Headlines for Thursday August 16 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Thursday August 16 2012

Aug 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

ELEVEN PEOPLE DIED IN AFGHANISTAN IN THE CRASH OF AN ARMY BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER THURSDAY. THE INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE SAYS THAT THE CHOPPER WHICH WENT DOWN IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN CLAIMED THE LIVES OF FOUR I-S-A-F SERVICE MEMBERS, THREE U-S SERVICE MEMBERS, THREE PERSONNEL WITH THE AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE AND ONE AFGHAN INTERPRETER. THE TALIBAN IS CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SHOOTING DOWN THE HELICOPTER IN THE PROVINCE OF KANDAHAR.

WIKILEAKS, AND ITS ROLE IN THE RELEASE OF MORE THAN 200-THOUSAND U-S DIPLOMATIC CABLES NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO HAS MADE ITS FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JULIAN ASSANGE A MARKED MAN. AND THE AUSTRALIAN-BORN ASSANGE IS HOLED UP INSIDE THE EMBASSY OF ECUADOR IN LONDON AS WORD IS IMMINENT ABOUT HIS REQUEST SEEKING ASYLUM IN SOUTH AMERICA. THE BRITISH SAY THAT THE GRANTING OF POLITICAL ASYLUM TO ASSANGE BY ECUADOR CHANGES NOTHING CONCERNING THEIR PURSUIT OF HIM AND THE BRITS ARE FURTHER THREATENING TO REVOKE THE EMBASSY’S DIPLOMATIC STATUS. ECUADORIAN FOREIGN MINISTER RICARDO PATINO HAS MADE ALLEGATIONS THAT BRITISH AUTHORITIES ARE PLANNING TO STORM THE EMBASSY IN ORDER TO ARREST ASSANGE, WHO’S ALSO BEEN ON THE RADAR OF AUTHORITIES IN SWEDEN. IN ECUADOR’S CAPITOL OF QUITO THERE ARE REPORTS THAT PROTESTERS ARE GATHERING OUTSIDE THE BRITISH EMBASSY THERE. THE NEW YORK TIMES QUOTES A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN QUITO AS SAYING THAT ASSANGE COULD END UP STAYING AT THE LONDON EMBASSY INDEFINITELY ON HUMANITAIRAN GROUNDS.

NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN IS JOINING WITH HIS COUNTERPART IN NEIGHBORING CONNECTICUT TO PROBE THE DEALINGS OF SEVEN LARGE BANKING INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING BARCLAY’S BANK IN THE WIDENING INVESTIGATIONS OVER MANIPULATION OF THE LONDON INTERBANK OR LIBOR RATE, A STANDARD USED TO DETERMINE RATES OF INTEREST ON NOT JUST CREDIT CARDS BUT MANY OTHER FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES. BARCLAYS HAD EARLIER BEEN IMPLICATED IN THE LIBOR RATE-FIXING  SCANDAL BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER FAMILIAR NAMES NAMED IN THIS JOINT EFFORT INCLUDING JP MORGAN CHASE, H-S-B-C AND THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND.

MORE QUANTITATIVE EASING MAY BE ON THE HORIZON FROM THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL RESERVE. WHAT PROMPTED SUCH A REACTION WAS A REPORT ON CONSUMER PRICES FOR THIS PAST MONTH OF JULY, WHICH REGISTERED FLAT FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, ANOTHER INDICATOR OF A STILL-STRUGGLING ECONOMY WAS UP LAST MONTH. FAIR-TO-MIDDLING INFLATION PRESSURES COULD ALSO BE SEEN AS YET ANOTHER SIGN THAT FURTHER QUANTITATIVE EASING IS INDEED ON THE WAY.

TODAY BEGINNING AT NINE A.M. THE SPECIAL ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE DEALING WITH THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME AND ITS IMPENDING SALE WILL MEET FOR A MARATHON SESSION OF EIGHT HOURS. THE PURPOSE OF TODAY’S MEETING AS STATED IN A NOTICE ISSUED JUST LAST FRIDAY AND POSTED ON THE COUNTY’S WEBSITE IS TO HEAR MORE TESTIMONY FROM WITNESSES REGARDING THE FUTURE OF THE VALLEY VIEW CENTER FOR NURSING CARE AND REHABILITATION, AN ENTITY THAT HAS BEEN PART OF ORANGE COUNTY FOR WELL OVER A CENTURY IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER. AT LAST WORD, FOUR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS HAVE LINED UP BEFORE COUNTY OFFICIALS WITH THEIR PROPOSALS FOR THE PURCHASE AND TRANSFER OF VALLEY VIEW THAT MUST MEET A MINIMUM THRESHOLD OF EIGHTEEN (M) MILLION DOLLARS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. AS THINGS NOW STAND, NO FURTHER HEARINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED BEYOND TODAY’S LENGTHY SESSIONS, AND THE PANEL OF LAWMAKERS LOOKING INTO VALLEY VIEW AS WELL AS THE ONE INVESTIGATING THE GOVERNMENT CENTER ARE SCHEDULED TO HAVE THEIR WORK WRAPPED UP BY SEPTEMBER 6TH.

