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Star QB is released by Colts,will look for new team.
SPORTS,1B
Indy no longer Peyton’s place
Largest solar storm in yearsis headed for Earth.
NATION&WORLD,5A
 A solar flare for the dramatic
 The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankeesaren’tjustgettingoutoftownthisseason. They’re getting a new name. The top minor league baseball affiliateof the New York Yankees will play as theEmpire State Yankees this summer, Inter-national League officials announced Wednesday.“Iwouldn’tcallitanamechange.It’sanalternate name,” said InternationalLeague President Randy Mobley, who as-sured the team will still be known as theScranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on offi-cialleaguedocuments.“Theformalnameof the team has not changed, will notchange.”But the name on the uniforms,hats and logos will.“Wefeltweshoulddosome-thing to com-memorate thishistoric sea-son,” said Roch-ester GeneralManager DanMason, who generated the idea to callthe Triple-A Yankees something otherthan Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for thissummer.“Wethoughtitwouldbeaneatmarketing idea.”New York Yankees general manag-erBrianCashmancalledtheteamthe Empire State Yankees in re-ports as far back as November.
SWB in an Empire State of mind
 Area Yanks’ name new for season 
ByPAULSOKOLOSK
 psokoloski@timesleader.com
See EMPIRE, Page12A
U.S. exports grew by morethan 11 percent in 2010, accord-ing to a new report released to-day, and the Scranton/Wilkes-BarreMetropolitanAreagotade-cent piece of the export pie. The report, “Export Nation2012”issuedbytheMetropolitanPolicyProgramatBrookings,em-phasizesthatthe100largestmet-ropolitan areas “powered the na-tion’s exportgrowth.” Com-bined, those ar-easprovided63percentofman-ufacturing ex-port sales in2010, the re-port says. The Scran-ton/Wilkes-Barre metro ar-ea is the 91stlargest by pop-ulation, yetranked 86th inexportsalesfor2008, reaping $2.3 billionfrom exports,the report datashow. Perhaps more important,exportsmadeup10percentofthearea’s “gross metropolitan prod-uct.”All that exporting accountedfor 21,368 jobs, according to thereport, which tabulates “directexportproductionjobs”aswellasexport-supported jobs, such asthose transporting goods used inproduction.Scranton/Wilkes-Barre doesnotfarewellinsalariesforexport jobs, though. The average wagein the leading local export indus-try is $31,679, which ranks 95thin the nation. The average salary for leading export industry jobsin the 100 largest metro areas is$66,449;theaverageforthecoun-try is $45,463.But the picture’s not that sim-ple, warned Michael Horvath, in-ternational trade manager forNEPA Alliance.“Youhavetolookattheecono-mies of the regions,” Horvathsaid. “We don’t make Philadel-phia or New York City wages
Region intop 100areas inexporting
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 91stlargest metro area bypopulation, 86th in exports.
ByMARKGUYDISH
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“We sellproducts inEurope,Japan,Panama,the WestIndies andSinga-pore.”
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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan Osama bin Laden spent his last weeks in a house divided, amid wives split apart by suspicions.On the top floor, sharing his bed-room, was his youngest wife andfavorite. Thetrouble came when his eldest wife showed upand moved intothebedroomonthe floor below.Others in thefamily who were crammedinto the three-story villa com-pound where bin Laden wouldeventually be killed in a May 2U.S. raid, were convinced the el-dest wife intended to betray theal-Qaida leader. The picture of bin Laden’s lifein the Abbottabad compoundcomes from Brig. Shaukat Qadir,a retired Pakistani army officer who spent months researching the events and says he was givenrare access to transcripts of Pa-kistani intelligence’s interroga-tionofbinLaden’syoungestwife, who was detained in the raid.Qadirwasalsogivenrareentry into the villa, which was sealedaftertheraidanddemolishedlastmonth. Pictures he took showedthe villa’s main staircase spat-tered with blood, windows pro-tected by iron grills and the 20-foot-high walls around the villa.Qadir’s research gives one of the most extensive descriptionsof the arrangements in bin La-den’s hideout when U.S. SEAL
B I N L A D E N ’S W O R L D
Compounddivided bysuspicions
Retired Pakistani armyofficer’s research finds wifelyrivalry rife at hideout.
