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Friday, November 11, 2011

PSU scandal I: A search for truth

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's board of trustees has begun the arduous task of rebuilding the university's shattered image, with a pledge from trustees to search for the truth in the unfolding child sex abuse case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that resulted in coach Joe Paterno's firing. 

Trustees met today, with chairman Steve Garban opening the session by welcoming Rod Erickson -- who had been named to replace Graham Spanier as president. Governor Tom Corbett has also been part of today's meeting.  Garban pledged to support Erickson as the board works "for the future of this institution that we respect and love." 

Paterno and Spanier were fired Wednesday in the fallout of a shocking grand jury report alleging repeated illicit contact between Sandusky and boys as young as 10.  The board formed an investigative committee to dig into the university's failure to stop Sandusky's alleged activity. It will be headed by trustee Kenneth Frazier, who is CEO of Merck. State education secretary and trustee Ronald Tomalis will be vice chairman.

PSU scandal II: Police say ‘no link’ between long-missing DA, Sandusky

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The man investigating the 2005 disappearance of a Ray Gricar doesn't believe it is linked to the prosecutor's 1998 decision to not file child-sex charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. 

Still, Bellefonte police Det. Matthew Rickard tells The Associated Press he'll review how Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar handled the 1998 allegations - just to be thorough.  With the case back in the spotlight because of the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, Rickard says he knows of nothing linking Gricar's April 2005 disappearance to the prosecutor's earlier investigation of Sandusky.

Sandusky is charged by state prosecutors with molesting the alleged 1998 victim and seven other boys.  A judge declared Gricar dead earlier this year, at the request of Gricar's daughter.

PSU scandal III: Help for victims

SELINSGROVE – What happened at Penn State University with assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can be a learning experience for many.  Tony Butto, psychologist and head of the Courtyard Counseling Center in Selinsgrove, says the publicity surrounding the case can have quite an impact in a number of areas. Butto says it’s opened up a lot of painful memories for people who are victims. 

Butto says the publicity might encourage victims to come out of the shadows and begin to talk about their experiences.  Also, for those who are still victims, Butto hopes it gives them confidence to speak out about those who have hurt them. 

Butto says sexual abuse is very devastating on anyone.  He says it can set into motion a lifetime of pain and doubt.  Butto says it can create profound confusion about their personal security, especially in relationships.  Abuse also can trigger depression and anxiety and destructive behavior.  Often times, Butto says there is guilt involved in adults who were abused as children.  (Ali Stevens)

PSU scandal IV: Brown U. reviewing Paterno Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The chairman of a Brown University athletics fundraising group says he wants the school to maintain an athletic honor named for ousted Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno.  Art Joukowsky, the founding chairman of the Brown University Sports Foundation, tells The Associated Press that he doesn't want the Ivy League school to abandon Paterno, a 1950 graduate. 

A university spokeswoman said Friday the school is reviewing the matter.  The Brown Athletics website says the Joe Paterno '50 Award is presented to an outstanding first-year varsity male athlete. The first award was presented in 1991.

Recipients include former NFL players Sean Morey and Chas Gessner.  Joukowsky, who is also Brown's chancellor emeritus, said Thursday that Paterno never came to campus to present the award.

Marino's legislation to help fund the CSVT

LEWISBURG -- There is a bright spot in the progress of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.  Joe McGranaghan, chairman of the CSVT taskforce, says we will see new legislation soon from U.S. Congressman Tom Marino (R-10, Cogan Station).  Marino has introduced legislation that would remove the cap off the miles from the CSVT.

McGranaghan says if the Appalachian Regional Commission funding cap is not removed, the CSVT is not realistic.  Pennsylvania secretary of transportation Barry Schoch says you don't have to convince him this project is a good idea, but warns that there is a chance the Appalachian program won't continue and therefore funding specifically for the CSVT would not be a reality.  Schoch says if the program goes away, the money that was allocated to certain roads within the Appalachian Regional Commission will be put in a general pot of money. 

Schoch says that pot of money could be beneficial because it can then be spent where it needs to be, but on the downside, the CSVT would then be competing with the need to replace roads and bridges across the state.  They key now is to get the project shovel-ready, so if the funding cap comes off and money starts to be allocated, the CSVT would be first on the list.  According to McGranaghan, getting the project shovel-ready would cost $34 million. (Sara Bartlett)

Vets tell their stories at free car wash

SELINSGROVE -- Many are thanking those who served on this Veteran's Day.  There are a number of observances throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley.  Driving down the strip, you may notice the line of cars at Ultimate Express Car Wash in Selinsgrove. 

Veterans get a free car wash says director of marketing George Heim.  He says veterans should be honored everyday, but this is the businesses way to do their part.  Heim says they love hearing the vets' stories as they pass through the car wash.

JC Carlson and his wife Faye, who both served in the U.S. Navy, were in line for a wash.  Carlson says he is honored to be a vet and is grateful to those who thankful for their service. 

