Headlines for Wednesday August 22 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Wednesday August 22 2012

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

THE TEN-YEAR-LONG WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAS MADE HEADLINES OF LATE WITH A SERIES OF ATTACKS BY THE TALIBAN AND AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES AGAINST COALITION TROOPS THAT HAVE LED TO DEATHS OF U-S SERVICE PERSONNEL. THE CONFLICT, WHICH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS TERMED A “WAR OF NECESSITY” HAS DRAGGED ON AND 80-THOUSAND AMERICANS REMAIN STATIONED THERE AND CONTINUE TO DIE THERE AT THE RATE OF ONE PER DAY. BY THE TIME ELECTION DAY ROLLS AROUND THE AFGHAN WAR WILL HAVE ENTERED ITS 12TH YEAR. AN ASSOCIATED PRESS/GfK POLL CONDUCTED IN MAY FOUND 66 PERCENT OF AMERICANS OPPOSED TO THE WAR, WHILE JUST 27 PERCENT FAVORED IT. MORE RECENTLY, A POLL OF PUBLIC OPINION BY QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SHOWS A SIMILAR MARGIN OF DISAPPROVAL — 60 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS SAYING THE U-S SHOULD NO LONGER BE INVOLVED IN THE AFGHAN WAR. THESE NUMBERS ALSO REFLECT A NAGGING REALITY: NOT SINCE THE KOREAN CONFLICT HAS A WAR WAGED BY THE UNITED STATES COMMANDED SO LITTLE OF THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION.

CALL IT A PROBE OR CALL IT A ROVER, BUT CURIOSITY IS ABOUT TO MOVE FROM ITS MOORINGS ON THE SURFACE OF MARS. SINCE MAKING A PINPOINT LANDING ON AUGUST 2ND, CURIOSITY HAS PROVIDED ERATH INHABITANTS WITH UNPRECEDENTED VIEWS OF THE RED PLANET’S SURFACE. A TEST DRIVE OF THE CRAFT IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY AND WILL INVOLVE MOVING CURIOSITY ABOUT TEN FEET OR SO IN THREE DIRECTIONS. THE ENTIRE MANEUVER TODAY SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND IS IN PREPARATION FOR FUTURE DRIVES THAT WILL TAKE CURIOSITY MORE THAN 300 FEET ON MARS DURING THE COURSE OF A DAY.

G-O-P CONGRESSMAN TODD AKIN SAYS HE’S STILL IN THE HUNT FOR A SENATE SEAT IN MISSOURI NOW HELD BY DEMOCRAT CLAIRE MCCASKILL. DEFYING CALLS FROM NEARLY EVERY LEADING REPUBLICAN OFFICE HOLDER TO BOW OUT SINCE MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT “LEGITIMATE RAPE” ON SUNDAY, AKIN MADE HIS INTENTION TO STAY IN THE RACE KNOWN TUESDAY WHILE SUGGESTING VIA TWITTER THAT “LIBERAL ELITES” WERE TRYING TO PUSH HIM OUT. BUT SO HAVE MANY REPUBLICANS, AND AKIN SPOKE BEFORE THE MICROPHONE OF CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO HOSTS TUESDAY SAYING THAT HE FELT HIS PARTY FELLOWS OVERREACTED IN DOING SO. THE LIST OF REPUBLICANS WHO’VE SPOKEN OUT OBJECTING TO AKIN’S REMARKS IS A LONG AND PROMINENT ONE, AND INCLUDES PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL STANDARD BEARER MITT ROMNEY. TALKING TO BROADCAST MEDIA OUTLETS IN MISSOURI ON SUNDAY, AKIN SUGGESTED THAT IN SOME INSTANCES OF RAPE, WOMEN’S BODIES CAN SUMMON RESOURCES TO PREVENT PREGNANCIES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO ABORTION. AKIN HAS SINCE APOLOGIZED FOR HIS WORDS IN A NEW CAMPAIGN AD AND AN ONLINE VIDEO.

