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Friday, September 25, 2009

2 dead, 1 hospitalized after head-on crash

HUGHESVILLE (AP) - Two women are dead and a man has been airlifted to a hospital following a head-on crash in Lycoming County.  State Trooper Dan Young says the crash of a van and a car happened about 11:00 a.m. Friday on Route 220 in Wolf Township.  The deceased are a 65-year-old Hughesville woman and another woman who's believed to be in her 70s. The man airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is believed to be in his 70s.  Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

Nine more people implicated in a burglary ring in three area counties

SUNBURY – Nine more people have been charged for their role in an area burglary ring.  Arraignments were held this morning for seven of the nine suspects before District Judge Carl Rice.  Sunbury Officer Wade Lytle tells us the suspects were taken into custody this morning.  Already implicated in the burglary ring are Michael Celitti, operator of M & J Cash Converter on Market Street in Sunbury and Mark Brumbach, who allegedly purchased stolen items from the burglary suspects to sell in the Sunbury store. 

19-year-old Steven Cousins and 21-year-old Elizabeth Gorton, both of Sunbury, have already been charged for burglary, along with 24-year-old Christopher Leiby of Hazleton.  Police say Cousins, Gorton, Leiby and several others arrested today, conducted home burglaries in Northumberland and Snyder Counties, targeting at least 40 homes.  The stolen items were then put on sale at M & J Cash Converter. 

Today’s arrests include Mark Brumbach, Michael Wagner, Nicholas Osman, Robert Boardman, Anthony Dunka, Nicholas Hoffman, Billy Ladd, Kyle Aurand and Kenneth Wilkinson. (Ali Stevens)

Priestley House Museum will reopen for weekend tours

NORTHUMBERLAND – Those who want to visit the Priestley House Museum in Northumberland can now enjoy weekend tours.  The site was closed in mid-August due to the state’s budget emergency.  However, the Friends of the Joseph Priestley House Museum will volunteer at the museum on weekends to give tours and the state has agreed to pay for utility and maintenance expenses.  School and community groups can also schedule tours by contacting the “Friends” group at the website, www.josephpriestleyhouse.org.  The group is always looking for additional volunteers to staff the visitor’s center and to conduct tours at the museum.  More information on volunteering is also on the website.  (Ali Stevens)

A hearing on a murder suspect who wants to withdraw his plea is set for Monday in Sunbury

SUNBURY – A hearing will be held Monday in Sunbury for 49-year-old Steven Wolfgang of Mount Carmel, who wishes to withdraw his plea of no-contest.  Wolfgang pleaded no contest to third-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in May, however, last week, his attorney filed a motion to withdraw that plea.  A hearing on the motion is set for Monday afternoon before Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage.  If the judge accepts the request to withdraw the plea, Wolfgang can then seek a trail if he chooses. 

Wolfgang is accused of killing his wife, 42-year-old Sherry Wolfgang, in January of 2007.  Police say Wolfgang beat the woman to death at their home in Mount Carmel and then stuffed her body into a metal box before dumping it into Mahanoy Creek.  Sherry Wolfgang’s body was found several months later in Schuylkill County.  Wolfgang faces up to 40-years behind bars if convicted of 3rd degree murder.  (Ali Stevens)

Five children injured in a horse and buggy collision…state police search for a hit and run driver

MIDDLEBURG – State police continue to investigate after an SUV struck a horse and buggy and then fled the scene.  Troopers say 40-year-old Delores Horning of Middleburg was driving the buggy on Route 104 in Center Township around 8 last night when the buggy was hit by a red or teal colored SUV.  There were five children in the buggy at the time and Lifeflight took a 5-year-old child to Geisinger Medical Center.  Three other children and Horning were treated at the scene for various injuries.  Anyone who may have witness the accident is asked to contact State Police at Selinsgrove.  (Ali Stevens)

Roundtable features the unique award for women.

SUNBURY – Roundtable this week discusses the ATHENA Award given out each year by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Our guests on the show, Marty Gates, Jan Wilson, Rhonda Campbell, Sue Greene and Brent Papson talk about how the awards honor someone in the community who has helped advance women in the workplace. The show also looks at the Visions and Connections Women’s Symposium at Bucknell University on October 13th.

