The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on January 21, 2014 · A15
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The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania · A15

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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THE MORNING CALL TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 NEWS 15 Obituaries Harold J. Ruschman Harold J. 'Skip Ruschman, 90, of Williams Township, PA, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at his home. Born August 1, 1923, in Quakertown, PA, he was a son of the late Fred and Anna Clemmer Ruschman. His wife of 46 years, the former Elizabeth Hagenbuch, died December 15, 1988. Skip was last employed as a truck driver by Easton Auto Salvage. He served with the Army during WWII. Survivors: Two sons, Alan R. and his wife Cynthia, of East Stroudsburg and Gary and his wife Nina, of Williams Township; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services: Private arrangements are by the Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Easton. Burial will be in New Williams Cemetery. Offer online condolences at Contributions: St. John's Lutheran Church, 2745 Morgan Hill Road, Easton, PA 18042. Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits Carlos N. Lugo, Jr. Carlos N. Lugo, Jr., 35, of Allentown died January 15. Born in Springfield, MA a son of the Ruth Bonano and Carlos N. Lugo, Sr. He was trained in HVAC. Survivors: Parents; daughters, April, Carla; brothers, Daniel, Mark; half siblings, Benjamin, Charlie, Lily; companion, Rose Vazquez; friend Celine Suarez. Services: Call today 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m. Boyko Funeral Home, Allen-town, PA. Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz, 67, of Allentown passed away January 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital. Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4th and Chews Sts., Allentown. Viewing Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Irwin M. Judd Funeral Home, 1314 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Online memories can be shared at Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits Marcus W. Hendricks, Jr. Marcus W. Hendricks, Jr., 71, of Hatfield, died Jan. 19, 2014. Husband of the late Pauline. Services: Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, 12 p.m., Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, 33 N. Main St., Telford. Call 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contributions: American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Ste 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422 Russell H. Leatherman Russell H. Leather-man, 89, husband of the late Beatrice, died January 20, 2014 at Rockhill Mennonite Community. Services: Friday 11 a.m., St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 20 Dill Ave., Perkasie, PA. Call Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., church. Arrangements Suess FH, 606 Arch St., Perkasie. Lucille E. Taschler Lucille E. Taschler, 84, died January 19. Services: 8 p.m. Weds., Campton FH, 525 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Call, 6 to 8 p.m. Weds, in FH. Private interment, Contributions: American Cancer Society, Car-bon-Tamaqua Unit, 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford, PA, 18232. www.themomingcall.comobits Marian K. Sauers Marian K. Sauers, 82, formerly of 1st Street, and the Senior High Rise, Lehighton, died Saturday afternoon, January, 2014, at Summit Nursing and Rehab Center, Lehighton. She was the wife of the late Harry Sauers, who passed in 1978. Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence, Sr. and Vera (Hein) Kimmel. Marian worked as secretary for Lehighton Oil and Heat several years. Later she worked for PENNDOT Drivers License Center, Lehighton. Marian was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. She was a member of OES, Lehighton Lodge, and the American Legion, Lehighton Post. Survivors: Daughters, Kathleen Zimmerman of Harrisburg, Karilyn Weidner of Middletown; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by brothers, Robert and Lawrence Kimmel, Jr. Services: Private graveside services. Interment Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown. Arrangements Miller Funeral Home, Lehighton. Online condolences Contributions: Zion UCC Memorial Fund, 225 Iron Street, Lehighton, PA 18235. Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits Nancy B. Bullock Nancy B. (Ritter) Bullock, 66, of Allentown passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014. She was the daughter of Arlene (Heckman) Ritter and the late Robert E. Ritter. Survivors: In addition to her mother; a son, Michael Micklos III; daughter, Lisa Fronti; sister, Debra Hofacker; and four grandchildren. Services: Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Irwin M. Judd Funeral Home, 1314 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. Viewing will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Interment will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Online memories can be shared at Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits 0 Hope E. Frankel Hope E. Frankel, 74, of Lake Harmony, formerly of Allentown, died on January 17, 