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Monday, January 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn firefighters used hydraulic equipment to cut through the SUV to get both persons out of the vehicle.

Two persons were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township by ambulance just before 6 p.m. Saturday after their sport utility vehicle crashed into the side of a flatbed tow truck on Route 895 in West Penn Township.

The driver of a red Chevy SUV, traveling north on Summer Valley Road, reportedly struck the driver's side of the tow truck, owned by A-1 Towing Service of Allentown, which was partially on the road as it was unloading a conversion van at a nearby home.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Monday, January 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Jenn Snyder and Patricia Brown step onto a S.T.S. bus to travel to Pottsville with fellow members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army Old and Bolder Senior Group.

Whether its providing cost-saving travel and independence for seniors or for persons with disabilities, the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority, also known as Schuylkill Transportation System (STS), stresses accessibility.

Joan Breslin, marketing and service support coordinator for STS, recently addressed members of the Tamaqua Rotary Club concerning benefits offered by the system.

Senior citizens 65 and older, as well as persons with disabilities, are eligible, at no cost, to apply for an STS card, which allows them to ride on fixed-route buses free of charge.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Allentown police say they are investigating the eastern Pennsylvania city's first homicide of the year.

Police say a man's body was found on the sidewalk in front of a food store in the center of the city after gunshots were reported shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Lehigh County coroner Scott Grim said the victim had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are trying to identify him.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tomorrow's Andreas VFW Post 5069 monthly meeting is canceled. Their next meeting will be held Tues., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the West Penn Municipal Building. The Last Man's Club will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Meteorologist Karl Loeper, National Weather Service, Allentown, reported today that December 1989 is in the books as the coldest December since 1912 when weather record-keeping began in Allentown. The month averaged a bone-chilling 21.2 degrees - 10.3 degrees below normal - and three degrees lower than the record cold December of 1960. Loeper predicted that there is a 60 percent probability the average temperature in January will be below the normal of 27.2 degrees. The warmes January on record was 1932, when the average was 40.6 degrees.

Saturday, January 7, 2012
carol zickler/special to the times news

St. John the Baptist ARC Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning is decorated with poinsettia plants for the Jan. 7 Christmas.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Sheriff Akinleye bends low over a customer in the barbershop, his eyes intently following the movements on a little dial, and a stethoscope in his ears. Then he straightens up.

"All right. I get 136 over 82. Which is a little high. Normal is less than 120 over 80. You have prehypertension," he tells Phillip Griffin, 42, who has heard this before – though perhaps not in this much detail.

The 26-year-old medical student explains how high blood pressure works, each organ that it affects, its links to exercise, fried food, salt.

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Brandon Taylor

Nanjing has temples. Nanjing has palaces. Nanjing has pagodas. Nanjing has all the typical cultural landmarks common in every other city in China. Yet, this burgeoning metropolis in east China's Jiangsu province sets itself apart because of its role in China's modern history.

I visited Nanjing, which means "south capital," in early October during China's National Day celebration. Opting to skip Nanjing's standard tourist fare (once you've seen one temple, palace or pagoda, you've pretty much seen them all), I made my way to the Nanjing Massacre memorial.

Saturday, January 7, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cookie Dorshimer wondered why she had so many pine cones stacked up around her spruce trees.

It was "The Mystery of the Pine Cone Stacks" for homeowners Marilyn (Cookie) and Roy (Buddy) Dorshimer.

For the last six years, Cookie and Buddy noticed someone or something was piling up pine cones underneath their Norway Spruce trees.

"The first time I saw it, I thought someone was piling them up to use but never came back for them," says Cookie.