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April 4, 2016 | By Michael Matza, STAFF WRITER
HAZLETON, Pa. - As soon as Aida Gell moved here in 2006 with her two young sons, she wondered if she had made a mistake. Born in the Dominican Republic, she had immigrated in 1987 to Westchester County, N.Y., where she drove a bus. But this old coal city had housing she could afford and a growing Latino presence. As she learned within days of arriving, Hazleton had something else: a seismic new ordinance aimed at keeping out undocumented immigrants. What Gell saw and heard that summer was discomforting for a Latina, even one in America legally.
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March 14, 2007 | Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union The mean-spirited anti-immigrant laws of Hazleton, Pa., went on trial Monday. That judicial spotlight will expose the laws as misguided, unconstitutional and undemocratic. The laws would revoke the business permits of landlords who do not immediately evict anyone the city identifies as an "illegal alien"; they also would shut down businesses that did not immediately fire such persons. They would require anyone wanting rental housing to provide immigration documentation to the city.
SPORTS
March 19, 1987 | By Marian Ulhman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester Clippers barely let the Wilson Bulldogs up for air during the second half of the second-round PIAA Class AAAA tournament game last night at West Chester University. The Clippers' stifling defense gave them a 58-47 win over the Bulldogs from West Lawn, and advanced Chester to the state quarterfinals against Hazleton, a 85-72 winner over Allentown-Dieruff, on Saturday at a site and time to be decided. After a first-half stalemate (29-29), the Clippers allowed their opponents only 18 points in the entire second half.
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July 28, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hazleton, Pa., has lost another round in federal court as it tries to enforce ordinances that crack down on illegal immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday reaffirmed its ruling that the Northeastern Pennsylvania city's 2006 law is unconstitutional because it preempts the federal government's jurisdiction over immigration. The law would penalize landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, and employers who hired them. It was immediately challenged by Hispanic and other groups, and blocked in 2007 by a federal district court.
SPORTS
March 23, 1989 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Decibels were not enough to stop Penn Wood's Rap Curry last night. With a large, pro-Hazleton crowd screaming for a miss, Curry hit two free throws with four seconds to play to give the Patriots a 66-64 victory over previously unbeaten Hazleton in a PIAA Class AAAA Eastern Regional semifinal before about 6,000 fans at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena. Curry, a junior point guard, had already scored 24 points when he made the biggest steal of his career, which led to the crucial free throws.
NEWS
September 10, 2010 | By Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a high-profile Pennsylvania case that helped spark the ongoing national debate over immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the City of Hazleton has no right to punish businesses or landlords who hire or rent to illegal immigrants. The ruling, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, upheld a 2007 lower-court decision prohibiting Hazleton from enforcing local immigration ordinances. The judges said federal immigration law preempted Hazleton's controversial 2006 initiatives.
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August 16, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even as the Obama administration on Wednesday implemented a plan to let illegal immigrants brought here as children apply to remain, Hazleton, Pa., officials were trying to persuade a federal appeals court to resurrect the city's 2006 laws that barred landlords or employers from knowingly dealing with illegal immigrants. Hazleton's attorney, Kris W. Kobach, acknowledged the laws would in essence prohibit illegal immigrants from anything but driving through the Northeast Pennsylvania city.
SPORTS
March 22, 1987 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
Chester used its superior depth to down taller Hazleton, 76-60, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament at Lehigh University. The Clippers advanced to the Eastern final against Carlisle on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Reading High. Chester was bothered by the Mountaineers' height early in the game. Hazleton sophomore forward Jeff Antolick collected 10 points as the Mountaineers threw over Chester's press in the first quarter. When Antolick wasn't dunking on the fastbreak, junior Bob Krizansky was helping himself to rebounds as the Mountaineers took a 20-16 lead.
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September 8, 2007 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
A massive drug sweep that netted at least two non-U.S. citizens in Hazleton, Pa., demonstrates that local municipalities need the power to crack down on illegal immigrants, according to the city's mayor, Lou Barletta. After a seven-month investigation, the state Attorney General's Office announced Thursday that it had charged 40 people - all of them suspected dealers - with involvement in a Northeast Pennsylvania cocaine ring that allegedly made $31 million over three years and is based in Hazleton.
