Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today's News-Wednesday, June 23, 2010-6:30 update

A cyclist from Ringtown, on a cross country trek to raise money for breast cancer, has died from injuries suffered when he was hit by a car Monday in New Mexico. 19 year old John Anczarski was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon at the University of New Mexico hospital, according to the Republican Herald. Reports say that Anczarski was hit by a motorist in Laguna, New Mexico around 1pm Monday. Anczarski and three Ashland men began their trek across the country May 23rd as part of the Pink Pedal, raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Two teens are suspected in a burglary at a Tower City home. State police say between Monday and Tuesday, the home of 85 year old Howard Heberling, East Grand Avenue, was broken into by prying a side door. Once inside, cash and containers of coins were taken, totaling about $29-hundred dollars. The suspects, a 13 and a 16 year old, then fled the scene. No charges have been filed, and police are continuing their investigation into the burglary.

State police are looking for leads into a burglary at a Wayne Township home on Monday. Police say the home of Thomas Scanlan, 461 Blue Mountain Road, was entered through a basement window. An LCD TV and about $12-hundred dollars in cash was taken. Troopers are looking for any leads in this Wayne Township burglary.

A Tamaqua man is facing trespassing charges following an incident in Ryan Township Tuesday night. Police say 22 year old Zachary Wentz entered the property of Stephen Dudash, 1029 Barnesville Drive, and jumped into his swimming pool. Wentz fled the scene when spotted by Dudash. Criminal trespass charges will be filed against Wentz in District Court, according to state police.

One week remains until the end of Pennsylvania's fiscal year. Republican lawmakers are voicing some strong opinions about what direction the state budget plan needs for the coming year. Mike Davies reports:


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A fast-moving storm has left widespread damage in parts of central Pennsylvania but there were no reports of injuries. The National Weather Service in State College says a funnel cloud was reported near Annville yesterday afternoon. Investigators will visit the area today to determine whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A suburban Pittsburgh has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. Authorities say William Page left Nyia Page out in the snow in a playground near their home in Braddockin 2007 because he was angry that she kept removing her diaper. He was convicted in March but jurors were split on whether he deserved the death penalty.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A Williamsport sewer authority will make $10 million worth of improvements to resolve problems with overflow into the Susquehanna River. Two federal agencies say the Williamsport Sanitary Authority has agreed to make the improvements
under a settlement agreement filed in federal court.

WARREN, Pa. (AP) - Thousands are expected to flock to Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania next month for the annual gathering of Rainbow Family. It's an informal group of self-styled hippies and peace activists that meets each year on public lands. State police say they expect between 10,000 and 12,000 people at the festivities July 1st through the 7th.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama today will hear his top war commander explain the critical, published comments made about the president and his aides. Going into the meeting, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has suggested it would be hard for him to save his job.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is to appear before a Senate panel today. This, a day after a federal judge struck down the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling. The judge ruled Salazar's rationale for halting drilling doesn't take into account the safety records of companies seeking oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

LONDON (AP) - Another study on the safety of mobile phones. British researchers say there's no significant increase in cancer risk for children whose mothers lived near mobile phone towers
while pregnant. Last month, another major study all but ruled out a link between cell phones and cancers.

NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for thousands of Sept. 11 responders are back in a New York City court trying to end a seven-year legal fight over the toxic fallout caused by the collapse of the World Trade Center. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein earlier this month gave his preliminary approval to a deal in lawsuits filed by nearly 10,000 police officers, firefighters and construction workers. More testimony is scheduled today.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is expected to leave interest rates at record lows as it ends a two-day meeting today. The Fed is also likely to repeat a pledge to keep interest rates
low for a while to sustain the fragile economic rebound.


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