A WOMAN FROM GOSHEN, 51-YEAR-OLD LINDA ROONEY DIED NOT QUITE 24 HOURS AGO AS SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A MULTI-VEHICLE CAR CRASH WHICH HAPPENED AT MID-MORNING WEDNESDAY NEAR ALLENTOWN PENNSYLVANIA. ACCORDING TO SEVERAL SOURCES IN LEHIGH COUNTY, ROONEY WAS A PASSENGER ALONG WITH TWO OF HER CHILDREN IN A CAR DRIVEN BY HER HUSBAND RAYMOND ROONEY ON INTERSTATE 78 WHEN IT STRUCK A CAR WHICH HAD JUST PULLED OUT FROM THE CENTER BERM INTO THE LEFT LANE OF WESTBOUND TRAVEL ON THE BUSY EXPRESSWAY AFTER REPAIRING A FLAT TIRE. THAT CAR WAS DRIVEN BY 19-YEAR-OLD PHILADELPHIA REISDENT MICHAEL LUGO. THE ROONEY CAR THEN SPUN AROUND AND STRUCK TWO OTHER VEHICLES, A CAR AND TRACTOR TRAILER. LINDA ROONEY WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE; HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN ALONG WITH LUGO AND FOUR PASSENGERS IN HIS AUTO ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH INJURIES RANGING FROM MINOR TO SEVERE.

NEW YORK STATE’S DAIRY FARMERS, THE MEDIA, FOOD INDUSTRY EXECS AND GOVERNOR CUOMO ALL WERE REPRESENTED AT AN EVENT IN THE STATE CAPITOL HIGHLIGHTING THE BENEFITS OF YOGURT PRODUCTION TO THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY.NOT LEAST AMONG THOSE BENEFITS WOULD BE A CERTAIN PUBLIC RELATIONS ELEMENT. CONSIDER THAT MARKET LEADING CHOBANI BRAND GREEK STYLE YOGURT IS PRODUCED IN NEW BERLIN: THAT’S IN CHENANGO COUNTY NORTH OF BINGHAMTON. GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS AN ENTHUSIASTIC BOOSTER OF THE EMPIRE STATE’S YOGURT PRODUCERS, AND HELPED KICK OFF THE STATE’S FIRST-EVER YOGURT SUMMIT WEDNESDAY IN ALBANY.

SNOW WAS HARDLY IN ABUNDANCE AROUND HERE LAST WINTER. SUCH WAS NOT THE CASE IN THE FALL WITH THE SNOWSTORM WHICH DUMPED AROUND A FOOT OF THE WHITE STUFF ON THE AREA IN OCTOBER. WHY ARE WE TALKING OF SNOW IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST? BECAUSE SOME FORECASTERS AT THE MOMENT ARE LOOKING AT THEIR COMPUTER MODELS AS WELL AS OTHER DATA WHICH SUGGESTS THAT WHILE THE COMING WINTER IN A FEW MONTHS MAY GET OFF TO A MILD AND DRY START, IT WILL END WITH A FAIR AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION IN THE FORM OF SNOW. A LONG-RANGE PROGNOSTICATION BY ACCU-WEATHER, WHO PROVIDES FORECASTS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES AND OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS IS SAYING AS MUCH WITH SOME BIG WINTER STORMS THIS TIME OUT FOR THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES. THE COLD AND SNOW THIS COMING WINTER WON’T ARRIVE UNTIL JANUARY AND WILL LAST INTO FEBRUARY ACCORDING TO ACCU-WEATHER’S PAUL PASTELOK.

TOWN OF WALLKILL POLICE AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WERE INVOLVED IN THE APPREHENSION OF A SUSPECT WANTED IN A ROBBERY IN THE NEW YORK CITY BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN. THE MAN WHO WAS SPOTTED AS A PEDESTRIAN WALKING ALONG ROUTE 211 WEDNESDAY IS IDENTIFIED AS ERNEST MORRIS, AGE 37 WHO’S REPORTEDLY AWAITING EXTRADITION BACK TO AUTHORITIES IN THE CITY.

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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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