ByKATHYGANNON 
 Associated Press
See BIN LADEN, Page 6A
Bin Laden
Producersofthepopularcabletelevisionshow“AmericanPickers”haveaskedLu-zerneCountyofficialsforleadson“in-terestingcharacterswithinterestingitems”thatmaybefeaturedinupcomingtapingsinPennsylvania. TheHistoryChanneldocumentary seriesfollowsMikeWolfeandFrankFritzastheytravelthecountrypokingthroughdecrepitbarns,backyarddebrisandprivatecollectionsforantiquestheyoftendescribeas“rustygold.” Theychatwithprospectivesellers–someborderingonhoarders--aboutthehistoryandmemoriesassociatedwiththeirantiquesandtheirsharedinterestincollectingoldstuff.Afterconvincingtheownersto
Coming to pick parts of Pa.
‘American Pickers’ are looking for local leads
Mike Wolfe, left, and FrankFritz, stars of ‘AmericanPickers,’ will be coming toPa. looking for treasures.
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GIVING THANKS FOR TIMELY ACTION
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ishop Tikhon of Philadelphia holds a cross for parishioners to kiss Wednesday after a service of thanksgiving forthe firefighters who fought the blaze at the St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church in Nanticoke. The Rev. AdamSexton holds his youngest child, Seamus,1, while another son, Bede, steps before the bishop. For the story, see
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 WILKES-BARRE The were known only as José and Willie, two men described asbeer-drinkingbuddieswhokeptto themselves.Friends and neighbors re-membered the pair Wednesday,adayaftertheydiedfromsmokeinhalation at 37-39 Pine St., where they were roommates insecond-floor rental unit.“I didn’t know their lastnames,saidRichTattersall,59, whose father, Richard “Mickey” Tattersall, owns the East Endproperty. “People around here,peoplearen’tfreewiththeirlastnames. They’re known by onename and that’s it.”Amailboxtothebuildinglistsseven tenants, including JoséHerrera and William Aponte.LuzerneCountyActingCoro-ner Bill Lisman said his office washavingadifficulttimelocat-ing family. The intensity of theblaze destroyed identificationcards and items that may havebeen useful in finding family members, Lisman said.
W-B fire victims known on first-name basis
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RichardTattersall,ownerofthebuildingwheretwomendiedinafireTuesday,sitsinbackofthePineStreeproperty.
José Herrera, William Apontedied of smoke inhalation inTuesday’s Pine St. blaze.
ByEDWARDLEWIS 
elewis@timesleader.com
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Bowditch,LeonardColabella,HelenaCook,CherylDankulich,ElizabethDevaney,MartinDominick,NancyElmy,EdwardEvans,MarjorieFast,JohnGula,CatherineKolaski,LorettaKushinski,ChristinePetyak,MichaelJr.Rackley,JeremyRaughley,AlbertJr.Richards,LoraluRowlands,ChaunceyScott,ElizabethSmith,DennisStuchkus,FlorenceZimmerman,HarryJr.Ziomek,Helen
OBITUARIES
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HARRISBURG – Thursday’s“Pennsylvania Cash 5” jack-pot will be worth at least$325,000 because no playermatched the five winningnumbers drawn in Wednes-day’s game.Lottery officials said 56players matched four num-bers and won $318.50 each;2,683 players matchedthree numbers and won $11each; and 33,636 playersmatched two numbers andwon $1each.
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atherine R. Gula, 95, a residentof Swoyersville, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 6, 2012, inthe Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.HerbelovedhusbandwasthelateAndrew A. Gula, who passed away on December 27,1997.Born on July 30, 1916, in Wilkes-Barre, Catherine was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (So-kol) Tonart.Catherine was raised in Wilkes-Barre, and was a graduate of JamesM. Coughlin High School, class of 1934. Following high school, she at-tended the former Wilkes-BarreBusiness College.Priortoretirementin1979,Cath-erine was employed as a secretary fortheformerUnitedPantsFactory,Swoyersville.Catherine was a faithful memberof Holy Trinity Roman CatholicChurch, Swoyersville, where she was a member of the Altar and Ros-ary Society.In addition to her parents andhusband, Catherine was precededin death by son Richard Gula;daughter Elaine Cunius; brother,Frank Tonart; sister Helen Ras.CatherineissurvivedbysonRay-mond Gula of Swoyersville; daugh-ter Catherine Clamar and her hus-band, Ernest, of Jackson Township;sister Josephine Kemmerer of  Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Cathy Clamar, Ernest Clamar and FrankCuniusandhiswife,Suzanne;great-grandson,DerekCunius;numerousnieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend sin-cere thanks to the doctors, nursesand staff at the Laurels Health andRehabilitationCenter,Kingston,forthe kind and compassionate carethey bestowed upon Catherine while she was a guest there.
