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Friday February 15 2013

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013

JAY PATERNO WRITING BOOK

JAY PATERNO ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT HE’S WRITING A BOOK ABOUT HIS FATHER JOE THAT MAY BE PUBLISHED IN THE FALL. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, JAY DEFENDED JOE-PA, SAYING NEITHER HE NOR HIS FATHER KNEW THAT JERRY SANDUSKY WAS A PEDOPHILE. JOE PATERNO ADMITTED HE WISHED HE HAD DONE MORE, AND JAY SAYS IT’S A BIG LEAP FROM THAT TO SAYING THAT HE WAS INVOLVED WILLFULLY IN A COVER-UP, HAD CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR CHILDREN AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT BAD PUBLICITY AND PROTECTED THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM OVER THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN.

LOTTERY DEAL NIXED

PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE YESTERDAY REJECTED GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT'S CONTRACT TO HIRE BRITISH FIRM CAMELOT GLOBAL SERVICES TO MANAGE THE 3-POINT-5 BILLION DOLLAR PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY. KANE SAYS SHE WON'T APPROVE THE 20- TO 30-YEAR CONTRACT BECAUSE PARTS OF IT ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND OTHER PARTS AREN'T ALLOWED BY LAW. CENTRE COUNTY STATE REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT CONKLIN RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING HE SUPPORTS KANE'S DECISION BECAUSE FROM THE GET-GO, HE FELT THE PROCESS WAS FAULTY AND THE DEAL WAS PLAGUED WITH RED FLAGS. CORBETT…WHO PROMISED THE 34-MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WOULD GENERATE MORE MONEY FOR OLDER PENNSYLVANIANS…SAYS HE’S DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED AND A COURT BATTLE IS POSSIBLE.

FEWER FLU CASES

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE NUMBER OF FLU CASES IN  PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUES TO DROP, BUT THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS REMAINS ABOVE AVERAGE. ACCORDING TO HEALTH OFFICIALS, INFLUENZA TYPE A, WHICH IS HARDEST ON OLDER PEOPLE, IS STILL THE MOST PREVALENT STRAIN, BUT THE NUMBER OF INFLUENZA TYPE B CASES HAS INCREASED AND THAT MAY MEAN MORE  FLU CASES  IN PEOPLE UNDER 50. LAST WEEK, 17 PEOPLE DIED OF FLU-RELATED ILLNESSES IN PENNSYLVANIA. MOST WERE ELDERLY.

PHOTO ID AT THE POLLS?

PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PHOTO ID IN THE MAY 21ST PRIMARY ELECTION UNDER AN AGREEMENT SIGNED YESTERDAY BY BOTH SIDES IN A PENDING LAWSUIT. A TRIAL ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE IS TO BEGIN JULY 15TH. LOCAL ELECTION OFFICIALS CAN STILL ASK TO SEE ID, BUT VOTERS CAN CAST BALLOTS WITHOUT IT.

ACCUSED FAKE COPS DUE IN COURT

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR STEPHEN ESPENLAUB OF ALTOONA, HIS FRIEND ANGEL VASQUEZ OF PITTSBURGH, AND HIS WIFE, NATALIE FRILEY. ALTOONA POLICE SAY THE MEN POSED AS DRUG ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND DEMANDED CASH AND DRUGS FROM A MAN IN DECEMBER. ESPENLAUB WENT BACK AND WAS CAUGHT IN JANUARY. FRILEY HAS ADMITTED USING THE STOLEN MONEY TO PAY BILLS…AND THAT ESPENLAUB USED HER CREDIT CARD TO BUY FAKE POLICE UNIFORMS. VASQUEZ CLAIMS HE WAS ACTUALLY IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT HANDLING A TRAFFIC TICKET DURING THE FIRST HOLD-UP.

THOUSANDS STOLEN FROM RESTAURANT

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 3 FORMER EMPLOYEES OF LUIGETTA’S RESTAURANT IN HOLLIDAYSBURG ARE CHARGED WITH STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BY NOT RINGING UP SALES.
LINDSAY LASHER OF ALTOONA…HEIDI TEETER OF DUNCANSVILLE…AND MELISSA KELLRY, WHO IS CURRENTLY IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON…ALLEGEDLY POCKRYED OVER 81-HUNDRED DOLLARS BETWEEN APRIL AND JANUARY. PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TUESDAY.

BUFFET BUYS HEINZ

BILLIONAIRE WARREN BUFFETT IS PUTTING HIS MONEY IN KETCHUP. HE AND HIS INVESTMENT FIRM ARE TEAMING UP WITH 3-G CAPITAL TO BUY H-J HEINZ COMPANY FOR 23-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLARS. THIS IS THE RICHEST DEAL EVER IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY.