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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012


Laughter in rainy night concert




ongwriter and performer Neil Sedaka, 73, sings at Misericordia University Friday night. He performed songs he has made famous and others he has written, such as Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way.’ For Click photos, see Page 7A.


Hanover Township police secured the scene of a shooting at the Hanover Village Apartments with police tape on Saturday.

Candidates looking for Jewish voters

Assuming that Jews vote based on U.S. policy toward Israel is a losing proposition. By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press

WASHINGTON — On a trip to Israel, Mitt Romney is trying to win over a tiny sliver of a small — but powerful — section of the American electorate. President Barack Obama is doing the same at home. But while Romney’s trip is unlikely to change the broader presidential campaign against Obama, he’s hoping to close the gap among Jewish voters. For all the wooing of American Jews in presidential campaigns, those who say Israel’s fate drives their vote make up 6 percent of a reliably Democratic bloc. The tiny numbers are overlaid with an outsize influence. Campaign donations from Jews or Jewish and pro-Israel groups account for as much as 60 percent of Democratic money, and groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee can bring strong pressure on candidates. “This is going to be a close election. We are in a tight, tight race,” said Democratic pollster Jim Gerstein. “But this race will not swing on the Jewish vote.” The notion of being an American Jew has changed over the years. Jews have married outside their faith and ethnic enclaves have given way to integrated cities. In the process, Israel has faded as a driving issue in their homes and seems to have faded as a flashpoint in politics. “They’re disconnected from their ancestral roots,” Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based consultant, said of Jewish voters. “People are becoming less observant so they’re less tied to Israel, less tied to their faith, less tied to their history.” In turn, Jewish voters look at the election through secular lenses. Although the campaign rhetoric skews toward them when the candidates talk about Israel, assuming that Jews vote based on U.S. policy toward Israel is a losing proposition. Romney also needs to show his commitment to Israel because the reliably Republican evangelical Christian vote also holds candidates to account on that topic. “Jewish Americans, like most Americans, have come to assume that mainstream politicians and elected officials will stand strongly with Israel so there’s oftentimes no urgency that is reflected in the polling,” said Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman from Florida whose district was heavily Jewish. “Even partisan people who cherish the American-Israeli relationship cringe when Israel is

Two men were shot Saturday near the entrance to the Hanover Village Apartments. Police responded to a report of a large fight at the location at about 1:30 p.m. AP PHOTO

President Barack Obama waves on his way to Marine One on South Lawn of White House in Washington, Friday.


Mitt Romney walks out of 10 Downing Street after meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, Thursday.

used as a political football,” said Wexler, who was a co-chairman of Obama’s 2008 campaign and now leads the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. That hasn’t stopped Romney. “I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite,” Romney said earlier this year when asked about Israel. Obama has riled his critics, including Romney, by urging the Israelis and the Palestinians to make good on their promises to bring peace to the troubled Middle East. Specifically, Obama publicly has chastised Israel for continuing to build housing settlements in disputed areas and has pressured both sides to begin a new round of peace talks based on the land borders established after the1967 Arab-Israeli conflict. That has raised the ire of groups such as AIPAC, which feel he’s been disloyal to Israel. Obama’s strained relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — a longtime Romney friend — hasn’t helped that perception. Previous presidents have sided with Israel on all points, at least in public.

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in the emergency room and released from the hospital. Khauri McPhail was listed in stable condition Saturday evening, Jolley said. Luzerne County Court records indicate Sean McPhail was on probation stemming from a guilty plea entered May 17 to misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges. Witnesses to the incident Saturday reported seeing a large group of 15 to 20 black males fighting on the lawn in front of Building 1 of the complex, the first building off Division Street in Hanover Village, according to police. Residents of Building 1, who would not give their names out of fear of retaliation, said they heard five or six gunshots ring out before the group dispersed. One woman said she saw a man, whom she knew by the alias “Dollar,” lying on the lawn. He was carried by other men into a green car, which then sped away onto Division Street. A resident of Building 1 said

Hanover Township police investigate the scene of a shooting at the Hanover Village Apartments on Saturday.

he knew one of the victims as a resident of the apartment complex, but the man did not live in Building 1. “I knew him to see him,” the man said. “He lives with someone up in here.” Another woman, upset that her apartment was struck by bullets, said there were several children playing in the area at the time. “There were three kids out here,” she said. Police sealed with police tape the lawn in front of apartments

NYPD is launching new system to track crime

City developed software with Microsoft to track criminals and potential terrorists. By KIMBERLY DOZIER AP Intelligence Writer

ASPEN, Colo. — The New York Police Department will soon launch an all-seeing “Domain Awareness System” that combines several streams of information to track both criminals and potential terrorists. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the city developed the software with Microsoft. Kelly says the program com-

bines city-wide video surveillance with law enforcement databases. He says it will be officially unveiled by New York’s mayor as soon as next week. Kelly spoke Saturday before an audience at the Aspen Security Forum. The NYPD has been under fire for surveillance of Muslim communities and partnering with the CIA to track potential terror suspects. Muslim groups have sued to shut down the NYPD programs. Kelly defended the policies as key to thwarting 14 terror plots against the city since the attacks of Sept. 11th.

109 to 112, which make up onethird of Building 1, Saturday afternoon and used a police dog to search the lawn. Police said the dog is used to sniff for evidence such as shell casings. Township detectives and a state police forensics unit were called in to investigate the reported shooting. Township police did not release additional information about the weapons used in the incident, suspects or the victims. They are asking anyone with information to contact them at 825-1254.

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