Relatives and friends
are re-spectfully invited to attend the fu-neral which will be conducted onSaturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Wro-blewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 WyomingAve.,FortyFort,followedby a Mass of Christian Burial to becelebratedat11a.m.inHolyTrinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyers- ville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisa-neschi, pastor, officiating. A privateintermentserviceforthefamilywillimmediately follow the FuneralMass at Holy Trinity Cemetery,Swoyersville. Family and FriendsareinvitedtocallonSaturdaymorn-ingfrom9:30to10:30a.m.atthefu-neral home.For additional information or tosendthefamilyofMrs.CatherineR.Gula an online message of condo-lence, you may visit the funeralhomewebsitewww.wroblewskifun-eralhome.com.Attherequestofthefamily, flowers are kindly asked tobe omitted.
Catherine R. Gula 
March 6, 2012
D
r. Michael J. “Mickey” PetyakJr., Ph.D., 64, of the North Endsection of the city, fell asleep in theLord peacefully Tuesday afternoon,March 6, 2012, in his residence fol-lowing a prolonged illness.He was born in Wilkes-Barre, onJune 10, 1947, to the late Michaeland Mary (Yachim) Petyak.Michael was a graduate of theJames M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and attained a Bache-lorofSciencedegreeinBiologyandChemistry from the former WilkesCollege, where he also earned histeaching certificate.He furthered his education by at-taining a master’s degree in educa-tion from the Pennsylvania StateUniversity, State College. The pinnacle of his educationalcareer came when he earned hisPh.D. in instructional design sys-tems at Penn State.Dr.Petyakwasselfemployedandheld various governmental con-tracts in instructional design priortohisretirement,includingtheMa-moth Army Base in New Jersey.Previously, he also taught at Wilkes University.He attended Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine CatholicChurch, North Wilkes-Barre, andheld membership in the BrooksideAmerican Legion, Post 837, of  Wilkes-Barre.Enjoying the outdoors, he is re-membered by family as being anavidgardenerandalsoenjoyedvari-ous crafts in his free time.He was preceded by his father,Michael,in1992;andbyhismother,Mary, in 2008.Survivingarehissister,Mrs.Car-ol Dippre, and her husband, Nate;nephews, Scott and Kevin Dippre,allofHunlockCreek;uncle,Joseph;aunt, Celestine Yachim, of the Min-ers Mills section; and several cou-sins.
Funeralservices
forMickeywillbeprivateandattheconvenienceof his family with committal in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzan-tine Catholic Cemetery, LakeStreet, Dallas. The John V. MorrisFamilyishonoredtocareforDr.Pe-tyak and family at this time. To send his sister Carol and herfamily online words of comfort andsupport, please visit our family’s website by visiting www.JohnV-MorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Dr. Michael J. Petyak Jr.
March 6, 2012
M
artin L. Devaney, 64, of OakStreet, in Wilkes-Barre, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at hishome.Born April 14, 1947, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Ed- wardP.andMaryLouiseLauferDe- vaney.A 1965 graduate of E.L. MeyersHigh School, Marty earned his bac-calaureate degree from King’s Col-lege.Marty was an insurance adjusterfor Crawford and Company for 32 years in Erie, St. Louis, Louisville,Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offices.He then worked for NationwideInsurancefornearlysixyearsbeforeaccepting a position with the Visit-ing Nurses Association.Marty was a member of HighPoint Baptist Church in Larksville.HewasalsoamemberoftheNorth-east Pennsylvania Claims Associ-ation, which he served as a pastpresident, and CPCU Society, which he served as a past treasurer.Marty also coached TeenerLeague Baseball for 15 years, andSouth Wilkes-Barre Girls Softballforfouryears,andservedasajudgeof elections for district15-5 for four years.He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Annette Lacey;daughter, Amy, and her husband,Doug Clark, Beaumont; grandchil-dren, Alex and Devan; brother, Ed- ward P. Devaney Jr., Port Jervis,N.Y.; sister, Maribeth, and her hus-band, Joseph Angeli, Wilkes-Barre;several nieces, nephews, andfriends.
