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November 8, 2012

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Possible developments in death-penalty appeal

Several developments are possible in the death-penalty appeal of 56-year-old Hubert L. Michael Jr., who is set to be executed Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a stay of execution, as federal judges in Harrisburg have done in two separate cases, but appeals of those rulings are pending in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.


  • The appeals court could reject both stays and Michael's lawyers could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The appeals court could grant one or both stays and the Department of Corrections could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court could order or revoke a stay.


State school objects to town's alcohol fee

CALIFORNIA — Officials with state-owned California University of Pennsylvania are objecting to a new borough ordinance that would charge the school a fee whenever alcohol is served at the school's new Convocation Center.

California Borough Council approved the measure Nov. 1 which would charge California University of Pennsylvania at least $750 per event, and up to $3,750 for sold-out shows in the 6,000 seat arena.

The school's vice president for marketing and university relations, Craig Butzine, says the ordinance is unnecessary and illegal. State law prohibits municipalities from adopting laws that target individual businesses or entities.

The borough's mayor didn't immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

The Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa. reports school officials contend local zoning allows for alcohol sale on school grounds, so any additional regulations are illegal.


Book warehouse to close, 192 jobs affected

THROOP — HarperCollins Publishers plans to close a northeastern Pennsylvania warehouse next year, meaning close to 200 people will lose their jobs.

A company spokeswoman cited the digital shift as the reason for the closure of the warehouse in Throop, Luzerne County. A warehouse in Nashville will also close.

HarperCollins declined to say how many jobs would be lost but union officials put the number at 192. Teamsters Local 229 tells The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre the expected closure date is September 2013.

Customer service, accounting and other operations in an adjoining HarperCollins facility will be unaffected.


Information from: The Citizens' Voice,


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