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the lawmakers.The president said late Thurs-daythattalkswithcongressionalleaders yield progress but nodeal to avoid a shutdown.Withanagreementelusive,Re-publicans passed legislationthrough the House to fund thePentagon for six months, cut $12billion in domestic spending andkeep the federal bureaucracyhummingforanadditionalweek.“There is absolutely no policyreason for the Senate to not fol-lowthe House in taking these re-sponsible steps to support ourtroops and to keep our govern-ment open,” said Boehner.But Obama flashed a vetothreatevenbeforethebillpassedon a 247-181, mostly party-linevote. The administration issueda statement calling it “a distrac-tionfromtherealwork”ofagree-ingonlegislationtocoverthesixmonths left in the current fiscalyear, and there was noindicationReid would allow a vote on it.For all the brinksmanship,there was agreement that a shut-down posed risks to an economystillrecoveringfromtheworstre-cession in decades.The political fallout was lesspredictable, especially with con-trol of government divided anddozens of new tea party-backedRepublicans part of a new GOPmajority in the House. Twin gov-ernment shutdowns in themid-1990s damaged Republi-cans, then new to power in Con-gress, and helped President BillClinton win re-election in 1996.In a shift in position, Obamasaid he would sign a short-termmeasure keeping the govern-ment running even without anagreement to give negotiationsmore time to succeed.That was one of the optionsavailable to Reid, althoughBoehner said he was confidentDemocratic lawmakers wouldpersuade “Reid and our com-mander in chief to keep the gov-ernmentfromshuttingdown”bysigning the House-passed bill.At the White House, a seniorbudget official said the impact of ashutdown“willbeimmediatelyfelt on the economy.”It also would be felt unevenly,said Jeff Zients, deputy directorof the Office of Management andBudget. Military troops wouldnot receive their full paychecks,but Social Security recipientswould still get monthly benefits,he said.“National parks, national for-estsandtheSmithsonianInstitu-tion would all be closed. TheNIHClinicalCenterwillnottakenewpatients,andnonewclinicaltrials will start,” he added in aroll call of expected agency clos-ings.But the air traffic control sys-tem would stay up and running,the emergency managementagency would still respond tonatural disasters and border se-curity would not be affected.There was no indication Reidplanned to bring the House-passedstopgapbilltoavote,andhe accused Republicans of block-ing a deal by demanding anti-abortion provisions and a block-ade on Environmental Protec-tion Agency regulations ongreenhouse gas and other pollu-tants.
Facing a midnight deadline to-day to avert a government shut-down, Congress and PresidentBarack Obama were attempting to reach an agreement while un-certaintyreachedallareasofgov-ernmentoperations.U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scran-ton,saidbothsidesneedtocometogether on a compromise toavoidagovernmentshutdown.“Spending must be cut, but ashutdownthatcouldhurttheeco-nomic recovery must be avoid-ed,”Caseysaid.LarrySmar,spokesmanforthesenator, said the operation of Casey’sofficeswillbeaffectedbyashutdown.U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Ha-zleton, and Tom Marino, R-Ly-comingTownship,eachsaidtheywere working hard to avoid ashutdown.“Justthisafternoon,Ivotedfora measure that would not onlykeep paying our troops throughtheendofthefiscalyear,butalsokeepthegovernmentopenforan-otherweek,”Barlettasaid.Barletta spokesman ShawnKelly said Barletta’s office in Ha-zletonwillremainopen.Renita Fennick, spokeswomanfor Marino, said a contingencyplanforstaffingisbeingprepared.“Mymainconcernrightnowisto make sure that our men andwomenservinginthemilitary,athome and abroad, will receivetheirpaychecks,”Marinosaid.Inthe event of a shutdown, someagenciesandserviceslocallymaybeaffected:
Social Security Administra- tion:
Benefits are paid from theprogram’s trust fund and are notsubject to appropriation by Con-gress.ObamaandleadingDemocratshavewarnedthat Social Securityrecipients might not get theirchecksintheeventofashutdown,butduringthelastmajorgovern-ment shutdown in 1995, thatdidn’thappen.The American Federation of Government Employees, the So-cial Security workers union, haswarned that the1,500 employeesoftheSSA’sWilkes-BarreProcess-ing Center in Plains Townshipwillbetemporarilyfurloughedintheeventofashutdown,creating work backlogs and slowing theclaimsprocess.
