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rived to find a portion of EastMain Street closed to traffic, firetrucks with their lights flashing blocking the roadway and hosessnaking across the pavement. WILKES-BARRE – A three-alarmfireFridaynightcausedex-tensive damage to a house in theMiners Mills section of the city.No one was injured and fourpeoplewereabletogetoutsafelyof the three-story building at 30E. Main St.“ThefamilyisOK,”saidActing Fire Chief Damian Lendacky.He said the fire started on thesecond floor and is not suspi-cious.Afireinspectorwasonthescene.“Itisunderinvestigation,”saidLendacky.Firefighters were called to thehouse around 8 p.m. and foundsmoke and flames on the upperfloors. Smoke billowed from athird-floor window facing thestreet. The second floor sustained ex-tensive fire damage and there was smoke and water damagethroughout the rest of the build-ing, said Lendacky. The fire was knocked down within an hour. There were noproblems fighting the fire, saidLendacky. While firefighters knockeddown the fire, family members weretryingtolocateJimCeccoli,co-owner of the building. The retired city firefighter ar-A firefighter accompanied himupasetofstairsonthesideofthehouse into the second floor andback down to the sidewalk. The interior was destroyed, hesaid.“Mywifesaiditstartedunderabed upstairs,” he said.“Wehadgueststoday,”hesaid,adding two grandsons were stay-ing in the house at the time.Ceccolisaidheserved28years withthedepartmentbeforeretir-ing in1998.
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The blaze started on thesecond floor, a fire officialsays. Four people escape.
PEMBERTON, British Colum-bia — A warm spell and heavy, wet snow are creating a risk of avalanches in western Canada,including one that killed a back-country skier, officials said Fri-day.Royal Canadian Mounted Po-lice Staff Sgt. Alex Boden said aman in his 30s from Whistler,British Columbia, was criticallyinjured in a Thursday afternoonslide near Pemberton.Boden said an air rescue Thursdayafternoonwasimpossi-ble because of nightfall. The riskof more slides are inhibiting re-covery of the skier’s body. Themanwasskiingwiththreefriends on what had been a re-markable day of deep powder,fresh tracks and almost spring-like temperatures in the back-country trails in the CasperCreek region, northeast of Whis-tler. The skiers took to the trailsdespite warnings from the Cana-dian Avalanche Center of a highavalanche danger across almostallregionsoftheprovinceforthepast few days.
Temps, snowblamed foravalanches
The Associated Press
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador— U.S. Ambassador Mari Car-men Aponte is saying her good-byes in El Salvador after SenateRepublicans refused to ratify herin the post.Aponte has drawn fire for aneditorial she wrote in a Salvado-ran newspaper advocating ac-ceptance of gays and lesbians,andlong-standingrumorsofpastinvolvementwithamanoncebe-lieved linked to Cuban intelli-gence agencies.She has been serving under arecess appointment by PresidentBarack Obama since September2010.Deputy Chief of Mission SeanMurphy will be in charge of theembassy.ApontetoldanewsconferenceFriday she was “proud of the work we have done here.”
