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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Legislature passes $28 billion budget bill

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A belt-tightening $28 billion budget bill is on its way to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk following passage by the state House.  The 117-to-84 vote on the appropriations bill in the waning hours of the fiscal year Wednesday means the state is poised to enact the first on-time budget of Rendell's eight years in office.  

 

The bill passed the state Senate earlier by a vote of 37 to 13. The deal boosts spending over 2009-10 by less than 1 percent.  It wasn't immediately known how soon the legislation would be signed by the Democratic governor.

Winds capsize Lake Augusta sailboat

SHAMOKIN DAM – A Shamokin Dam man swam nearly 50 feet to shore after his sailboat overturned in the Susquehanna River near the Northumberland Boat Club Wednesday.  A first emergency responder on the scene says 63-year old Bill Abers was able to make it out of the water himself.  The river response was dispatched at about around 2p.m.

Abers was sailing when the wind toppled his boat.  He was able to swim to shore and sustained a minor injury to his foot and treated and released at the scene.  Rescue crews from Upper Augusta Township, Sunbury, and Shamokin Dam, along with local ambulance, and a rescue boat responded to the scene.

Pine-o-topia comes to Pineknotter Days

NORTHUMBERLAND -- Pineknotter Days in Northumberland starts Monday, and a new event will help kick off the weeklong activities.  It's called Pine-o-topia and Gretchen Walberg, who helped organize the event, says it lets people be part of the art.  It is an outdoor, family fun art show.  Wahlberg says all of the displays will be interactive so people can touch them, climb on them or take pictures with them.

For example?  The Statue of Liberty holding a pinecone.  People will be able to put their face into the statue and 'becoming' the statue.  Or, to represent the Priestley-Forsyth Library, there will be big books on display where people can act as bookends.   More information here

Art is still being accepted and anyone interested in submitting an entry can call 473-3003.  There are prizes for artists.  Pine-a-topia will be held July 5th at the corner of King Street Park and will kick off at 10:00a.m. with a painted pinecone hunt for kids.  There will also be pinecone crafts.  Pineknotter Days in King Street Park begins the 5th and will continue through July 9th. (Sara Bartlett)

More charges for man accused of molesting young girls

MIDDLEBURG -- A New Berlin man accused of molesting young girls on a school bus is facing additional charges.  53-year-old Harry Miller Jr. is accused of inappropriately touching four young girls over a five-year period on his bus route for the Midd-West School District. 

Miller now faces charges of endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment in addition to the assault charges.  He was scheduled for a hearing this week, but it was postponed.  Miller had been employed as a bus driver in the district for 15 years.  (Ali Stevens)

Bake-off during this year's River Festival in Sunbury

SUNBURY –The Sunbury Elm Street Neighborhood Group is sponsoring the first annual Sunbury Neighborhood Bake-Off  at Sunbury River Festival in August, where area neighborhoods will compete in two baking competitions. 

There will be an apple pie competition and a fan favorite cookie competition.  Neighborhoods in Sunbury will pick someone to bake a pie for their entry and judges will choose the best pie.  In the cookie competition, those who attend River Festival can pay a dollar to try submitted cookies and choose their favorite.  She hopes these competitions will  become a special tradition and an annual event.

Prizes include a $25 cash prize for the winning baker and $10 dollars for the two runners up.  Also the winning neighborhood will get a $100 gift certificate to a local nursery for a beautification project.  Find out more about all the events at Sunbury River Festival Saturday August 21st at www.sunburyriverfestival.com.  (Ali Stevens)

Former county deputy sheriff hired as Coal Township police officer

COAL TOWNSHIP – A Coal Township man, who is a former Northumberland County deputy sheriff, has been hired as a new Coal Township police officer.  The News Item reports 29-year-old Matthew Henrich began his duties as a patrolman on Monday morning after being hired June 10th by the Coal Township Board of Commissioners. 

Prior to that, Henrich served as a county deputy sheriff since September of 2004.  Henrich was sworn into office on Monday morning by District Judge John Gembic.  He will replace Deputy Chief Henry Schrader, who retired June 17th after 33 years of service.  (Ali Stevens)

More than 500 new parking spaces added at Geisinger Medical Center

DANVILLE – Parking just might be a little easier July 7th at Geisinger Medical Center. They will open a new 5-story parking garage which will have more than 500 parking spaces. The parking addition is a result of the 32 percent increase in patients and visitors at Geisinger.

