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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Let's talk about human capital.

What is it? Human capital is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "the skills the labor force possesses and is regarded as a resource or asset."

As a business owner, the success of your organization depends upon the work productivity of your staff.

So, when you have employees who feel valued and cared for, they will be happy and business is good.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Special to the Times News/Franklin Klock-CCEEC Rennie, the bald eagle that resides at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, sits on a proxy egg in her nest. The female bald eagle will protect its eggs through all types of weather.

While children all over are looking forward to next weekend's Easter egg hunts, there are a lot of kids and grown-ups who are fascinated with different eggs; bald eagle eggs.

In late December 2014 a webcam was set up on a bald eagle nest in Hanover. The eagle cam is a joint project of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business.

Connie Ward of Jim Thorpe is one of more than a million people who view the webcam online.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - State police say a trooper was severely injured when he was struck by his own patrol car while helping a motorist on Interstate 81 in eastern Pennsylvania.

Police say Sgt. Robert Bemis pulled over to the side of I-81 in Schuylkill County on Friday to help a man whose car had caught fire. They were standing near mile marker 121 when a passing motorist lost control of her SUV, which struck the unmarked patrol car, which hit Bemis and the man.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township, where a headache bar was knocked off after it was struck recently by a vehicle.

A warning barrier that leads to the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township has been struck.

Contacted Friday, township board of Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said he believes the barrier was most likely struck by a truck.

Currently, the barrier is in a driveway near the bridge, and has been down for several weeks, Green said.

"There are trucks entering it that shouldn't be driving over it," Green said. "It's only a 5-ton (weight limit) bridge."

Carbon County Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein said commissioners are aware of the situation.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

ROME (AP) – Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Finished!" Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. "It couldn't be better than this."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Schuylkill county officials are once again investigating a suspicious fire which leveled a home in a very remote area of Blythe township. The fire was first reported just after 10 p.m. at 78 Tucker Hill road between the villages of New Philadelphia and Kaska. By the time fire fighters maneuvered the one lane coal mining road to the scene the home was to the ground with only a few chimneys standing.

Friday, March 27, 2015

MERCER, Pa. (AP) — The mother and grandparents of a 7-year-old boy who was so malnourished that one doctor said he looked like a Holocaust survivor have been sentenced to prison.

The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, of Greenville, was sentenced to 5½ to 15 years in prison Thursday by a Mercer County judge.

His maternal grandmother, 48-year-old Deana Beighley received five to 10 years, while 58-yeear-old Dennis Beighley received 22 months to five years.

Friday, March 27, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, after the mother of one of the victims called him a "useless waste of space and air" and declared he's "going straight to hell."

Hugo Selenski, 41, was convicted last month of two counts of first-degree murder for killing Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in 2002 as part of a robbery plot. Their bodies were among at least five sets of human remains found in Selenski's yard north of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 2003.

Friday, March 27, 2015

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge ruled a New Jersey school district was within its rights to fire a security guard who posted on Facebook describing two men accused of killing a police officer as "black thugs" and suggesting "all white people should start riots and scare the hell out of them."

U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas ruled Thursday that Mary Czaplinski is not likely to win a lawsuit against the Vineland Public Schools asserting that the district violated her freedom of speech.

Friday, March 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack.

Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie."

Authorities say the girl's family didn't know she had awoken and unlocked the backdoor to start her trek during a downpour early Friday. They found nothing amiss at the house and have no plans to file charges.