unfinished. The 103rd under President Bill Clinton didn’t fare much better. Other congressional experts say the first half of the 112th Congress was remarkable as much for its belligerent tone as for its lack of productivity. Burdett “Bird” Loomis, a political-science professor at the University of Kansas, said some




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“If I didn’t have to pay attention for my job. I might try to ignore the Congress.” Burdett “Bird” Loomis Political-science professor at the University of Kansas

tion all have exacerbated Congress’ natural tendency to disagree. Even veteran lawmakers say they’ve never seen anything quite like this year’s spectacle. However, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., who was elected to the House in 1988, doesn’t believe this was the worst Congress. “But it’s certainly the worst one I remember participating in,” he said. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., pinned the gridlock on “totally unrealistic” House tea-party members who reflexively are opposed to any Democratic proposals. “They have no agenda for job creation,” Dicks said. Republicans counter that their strategy is to restore the federal government’s fiscal health by reducing spending


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WASHINGTON — Americans have trouble dealing with science, and it’s especially obvious is in presidential campaigns, says Shawn Lawrence Otto, who tried, with limited success, to get the candidates to debate scientific questions in the 2008 presidential election. Otto is the author of a new book, “Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America,” which opens with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” And if the people and their leaders aren’t well informed and don’t use scientific information to solve modern problems, Otto suggests, the United States could soon skid into decline. “Without the mooring provided by the well-informed opinion of the people, governments may become paralyzed or, worse, corrupted by powerful interests seeking to oppress and enslave,” he writes. Today, he adds, Congress seems paralyzed and “ideology and rhetoric increasingly guide policy discussion, often bearing little relationship to factual reality.” In 2008, Otto and a group of other writers tried to organize a presidential debate on science issues. Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain was interested. In the end, the two candidates agreed to respond to 14 questions in writing, and Otto’s group posted them on its website. Otto said the group plans to try for another science debate in 2012. Reporters play a role in whether science is discussed in campaigns. A League of Conservation Voters analysis in early 2008 found that prime-time TV journalists asked 2,975 questions in 171 interviews. Only six questions were about climate change, “and the same could be said of any one of several major policy topics surrounding science,” Otto writes in the book. Today’s policymakers “are increasingly unwilling to pursue

many of the remedies science presents,” he argues. They “take one of two routes: Deny the science, or pretend the problems don’t exist.” Otto said he wasn’t looking for simple answers in the book. “I don’t blame corporations because they are stuck in a system we have created and they can’t solve it all themselves,” he said in an interview. “I don’t blame the Republican Party for going anti-science because there are a lot of factors that led to that socially, and I don’t think it’s a decision of Republican Party leadership to one day say, ‘Oh, we’re not going to accept science anymore.’ And it’s not just because evangelicals got involved in politics. There’s a lot of complex reasons.” Here are some questions for Otto, and his answers: Q: Are Americans rejecting science? A: I think it’s a myth Americans aren’t interested. It’s a myth they don’t like science and scientists ... But there’s some partisan political affiliation going on, and sometimes science tells them they don’t want to hear and they don’t like to deal with. Climate change is a great example, because the problem is so enormous and the implications mean restructuring our economy and our energy supply system. Science does two things that we don’t love. It does lots of things that we do love, but the two things we don’t love are: Whenever we extend our knowledge, we have to parse that new knowledge morally and ethically . . . . The other thing is that it either confirms or vexes somebody’s vested interested. On climate change, Republican presidential candidates generally say they don’t think the science is settled, even though the nation’s scientific organizations have reported a consensus view that the Earth is warming mostly as a result of pollution from fossil fuel combustion. Q: What makes dealing with climate change so difficult? Nobody wants to feel bad about the future. Everybody wants to be hopeful.









Worked up over network’s ‘Work It’ By FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press Television Writer


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istorians are usually able to look back and pinpoint the factors that caused the greatest of nations to fall into decline. If it ever comes time to dissect what happened to the United States, they will likely boil it down to one word: WINNING. • Yes, folks — when a Charlie Sheen manic outburst becomes an inspirational motto for a nation, it’s the beginning of the end. Sadly, historians will likely have other moments to illustrate our cultural collapse, including Kim Kardashian’s blink-and-youmissed-it marriage, which generated more money than some cities’ annual budgets, and the fact that some people took Donald Trump’s possible presidential candidacy seriously. No wonder the Occupy Wall Street protest avoided the 1 percent’s crazy sibling — Hollywood.

