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Saturday, February 14, 2015

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of attempted murder and robbery in a shooting that wounded a snake dealer at a suburban Philadelphia shopping center three years ago.

The Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1uVVuVP ) reports that 35-year-old Rasheem Dowdy of Allentown was also convicted in Delaware County of aggravated assault, robbery of a motor vehicle and a firearms count.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Department of Human Services, which regulates personal care homes housing more than three people, listed the following violations for Victorian Manor in Lehighton. Owner Jennifer Bachert says the problems were all corrected, but not within the state's times frame.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Patricia Wenrich sits in a recliner in the airy, spacious parlor of Victorian Manor personal care home in Lehighton, laughing as she shows her daughter-in-law a puzzle books she's working on.

But 15 minutes later, Wenrich, who suffers from dementia, sits in the home's kitchen, tears streaming down her face as she tries to understand why she may have to leave the place she calls home.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What are the possible side effects of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine?

Mild problems

Ÿ Fever (up to one person out of six)

Ÿ Mild rash (about one person out of 20)

Ÿ Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about one person out of 75)

If these problems occur, it is usually within seven to 12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.

Moderate problems

Ÿ Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about one out of 3,000 doses)

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Carrie Shafer

Carrie and Daniel Shafer of Palmerton have decided to not vaccinate their two sons, Daniel, 3, and Joseph, 2, after their older son was born and received the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital.

"We couldn't understand why, because where would he pick up Hepatitis B from, just being born. We talked about, and decided he didn't need that. It's a blood-borne virus," Carrie Shafer says.

That started the Shafers doing research.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Weatherly Area School District is looking for a new soccer coach, and at least one parent is concerned whether the new coach will continue to grow the program.

At last week's school board caucus, Jen Solonoski, the mother of one of the soccer players, told the board the program has become popular under the direction of coach Steven Baade, whose resignation the board accepted Wednesday night.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

HARRISBURG Newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state Friday, calling the current system of capital punishment "error prone, expensive and anything but infallible."

The Democrat said the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that has been studying the topic for about four years.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News

Franklin Elementary School Principal Suzanne Howland receives a $500 check from Ronald McDonald on Friday morning during a school assembly. The school competed with the three otherLehighton area elementary schools in a "Snack Attack" and turned

in more tickets at the Lehighton McDonald's restaurant. The event was held to promote healthy eating and lifestyles.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Paul Corinchock, Tamaqua, welcomes 25 attendees to Thursday's Pysanky workshop at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The eight-session seminar, ending April 2, will teach the art of hand-decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. Co-instructor Georgine Postupack Borchick of McAdoo told the group Pysanky has pagan origins, dating back to pre-Christian days when people honored a sun god. Some of Borchick's more elaborately decorated eggs are on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

The Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day care program on Friday crowned its Valentine's Day king and queen. Patti Pach, 62,of Trachsville was crowned queen, and Jamy Green, 37,of Palmerton, was crowned king.