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If Rodale sold, Emmaus Borough could see 'devastating' impact

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:26

A potential sale of Rodale Inc., one of the Lehigh Valley's oldest and most well-known companies, came as a shock to officials in Emmaus, where about 450 employees work at the magazine publishing empire's headquarters.

Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said a possible sale has the potential to...

What that 'rogue' valedictorian said in speech and why school turned off his microphone

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:24

Peter Butera, class president for the entirety of his life as a high school student — all four often-frustrating years of it — took the stage at Friday's graduation ceremony after the recital of the class poem, which had offended no one.

When the principal of Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter,...

Rodale and the Lehigh Valley: a timeline

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:46

• 1930: Rodale Manufacturing, an electrical devices company founded by J.I. Rodale and his brother Joseph moves from New York to Emmaus. J.I. Rodale founds a publishing company, now known as Rodale Inc., and takes a keen interest in organic farming and healthy living.

• 1937: The publishing company...

Police: Woman charged with assault for hitting EMS workers with car

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:57

Moore Township police said a woman who hit two emergency workers with her car was under the influence of marijuana, according to Northampton County Court records.

Tracy M. Thompson, 26, of Walnutport is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault while under the influence, simple assault,...

Rodale considering sale of the company

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:52

Recent upheaval at Rodale Inc., which has called the Lehigh Valley home for 75 years, may culminate in the sale of the company.

The private Emmaus publishing firm announced Wednesday that its board of directors has begun exploring "potential strategic alternatives" for its portfolio of lifestyle...

Wall Street Journal reporter fired over prospective business deals with one of his sources

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:49

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.The...

Former Chicago architecture student says firm stole One World Trade Center design

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:48

A Georgia architect is suing the designers of the One World Trade Center tower in New York City, alleging the firm copied a building design he made years ago as a graduate student in Chicago.

One World Trade Center, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and built on the site of the fallen twin...

George Clooney sells tequila brand to Diageo in $1 billion deal

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:47

Global liquor behemoth Diageo says it will pay up to $1 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney.

Clooney founded the Casamigos brand four years ago with partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldma.

Diageo says it will pay $700 million for Casamigos at first, and then pay...

Michigan airport evacuated; officer seen bleeding from neck

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:20

Officials on Wednesday evacuated an airport in Flint, Michigan, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground.

Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said the officer stabbed is Lt. Jeff Neville with the Bishop International Airport police. Shaw says...

Two executives with Allentown contracts plead guilty in FBI corruption investigation

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:04

Two new defendants have pleaded guilty in the Allentown corruption investigation, both during unannounced hearings held over the course of the last three months.

Mark Neisser, a former executive with T&M Associates, and Patrick Regan, an executive with The Efficiency Network, both pleaded guilty...

New 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 trailer teases many battles to come

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:51

HBO released a new trailer for "Game of Thrones" Season 7 on Wednesday.

In the trailer, Lord Baelish appears to give Sansa advice, telling her, "Fight every battle, everywhere, always in your mind."

We also get more brief glimpses of Daenerys' return to Westeros, specifically to the island fortress...

'Life-threatening' flood warning as tropical storm Cindy churns along Gulf Coast

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:37

Tropical storm Cindy is drenching the northern Gulf Coast and could leave behind more than a foot of rain in some areas before lifting northward toward Tennessee and Kentucky - where the deluge will continue.

The National Hurricane Center warns that the storm "could produce life-threatening flash...

Victim testifies about face slashing, stabbing outside Allentown laundromat

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:28

A 43-year-old man testified Wednesday that he was involved in an argument with a woman that turned physical last month outside an Allentown laundromat and was slashed and stabbed by a man with her.

Roy Bogart testified the young woman lashed out at him May 17 outside the 900 block of Linden Street...

Signs point to digital billboard going up at former Scoobies strip club

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:24

ALLENTOWN — The controversial Scoobies Gentlemans Club, vacant since a May 2013 fire, will be torn down soon, owner Abe Atiyeh said.

In its place, a digital billboard will go up, the Whitehall Township developer said this week.

"This was a nuisance bar, so I think having a billboard is better," Atiyeh...

Hundreds of U.S. citizens tour North Korea each year despite warnings to stay away

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:15

North Korea, obviously, isn’t a tourist destination for American families.The reclusive totalitarian state has an abysmal human rights record, impoverished residents and an illicit nuclear weapons program — and it has detained numerous visitors over the years.Yet hundreds of American tourists still...

Current, former U.S. officials detail Russian cyberattacks

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:05

Current and former government officials painted a sinister portrait Wednesday of Russian cyberattacks on the United States aimed at interfering in the U.S. presidential election last year. Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the campaign in an effort to undermine...

FBI: Gunman acted alone in shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, four others

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:03

A gunman acted alone when he shot and wounded a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field, the FBI said Wednesday.

Tim Slater, the special agent in charge of the Washington FBI office, also said during a news conference that James T. Hodgkinson did not have...

Bill Cosby judge to rule on whether to release juror names

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:27

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is weighing whether to make public the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case.

Judge Steven O'Neill said he would rule by Wednesday.

O'Neill has said he fears the release of the jurors'...

Emmaus police seek car in hit and run

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:17

EMMAUS — Emmaus police are looking for a blue Honda Civic with heavy passenger side damage following a hit and run crash June 13 on Harrison Street. Police said they believe the airbags on the vehicle were deployed in the crash.

Officers have released a surveillance image captured by a camera at...

Trump likely to reveal this week whether secret tapes exist

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:07

President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement in the coming days on whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, potentially bringing to an end one of the central mysteries of the ongoing probe that has consumed his White House.

White...

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