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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013

  THE 47 FETUSES DISCOVERED THREE YEARS AGO IN A PHILADELPHIA ABORTION CLINIC ARE PART OF AN EMOTIONAL DISPUTE OVER WHETHER FOES OF ABORTION CAN CLAIM THE REMAINS FOR BURIAL.  AN ALLIANCE OF ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS IS PRESSING PHILADELPHIA MEDICAL EXAMINER SAM GULINO TO GIVE THEM THE REMAINS, NOW THAT KERMIT GOSNELL IS IN JAIL AND HIS CLINIC IS CLOSED.  GULINO SAYS HIS OFFICE DOES NOT RELEASE REMAINS TO UNRELATED THIRD PARTIES.  HE HAS ASSURED PRIESTS FOR LIFE, PRO-LIFE COALITION OF PENNSYLVANIA, CHRISTIAN DEFENSE COALITION, AND OTHERS THAT THE REMAINS WILL GET A PROPER AND RESPECTFUL DISPOSITION.  MICHAEL MCMONAGLE, PRESIDENT OF THE PRO-LIFE COALITION, SAYS THE GROUPS WILL PAY FOR THE BURIALS AND WANT TO BRING DIGNITY TO THE DEATHS.

  THE MOTHER OF A 10-YEAR-OLD PENNSYLVANIA GIRL RECOVERING FROM TWO DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANTS SAYS THE GIRL HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF OXYGEN AND IS DOING WELL.  JANET MURNAGHAN SAYS HER DAUGHTER SARAH WAS TAKEN OFF OXYGEN BUT STILL GETS SUPPORT FROM A MACHINE THAT HELPS HER BREATHE.  MURNAGHAN SAYS THAT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS SARAH HAS STARTED TO WALK AROUND THE HOSPITAL WITH THE AID OF A WALKER AND HAS EVEN GONE OUTSIDE BRIEFLY.  THE NEWTOWN SQUARE GIRL WITH END-STAGE CYSTIC FIBROSIS RECEIVED THE TRANSPLANTS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE INTERVENED IN HER PARENTS' LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NATIONAL TRANSPLANT RULES.  SARAH'S FIRST SET OF ADULT LUNGS FAILED AFTER A TRANSPLANT JUNE 12.  A SECOND SET WAS TRANSPLANTED THREE DAYS LATER. 

  EASTON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ATTEMPTED LURING OF A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE 1200 BLOCK OF PINE STREET.  POLICE SAY A HEAVY-SET WHITE MAN WEARING A RED SHIRT AND BLACK BASEBALL CAP APPROACHED THE GIRL AND TRIED TO LURE HER INTO HIS PICKUP TRUCK AROUND 2 O'CLOCK SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  THE MAN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND DROVE OFF.

  STUDENTS IN THE BETHLEHEM SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE BACK IN CLASS TODAY EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN THE FARMERSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND EAST HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL.  STUDENTS IN THOSE TWO SCHOOLS HAVE A LONGER SUMMER VACATION BECAUSE OF MOLD FOUND IN CLASSROOMS OF BOTH SCHOOLS.  BOTH SCHOOLS MAY REMAIN CLOSED BEYOND TODAY.  THE DISTRICT'S SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THAT WILL BE DETERMINED TODAY AFTER AIR QUALITY SAMPLES ARE TAKEN.

  ALLENTOWN FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY KNOCKED DOWN A SUNDAY MORNING FIRE JUST A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM THEIR FIRE STATION.  THE FIRE BEGAN AT 11AM AT 1239 CHEW STREET.  FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUHISHED THE FIRE, PREVENTING IT FROM SPREADING.  IT'S BELIEVED THE FIRE BEGAN IN THE HOME'S ATTIC.

  A PROJECT EXAMINING THE LOCAL HEALTH IMPACTS FROM NATURAL GAS DRILLING CHALLENGE THE INDUSTRY POSITION THAT NO ONE SUFFERS, BUT ALSO SUGGEST THE PROBLEMS MAY NOT BE AS WIDESPREAD AS SOME CRITICS CLAIM.  THE SOUTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROJECT IS ONE OF THE FIRST LONG-TERM ATTEMPTS TO MONITOR DRILLING-RELATED HEALTH IMPACTS.  OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS, THE PROJECT FOUND 27 CASES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY PLAUSIBLY LINKED TO GAS DRILLING ACTIVITIES:  SEVEN CASES OF SKIN RASHES, FOUR OF EYE IRRITATION, 13 OF BREATHING PROBLEMS AND THREE OF HEADACHES AND DIZZINESS.  A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY GROUP MARCELLUS SHALE COALITION SAYS THAT, IN GENERAL, AIR QUALITY ACROSS THE NATION IS IMPROVING THANKS TO EXPANDED NATURAL GAS USE.

  THREE MORE DEAD DOLPHINS HAVE WASHED UP ALONG THE NEW JERSEY SHORE, BRINGING THE STATEWIDE TOTAL TO 71.  OFFICIALS SUNDAY FOUND DEAD DOLPHINS AT ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, STONE HARBOR AND AN AREA OFF THE BAY IN STRATHMERE.  ON SATURDAY, OFFICIALS FOUND TWO DEAD DOLPHINS IN SEA GIRT AND BRIGANTINE.  THE SENIOR TECHNICIAN WITH THE BRIGANTINE CHAPTER OF THE MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER, JAY PAGEL, SAYS "IT'S THE SAME THING THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING" SINCE JULY 9.  FROM NEW JERSEY SOUTH TO VIRGINIA, MORE THAN 230 DOLPHIN DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED DEAD.  A PRECISE CAUSE FOR THE DEATHS IS STILL UNKNOWN.  THE DEATHS HAVE BEEN DECLARED AN "UNUSUAL MORTALITY EVENT" BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.

  AFTER SPENDING MORE THAN THREE MONTHS ON THE DISABLED LIST, PHILLIES PITCHER ROY HALLADAY RETURNED SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH SIX GOOD INNINGS AGAINST ARIZONA.  "LOCATION WAS BETTER AND THAT'S GRADUALLY GOTTEN BETTER.  THE VELOCITY HAS GRADUALLY GOTTEN BETTER AND I REALLY USED ALL MY PITCHES.  I WAS HAPPY WITH IT," HALLADAY SAYS.  HALLADAY GAVE UP TWO RUNS IN HIS SIX INNINGS AND PICKED UP THE WIN IN THE PHILS' 9-5 WIN.

 

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