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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for daytime single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the southbound Lehigh Tunnel between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday for tunnel maintenance.

Each day between 7:30 and 8 a.m., crews will implement a brief traffic stoppage in both directions to set-up a crossover pattern directing all traffic into the southbound tunnel.

By 8 a.m. the northbound tunnel will be closed and traffic diverted.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A record-breaking $621,342 was donated by customers of Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets at checkout from May 3 to May 16 to benefit regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS MCT staff members have fun with Red Nose Day. Lisa Perry is in the front. Back, from left are: Marc Gardiner, Debbie Krajcirik and Chastity Miller

Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day was held in the United States on May 21 and benefits Comic Relief Inc.

The organization was previously known as America Gives Back Inc.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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Two Monroe County people are facing multiple charges after they blackmailed a New York City doctor.

According to the Monroe County District Attorney's Office and Pocono Mountain Regional Police, on June 3 district attorney detectives received information about a pair of extortionists operating in the Poconos. The alleged extortionists, later identified as Marilyn Normando, 26, of Effort; and Brandon Hill, 34, of Tobyhanna, were demanding a total of $100,000 cash from a wealthy physician who owns a practice in New York City.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The cold, gray days of winter have melted into spring, bringing warmer weather, the sweet songs of birds, and colorful, fragrant flowers.

But for many, spring marks a sharp rise in the despair that all too often leads to taking their own lives.

Although it is commonly believed that most suicides happen in the winter, especially around the holidays, at least two studies, one published in 2005 by F. Stephen Bridges, and another in 2012 by the National Institutes of Health, found that suicides peak in the spring and early summer.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Times News front page news photo, "A hero returns," from June 11, 2014, by Donald R. Serfass won second place in the Philadelphia Press Association contest. The photo shows the casket of Capt. Jason Jones arriving in Pottsville.

The Philadelphia Press Association announced this week that the Times News has earned five honors in this year's PPA "Best of the Best" Media Awards competition, including first place in two major categories.

In PPA judging, the Times News competes against the largest daily newspapers of Greater Philadelphia, Delaware and New Jersey.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area School District students competing in the Math and Engineering TEAMS event at Bucknell University included: front, from left, Aaron Zullick, Jacquelyn Gillott, Morgan Gower, Madeline Aurisano, Samantha Knepper, Brianna McCardle and Christopher MacNeal; back row, Joshua Naegele, Cyrick Thomas, Richard Grenet, John Hinkle, Joel Hinkle, Drew Solonoski and Michael Matirko.

Weatherly Area High School teams placed first in their divisions in recent Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science competitions held at Bucknell and Marywood universities.

The Math and Engineering team competed in a one-day engineering competition at Bucknell University.

The competition is for students in middle and high school and is divided into two parts, multiple choice questions and essay questions. This year's theme was "The Power of Engineering," examining and exploring the relationship between energy and engineering.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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"The problem of sexism on college campuses is toxic and terrifying."

These are the words of Paige McKinsey, a 2011 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School.

"By the time a woman enters an American college until the day she graduates, she has a 20 percent chance of being sexually assaulted, "said Vice President Joseph Biden in a December 2014 article in The Washington Post.

In simple numbers, one in five women is assaulted or raped on a college campus in this country.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

After receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Highmark Inc. officials on Monday said the merger with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is complete, with the merged company operating as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The merger brings into the Highmark fold nearly 550,000 covered individuals in 13 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Suicide is the leading cause of death for jail inmates, according to the U.S. Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

The seasonal peak in suicide is evident in Schuylkill County prison, where the number of inmates on suicide watch more than doubled between February and May, rising from 16 to 33.

"Generally, suicide observation numbers are contingent upon the commitments," Warden Eugene Berdanier says.

In February there were 281 inmates; as of May 21, there were 323.

Whatever the reason, it's something he keeps a close eye on.