Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1990 · Page 5
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STATE Friday, September 19, 2003 — Page 5 Isabel knocks out electricity HARRISBURG (AP) — A weakening Tropical Storm Is' abel sped through Pennsylva'. nia today, helping to keep rain totals down, even as violent 'wind gusts wreaked havoc, '. knocking out power to 700,000 customers and killing at least .one person, "The worst is over as far as Pennsylvania is concerned," John Repetz, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said this morning. Downed trees and power lines were reported across the state, with Lancaster County reporting more than 100 fallen trees. In Philadelphia, a 58- year-old man was knocked unconscious and hospitalized after a sign blew over and fell on him. Authorities in Lancaster County said a motorist was killed early today when a tree fell on his car. Some 325,000 Peco Energy customers in southeastern Pennsylvania were without power this morning, though crews had restored electricity to more than 200,000 others, said spokeswoman Vonda Paige. Harrisburg and Lancaster had 45,000 without electricity, and Met-Ed reported 20,000 affected customers in York and Berks counties. Power had been restored in many areas early today. While forecasters said the storm appeared less powerful than earlier feared and fears of widespread flooding diminished, serious flooding remained a possibility. Barry Lambert, a National Weather Service meteorologist said the sun was likely to emerge in eastern Pennsylvania this afternoon and create an atmosphere for thunderstorms, and possibly slight tor- • nadoes. Philadelphians awoke to blue skies and warm, blustery winds. Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday declared a state of disaster emergency to help mobilize state aid for any damage caused by the tropical storm. Storm, preparations cause some disruptions around Pennsylvania By The Associated Press BLOOMSBURG — Forecasters say fairgoers probably will have Tropical Storm Isabel to thank for a beautiful opening weekend at the Bloomsburg Fair. Local weather watcher Dick Gearhart said hurricanes make air rise, causing stormy weather. When the hurricane passes, air descends and the weather clears. "There may be some water puddles and some tents blown away," Gearhart said. "(But) I can almost guarantee you that Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be good days for the Bloomsburg Fair because of the hurricane." paid crowd at nearly 1 1,000, and there were probably about 15,000 at the ballpark. The umbrellas were up early and plenty of fans jammed the concourse looking for refuge. Those who stayed weren't disappointed — the Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 5-4 behind Jim Thome's tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning. The Phillies pulled within a half-game of the Marlins for the NL wild-card lead. PHILADELPHIA — The rain' started sprinkling a little harder in the seventh inning of Thursday's Phillies game, meaning it was time for Maurice Long to leave. "It's a good game, but it's starting to rain more," Long said. "I've got to go." Long had tickets for the game because it was his son's 8th birthday. He took him anyway, even if it meant missing a half-day of first grade. Long also missed work. "They messed everything up," he said. "I had plannedhis day for a 7:05 game." The Phillies announced the STATE COLLEGE — Officials at Perm State University are restricting football game parking again because many grass lots remain saturated by previous rains. Even-before Tropical Storm Isabel, several of Perm State's grass parking lots were saturated. Several cars got stuck during and after the Temple game, and two weeks ago parts of ' some lots -were closed' for the ' Boston College game: With tens of thousands of fans expected to drive to Saturday's game against Kent State, university officials advised people to park at hotels and take shuttles to the game. School officials do not expect the storm to affect the game, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. But that's not the case with high school football. Already dozens of games around the state have been postponed. State College High School will play host to DuBois at 6 p.m. Saturday, just hours after the Penn State game ends. Certified teachers on rise By MARTHA RAFFAELE AP Education Writer HARRISBURG — State education officials are encouraged by a healthy increase in the number of certified teachers, but remain concerned about what they say is a significant number of provisional teachers with emergency certificates in districts that are struggling to fill vacancies. The total number of educators certified, which also includes administrators, supervisors and specialists, increased from nearly 35,000 in 2001-2002 to more than 42,000 in 2002-2003, according to the Education Department's annual report on teacher supply and demand. The report .was presented to the State Board . of Education on Thursday. Frank Meehan, the state's acting deputy secretary for postsec- ondary and higher education, said the number of new teachers receiving so-called "Level I" certificates grew by roughly 23 percent to more than 12,800, "an absolutely amazing number." The department has not determined exactly what fueled the increase, but Meehan speculated that among other reasons, college students might have thought that in a tough economy, they would have greater success rinding a job in the teaching ranks than in the private sector. "If you look back four years ago, the economics weren't so great," Meehan said. "Maybe these people have said... 