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By Erika Hayasaki and Erika Hayasaki,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 23, 2007
SCRANTON, Pa. -- Attorneys for Hazleton, Pa., told a federal judge yesterday that the town's efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants would reinforce U.S. policies, but civil liberties lawyers argued that the issue should be left in the hands of Congress instead of local governments. The arguments closed the nation's first trial to test cities' right to enforce immigration laws. The decision by District Judge James M. Munley, which is not expected for at least two months, could set national precedent for about 70 communities that have or are considering similar measures.
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By David G. Savage and Nicole Gaouette and David G. Savage and Nicole Gaouette,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 27, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania city's ordinance that sought to punish landlords who rented to illegal immigrants and employers who hired them, ruling yesterday that immigration law is the province of the federal government. The Hazleton measure had become an inspiration for a growing movement among state and city officials to enact local laws to combat illegal immigration. Supporters say Washington has failed to control national borders or deal with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Activists on both sides of the issue said yesterday's decision dealt a major setback but not a final defeat to local initiatives.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | July 9, 2006
HAZLETON, Pa. -- Flags in green, white and red, the colors of Mexico, welcome shoppers at one of this small city's newest convenience stores, where the shelves are stocked with dried peppers and corn husks and dotted with handwritten "especial!" signs. With a Latino immigrant population that has swelled almost tenfold since 2000, Hazleton was a natural place for Kimberly Lopez, a Pennsylvania native, and her husband, Ruddy Lopez, a Mexican immigrant, to open their store, their dream, four months ago. Their timing couldn't have been worse, they say. Last month, Mayor Lou Barletta proposed an ordinance that targets the city's illegal immigrants - and offends, some Hispanic community leaders say, the city's thousands of legal immigrants.
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By Newhouse News Service | July 1, 2007
HAZLETON, Pa. -- Salvadore DeFazio, the poet laureate of Hazleton, is on deadline. In the days leading to the Fourth of July, his hometown is celebrating its 150th birthday. The centerpiece of the commemoration is a history pageant that DeFazio is furiously working to finish. He is searching for an ending, though he has settled on a musical theme in Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." It's a perfect fit, DeFazio says: "Hazleton is a fanfare for the common man." Not everyone is thrilled with the choice of music.
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By Newhouse News Service | July 1, 2007
HAZLETON, Pa. -- Salvadore DeFazio, the poet laureate of Hazleton, is on deadline. In the days leading to the Fourth of July, his hometown is celebrating its 150th birthday. The centerpiece of the commemoration is a history pageant that DeFazio is furiously working to finish. He is searching for an ending, though he has settled on a musical theme in Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." It's a perfect fit, DeFazio says: "Hazleton is a fanfare for the common man." Not everyone is thrilled with the choice of music.
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By David G. Savage and Nicole Gaouette and David G. Savage and Nicole Gaouette,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 27, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania city's ordinance that sought to punish landlords who rented to illegal immigrants and employers who hired them, ruling yesterday that immigration law is the province of the federal government. The Hazleton measure had become an inspiration for a growing movement among state and city officials to enact local laws to combat illegal immigration. Supporters say Washington has failed to control national borders or deal with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Activists on both sides of the issue said yesterday's decision dealt a major setback but not a final defeat to local initiatives.
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By ELLEN BARRY and ELLEN BARRY,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 16, 2006
Since July, when Hazleton, Pa., passed an ordinance aimed at making it "one the most difficult places in America for illegal immigrants," dozens of communities have picked up on the idea, saying that local governments must find ways to expel illegal immigrants. Already, laws have been passed in a handful of places. In Valley Park, Mo., population 6,518, landlords over the weekend began evicting tenants who are not legal citizens. In Riverside, N.J., immigrant families departed so quickly that they left their furniture.
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By Ellen Barry and Ellen Barry,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 10, 2006
HAZLETON, Pa. -- The changes came bit by bit to Hazleton this fall. Rich O'Brien woke up one morning and his neighbors across the street were gone. For the first time in memory, William Sernak, who farms in a town nearby, could not find enough workers at harvest time. And Amilcar Arroyo has watched as the wire transfers sent from his store dropped from $700 a day to $200 to $50. Nearly four months have passed since Hazleton's City Council approved an ordinance designed to make the city, in Mayor Louis J. Barletta's words, "one of the toughest cities in America for illegal aliens."
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By Story by Rob Hiaasen and Story by Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff | March 12, 2000
Hazleton, Pa. -- He walks on frozen water. Also, in the bitter cold, people claim his hands radiate heat. People say he can see in the pitch dark, that he can lower older people's blood pressure. Folks say his Scripture-based street ministry has brought people back to church in Hazleton, where Catholic churches seemingly outnumber homes. Since he arrived last October, 39-year-old Carl Joseph has placed his soft hands on the hood of a sick car and on the belly of a woman with child. Churchgoing women get goose-bumps when he sings "Ave Maria."
