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LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014

  AS EXPECTED, BUSINESSMAN TOM WOLF IS THE DEMOCRATS' CHOICE TO CHALLENGE GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT THIS NOVEMBER.  WOLF SAYS THE WORK HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.  "WE HAVE A BIG JOB BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 4 AND THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DELIVER ON THE PROMISE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA HAVE PLACED ON OUR SHOULDERS.  AND THAT IS TO TAKE THE MESSAGE FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR PENNSYLVANIA TO ALL THE VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA," WOLF SAYS.  WOLF PULLED IN ABOUT 58 PERCENT OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION VOTE, EASILY TURNING ASIDE ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, ROB McCORD AND KATIE McGINTY.


  STATE SEN. MIKE STACK OF PHILADELPHIA IS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN PENNSYLVANIA.  STACK'S VICTORY IN TUESDAY'S PRIMARY MEANS HE WILL BE THE RUNNING MATE OF MILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN TOM WOLF, WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY VOTERS TO CHALLENGE REPUBLICAN GOV. TOM CORBETT IN THE FALL.  STACK DEFEATED FORMER U.S. REP. MARK CRITZ OF JOHNSTOWN, HARRISBURG CITY COUNCILMAN BRAD KOPLINSKI, STATE REP. BRANDON NEUMAN OF WASHINGTON COUNTY AND BRADFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK SMITH.


  IT APPEARS SCHUYLKILL COUNTY'S CORONER WILL BE THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE 17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES NORTHAMPTON, CARBON AND SCHUYLKILL COUNTIES.  DAVID MOYLAN IS LEADING NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BUSINESSMAN MATT CONNOLLY AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTY PILOT MATTHEW DIETZ.  IF THOSE NUMBERS HOLD, MOYLAN WILL FACE OFF WITH DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT MATT CARTWRIGHT THIS NOVEMBER.


  LONGTIME STATE REPRESENTATIVE JULIE HARHART HAS TURNED BACK A PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGE OF FORMER LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARC GRAMMES.  HARHART, WHO WAS THE ONLY INCUMBENT TO FACE A PRIMARY CHALLENGER, BEAT GRAMMES BY 14 POINTS.  IN THE 40TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT RACE, ATTORNEY MARK AURAND WON THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO FACE OFF WITH LONGTIME MONROE COUNTY STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARIO SCAVELLO.  THE 40TH DISTRICT WAS MOVED FROM WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TO OUR AREA TWO YEARS AGO AND INCLUDES ALMOST ALL OF MONROE COUNTY AND MUCH OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY AS WELL.


  AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, PENNSYLVANIA IS THE 19TH STATE TO LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE.  COLLEEN KENNEY, WHO SAYS SHE AND HER PARTNER ARE PICKING OUT WEDDING COLORS ALREADY, SAYS THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.  "WE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY FOR GENDER AND MARRIAGE IS NO DIFFERENT," KENNEY SAYS.  THE PENNSYLVANIA FAMILY INSTITUTE'S MICHAEL GEER SAYS THE FIGHT ISN'T NECESSARILY OVER.  "WE DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION OR STATE CONSTITUTION REQUIRE MARRIAGE TO BE REDEFINED, SO WE ARE HOPING FOR AN APPEAL AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THAT SHOULD HAPPEN," GEER SAYS.  REPUBLICAN GOV. TOM CORBETT COULD APPEAL AND EFFECTIVELY PUT THE RULING ON HOLD BUT HASN'T INDICATED YET WHETHER HE WILL.


  THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE ARE AMONG THE CRITICS OF A FEDERAL JUDGE'S DECISION TO STRIKE DOWN A PENNSYLVANIA LAW BANNING RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, WHILE DEMOCRATS AND GAY RIGHTS ADVOCATES ARE CELEBRATING IT.  U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN JONES III OVERTURNED THE LAW TUESDAY AND SAYS IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL.   GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS STAYING SILENT FOR NOW ON WHETHER HE'LL APPEAL.  PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS THE STATE'S PROGRESSED AND THE CONSTITUTION PREVAILED, WHILE U.S. SENATOR BOB CASEY SAYS IT'S THE RIGHT DECISION.  TED MARTIN OF EQUALITY PA SAYS THE DECISION MEANS THAT LOVE WINS.  THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF PENNSYLVANIA CALLS IT A REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE AND HOPES AN APPEAL IS PROMPT. REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON ALSO SLAMMED THE DECISION, SAYING AN ACTIVIST JUDGE IS DISREGARDING OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT.