Internal Revenue Service:
Thetax filing deadline will still beApril 18. The IRS would not beable to process paper-filed tax re-turns,butthosefiledelectronical-lywillstillbeprocessedandmon-ey owed to the government willstillbecollected.TheU.S.TreasuryDepartmentaddedthatlimitedtelephonecus-tomer-service functions will re-main available, but IRS walk-intaxpayer assistance services willnotbeavailable.Atreasurydepartmentspokes-woman said she could not com-ment on whether the Wilkes-Barre office would remain openduringashutdown.
Veteran’s Affairs health servic- es:
Hospitals and clinics, includ-ingthelocalDepartmentofVeter-ansAffairsMedicalCenterandar-ea VA clinics, will remain openandwillnotbeaffectedbyashut-down.TheVAhasreceivedafull-year appropriation to operate itshealth care system through theendof2011.
Tobyhanna Army Depot:
Shutdown’s impact could vary locally
By BILL O’BOYLE
– Awoman who police allegeendangered a child whilehallucinating on bath saltswaived her right to a prelimi-nary hearing before DistrictJudge Joseph Carmody onWednesday.Amber Sutton, 26, of Lu-zerne Avenue, waived chargesof child endangerment, dis-orderly conduct and criminalmischief to Luzerne CountyCourt.West Pittston police allegeSutton and her boyfriend,Robert V. Hospodar, 29, werehallucinating on bath saltswhen they believed 90 peoplewere living in their walls onMarch 19.They used knives to stabthe walls and endangered achild in the process, accord-ing to the criminal com-plaints.Hospodar previously waivedhis right to a preliminaryhearing, sending charges of child endangerment and dis-orderly conduct to countycourt.
– A Lu-zerne County senior judgefiled an order Thursday delay-ing a homicide suspect’s trialanother week.Senior Judge Joseph Augel-lo said the trial for Elvis Ric-cardi, 33, will be held June 13beginning with jury selectionrather than the original dateof June 7.The move was made at therequest of prosecutors in thecase.Riccardi and Michael Si-monson, 33, allegedly killedDonald Skiff, 34, of Plymouth,on April 27, 2009. Skiff’s bodywas found with the help of Simonson in a wooded areaoff Suscon Road, JenkinsTownship, on June 4, 2009.Investigators alleged Riccar-di and Simonson kidnappedSkiff in Shickshinny.Simonson pleaded guilty tosecond-degree murder andwas sentenced to life in pris-on in August.
DALLAS TWP. – The DallasSchoolBoardapprovedquotestopurchasenewequipment,includ-ing furniture for classrooms andthe cafeteria, at a work sessionmeeting Wednesday evening.The new materials will be pur-chased from Virco Manufactur-ing Corp. via a federal coopera-tive purchasing program. Busi-ness Manager Grant Palfey saidthe federal program offered bet-terpricesfortheequipmentthanthe state cooperative purchasing program.Palfey said the board had bud-geted $733,700 for new purchas-es, and materials were decidedupon through committee meet-ings that included high schoolpersonnel.Superintendent Frank Galickisaid the committee includedboard members as well, andthrough discussions about theneed for new equipment andwhether old furniture can beused, the district saved about$250,000.The cafeteria will be furnishedwith new tables and chairs for aprice of $68,178, which will bepaid through the cafeteria fund.Classroomfurniture,including stateflags,desksforteachersandstudents, filing cabinets, storageunits, lights, bookcases, pencilsharpeners, lecterns and otherfurnishings, will cost $522,409,which will be purchased throughthe capital projects fund.CraigZimmerman,ofCrabtreeRohrbaugh and Associates, toldthe board the high school con-struction project is about two tothree weeks behind, but the gen-eral contractor, Lobar Inc. Con-struction Services, has beenmadeawareofthedelayedsched-ule.He also presented the boardwith four change orders totaling $16,112,whichwillbevotedonatthe board’s next meeting.In other business, the boardwas presented with a dramaticduo performance by the highschool forensics team. JuniorsSarahPomfretandAngelinaHoi-dra performed a 10-minute piecefrom the musical “Gypsy.”Team coach and senior highschoolteacherCandyceFikesaidshe wanted an opportunity toshow the board “what they’repayingfor”intermsofthecaliberof students in the program.Middle School Assistant Prin-cipalMattBarrettalsogaveapre-sentation about efforts to coun-teract bullying. Several new pro-gramswereputinplacethisyear,includingapresentationfromLu-zerne County District AttorneyJackie Carroll Musto.
Dallas board OKs quotes for new equipment
Furniture for classrooms andcafeteria included inpurchases. Savings cited.
By SARAH HITE
The next Dallas School Boardmeeting will be held at 7 p.m.Monday in the administrationbuilding.
