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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014

  THE GAY MARRIAGE FIGHT IN PENNSYLVANIA MOVES TO A FEDERAL COURTROOM TODAY, WHERE A COUPLE WILL ASK A JUDGE TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.  PENNSYLVANIA IS THE ONLY NORTHEAST STATE THAT BANS BOTH SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND CIVIL UNIONS.  BUT ADVOCATES ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT THROUGH VARIOUS TEST CASES.  CARA PALLADINO AND ISABELLE BARKER MARRIED IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2005.  THEY NOW LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA AND WORK AT NEARBY BRYN MAWR COLLEGE.  THEIR LAWYERS WILL ASK U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE MARY MCLAUGHLIN TO DECLARE THEM LEGALLY MARRIED IN PENNSYLVANIA.  REPUBLICAN GOV. TOM CORBETT'S ADMINISTRATION OPPOSES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.  HE HAS ASKED ANOTHER FEDERAL JUDGE TO FIND THE STATE'S BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE CONSTITUTIONAL.   A DECISION IN THAT CASE COULD COME ANY DAY.


  EXPECT A LOT OF RAIN BEGINNING TONIGHT AND CONTINUING WELL INTO FRIDAY.  ACCU-WEATHER'S DEAN DEVORE SAYS THAT COULD PROMPT SOME STREET FLOODING AND OTHER PROBLEMS.  "I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT WE COULD ALSO SEE SOME QUICK RISES ON STREAMS AND CREEKS AND LARGER BODIES OF WATER AS WE GO THROUGH LATER TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW MORNING," DEVORE SAYS.  THE RAIN SHOULD BEGIN THIS EVENING AND PICK UP IN INTENSITY LATER TONIGHT AND CONTINUE TO RAIN HARD AT TIMES ON FRIDAY.


  DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT ROSNER WAS ONE OF THE THREE PEOPLE KILLED IN A MONDAY ACCIDENT ON I-78 IN BERKS COUNTY.  ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE CALLS ROSNER "A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT; A MARINE, WHO BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER, WENT TO LAW SCHOOL AND AN AMERICAN HERO WHO LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM."  ROSNER GOT HIS START WORKING AS AN INTERN IN THE OFFICE OF LEHIGH COUNTY D.A. JIM MARTIN WHO CALLS ROSNER "A GENTLEMAN AND A PROSECUTOR, WHO WILL BE MISSED."


  THE OWNER OF JACK'S PIZZA IN ALLENTOWN HAS WON THE BID TO RUN THE RESTAURANT AT THE ALLENTOWN MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE.  FRANK LONGO BEAT OUT FIVE OTHERS TO RUN THE GOLF COURSE'S RESTAURANT.  LONGO SAYS HE'LL BE OFFERING THE SAME MENU AT THE GOLF COURSE AS HE DOES AT HIS TILGHMAN STREET RESTAURANT, WHICH MEANS LOTS OF WINGS, PIZZA AND CHEESESTEAKS WILL BE SOLD THIS GOLF SEASON.  LONGO'S LEASE RUNS THROUGH THE END OF 2015.


  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION HAS GRANTED TWO PERMITS FOR A PROPOSED WASTE-TO-ENERGY PLANT PLANNED IN ALLENTOWN.  DELTA THERMO ENERGY WANTS TO BUILD A $49 MILLION, 48,000-SQUARE-FOOT PLANT ON KLINE'S ISLAND THAT WOULD USE MUNICIPAL WASTE AND SEWAGE TO CREATE ELECTRICITY.  THE D.E.P. APPROVED BOTH THE COMPANY'S AIR QUALITY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS.


  A 40-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS ATTACKED TUESDAY AFTERNOON WHILE JOGGING NEAR THE ARTS TRAIL ALONG THE BUSHKILL CREEK IN EASTON.  POLICE SAY A MAN RAN UP TO THE WOMAN, GRABBED HER, THREW HER TO THE GROUND AND THEN HIT HER SEVERAL TIMES.  THE WOMAN WAS ABLE TO FIGHT OFF THE ATTACKER, WHO THEN RAN AWAY.  IF YOU SAW THE INCIDENT, CALL EASTON POLICE AT 610-250-6637.