  A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORDERED A ONCE-POWERFUL STATE SENATOR FROM PHILADELPHIA WHO SERVED FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD TO PAY $400,000 IN ADDITIONAL RESTITUTION.  FORMER STATE SEN. VINCENT FUMO HAS ALREADY PAID ABOUT $4 MILLION IN RESTITUTION BUT GOVERNMENT PROSECUTORS SAID THAT WASN'T ENOUGH.  A JUDGE ON TUESDAY ORDERED THE 71-YEAR-OLD FORMER DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKER TO SHELL OUT ANOTHER $400,000.  FUMO WAS CONVICTED IN 2009 OF DEFRAUDING THE SENATE, A NEIGHBORHOOD NONPROFIT AND A SEAPORT MUSEUM.  HE WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON LAST AUGUST.  DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ACCUSED THE GOVERNMENT OF PARTICIPATING IN AN ONGOING VENDETTA AGAINST THEIR CLIENT AND SUGGESTED FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WERE MISLEADING THE JUDGE.  ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY ROBERT ZAUZMER CLAIMS THAT FUMO ENGAGED IN "EXTENSIVE SHENANIGANS IN AN EFFORT TO SHIELD HIS ASSETS."


  SUMMERTIME IS TYPICALLY THE TOUGHEST TIME FOR THE MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD CENTER TO GET DONATIONS.  THE CENTER HOPES THIS SUMMER'S 'BOOTS, BADGES AND BANDAGES' COMPETITION WILL CHANGE THAT.  LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAMS ARE COMPETING TO SEE WHICH CAN GET THE MOST PEOPLE TO DONATE BLOOD BETWEEN MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY.  DONORS CAN USE CODES TO GET CREDIT FOR DONATING ON BEHALF OF A PARTICULAR GROUP.  MILLER-KEYSTONE, WHICH SERVES 26 REGIONAL HOSPITALS, SAYS IT NEEDS TO GET ABOUT 45,000 UNITS OF BLOOD THIS SUMMER TO MAINTAIN PROPER LEVELS. 


  PENN STATE'S COACHES CARAVAN MAKES ONE OF ITS 17 STOPS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE SANDS EVENT CENTER IN BETHLEHEM.  NEW FOOTBALL COACH JAMES FRANKLIN IS MAKING ALL 17 STOPS AND SAYS THE PREVIOUS ONES HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT TO HIM AND FANS ALIKE.  "I THINK IT HAS BEEN INVALUABLE FOR ME TO GET UP AND TALK ABOUT OUR MISSION AND OUR PLAN AND OUR CORE VALUES.  IT'S ONE THING TO READ ABOUT IT IN A NEWSPAPER IT'S ANOTHER THING TO HEAR IT LIVE.  I THINK THAT'S BEEN IMPORTANT," FRANKLIN SAYS.  HIS LEHIGH VALLEY VISIT COMES AFTER A LUNCH STOP AT HIS ALMA MATER, EAST STROUDSBURG.  HE'LL BE JOINED HERE BY HOCKEY COACH GUY GADOWSKY AND MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH PATRICK CHAMBERS.


  CLIFF LEE WILL BE PLACED ON THE 15-DAY DISABLED LIST WITH A MILD ELBOW STRAIN, AND THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES ARE RELIEVED TO LEARN THE INJURY WASN'T MORE SERIOUS.  LEE MIGHT BE ABLE TO RETURN AS SOON AS HE'S ELIGIBLE TO COME OFF THE DL, GENERAL MANAGER RUBEN AMARO JR. SAID LATE TUESDAY.  LEE HAS EXPERIENCED MILD ELBOW DISCOMFORT FOR THE PAST THREE WEEKS.


  PHILLIES PRESIDENT DAVID MONTGOMERY HAD SURGERY MONDAY TO REMOVE CANCER FROM HIS RIGHT JAW BONE.  THE TEAM SAID TUESDAY THAT MONTGOMERY IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT THOMAS JEFFERSON HOSPITAL FOR ANOTHER WEEK AND WILL RECOVER AT HOME BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK.  A STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE TEAM CALLED THE SURGERY "SIGNIFICANT" AND SAID MONTGOMERY WAS ADVISED THE SUCCESS RATE IS "VERY HIGH" AND COMPLICATIONS AREN'T EXPECTED.  MONTGOMERY HAS BEEN A PART-OWNER OF THE PHILLIES SINCE 1981.  HE TURNS 68 NEXT MONTH.

 

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