KEEPING IT KLASSY: Some things are meant to last one season: bright pink flipflops, a relationship with George Clooney, the McRib at McDonald’s. But not marriage. And while celebrity marriages can flame out quickly, the implosion of Kim Kardashian’s 72-day union with Kris Humphries was all the more spectacular because of the hype that preceded it: the 20.5-carat diamond engagement ring, the engagement party, the three wedding-day gowns, the two-part TV special — even Kate Middleton would have said, “Enough already!” It was more distasteful because it was filmed for her reality show, garnering her more cash than gifts. By the end of the year, the backlash was so strong, she headed to Haiti for charity work, looking to improve her bruised See CELEBS, Page 4F

NEW YORK — Viewers may find ABC’s new sitcom “Work It” to be cringingly awful from an entertainment standpoint. But the show, which depicts two out-of-work chaps who dress as women to land jobs in a tough economy, has drawn fire from groups with a different complaint: They say “Work It” mocks the transgender community. “Though the show is not about transgender people, it’s about the notion that men presenting as women is funny,” said Herndon Graddick of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “It re-enforces inaccurate and tired stereotypes that are injurious to transgender Americans,” said Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, a civilrights organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and “It re-enforces transgender inaccurate and Americans. HRC is join- tired stereoing GLAAD in urging support- types that are ers to ask ABC injurious to not to air the setransgender ries, which is scheduled to Americans." premiere TuesFred Sainz day. Member of the Human The two orRights Campaign ganizations placed a fullpage ad in Daily Variety, whose headline declares: “‘Work It’ will harm transgender people.”’ The ad continues, “By encouraging the audience to laugh at the characters’ attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment of transgender women.” But is the campaign that targets “Work It” also, by extension, a broad denunciation of one of entertainment’s most enduring devices: crossdressing for comic effect? This is a tradition that includes the late actor-drag queen Divine appearing in outrageous female roles in “Hairspray” and other John Waters films. Robin Williams played a man who adopted a persona as a Scottish nanny in the 1993 comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire.” In 1982, “Tootsie” starred Dustin Hoffman as an out-of-work actor who dresses up as a soft-spoken actress to land a woman’s role on a soap opera. The 1959 film classic “Some Like It Hot” starred Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as two straight guys who disguise themselves as women to seek refuge in an all-girl band after witnessing a mob hit. The play, films and Broadway musical “La Cage aux Folles” depict the zany domestic life of a nightclub managSee WORK IT, Page 4F


Taking a look back at the best in 2011 fashion By ANNE BRATSKEIR Newsday

Cheers all around for the world of fashion in 2011 that brought us ease, girlishness and all-out pretty styles for spring/summer and new, colorful swagger with a royal touch of elegance for fall/winter (not to mention some bargains). Here’s a look at our top 10 trends: 1. Star of the season: The statement coat. Toppers of all sorts made news this season — ponchos, capes, maxis and boyfriend styles some in vivid shades. If you have to buy just one new thing, make it a great coat. 2. Designer collaborations: OK, admit it: You were one of the people who lined up, waited for, Raspberry boyfriend coat by desperately sought the sprightly DKNY exclusively at Blooming- Missoni for Target collection that

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crashed a website. And, you worshipped at the temple of H&M when Donatella Versace’s collection hit the store. No shame in ’fessing up, and guaranteed there’s more to follow. 3. Fur, faux and otherwise: From sci-fi mounds of dyed real fur to sleeker faux fur vests to wellplaced touches of fur on sleeves and collars, fur was a fashion focus for fall/winter 2011. 4. Color crazy: In a season that is traditionally neutral, color reigned supreme with loads of bolds, brights (including jeans) and even a heavy dose of pink for winter/