Veterans can get a free car wash until 7:30p.m. tonight.  Heim says last year they served nearly 700 cars and hope to serve over 800 this year, all to honor the vets. (Sara Bartlett)

A new Native Paths Driving Tour for local history buffs to enjoy

SUNBURY – You can discover native paths along the Susquehanna River through the visitor bureau’s Native Paths Driving Tour.  Andrew Miller is executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and talked about the “Every Turn a Treasure” tour that allows residents in the region to see where native trails once were located, many of which have been turned into highways. 

There are eight stops on the native paths tour and a map to help you get there.  Brochures are available at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau office in Lewisburg.  You can hear more from Andrew Miller on WKOK’s Roundtable this weekend. 

Miller is joined by Cindy Inkrote, director of the Northumberland County Historical Society and professor Katie Faull of Bucknell University, who extensively researched the Moravian diaries, which document life in the Valley more than 200 years ago. 

You can hear Roundtable Sunday on Eagle 107 (107.3FM) at 6a.m., 100.9 (100.9FM), The Valley, at 6a.m., Newsradio 1070 WKOK (1070AM) at 9a.m., Talkradio 1380 WMLP (1380AM), 11a.m., 94KX WQKX (94.1FM) at 11p.m. and anytime, at www.wkok.com.

A new four-day statewide bear season

HARRISBURG – Bear hunters now have a four-day season to look forward to in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission extended the statewide bear season to four days, starting Saturday November 19th and running through Wednesday the 23rd

Monday, a full-week of archery bear season begins and wraps up on Friday.  In 2010, 3,090 bears were harvested, which was the fifth highest harvest in state history.  (Ali Stevens)

Burglary at a home near Shamokin

SHAMOKIN – State police are investigating a burglary at a home near Shamokin on Thursday.  Troopers say sometime between noon and 2:00p.m., someone pried the lock off a window at the home along Upper Road in East Cameron Township. 

Once inside the suspect stole two jewelry boxes full of jewelry along with video games and two guns.  Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call state police.  (Ali Stevens)

Lewisburg woman charged with leaving six children alone

LEWISBURG -- A Lewisburg woman is facing multiple charges after police say she left several children home alone.  Police say 34-year-old Irina Tatarina-Maistrenco attempted to take another woman's car by threatening her with a knife. 

The woman was able to get away, but Tatarina-Maistrenco went to her home a short  time later, leaving six children, ages 3 to 11 home alone.  She was also found to be intoxicated at the time of the incident yesterday, just before 1:00p.m. 

The woman is charged with DUI, terroristic threats, stalking, endangering the welfare of children and several other counts.  She's locked up in the Union County Prison on $50,000 bail.  (Ali Stevens)

Corbett urges students not to resort to violence

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he supported actions by Penn State's trustees to force out football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier. He says he was disappointed in the actions of Paterno and Spanier and also has lost confidence in their ability to lead.

Corbett made the comments Thursday after a second day of private meetings by Penn State trustees amid an unfolding child sex abuse scandal involving the school. Corbett says the focus should be on the victims.

Corbett kept tightlipped on most of the criminal investigation or his involvement in the investigation while he served as Pennsylvania's attorney general. He did address PSU students, urging them not to resort to violence saying, "When you chant 'We Are Penn State' make sure that you are demonstrating Penn State at its best." (AP/Sara Bartlett)

Trying to understand students rioting at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE – Talk show host Michael Smerconish expressed outrage when he saw Penn State students rioting after the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno. However, recent Penn State graduate Chelsea Pagana, who is a Selinsgrove native, says she understands why the students would riot.

She emphasized that she doesn't condone rioting, it's easy to see why emotions ran high. Pagana says until you are a student at Penn State, you may not be able to understand the amazing contributions Joe Paterno has made over the years to the school and State College. (Ali Stevens)

New orthopedic center coming in Lewisburg by next fall

LEWISBURG -- By next fall a center for orthopedics will be open on the Evangelical Community Hospital campus in Lewisburg. The announcement was made Thursday by Evan President and CEO Michael O'Keefe. He says the new center will care for patients receiving and recovering from a wide range of procedures including spine surgery, fractures and sports injuries in addition to total joint replacements.

The $750,000 project is the first facility of its kind in the region and will be located near the new surgical suites currently being built as part of the surgical and cardiovascular expansion project. Similar to Evan's joint replacement center, SUN Orthopedic Group will work at the new center for orthopedics.

Dr. Charles Cole Jr. is President of SUN Orthopedic Group. He says the center will be very appealing because everything is focused and dedicated on the orthopedic patients. Construction on the center will begin in the spring and it is expected to be open in fall 2012. (Sara Bartlett)

Columbia County man killed when his pickup was struck by a train

CATAWISSA – An 81-year-old man from Columbia County was killed on Wednesday when his pickup truck was struck by a freight train near Catawissa. Robert Young reportedly ignored flashing signals and drove around a lowered set of crossing arms.

