Friday, May 29, 2015
     

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down three people at a municipal government meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania in 2013 is pleading guilty.

Rockne Newell pleaded guilty to homicide and other charges Friday in Monroe County court.

The 61-year-old disabled junk dealer had been angry after being forced off his debris-strewn property in rural Ross Township.

Town officials say he owed thousands of dollars in fines and had generated complaints that he lived in a storage shed and used a bucket outside as a toilet.

After spending 12 extraordinary days in Italy with my tour group, the time came all too soon when we had to go to the airport to fly home.

As we patiently worked our way through airport security lines, two of my fellow travelers said: "Well, after being immersed in all that beauty now we have to return home to ordinary days."

I just smiled, thinking that there is no such thing as "an ordinary day."

Yes, Italy had so much beauty in every city and every town. Everywhere we turned there was something special to see, with one delight after another.

The return to civilian life has been a challenge for many of the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans, 27 percent said re-entry was difficult for them. That number swelled to 44 percent among veterans who served in the 10 years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Education plays a vital role in the veterans' transition.

The good news is that an estimated 800,000 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are currently attending college.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Apricot-glazed Carrots

This week I dipped into my mother's recipe box, which I promise, is filled with treasures.

I don't think I ever met a carrot I didn't like, and glazed carrots often have a place on my dinner table.

I'm featuring some rhubarb recipes this week, so I thought this recipe might be a good fit. It's great with the apricot preserves, but you could easily substitute rhubarb preserves, and it would be just as delicious.

Apricot-glazed

Carrots

2 pounds carrots, sliced

1-and-one-quarter teaspoon salt, divided

3 tablespoons butter

Marriage licenses

Timothy James Kennedy and Mary Ann Krynock, Nesquehoning.

Bryon Michael Haupt and Brenda Leigh Bosche, Milton, Delaware.

James Patrick Cullen IV and Lisa Shawn Hill, Lehighton.

Mortgage foreclosures

The following actions were filed as mortgage foreclosures for alleged defaults on loans.