CelebrationofMarty’sLife
 willbe held Saturday at 6 p.m. inMcLaughlin’s - The Family FuneralService, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.VisitationwillbeheldatMcLaughlin’sonSaturdayfrom3to 6 p.m.Memorial donations are pre-ferred,andmaybemadetoMedicalOncology Associates PrescriptionAssistance Fund, 382 Pierce St.,Kingston, PA 18704-5527, or Hos-pice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Balti-more Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA18702-7901. Permanent messagesand memories can be shared withMarty’sfamilyatwww.celebratehis-life.com.
Martin L. Devaney 
March 7, 2012
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lizabethA.Dankulich,66,ofOr-ange, Franklin Township,passed away, Wednesday, March 7,2012, in her home.BorninPittston,shewasadaugh-ter of the late Harry and ElizabethO’Donnell Harmon.She was educated in the WestPittston schools.Prior to her retirement, she wasemployed at the call center for JCPenney.Mrs.DankulichwasalsoaformermemberoftheMooseLodge#1207, West Pittston.Preceding her in death was herspouse, Paul A. Nenish.Survivingareherdaughters,Sha-ron Evans, Moosic, Deborah Bur-ton, Orange; grandchildren, Terry and Melissa Evans, Adam and Jere-my Burton.
Funeral services
will be heldSaturday at 10 a.m. in the Metcalfeand Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with theRev. Jeffrey Klansek, chaplain of Commonwealth Hospice, officiat-ing. Interment will be in the Fair- view Memorial Park, Elmhurst.Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8p.m. in the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, memorial con-tributions may be made to theAmerican Cancer Society, 712South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, Pa18517.
Elizabeth A. Dankulich 
March 7, 2012PITTSTON TWP. – A son re-unitedwithhisfamilyWednesday after a tour in the Middle East.Airman1stClassDavidWarren,21, of Nanticoke was greeted by friends and family at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton InternationalAirportafterreturninghomefrom51/2monthsofserviceinIraqandKuwait.A 2008 graduate of GreaterNanticokeAreaHighSchool,War-ren worked locally for two yearsbeforedecidingtoenlistintheAirForce Reserve.Hismother,Sharon,recallsthatday.“He just came home one day and said ‘Mom, I joined the AirForce,’ ” she said.David’sfather,aretiredfirstser-geant in the Plymouth NationalGuard, never went overseas dur-ing his time of service.“I was proud. But I was also worried,” she said. Warrenspentthemajorityofhistime overseas as a vehicle oper-ator,participatinginconvoyoper-ations and movements of varioussupplies and munitions.Hispositioncalledforhimtobeproficient in cleaning, servicing and operating military vehicles,overseeing the loading and un-loading of personnel and cargoand preparing operator recordsand reports.Specifically, Warren said hedrovetractor-trailerstrucksfullof supplies from Kuwait into basesthroughout Iraq.“Iwasthroughaboutfivediffer-entbasesinfivemonths,”hesaid.Balloons and digital camera inhand, Sharon said she was justlookingforwardtohavinghersonhome.Other than through email, Da- vidandhismotherhadlittletonocontact while he was overseas.“I just wanted to see him,” shesaid. “And see him safe.” Warren spent his fair share of time in the air the past week.He flew out of Kuwait beforelanding at Ramstein Air Base inGermanyforafour-daydebriefing period. Warren then boarded a12-hourflight straight into Dallas, beforecatching a short flight to his re-serve base in Oklahoma.Fromthere,Warrenwouldfinal-ly board the flight that reunitedhim with his family.“Afteralltheflying,I’mlooking forward to just being home,” hesaid. “And sleep in my own bed.”Contemplating his first taste of stateside cooking in more thanfive months, Warren said he ismost looking forward to wings atGreen Street’s Restaurant in Nan-ticoke.He picked a great day to fly home.“Tonight’swingnight,”hesaid.His return home is short-lived,however. WarrenwillbereturningtoOk-lahoma March 27 for sevenmonths.After his enlistment in the AirForce Reserve is completed inthree years, Warren said he planstogotoschoolinhopesofbecom-ing a parole officer.