His truck was hit around 10 a.m. on Main Street. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Young was the owner of Robert C. Young Incorporated of Mifflinville, an area excavating company. (Ali Stevens)

Some Snyder County girls preparing for 5K tomorrow

SELINSGROVE – Girls in the Selinsgrove and Midd West School Districts are preparing to run their first 5K race this Saturday, through the Girls On The Run Program. Girls in grades 3 through 8 can participate in the Girls On The Run program.

Cheryl Stumpf is the executive director of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chapter. She says the program is not just about running, but about teaching the girls important lessons regarding self-esteem, bullying, body image and more.

The girls who participated in the program have been training for their first 5K and tell us they are having fun playing games too that teach them different skills. The Girls on the Run 5k will take place Saturday at Susquehanna University’s track stadium.

The race begins at 9 a.m. and each girl is paired up with a running buddy to help them complete the race. People can also register to take part in the race and support Girls on the Run by going to their website, www.girlsontherunsusquehannavalley.org. (Ali Stevens)

Latest Pennsylvania news, business and entertainment

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Wegmans Food Markets says 4,000 pounds of its mashed sweet potatoes are being recalled because of possible contamination with pieces of white plastic.  The grocery chain says the sweet potatoes packaged in 24 oz. plastic trays were sold between Sept. 22 and Nov. 9 in dairy departments at its stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  They were recalled by supplier Orval Kent Foods of Wheeling, Ill.  Wegmans says four consumers complained about the plastic bits. There have been no reports of injury.  The 2,658 packages are marked with the code "Use By Nov. 18 11 DSA." The origin of the plastic pieces isn't known.  Customers may return the packages for full refunds at service desks in Wegmans' 79 stores.

NEW YORK (AP) - A 74-foot Norway spruce from Pennsylvania has been hoisted into place at New York's Rockefeller Center for its starring role in a big Christmas tradition.  Workers accomplished the task with a crane today.  The tree was cut down Wednesday in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania.  It will be decorated with 30,000 multicolored LED lights. It will take five miles of wire to cover the tree, which has a girth of 46 feet at its lowest limbs.  The lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 30. The lights will stay on until Jan. 7. After that, it will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity. Workers building Rockefeller Center set up the first Christmas tree at the site in 1931. The first official tree-lighting ceremony was in 1933.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

The latest business news:

Dow: 12,153.70, up 259.89

S&P 500: 1,263.85, up 24.16

NASDAQ: 2,678.75, up 53.60

Stocks jump...Europe saved?...Super comic auction

NEW YORK (AP) - A double bonus for investors arises from today's rally. Not only are the key averages up more than 2 percent, stocks have also erased their losses for the week.

UNDATED (AP) - Wall Street has drawn encouragement from developments in Europe. Both Italy and Greece have moved closer to forming new governments and getting their financial crises under control.

NEW YORK (AP) - Now defunct trading company MF Global says it is getting rid of its entire workforce of 1,066 employees. The company says it is dismissing workers in accordance with a bankruptcy court-mandated liquidation. MF Global declared bankruptcy after losing money on a number of bad bets on derivatives contracts, precipitated by the European financial crisis.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials are looking into the safety of electric car batteries after a Chevy Volt's lithium ion battery caught fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the fire occurred in June. That was several weeks after the car had been crashed-tested at an agency facility.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A "Super" rare, pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1 is up for auction online beginning today. The issue, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is expected to top the old record of $1.5 million record set for another copy, that wasn't in such good shape, last year.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Friday:

 Mega Millions

     Estimated jackpot: $22 million

 Midday Big 4

     5-9-4-1

Midday Daily Number

     6-2-9

Midday Quinto

     5-9-9-0-9

Powerball

     Estimated jackpot: $35 million

 Treasure Hunt

     12-15-17-26-30

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Honorary Oscars will be handed out tomorrow night to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones and the man known as the godfather of modern-day makeup effects. Jones will be honored for his film work, Winfrey for her charity work and Dick Smith for the makeup work he's done, including turning Linda Blair into a terrifying girl possessed by the devil in "The Exorcist." Jones won't be on hand to accept his award. He's starring in "Driving Miss Daisy" in London.

NEW YORK (AP) -- For years, Maury Povich has been getting people to take DNA tests on his show to settle paternity claims. Now, he hopes to be involved with the biggest DNA test of them all. Justin Bieber's. A spokesperson for the "Maury" show says they've invited Bieber on the show to see if a woman's claims are true that he's the father of her three-month-old boy. Bieber has said he wants to take a paternity test to prove he's not the father.

NEW YORK (AP) - Families on reality television often seem anything but real. The featured characters in the new "All-American Muslim" series revel in being ordinary.  It's the whole point of the series, which attempts to show the diversity within a Muslim community and demystify it for outsiders.  "All-American Muslim" premieres Sunday night on TLC. It features five families from Dearborn, Mich., a city near Detroit with one of the highest concentrations of Arab descendants in the country.  All of the main characters were born and raised in the U.S. Their daily dramas are the stuff of scrapbooks everywhere - weddings, childbirth and new businesses.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)