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Thursday, July 2, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Author Richard Wright holds a copy of his new book, "Southside of Heaven."

Richard Wright believes that at some point in time, there will be another person whose face looks a lot like yours.

In his case, he shared a womb with his doppelganger, a twin brother. But Wright believes there may still be someone out there, in either the past or the present, who shares his likeness.

Wright has taken that theory, and applied it to his breakout novel, "Southside of Heaven," a historical romance that tells the story of a New York City cop who searches for his identity, and finds it in the past.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What books are you tucking into your beach bag this summer?

We're working on a story about those delicious beach reads and we want to hear what you're planning to read this summer.

Tell us what you're reading or share your recommendations with us and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of a terrific book from novelists Whitney Barbetti, Lisa Clark O'Neill or Brenda Janowitz.

Send your recommendations to kcimms@tnonline.com or mail them to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, attention Karen Cimms, by July 6.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Unforgettable Fire performs the music of U2 this Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, in Jim Thorpe.

UF lead vocalist, Tony Russo, fills the opera house with his powerful Bono-like voice, delivering stirring renditions of the classic U2 songs, from the beginning to the present.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease.

There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

Unsaturated fat

These are the good fats, and doctors say they should be the majority of fat that people eat. For cooking, they usually come in the form of liquid oils, not solid fats.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The men of Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverwalck Restaurant in Parryville.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON You may not even know you are eating them, but trans fats will soon be mostly gone from your food.

The Food and Drug Administration said recently it will require food companies to phase them out over the next three years because the agency says they are a threat to public health.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cost is perhaps the biggest factor surrounding students' decisions to attend college. It can lead to students waiting until the last minute to make their decisions, but waiting can cost big money.

"Applying sooner, they may have more opportunities for scholarships," said Nancy Wunderly, director of admissions at Kutztown University. She noted that some forms of financial aid, including Pennsylvania state grants, have deadlines that have already passed.

"If they didn't submit their FAFSA prior to May 1, they are not eligible for that grant," she said.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Samantha Stuckley, a 2015 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, is part of a growing number of high school students waiting to make their final college decisions until summer. Stuckley began applying to colleges in the fall of her senior year and was accepted to three schools, but plans to apply to at least two more colleges this summer before making a final decision. She plans to start college this fall.

Samantha Stuckley, a 2015 graduate of Lehighton Area High School, didn't expect to spend her summer applying to colleges.

Stuckley began applying to schools last fall as a senior in high school. She applied to four colleges and was accepted to three. But as the school year came to a close and it was time to make a final decision, she began doing more research and found more schools that offer her intended major of small animal science. She expects to apply to at least two additional colleges this summer.

"It's been a long and stressful process," she added.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What books are you tucking into your beach bag this summer?

We're working on a story about those delicious beach reads and we want to hear what you're planning to read this summer.

Tell us what you're reading or share your recommendations with us and you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of a terrific book from novelists Whitney Barbetti, Lisa Clark O'Neill or Brenda Janowitz.

Send your recommendations to kcimms@tnonline.com or mail them to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, attention Karen Cimms, by July 6.

Friday, June 26, 2015
In this undated photo, the main benefit from the ring of mulch around each of these trees is to keep the lawnmower from thrashing at their bark in New Paltz, N.Y. Mulches also help conserve water by slowing evaporation from the soil surface. (Lee Reich via AP)

Mulching can be one of the best things you do for your trees and shrubs. It also can beone of the worst things you do for your trees and shrubs.

First, let's get our definitions in order.

"Mulch" is anything with which you blanket theground, be it straw, black plastic, pebbles, even the marbles I once saw blanketing aportion of ground in a contemporary California landscape.

Any of these materials, when spreadbeneath a tree or shrub, will keep lawn and, hence, lawn mowers at bay.