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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

  KIDSPEACE IS BEGINNING A PROGRAM TO TEMPORARILY HOUSE AS MANY AS 72 REFUGEE CHILDREN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AT ITS BROADWAY CAMPUS IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP.  KIDSPEACE BELIEVES ABOUT 20,000 CHILDREN COULD BE SEIZED BY FEDERAL AUTHORITIES THIS YEAR, MANY OF THEM TRYING TO ENTER THE COUNTRY AT OUR BORDER WITH MEXICO.  KIDSPEACE EXPECTS THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY TO BE 45 DAYS, WITH THE GOAL OF REUNIFYING THE CHILDREN WITH RELATIVES OR RETURNING THEM SAFELY TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES.  THE FIRST CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM WILL BE TEENAGERS, COULD ARRIVE AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK.

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  LEHIGH COUNTY'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS HE KNOWS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A JANUARY KILLING IN BETHLEHEM.  "ULYSSES RODRIGUEZ, WHO HAS NO KNOWN ADDRESS BUT LAST LIVED AT 937 WALNUT STREET IN ALLENTOWN, IS CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF 21-YEAR-OLD TYREE WIMBERLY OF ALLENTOWN," SAYS JIM MARTIN.  WHILE HE SAYS RODRIGUEZ IS A KILLER, HE DOESN'T KNOW WHERE HE IS.  IT'S BELIEVED RODRIGUEZ HAS BEEN SHUTTLING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE LEHIGH VALLEY AND NEW YORK SINCE ALLGEDLY KILLING WIMBERLY OUTSIDE SCOOBIES GENTLEMAN'S CLUB.  MARTIN SAYS RODRIGUEZ SHOT WIMBERLY TO DEATH AFTER ASKING WIMBERLY WANTED TO BUY SOME MARIJUANA.  WHEN WIMBERLY DECLINED, A CONFRONTATION BEGAN AND MARTIN SAYS IT ENDED WITH WIMBERLY BEING SHOT TO DEATH. 

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  AN ALLENTOWN WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH BEATING HER 15-MONTH-OLD SON TO DEATH.  ESSENCE JAMES IS ACCUSED OF BEATING CORDERO JAMES IN THE BATHROOM OF HER NORTH 15TH STREET HOME BACK ON MARCH 8.  SHE THEN ALLEGEDLY PLACED THE BABY IN BED WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND THEN SHE LEFT.  MICHAEL JAMES SAYS HE LATER WOKE UP AND HEARD THE CHILD GASPING FOR AIR.  HE CALLED 911, BUT THE BABY DIED AT THE HOSPITAL.  POLICE SAY THIS WASN'T THE FIRST TIME THE CHILD WAS ABUSED.  THE MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH MURDER.  HER BOYFRIEND IS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND OTHER OFFENSES AFTER ADMITTING TO POLICE HE SMOKED MARIJUANA AND DOZED OFF WHILE WATCHING THE CHILD.

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  STARTING WITH ITS JUNE 3 EDITION, THE EXPRESS-TIMES NEWSPAPER WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHED IN EASTON.  THE PAPER SAYS IT IS SHIPPING ITS PRINTING OPERATIONS TO STATEN ISLAND AND THAT MEANS 12 FULL-TIME AND 26-PART-TIME EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING PINK SLIPS.  THE EXPRESS-TIMES HAS BEEN PRINTED IN EASTON EVERY YEAR, EXCEPT FOR ONE, SINCE 1855.

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  WHEN DORNEY PARK OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON MAY 3 THERE WILL BE A NEW FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT AND BAR.  THE GAME DAY GRILLE IS OUT AND CHICKIE'S & PETE'S SPORTS BAR IS IN ITS PLACE.  CHICKIE'S & PETE'S WILL BE A SIT-DOWN RESTAURANT WITH AN EXPANDED MENU AND BEER, WINE AND ALCOHOL.  CHICKIE'S & PETE'S HAS OPERATED TWO FOOD STANDS WITH LIMITED MENUS AT DORNEY PARK SINCE 2011.