For more information on the Athena Awards, you can login to www.gsvcc.com. You can hear Roundtable Sunday on Eagle 107 (107.3FM) at 6a.m., 100.9 (100.9FM), The Valley, at 6a.m., Newsradio 1070 WKOK (1070AM) at 9a.m., Talkradio 1380 WMLP (1380AM), 11a.m., 94KX WQKX (94.1FM) at 11p.m., and anytime, at www.wkok.com. (Renjini S)

We continue our “Families on the Margin” series with a look at poverty

SUNBURY – WKOK is doing a series of stories throughout the year as part of a series called “Families on the Margin”.  In this story, we take a look at poverty and the everyday impacts on a family.  Dr. Paul Kettlewell is a pediatric psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center.  He says the poverty level for a family of four would be approximately $22,000 and imagine taking care of housing, car payment, car insurance, food and clothes for your kids and other expenses on that amount of money. 

And what is the impact or fallout for families living in poverty? Dr. Kettlewell says there are medical consequences for children and parents.  Those include developmental delay, increased risk of impaired brain development, more likelihood of being physically or sexually abused, depression, low birth rate, higher degree of asthma cases, poor dentistry, more likelihood of drug or alcohol dependence and irregular visits to a pediatrician. 

Dr. Kettlewell says there is a greater risk for children who live in poverty to have significant behavioral and emotional problems.  All of these challenges are presented to families living in poverty.  The consequences are substantial, in that, these children will continue to have these problems, are less likely to contribute to their communities and are more likely to have children that live in poverty.  The doctor says that is why it’s important to recognize and assist those in poverty, for the betterment of the community.  You can listen to our roundtable on poverty, which also features Pastor Robert Andrews of the Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville online at www.wkok.com.  (Ali Stevens) 

Congressman Chris Carney voices his support of the economic stimulus at a recent meeting

SUNBURY – Congressman Chris Carney is a supporter of the economic stimulus package and voiced his belief that it is working to help with the recession, at a Joint Legislative Forum hosted by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Central Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He said the sad fact of the matter is that unemployment still remains high.  He says not only are they trying to put people back to work, but there also trying to change the way the economy runs and what kind of economy we have.  Carney says that is going to require retraining and rethinking the way we approach things.  (Ali Stevens)

Mobile home destroyed by fire in Watsontown

WATSONTOWN – A mobile home was destroyed by fire early this morning in Delaware Township, Northumberland County. Fire Chief Mark Burrows of the Warrior Run Fire Department says they arrived to find the structure fully involved in flames.

The fire started at a home on Clemens Road outside Watsontown just after midnight and crews were on the scene until 2:15 this morning bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the owner of the home is not known. White Deer Township, Milton and Potts Grove Fire Companies assisted Warrior Run at the scene. (Ali Stevens)

The Friend’s group will open the Priestley House

NORTHUMBERLAND – Good news from the Friends of the Joseph Priestley House last night…they told us they will be able to open the Priestley House next weekend. The Friends group me with the state yesterday, then announced at their meeting last night that the facility will reopen for tours October 3rd. The site was closed by the state last summer because of budget constraints.

State Senate confirms Hugh Jones as District Judge

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Hugh Jones today (Thursday) as a Magisterial District Judge in eastern Northumberland County. Jones, of Elysburg, takes over the position following the retirement of District Judge Michael Mychak.

Jones has a private law practice and served as Northumberland County Solicitor and Assistant District Attorney. He will serve until January 2012, and the seat will then be on the election ballot for a full sex-year term. (Sara Bartlett)

2014 proficiency target looms for local school district

LEWISIBURG – The No Child Left Behind Act requires all school students in the state to be proficient in reading and math at their respective grade levels by 2014. Lewisburg Area School District Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says the federal mandate will have to be lived with in spite of widespread criticism of it. He notes it was to have been renewed last year, but to date has not been.

Meantime, Dr. DiRocco says all district personnel are doing everything they can to make sure the goal is reached. Dr. DiRocco presented a report of student performance for Spring 2009 to the school board on Thursday night.

He says though secondary students are testing well above the national average in many subjects, more attention needs to be given to reading scores and the performance of special education students. Lewisburg schools have met or exceeded Annual Yearly Progress ratings since the state imposed them in 2003. (Matt Farrand)

Board moves to study safe non-motorized transportation

LEWISBURG – A $5,000 state grant will let the Lewisburg Area School District study safer ways for kids to walk or bike to school. Though the reimbursement grant will not be applied for until 2010, the school board agreed to go ahead with it Thursday night. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says keeping kids on their feet could keep them healthier.