Robert Davies, Vice President, System Services says this one-year, $14.75 million project is all part of the goal to continue to expand and provide accessible and convenient parking to help the overcrowding that exists in their parking lots today.

The garage will be open 24-hours and connected to the Hospital for Advanced Medicine with a glass enclosed walkway, elevator, and lobby to ensure safety. Patients will be able to park in the garage for free with a receipt from their appointment and visitors will be charged  $1 an hour or $10 maximum per day. (Stephanie Klock)

People concerned about identity theft can do some free shredding

LEWISBURG -- It is a day to celebrate getting rid of the clutter in file cabinets around the valley coming up in Lewisburg. A community shredding party is taking place Friday, July 16. Keystone Mobile Shredding will be there with a portable unit to shred old personal and financial documents free of charge.

The location is the Home Instead Senior Care parking lot on 130 Buffalo Road in Lewisburg. Karen Metz, a Certified Identity Theft Management Specialist, will be there to provide the community with more ways to prevent these scams. She says shredding old documents is important to prevent identity theft. For more information on this event call 522-6533.  They say this is for people without shredders, no businesses please.

Man who shot a Milton man in self-defense in court

WILLIAMSPORT -- A Williamsport man who shot and killed a Milton man who broke into his home was in court Tuesday on drug charges and firearms violations.  29-year-old Neil Felver sent charges against him onto court at a preliminary hearing. 

Felver shot and killed 33-year-old Abdul Miller of Milton earlier this month, after police say Miller forced his way into the home in search of drugs or money.  Felver will not be charged in the death of Miller since it was self-defense.  In court this week, Felver's bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000.  He is locked up in the Lycoming County Prison.  (Ali Stevens)

Norry resident not satisfied by council’s answers

NORTHUMBERLAND – Northumberland Borough Council heard from the public Tuesday night. Council members were asked how they failed to see they were being charged for computer software that did not exist by a former borough council president.

Bryan Wolfe now faces theft charges for bilking the borough of $18,000 over three years, while claiming to be working on a borough website. He is also accused of fraudulent use of a borough debit card while working as borough council president.

Meantime, Adam Klock of Northumberland asked the council how payments made to Wolfe were discovered by a part time employee; yet were apparently missed by a regular borough employee who was among those authorized to sign the checks.

Council member and finance chairman Jonathan Reese called Wolfe’s purported website work a contracted service, and conceded it was over budget. However, he admitted he was also looking for answers. (Matt Farrand)

Local efforts behind Danville skatepark

DANVILLE – A Danville area skatepark could be less than a year from being ready to use. However, lots of local support will still be needed to complete the project that has been talked about for more than a decade.

Montour Area Recreation Commission Director Dave Decoteau credits a local grant for finally setting the project in motion. He says the commission received $5,000 from Berwick-based Youth in Philanthropy for improvements to Hess Field.

Decoteau says the concrete skatepark will be smaller than comparable facilities in surrounding areas, but there will also be some features he hopes will attract skateboarders and BMX bikers from other towns. Among them, a basin for skateboard stunts comparable to an empty swimming pool.

Decoteau says Danville youth has long supported the idea of individual sports. Meantime, soil and sedimentation tests are underway for the project that will be near Hess Field. (Matt Farrand)

Consecutive sentences preferred for former office manager

NORTHUMBERLAND – Former Northumberland Sewer Authority Office Manager Cynthia Lark will soon be sentenced after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of embezzlement. Meantime, the board of the sewer authority is petitioning the judge presiding over her sentencing to make the sentences run consecutively, rather than concurrently.

James Orner of Northumberland says board members were angered by Lark’s theft of $475,000 over 10 years, but admits that it is unlikely they will convince Northumberland County Judge Robert Sacavage to change the plea agreement accepted this week. The most serious charge against Lark carries a sentence of nine to 16 months in jail. (Matt Farrand)

Curb work bid called “surprisingly low”

NORTHUMBERLAND – Bids for curb work were opened at Tuesday night’s meeting of Northumberland Borough Council, and the lowest bid was accepted. The $16,266 offer submitted by McBryan Contracting of Lewisburg was accepted for curb replacement and handicapped access for 6th Street from Duke to Queen Streets.