'I don't think as a mathematician I can get a job in a firm, and therefore I'll be a teacher. 1 " Tooting His Own He's 4O Today!!! 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The study released by the Arlington, Va. : based airline, which has threatened to pull out of its Pittsburgh hub and base its Mi- dAtlantic Airways regional carrier elsewhere, warned that eight smaller Pennsylvania airports — Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Johnstown, Latrobe, Reading and Williamsport — could completely lose their air service. Pittsburgh's airport will lose all but 36 of its 110 nonstop flights, including those to Los Angeles and San Francisco, if the hub closes, the study said. US Airways paid for the study completed by the Campbell-Hill Aviation Group Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based private consulting firm, and released it Wednesday. The same day, the airline sent e-mails to frequent fliers, outlining the report's findings, including details of how a hub closing would harm the region's $2 billion tourism industry. The 1.4 million visitors who come to the area by air every year contribute $774.1 million to the local economy, the study said. US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said Thursday he did not know how much the study cost "Please don't read in between the lines. This e-mail was sent to passengers within a 200-mile radius of Pittsburgh to let them know what we're doing and the issues we face. If we were to leave, it would greatly impact them. We feel an obligation to keep them informed," Castelveter said. Allegheny County Chief Executive Jim Roddey said the airline fired off the e-mails to "build public pressure" as US Airways looks to renegotiate its leases at airports in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Nonetheless, Roddey said the report doesn't say anything leaders in western Pennsylvania didn't already know. "This is an important issue and has an important impact on the region, or else we wouldn't be offering millions of dollars," Roddey said. Gov. Ed Rendell had not reviewed the economic impact study as of Thursday afternoon and had no comment on its contents, said Rendell spokeswoman Kate Philips. The airline has asked for as much as $864 million in state aid and improvements at the state's two largest airports. US Airways, which controls 80 percent of the gates and therefore pays mostof the airport's bond debt under a deal -Struck when a new Pittsburgh terminal opened in 1992, wants $500 million cut from the $673 million in outstanding bond debt. (On the Net: www.pitairpart. com; www.iisainvay&.com)' No longer a common law Appeals court abolishes common law marriage By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA — Tossing aside centuries of tradition, a Pennsylvania appeals court has issued a landmark ruling abolishing common law marriage, saying it is no longer practical for couples to Wed without a state license. By a split vote, the Commonwealth Court said the state's practice of recognizing unions sealed by a simple private vow has created an impossible situation for third parties trying to determine whether a person is married or single. "Many sound reasons exist to abandon a system that allows the determination of important rights td rest on evidence fraught • with iricoh'sisiericie's, ambigui- KRETZ ties and vagaries," Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter wrote in a decision filed Wednesday. She added that the circumstances that created a need for common law marriage — namely, the potential unavailability of a preacher in Colonial times and the dependence of women on men for support — have dissipated; The ruling, made in the case of a Munhall man who sought pension benefits after his common- law wife died in the 1994 crash of USAir Flight 427, will not affect any existing common law marriages, but in the future will bar people from entering into them, the court said. . On that basis, the court unanimously found in favor of the plaintiff, John Kretz, who argued that he was entitled to the benefits Janet Stamos accrued while working at PNC Bank. Two of the seven judges concurred with that finding, but dissented from the decision to bar future common law marriages, saying the court had usurped the legislature's authority. "When the people desire to abolish common law marriages, they should do so through their elected representatives in the legislature," Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner wrote. "That the majority of this Court has taken a position which is in complete and total contradiction of case law is pretty obvious." Pennsylvania was one of 11 states to recognize common law marriage. Others have done away with them over time. An appeal by either side would have to' be heard' by the state's Supreme Court.': DO THE MATH. WILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH SAVED FOR YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION? There's no reason to put it off any longer. Because now you can get help from the State Farm agent you count on to protect your family. Talk to your agent today about die- college savings plan that's right for you. 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