Family hopes for presents for children

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  SUNBURY — A Sunbury family has turned to the Needy Family Fund to help them put presents under the Christmas tree for their children. Melissa Reed works at the Econo Lodge, but her husband Jason has been unemployed for two months. Their home computer is not working and they can’t afford a new one, while Jason has struggled to find employment. They have turned to the Needy Family Fund to help with gifts for their children, 10-year-old Dominic and 8-year-old Jason Jr. With a decrease in income, keeping lights on and food in the refrigerator trumps Christmas presents. They are happy the boys will have something to open on Christmas morning.   You can…

Penn State integrity monitor releases report

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The former U.S. senator brought into monitor athletics at Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal says the school’s football players get about the same medical care as other major programs.   Athletics integrity monitor George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report Friday, including findings from an investigation into sports medicine that began after a critical article in Sports Illustrated in May.   Mitchell says there’s no reason to think changing the doctors who see players violated NCAA, Big Ten Conference or Penn State rules.   The story examined the replacement of longtime football team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli and the role of the team’s athletic trainers.   At…

Husband and wife killed LaFerrara together

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SUNBURY — The husband of murder suspect Miranda Barbour of Selinsgrove has been charged with strangling the victim, while his wife stabbed him to death. 22-year-old Elytte Barbour of Selinsgrove was arraigned last evening and sent to the Columbia County Prison, charged with homicide in the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton.   Police now say the murder was planned and that Elytte Barbour was hiding in the backseat of the car under a blanket. When 18-year-old Miranda Barbour gave a signal, her husband reportedly wrapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck and strangled him while Miranda repeatedly stabbed him with a pocket knife.   The two dumped his body in an alley in…