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April 4, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
With the April 26 Pennsylvania primary near, Donald Trump has picked up the endorsement of a congressman who bears the battle scars of his own war on illegal immigration - one he lost, but does not regret. Rep. Lou Barletta, 56, has represented the 11th District, a swath of counties in the state's conservative center, for five years. But in 2006, he was the Republican mayor of Hazleton, a man both demonized and lionized for trying to bar the city's door against what he saw as an invasion of undocumented Latinos.
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April 4, 2016 | By Michael Matza, STAFF WRITER
HAZLETON, Pa. - As soon as Aida Gell moved here in 2006 with her two young sons, she wondered if she had made a mistake. Born in the Dominican Republic, she had immigrated in 1987 to Westchester County, N.Y., where she drove a bus. But this old coal city had housing she could afford and a growing Latino presence. As she learned within days of arriving, Hazleton had something else: a seismic new ordinance aimed at keeping out undocumented immigrants. What Gell saw and heard that summer was discomforting for a Latina, even one in America legally.
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May 11, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
SPORTS
June 7, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Corey Neel went the distance in Harriton's 2-1 victory over Blackhawk in eight innings in a PIAA Class AAA baseball quarterfinal Thursday at Green Township Park in Scotland, Pa. The senior righthander struck out 11, eight over the last four innings, and drove in the winning run. During the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs, Neel struck out the side. The Rams will play Erie's Cathedral Prep in the semifinals Monday. PIAA Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals With elimination three outs away, Conestoga rode a six-run seventh inning to a 10-6 victory over Red Land at Muhlenberg.
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March 5, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ending a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a controversial 2006 Hazleton, Pa., ordinance that barred undocumented immigrants from renting homes in the Luzerne County city. The ordinance was not being enforced pending the outcome of the legal battle, but it had been among the first in a series of restrictions enacted by municipalities nationwide, and challenged by advocates for immigrants and by the federal government. The ordinance was deemed unconstitutional last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, which held that Hazleton's attempt to regulate immigration "unduly interfered" with a fundamental function of the federal government.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The temperature was a biting 15 degrees on Thursday morning when John Smulligan Jr. phoned a cousin in Virginia and left an upbeat message. He told her he was going to enter rehab, move to Virginia, and start fresh, with new friends in a new place. Sometime in the next hour, the 30-year-old Philadelphia man, who struggled with anxiety and depression, was found dead in a snow drift near a construction site at Ninth Street and Ridge Avenue. His mother, Diane, of Hazleton, Pa., received a call at 11:21 a.m. alerting her of his death.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hazleton, Pa., has lost another round in federal court as it tries to enforce ordinances that crack down on illegal immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday reaffirmed its ruling that the Northeastern Pennsylvania city's 2006 law is unconstitutional because it preempts the federal government's jurisdiction over immigration. The law would penalize landlords who rented to illegal immigrants, and employers who hired them. It was immediately challenged by Hispanic and other groups, and blocked in 2007 by a federal district court.
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
C. William Miller, 98, professor emeritus of English literature at Temple University and a former president of the Lansdowne Borough Council, died Wednesday, April 10, at the Quadrangle Lifecare Community at Haverford. Dr. Miller spent 35 years teaching as a Shakespearean and Elizabethan Renaissance scholar at Temple. He also was a leading expert on Benjamin Franklin's career as a printer. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Miller served on the Lansdowne Borough Council from 1972 to 1980, including three years as president.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE SERVICES
WILKES-BARRE - In Scranton, Mayor Chris Doherty and the city council want to hike property taxes about 25 percent next year with the potential for larger tax hikes in the future. In Wilkes-Barre, Mayor Tom Leighton planned a 31 percent real-estate tax hike for 2013, then scaled that back to 26 percent once he realized some savings. In Hazleton, Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi started out proposing a 60 percent property-tax hike and upped that to 75 percent. Now, he's at 83 percent and city department heads still say it's not enough to do everything that they need done.
SPORTS
November 19, 2012
Coaches like to soak in other coaches' practices. That's why Pat Brogan sat for a couple of hours recently on the Palestra floor watching the Penn Quakers work out. "Recognize anything?" Penn coach Jerome Allen walked over and asked Brogan. "Everything," Brogan told him. The men are branches from the same tree, although Brogan's limb now sustains a team of middle school girls in upstate Hazleton. "It's not calculus for seventh- and eighth-grade girls - it's plain math," Brogan said.
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