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  A PHILADELPHIA JURY WON'T HEAR FROM AN ABORTION PROVIDER BEFORE THEY WEIGH CHARGES HE KILLED A WOMAN AND FOUR BABIES.  DR. KERMIT GOSNELL HAS DECIDED NOT TO TESTIFY AND HIS ATTORNEY DID NOT CALL ANY WITNESSES BEFORE RESTING ITS CASE AT HIS CAPITAL MURDER TRIAL.  THE JURY IS SET TO HEAR CLOSING ARGUMENTS ON MONDAY.  THE 72-YEAR-OLD GOSNELL IS CHARGED WITH KILLING BABIES BORN ALIVE AT HIS WEST PHILADELPHIA CLINIC.  THE DELIBERATIONS WILL BEGIN AFTER THE TRIAL JUDGE THIS WEEK DISMISSED CHARGES INVOLVING THREE OTHER BABIES.  JUDGE JEFFREY MINEHART APPARENTLY BELIEVES THE PROSECUTION DID NOT PRESENT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT THEY WERE VIABLE, BORN ALIVE AND THEN KILLED.  GOSNELL ALSO IS CHARGED IN THE 2009 OVERDOSE DEATH OF A 41-YEAR-OLD ABORTION PATIENT.  A STRING OF FORMER EMPLOYEES HAVE TESTIFIED THAT GOSNELL RELIED ON UNTRAINED STAFF TO SEDATE AND MONITOR WOMEN AS THEY WAITED FOR ABORTIONS.

  THERE ARE NO PLANS TO MOVE STATE GOVERNMENT WORKERS INTO A FEDERALLY RUN ONLINE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO START UP NEXT YEAR.  A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA EMPLOYEES BENEFIT TRUST FUND SAYS SHE WASN'T AWARE OF ANY SUCH PLANS, AND NOTHING IS GETTING CONSIDERATION FROM THE LEGISLATURE.  THE 25-YEAR-OLD TRUST FUND ADMINISTERS HEALTH CARE BENEFITS TO ABOUT 140,000 STATE EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILIES.  WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS ARE CONSIDERING MOVING SOME GOVERNMENT WORKERS FROM STATE-SPONSORED HEALTH PLANS TO AN INSURANCE MARKETPLACE.  WASHINGTON IS LOOKING TO MAKE THE SHIFT WITH PART-TIME EMPLOYEES WHO WORK LESS THAN 30 HOURS A WEEK.

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  PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAWMAKERS ARE MOVING QUICKLY TO REVERSE A RECENT COURT DECISION THAT THREW OUT A LAW LETTING COUNTIES ELIMINATE JURY COMMISSIONERS.  THE STATE HOUSE VOTED 156 TO 39 ON WEDNESDAY TO SEND A BILL TO GOV. TOM CORBETT THAT REINSTATED COUNTIES' POWER TO DO AWAY WITH THE POSITIONS.  JUST ONE HOUSE MEMBER SPOKE ON THE FLOOR, SAYING HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT SUMMONING LARGE NUMBERS OF PROSPECTIVE JURORS FOR JURY DUTY AND THEN HAVING PART-TIMERS MANAGE THEM.  THE SUPREME COURT IN MARCH INVALIDATED THE 2011 LAW, SAYING IT VIOLATED THE STATE CONSTITUTION'S REQUIREMENT THAT BILLS BE CONFINED TO A SINGLE SUBJECT.  FORTY-TWO COUNTIES HAD ELIMINATED THEIR JURY COMMISSIONERS UNDER THE LAW.  A STATE JUDGE RECENTLY RULED JURY COMMISSIONER RACES WON'T BE ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT, LEAVING PARTIES TO PICK NOMINEES.

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  FIRE OFFICIALS SAY SOME HOTEL GUESTS WERE BRIEFLY EVACUATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT AT AN ATLANTIC CITY CASINO.  THE FIRE STARTED AT ABOUT 7:45 P.M. IN A GUEST ROOM ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF THE SHOWBOAT CASINO HOTEL.  OFFICIALS SAY SMOKE ALARMS WERE ACTIVATED AND A SPRINKLER SYSTEM HELPED CONTAIN THE FIRE TO ONE ROOM.  THEY SAY A MAN WAS IN THE ROOM AT THE TIME THE FIRE STARTED.  HE WAS NOT INJURED.  THE FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH FLOORS OF THE HOTEL WERE EVACUATED, BUT GUESTS WERE ALLOWED BACK IN AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

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