Street Supervisor Tom Slodykso called the bid “surprisingly low,” for the work that also included ADA compliance and related concrete work. Among the other bids, a $59,000 bid by HRI Inc. of State College, a $27,000 bid by G&R Charles Excavating of Port Trevorton, and a $24,000 bid submitted by Lytle’s Concrete Construction of Sunbury. (Matt Farrand)

Probation for man accused of stealing from his former business

WATSONTOWN -- A Watsontown man has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines after stealing nearly $40,000 from his former employer. 55-year-old Steven Fairchild was ordered three years probation and will have to pay back over $50,000 in restitution.

Last September, Fairchild was charged after police say he falsified records on items that were returned to the farm equipment business in Watsontown, where he was a manager. He would then take the cash for himself. Fairchild also served as vice president on the Warrior Run school board at the time he was charged. He resigned after the theft charges surfaced.

Water main break in Shamokin Dam

SHAMOKIN DAM -- Shamokin Dam borough experienced a major water pipe break Tuesday afternoon. Borough Manager Ed Hovenstine says a pipe shattered near 11th Avenue. Service was off to about twenty homes in the borough and one local hotel. Some areas also experienced discolored water. Those residence were asked to flush their lines until the water was clear.

Hovenstine tells us the shattered pipe was like three fire hydrants spraying at once and says sediment got in the water lines, but there were never any health risks. He says about six to eight hydrants were flushed in the borough and DEP was called in to test chlorine levels. Service was back to normal by Tuesday evening. (Sara Bartlett)

Motorcycle and car crash leave man in critical condition

LEWISBURG -- A Watsontown man is listed in critical condition following an accident Tuesday morning in Lewisburg. Police say Clinton Mettler was driving a motorcycle around 7:30a.m. in the 200 block of North 7th Street. A turning vehicle driven by Robert Bowersox of Lewisburg struck Mettler.

Mettler was thrown from the motorcycle, which then landed on top of him. He was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center and is in critical condition. Bowersox was not injured. Police say the investigation into the crash continues. (Sara Bartlett)

Water main break in Shamokin Dam

SHAMOKIN DAM -- Shamokin Dam borough experienced a major water pipe break Tuesday. Service is off to a small section of the borough after the break near 11th Avenue. Some areas are experiencing discolored water, but there are no health risks. Residents who have discolored water are asked to flush the line until the water is clear. The borough hopes to have all residents back in service by 8:00p.m.

Injuries after Danville-area crash

DANVILLE -- Injuries were reported after a crash near Danville Tuesday afternoon. The two-vehicle accident happened around 1:30p.m. on Route 54 at the I-80 overpass in Valley Township, Montour County. One vehicle reportedly rolled over and two ambulances were called to the scene according to Montour County 911. No word on who was involved or the extent of injuries.

Ex-clerk of Northumberland Sewer Authority pleads guilty to embezzlement

NORTHUMBERLAND – The former office manager for the Northumberland Sewer Authority has entered a guilty plea to three counts of embezzlement. 48-year-old Cynthia Lark was in Northumberland County Court on Monday and entered her plea and will be sentenced in the coming days.

She was accused of stealing about $475,000 from the sewer authority over a 10-year-period while working as their office manager. She will have to make full restitution as part of her sentence. (Ali Stevens)

Environmentalist talks about burn ban

WATSONTOWN – The borough of Watsontown is considering enacting a burn ban and a local environmentalist says they absolutely should. A lengthy discussion took place Monday night and the board decided to address the issue again at their meeting on July 26th.

Mike Molesevich of Molesevich Environmental was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program and talked about putting an end to burning in all communities. He says burning trash is not a free way of disposing of things like many believe, because when you burn trash, it is turned into noxious fumes and those fumes are going into the air and into someone else’s environment, so it’s really not going away for free.

Molesevich recommends recycling paper and plastic. Mayor Dave Hontz of Watsontown agrees and said residents don’t follow the rules and are inconsiderate when it comes to where and when they burn. To hear more from Mike Molesevich from WKOK’s Tuesday On The Mark program, listen online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)

Man charged with stabbing another man with a fork

WASHINGTONVILLE – A Washingtonville man is charged with stabbing another man with a fork after an argument at dinner on Monday evening. State police say 41-year-old Lonnie Berkheimer was dining with another man at a personal care home in Washingtonville when the fight broke out. Berkheimer is accused of grabbing a fork out of a man’s hand and stabbing him in the eyebrow, causing a puncture wound.

