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Allentown Council to hire attorney in hopes of forcing Mayor Ed Pawlowski from office

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:40

Just weeks after Allentown City Council tried to wiggle its way into the judicial process by passing a resolution asking for a expedited prosecution of Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the board took another jab at the embattled mayor Wednesday — this time passing a resolution to hire an attorney to assist...

Carbon County man sentenced for gun trafficking in New Jersey

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:39

A Pennsylvania man who admitted trafficking firearms in New Jersey has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Darnel Johns received a 90-month sentence Wednesday. The 49-year-old Albrightsville man will also have to serve three years of supervised rel;ease once...

Steve Bannon says there's no military solution in North Korea

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:17

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online...

Police: Wedding DJ made off with $600 from couple's card box

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:23

Police say the DJ at a Pennsylvania couple's wedding reception made off with $600 in gifted money.

State troopers arrested Edward Kendrick McCarty this month on theft charges. He's accused of stealing cards from a box meant for the bride and groom.

Ashley Karasek tells the Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/2uOOlsa)...

What will happen to PPL Plaza after loss of major tenant Talen?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:00

When The Plaza at PPL Center opened in 2003, the $60 million project — custom built for PPL Energy Supply on what was once the Lehigh Valley’s most vibrant commercial block — represented the cornerstone of Allentown’s effort to revitalize the downtown business district.

Today, the situation is...

Carbon County man sentenced for gun trafficking in New Jersey

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:45

A Pennsylvania man who admitted trafficking firearms in New Jersey has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Darnel Johns received a 90-month sentence Wednesday. The 49-year-old Albrightsville man will also have to serve three years of supervised rel;ease once...

Appeals court orders new look at files in Lehigh DA's defamation lawsuit

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:25

A judge must reconsider his decision ordering District Attorney Jim Martin’s office to turn over records of drunken-driving cases in his defamation lawsuit against Allentown blogger Bill Villa, whose daughter died in a 2006 alcohol-related crash.

Martin sued Villa in 2015, claiming Villa damaged...

Joint Chiefs denounce racism in stark terms as Trump's isolation grows

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:18

The nation’s top military officers issued public statements condemning racial bigotry and extremism, a rare foray into domestic politics that indicated deep unease Wednesday in the Pentagon with President Trump's views on race and underscored his growing isolation.

The social media posts from the...

Longtime Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, advocated Great Lakes cleanup, dies at 83

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:46

Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83.

Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility, Melissa Morrison, funeral director at...

Trump administration, facing pressure, agrees to continue Obamacare subsidy for now

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:44

The Trump administration, faced with increasing pressure from Republican members of Congress, backed away from causing an immediate crisis in healthcare marketplaces and agreed Wednesday to continue making payments to insurance companies that are widely viewed as critical to keeping the industry...

'Call your mayor': Sessions tries to blame Chicago's crime on sanctuary city policy

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:12

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ripped Chicago for its defiant “sanctuary city” stance against turning over local prisoners for deportation, once again blaming the city’s surge in crime on policies designed to protect immigrants.

Speaking in Miami, where county authorities hold prisoners...

SeaWorld veterinarians euthanize sick orca, 3rd killer whale death this year

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:53

SeaWorld euthanized one of the entertainment company's last killer whales to come from the wild, marking the third orca death this year at one of its marine parks.

Kasatka died Tuesday evening "surrounded by members of her pod, as well as the veterinarians and caretakers who loved her," after battling...

Vapors from roof adhesive likely ignited in Bethlehem warehouse blaze, official says

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:00

The fire that badly damaged a large warehouse under construction in Bethlehem last week probably began when vapors from a flammable roof adhesive ignited, a city fire marshal said Wednesday.

Fire Marshall Craig Baer said the investigation into the Thursday fire at the Majestic Realty Co. warehouse...

Schuylkill Mall to be demolished to make way for industrial buildings

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:45

FRACKVILLE — Demolition of the Schuylkill Mall will begin by the end of the year to make way for two industrial buildings capable of supporting more than 800 new jobs, according to the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation.

Brian Hansbury, SEDCO vice president, outlined NorthPoint Development’s...

Financial institutions team up to support small Allentown diesel repair business

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:15

Anita and Dennis Skelton had the know-how and desire to run a small diesel repair business. The means to get started? Not so much.

After some initial stumbles, the family grasped a helping hand from a community-oriented team of local and regional financial institutions.

On Wednesday, the Skeltons...

Sessions says Charlottesville car attack could be prosecuted as a hate crime

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:27

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the Charlottesville car attack could be prosecuted as a hate crime, saying that federal authorities "intensely" probing the case could ultimately decide to prosecute the driver in a number of different ways.

Sesssions cautioned that no federal...

Pence says he stands with Trump, but will not defend president's 'both sides' comments

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:08

Vice President Mike Pence says he is standing by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, but he declined Wednesday to defend the president's statement from the day before that "both sides" were to blame.

Asked at a news...

Tom Cruise ankle break halts 'Mission: Impossible 6' production

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:05

Production has shut down on "Mission: Impossible 6" due to star Tom Cruise's broken ankle. Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that production will go on hiatus while Cruise makes a full recovery.

Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the film during its London-based shoot.

TMZ posted...

Postal worker, 3 men charged in theft of blank money orders

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:00

Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey postal service worker and three other men are charged in a $100,000 fraud involving dozens of stolen blank money orders.

U.S. Postal Service employee Marc Saunders is accused of stealing a money order imprinting machine and more than 180 blank money orders.


Amid wave of defections, Trump says he's dissolved business, jobs councils

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:45

President Donald Trump's relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville this weekend.

Trump announced...