One player matched allsix numbers in Thursday’s“Match 6” drawing winning$1.8 million. Monday’s jack-pot will be worth $500,000.One player matched allﬁve numbers drawn inThursday’s Cash 5 drawingwinning $325,000. To-night’s jackpot will be worth$125,000.Lottery ofﬁcials said 71 play-ers matched four numbers,each receiving $330; 3,155players matched three num-bers, each receiving $12.50and 39,789 players matchedtwo numbers, each receiv-ing $1.
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ing’s College students speak with representatives of Kraft Foods on Thursday dur-ing an annual Career Networking Night at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. Fromleft are Robert Miotto, Erin Holcomb, Ruthly Cadestin, Kraft Food representatives FrankSchiel and Kevin Paul, and King’s student Shawn Senese.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwrightanswered questions from con-stituentsviatelephoneThursday about the effects of budget cutson everything from their liveli-hoods and veterans beneﬁts toSocial Security and Medicare.Cartwright, D-Moosic, hosteda “Telephone Town Hall” to talk with residents of the 17th Con-gressional District about theeffects of the federal sequesterlocally.Cartwright began by explain-ing sequestration: “a 50-cent word for cuts to the federal bud-get” that came about in 2011 when, to avoid a default, Con-gress formeda “super com-mittee” thatdetermineda sequester— across-the-board cuts inevery federaldepartment — would be a lastresort to achieve a $1.5 trillionfederal deﬁcit reduction over 10 years.“They put in place a ticking time bomb in an effort to forceboth sides to come together andmake a sensible deal,” said Cart- wright.“Buttheydidn’tcometo-gether, and the bomb went off.”He noted the effects seen ﬁrstlocally at Tobyhanna Army De-pot — furloughs that amountedto a 20 percent reduction inpay for about 5,000 federal em-ployees and termination of 430contract employees. He alsosaid 1,500 Pennsylvania teach-ers would be laid off and 2,300children cut from the Head Startpreschool program. He also de-scribed the effects of cuts to thefederalBureauofPrisonsandtheDepartment of Agriculture, andpredicted a detrimental effect ona fragile economic recovery.Cartwright also said he votedagainst a budget proposed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday because it is “basedon things we all know are notgoing to happen and should nothappen.” He said it assumes theAffordable Health Care Act willbe repealed but continues to rely on revenues from the act, andit would “turn Medicare into a voucher system.”A Wilkes-Barre man askedCartwright if he visited the fed-eral prison where a prisoner al-legedly killed corrections ofﬁcerEric Williams of Nanticoke inFebruary, and what Cartwrightcould do to increase stafﬁng sono corrections ofﬁcer is alone with 150 prisoners.Cartwrightsaidhehadnotvis-ited the prison, but he had met with union members while he was campaigning and describedhow visibly stressed they were.“I don’t know what we cando,” he said. “It’s going to takemoney. … What is the highestoutrage of all is that the seques-ter applies to (corrections ofﬁ-cers).”A 65-year-old woman fromMinersville said she was worriedhow cuts would affect Medicareand Social Security. Those ben-eﬁts would not be cut, said Cart- wright, but customer service would be — and the backlog onprocessing disability claims willincrease.A man from Exeter asked why Cartwright hasn’t “championed”ideas to reduce the deﬁcit suchas means testing for Medicare orSocial Security.Cartwright favors raising oreliminatingthe$113,000incomecapontheSocialSecuritytax,hesaid, and he’s still undecided onmeans testing.
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KINGSTON — No Florida beaches for Dan Hunsinger.Hunsinger,50,retiredasassis-tant police chief in Kingston on Thursday—onlytotakeoveraspolice chief in Forty Fort. The commute from home to work is about the same. Thetwo police departments are a bitmore than a mile apart.Forty Fort is a neighboring municipality with a much small-er police force and about one-third of Kingston’s population of 13,000 residents.“I was hired on March 4 inForty Fort and will be sworn inonApril1,”Hunsingersaid.“I’mactuallygoingtostarttomorrowto clean up the ofﬁce.”Hunsinger graduated from West Side Vocational-TechnicalSchool in 1981 and the Lacka- wanna College Police Academy in December 1986. He workedas a police ofﬁcer for several West Side municipalities beforebeing hired in Kingston in De-cember 1989.Hunsinger rose through theranks, becoming assistant po-lice chief in November 2011, incharge of the patrol and crimi-nal investigation unit.“I’m looking forward to newchallenges,” he said. “There willbe changes, but all the changes will be positive. Hopefully, wecan get more equipment andmodernize the department.”Hunsinger is a member of many law enforcement organi-zations, including the LuzerneCounty Drug Task Force, Ter-rorismTaskForce,CriminalJus-tice Advisory Board and Chiefsof Police Association.