Air Force veteran comes home
Airman 1st Class David Warrenof Nanticoke served 5 1/2months in Iraq and Kuwait.
ByJOEDOLINSK
Times Leader Intern
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
Airman1stClassDavidWarrengiveshisgrandmotherBernieMacijczakofNanticokeakissafterarrivingattheW-B/ScrantonAirportonWednesdaymorning.Atright,hisfather,cousins,niec-esandnephewswaittogreethim.
MarthaHerron,chairoftheLu-zerne-Schuylkill Workforce In- vestment Board, issued a state-ment Wednesday defending thesalaries paid to employees who workfortheboard.County union representativePaula Schnelly had urged county council members during Tues-day’sworksessiontoexaminetheboard’semployeepayincreases.Herron said the staff did nothave pay increases for at leastthree years before raises weregrantedin2010. The pay increases, which rang-ed from 7.14 percent to 27.59 per-cent,stemmedinpartfromaJul2010 increase in working hoursfrom 32.5 hours per week to 37.5andastaffingcompensationanaly-sis,Herronsaid.Executive Director LucyannVierling currently receives$77,250,accordingtoinformationsuppliedbytheboard.Herron said a 2010 Pennsylva-nia WIB Association survey showed executive director sala-ries ranged from $63,000 to$110,000,withtheaveragearound$91,300. The compensation for the fourremaining board employees: Tri-na Moss, $37,096; Patti Lenahan,$61,800; Marla Dotto, $43,260;and Sheryl Charbonneau,$37,000.Past county commissioners,andnowcountycouncilmembers,appoint members to serve on the33-member WIB, which overseesa $7.4 million budget, job place-ment and training programs andCareerLink centers in both coun-ties.Schnelly’s union, the AmericanFederationofState,County&Mu-nicipal Employees, or AFSCME,has been monitoring WIB spend-ingsincetheboardcontractedoutemployment programs, resulting in the elimination of 36 LuzerneCountyunionemployeeswhopre- viouslyhandledthiswork. The county is appealing a June2011hearingexaminerordertore-hiretheseemployeesandpaytheirlostwagesandbenefits.
WIB chairwoman defends salaries
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
 jandes@timesleader.com
NANTICOKE – City Council voted unanimously on Wednes-day to appoint Lesley Butczyn-skitofilltheseatvacatedbytherecent resignation of Council- woman Margaret Hydock.Council also authorized thefiling of a FEMA grant applica-tion that will provide funds tohirethreeadditionalfirefightersfor three years.Council President StephenDudastressedthatifthegrantisawarded, the city would be un-der no obligation to continuethe employment of the threefirefighters beyond that three- yearperiodattaxpayerexpense. The council also voted to au-thorize City Clerk Holly Cirkoto execute Hazard MitigationGrant program documents onbehalf of the city.City officials stated SlusserBrothers Construction Co. willbegin work on the Alden Roadimprovement project next week. The Alden Road work is partof a $2 million dollar road im-provement project in the city.In other business, Interact,the junior arm of the NanticokeRotary Club, gave notice it willbe filing the necessary permitapplications to conduct a farm-ersmarketonthefirstweekendsof June, July and August in thecity’s Patriot Square as a way toattract patronage for Nanticokebusinesses.
Nanticoke fills vacantseat on City Council
Lesley Butczynski appointedto position that opened whenMargaret Hydock resigned.
BySTEVENFONDO
Times Leader Correspondent
EDWARDSVILLE
Twomen werearrestedMondayondrug traffickingchargesbythestateOfficeofAttorneyGeneral’sLu-zerneCountyDrugTaskForceandpoliceinEdwardsvilleandKingston.AnthonySantiago,27,of SpruceStreet,Kingston,andJeanMarieJohns,60,ofChurchStreet,Kingston,werearraignedby DistrictJudgePaulRobertsinKingstononnumerousdrug offenses.TheywerejailedattheLuzerneCountyCorrectionalFacilityforlackof$75,000baileach.EdwardsvillepolicesaidSantia-goandJohnswerearrestedafterathreemonthinvestigationalleg-ingtheywerepeddlingcrackcocaine,accordingtothecriminalcomplaints.