SPORTS
June 9, 1996
Days until opening ceremonies: 40.Softball sweep: Michele Smith and Lisa Fernandez each threw perfect games Friday, leading the U.S. Olympic softball team to a pair of exhibition victories in Hazleton, Pa. Smith struck out 13 of 15 batters in a 9-0 victory over the Drifton Under-18 all-star team in the first game, which was called after five innings because of an eight-run rule. In the second game, Fernandez struck out 14 of 15 as Team USA defeated the Pennsylvania Class A All-Stars, 6-0. The game was called after five innings because of lightning.
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By Erika Hayasaki and Erika Hayasaki,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 23, 2007
SCRANTON, Pa. -- Attorneys for Hazleton, Pa., told a federal judge yesterday that the town's efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants would reinforce U.S. policies, but civil liberties lawyers argued that the issue should be left in the hands of Congress instead of local governments. The arguments closed the nation's first trial to test cities' right to enforce immigration laws. The decision by District Judge James M. Munley, which is not expected for at least two months, could set national precedent for about 70 communities that have or are considering similar measures.
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By Ellen Barry and Ellen Barry,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 10, 2006
HAZLETON, Pa. -- The changes came bit by bit to Hazleton this fall. Rich O'Brien woke up one morning and his neighbors across the street were gone. For the first time in memory, William Sernak, who farms in a town nearby, could not find enough workers at harvest time. And Amilcar Arroyo has watched as the wire transfers sent from his store dropped from $700 a day to $200 to $50. Nearly four months have passed since Hazleton's City Council approved an ordinance designed to make the city, in Mayor Louis J. Barletta's words, "one of the toughest cities in America for illegal aliens."
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By ELLEN BARRY and ELLEN BARRY,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 16, 2006
Since July, when Hazleton, Pa., passed an ordinance aimed at making it "one the most difficult places in America for illegal immigrants," dozens of communities have picked up on the idea, saying that local governments must find ways to expel illegal immigrants. Already, laws have been passed in a handful of places. In Valley Park, Mo., population 6,518, landlords over the weekend began evicting tenants who are not legal citizens. In Riverside, N.J., immigrant families departed so quickly that they left their furniture.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | July 9, 2006
HAZLETON, Pa. -- Flags in green, white and red, the colors of Mexico, welcome shoppers at one of this small city's newest convenience stores, where the shelves are stocked with dried peppers and corn husks and dotted with handwritten "especial!" signs. With a Latino immigrant population that has swelled almost tenfold since 2000, Hazleton was a natural place for Kimberly Lopez, a Pennsylvania native, and her husband, Ruddy Lopez, a Mexican immigrant, to open their store, their dream, four months ago. Their timing couldn't have been worse, they say. Last month, Mayor Lou Barletta proposed an ordinance that targets the city's illegal immigrants - and offends, some Hispanic community leaders say, the city's thousands of legal immigrants.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Story by Rob Hiaasen and Story by Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff | March 12, 2000
Hazleton, Pa. -- He walks on frozen water. Also, in the bitter cold, people claim his hands radiate heat. People say he can see in the pitch dark, that he can lower older people's blood pressure. Folks say his Scripture-based street ministry has brought people back to church in Hazleton, where Catholic churches seemingly outnumber homes. Since he arrived last October, 39-year-old Carl Joseph has placed his soft hands on the hood of a sick car and on the belly of a woman with child. Churchgoing women get goose-bumps when he sings "Ave Maria."
SPORTS
June 9, 1996
Days until opening ceremonies: 40.Softball sweep: Michele Smith and Lisa Fernandez each threw perfect games Friday, leading the U.S. Olympic softball team to a pair of exhibition victories in Hazleton, Pa. Smith struck out 13 of 15 batters in a 9-0 victory over the Drifton Under-18 all-star team in the first game, which was called after five innings because of an eight-run rule. In the second game, Fernandez struck out 14 of 15 as Team USA defeated the Pennsylvania Class A All-Stars, 6-0. The game was called after five innings because of lightning.
NEWS
April 20, 2004
WILFRED T. "Bill" MAURER, 79, of Mountain Grove, PA and formerly of Dundalk, MD died Monday, April 12, in Hazleton, PA. He is survived by his wife the former Lois Heckrote; seven children, and his sister, Kathryn Maurer of Dundalk, MD. Funeral services were held in Pennsylvania.
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August 13, 2004
On August 11, 2004 ANGELINA S. REESE (nee Palumbo), formerly of Hazleton, PA; beloved wife of the late William F. Reese; loving mother of Barbara and Karen; sister of Rosemary; grandmother of Shawn, Alysia and Michael-John; great grandmother of Bo Reese Turner and Elle Angelina Turner; great aunt of Rachel Mary and Amanda Lynn. She will also be missed by many family members and friends."We thank you for your selfless love and care."
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