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Americans killed by ‘insiders’


Afghan police kill four U.S. troops in latest attack similar to two others. NFL

By HEIDI VOGT and MIRWAIS KHAN Associated Press



ASTROS 7 PHILLIES 6 PLANS STAY ON TRACK FOR RECEIVERS There was no celebration for his third touchdown of the game. Allen Robinson simply tossed the ball to the official and trotted off to the sideline. So his teammates did the cheering for him. And one of the first people to greet him when he came off the field was fellow wide receiver Eugene Lewis. The two players are listed 1-2 on the depth chart for Penn State at split end. But while Robinson finds himself among the national receiving leaders, Lewis finds himself likely headed for a redshirt season. Page 1B

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Conyngham resident Tiffany Cloud Olson turned to writing to relieve anxiety during her husband’s special operations military combat mission in Afghanistan and hopes to help other military families in the same situation with her book, ’Sleeping with Dog Tags.’

Those who wait

Area woman writes about stress of deployment By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES


onyngham resident Tiffany Cloud Olson willed herself to stay strong when she said good bye to her husband at the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey in March 2011. • Erik Olson’s special operations unit was headed to the “tip of the spear,” a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush province near Pakistan loaded with insurgent activity. The odds were 50-50 that he’d come back alive – with injuries.

“Don’t worry, honey. I’ll come home,” he said, touching her face. “Preferably breathing,” she said, trying to lighten the moment. “He laughed and then turned around and walked off to war,” Tiffany recalled Sunday from her East Benjamin Avenue home. She also faced her own war that day against the terrors of coping while a loved one is in the battle zone. She banged out her pain

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Happy Constitution Day? Area schools plan lessons in liberty By MARK GUYDISH

It may never have caught on like “Labor Day” or “Independence Day,” but by federal law promulgated in 2004, today is “Constitution and Citizenship Day.” And the law – championed into existence by the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. – requires any organization that receives federal funding to provide some type of Constitution education on or near the date the document was ratified. That would be Sept. 17. Which is why most public school students will find themselves getting a dollop of Constitution lessons, though few are apt to see school-wide assemblies. “We leave that to the building principals,” Greater Nanticoke


Area Superintendent Tony Perrone said, echoing a common comment among district administrators since the law went into effect in 2005. In Pittston Area School District, Social Studies Chair Michael Fuller said seventh-grade geography students will study what Article Four says about admitting new states, eighth-grade history students will analyze the preamble to see how the new Constitution fixed problems with the Articles of Confederation, ninth-grade civics students will discuss the duties of citizenship, among other plans to meet the mandate. The Constitution lessons can be done in any class. Fuller noted that 12th-grade psychology stu-


>> NO POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The new fall TV season continues its rollout this week, with an NBC drama about the fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world plunged into darkness. No, it’s not Jersey Shore. In “Revolution,” the Earth has been without power for 15 years, and humankind is fighting for the day when Motel 6 can once again leave the light on for you. Luckily for the folks at NBC, the world still has electricity and can tune into “Revolution,” if it so desires. The show debuts at 10 p.m. today. 6

and fears on her computer keyboard and has cobbled the words into a newly released book, “Sleeping with Dog Tags,” about the military family experience during war. Normally a private person, Tiffany said she wanted to share her experience to help others in the same situation. A portion of the proceeds also will benefit The Rolling

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police killed four American soldiers coming to their aid after a checkpoint attack Sunday, the third “insider” assault by government forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms in as many days. The escalating violence — including a NATO airstrike that killed eight Afghan women and girls gathering firewood in a remote part of the country — strained the military partnership between Kabul and NATO as the U.S. begins “But they are to withdraw thousands Afghans and of troops sent three they know that years ago to route the Taliban from southern Americans are strongholds. So far this year, 51 inour enemy.” ternational service Qari Yousef Ahmadi members have died at Taliban spokesman who said the police who the hands of Afghan attacked were not soldiers or policemen affiliated with the Taliban or insurgents wearing insurgency their uniforms. At least 12 such attacks came in August alone, leaving 15 dead. The surge in insider attacks is a sign of how security has deteriorated as NATO prepares its military exit from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The U.S. is days away from completing the first stage of its own drawdown, withdrawing 33,000 troops that were part of a military surge three years ago. The U.S. will remain with about 68,000

>> KISS ME!: Trivia time: Did you know that the rock supergroup KISS started life as a band called Wicked Lester? True

INSIDE: Answers to the quiz can be found on Page 10A.

dents would study “Kohlberg’s Conventional Level of Morality” and how it relates to lawmaking, as well as reviewing the rights of those with mental illness. At Wyoming Valley West Middle School, some students will “Un-Ramble the Preamble,” doing a word search followed by a bill of rights, Principal Deborah Troy wrote in an email. At the district high school, teachers have a wide variety of lessons planned that tie in to what they are currently studying: Asking students how the Bill of Rights might be different if written today, studying what Aristotle wrote about See CONSTITUTION, Page 10A

that. And that ’80s hair band Motley Crüe got the idea for using those umlauts in their name from the beer Löwenbräu? Yep. That’s also trüe. But really. When the bands take the stage this Tuesday at Montage Mountain, by some no one’s going to care about trivia. All fans want is to have their butts kicked serious rock n’ roll. If you are going, the show starts at 7 p.m.

>> PAINTING THE TOWN: Did you ever have a buddy who invited you over for a “paint party?” Not much of a party, huh? You spent all day getting covered in clamshell white and all you got out of it was two lousy Keystone Lights. Well, there’s a different kind of paint party coming this week at the Mohegan Sun Arena. “Life in Color” is a multimedia show featuring music, art, dance, and, of course, paint. And it will be splashing all over the arena floor at 9 p.m. this Thursday. >> ZOMBIE ZOO: First, the bad news.

If you have an allergy to walking, living corpses, then you may want to leave Scranton and environs this weekend. No, the Rolling Stones aren’t coming to town. “Infect Scranton” is. It’s sort of a zombie festival for fans of the walking, carnivorous dead. Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, there are a host of zombie-themed events planned, like a zombie pub crawl, zombie movie screenings and something called a zombie brunch. Whether you eat or ARE eaten is up for debate. Interested? Go to to learn more.

>> HARD HOBBIT TO BREAK: In the world of

J.R.R. Tolkien, a Hobbit’s birthday is not an occasion where you get gifts, it’s one where you give gifts. If that’s the case, get ready to do some serious getting this Saturday. It’s Hobbit Day, which celebrates the “birthdays” of the most famousest of Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Yes, they’re fictional characters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party like it’s 1401 in Shire reckoning. Throw a feast and light up some of Gandalf’s fireworks. After all, there ain’t no party like a Shire party.

Times Leader 09-17-2012  

Times Leader 09-17-2012

Times Leader 09-17-2012  

Times Leader 09-17-2012