would say) clash. 5. The Kate Middleton factor: Many a fashion pundit credited Kate Middleton for steering trends in more formal, proper direction. From her her sheer wedding dress pantyhose, the to — yes — Duchess of Cambridge has had a strong influence on the fashion scene. 6. GrrrrrFor top style trend piece, this is animal platform work boot by Lucky. At prints: Lions Left, for style and trend pieces, and tigers and this is an outfit that mixes snakes, oh my! colors, from JCrew. In a nod to the At right, an outfit from the exotic, spots, Missoni collection for Target. stripes, and skin patfall. And what made it all that terns much more fun? Color-blocking turned and wearing colors that (some

up head to toe. 7. It’s a boot-iful life: From knee-high ladylike heels to short combat-style stompers, boots are a must-have. New to the scene: high-wedged heels and, in a novel twist, work boots styled fashionably. 8. Hang loose mama: Easy, breezy silhouettes were showcased by many designers giving gals a languid moment to relax. 9. Happy hippies: We loved those floppy hats that dominated spring catwalks and cute, easy frocks including the maxi and little floral prints went right along with that groovy ’70s vibe. 10. Sheer magic: See-through dresses, tops and, yes, pants raged on spring/summer runways, so layering became a must, and — don’t be shy — underpinnings were showcased.



















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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll defuse tension by telling someone that you have heard his or her complaint and you understand it. Acknowledging this person’s reality might be all that’s necessary to resolve a conflict. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A loved one may seem to take your attention for granted. You may notice that this person is willing to talk more than listen right now. Later, the pendulum will swing, and you’ll be on the receiving end. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It takes courage to love. Sure, you’ve had relationships that didn’t work out quite the way you thought they would. You should be proud that you were brave enough to enter into the relationship at all. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll solve problems and stretch the bounds of your creativity. You’ll fit things together in such a surprising way that people won’t be able to take their eyes off your work. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Enormous reserves of vital energy will be available to you when you commit to doing something just for you. Simple activities like walking, running and deep breathing reconnect you to your joy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are ready to be free of past frustrations and disappointments. It will be as though yesterday suddenly releases its hold on you and you can look hopefully into your future. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Take a moment to imagine your day before it happens, and you’ll prevent a snafu of some sort. There’s something you can set right by simply having the forethought to prepare properly for the day. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you wonder how brave you really are. It’s the kind of thing that can’t be measured hypothetically. You’ll jump at the chance to put your courage to the test. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have a message today, and it’s one people will care about — or at least they should. Much will depend on your ability to get to the emotional heart of the matter. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Avoid relying so heavily on technology now that you forget about the most magnificent computer on Earth inside your head. Common sense will lead you where no robot can go. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be aware that your every move is painting a picture of you. How you are perceived will matter. Be careful not to talk too much about what you’ve already demonstrated. Your confidence will read loud and clear. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You may feel stuck in an unsatisfactory pattern and not quite ready to make a change. At least you’re ready to start thinking about it. A symbolic ritual of transition will help you move forward. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 1). You will be presented with excellent financial opportunities, and you’ll have a strong sense of how to make the most of them. A new friend comes into your life in March. Your professional life is a bit of a game this spring. Play with those who have just as much at stake, and the game becomes more interesting. Virgo and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 50, 32, 19, 5 and 11.

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A new year gives us the chance to start anew Dear Readers: While the last year has been tumultuous for many of us, a new one is here, bringing with it our chance for a fresh start. Today is the day we discard destructive old habits for healthy new ones. I will share Dear Abby’s oftenrequested list of New Year’s Resolutions, which were adapted by my mother, Pauline Phillips, from the original credo of Al-Anon: JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine. JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot. JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.




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Where to go to get over your ex


Dubbed the “turkey drop,” the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas mark a peak in breakups across the country. Seriously, research has proven it. Were you blindsided by a “we need to talk” text from your soon-to-be-ex while you were out buying their Christmas present? Well you weren’t the only one. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore may have beaten everyone else to the punch by announcing their split just a week before Thanksgiving, but Olympic gold-medalist Lindsey Vonn kicked off the “holiday break-up season” on November 28 when she and her husband announced their plans to divorce. So if you get dumped this holi-

