Headlines for Friday September 14 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Friday September 14 2012

Sep 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

RETAIL SALES FOR AUGUST ARE UP FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW ACCORDING TO A REPORT ISSUED JUST MINUTES AGO (8:30 A.M. Friday) BY THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT IN WASHINGTON. HIGHER GASOLINE PRICES ALONG WITH IMPROVED NEW CAR AND TRUCK SALES, UP ONE-POINT
THREE PERCENT BOTH HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO LAST MONTH’S RETAIL PERFORMANCE.

PROTESTS AGAINST THE WEST AND THE RELEASE OF A FILM CRITICAL OF ISLAM HAVE MADE HELPED TO BRING AMERICA’S RELATIONS WITH THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE FOREFRONT OF THIS YEAR’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. DESPITE BARACK OBAMA’S CALLS FOR MORE COOPERATION WITH MUSLIM NATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION, EVENTS ARE CONSPIRING TO CHALLENGE THOSE EFFORTS. MR. OBAMA HAS RESPONDED TO THE SITUATION IN EGYPT BROUGHT ABOUT BY REACTIONS TO THE FILM “INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS” BY MAKING A PHONE CALL TO EGYPTIAN LEADERS IN AN EFFORT TO REPAIR WOUNDS FROM THE PROTESTS WHICH CULMINATED IN ATTACKS ON THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN CAIRO THIS WEEK. OBAMA HAS WARNED PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI OF TROUBLE AHEAD IF THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT DOESN’T DO MORE TO CONTROL ANTI-AMERICAN UNREST AND PROTECT AMERICAN DIPLOMATS. MORSI ROSE TO POWER IN EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS WHICH FOLLOWED THE OUSTER OF HOSNI MUBARAK FROM POWER DURING LAST YEAR’S ‘ARAB SPRING’ UPRISINGS.

FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR BEN BERNANKE THURSDAY UNVEILED ANOTHER PROGRAM OF MONETARY STIMULUS DESIGNED TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER AN ECONOMY STILL HAMSTRUNG BY SLOW GROWTH AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. IN FACT, THIS LATEST ROUND OF BOND BUYING WILL FOR THE FIRST TIME BE LINKED TO THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY IN THE COMING MONTHS. BERNANAKE SPOKE IN TERMS OF A CAR MECHANIC THURSDAY, SAYING THAT THE STRUGGLING HOUSING SECTOR IN PARTICULAR WAS “A MISSING PISTON” IN THE RECOVERY. THAT’S THE IMPETUS BEHIND A MOVE TO PURCHASE MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES ONLY IN THIS NEXT ROUND OF QUANTITATIVE EASING ANNOUNCED BY THE FED YESTERDAY. THE NEWS CAUSED A BOUNCE IN THURSDAY’S TRADING OF STOCKS AND COMMODITIES. REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGN CHAIR JOHN CORNYN CHARGED THAT POLITICS WERE BEHIND THE FED’S ACTION WHICH HE SAID GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF THE CENTRAL BANK TRYING TO “JUICE THE ECONOMY” WITH LESS THAN TWO MONTHS TO GO BEFORE ELECTION DAY. BOTH MITT ROMNEY AND ONE OF HIS CAMPAIGN’S TOP POLICY ADVISERS WERE ALSO CRITICAL OF THE FED AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN THE WAKE OF BERNANKE’S ANNOUNCEMENT.

THE PRESIDENTIAL PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MIDDLETOWN IS NEARLY FINISHED, BUT THE CITY AND THE MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE HARDLY DONE RESOLVING THEIR DISPUTE OVER CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SEWER LINE TO SERVE THE SCHOOL AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD. THE NAME PRESIDENTIAL PARK WAS CHOSEN LAST MONTH BY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS FOR THE NEW FACILITY THAT REPLACES WHAT HAD BEEN KNOWN AS THE CHORLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. A STATE APPELLATE COURT IN JUNE RULED THAT DISTRICT OFFICIALS WERE PREMATURE IN PURSUING A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY. THAT LEGAL ACTION CAME BECAUSE OF AN ONGOING FEUD BETWEEN MAYOR JOSEPH DESTEFANO AND SUPERINTENDENT KEN EASTWOOD OVER JUST HOW MUCH THE CITY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE COSTS FOR CONSTRUCTING A NEW, UPDATED SEWER. BUILDING PERMITS FOR THE SCHOOL WERE OBTAINED LAST YEAR AFTER THAT LAWSUIT WHICH WAS DECIDED IN FAVOR OF THE DISTRICT. NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN ALBANY HAS DECREED THAT THE BUILDING PERMITS WILL STAND DESPITE THE APPELLATE COURT THROWING OUT THE DECISION WHICH ALLOWED FOR THE PERMITS TO BE ISSUED.

