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Friday, May 20, 2016
Workers are adding the final touches to the two bridges that carry the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike over the Pohopoco Creek and Route 209 as well as Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township. The two superstructures were virtually rebuilt as being a project of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The bridges were widened and the original spans received major renovation work. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Friday, May 20, 2016

Jim Thorpe will celebrate its namesake this weekend.

The 21st annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe.

Presented by the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, the event will honor Jim Thorpe, a Native American who is considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

The celebration will begin with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. John Thorpe (Jim Thorpe’s grandson), Don Wild Eagle and others are expected to participate.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Two former Penn Forest Township employees have not had their 2014 payroll deductions paid to the Social Security Administration, an issue they believe could be tracked back to a Lehighton man recently jailed for unlicensed broker activity and forgery.

Cindy Henning and Mary Ann Lewellyn said they worked for the township in 2014 when American Coast to Coast Business Solutions LLC was the municipality’s payroll services provider.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Rush Township resident has accused township officials of discriminating against veterans.

Joe Shamonsky, a disabled veteran, asked the township’s board of supervisors on Thursday why they haven’t addressed stormwater issues on his property.

“Are you prejudiced against veterans or what? To me, it seems like the board is prejudiced.”

Supervisors Chairman Shawn Gilbert told Shamonsky the township has other projects that are in the works.

“There’s lots of other places in the township that there’s issues,” Gilbert said.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Matthew Schutter of Penn Forest Township speaks during the Carbon County Commissioners meeting on Thursday. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

A Penn Forest Township auditor who has been accused of assaulting a Carbon County detective announced his intentions to run for state representative Thursday.

Matthew Schutter, 45, who was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis last Friday on charges that include felony aggravated assault, was at the Carbon County Commissioners meeting. A sheriff’s deputy, Sheriff Tony Harvilla, Jim Thorpe police and two state police officers were also present at the meeting.

Friday, May 20, 2016

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Carrie Sapp teased her husband, Brad, about being afraid of ghosts when he said he heard someone whisper "get out of here" while he was sorting cans at his Iowa recycling business. Of course it wasn't a ghost. It was a naked man in the chimney.

Sapp said she was working the next morning at the Carroll Redemption Center when she heard a man yell for help from the chimney. She told the Daily Times Herald (http://bit.ly/1XBTQEI ) that the man explained, "I was playing hide-and-seek with my cousin. ... Don't call the cops!"

Friday, May 20, 2016
FILE - In this July 19, 2011 file photo, Confederate battle flags fly in Mountain Creek, Ala. The House has voted to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at Veterans Administration cemeteries. The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves, even on days that flag displays are permitted. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) Copyright - AP2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries.

The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves, even on days that flag displays are permitted.

California Democrat Jared Huffman authored the prohibition, saying the flag represents "racism, slavery and division."

Friday, May 20, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has seen one of the nation's largest reductions in state funding for public colleges and universities since the start of the recession.

That's according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

According to the center's analysis, Pennsylvania's per-student support for higher education since 2008 is down 33 percent, the fifth-largest reduction in inflation-adjusted dollars. That translates to about $2,234 per-student, or 13th most.

Friday, May 20, 2016
This Oct. 6, 2008 photo released by CBS shows "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer during the program's 40th anniversary celebration in New York. Safer, the veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans’ view of the war, died Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was 84. (John Paul Filo/CBS via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Morley Safer, the veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent who was equally at home reporting on social injustices, the Orient Express and abstract art, and who exposed a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war, died Thursday, according to Kevin Tedesco, a CBS News publicist.

No further details on his death were immediately available.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Klingaman

A 38-year-old Summit Hill man who was facing over 200 counts related to the sexual assault of a teenage girl on Thursday pleaded guilty to two corruption of minors counts, a felony 3 and a misdemeanor 1.

John P. Klingaman, of East Hazard Street, who police say threatened to kill the girl if she told anyone about the assaults, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Sentencing will take pleace after a presentence investigation.