Jobless benefit applications up

There’s been an increase in the num­ber of peo­ple apply­ing for U.S. job­less ben­e­fits. The num­ber went up by 17,000 last week, to a sea­son­ally adjusted 283,000. The num­ber had fallen to a 14 year low the pre­vi­ous week.

Fire investigation continues

Williamsport Fire inves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to deter­mine exactly what caused a fire which did about $70,000 dol­lars in dam­age to a New­berry home. The fire on Howard Street broke out on Tues­day after­noon on the front porch and made its way up the front of the house and inside the liv­ing room area. Inves­ti­ga­tors believe the fire started in a trash can on the front porch. The Red Cross is assist­ing the family.

Christian school in UK forced to have Islamist Imam speak

A suc­cess­ful Chris­t­ian school in Eng­land has been warned it is to be down­graded by inspec­tors and could even face clo­sure after fail­ing to invite a Mus­lim imam to lead their assem­blies. The small inde­pen­dent school in the Home Coun­ties was told it is in breach of new rules intended to pro­mote “British val­ues” such as indi­vid­ual lib­erty and tol­er­ance in the wake of the Tro­jan Horse scan­dal, involv­ing infil­tra­tion by hard-line Mus­lim groups in Birm­ing­ham. Simon Calvert of the Chris­t­ian Insti­tute, said evi­dence is already emerg­ing “of how the new reg­u­la­tions are requir­ing inspec­tion teams to behave in ways which do not respect the reli­gious char­ac­ter of faith schools.” The new require­ments are infring­ing the rights of chil­dren, par­ents, teach­ers, and schools to hold and prac­tice their reli­gious beliefs.

Fire leaves three people displaced

Author­i­ties are look­ing into the cause of a fire that broke out on the front porch of a home Tues­day after­noon. A friend of the fam­ily, who stays at the home, smelled some­thing that seemed like an elec­tri­cal odor com­ing from the front enclosed porch. That per­son went to check it out and saw a fire in the cor­ner of the porch. The Sun Gazette says fire offi­cials had most of the fire out in about 15 min­utes, but the whole front porch was report­edly engulfed in flames when crews got to the scene. The dis­placed fam­ily of three has been get­ting help from the Red Cross, after the fire did about $60,000 in dam­age to the home.

Absentee ballot deadline

The dead­line to get an absen­tee bal­lot into Lycoming County is Tues­day Octo­ber 28th by 5pm. Bal­lots can be printed from the office of voter ser­vices web­site at www.lyco.org or they can be picked up in per­son at the office of voter ser­vices, in Exec­u­tive Plaza in Williamsport .

Sharon Budd heads home

An Ohio woman is finally on her way home after exten­sive recon­struc­tive surgery and 3 months of reha­bil­i­ta­tion. Sharon Budd has beat all the odds after she was struck in the face by a large rock which smashed through the wind­shield of her fam­ily car on Inter­state 80 back in July. Yes­ter­day she walked out of Geisinger Health South’s Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal in Danville. Four teens face charges in that rock throw­ing incident.

Texas Pipeline Company Fined

A Texas based com­pany which con­structed two nat­ural gas pipelines in Tioga and Lycoming Coun­ties has been fined more than $306,000. The com­pany was held respon­si­ble for sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant vio­la­tions related to ero­sion and sed­i­men­ta­tion stem­ming from the pipeline installation.

Obama says same sex marriage is a constitutional right

Although Pres­i­dent Barack Obama pre­vi­ously said the def­i­n­i­tion of mar­riage should be decided locally, he now believes the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees the right to same same-sex mar­riage in all states. The Chris­t­ian Post says, He also sug­gested that the Supreme Court’s deci­sion ear­lier this month to not rule on same-sex mar­riage is the hall­mark of his tenure. Obama said, In some ways, the deci­sion that was just handed down to not do any­thing about what states are doing on same-sex mar­riage may end up being as con­se­quen­tial — from my per­spec­tive, a pos­i­tive sense — as any­thing that’s been done.

Fatal teen shooting under investigation

Police in Williamsport con­tinue to inves­ti­gate the fatal shoot­ing of a teenager. The 16-year old vic­tim lived in the New­berry sec­tion of Williamsport. Accord­ing to Northcentralpa.com city police have ruled the shoot­ing a homi­cide. The victim’s body was found in the 2300 block of Dove Court around 12:30 Tues­day morning.

Idaho Pastors filed lawsuit over same sex weddings

Two ordained Chris­t­ian pas­tors in Idaho have filed a fed­eral law­suit and a motion for tem­porar­ily restrain­ing Coeur d’Alene city offi­cials from forc­ing them to per­form same-sex wed­ding cer­e­monies or face pros­e­cu­tion for vio­lat­ing “non-discrimination” laws.
Don­ald Knapp and his wife, Eve­lyn, who run Hitch­ing Post Wed­ding Chapel have been required by city offi­cials to per­form gay cer­e­monies or face months in jail and/or thou­sands of dol­lars in fines.
The city says its non-discrimination ordi­nance requires them to per­form same-sex wed­ding cer­e­monies because the courts have over­rid­den Idaho’s voter-approved con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that affirmed mar­riage as the union of a man and a woman. The law­suit states, The city is “uncon­sti­tu­tion­ally coerc­ing” the Knapps to per­form same-sex wed­ding cer­e­monies “in vio­la­tion of their reli­gious beliefs, their ordi­na­tion vows, and their consciences.