NO ONE CAN YET SAY WHAT A PANEL OF LAWMAKERS IN THE COUNTY OF ORANGE WILL CONCLUDE ONCE THEIR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION OF THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME AND ITS FINANCES IS COMPLETE COME SEPTEMBER 6TH. ONE THING IS CERTAIN, THOUGH; A DEADLINE FOR KEEPING BIDS FROM FOUR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS OF THE NURSING HOME IN FORCE WILL BE EXTENDED INTO MID-NOVEMBER. WHEN COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA MOVED TO FUND VALLEY VIEW ONLY THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF 2012 HE CITED INCREASED TAXES, LAYOFFS AND OTHER CONCERNS AS HIS REASONING IN DOING SO. DIANA ALSO SET IN MOTION THE PROCESS FOR DIVESTING THE COUNTY’S NURSING HOME FOR SALE TO A PRIVATE BUYER. HOWEVER, LAST YEAR’S STUDY OF THE NURSING HOME SITUATION IN ORANGE COUNTY can you order xanax online ALSO MENTIONED THE APPEARANCE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OVER THE POSITION HELD BY ORANGE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES. O-A-S, A THREE-PERSON ENTITY HEADED BY WILLIAM PASCOCELLO IS PAID 700-THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO RUN VALLEY VIEW AND ALSO HAS THE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL IN THE PROCESS OF ITS’ SALE. SOME COUNTY LAWMAKERS AND VALLEY VIEW WORKERS SAY DIANA IS WAY OFF BASE IN HIS CLAIMS ABOUT THE NURSING HOME’S BURDEN ON COUNTY FINANCES AND ALSO CLAIM MISMANAGEMENT BY O-A-S. DIANA AND PASCOCELLO DID NOT HONOR SUBPOENAS ISSUED BY THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE PROBING VALLEY VIEW. THEIR INVESTIGATION BEGAN OVER TW0 MONTHS AGO.

THE ORANGE COUNTY LEGISLATURE’S HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE MET TUESDAY. PART OF THAT STANDING COMMITTEE’S BUSINESS INVOLVES VALLEY VIEW, THE COUNTY NURSING HOME WHICH HAS BEEN AT THE CENTER OF MUCH DEBATE OVER ITS’ FUTURE SALE TO A PRIVATE OWNER. IT WAS DETERMINED TUESDAY THAT MORE TIME WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE OFFERS OF FOUR PROSPECTIVE BUYERS TO BE CONSIDERED.AN EARLIER DEADLINE OF SEPTEMBER FOURTH HAS BEEN SCRAPPED AND IT NOW LOOKS LIKE NOVEMBER WILL BE WHEN THAT DECISION WILL BE MADE. WOULD-BE BUYERS OF THE 360-BED FACILITY MUST MEET A MINIMUM PRICE TAG OF EIGHTEEN (M) MILLION DOLLARS. WITHOUT A BUYER IN PLACE, CONTINGENCIES FOR OPERATING VALLEY VIEW WILL HAVE TO BE ARRANGED. WILLIAM PASCOCELLO, THE NURSING HOME’S ADMINISTRATOR ALONG WITH COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA HAVE DEFIED SUBPOENA REQUESTS FOR TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF LAWMAKERS INVESTIGATING THE FINANCES AND PENDING SALE OF VALLEY VIEW. THAT COMMITTEE PLUS ANOTHER ONE PROBING THE ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT CENTER WILL CONCLUDE THEIR BUSINESS IN TWO WEEKS (SEPTEMBER 6TH). WHILE THE FINAL HEARINGS OF THE VALLEY VIEW PANEL TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK, WORD CAME THAT THE COUNTY HAD SOUGHT 35 (M) MILLION FROM THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NURSING HOME’S OPERATIONS, A LARGE PORTION OF WHICH INCLUDES HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETIRING WORKERS.

THE SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND ALONG NEW CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 17 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY MONDAY HAVE TENTATIVELY BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A MAN FROM QUEENS WHO HAD GONE MISSING AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY. STATE POLICE INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE BODY FOUND ALONG A CREEK BED NEAR THE NEW PARKSVILLE BYPASS IS THAT OF 77-YEAR-OLD ROBERT GOODE OF FAR ROCKAWAY. GOODE’S FAMILY HAD LAST SEEN HIM IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 4TH AND REPORTED HIM MISSING TO THE N-Y-P-D ON JULY 12TH. WHILE AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN PERFORMED AT CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, OFFICIALS IN SULLIVAN HAVE YET TO RELEASE ANY WORD ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING GOODE’S DEATH.

ON MONDAY, TROOPERS ARRESTED A 49-YEAR-OLD MIDDLETOWN MAN AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A CHASE IN AND AROUND THE CITY. ROBERT SAMMARCO WAS SPOTTED BY MIDDLETOWN COPS DRIVING A STOLEN VEHICLE ON WICKHAM AVENUE AND REFUSED TO PULL OVER. ONCE THE PURSUIT BEGAN, IT CONTINUED INTO MOUNT HOPE, WALLKILL AND MAMAKATING BEFORE ENDING BACK IN WALKILL ON ROUTE 17 WHEN THE VEHICLE SAMMARCO WAS DRIVING ENCOUNTERED SPIKE STRIPS LAID DOWN ON THE PAVEMENT TO PUNCTURE ITS TIRES. SAMMARCO IS IN THE ORANGE COUNTY JAIL ON 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL OR 100-THOUSAND BOND AWAITING ACTION ON SEVERAL OFFENSES HE’S BEEN CHARGED WITH RELATING TO THAT INCIDENT TWO DAYS AGO.

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