He is also accused of removing the man from his chair, injuring the man’s ankle. The victim was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Berkheimer was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault and harassment. He was unable to post bail and was sent to the Montour County Prison. (Ali Stevens)

Man killed in a motorcycle crash in Northumberland County was driving drunk

ATLAS – Police say a man killed in a motorcycle crash in Northumberland County earlier this month was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. 46-year-old Bernard Kawa of Ashland crashed his motorcycle along Route 901 near the village of Strong.

He was being chased by police earlier in the night, but police backed off and then came upon the accident scene a short time later. Kawa was said to be going more than 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour speed zone when he hit the back of another vehicle and was killed. (Ali Stevens)

Warrior Run superintendent retiring

TURBOTVILLE – Another area superintendent is leaving the job, however this one has plans to retire. Warrior Run School District superintendent Daniel Sheaffer announced his plans for retirement at Monday's board meeting. He has been on the job for seven years and will retire effective December 23rd, after more than 37 years working in the education field.

Sheaffer joins a number of area superintendents who have stepped down this year. That includes Shikellamy superintendent Robin Musto who took over for Alan Lonoconus, Selinsgrove superintendent Chad Cohrs who took over for Frederick Johnson.

Mifflinburg superintendent Dan Lichtel who took over for Barry Tomasetti and Cathy Groller who took over for William Clark in the Milton Area School District. Superintendent Susan Bickford, of the Danville Area School District also announced her resignation effective June 30th.

Warrior Run school board approved a $9.2-million budget. The budget includes a small tax increase for property owners in the Warrior Run District. Sheaffer took time to thank Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick) and Representative Russ Fairchild (R-85th, Lewisburg) for working out problems with the State Tax Equalization Board. Sheaffer says they helped reduce taxes in the Warrior Run School District by $29-million. (Ali Stevens)

Danville gears up for Iron Heritage Festival

DANVILLE -- Organizers call Danville's Iron Heritage Festival a 'melting pot,' with all of the different activities and ethnicities mixing together. One of the organizers, Sis Hause, says festival-goers will clearly see this year's theme, especially during the parade.

During the parade, there is music that represents many different nationalities. The parade is July 22nd, and while most of the festival's activities follow that, Hause says there are some events going on in the weekends leading up to the festival.

This includes a garden tour and lecture presented by the Penn State Master Gardeners. That will be July 10th and 11th. The Iron Heritage Festival takes place from July 21st-25th. A full schedule is available online at www.ironheritagefestival.net.

Children’s fashion show and dinner planned

NORTHUMBERLAND – A kids fashion show and dinner has been planned to benefit a non-profit organization that assists families with medical needs and costs. The Walk On Foundation of Milton provides assistance with medical equipment, safety devices and financial assistance related to medical hospitalization, according to Erin Sauers of the foundation.

Sauers says they help people who are underinsured or not insured at all. They try to help them get medical equipment and devices at discounts. You can help the Walk On Foundation by attending a fundraising event they are holding in July, which is a kids fashion show with plenty of kids in summer fashions on Sunday July 18th at 3 p.m.

The event will be held at Front Street Station and will feature a buffet dinner and a silent auction featuring lots of kids stuff. Tickets are $18.00. To find out more or to purchase tickets, go to www.walkonfoundation.com. Tickets must be purchased this week. (Ali Stevens)