WILKES-BARRE—NanticokeCommunity Ambulance has ﬁleda lawsuit in county court againsta neighboring community ambu-lance, alleging it has refused topay for paramedic services pro- vided. The organization ﬁled the suitthrough its attorney, John Dean,of Wilkes-Barre, against Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance, claiming it is owedmore than $30,000. The suit says the two enti-ties entered into a contract inJune 2007, whereby NanticokeCommunity Ambulance wouldprovide services to Newport Township Fireman’s Community Ambulance and that the Nanti-coke organization would receive40percentofthetotalreimburse-ment for the services.Beginning on June 21, 2011,the suit says, Newport TownshipFireman’s Community Ambu-lance refused to reimburse Nan-ticoke and to allow it to reviewﬁnancial records. The suit alleges a breach of contract and unjust enrichmentin that the services provided by Nanticoke Community Ambu-lance are of “marketable value”and that Newport Township Fire-man’s Community Ambulance“has used and/or continues to(use) service provided by (Nan-ticoke).“It is inequitable to permit(Newport Township Fireman’sCommunity Ambulance) thecontinueduseoftheservicespro- vided by (Nanticoke Community Ambulance) without having paidfor said services,” the suit says.
Area ambulance groups in legal dispute
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A “Stop the Sequester Rally” isscheduled for 6 p.m. Wednes-day at the Pittston Area HighSchool in Yatesville. U.S. Rep.Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, andseveral other elected ofﬁcials areexpected to attend and to speak.
WRIGHTTWP.—TheCrest- woodSchoolBoardvotedunani-mously on Thursday to approvethe purchase of a new ﬁnancialand human resource softwaremodules that will cost the dis-trict a total of $150,000 overthree years.Superintendent DaveMcLaughlin-Smith said thenew Skyward software packagereplaces the school’s existing platform, which is incompatible withtheircurrentcomputersys-tem.In other business: The board approved the 2013-14 school calendar with classesscheduled to begin on Aug. 26. The full calendar is posted onthe district website. The 2013 junior/senior promis scheduled for Saturday, April27, 5-10 p.m. at Genetti’s in Ha-zleton.Crestwood will sponsor anArtFest on Saturday, April 13. Theeventwillfeatureaspaghet-ti dinner and an art exhibit dis-playing the work of art instruc-tor Amy Brozena’s students.
Crestwood school boardbuys new software
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HAZLETON — City Coun-cil on Wednesday failed to ap-prove an ordinance authorizing transfer of a liquor license to a prospectiverestaurantat601S.Poplar St. in the Heights area.Jean Mope, Jack Mundie andKevin Schadder, voting againstthe transfer, cited concernsfor safety and security of city neighborhoods.Police Chief Frank DeAn-drea told council that two res-taurant/bar businesses “haveturned into night clubs.”“It is often necessary to in-crease our police presence inthose areas at closing time toprevent ﬁst ﬁghts,” DeAndrea said. “It also results in addi-tional costs to the city.”Resident Dee Deakus toldcouncil “our city has enoughliquor licenses.”Inanothermatter,councilap-proved an agreement betweenthe city and Koro Aviation Inc.for the lease of a hangar at theHazleton Municipal Airport foran initial one-year period. It ishoped the agreement will gen-erate a proﬁt for the city fromfrom rental fees and increasedfuel sales.“This has a very limitedamount of risk to it in the long term,” said Councilman KeithBast. “We can reassess theagreement again in one year.”On advice of Council Presi-dent Jim Perry, the agreement will depend upon ascertaining clear title of the property. Theagreement also gives the city the option of purchasing theproperty in the future.City Engineer Dominic Yan-nuzzi said government grantsand loans may be available toassist, should the city decide tomake that purchase.In other business, on ﬁrstreading, council approved anamendment increasing its gen-eral municipal tax to be direct-ed to funding pension beneﬁtsfor its employees.City Manager Steven Hahnsaid that, if passed in secondreading,theamendmentwouldresult in the imposition of a 0.5percent tax on earned incomereceived by city residents and a 1percenttaxonincomeearnedby non-residents.Hahn said the city had con-ferred with state representa-tives in increasing the tax tofund pension obligations. The city also approved onﬁrst reading an ordinanceamending its earned incometax to 2.35 percent for city resi-dents and 2.85 percent for non-residents.Councilman Jack Mundiealso moved to extend the re-bate period for real estate tax-es to June 1. The motion wastabled after questions on its le-gality in regard to advertising.Mundie expressed concernthat solicitor Chris Slusser wasnot at the meeting.“We need to address legalconcerns,” said Mundie, “and we need Chris here to do that.”Councilperson Jean Mopelauded the efforts of its policeand ﬁre department in keeping the city safe during recent cri-sis with quick response timesand “excellent efforts.”“We have good workers and we have hard workers herein Hazleton,” Perry said. “Weneed to take back our city.” The next meeting of City Council will be on April 10 at5:30 pm.
Hazleton council turns downtransfer of liquor license
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Times Leader Correspondent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hun-dreds of people wearing red insupport for gay marriage ﬁlledthe state Capitol building withsong and cheers Thursday aslawmakers reviewed legislationthat would end Rhode Island’sdistinction as the only NewEngland state that doesn’t allowsame-sex couples to wed. The pivotal hearing in thestate’s Senate Judiciary Com-mittee comes as gay marriagepicks up momentum around thenation. While a ﬁnal vote couldstillbemonthsaway,supportersin this heavily Catholic state say they sense Rhode Island couldsoon join nine other states andthe District of Columbia in al-lowing same-sex marriage.Lawmakers in the crampedcommittee room heard testi-mony Thursday from lawyers,religious leaders and privatecitizens, while hundreds of sup-porters sang and cheered in theStatehouse rotunda.
Rhode Island Senate panel hears gay marriage debate
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