day season, you’re in good company. But if that fact is not enough to cheer you up, we understand. That’s why we’ve picked the best post-breakup escapes around the globe. • Tensing Pen in Negril, Jamaica Set in the cliffs of Negril’s West End, Tensing Pen faces the ocean but doesn’t have a traditional sandy beach. Instead, high, rocky cliffs descend to the pure blue water below. Guests can climb down the cliffs and swim from a handful of ladders that have been built into the cliffs, but the general consensus is that you can’t finish your stay without jumping from the long, skinny bridge about 20 feet or so above the water. Doesn’t that sound refreshing? And it doesn’t

hurt to be on a sunny island while you’re getting over your ex who’s stuck at home, filled with regret. • Casa Velas Hotel Boutique in Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta The 80-room adults-only Casa Velas Hotel is perfectly situated amid quiet luxury in the small neighborhood of Marina Vallarta, which has a Palm Springs-meetsBeverly Hills vibe. The hotel offers a Divorcee Package which includes accommodations in the Presidential Suite for you and your closest (single) friends, a spa treatment, a night out on the town, a farewell cocktail party (complete with a mini-coffin for your wedding ring), and a consultation with a jewelry designer to create the perfect post-marriage setting for that gorgeous engagement-ring

rock. Hey, maybe you did get something out of that marriage after all! • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas If your way of getting over someone is moving onto the next, you’re going to want to head to Vegas. And no hotel does Vegas parties better than the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The hotel is home to Vanity (just one of your ex’s many flaws), one of the hottest nightclubs in Sin City. The 14,000square-foot nightclub features world-renowned DJs spinning until 4 a.m. for an uber-attractive crowd; bouncers keep an infamously tight velvet rope, so they practically do all of the work for you!

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But while painfully unfunny, is “Work It” poised to inflict real damage on the transgender community? ABC declined to comment on the brewing controversy and declined to make anyone available from the show to discuss it. “There’s been an understanding that to make other minority groups seem ridiculous on the basis of appearance alone is not accepted in modern media,” Graddick said. “If the net result of this show is that it makes it easier to laugh at transgender people or negates their experience in our society, it’s something that’s not worth continuing. “GLAAD’s position is not that nobody can ever do cross-dressing

again as a form of comedy,” he added. “In the past, it has been done as a form of social commentary. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with ‘Work It.’ In fact, quite the opposite.” HRC’s Fred Sainz draws a sharp distinction between drag humor, an art form long the province of the gay community, and a cross-dressing show like “Work It” or “Tootsie,” a film that, however well-regarded in its day, he views as a relic of a less-enlightened era. “Humor of this nature continues to stigmatize transgender Americans and further confuses the reality of the situation,” he said. “As we know better, we have a responsibility to do better.” Both organizations have

stressed that ABC, overall, has a good record for positive portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (with such shows as “Modern Family” and the recent appearance of Chaz Bono on “Dancing With the Stars”). “ABC has always been a great corporate citizen,” Sainz said. But even as talks continue with the network, “Work It” is still on the schedule and being promoted by ABC. “We’re taking this public stance becausetheredon’tseemanyplans by ABC to pull ‘Work It,’ ” GLAAD’s Graddick said. “But we’re hoping they will do so. Our hope is that this show will fall by the wayside.”


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image. Or, perhaps, hubby No. 3. IF THIS IS WINNING, LOSING MUST REALLY SUCK: Celebrities have meltdowns in public all the time, yet we hadn’t had a really epic breakdown since Britney Spears shaved her head bald. Maybe that’s what made Charlie Sheen’s collapse so transfixing. He gave us everything we expected in a train wreck — and more: Custody battles! Jittery interviews! Goddesses! And of course, “WINNING!” Watching his daily dose of acting crazy was more entertaining — and addictive — than any episode of “Two and a Half Men.” But we overdosed when Sheen went on his stand-up tour, which basically gave him a pass to go on rambling diatribes on foolish people’s dimes. Sadly, even as pathetic as it was, it still had more live vocals than a Britney tour. TODAY’S WORD OF THE DAY IS “EWWWWWWW”: We didn’t realize Justin Bieber had reached puberty, so it came as a shock when Mariah Yeater claimed he was the baby daddy to her months-old son after an alleged romp after one of his concerts — when she was 19, and he was just 16. A paternity suit was filed, DNA tests were bandied about, all while Maury Povich salivated from the sidelines. But, alas, we never got a chance to see Bieber do the customary pimpwalk strut to the phrase “You are NOT the father!” Yeater withdrew her paternity claim as her story started to collapse and Bieber took a paternity test. We would have preferred that Biebs prove his manhood with a passable mustache. THE DONALD WOULD RATHER BE EMPEROR: Donald Trump got the media buzzing