GOP-rejectedambassadorleaves her post
The Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea— North Korea announced to-day that Kim Jong Un has beenofficially named supreme com-mander of the military, furtherstrengtheninghisauthorityafterthe death of his father, longtimeNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Il.Officials and state media havebestowed on Kim Jong Un, whoisinhislate20s,astringoftitlesas North Korea’s elite rallyaroundhiminthewakeofhisfa-ther’s death this month after 17 years in power.But the title Supreme Com-mander—anditsformalprocla-mation by the powerful PoliticalBureau of the Central Commit-tee of the Workers’ Party — is aclear sign that Kim Jong Un isfast consolidating power overNorth Korea. It’s also the lateststep in a burgeoning personalitycult around him.Kim Jong Un should be “theonly center of unity, cohesionand leadership” of the Workers’Party,NorthKorea’sstatemediasaid, and the 1.2 million-strong militaryshouldupholdthe“son-gun,” or military-first, politicslaid down by Kim Jong Il. The party said the countryshould unite around Kim Jong Un and strengthen “the mono-lithic leadership system of KimJong Un in the whole party andsociety.”An unannounced Workers’Party meeting Friday pro-claimed that the younger Kim“assumed supreme commander-ship of the Korean People’s Ar-my” according to a will made byKimJongIlonOct.8,theNorth’sofficial Korean Central NewsAgencysaidinastatementearlythis morning. ThemeetingoftheNorth’srul-ing party came one day after theofficialmourningperiodforKimJongIlendedandseniormilitaryandpoliticalofficialspubliclyde-claredKimJongUnleaderoftheparty, military and people at amemorialforhisfatherattendedby hundreds of thousands. Titlesareanimportantpartof NorthKorea’seffortstolinkKimJong Un to the myth-building surrounding the Kim family leg-acy.KimIlSung,thecountry’sfirstandonlypresident,retainstheti-tle Eternal President even afterhis death.Kim Jong Il held three mainpositions: chairman of the Na-tional Defense Commission,generalsecretaryoftheWorkers’Party and supreme commanderoftheKoreanPeople’sArmy.Ac-cording to the constitution, hisposition as chairman of the Na-tional Defense Commissionmade him Supreme Leader of North Korea.KimJongUnwasmadeafour-star general last year and ap-pointed a vice chairman of theCentral Military Commission of the Workers’ Party. Since his fa-ther’s death, he has racked upmajor titles from officials andstate media: Great Successor,Supreme Leader and GreatLeader earlier Friday. And nowhe has officially been named Su-preme Commander. The North has made great ef-fortstoshowtheworldaunifiedface, but Kim Jong Un’s age andinexperience have raised ques-tionsoutsideNorthKoreaabouthis leadership of a nation en-gaged in delicate negotiationsover its nuclear program andgrappling with decades of eco-nomichardshipandchronicfoodshortages. TheNorthwarnedFridaythattherewouldbenosofteningofitsposition toward South Korea’sgovernment.North Korea’s powerful Na-tionalDefenseCommissionsaidthe country would never deal with South Korean PresidentLee Myung-bak, a conservative whoendedano-strings-attachedaid policy toward the North in2008.“Wedeclaresolemnlyandcon-fidently that the foolish politic-iansaroundtheworld,including the puppet group in South Ko-rea, should not expect anychange from us,” the NationalDefense Commission said.
N. Korean boss takes military reins
A personality cult developsaround the nation’s newleader, Kim Jong Un.
The Associated Press
MADISON,Wis.—Aprosecu-tor asked the Wisconsin Su-premeCourtonFridaytoreopenhis lawsuit challenging Gov.Scott Walker’s contentious col-lective bargaining law, contend-ing a justice who voted to dis-missthesuitearlierthisyeargotfree legal help from the firm de-fending the law.Dane County District Attor-ney Ismael Ozanne argued in fil-ingswiththecourtthatitshould vacate its decision because Jus-tice Michael Gableman neverdisclosed his arrangement withthe Michael Best and Friedrichlawfirm.Wisconsin’sethicscodeprohibits state officials from ac-cepting free gifts, and the judi-cialethicscodebarsjudgesfromacceptinggiftsfromanyonelike-ly to appear before them.Ozanne asked the court to re-instate a circuit judge’s earlierrulingdeclaringthelawvoidanddisqualify Gableman from par-ticipatinginfurtherproceedingsif he won’t recuse himself.“Reasonable, well-informedpeople would reasonably ques-tion Justice Gableman’s abilityto be impartial under the factspresented here,” he wrote. “Re-spectfully, any litigant in anycase deserves to have his caseheardbyajudgewhohasnotse-cretly received a valuable giftfrom the other side’s lawyer.”Gableman’s attorney, VietDinh, didn’t immediately returnamessagelateFridayafternoon.He told the Milwaukee JournalSentinel this week that hedoesn’tbelievethefreelegalser- vicesamountedtoagift.Amess-ageleftatMichaelBestandFrie-drich’sMadisonofficewasn’tim-mediately returned.Ozanne filed his lawsuit inMarch, alleging Republican law-makers violated open meetingslawswhentheyconvenedacom-mittee to revise the collectivebargaining measure withoutproper public notice. The meet-ing came during the height of massive around-the-clock pro-tests at the state Capitol againstthelegislation,whicheliminatedmost public workers’ unionrights. Walker, a Republican,said the legislation was neededto help local governments ab-sorb deep cuts in state aid.
DA asks Wis. court to reopen union lawsuit
Lawsuit challenges Gov. ScottWalker’s collective bargaininglaw over free legal help.