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LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

  PENNSYLVANIA GOV. TOM CORBETT'S SPOKESWOMAN SAYS HE HAS MET WITH THE INVESTIGATOR EXAMINING HIS HANDLING OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE WHILE HE WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL.  THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR SAYS THE MEETING WAS EARLIER THIS WEEK.  SHE DECLINED TO PROVIDE OTHER DETAILS.  DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE BEGAN THE INVESTIGATION IN FEBRUARY 2013 AND PUT AN EX-FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IN CHARGE.  KANE HAS ASKED WHY IT TOOK NEARLY THREE YEARS AFTER THE FIRST VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST SANDUSKY, PENN STATE'S FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH.  CORBETT WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR DURING ONE YEAR OF THE INVESTIGATION.  HE HAS DENIED POLITICS PLAYED A ROLE IN THE LENGTH OF THE PROBE.  SANDUSKY LATER WAS CONVICTED OF 45 COUNTS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.


  TWO CONGRESSMEN ARE CRITICIZING THE VETERANS AFFAIRS PITTSBURGH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FOR KEEPING NEARLY 700 VETERANS ON A LIST FOR MEDICAL CARE, SOME FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.  CONGRESSMEN TIM MURPHY, A REPUBLICAN, AND MIKE DOYLE, A DEMOCRAT, ISSUED A STATEMENT CALLING ON THE VA TO CONTACT EVERY VETERAN ON THE LIST WITHIN 48 HOURS.  PITTSBURGH VA SPOKESMAN MARK RAY SAYS OFFICIALS EXPECT ALL VETERANS ON THE LIST TO BE CONTACTED TO SCHEDULE AN INITIAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENT.  RAY SAYS THE PITTSBURGH VA HOSPITALS WEREN'T KEEPING VETERANS ON A SECRET WAIT LIST LIKE ONE UNCOVERED AT THE PHOENIX VA, WHERE IT'S ALLEGED 40 VETERANS DIED WHILE WAITING FOR CARE.  BUT THE CONGRESSMEN SAY "HIGHER-UPS" WITHIN THE VA MIGHT HAVE TOLD PITTSBURGH VA OFFICIALS NOT TO DISCLOSE THE LIST.


  LEHIGH VALLEY CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE DENT IS PLEASED BY NEW FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SUNLAMP PRODUCTS.  THE F.D.A. HAS RECLASSIFIED TANNING BEDS AND TANNING BOOTHS FROM LOW RISK TO MODERATE RISK AND NOW REQUIRES THOSE PRODUCTS TO INCLUDE A WARNING ON THE DEVICE STATING THE PRODUCT SHOULD NOT BE USED BY PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.  DENT, WHO IS A CO-CHAIR OF THE HOUSE SKIN CANCER CAUCUS, CALLS IT OUTSTANDING NEWS AND SAYS YOUNG ADULTS NEED TO KNOW THE RISK OF DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER BY USING ARTIFICIAL TANNING DEVICES.


  THE BETHLEHEM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S 'BEST OF BETHLEHEM' PHOTO CONTEST GETS UNDERWAY SUNDAY.  YOU'RE INVITED TO UPLOAD YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS OF BETHLEHEM TO EITHER FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM.  ONCE A MONTH, THE CHAMBER WILL CHOOSE A PHOTO THAT BEST REPRESENTS THE FOLLOWING MONTH AND THEN USE THAT PHOTO AS THE BANNER ON THE VISIT BETHLEHEM FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE PROFILE PICTURE ON THE DOWNTOWN BETHLEHEM INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT.  MONTHLY WINNERS GET A $25 DOWNTOWN BETHLEHEM ASSOCIATION GIFT CERTIFICATE AND A GRAND PRIZE WINNER NEXT SPRING WILL RECIEVE A $500 CERTIFICATE.  TO SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL PHOTOS, GO TO THE VISIT BETHLEHEM FACEBOOK PAGE TO FIND OUT MORE.


  KIRK JOHNSON IS WITH THE FRIENDS OF ALLEGHENY WILDERNESS AND SAYS PENNSYLVANIA'S STATE TREE IS UNDER ATTACK BY THE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID.  THE TINY BUG KILLS OFF HEMLOCK TREES BY FEEDING AT THE TREES' NEEDLES, WHICH IS WHERE THE TREE STORES ITS FOOD RESERVES.  JOHNSON SAYS THE ONLY WEAPON WE HAVE AGAINST THE BUG IS AN EXPENSIVE ONE TO USE.  "YOU CAN TAKE PREVENTATIVE ACTION BY TREATING INDIVIDUAL, OLD-GROWTH HEMLOCK TREES WITH INSECTICIDE.  IT WILL KILL THE INSECTS AND WILL PROTECT THE TREE FOR SEVERAL YEARS AT A TIME," JOHNSON SAYS.  THE BUG CAN BE MOVED FROM PLACE TO PLACE BY BIRDS, HUMANS AND EVEN THE WIND.


  A PENNSYLVANIA MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN $350,000 WORTH OF HUMAN SKIN OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL YEARS.  FIFTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD GARY DUDEK, OF WALLINGFORD, WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THEFT, RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY AND TAMPERING WITH RECORDS.  AUTHORITIES SAY HE WORKED UNTIL SEPTEMBER AS A SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR A MASSACHUSETTS-BASED REGENERATIVE MEDICINE FIRM AND HAD THE AUTHORITY TO ORDER SKIN GRAFTS FOR MERCY PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL.  AUTHORITIES ALLEGE THAT DUDEK ORDERED MORE THAN 200 GRAFTS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION THAT THE HOSPITAL NEVER RECEIVED.  EACH COST $1,700.  PHILADELPHIA POLICE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GRAFTS.  DEFENSE ATTORNEY EUGENE TINARI SAYS THE CASE SHOULD BE HANDLED AS A CIVIL MATTER.  HE CALLS THE CRIMINAL CHARGES "DRACONIAN."


  REPUBLICANS IN THE NEW JERSEY SENATE ARE STICKING WITH GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE AND WON'T VOTE TO OVERRIDE HIS CONDITIONAL VETO OF THE SUPERSTORM SANDY "BILL OF RIGHTS."  ELEVEN GOP MEMBERS VOTED FOR THE BILL IN MARCH.  SENATE MINORITY LEADER TOM KEAN JR. WROTE SENATE PRESIDENT STEPHEN SWEENEY THAT WHILE HIS MEMBERS SUPPORT THE CONCEPT, THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE BILL WILL ACHIEVE ITS GOALS.  SWEENEY ACCUSED REPUBLICANS OF "COWARDICE" AND SAID THEY'RE PUNISHING SANDY VICTIMS.  THE BILL WAS CRAFTED BY DEMOCRATS WHO WERE CONCERNED OVER HOW THE STATE HAS DISTRIBUTED AID.  CHRISTIE SAID THE BILL PROPOSED NEW ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND SPENDING REQUIREMENTS ACCOMPANIED BY A "RAFT OF PARTISAN POLITICAL FINDINGS."

 

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