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er and his romantic partner, the star attraction in the club’s drag performance. And on TV, Tom Hanks appeared with Peter Scolari in the 1980s sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” which depicted male roommates posing as women to gain entry to a budget-priced apartment building which admitted only female residents. Flash forward to “Work It,” which pairs what the network calls “two unrepentant guy’s guys” (Lee Standish, a family man, and Angel Ortiz, a ladies’ man) who lost their jobs at a car dealership and have gone a year without employment. “It’s not a recession, it’s a mancession,” says a commiserating friend. “Women are taking over the work force.” Soon, Lee (Ben Koldyke) hears of openings for sales reps at a pharmaceutical company. But the company is looking for women, not men, to fill the slots. The company has hired guys in the past, Lee learns, but they didn’t work out: “The doctors seem to want to nail them less.” Lee knows what he must do: He dresses up as a woman, however preposterously, and wins a job from the unsuspecting firm. So does his buddy, Angel (Amaury Nolasco), who is similarly costumed. With their linebacker physiques, squeaky voices and amateurish makeup, neither man would fool a 5-year-old, which is meant to be part of the joke — whereupon laughs ensue (at least, from the show’s high-decibel laugh track).

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when he announced his intention to run for president — maybe. To burnish his credentials as a conservative Republican, he seized on the so-called “birther” bandwagon by stoking doubt about President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship. In the end, Obama released his Hawaiian “long form” birth certificate proving he is indeed a “natural-born citizen,” as the Constitution requires. And, unfortunately, so is Trump. WHY CELEBS SHOULD FLY IN PRIVATE JETS: because they cannot behave themselves on commercial flights. Badlwin Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight for refusing to stop playing a cell-phone game while the plane was parked at the gate. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was denied a seat because of his sagging pants, and Gerard Depardieu urinated on a plane ahead of takeoff, apparently unable and/or unwilling to hold his bladder until he got the OK to move about the cabin. Next time you see a celebrity on your plane, instead of asking for an auto-

graph, ask for a seat far, far away. PROOF THERE ARE NO SURPRISES IN LIFE: Kat Von D broke up with Jesse James, saying she was shocked — yes shocked! — that James, who was unfaithful to Sandra Bullock during her Oscar campaign, had also allegedly cheated on her — with19 women. TONE DEAF: At just 13, Rebecca Black became a sensation — and laughingstock — of the Internet, thanks to her hard-on-theears tune, “Friday,” which her parents paid producers to make, along with the now infamous video on YouTube. Seemingly oblivious to the wonders of Auto-Tune, Black’s nasally warbling became embedded in the brain like a bad virus. And yet she sounded better than any LMFAO tune. LOOK, IT’S CHRIS BROWN — DUCK!: Chris Brown’s star, seemingly forever tarnished after beating then-girlfriend Rihanna, was on the rise when he decided to go on “Good Morning America” to perform and talk to host Robin Roberts. But Roberts’ decision to ask about the Rihanna incident got under Brown’s skin. After the interview, he trashed his dressing room, even breaking a window. Yet people continued to

buy copies of his comeback album. Apparently, fear is the best motivator. WAS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SEQUEL TO THE FILM “TWINS”? When Maria Shriver announced that she was divorcing Arnold Schwarzenegger after 25 years of marriage and a stint in the California governor’s mansion, we thought it was because she’d finally seen those tiny Speedo pictures. But then we learned that not only did he cheat on her with the family housekeeper, but he and the housekeeper had a son together around the time Maria gave birth to their child, also a boy. Guess it wasn’t the wisest decision to let Schwarzenegger be in charge of giving out the employee bonuses.