Latest Pennsylvania news, business, lottery and entertainment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's state budget agreement may be a prelude to a protracted debate over the state's finances that drags well into the fall. The deal making its way to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk Wednesday postpones decisions on how to tax the state's growing natural gas industry and how to respond if a huge chunk of federal funding falls through. The $28 billion spending plan is built on nearly $3 billion in federal stimulus aid, but $850 million of that has failed to get through Congress. Plus, the deal requires the enactment of a natural gas tax by Oct. 1, but there is broad disagreement in the Legislature over how to structure it. The Senate approved the general appropriations bill, but those unanswered questions prompted some senators to vote against it.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Governors from several cash-strapped states warn that unless Congress gives them more money to help pay for health care for the poor, their states could face layoffs and cuts in services. The governors, including Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell, New York's David Paterson and Michigan's Jennifer Granholm, said Wednesday that their states need the money to avoid cutbacks that could hurt some of their most vulnerable citizens. A deficit-weary Congress recently rejected billions of dollars in additional aid to states. The federal stimulus program enacted last year expires in December. Congress was poised to extend some funding to states, including $16 billion for Medicaid, the public health care program for the poor. But the measure died in the Senate.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three men are facing assault charges after they allegedly attacked an off-duty Harrisburg police officer in a dispute over dog waste. Police say brothers Matthew Stauffer, 33, and Daniel Stauffer, 31, attacked Harrisburg police Officer John Doll earlier this month. Investigators say the Stauffers confronted Doll about his dog's waste, even though Doll had already bagged it. According to court documents, Doll identified himself as an off-duty officer and got both men to the ground before a third man attacked him. Police charged the Stauffers and 25-year-old Noah Coburn with aggravated assault, conspiracy and public drunkeness. All three men are free on bail. Phone listings for all three suspects were not available Wednesday.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The final pieces of a Pennsylvania state budget deal appear to be in place. Gov. Ed Rendell says the $28 billion agreement with top lawmakers could pass the Legislature in the next day or two. He calls it a conservative and responsible budget that nevertheless is full of painful cuts to account for a huge recession-driven deficit and the rising cost of prisons, health care and pensions. Most details are under wraps until rank-and-file lawmakers are briefed on it. The new fiscal year begins Thursday. The deal would increase spending by less than 1 percent. It would not require new or higher taxes, but relies on nearly $3 billion in expected federal budget aid. It also would boost spending on public school instruction by more than 4 percent.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania business owner has been sentenced to five months in prison for bribing a school board member. Sixty-six-year-old Richard Emanski of Harveys Lake was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Scranton. Emanski is the owner of King Glass and Paint. He pleaded guilty to bribing a Wilkes-Barre school board member with carpeting in exchange for a lucrative district contract. Emanski is one of 30 people charged so far in a wide-ranging corruption probe in Luzerne County.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Legislation that would require Pennsylvania state college professors to consider buying the cheapest educationally sound textbooks for their courses is drawing scrutiny from faculty groups. The American Association of University Professors and Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties issued statements Monday expressing concern about academic freedom. Sen. Andrew Dinniman's textbook legislation passed the Senate on June 23. He says student costs would be factored into selecting course materials but that faculty rights would not be abridged. Dinniman is a former full-time professor at West Chester University. The legislation also requires publishers doing business with Pennsylvania colleges to offer digital versions of textbooks by 2020. The bill now heads to the House Education Committee.

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Updates on the latest in business:

Dow: 9,774.02, down -96.28

S&P 500: 1,030.71, down -10.53

NASDAQ: 2,109.24, down -25.94

NEW YORK (AP) - Stock prices have failed to mount a sustained rally here on the final trading day of the quarter. Coming into today's trading, the Dow was down 9 percent for the quarter, while broader indexes were down 11 percent. 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates in about two-thirds of the nation's largest metropolitan areas dropped in May. By contrast, areas in Louisiana - hit by the BP oil spill - saw rising joblessness. Those includes Baton Rouge, New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner.

RACINE, Wisc. (AP) - President Barack Obama complains that Republicans in Congress are using their power to help corporations and Wall Street and to prevent relief for recession-weary Americans. Speaking in Wisconsin, Obama railed against one House lawmaker's apology to BP oil and another's criticism of Wall Street overhaul legislation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Senate Finance Committee is launching an investigation into Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the massive  oil spill. The company moved its headquarters to landlocked Switzerland two years ago. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana says at issue is whether Transocean exploited U.S. tax laws.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. officials have announced a major crackdown on movie piracy that involved seizing several websites that were offering downloads of pirated movies just hours after they appeared in theaters. Officials also seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts, and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

Stocks slammed...Crude drops...Hearing on derivatives begins

NEW YORK (AP) - World markets were mixed Wednesday, with major indexes in Asia closing lower but markets elsewhere on the upswing despite concerns the global economic recovery has lost steam. On Tuesday, the Dow dropped 268 points to 9,870. The S&P fell 33 points and the Nasdaq lost 85.

UNDATED (AP) - Oil prices hovered near $76 a barrel Wednesday in Asia. Benchmark crude for August delivery was up 28 cents to $76.22 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $2.31, or 3 percent, to settle at $75.94 on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The complex instruments at the heart of the financial meltdown, and the way two giant companies were involved with them, are being examined by the special panel investigating the origins of the crisis. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission begins two days of hearings today on derivatives.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate negotiators assembling a bank regulation overhaul have rejected a $19 billion bank fee they had previously written into the Wall Street legislation. Uncertainty over the fate of the bill is likely to delay final passage until the second week in July.

BERLIN (AP) - The European Central Bank says it will lend $161 billion to banks for three months -- a move that comes as a larger auction of 12-month loans expires. The ECB says that 171 institutions have subscribed to the three-month refinancing operation.