However, Dr. DiRocco says it’s unlikely the district’s motorized transportation expenses will be reduced, as they need to have enough busses available to take students home in the event of an emergency. The Safe Biking and Walking Routes Grant will require the school district, East Buffalo Township government, and a citizens group called the East Buffalo Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee to team up.

It will cover expenses incurred in a study of route safety, installation of campus bike racks, and organizing so-called walking school busses. That’s where supervised groups of students walk to school together. (Matt Farrand)

School district preps for extended lockdown and weather emergencies

LEWISBURG – Classrooms in the Lewisburg Area School District now have emergency kits, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco. He says each 5-gallon plastic tub contains a flashlight, food, and sanitary items. They are meant for emergency lockdowns or severe weather conditions that could keep students and teachers confined to classrooms for extended periods. The tub itself can also be used as a toilet. (Matt Farrand)

Large-scale distribution of H1N1 vaccines could be seen at local schools

LEWISBURG – If an effort to distribute an H1N1 vaccine to a massive number of people is needed, they could be lining up at Lewisburg Area Schools. Superintendent Dr. Mark DiRocco says the district has applied to receive vaccines and is willing to serve as a point of distribution. DiRocco notes it is not yet known if that step needs to be taken, but both children and district residents would be able to get shots at school district locations.

DiRocco says the district is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in advance of any possible flu outbreak. That includes weekly monitoring of the number of students sent to school nurse offices, and evaluating information from other districts via Evangelical Community Hospital. (Matt Farrand)

Bucknell hosts River Symposium this weekend

LEWISBURG – Ecology, Native Americans and the Susquehanna Valley are all topics at this year’s Susquehanna River Symposium at Bucknell University. Associate Professor of English at Bucknell, Alf Siewers, says speakers from around the region and the country will talk about the connection between Native American heritage and environmental problems in the Susquehanna Valley.

The Symposium begins today (Friday) and runs through tomorrow (Saturday). Highlights include a keynote address by Native American writer Linda Hogan, a performance by the Native Nations Dance Theater, and a tour of the historic site of Chief Shikellamy’s settlement at the Susquehanna confluence. For more information on the Symposium call 577-1490 or visit www.bucknell.edu/riversymposium. (Sara Bartlett)

Geisinger Health System Board Member says Geisinger system may not work for everyone

SUNBURY – As Geisinger Medical Center continues to draw attention from the nation and President Barack Obama as a model for health care reform, a Geisinger Health System Board Member says Geisinger’s system may not work everywhere.

William Gruver says Geisinger has a couple of unique advantages that may or may not make its success scaleable outside of Central Pennsylvania. One of those advantages is that Geisinger is a group practice, where all the doctors are paid by the system. Other places, doctors are paid fees for service.

Gruver says the other advantage Geisinger has is that our area has a very stable population, which helps to track health successes and failures through the generations, something a large urban setting would have difficulty with. You can listen to all of William Gruver’s comments from our On the Mark program Thursday online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens)

Sunbury Broadcasting Co. helping to Paint the Valley Pink

LEWISBURG – Starting Thursday communities will be a little ‘pinker’ in the month of October thanks to Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and Evangelical Community Hospital. We have teamed up to promote breast cancer awareness by painting the Valley pink.

Pink ribbons will line light posts and parking meters downtown in Lewisburg, Sunbury, Selinsgrove and Danville, and Angela Brouse of Evan says they are also encouraging people to ‘pink’ someone. That is, telling friends, family members and loved ones about the importance of getting a mammogram.

94KX will also be broadcasting live from various restaurants in the Valley throughout October giving people a chance to make donations to the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, and also receive discounts for wearing pink.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to promote Paint the Valley Pink with events in the area, and also news stories about cancer survivors, options for mammograms, advice from doctors and why breast cancer awareness is so important. (Sara Bartlett)

Bloomsburg man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old from the Sunbury area

SUNBURY – A Bloomsburg man is charged with statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault after state police say he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old Sunbury girl several years ago. 45-year-old Timothy Lucas is accused of assaulting the girl, who is now 16.

The incidents happened at a home in Rockefeller Township in October of 2002. Lucas was apparently a guest in the home when the incident took place. Lucas is being held in the Northumberland County Prison on $50,000 bail and a preliminary hearing before District Judge Carl Rice is set for October 20th. (Ali Stevens)

A Perry County Commissioner has died

DUNCANNON – Perry County Commissioner Warren VanBuskirk of Duncannon has died. VanBuskirk was 58. He was appointed as a Perry County Commissioner in January of 2005 and was re-elected in 2007. He was a Republican commissioner.