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ow is it possible that16 years have passed without a definitive biography of sportscaster Howard Cosell? Mark Ribowsky (author of a superb book on Satchel Paige) may have lost something by waiting so long after Cosell’s death in 1995. A generation has grown up thinking that ESPN’s Chris Berman invented Cosell’s signature call — “He could ... go ... all ... the ... way!” — for a breakaway touchdown run. (Was there an American male who watched “Monday Night Football” from its inception in 1970 to Cosell’s final broadcast in 1983 who didn’t do an impression of the man?) But Ribowsky also gained something: perspective. “Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports” is an exhilarating look back at a man and a time that are inextricably entwined. It may seem Cosell-like hyperbole when Ribowsky writes, “There can be no overestimating how unique,andevenunprecedented,Cosell’sfamewasby the middle of the 1970s. He had done no less than makehimselfaone-manindustrybyturningscabrousnessintoanendearment,”butthatmusthavebeenthe way we felt about Cosell, because even when we cursedhimwekeptonwatching.EvenWoodyAllen was a fan, giving Cosell guest spots in threeofhismovies—playinghimself, of course. Arrogant, tempestuous and ambitious, Cosell dragged sports journalism kicking and screaming into an era when electronic media replaced print. Born in 1918toIsidore and Nellie

Cohen, and raised in Brooklyn, Cosell studied law at NYU and floundered for years, trying to find his niche. Hefinallyfounditin1956witharadioshow,“Speaking of Sports,” sponsored by a relative who owned a shirt company.Afterwaitingsolongforhisbreak,Cosellpursued stardom with a vengeance, bringing the big guns of his scathing, contrarian wit and bludgeoning pomposity to bear on sport’s stuffed shirts, such as International Olympic Committee head Avery Brundage and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. He made more enemies than friends with his aggressiveinterviewingstyle—NewYorkYankeesmanager Ralph Houk famously compared Cosell to excrement, telling him,“you’reeverywhere.” Cosell didn’t care. A tireless selfpromoter, he ignored his critics and pressed onward.

Buttherewas,asRibowskypointsout,ahardkernelof integrity in his bluster. Cosellwasn’taloneinsupportingMuhammadAliin hislegalbattlewiththeU.S.governmentoverthedraft, or Curt Flood, who sued the baseball establishment in an attempt to become a free agent — but he made the mostnoisefortheircauses.Forseveralyears,thepublic practicallysawAliandCosellasanact;Aliactuallytold Cosell to call him by a racial epithet in public so that “They’ll think we hate one another.” The irony to Cosell’s life is that he yearned for the more serious journalistic work that would surely have stifled his individuality. He lost ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” job to the far less abrasive Jim McKay, and never got over his bitterness when his longtime supporter at ABC, Roone Arledge, passed himoverforthenetwork’scoverageofthemassacre at the1972 Munich Olympics (again for McKay). Cosell was so truculent — to use one of his favorite words — that when ABC arranged a farewell dinner for him in 1986 he informed the network head: “I don’t want to be honored. If you want to talk about my departure, talk to my lawyer.” “His coda,” Ribowsky writes (correctly I think), “more than anything else, is his singularity — a long-lost quality in the postmodern culture that has wiped men like him off the slate.” Howard Cosell made his own mold, and then broke it.


Rocker-poet-artist-mother’s many facets By DAVID L. ULIN Los Angeles Times

One thing I’ve always admired about Patti Smith is her refusal to be characterized. Rocker, poet, artist, mother: She seems to inhabit each of these roles almost effortlessly, moving among them as if the only difference was in our heads. And why not? For Smith, they all come out of the same impulse, a kind of ecstatic self-engagement, in which the line separating life and creativity, the mundane and the mystical, is an illusion, a border we create to bound ourselves. “Oh, God, I fell for you,” she sings at the end of her 1979 song “Dancing Barefoot,” and since the first time I ever played that record, I’ve heard this as a prayer, a benediction, as if it were God she had fallen for. Such a sensibility — fluid, visionary, risky — marks the 11 pieces in “Woolgathering” (New Directions: 80 pp., $18.95), a collection of impressionistic prose poems that dances at the edge of memoir before opting for something harder to pin down. Originally published in 1992 as part of the series of small books (“3 by 4 inches in size,” Smith recalls,

