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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tuesday's session of criminal cases in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, had a variety of different types of cases, from burglary to retail theft. A few drug related cases were also part of the docket.

Ian Niles Thrasher, 36, of 233 Cedar St., Tamaqua, had two cases scheduled for preliminary hearings. He elected to waive then both to trial in Schuylkill County Court.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A piece of sports history dating back to the 1867 meeting that institutionalized racial segregation in professional baseball is heading to the auction block.

Among the items up for sale by Saco River Auction Co. is a ticket to the Philadelphia baseball convention, which marked the drawing of a color line that wasn't eradicated for good until 80 years later by Jackie Robinson.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg is about to make a Pottsville native its 11th bishop.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported ( ) Friday that priests from 97 parishes in the 15-county diocese are expected to attend installation ceremonies in the coming week for Rev. Ronald Gainer.

The 66-year-old Gainer is coming to central Pennsylvania from Louisville, Ky., where he has served as bishop for 11 years.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvanians will soon be paying higher fees for a host of motor vehicle and driver services from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Erie Times News reported Saturday ( ) that April 1 will bring higher costs for title certificates, personalized licenses plates and more than 30 other fee categories.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Brenner, the lanky, toothy-grinned "Tonight Show" favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other standups, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser, died Saturday. He was 78.

Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A gas leak is believed to have caused a fiery explosion Wednesday morning in East Harlem, New York City, that killed at least eight people and injured about 60 others.

On Feb. 9, 2011, a cracked cast iron gas main operated by UGI Utilities in Allentown caused an explosion that killed five people and leveled eight homes on North 13th Street. The company last year agreed to a Public Utilities Commission order that it pay $500,000 and speed up its plans to replace the then-83-year-old pipes.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Bonnie 9-month-old Female Beagle mix

These lovable pups are available for adoption at the Carbon County Animal Shelter, located at 63 Broad St., Nesquehoning, on top of the Broad Mountain off Route 93.

As of Thursday, there were eight dogs available for adoption, but the number fluctuates daily.

In addition to adoptions, the shelter is always looking for help from the community.

They are currently asking for donations of bleach, liquid laundry detergent, garbage bags, soft dog treats, dry dog food, paper towels, bath towels, dish soap, money, Lysol wipes and homes for all the dogs.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Men of Marian's 24th Annual Chinese Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown. More than $200,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a flat screen television and Kindle Fire to a restaurant dine-a-round. There will be a special drawing for a "faculty fortune tree," filled with gift cards and valued at $1,000.

A preview night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday with the prizes set to be awarded beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Yes, as I write this column, it is Monday morning. When you are retired, every day can feel the same, so we check the calendar to make sure what day it is and what obligations we might have.

However, this column is not about the days of the week. Instead, it is about Monday morning quarterbacks or, as some might say, people who second-guess decisions made by others.

Recently, our shuffleboard club held a tournament. It took place on a beautiful Saturday morning. Everything went well. We had 36 players and ended up with one happy winner.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's George Ashman, a member of Patton's 90th Infantry Division, displays his infantry patch from World War II.

Hundreds of thousands of moviegoers are flocking to the big screens to see George Clooney in the new flick "Monuments Men."

Clooney portrays a World War II figure in a key role. But he's an imitation. He's an actor portraying a part.

If you want to see the real deal, you need to be in Carbon County.

At 410 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, you can meet and talk with George Ashman, a native son who was a member of the 357th Infantry Regiment of George Patton's famous 90th Infantry Division.