VanBuskirk served on the Central Pennsylvania Energy Consortium Board, Capital Region Economic Development Board, MHMR Advisory Board, Perry County Policy Board and the Office of Aging Advisory Board.

He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2005 after serving 26 ½ years as a trooper. He was a lieutenant in the Bureau of Technology Services and was a previous commander of the Newport Barracks. Services will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Highland Presbyterian Church in Newport. (Ali Stevens)

Annual Vespers Service is Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG – The annual Vespers Service will be held Friday night to kick off the 155th Bloomsburg Fair, which begins on Saturday. Why have a Friday church service before the start of the fair? Vespers Service organizer Herman Ikeler, who’s been doing the service since the beginning of the 1990’s, says it’s an annual tradition. He says it’s a good way to reflect with the community before the start of the fair.

The free event begins at 6:30 at the grandstand on the main stage. The main service starts at 7 p.m. There will also be a return from last year. Christian comedian Gordon Douglas will be on stage along with music at the service. The Bloomsburg Fair runs from Saturday through Saturday, October 3rd.

Three Northumberland County suspects will be arraigned on a number of charges

SHAMOKIN – Three suspects from Northumberland County will be arraigned in Sunbury November 10th, on a number of charges for various incidents.

21-year-old Eric Stuczynski of Ranshaw is charged with DUI, fleeing and eluding police, reckless and careless driving and other violations. This after state police were involved in a chase with him on July 14th, which resulted in an accident in Ranshaw. Stuczynski waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge John Gembic and all charges against him were bound to court.

Also, 30-year-old Kristi Henehan and 43-year-old David Acevedo, both of Coal Township, waived their preliminary hearing with Judge Gembic on Tuesday. Charges will go to court against both suspects, including multiple drug charges. Acevedo and Henehan are charged with possession and delivery of heroin on August 10th in Shamokin. (Ali Stevens)