“like a tiny Indian prayer book that one could carry in one’s pocket”) released during the late 1980s and early 1990s by the delightfully idiosyncratic Hanuman Books, it has just been reissued, in a slightly expanded edition, and to read it again is to be reminded of just how interesting Smith can be. This is no sequel to the National Book Awardwinning “Just Kids,” which traced her early years in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe. Rather, it is both wilder and more reflective, a portrait of Smith’s inner life, beginning in childhood and stretching into the undefined and ever-present now. For Smith, it all starts with an invocation: “I always imagined I would write a book,” she declares in the opening line of the collection, “if only a small one, that would carry one away, into a

realm that could not be measured nor even remembered.” That’s reminiscent of both her National Book Award acceptance speech (“When I was a clerk at Scribner’s bookstore,” she said, “I always dreamed of writing a book of my own”) and an echoing riff, at the end of “Woolgathering”: “So I leave myself to wonder and begin, for I always imagined I would one day write a book.” Here, we see the circularity, not only of the pieces but also of Smith as an artist — the sense of purpose, of ambition, mixed with her sense of the holiness of the task. “(T)here are precious words to grind,” she notes, as if literature were a physical practice, and throughout these pages, we get the impression of this work as somehow made by hand. “Relaxed, beneath the sky, contemplating this and that,” she writes in “Cowboy Truths,” dedicated to onetime boyfriend Sam Shepard. “The nature of labor. The nature of idleness and the sky itself with billowing masses so close one might lasso a cloud to pillow one’s head or fill one’s belly. Sopping up the beans and

gravy with a chunk of cloud meat and lying back for a little siesta. What a life!” Beans and gravy with a chunk of cloud meat? There it is, that mix of the practical and the mythic, like the marriage of rock ’n’ roll and poetry. Such juxtapositions emerge repeatedly in “Woolgathering,” which begins with Smith’s childhood (“All my socks were out of shape,” she tells us. “Possibly because I often filled them with marbles. I’d load them with aggies and steelies and head out. It was the one thing I was good at and I could beat anyone around.”) before shifting into more metaphysical territory, a territory that is hers alone. “On clear, peculiar nights,” she writes in “The Woolgatherers,” describing a field outside her bedroom window, “I sometimes saw movement in the grasses. At first I thought it to be the swipe of the white owl or the great pale winds of a luna moth spreading and unfolding like a medieval habit. But it came to me one night that they were people like none I had ever seen, in strange archaic cap and dress. I used to

think I could see the white of their bonnets and, at times, a hand, in the act of grasping, illuminated by the moon and stars or the light from a passing car.” There’s so much here that it’s worth our while to slow down and look more closely: the balance (again) of the visionary and the commonplace, the interplay of those ghostly figures with the physicality of a passing car. There’s the language, so precise, so imagistic, the wings of a moth “unfolding like a medieval habit,” the phrase “strange archaic cap and dress,” itself archaic and strange. There’s the sense of things happening beneath the surface, the notion of the world as, at heart, a place of mystery. And perhaps most important, there is Smith’s identification with these shades, these phantoms, who, she later learns, are called the woolgatherers — which becomes the way she frames herself also, as she “(wanders) among them, through thistle and thorn, with no task more exceptional than to rescue a fleeting thought, as a tuft of wool, from the combo of the wind.”










Float away on Galveston ferry By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press