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WILKES-BARRE – A Hanov-erTownshipwomanwhoadmit-ted to her role in a cocaine andheroindistributionringthatnet-ted 21 other suspects was sen-tencedWednesdaytotwotofouryearsinprison.Ashley Lidy, 23, of KeithStreet, was sentenced on threerelated charges, including cor-rupt organizations, by LuzerneCounty Senior Judge HughMundy.Lidy pleaded guilty to thechargesinJanuary,andrequest-ed Wednesday that she be per-mitted to serve her sentence attheLuzerneCountyCorrection-al Facility until she is recoveredfromarecentsurgery.Mundy granted the request,and said that after Lidy is re-leased from care by her doctor,shemustbetransferredtoastatecorrectional institution to com-pletehersentence.Lidy and her co-defendantswerechargedinSeptemberafterthe Attorney General’s Drug Task Force suspected the ring was putting about 250 grams of cocaineand1,500bagsofheroinon the street per week for morethansixmonths.Investigatorschargedthesus-pectsinastingcalled“OperationLast Hurrah” after an investiga-tioninthePittstonarea.Fourteen of Lidy’s co-defend-ants,includingallegedringlead-erLenny“RahRah”Clements,of the Bronx, N.Y., are currentlyawaitingtrialinLuzerneCountyCourt.Diane Yakabovicz, of Wilkes-Barre; Lisa Rosiak, of Pittston;and Darleen Coffee, of Pittston,have pleaded guilty to relatedcharges and are awaiting sen-tencing.Michael Weber, of WestWyoming, is scheduled to enteraguiltypleatorelatedchargesinMay.Three others, William Me-serve,ofBlakely,PatriciaOster-weil,ofEdwardsvilleandJamesCorrigan, of Plymouth, had allpreviously pleaded guilty to re-lated charges and were sen-tencedinFebruaryandJulyto11½to23monthsincountyprison.
Woman gets 2 to 4 years forher role in drug distribution
By SHEENA DELAZIO
WILKES-BARRE -- Three of themostsuccessfulcountry-rockbands of the 1970s got togetherfor a memorable evening at theF.M. Kirby Center for the Per-forming Arts on Thursday.Acoustic instruments and glo-rious harmonies filled the thea-ter as Poco, Pure Prairie Leagueand Firefall teamed up for morethan three hours of memoriesand music.Firefall, still featuring originalmember Jock Bartley, began theshow with a stripped-down 40-minute set. Before kicking off with the group’s first single, “Li-vin’ Ain’t Livin’,” Bartley prom-ised that even though the bandwas just a trio for the evening, itwould still rock the crowd.Bartley, guitarist Steven Wein-meister and bassist Bill Hopkinsdid not disappoint as they ranthrough crowd-pleasing rendi-tions of “Just Remember I LoveYou,” “You Are The Woman” and“Strange Way.”Firefall then finished up with ablistering version of “Mexico,”featuring some fine electric fret-work from Bartley and someequally fine acoustic playing byWeinmeister.Pure Prairie League followedwith a 50-minute set highlightedby its hits “Let Me Love You To-night,”“TwoLaneHighway”andagreatmedleyofMerleHaggard-related songs.The five-piece band featuredfour singers and some great ped-al steel playing by longtimemember John David Call.PPL’s set was capped with anoutstanding version of its mostmemorable set of tunes, “Falling In and Out of Love” and “Amie,”just as they ran together on thegroup’s second album, 1972’s“Bustin’ Out.”But the evening belonged toRustyYoungandPoco,whotookthe stage at about 9:20 andcapped the evening with a splen-did set, starting off with “Call ItLove” from 1989’s “Legacy” al-bum.Early highlights for Poco in-cluded “Rose of Cimarron” andsome remarkable three-part har-monyon“KeepOnTrying,”writ-tenbyformerbandmemberTim-othy B. Schmidt (now of the Ea-gles).The group really hit its strideon a pair of songs from 1979’s“Legend” album as the quartetplayed great versions of “CrazyLove” and “Heart of the Night.”ThemembersofPoco–Young,Jack Sundrud, George Lawrenceand Mike Webb – showed off their instrumental chops on“Pickin’ Up The Pieces” beforeheading down the homestretch.The attendance figure forThursday’s show was not availa-bleatpresstime–itlookedlikeadecent-sizedcrowdbutfarfromasellout.TherearetwomorePennsylva-niashowsonthescheduleforthebands: Pure Prairie League andFirefall will be in Carlisle to-night;allthreewillbeinWilliam-sportSaturday.ThenextconcertattheKirbyCenterisSullyErna,the lead singer of Godsmack inan acoustic performance on May14.
Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Poco play memories
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