2014 in Lu-quillo, Puerto Rico. Her husband, Martin M. Frankel, died on May 7, 2003. She was the daughter of the late Benito and Amelia (Lopez) Gonzalez. Hope and her husband were the owners of the former Fashion Arrival in Allentown and Po-cono Mountain Sweater Mills. Survivors: Daughter, Mario C. Nosal of Bethlehem; son, Jules Frankel and his wife, Nancy, of SC; sister, Frances Lopez Koffel; brother, Anthony Lopez; grandchildren, Thomas J. Holaska, Maxwell C. Frankel, Shawn S., Jared G., and Benjamin O. Nosal; and her loving companion, Thomas Doherty. Services: 11 a.m., Friday, January 24, Bach-man, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Interment to follow in Keneseth Israel Cemetery, Allentown. Please sign Guest Book on themorningcall.comobits Edward McNeil Edward Walter McNeil, 56, of Perkasie and formerly of Philadelphia, PA, passed away January 18, 2014. Services: Memorial, Saturday 2 p.m., Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie. Call Saturday 1 to 2 p.m., Funeral Home. CLAUDIO ABBADO 1933-2014 World-famous maestro valued for his refinement By John von Rhein Tribune critic Claudio Abbado, one of the most gifted and widely respected symphonic and operatic conductors of the latter half of the 20th century, died Monday morning at his home in Bologna, Italy, after a long illness, said Milan's La Scala opera He was 80. The renowned Italian conductor once reigned supreme as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and La Scala "I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great musician, a man who for many decades has marked history in the world of conducting and musical interpretation for international institutions," said Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Abbado's successor at La Scala "His work is an immense testimony to the importance of European and Italian culture around the world." In 1989 the Berlin Philharmonic chose Abbado as its principal conductor and artistic adviser. By favoring the dynamic Italian over a German conductor, the self-governing orchestra signaled its wish for a clean break with the tradition firmly established by Teutonic maestros ranging from Arthur Nikisch to Herbert von Kara-jan, Abbado's predecessor. Throughout a career that began in the 1950s, Abbado was praised for his scrupulous and insightful musicality, and his knack for drawing playing of exceptional refinement, depth and force from orchestras. His baton technique was a model of clarity, while musicians appreciated his coolheaded, undemonstrative yet probing manner on the podium. In his pursuit of precision, he took after another great Italian conductor of the last century, Arturo Toscanini, although temperamentally he was worlds removed from that fiery, dictatorial maestro. His best interpretations were a judicious blend of the clearheaded and the heartfelt; one element was not allowed to dominate at the expense of the other. Abbado had stomach cancer late in his tenure in Berlin but made a full recovery after radical gastric surgery in 2001 during which most of his stomach was removed. It may have been worries that his life would be cut short that prompted his surprise announcement in February 1998 that he would retire from the Berlin post in 2002. Born in Milan in 1933, Abbado heard Debussy's "Nocturnes" as a boy and im- RHSft ft 1 RICCARDO MUSACCHIOEPA PHOTO 2001 Conductor Claudio Abbado was one of the world's most respected conductors. mediately wanted to be a conductor. Soon after World War II, he attended rehearsals by Wilhelm Furtwaengler and Toscanini in Milan, and Furtwaengler became his musical model. His international rise continued apace. Abbado made his debut at La Scala in 1960 and served as music director and, later, chief conductor, of that venerable theater from 1971 to 1986. In 1979 he also accepted the post of principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, serving as its music director from 1983 to 1986. Abbado left Milan and London to become music director of the Vienna State Opera, a post he held until 1991. In 2003 Abbado capped a long relationship with Switzerland's Lucerne Festival by taking command of the newly formed Lucerne Festival Orchestra, an ensemble made up of musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and around 50 orchestral players and soloists with whom he had enjoyed a close association. The last orchestra he founded was the Orchestra Mozart. Among his numerous awards and honors are the Legion of Honor from the French Ministry of Culture, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Italy's highest civilian honor, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germany's highest civilian honor, the Vienna Philharmonic's ring of honor, and the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. m ilk jifisJi SERGEY DOLZHENKOEPA PHOTO A protester throws a Molotov cocktail Monday during a protest in Kiev, Ukraine. At least 61 police officers and 42 protesters have been hospitalized since Sunday, officials said. Ukraine unrest: No talks; clashes hurt at least 200 By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko Tribune Newspapers KIEV, Ukraine - Promised talks aimed at resolving two months of unrest failed to materialize Monday as anti-government protesters clashed with riot