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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Professor Emeritus Eugen Wendler of Reutlingen University, Germany, tells Tamaqua residents that research reveals Friedrich List traveled 3,000 miles to gather $700,000 to build Tamaqua's 1831 rail line, still in existence today.

On Saturday, the world's foremost authority on the life of German pioneer Friedrich List traveled 4,000 miles on a cultural trip to America.

On Tuesday, he arrived in Tamaqua and delivered this message: the vital railroad that sparked your town's growth is one of List's crowning achievements.

Dr. Eugen Wendler, professor emeritus at Reutlingen University, has studied the life of List for the past 43 years, publishing 15 books and founding Germany's Friedrich List Institute for Current Economic Studies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Carbon County Correctional Facility inmate is charged with assaulting a female corrections officer on July 4, according to Nesquehoning police.

Police said Albert Brooke, 63, of Nesquehoning, slammed a cart into the officer and pinned her against a door after the two got into an argument about Brooke's medication.

Brooke was in prison after receiving a 34-to-68-month sentence for aggravated indecent assault and other charges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish High Holiday celebrating the start of the year 5775 on the Jewish calendar, begins tonight at sundown.

The themes of the Jewish New Year festival are repentance, preparation for the day of Divine Judgment and prayer for a fruitful year. The two-day festival, which falls on 1-2 Tishre in the Jewish calendar, will conclude at sundown on Friday.

Major customs of Rosh Hashana include the sounding of the shofar in the middle of a devotional service that focuses on the festival themes, and elaborate meals at home to inaugurate the new year.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed the governor’s nominations of Ann Dudish as the Schuylkill County Recorder of Deeds and Thomas Campion as the Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

“These two qualified individuals will serve Schuylkill County well,” Argall said. “These two vacancies were created in very different situations, each important to the people of Schuylkill County.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some of the biggest donors to Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates stretched their wallets to help pony up nearly $18 million over the summer, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday that show that the race appears likely to set a campaign spending record.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A state prison inmate was charged Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Scranton with threatening to kill a Monroe County judge, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

Devon Williams, 24, allegedly mailed a letter in January 2014 from the State Correctional Institution in Albion to the Monroe County courthouse threatening to injure and kill the chief Common Pleas judge.

If convicted of the charge, Williams faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPS) and state police conducted the investigation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mahoning Township police are investigating two arson fires they believe were set at Mahoning Valley Country Club between Saturday and Sunday.

Two water cooler storage structures on opposite ends of the course were destroyed by fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township police at 570-386-2241.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - A filmmaker says the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania appears in an upcoming documentary about Vietnam War re-enactors.

NBC's "Today" aired footage from a documentary called "Vietnam Appreciation Day." The clip shows 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) talking about the difficult terrain where one of the re-enactments took place.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on the Northeastern Extension between the Pocono and Mahoning Valley interchanges to be prepared for a single-lane traffic pattern to be in effect until 7 p.m. today.

At 7:30 a.m. construction crews will establish a single-lane pattern southbound, closing the right lane between milepost 89.8 and 89 for slope remediation operations.

Motorists traveling south of the Pocono interchange should anticipate reduced speeds and slow moving or stopped traffic until the pattern is lifted.