A NEW WRINKLE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CONTROVERSY OVER RE-LICENSING OF THE INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. THE PLANT’S OPERATOR ENTERGY IS NAMED ALONG WITH THREE MEMBERS OF INDIAN POINT’S MANAGEMENT IN A ONE-POINT-FIVE (B) BILLION LAWSUIT FILED THURSDAY BY A SECURITY OFFICER AT THE PLANT. HIS NAME IS CLIFTON DAVIS, AND HIS SUIT ALLEGES THAT GUARDS AT THE PLANT ARE DROPPING THE BALL BY FAILING AT DRILLS, WATCHING DVD’S AND MAKING OFF-COLOR JOKES ABOUT WHERE THEY WOULD HIDE IN THE EVENT OF A TERROR ATTACK. ORANGE COUNTY’S POPULATION LIES ALMOST ENTIRELY WITHIN A FIFTY MILE RADIUS OF THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. AMY BELLANTONI, THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING TRAVIS SPEAKS OF A “MALL COP MENTALITY” AT INDIAN POINT WHICH CAUSES ADDITIONAL STRESS FOR HER CLIENT OR ANYONE LIVES DAY TO DAY THINKING THEY HAVE TO PROTECT 20 (M) MILLION PEOPLE, THE TOTAL POPULATION LOCATED WITHIN THE FIFTY MILE ZONE SURROUNDING THE PLANT.

THURSDAY’S PRIMARY TO DETERMINE WHICH DEMOCRAT WILL FACE INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN ANNIE RABBITT FOR THE NEW 98TH DISTRICT STATE ASSEMBLY SEAT WAS WON BY GERARD MCQUADE, WHO HANDILY DEFEATED ORANGE COUNTY LAWMAKER MYRNA KENMITZ AND ARON WIEDER, A MEMBER OF ROCKLAND COUNTY’S LEGISLATURE. MCQUADE IS A TOWN COUNCILMAN IN MONROE.

LONGTIME ASSEMBLYWOMAN NANCY CALHOUN WILL BE RETIRING, BUT THE RESULT OF THURSDAY’S PRIMARY VOTE CHOOSING A FELLOW REPUBLICAN SUCCESSOR THIS MORNING REMAINS UP IN THE AIR AS THAT RACE  BETWEEN GOSHEN MAYOR KYLE RODDY AND COLIN SCHMITT IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WOODBURY COUNCILMAN JAMES SKOUFIS IS THE DEMOCRATS’ CHOICE FOR THE 99TH DISTRICT RACE IN NOVEMBER.

AN ARGUMENT OVER A PARKING SPACE AT THE TOWN OF WALLKILL WAL-MART HAS LED TO THE ARREST BY STATE POLICE OF A 32-YEAR-OLD MIDDLETOWN MAN. TROOPERS SAY THAT SHAWN BEACH IS CHARGED WITH A FELONY WEAPONS COUNT ALONG WITH A MISDEMEANOR COUNT OF MENACING BECAUSE OF THE INCIDENT. BEACH IS HELD ON 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL IN THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL AS A RESULT. ALSO IN THE TOWN OF WALLKILL, TROOPERS MADE A TRAFFIC STOP ON ROUTE 17 WHICH YIELDED THREE ARRESTS, ALL OF NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS. MELISSA URBAN, 20 WAS ARRESTED ALONG WITH 23-YEAR-OLD EDWARD MCNEIL AND COLLIN HAUREY, AGE 19. TWO OF THE SUSPECTS FACE DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES WHILE MCNEIL WAS WANTED ON AN OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANT IN THE GARDEN STATE. HAUREY WAS RELEASED; URBAN IS JAILED ON 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL WHILE MCNEIL IS HELD WITHOUT BAIL AWAITING EXTRADITION.

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Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

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