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

 Big 4

     4-2-8-3

Cash 5

     11-15-27-32-34

Daily Number

     2-1-1

Evening Quinto

     8-5-8-8-8

Mega Millions

     03-04-15-27-37, Mega Ball: 35

Megaplier

     3

Midday Big 4

     3-3-1-2

Midday Number

     6-4-9

Midday Quinto

     4-2-5-1-9

Powerball

     Estimated jackpot: $27 million

 Treasure Hunt

     12-16-20-22-24

 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

Big 4

4-2-8-3

Cash 5

11-15-27-32-34

Daily Number

2-1-1

Evening Quinto

8-5-8-8-8

Mega Millions

03-04-15-27-37, Mega Ball: 35

Megaplier

3

Midday Big 4

3-3-1-2

Midday Number

6-4-9

Midday Quinto

4-2-5-1-9

Treasure Hunt

12-16-20-22-24

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'Eclipse' breaks records

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Of course the midnight hour would be good to vampires and werewolves. "Eclipse" set a new record for midnight shows, selling more than $30 million worth of tickets. That breaks the previous record set by "New Moon," which made about $4 million less. One fan who saw the movie in Los Angeles says she left behind her two kids and husband for ten days to make sure she was one of the first in line.

King was 'one of the greats'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Regis Philbin puts Larry King in the same company as Walter Cronkite and Johnny Carson. He said on "Live With Regis and Kelly" "he really is one of those great broadcasters." Philbin says "Larry King was the guy that made CNN known." He says "when there was nothing to watch in primetime, there was always Larry King." Kelly Ripa suggested that Philbin should take over for King, but he brushed it aside.

Eating cards?

CLEVELAND (AP) - Talk about a tasteful greeting card. American Greetings is out with a new line of cards that goes beyond those that feature sounds or smells. These have dissolvable flavor strips that can be eaten. The company says each of the sealed strips offers a "tasty surprise" that fits the theme of the card. For example, a card that features the image of a cupcake for a birthday will have an insert that tastes like a cupcake. Other cards in the series include one that tastes like a doughnut and another that tastes like a margarita.

Failing grades for skool

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - It's not unusual for a student to have errors on a school test. But a school? That was the deal in Springfield, Mass. -- where the school superintendent says he is taking responsibility for a test was riddled with spelling, grammatical and factual errors. There were two tests given to 11th and 12-grade students in May. In all, there were about 100 errors between the two exams -- including the phrases "truning around" instead of "turning around" and "For God's skae" instead of "God's sake." There was even a note on one page that said "this is the end of the Test" -- when there were still two pages left. Superintendent Alan Ingram says the district has an outside company develop the exams, but the district's own proofreaders should have caught the errors.

Pretty in pink

MANGUM, Okla. (AP) - It's the latest effort to make people think twice before committing a crime. In Greer County, Okla., the sheriff is replacing the jail's faded and tattered orange jumpsuits with pink ones. Devin Huckabay says male inmates "don't like wearing them" and the outfits are therefore an incentive not to break the law. Huckabay says the pink prison uniforms are also "hard to miss" -- so if an inmate is working on a community project or being transferred, he's much less likely to blend in with the crowd, should he think of wandering off.

Cops tagged for speeding and running red lights

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - You know that feeling you get when you get a letter in the mail with photos of your car going too fast or running a red light? This will help ease that pain. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, traffic cameras have caught more than two dozen local patrol cars speeding and running red lights. Police chief Greg

Graham says six officers have been issued letters of discipline because they didn't have their lights and sirens on when they were speeding to a call. Five "violations" turned out not to be -- and 15 others are under review. One area police chief says in such cases authorities must be "consistent and show no favoritism."

Soccer officials agree to consider replay

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Upon further review ... Looks like the lords of international soccer have decided to take a look at the use of video replays, after all. After insisting there was no need to use high-tech equipment to help referees after a series of blown calls in this year's tournament, FIFA president Sepp Blatter says there

will be some changes considered. What those changes will be aren't clear. And the FIFI bosses say there won't even be any discussions on how to use replays until after this year's tournament in South Africa is over. Until now, soccer officials have insisted that errors by officials are simply part of the game. FIFA president Blatter has also apologized to the English and Mexican teams, both of which were victimized by bad calls Sunday. Several other teams were incorrectly denied or granted goals earlier in the World Cup.

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