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Friday, February 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called "Star Trek," he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate.

"I really didn't give it a lot of thought," he later recalled. "The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim."
By the time "Star Trek" finished its three-year run in 1969, Nimoy was a cultural touchstone _ a living representative of the scientific method, a voice of pure reason in a time of social turmoil, the unflappable and impeccably logical Mr. Spock

Friday, February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.

It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes.

Friday, February 27, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gunman went house to house, fatally shooting seven people and wounding one overnight in a small southern Missouri town before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday.

The victims were found in four different homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border. The body of the 36-year-old suspect was discovered in neighboring Shannon County, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said Friday morning.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Anna Gombert

Anna Gombert of Lehighton is celebrating her 90th birthday. She is more affectionately known as "Nana" to everyone she meets.

Anna was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Lehighton. She was married to her husband, Clair Gombert, for 48 years before his passing in 1992.

They had one daughter, Susan, who passed away in 2000. Anna has three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who violated the conditions of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Ashley Matz, 21, of Jim Thorpe, had her parole revoked on a charge of possession of a controlled substance on petition of probation officer Joseph Bettine for violating conditions by not making a concerted effort to pay her court costs, and not completing 50 hours of community service.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lehighton Area School District approved several payments for building projects during Monday night's board meeting.

Amounts totaling $4,897 to Barry Issett and Associates and $335.20 to EI Associates were paid out of the unassigned fund balance for their work on the Warrior Stadium and K-5 elementary center projects respectively.

Lehighton is proposing a $5 million project calling for a multipurpose stadium on land near the administration building, not far off Ninth Street.

Friday, February 27, 2015

HARRISBURG For the second time in two years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday sent a proposal to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, but it faces an uncertain fate and is challenged as a long-term fiscal loser for the state government.

The proposal, which would also liberalize beer sales laws, passed the Republican-controlled chamber after five hours of debate, 114 to 87, over the objection of every Democrat and four Republicans.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schuylkill County Judge D. Michael Stine has accepted six local people to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. The defendants also all paid court costs and fees.

Andrew Harley, 22, of Tamaqua: Stine accepted Harley into the program for 12 months. He was ordered to pay $350 to cover the cost of the program and to perform 10 hours of community service.

Harley was charged on May 20, 2014, by Rush Township police with possession of drug paraphernalia and of a small amount of marijuana. The marijuana charge was dropped.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet & Greet at Tractor Supply Co., 486 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21.

Please visit www.poconogreyhound.org, or phone 570-856-0377 for further information about adopting or fostering a greyhound.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schuylkill County Judge John J. Domalakes has sentenced three local people to county jail terms.

Timothy Sweeney, 40, of Coaldale was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in jail, pay a $1,000 fine, and surrender his license for 12 months and pay court costs and fees.

Sweeney was charged on June 7, 2014, by Coaldale police with two counts of driving under the influence and careless driving. One count of DUI and the careless driving charge were dropped.