WILKES-BARRE
Citypolicereportedthefollowing:PolicecitedChristineJohn-son,38,withharassmentafterherboyfriend,ScheidNour,claimedshegrabbedhishandandputitthroughawindowduringanargumentintheirKidderStreetresidenceonSunday.A17-year-oldboytoldpolicehewasassaultedbythreemalesintheareaofBeaumontandNorthWashingtonstreetsonMonday.Theteenwastrans-portedtoWilkes-BarreGeneralHospital.PolicesaidRandyRosadao,27,ofMillStreet,wascitedwithharassmentafterVivienneMillsclaimedhepushedandgrabbedherduringanargumentonMin-denPlaceonSunday.
WILKES-BARRE
AmanwasarraignedWednesdayinWilkes-BarreCentralCourtonchargeshesoldheroin.KennethLamarWarren,44,lastknownaddressas39PineSt., Wilkes-Barre,waschargedwithsixcountsofpossessionwithintenttodeliveracontrolledsubstance.HewasjailedattheLuzerneCountyCorrectionalFacilityforlackof$30,000bail.
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Munchak seeks jail delay
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ormer Lackawanna County Com-missioner A.J. Munchak is seek-ing to remain free while he appealshis seven-year prison sentence forbribery, extortionand other corrup-tion offenses.In a motion filed Wednesday, Mun-chak’s attorneysargue that he is nota flight risk anddoes not pose apublic danger, thatMunchak’s appeal questions a sub-stantial law or fact and was not filedto delay his prison sentence, and thata favorable ruling in Munchak’s ap-peal would likely reverse or reducehis sentence.Munchak, 65, was convicted inJune 2011of eight of 21countsagainst him, and was sentenced toseven years incarceration on Jan. 30.Prosecutors said Munchak and fel-low former Commissioner RobertCordaro used their positions to ex-tort money from companies doing business with the county. He isscheduled to report to start serving his sentence April 3.
HARRISBURG
Recovery tops $500M
Six months after Irene and Leedevastated portions of eastern Penn-sylvania, federal assistance for recov-ery topped $500 million, officialsfrom the Federal Emergency Man-agement Agency and PennsylvaniaEmergency Management Agency announced this week.Statewide, 94,385 people haveregistered for assistance throughFEMA, and have been approved for$139.9 million in individual assist-ance grants, $126.7 million in hous-ing assistance and $13.1million indental, medical and other seriousdisaster-related expenses not coveredby insurance.An additional $18 million also hasbeen approved to reimburse govern-ments for repairs to public infrastruc-ture. The U.S. Small Business Adminis-tration approved $93.5 million inlow-interest disaster loans and theNational Flood Insurance Programhas distributed $301.2 million inclaim payments.In Luzerne County, there were3,316 registrations awarded$14,022,212 in housing assistanceand $1,674,214 in other assistance.Municipalities were awarded$3,668,000 in public assistancegrants, and $19,115,600 in SmallBusiness Administration loans wereapproved. Loans and grants totaledclose to $38.5 million in the county.
 WASHINGTON
Marino honored in D.C.
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycom-ing Township, was honored Wednes-day by the Humane Society of theUnited States and Humane Society Legislative Fund at a reception in Washington.Marino receivedthe LegislativeLeader Award forproposing animalprotection legisla-tion in 2011. Theaward was present-ed at a U.S. Capitolreception.Marino, and U.S. Rep. Betty Sut-ton, R-Ohio, introduced legislationthat makes it a federal offense toattend an organized animal fight andimposes additional penalties fortaking minors to such events. Thebill has not become law and is in theHouse Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
LUZERNE COUNTY
Outage reporting mobile
Electric outage reporting for PPLElectric Utilities customers has gonemobile. The utility recently rolled out anew mobile website that makes iteasier for customers to use theirsmartphone or other mobile deviceto access and use key features of theutility’s online OutageCenter – re-porting a power outage, checking thestatus of that outage or viewing outage information for the servicearea. The mobile site is: m.pplelectric-.com.
