Headlines for June 14 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for June 14 2012

Jun 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

A CONVOY OF OBSERVERS REPRESENTING THE U-N HAS ARRIVED IN HAFFEH, A TOWN THAT, IN THE WORDS OF SYRIAN STATE TELEVISION HAS “BEEN CLEANSED OF ARMED TERRORIST GROUPS,” A STATEMENT WHICH MAY BE INTERPRETED AS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING THERE ARE NO TRACES OF OPPOSITION REBELS LEFT ANYWHERE. WHAT THOSE U-N OBSERVERS FOUND WAS THE RESULT OF INTENSE BOMBARDMENT OF HAFFEH BY TROOPS LOYAL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD; ALL OF TWO PEOPLE WERE FOUND ALIVE IN THE TOWN AND THERE WAS AT LEAST ONE CORPSE IN THE STREET. UNITED NATIONS MONITORS HAD ATTEMPTED TO ENTER HAFFEH ON TUESDAY BUT WERE TURNED AWAY WHEN CONFRONTED BY AN ANGRY MOB OF PEOPLE. WHAT BEGAN IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR IN SYRIA HAS BY MOST ACCOUNTS ESCALATED INTO FULL-SCALE CIVIL WAR. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON HAS SOME HARSH WORDS OF WARNING FOR RUSSIA, WHO IS SUSPECTED OF SUPPLYING THEIR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH HELICOPTERS USED IN THESE LATEST ATTACKS BY SYRIAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS.

THE SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS ACROSS EUROPE HAS THREATENED THE ECONOMIES OF NATIONS WITHIN AND WITHOUT THE EURO ZONE. THIS TIME IT’S SPAIN’S TURN; MADRID LAST WEEK ASKED FOR AND GOT A BANK BAILOUT. GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGLEA MERKEL HAS SAID THAT SPAIN SHOULD NOT EXPECT ANY MIRACLES FROM GERMANY AND THE E-U IN THE WAY OF UNDERWRITING SPANISH DEBT OR GUARANTEEING BANK DEPOSITS. EARLY THURSDAY TRADING OF EUROPEAN SHARES AND THE EURO CURRENCY ITSELF ARE DOWN ON WORD THAT SPANISH 10-YEAR BOND YELDS CLAIMED TO A RECORD 7 PERCENT WEDNESDAY.

PROSECUTORS IN CENTRE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ARE NEARLY THROUGH WITH THEIR CASE AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY. DURING WEDNESDAY’S PROCEEDINGS AT SANDUSKY’S TRAIL, THREE MORE ALLEGED VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY THE FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH TOOK THE WITNESS STAND. THREE MORE ADULT MEN WHO MADE SIMILAR ALLEGATIONS ARE SET TO TESTIFY TODAY ALONG WITH A JANITOR WHO IS SAID TO HAVE WITNESSED SOME OF THE INCIDENTS SANDUSKY IS CHARGED WITH.

THE CITY OF MIDDLETOWN AND THE MIDDLETOWN ENLARGED CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE SQUABBLED LONG AND BITTERLY OVER WHO SHOULD FOOT THE BILL FOR REPLACEMENT OF A SEWER LINE THAT SERVES THE CHORLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. A RULING THIS WEEK FROM A STATE APPELLATE COURT BENCH HAS REVERSED AN EARLIER ACTION PROMPTED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO ACTED TO SUE THE CITY. IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION BY THE APPELLATE COURT JUDGES, THEY RULED THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS “PREMATURE” IN PURSING THE LAWSUIT. THIS LATEST COURT DECISION HOWEVER DOES NOTHING TO RESOLVE THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR THE CITY SHOULD SHOULDER THE FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THAT SEWER LINE.

MIDDLETOWN’S FIRE DEPARTMENT HELD ELECTIONS TO DEPARTMENT OFFICES ON TUESDAY. AND IN THE BALLOTING AMONG MORE THAN 200 CITY FIREFIGHTERS THOMAS AMODIO WAS ELECTED CHIEF; FIRST ASSISTANT CHIEF IS LOUIS MORSE. DON LUIS AND NICK BARBER WERE ELECTED TO SERVE AS SECOND AND THIRD ASSISTANT CHIEF RESPECTIVELY. SHAUN GEROW WAS VOTED IN AS THE M-F-D’S SECRETARY AND ITS TREASURER WILL BE BILL KELDER. THE NEW FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL BE SWORN IN TO THEIR NEW THREE YEAR TERMS IN A CEREMONY HAPPENING JULY FIRST AT THE FIREMAN STATUE LOCATED ON NORTH STREET AT 6 P.M.

THERE’S BEEN PLENTY OF REACTION SINCE WORD GOT OUT WEDNESDAY THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO IS CONSIDERING A ROAD MAP FOR HYDROFRACKING THAT WOULD LIMIT SUCH ACTIVITY TO FIVE SOUTHERN TIER COUNTIES. THE PROPOSAL BY CUOMO COMES AS REVIEWS OF THE D-E-C’S DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT CONTINUE. IT’S BEEN FIVE MONTHS SINCE THE PERIOD FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THAT DOCUMENT ENDED. THOSE COMMENTS, AS WELL AS OTHER REGULATIONS ARE STILL PENDING REVIEW. MANY OF THE OPPONENTS OF FRACKING ARE LOCATED IN THE NEARBY UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY. AND WHILE THOSE LOCAL ANTI-FRACKING ADVOCATES MAY BE PLEASED THAT FRACKING MAY NOT BE HAPPENING THERE — AT LEAST ON THE NEW YORK SIDE OF THE RIVER — THEY STILL INSIST THAT HYDROFRACKING BE BANNED STATEWIDE. PRO-FRACKING GROUPS HAVE RESPONDED FAVORABLY TO CUOMO’S VISION THAT WOULD RESTRICT SHALE GAS EXPLORATION IN THE STATE TO THOSE FIVE COUNTIES (BROOME, CHEMUNG, CHENANGO, STEUBEN AND TIOGA)IN THE SOUTHERN TIER REGION. REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH PRO-AND-ANTI FRACKING CAMPS HAVE EVENTS PLANNED FOR TODAY (THURSDAY 6/14) IN THE STATE CAPITOL.

THE FUTURE OF THE WAL-MART SUPERCENTER IN THE SULLIVAN COUNTY TOWN OF THOMPSON JUST OUTSIDE MONTICELLO IS HARDLY CERTAIN AS PEST CONTROL CREWS ARE ASSISTING IN TRYING TO REMEDY A PERSISTENT PROBLEM WITH MICE AT THE STORE, THE LARGEST RETAILER IN THE COUNTY. SO FAR IN 2012, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS RODENTS HAS INSPECTED THE STORE FIVE TIMES. AND ON EACH OF THOSE OCCASIONS, AG AND MARKETS HAS DISCOVERED EVIDENCE OF THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF MICE IN AND AROUND THE MONTICELLO WAL-MART’S DELI, BAKERY, MEAT AND PRODUCE SECTIONS. AS THE SEASON OF VISITORS TO SULLIVAN COUNTY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS, OFFICIALS THERE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT A POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF THE FOOD-RELATED AREAS OF THE SUPERCENTER COULD MEAN ONCE THE ANNUAL INFLUX OF SEASONAL VISITORS COMES AROUND THE TIME OF THE JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY.

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