Monday, February 20, 2012

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012


DUBOIS DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION  -

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE DISCOVERY OF A MAN --- DEAD --- IN A YARD IN DUBOIS.  20 YEAR OLD GARY FARCUS WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN THE FRONT YARD OF A HOME ALONG STATE ROUTE 555 IN JAY TOWNSHIP.  IT HAPPENED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.  FARCUS IS A FORMER DUBOIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.   NO OTHER DETAILS ARE YET AVAILABLE.
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COPPER THIEVES CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE -

POLICE HAVE TWO SUSPECTS IN A THEFT OF COPPER WIRE FROM SEVERAL CELL AND RADIO TOWERS ON SATURDAY. TWO MALES IN A WHITE JEEP CHEROKEE WERE CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE WHEN THEY CUT COPPER GROUND WIRES AT THE SITE ON BRUSH MOUNTAIN IN BLAIR COUNTY. THE MEN TOOK THE GROUND WIRES AND OTHER COPPER WIRE AND THEN FLED. ONE OF THE TOWERS BELONGS TO THE BLAIR COUNTY 911 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER. POLICE SAY CHARGES WILL BE FILED ONCE THE MEN ARE IDENTIFIED. CHARGES WILL INCLUDE CAUSING OR RISKING A CASTASTROPHE BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE ONE TOWER SITE AND THE IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY.


Thon Breaks Record With More Than $10-Million

Thon is breaking records as officials say the annual Penn State event has raised a record ten-point-six-eight-million dollars to benefit pediatric cancer patients.  The total shattered last year's record nine-and-a-half-million dollars for the 46-hour event.  All money will go to The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Penn State Keeps Credit Rating

Penn State University is keeping its strong credit rating at least for now. Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed Penn State's Aa1 rating and removed it from the watch list for possible downgrade where it had been since November.  Moody's expects the school to settle a manageable number of claims without substantial financial weakening but says it will continue to assess the rating.

EXCAVATION BEGINS ON NEW ARENA -

DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO BE MINIMAL AS CONSTRUCTION CREWS BEGIN SITE EXCAVATION TODAY FOR PENN STATE’S PEGULLA ICE ARENA, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND CURTIN ROAD. BLASTING WILL TAKE PLACE TWICE EACH DAY FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS. THE BLASTS WILL BE A FEW SECONDS EACH BETWEEN 10:30 AND 11:30 A.M. AND BETWEEN 2 AND 3 EACH AFTERNOON.DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE BLASTS, THEY COULD CAUSE ONE TO FIVE MINUTE TRAFFIC DELAYS NEAR THE INTERSECTION.


CONCERNS ABOUT BAT POPULATION -

ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE "TRIBUNE-REVIEW," RESEARCHERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE BAT POPULATION IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. SOME 90% OF HIBERNATING BATS ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO A DEADLY FUNGUS.  RESEARCHERS ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE THE CONDITION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO WIPE OUT A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE BAT POPULATION. THE TRAGEDY WILL LIKELY AFFECT LOCAL CROPS,AS BATS PREY ON CROP-EATING INSECTS.