N E W S I N B R I E F
MunchakMarino
 Thefederalgovernmenthasapproveda $15.7 million allocation to LuzerneCountytohelprepairdamagefromHur-ricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.County Community Development Di-rector Andrew Reilly said his office willoverseethefundingbe-cause it comes fromtheU.S.Departmentof Housing and UrbanDevelopment,orHUD. The county nowmust submit an actionplan to HUD for its ap-proval before receiving the funding. The mon-ey may be used for di-saster relief, long-termrecovery,restorationof infrastructure andhousing and economicrevitalization in the ar-eas most impacted by Irene and Lee, accord-ingtoafederalrelease.“This is essentially gap funding for things not covered by other federal and state funds,” Reilly said.He said he will schedule meetings withcountyChiefEngineerJoeGibbons,countyFloodProtectionAuthorityExec-utive Director Jim Brozena and county ManagerRobertLawtontodraftalistof proposed projects and estimated costs.Brozena said he would like to use aportion of the money to cover a localmatch required to purchase and demol-ish flood-prone properties.Municipalities have been submitting properties for proposed buyout to thePennsylvania Emergency ManagementAgency.If approved, the total costs of thesebuyouts would exceed $20 million, offi-cials said. The Federal Emergency ManagementAgency will provide 75 percent of thefundingforapprovedproperties,andthestate will kick in 22 percent, Brozenasaid.“There’s still a 3 percent match unac-counted for, and this money could beused to fill that gap,” Brozena said.Brozena and Gibbons also would liketo use some of the funding to demolishan abandoned railroad bridge over theSusquehanna River in Exeter Township. The county Redevelopment Authority had hired a company in 2007 to removethe structure in exchange for the steelscrap value. That demolition never oc-curred.Authority officials said the bridge wasindangerofcollapsingbackthen,whichcould create a dam if the river rises.Countyofficialssaythebridgesustainedadditional damage in September.“I’dreallyliketogetthatbridgedown.It’s a concern,” Gibbons said.Removing debris on Susquehanna
Feds OK$15 millionto county
HUD must approve action planbefore releasing cash, to be used todeal with storm damage.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
 jandes@timesleader.com
See FED MONEY, Page 6A
“This isessentiallygap fund-ing forthings notcovered byother …funds.”
Andrew Reilly
Countycommunitydevelopmentdirector
dredsofmiddleandhighschoolstu-dentswhovieforatriptothestatechampionships.GreaterNanticokeAreastu-dentsKristoferSeiwellandKatherineMashthoughtthey’ddonewellinthewaterbottlerocketcontestuntilonesoaredsohighbystandersgasped.“We justlost,”Seiwellsaid.Undaunted,he,too,promisedhe’dbeback.CrestwoodMiddleSchoolstudentsEmilyLehmanandNickAndrewsmanagedtojustmissthetargetwithaprojectilelaunchedfromtheirsmalltrebuchetinthe“stormthecastle”contest,andimme-diatelystartedproblemsolving.“I woulddrillholesintothemainarm,Lehmansaidofpossibleredesigns.Acrossthegym,DallasMiddleSchoolstudentsAbbyZondloandRachelHabibsetuptheir“mousetrap vehicle,drivenby,well,aLEHMANTWP.HunterBoothcarefullypouredfinegravelintoabucketsuspendedbyachainconnect-edtoatoweronatableabovehim.Abruptly,abeaminthebalsawoodtowersnapped,startlingBoothandhisteammateGavinMalam-py. Thegoalmayhavebeentotesttheirtowerdesigntothebreakingpoint,butactually hearingitbreakwasanothermatter.Undaunted,thePittstonMiddleSchoolstudentssaidthetowerheldup“aboutaswellasweexpected,”consideringtheydesignedit“bytrialanderror,”asMalampyputit.Besides,Wednesday’sregionalScienceOlympiadatPennState Wilkes-Barrewastheirfirst,they noted,thoughtheyvoweditwouldnotbetheirlast. Theregionalgrabbagofbrain-strainingeventsfromanatomyto waterqualityroutinelydrawshun-
Regional competition draws hundredsof students vying for trip to state finals
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Gavin Malampy of Pittston Area Middle School keeps a close eye on histeam’s tower while he and partner Hunter Booth conduct astresstest.