  THREE DAYS AFTER THE EAGLES CHRISTEN THE NEW PPL CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 12, THE DOWNTOWN ALLENTOWN ARENA WILL HAVE ITS SECOND BIG CONCERT.  CHER BRINGS HER 'DRESSED TO KILL' TOUR TO ALLENTOWN ON SEPTEMBER 15.  TICKETS, WHICH RANGE IN PRICE FROM $49.50 UP TO $132.50, GO ON SALE MONDAY.


  A PENNSYLVANIA APPEALS COURT APPEARED SKEPTICAL OF GAS DRILLING RULES THAT WOULD LIMIT WHAT "TRADE SECRETS" THE INDUSTRY MUST SHARE AFTER A SPILL.  THE COMMONWEALTH COURT ALSO HEARD ARGUMENTS WEDNESDAY ON WHETHER INJURED PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS WOULD HAVE TO KEEP INFORMATION DISCLOSED TO THEM CONFIDENTIAL.  PENNSYLVANIA IS TRYING TO UPDATE 20-YEAR-OLD LAWS TO OVERSEE THE DRILLING BOOM IN THE MARCELLUS SHALE.  BUT THE STATE'S HIGH COURT LAST YEAR THREW OUT MUCH OF THE INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY REGULATIONS PASSED IN 2012.  IN COURT WEDNESDAY, COMMONWEALTH COURT PRESIDENT JUDGE DAN PELLEGRINI ASKED WHETHER DRILLING COMPANIES ALONE SHOULD KNOW WHAT'S "IN THE SECRET SAUCE" USED IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, OR FRACKING.  INDUSTRY LAWYER DAVID OVERSTREET SAYS THE INDUSTRY IS "BENEFITING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE," DESPITE THE PUBLIC CRITICISM.  HE COURT WAS ALSO ASKED TO ORDER THAT CONTAMINATION NOTICES COVER PRIVATE WATER ALONG WITH PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES.
 

  NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SAYS HE IS THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND THAT BY THE TIME 2016 ARRIVES THE CONTROVERSY OVER LAST YEAR'S GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LANE CLOSURES "WILL BE A FOOTNOTE."  CHRISTIE TOLD A CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON THAT AFTER MONTHS OF INVESTIGATION "THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE SUGGESTION THAT I KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT" ORDERS FROM STAFF AIDES TO CLOSE ACCESS LANES THAT CAUSED TRAFFIC SNARLS IN FORT LEE.  WHEN ASKED BY CBS' BOB SCHIEFFER IF HE'S THINKING OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND WHEN HE'LL MAKE A DECISION, CHRISTIE SAID, "YES, AND LATER."   CHRISTIE ALSO SAID THAT IF REPUBLICANS RETAKE THE SENATE IT COULD LEAD TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE WASHINGTON DURING PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FINAL TWO YEARS IN OFFICE. OBAMA COULD MAKE PROGRESS ON TRADE NEGOTIATING AUTHORITY, FOR EXAMPLE.


  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE'S FORMER POLITICAL STRATEGIST SAYS HE TOLD THE GOVERNOR THAT HE KNEW ABOUT A PLAN TO REALIGN TRAFFIC NEAR THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTIE TOLD REPORTERS THAT NO ONE CLOSE TO HIM HAD PRIOR KNOWLEDGE.  BILL STEPIEN'S LAWYER, KEVIN MARINO, IS DEMANDING A CORRECTION TO A REPORT COMMISSIONED BY CHRISTIE THAT CONCLUDES THAT STEPIEN LIED TO THE GOVERNOR BY SAYING HE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE IDEA IN ADVANCE.  STEPIEN SAYS HE TOLD CHRISTIE IN A MID-DECEMBER CONVERSATION THAT HE WAS TOLD THAT THE LANE ALIGNMENT WAS FOR A TRAFFIC STUDY.  IT'S NOW WIDELY BELIEVED THE LANES WERE CLOSED TO RETALIATE AGAINST A LOCAL MAYOR.  RANDY MASTRO, THE LAWYER WHO WROTE THE REPORT, SAYS THERE IS NO BASIS FOR A CORRECTION.

 

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