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May 24, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

— Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO DOWN WITH THE I-5 BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

All Dan Sligh saw was a “big puff of dust” and then the water as a section over the Skagit River collapsed. “I hit the brakes and we went off .. you hold on as tight as you can.”

2. WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT HIS COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY

President Barack Obama defends the use of drones and hints at giving law enforcement more authority to seize communications.

3. HOW STORM SURGE KILLS AND HOW TO PREVENT DEATHS

The National Hurricane Center is offering easier-to-understand maps and advice about the abnormal rise of sea water during storms.

4. DECISION ON JODI ARIAS’ FATE POSTPONED

The jury charged with deciding whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her ex-boyfriend gives up, meaning the penalty phase of the trial must start over.

5. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER BOY SCOUTS’ ACCEPTANCE OF GAY SCOUTS

The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys and teens, drawing praise from more liberal factions, but some conservatives are threatening to defect.

6. UNIONS FRET OVER IMPACT OF HEALTH CARE LAW ON MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS

Labor unions were among the new health care law’s strongest supporters, but they now worry whether the law might result in less coverage for their members.

7. TRAVEL INDUSTRY HOPES FOR FEW BUMPS IN ROAD FOR SUMMER SOJOURNS

The forecast for summer travel is showing steady improvement over last year, but consumers might still see higher lodging and transport costs.

8. MANDATING SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Requiring storm shelters in tornado-prone Oklahoma might sound like a great idea, but local authorities say many can’t afford them, and bristle at government mandates.

9. WHEN PLASTIC IS NOT SO FANTASTIC

Two California legislators introduce a bill that would require manufacturers to figure out how keep plastic out of state waterways.

10. HOPS FOR HEROES

Craft brewers around the country are teaming up raise money for military families through the sale of a specially-brewed beer.

 

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  • CORBETT_TomC.jpg Corbett: VanKirk helped to save the world

    Gov. Tom Corbett today issued the following statement on the death of Northumberland County native Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay:

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Afraid of grandson? "Now I am," Amanda Trometter says

    Erick Trometter slept with hunting and butcher knives beside his bed while living with the grandmother he allegedly attacked on the morning he was shot after allegedly pulling a knife on a city police officer.

    July 30, 2014

  • vk1.jpg Ted VanKirk: Seen from above

    The Daily Item is republishing online its spring 2012 interview with Northumberland native Ted “Dutch” VanKirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. The story appeared in Inside Pennsylvania magazine. VanKirk died Monday in Georgia at age 93.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • vankirk_ted1.jpg “The Japanese were beaten before we even dropped the bomb”

    Compared to the 58 other missions they ran together, the one they were assigned to carry out on Aug. 6, 1945 was easy.
    There would be no return fire, flying conditions were ideal, and if all went according to plan, they would be back to the base in Tinian by nightfall.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Selinsgrove man dies when tractor flips in Chapman Township

    PORT TREVORTON — A 57-year-old Selinsgrove man died Tuesday evening when the farm tractor he was driving overturned and pinned him beneath it, according to Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel.

    July 29, 2014

  • VanKirk 'Real hero' of World War II dies

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Monday of natural causes in the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. He was 93.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor: Rental ban for drug dealers a success

    SUNBURY — A controversial landlord-tenant ordinance passed by the City Council in 2012 has become one of Sunbury’s “better success stories,” Mayor David Persing said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mom cited for allegedly leaving baby in car for 12 minutes

    LEWISBURG — A summary citation carrying a maximum fine of $127.50 was filed Tuesday against a Lewisburg woman accused of leaving her 10-month-old baby unattended for 12 minutes in a car in Union County on July 21.

    July 29, 2014

  • Line Mountain district, teachers $1.2M apart in contract talks

    MANDATA — Separate proposals from the Line Mountain School District and its teachers union are $1.2 million apart and not getting any closer, according to Benjamin L. Pratt, the district’s labor counsel at the CGA Law Firm.

    July 29, 2014

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