police in Ukraine's capital for a second day, with more than 200 people reported injured. The violence in Kiev follows weeks of peaceful demonstrations against President Viktor Yanuko-vych's decision not to sign a free-trade and association deal with the European Union, choosing instead to pursue closer ties with Russia At least 61 police officers and 42 protesters have been hospitalized since Sunday, officials said. The injured also include at least 15 journalists, reports said. Charred carcasses of police buses smoldered under layers of glistening ice in central Kiev's Grushevsky Street, which leads to the government complex that houses parliament and the Council of Ministers. Masked and helmeted protesters, some of them wearing gas masks, took cover behind the destroyed vehicles and threw bricks, cobblestones, flares and Molotov cocktails at lines of riot police protecting themselves with shields about 50 yards away. When the attackers, who numbered in the hundreds, would retreat, police would pick up some of the stones and Molotov cocktails and toss them back while firing tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. The pattern was repeated, with little variation, throughout the day, as several thousand bystanders looked on and the casualties mounted. The security presence grew throughout the day as reinforcements arrived from other cities. Ukrainian media reported that crowds of protesters in cities such as Odessa, Lviv and Ivano-Franldvsk blocked roads in an attempt to prevent local riot police units from going to Kiev. The clashes erupted Sunday as tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets in response to new security measures aimed at curbing protests. The controversial measures, which Yanukovych signed into law Friday, prohibit the erection of tents, stages, sound equipment and other objects that can hinder movement in public. The new laws provide for hefty fines and up to 15 years in prison for violators. Special correspondent Butenko reported from Kiev and Tribune Newspaper' Loiko from Moscow. Moen Ex-DEA agents in unlikely new roles They now work in legalized pot trade By Jonathan Kaminsky Reuters SEATTLE - In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise a team of agents busting methamphetamine and heroin rings in Oregon before giving it all up to join the nascent legal marijuana industry in Washington state. In November, the former federal drug agent quit his post to work for a marijuana industry in vestment firm and says he relishes getting in on the ground floor of a burgeoning industry he was once sworn to annihilate. As managing director of compliance and senior counsel for Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, Moen has added his name to a small but growing list of individuals with unlikely backgrounds who have thrown their support behind state-sanctioned marijuana enterprises. In Oregon, another former DEA agent, Paul Schmidt, who retired from the agency in 2010, recently set up shop as a consultant to medical cannabis businesses after working as a state inspector of medical pot dispensaries in Colorado. Last year, former Mexican President Vicente Fox visited Seattle to trumpet support for a pot firm fronted by former Microsoft executive Jamen Shivery. The Seattle Police Department is weighing whether to allow officers to moonlight as security guards at pot shops slated to open later this year. Moen, whose jump has been criticized by his former boss at the DEA, said that even as his profile within the agency rose, he nursed a growing sense that the marijuana cases he worked were wrongheaded. Moen says he is working to foster a reputable pot industry that will hasten an end to the drug's prohibition and allow the DEA to sharpen its focus on drugs that are truly harmful. "I saw this as an amazing opportunity to be a part of the team that's helping to create this industry, " Moen, 36, said. "I don't really feel like it's the other side." While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, some 20 states and Washington, D.C., allow for its medical use. In 2012, voters in Washington state and Colorado became the first to legalize adult recreational use of the drug. Colorado and Washington have fed the momentum for pot liberalization efforts elsewhere, with a legalization measure likely to go before Alaska voters in August and activists in Oregon collecting signatures to get a similar initiative on the state's November ballot The Department of Justice announced in August it wouldn't interfere with state efforts to regulate and tax marijuana provided states are able to meet a set of requirements that include keeping it away from children and restricting its flow across borders. Over the summer, Moen arranged to meet Privateer CEO Brendan Kennedy in a Portland coffee shop, where he gave Kennedy his DEA business card before passing him an envelope. Kennedy feared it contained a subpoena but was relieved to instead find enclosed a copy of Moen's resume, the CEO said. Colorado this month allowed stores to begin selling weed a step that is months away in Washington state. These developments, coupled with Moen's own evolving views, made a once unfathomable career shift a possibility, he said.

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