Latest Pennsylvania news, lottery, business and entertainment

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal authorities say fighter jets escorted a small plane to an airport after it entered airspace that has been restricted due to the Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh.  A Homeland Security Department official says the airspace breach did not appear to be a threat, indicating it was a mistake.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a single-engine Beech Musketeer and was intercepted 15 miles south of Pittsburgh.  Lt. Col. Andy Roake says the plane entered the restricted area at about 12:45 p.m. Friday. Two F-15s escorted the plane to Wheeling-Ohio County Airport in West Virginia, about 40 miles southwest of the city.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A South Korean electric car company wants to build its first North American assembly and sales facilities in Pennsylvania.  Gov. Ed Rendell and CT&T Co. Ltd. officials said in a joint statement Friday that the facilities would create 400 jobs.  The company is considering sites in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  Rendell says the company's arrival is the latest step in Pennsylvania's efforts to become a home for green technologies and energy.  CT&T President Young Gi Lee says the company wants the Pennsylvania facilities to be the first of 40 regional assembly and sales systems in North America.  A spokesman for the Rendell administration says officials are working on a financial incentives package with CT&T, but nothing is final yet.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A few thousand demonstrators have stopped their march on one of Pittsburgh's bridges and are shouting toward the Group of 20 meeting site from afar.  The protesters have stopped on the Andy Warhol Bridge and turned toward the David L. Convention Center, which is a few hundred yards upriver. They are shouting toward the building and addressing their opposition to what's happening inside.  One woman on a bullhorn is yelling, "Power to the people, not the G-20."  Seven Coast Guard and city police boats are underneath the bridge, keeping an eye on protesters.  The march has a city permit and organizers have pledged to keep it nonviolent.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials say nearly 20 people protesting the Group of 20 summit were arrested yesterday during a chaotic march yesterday outside downtown Pittsburgh. Police fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins, throwing rocks and breaking windows. The march had about 1,000 protesters and did not have a city permit. City Police Chief Nate Harper says 17 to 19 people were arrested. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says swift decisions resulted in minimal property damage. Property damage amounted to 10 broken windows. Officials say there were no injuries related to the protests.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - With economies on the mend, the mood of the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh is one of cautious optimism. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner cited progress on several fronts and predicted that summit partners would endorse the outlines of a proposal to deal with huge imbalances in the global economy. Geithner said the G-20 countries had reached a consensus on the "basic outline" of a proposal to limit bankers' compensation by the end of this year. He said it would involve setting separate standards in each of the countries and would be overseen by the Financial Stability Board, an international group of central bankers and regulators. Until now, European countries had pressed harder than the U.S. for limits.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An administration official says that the Group of 20 nations will assume the role of a permanent council on global economic cooperation. The official says President Barack Obama initiated the move and it will be announced Friday, the second day of the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the official announcement, said the Group of Eight major industrial nations would continue to meet on matters of common importance such as national security. But this official said that the historic function of a group that serves as a board of directors for the global economy will be taken over by the larger G-20. That group includes the biggest industrial countries, plus major emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh strode into the global spotlight this week like many of other cities hosting economic summits or political conventions - confident that the good effects will stick around after the leaders quit town. But after the world moves on, does something like a G-20 summit do a place any good in the long run? Sometimes. In Dayton, Ohio, good things happened for years after the Bosnian peace accords came to town. But Malta, after the horrible weather of the 1989 Bush-Gorbachev summit billed as the meeting that ended the Cold War? Not so much. And Olympic towns have struggled after the athletes and media go home. That's also why the specter of violent protesters makes cities jittery. No one wants the name of their town to become synonymous with a negative event - the stigma of "Chicago 1968," for example, echoes into the 21st century.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Pennsylvania governor and national homeland security chief Tom Ridge is endorsing state Attorney General Tom Corbett for the Republican nomination for governor. Ridge announced the endorsement Thursday in a statement issued through Corbett's campaign. Ridge said Corbett's career as a local, state and federal prosecutor and his commitment to cutting governmental red tape to spur new jobs make him the best choice as Pennsylvania's next governor. Corbett's only apparent rival in the May primary was quick to respond. U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach claimed he has a record in Congress and the state Legislature of cutting spending, cutting taxes and creating jobs while Corbett's lacks similar experience.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into whether a suburban Philadelphia swim club broke the law in its treatment of black and Hispanic children from a summer day camp. U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King wrote to Sen. Arlen Specter that the department is investigating the Valley Club's treatment of children from the camp run by Creative Steps Inc. The department had previously said it would conduct a review to determine whether a full investigation was warranted. Specter made King's Sept. 4 letter public Thursday when he sent a reply, attaching a news story on a report from the state Human Relations Commission that found probable cause of racial discrimination. Club attorney Joe Tucker has said the finding was not true and blamed it on a "media firestorm." The club has denied that race was the reason why it ended an arrangement for the summer camp's children to use the pool once a week.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A leader of a Philadelphia cultural group says Gov. Ed Rendell and top state legislators are not budging from a proposal to impose a new tax on Pennsylvania's arts and culture sector. But Julie Hawkins of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance said Thursday that she and other arts advocates will keep fighting the plan. Rendell and legislators this week met with the advocates, who sought to sway them from the planned 6 percent sales tax on tickets for the performing arts, museums, historical sites, zoos and parks. Hawkins says nonprofit institutions only raise a small part of the approximately $120 million budgetmakers think they'll raise from the new tax annually. And she says it comes at a time when the recession has socked fund-raising and prompted groups to lower ticket prices.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It looks like Pennsylvania will maintain a long-standing tax exemption on cigars and smokeless tobacco. Gov. Ed Rendell pushed unsuccessfully for a second time in three years to expand the sales tax to those products, this time to help state government wipe out a multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall. His previous attempt in 2007 would have extended state-subsidized health insurance to adults who lack coverage. Legislative resistance to his latest proposal means the tax will not appear in a nearly week-old budget agreement that's still being hammered into shape. Some legislators in southeastern Pennsylvania wanted to protect their tobacco growers and cigar makers that employ hundreds. Some southwestern Democrats were unwilling to impose a tax on snuff and chewing tobacco that is used heavily by miners and steelworkers in their districts.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A leader of a Philadelphia cultural group says Gov. Ed Rendell and top state legislators are not budging from a proposal to impose a new tax on Pennsylvania's arts and culture sector. But Julie Hawkins of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance said Thursday that she and other arts advocates will keep fighting the plan. Rendell and legislators this week met with the advocates, who sought to sway them from the planned 6 percent sales tax on tickets for the performing arts, museums, historical sites, zoos and parks. Hawkins says nonprofit institutions only raise a small part of the approximately $120 million budgetmakers think they'll raise from the new tax annually. And she says it comes at a time when the recession has socked fundraising and prompted groups to lower ticket prices.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Updates on the latest in business:

Dow: - 44.25 (9,665.19)

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NASDAQ: - 16.69 (2,090.92)

Something to tweet about: Twitter gets more dough

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter Inc. has raised $100 million in a deal that values the startup at $1 billion - even though the 3-year-old company still hasn't generated any meaningful revenue.  CEO Evan Williams didn't specify dollar figures in a Friday blog posting. But a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press of the figures, confirming earlier reports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the parties had agreed not to announce the specifics.  Before the most recent round of investment, the San Francisco-based company had already raised $55 million to fuel the operation of one of the Internet's most popular communication tools. Twitter has attracted 54 million users.

Prosecutors want 30-to-life for ex-Dem fundraiser

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors have urged a judge to sentence Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu to 30 years to life in prison for violating campaign finance laws.  Government papers filed in Manhattan federal court say Hsu defrauded hundreds of investors out of more than $50 million in a Ponzi scheme. He is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.  Prosecutors say he manipulated campaign finance laws to enhance his public profile and further bolster investor confidence in his massive financial fraud.  Hsu was convicted earlier this year of violating campaign finance laws. His arrest led then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to return more than $800,000 to donors whose contributions were linked to him.

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

Midday Number

     0-3-5

Midday Big 4

     3-4-6-8

Midday Quinto

     9-3-6-3-1

Treasure Hunt

     02-10-18-19-25

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Organizers cancel 2010 CineVegas Film Festival

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Organizers are canceling the CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas next year because of the economy.  Festival President Robin Greenspun issued a Friday statement citing "the current economic climate and the pressures it created."  Greenspun says organizers didn't want to let the economy affect the festival's quality, so they put the event on hold.  Artistic Director Trevor Goth says he hopes to relaunch CineVegas after the economy recovers. This year's CineVegas was held in June at the Brenden Theatres inside the Palms Casino Resort.

Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen welcome a baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a boy for CBS chief Leslie Moonves and his wife, "The Early Show" host Julie Chen.  CBS Corporation says Charlie Moonves was born Thursday morning and "mother and child are doing well."   Chen announced her pregnancy on the "The Early Show" in April. She also hosts "Big Brother."   Moonves and Chen were married in 2004. He has three children from a previous marriage.

Christians pray on eve of today's Capitol Muslim gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Christians alarmed at today's scheduled gathering of tens of thousands of Muslims outside the U.S. Capitol have prayed together in a national conference call. Shirley Dobson, who heads the National Day of Prayer Task Force, said she and other Christians "are so troubled at what we see going on in our nation - we're watching the foundations crumble." Organizers of today's massive "Islam on Capitol Hill" event insist that it's not a protest, but rather a time for Muslims to pray together, read the Quran and celebrate America's religious freedom. But Christian leaders in last night's conference call were unconvinced. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wondered if the Muslims would be "praying for the well-being of our nation." Perkins called the Muslim gathering "a wake-up call for the church" and a warning that if Christians don't "fill the void that's in this nation with the truth, it will be filled with something else."

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS BRUSHES OFF MICHELLE PHILLIPS CALLING HER A LIAR

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mackenzie Phillips is brushing off her stepmom Michelle Phillips calling her a liar. Mackenzie is out with a book claiming she had an incestuous relationship with her father John Phillips, who was married to Michelle when they were both in the Mamas and the Papas. Phillips says she loves her stepmother, but "she is having the textbook family reaction to accusations of incest: deny that it happened and protect the accused." Her half-sister Chynna Phillips says she believes Mackenzie's story.

No-Chase Policy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mayor of a small South Carolina town says she's allowing her police officers to run after suspects again. Wellford Mayor Sallie Peake on Thursday told WSPA-TV she's revoking her Sept. 2 ban. She said a conversation with Spartanburg County prosecutor Trey Gowdy prompted the reversal, even though she still doesn't want foot chases. Gowdy sent a letter Wednesday to state Attorney General Henry McMaster, asking whether the policy violates officers' duties to uphold the law. He says he feared the policy would hamstring officers and embolden criminals. Earlier this week, Peake said she ordered the ban after a city officer was hurt chasing a "guy who had a piece of crack on him." She said a drug possession charge was not worth higher insurance costs.