Olympiansof science
ByMARKGUYDISH
 mguydish@timesleader.com
To seevideo, visit
www.timesleader.com
See SCIENCE, Page 4A
HARRISBURG State Rep.Phyllis Mundy wants to close theDelaware loophole for good, butproposed legislation won’t getthat done, she said Wednesday.“Basically,thisisabouttaxfair-ness,” Mundy, D-Kingston, said.“Individualcitizensdon’thavethe wherewithal and can’t utilizetheseloopholesandtaxavoidanceschemestoavoidpayingtheirtax-es.” The loopholeallows corpora-tions doinbusinessinmul-tiple states toavoid paying Pennsylvania’scorporate netincome tax by setting up shell companies in De-laware and some other states tohold copyrights, patents andtrademarks.CompaniesoftenuseDelaware because it does not taxroyalty income.Mundy, the Democratic chair- woman of the House FinanceCommittee, said she is drafting legislation that would close theloopholeandcutthecorporatetaxby 30 percent over six years, be-ginning in 2014.“The bottom line is this: If ev-erybody paid their fair share, ev-erybody would pay less. But mul-ti-state corporations need to con-tribute their fair share so every-one can pay less,” Mundy said.Legislation introduced earlierthis year, claiming to eliminatethemuch-malignedtax-avoidancescheme, would not only fail toclosetheso-calledDelawareloop-hole, but would also create new ways for corporations to avoidpaying their fair share of taxes inPennsylvania, Mundy and HouseDemocratic leaders said during aCapitolnewsconferenceWednes-day.State Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indi-ana,introducedHouseBill2150inJanuary, claiming the proposal would close the loophole.Mundy and House Democratic leaders,however, said the Reed bill is just“smokeandmirrors”thatdoeslit-tle to bring true tax fairness toPennsylvania.“AcloseinspectionofRepresen-tative Reed’s House Bill 2150showsitisnothingmorethanwin-dow dressing,” Mundy said.MundysaidtheReedbillwouldstill permit companies to deductexpenses for trademarks, copy-rights and patents by simply claimingitisforalegitimatebusi-nesspurpose.Shesaidthebillalso would allow multi-state corpora-tions to claim a credit for taxespaid in other states and deductthat expense in Pennsylvania.Anditallowscompaniestoshiftincome out of state by deducting interest on loans from relatedcompanies,anothertaxavoidancestrategyusedbycorporations,shesaid.Mundy said tax avoidanceschemes are so effective at reduc-ing the tax burden for big, multi-statecorporationsthat85percentof corporations in Pennsylvanianow pay less income tax than afamily earning around $36,000 a year.“This statistic is even more ap-pallingwhenyouconsiderthat70percent of corporations pay nocorporate net income tax at all inPennsylvania,” Mundy said.“That is just plain wrong.”Mundy said her legislation wouldreducethecorporatenetin-come tax from 9.99 percent to6.99percentoversixyears,begin-ning in 2014.
Mundyaims toclose uptax dodge
State rep. drafting bill toclose infamous ‘Delawareloophole,’ cut corporate tax.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
Mundy
NANTICOKE – Church really  wasthebestplacetobeSundayfortheRev.AdamSexton,hiswifeandeight children. The rectory where they livednext door to St. John the BaptistOrthodoxChurchcaughtfirewhileSexton was conducting the morn-ing service.He continued on without a sec-ond thought of stopping the litur-gy.InsteadthechaplainoftheNan-ticokeFireDepartmentsaidheputhis faith in the firefighters.Sexton and Bishop TikhonoftheDioceseofPhiladelphiaheld a special Service of  Thanksgiving for the fire-fightersofNanticokeandsur-rounding communities whoresponded to the alarm. The bishop understoodSexton’s reasoning..“Ithinkthat’swhatyousawinfather’sactions,thatprayertotheLordandservicetohimis always foremost,” said thebishop.“Butwedon’tneglecttaking care of the needfulthings like putting out a fire.”His trip to the church wasnotunusual,hesaid.Havingasmall diocese, he is able totraveltomostoftheparishes.“I did come here more spe-
They’re living on with prayer, priest says of family
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
BishopTikhonholds across andlistensWednesdayas the Rev.Adam Sex-ton holdshis young-est child,Seamus, ata specialservice ofthanks-giving at St.John TheBaptistOrthodoxChurch inNanticoke.
Fire would have killed them hadthey been home instead of atchurch, priest says of family.
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
See CHURCH, Page 7A

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