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Sunday, June 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years after his capture by insurgents, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl climbed into an American helicopter. He took out a pen and wrote on a paper plate, "SF?" — asking the troops who had come to find him in eastern Afghanistan if they were U.S. special operations forces.

Over the roar of the rotors, one of them shouted to Bergdhal: "Yes, we've been looking for you for a long time."

The only American prisoner of the Afghan war, Bergdahl broke down in tears.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In an effort to raise awareness about the increasing use of drugs and alcohol among the youth across Carbon County and Pennsylvania, Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) will host a free Carbon County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo  from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the Carbon Career and Technical Institute.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cook at a New Mexico facility that trains state corrections employees faces battery charges after authorities say she secretly licked sandwiches then served them to probation and parole officers.

KOAT-TV reports (http://goo.gl/MCnk5i) Yolanda Arguello (ar-GWAY'-oh) was charged last week following witness interviews into the bizarre allegations at the South Valley New Mexico Women's Recovery Academy in Albuquerque.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — Michelle Lesco is petite, but the 115-pound competitive eater still managed to gobble down more than 28 hot dogs — and buns — to win an eating contest in suburban Chicago.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mFPOWX ) the Arizona native won Saturday's qualifiers for the July 4 hot dog-eating contest at New York's Coney Island.

The competition in Bloomingdale, about 20 miles from Chicago, was one more than a dozen preliminary rounds before the main event. Eight people faced off to see who could eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the next phase of construction will begin on Friday, June 6 on the project to rehabilitate the structurally deficient US 209 Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge over the Lehigh River, Lehigh Canal and Norfolk Southern rail line in Franklin Township, Lehighton and Weissport boroughs, Carbon County.

Beginning on June 6, the southbound lanes of the US 209 Thomas J. McCall Bridge will be closed, with southbound traffic being detoured on Canal and Bridge streets. US 209 will be open with a single traffic lane northbound.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS
Saturday, May 31, 2014
David Smith

Two Mahoning Township residents are facing drug related charges as a result of an incident on Friday.

Police said that at 11:52 a.m., on Route 443, a Ford Ranger traveling east on pulled into the path of a Mahoning Township Police Department SUV.

The vehicle then turned onto Mall Road into the path of an oncoming westbound midsize pickup. The pickup was forced to brake and swerve as a result.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Schools are required by the state Department of Education to report incidents that endanger the safety of students. The Safe Schools report includes a list of 50 infractions, ranging from aggravated assault to possession of tobacco. Bullying falls at about the midpoint on the list.

The Department of Education's definition of bullying includes "an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts."

Saturday, May 31, 2014
TIMES NEWS GRAPHIC BY David W. Rowe

Using social media such as Facebook, Instagram and ooVoo to connect with friends and enemies is more and more common among teens.

An increase in reports of cyberbullying has prompted schools and telecommunications companies to step up policies aimed at curbing the abuse, while experts are struggling to understand why it happens.

The problem of teens using social media to bully others surfaced recently in Palmerton and Lehighton.