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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon.

This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Franklin Township fire officials have declared the large brush fire in the Sunny Rest nudist camp under control.

It was reported to be caused by a fallen utility pole, with live electrical lines setting the heavy brush and leaves on fire, fueled by high winds.

It is not known how many acres were burned in the fire.

Twice fire officials raced to the parking lot of the Blue Ridge TV 13 studio nearby when flames raced through the embankment traveling toward the structure in heavy brush and a nearby field.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — There is good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows.

The bad news: a lot more people will be driving.

During the holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to car group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. While promising for the travel industry, the figure is still 8.5 percent short of the 50.6 million reached in 2007, just before the recession.

The overwhelming majority of travelers — almost 90 percent — will be driving.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire early Thursday at a Florida State University library, sending hundreds of students who had been up all night studying for exams scrambling for cover in the book aisles and barricading themselves in with desks. Three students were wounded before police killed the gunman in a shootout, authorities said.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday night.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility.

The Lions are at New England on Sunday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schuylkill officials are tightening the county belt in order to avoid a tax increase.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved a preliminary 2015 budget that keeps the property tax rate the same as this year by siphoning $4 million from the reserve fund, but warned of looming austerity measures.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tamaqua Borough Council's regular monthly meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as members noted the passing of two Tamaqua residents: Alan Kerr, former tax collector, and Antonio Rodrigue, member of the planning commission and HARC. The two were remembered with a moment of silence.

With the year winding down, council took care of some housekeeping items. It was noted that three employees, Amy Macalush, Shannon Boyer and Mark Leiby, will shortly complete their probationary periods. Motions were made to approve their employment.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Both good news and bad news were delivered at the Walnutport Canal Association's meeting Wednesday.

As for bad news, President Doug Boehrer said two cog wheels, over 200 years old and weighing in excess of 700 pounds, were discovered missing from the canal area the weekend after the association's annual canal festival Oct. 19.

Boehrer said the cogs, which at one time had operated the falgate at Lock 23, were recovered last November when the spillway there was rebuilt.

It is suspected the historic cast-iron wheels may have been stolen to cash them in as scrap metal.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As the holiday season nears, area groups arebusy helping the lessfortunate.

Email to let us know what the wish list is for your nonprofit group.

We will compile everyone's lists and run them in the Times News beginning Black Friday.