- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble Comcast employee Jorge Rivera, honored by the Montgomery County Council last week for saving at least three people from a fire.

On Dec. 6, Rivera, a Comcast repairman in Montgomery County, was driving to a scheduled appointment when he saw fire coming from the White Oak Gardens apartment complex. Rivera, hearing screams for help from people inside the building, pulled over and immediately took his 28-foot ladder off the truck and placed it against the building.

He then climbed up the ladder to rescue a father and his 12- and 10-year-old sons. When firefighters arrived, they saw Rivera and other bystanders assisting at least four other people who were trapped in the burning building.

For risking his life to save others, Jorge Rivera is Noble of the Week.

Knave; Two former Luzerne County, Pa., judges who accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks from the owner and builder of two detention centers.

Former President Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. and retired Judge Michael Conahan told a federal court judge earlier this month that they were guilty of receiving more than $2.6 million in kickbacks from the owner and builder of two for-profit juvenile detention centers.

More than 70 juveniles and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the judges, charging that before they resigned last year, the judges “used kids as commodities that could be traded for cash,” placing an “indelible stain” on the local juvenile justice system. One advocacy group has filed suit asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to clear the records of all juveniles who have appeared before the judges.

For accepting kickbacks and cheating the public out of honest service, Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael Conahan are Knaves of the Week.

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