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									The Indiana Gazette                                                                      State/Nation                                                                               Thursday, December 23, 2010 — Page 9

                      BRIEFS                                       Ousted gays hope for military return
                    Gazette wire services

    DA will not                      Prosecutors said two wit-
                                  nesses said they saw Rivera
                                                                          By DAVID CRARY
                                                                           AP National Writer
                                                                                                    gay. He’s scheduled to grad-
                                                                                                    uate in May from the Uni-
                                                                                                                                                             going to hell.
                                                                                                                                                               She resigned from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    each served more than 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                    years. After basic training,
   charge officers                with a gun at the scene. Po-
                                  lice said people were trick-
                                                                                                    versity of San Diego.                                    academy in August and is               Hall served with fighter
                                                                     NEW YORK — Joseph                A recent Pentagon survey                               now halfway through her                squadrons at Langley Air
  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The           or-treating in the area the      Rocha reported being cruelly found that the Marine Corps,                                 junior year at Yale University.        Force Base in Virginia and El-
Allegheny County District         time but no one else was in-     hazed by Navy colleagues. among all the service                                           But with “don’t ask, don’t tell”       mendorf Air Force Base in
Attorney’s office says it will    jured.                                                                    branches, had the                                soon ending, she has already           Alaska. He was honorably
                                                                   Katherine Miller re-
not charge two police offi-          Rivera had no current ad-                                              highest portion of                               reapplied to West Point and            discharged as an enlisted
                                                                   signed from West
cers in the shooting death        dress and it was unclear                                                  members        worried                           hopes to return there this             man in 2001 to enroll in the
                                                                   Point          halfway
of a man after the 2009 St.       whether he had an attorney.                                               that repeal of “don’t                            summer to complete her                 Air Force ROTC program
                                                                   through, weary of
Patrick’s Day parade.                                                                                       ask, don’t tell” would                           final two years.                       with hopes of becoming an
                                                                   concealing her sexual
  District Attorney Stephen
Zappala’s       office    said       Rendell books                 orientation. David
                                                                   Hall was outed by a
                                                                                                            cause problems. But
                                                                                                            that hasn’t deterred
                                                                                                                                                               Why go back?
                                                                                                                                                               “Retrospectively, now that
                                                                                                                                                                                                    officer, but he was dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    charged the next year after a
Wednesday it has informed
the family of Nicholas Han-           Beach Boys                   fellow Air Force cadet                   Rocha from aspiring                              I’ve been to Yale, everything          female cadet told his com-
                                                                   and booted from the                      to a Marine career.                              at West Point is more of a             manders that he’s gay.
iotakis that it will not pur-       PHILADELPHIA (AP) —                                                       “Marines are very                              team effort,” she said. “You             “You can’t even imagine
                                                                   career he loved.
sue charges against state         Gov. Ed Rendell has an end-                                               loyal to their leader-                           get a feeling of cohesion, ca-         how that feels,” Hall wrote in
                                                                     The exits from mili-
police Trooper Sam Nassan         of-term message for his          tary service were KATHERINE ship, and unfortu-                                            maraderie. I like that.”               a letter to Obama in May. “Al-
and Pittsburgh Police Sgt.        campaign         supporters:                                              nately they have                                   If she does pursue an Army           most 8 years later, I still re-
                                                                   wrenching       conse-       MILLER
Terry Donnelly. Zappala’s         Surf’s up!                                                                leaders who’ve been                              career, it’s not a desk job she        member wearing my flight
                                                                   quences of “don’t ask,
office would not comment            The Philadelphia Inquirer      don’t tell,” the policy pro- insubordinate to the presi-                                  wants.                                 suit for the last time and
further on the case.              reported Wednesday that          hibiting gay and lesbian per- dent,” he said. “But I know                                   First choice, if combat              handing my ID card to the
  Nassan and Donnelly             the two-term governor and        sonnel from being open the Marines appreciate to a                                        units are opened to women,             NCO who was trying not to
have said they shot at the        former mayor is throwing a                                        great degree how a person’s                              would be duty with an ar-              cry.”
                                                                   about their sexuality.
33-year-old in March 2009         party in his home city that        Yet Hall, Rocha and Miller qualifications — if they’re                                  mored unit. If not, flying hel-          Hall subsequently got a job
after the officers alleged he     will feature a concert by The    savored military duty and willing to die for their coun-                                  icopters.                              as fundraiser and informa-
tried to run them over with       Beach Boys.                      now — with “don’t ask, don’t try — is far more important                                    Hall is a former staff ser-          tion technology manager
his car. An autopsy showed          The celebration at the         tell” heading toward oblivion than a person’s sexuality.”                                 geant with the Air Force,              with the Servicemembers
a bullet fired by Nassan          Electric Factory is slated for                                      More than 13,500 people                                which he joined in 1996, fol-          Legal Defense Network,
                                                                   — they want to return.
killed Haniotakis.                Jan. 2 — barely two weeks          Rocha, 24, was in Washing- were discharged under “don’t                                 lowing in the footsteps of a           which campaigned against
  In April 2009, Haniotakis’      before he leaves office. Ren-    ton on Wednesday, watching ask, don’t tell.”                                              father and stepfather who              “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
family filed a federal lawsuit    dell plans a short speech in                                        The question of reinstate-
                                                                   euphorically as President
against the police officers       addition to the surf-music       Barack Obama signed the bill ment was addressed earlier
alleging wrongful death,
unlawful use of deadly
force, and other claims. The
                                  pioneers, Rendell’s favorite
                                  band even if only two origi-
                                  nal members are still in the
                                                                   clearing the way for repeal of this year in a Pentagon study.
                                                                   the     17-year-old     policy. It recommended that ousted
                                                                   Obama encouraged those gays and lesbians “be consid-
                                                                                                                                                                            All That Glitters
case is pending.
  Bruce Edwards, president
                                    Rendell’s campaign com-
                                                                   who were discharged to re- ered for re-entry, assuming                                                          Christmas Shop
                                                                   enlist, and Rocha said he they qualify in all other re-                                                        • Stocking Stuffers • Candle Rings • Wreaths
of the Pennsylvania State         mittee is footing the bill and   hopes to do just that by en- spects.”                                                                          • Nativity Sets for Children • Red Hat Novelties
Troopers         Association,     expects several thousand                                            The study said the fact that
                                                                   rolling in the Marine Corps’                                                                                   • Birds and Birdhouses • Hot Cocoa Gift Sets
praised Zappala for con-          people to attend. Michelle       Officer Candidates School in they violated “don’t ask, don’t                                                   • Thousands of Ornaments including Patriotic,
ducting an extensive inves-       Singer, the executive direc-                                      tell” should not be held
                                                                   Quantico, Va.                                                                                                    Sports, Baby’s 1st, New Home, Sponge Bob
tigation and criticized what      tor of the committee, says         “I had a rough childhood, against them but added that                                                          and much more!
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wards said in a statement.           Slate of House                ceremony. “To me the Ma- sidered.
                                                                   rine Corps exemplified             Miller, a 21-year-old from
“He is a good man, and a              chairmen set                 honor, integrity, a sense of Findlay, Ohio, wasn’t dis-
good trooper.”

