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CARACAS, Venezuela — The geopolitical storm churned up by Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, continued to spread on Wednesday as Latin American leaders roundly condemned the refusal to let Bolivia’s president fly over several European nations, rallying to his side after Bolivian officials said the president’s plane had been thwarted because of suspicions that Mr. Snowden was on board.
Calling it a grave offense to their entire region, Latin American officials said they would hold an emergency meeting of the Union of South American Nations on Thursday.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina said the episode had “vestiges of a colonialism that we thought was completely overcome,” describing it as a humiliating act that affected all of South America.
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador said in a post on Twitter that the situation was “EXTREMELY serious” and called it an “affront to all America,” referring to Latin America.
WILKES-BARRE — In a city where recent thefts have some pedestrians clutching their iPhones and purses a little tighter, one lost wallet actually found its way home Tuesday.
Its owner? Actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin. Its rescuer? He still remains clouded in mystery.
“Honesty survives in Wilkes-Barre,” Martin said through a spokeswoman. “The gentleman couldn’t have been sweeter, nicer, kinder, and his Batman-like rescue of my wallet is one more reason to remember Wilkes-Barre.”
Martin was in town for a one-night appearance at the F.M. Kirby Center on Public Square, where he performed Tuesday evening with Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
NORRISTOWN — A 27-year-old man was shot multiple times in the area of Main Street and Haws Avenue at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.
He was air lifted to Jefferson hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition and recovering.
POTTSTOWN — Fourth of July celebrations in Pottstown get an early start with the 28th Annual Pottstown Patriotic 5K Run, followed by one of the region’s best parades.
Registration for the 5K run starts at 7 a.m. and the 3.2-mile race, which snakes through Pottstown’s streets, starts at 8 a.m.
The race starts and ends at The Hill School, and will be held rain or shine.
The parade begins with an airplane fly-over (weather permitting) at 10:15 a.m. and starts off at the intersection of High and Keim streets and ends at High and Manatawny streets.
Editor’s note: We like this!! Get those guys out there and visible. It really is a crime deterrent!!
Six police officers in bright yellow shirts quietly pedaled through a courtyard toward Penn Street, emerging onto the sidewalk and startling pedestrians.
Several passers-by smiled at the men’s sudden appearance and one guy yelled out, “Hey, you look good!”
The officers were part of the Reading Police Department’s newly expanded bicycle patrols.
Eight officers were certified for the duty in May at the Reading Police Academy, bringing the total of certified bicycle officers to 30.