ALVESTON, Texas — Galveston’s Bolivar Ferry, Texas’ version of the famous New York Staten Island Ferry, may be the best tourist bargain in the Lone Star State. It’s free, and the roughly 20minute ride each way between Port Bolivar and Galveston is an entertaining diversion from the beaches and historic districts that are the biggest local tourist draw. Nowhere else in the vast state of Texas can you cross and share a waterway with ships on one of the world’s busiest channels, feed scores of seagulls eager for bread or popcorn, and spot dolphins swimming and diving within shouting distance of the boat. “The scenery, looking at everything, I’ve enjoyed it since I was a child,” Destiny Perry-Inman, 30, of Kirbyville, said on a recent trip. “I’d come here every summer with my dad. I would recommend it to people who enjoy this sort of thing.” Passengers standing on the bow can get a saltwater shower as the nearly football-fieldlong ferry plows through a swell or the wake of a ship. At night, the lights and flares of gigantic petrochemical plants in nearby Texas City burn on the horizon to the northwest. A line of ocean-going freighters and tankers dot the horizon leading into the open Gulf of Mexico. “We just love it,” Millie Garfield, of Victorville, Calif., said, as she accompanied her daughter and 5-year-old grandson. “It’s a neat experience for kids.” Garfield’s daughter, Sarah Emerson, from Silsbee, about 90 miles northeast of Galveston, said whenever she gets visitors come from out of town, the ferry is a must-do trip. You don’t get to see the Statue of Liberty on this crossing, but like its East Coast counterpart, which for decades has been hauling passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan, the Bolivar Ferry for generations has been carrying vehicles and passengers the nearly three miles across Galveston Bay from the island to the Bolivar Peninsula, a sliver of land separating the bay from the Gulf of Mexico in Southeast Texas about 50 miles from Houston. The ferry runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, halted only by the approach of a hurricane or tropical storm. Officially, the ferry run by the Texas Department of Transportation is an extension of Texas Highway 87, which parallels the coastline northeast out of Galveston. It saves motorists a three-hour, 140-mile drive around the bay to Bolivar from Galveston. “It is a state highway,” department spokesman Hank Glamann says of the ferry. “It’s just a chunk that happens to float.” The boats carried 1.4 million vehicles and nearly 4.4 million passengers in the past year. People can remain in their cars, get out and stand on the deck at the bow or stern or climb stairs to a second deck for a seagull’s eye view. The fleet’s newest $23 million vessel is undergoing final preparations before entering service to expand the number of boats to six. The busiest time of the year is June, July and August, and hours-long waits to drive aboard a boat are not uncommon. People merely wanting to take the boat ride can walk aboard and avoid the lines after parking at the ferry landing, where dozens of pelicans normally roost on the pilings with hundreds of seagulls. Each boat can carry up to about 70 vehicles and 500 people. Those vehicles can include up to eight 80,000-pound 18wheeler trucks. They travel at a top speed of 10 to 12 knots but don’t turn around. Their crews do. Each ferry is double-ended, meaning the captain and his first mate walk across the roof of


A sea gull snags a piece of bread out of a passenger’s hand aboard a ferry boat as it crosses Galveston Bay in Galveston, Texas. Galveston’s Bolivar Ferry, Texas version of the famous New York Staten Island Ferry, may be the best tourist bargain in the Lone Star State. Its free and the roughly 20-minute ride each way between Port Bolivar and Galveston is an entertaining diversion from the beaches and historic districts.

First mate Jose Tamayo pilots the ferry Robert Lanier across Galveston Bay.

Cars are lined up on the deck of the Galveston ferry Dewitt C. Greer as it crosses Galveston Bay in Galveston, Texas.

Filled with cars and passengers, the Ray Stoker Jr. glides across Galveston Bay in Galveston.

IF YOU GO GALVESTON FERRY: http:// . Free ferry runs daily, 24 hours a day, between Port Bolivar and Galveston. GETTING THERE: From Houston, Interstate 45 south ends at Galveston and becomes Broadway Avenue, also designated Texas Highway 87. Continue following Highway 87 for four miles, crossing Seawall Boulevard, and turn left where Highway 87 becomes Ferry Road. The ferry landing is about one mile later. From Louisiana and far Southeast Texas, take Interstate 10 to Texas Highway 124 at Winnie, go 20 miles south to High Island, then west 27 miles on Texas Highway 87 to the Port Bolivar ferry landing.

the ferry’s upper deck from one pilothouse to a second matching control room on the other side for the return trips. “The best job I ever had,” Capt. William Maxey, who’s been piloting the ferries for 10 years. Maxey says weather is always a concern during his normal eight daily round trips, particularly fog. “That’s when we earn our money,” he said. “It makes it interesting.” He remembers one instance where a lightning bolt struck the water near the vessel during a storm. “There was fire coming out of the water,” he said. “I’ve worked on a ship all my life and I’d never seen anything like that. You could feel the intensity.” The first ferry service began in the 19th century, when Galveston was the premier city in Texas, only to be crippled by the great hurricane of 1900 and subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel that fueled Houston’s ascendancy as a metropolis. It’s that channel, gateway to the world’s busiest inland port, the ferries cross.


Asea gull snags a cracker out of a passenger’s hand aboard a ferry boat as it crosses Galveston Bay.

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