 Pa. man arrested
                                    HARRISBURG (AP) —
                                  Leaders in the Pennsylvania
                                  House are set on who will
                                                                   family — things that were charged, but “don’t ask, don’t
                                                                   drastically the opposite of tell” was the reason she left
                                                                   what I experienced as a the U.S. Military Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                    We Help The
                                                                   child.”                          despite impressive achieve-
for killing woman
                                  chair committees for the
                                  two-year legislative session
                                  that starts next month.
                                                                     Rocha’s eagerness to serve ments there.
                                                                   is remarkable, given his ex-       She ranked ninth in her
                                                                   perience in Bahrain in 2005 class of more than 1,150 and
Court documents indicate            Democratic Leader Frank
that a fight led to the killing
of a woman whose body
was found outside an apart-
                                  Dermody and Republican
                                  Leader Mike Turzai both
                                  announced their commit-
                                                                   with a Navy bomb-sniffer relished most aspects of
                                                                   dog unit. He reported being academy life. But lying about
                                                                   tied to a chair and left in a her sexual orientation — in
                                                                                                                                                                                     Go Down
ment complex in Titusville.       tee appointments Wednes-         dog kennel, hosed down conflict with West Point’s
  The Derrick of Oil City re-                                      while in uniform and forced honor code — took its toll.
ports that Renee Gates, 23,
was killed after a fight with
                                  day. Republicans will have
                                  majority control in the
                                  chamber, so Democrats will
                                                                   to simulate oral sex on an-        “Every day was a compro-
                                                                   other sailor — part of series mise — portraying myself as
                                                                                                                                                               Ask about $4 prescriptions!
an acquaintance who               serve as ranking members.        of hazing incidents that something I was not,” she
                                                                   prompted a high-level Navy said.
stepped on her throat. Her
body was found outside an
                                    Dermody and Turzai each
                                  assume the House will vote       review earlier this year.          She said she also felt an-
                                                                     After Bahrain, Rocha at- guished over her reluctance
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apartment building late
Tuesday night.
                                  to eliminate the Intergov-
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  Michael Brooker, 35, was        tee and split the Health and     emy Preparatory School in members of her military
arraigned early Wednesday         Human Services commit-           Rhode Island but decided to ethics class used anti-gay
                                                                   leave the Navy in 2007 by slurs and suggested that
                                                                                                                                                                  237 WASHINGTON ST., SALTSBURG
morning on a charge of            tees into two separate pan-
                                                                   telling his commander he’s sexually active gays were
criminal homicide in the
killing. It was not immedi-
                                  els. House rules reserve
                                  chairmanships for the most
ately known if he had an at-      senior members, but some
torney. Authorities planned       veteran Democrats stepped
an autopsy to determine           aside for more junior mem-
the exact cause of the
woman’s death.
                                  bers. Floor leaders decide
                                  who heads which commit-
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