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Monday, October 13, 2014

A breach of infection control resulting in a Dallas health worker getting Ebola raises fresh questions about whether hospitals truly can safely take care of people with the deadly virus, as health officials insist is possible.

Even in the United States, with the best conditions and protective gear available, mistakes can happen that expose more people to Ebola, the new case reveals.

Monday, October 13, 2014

During the Pleasant Valley School District's Board of Education meeting Thursday night, Director of Bands Jim DeVivo told members, "We want to give you a big thank-you to the school board and our administration for providing the band with all new instrument cabinets."

DeVivo then told members that drum majors Abigail Zahoroiko, 16, and Kacey Burrus, 17, would present them with before and after photos of the band room so they could see the improvement. He also invited members to stop by to see the room in person.

Monday, October 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manny DaCosta, left, awards Samantha Siani with an outstanding service award for all her help.

Penn-Kidder Lions Club President Manny DaCosta, left, awards Samantha Siani with an outstanding service award for all her help.

Monday, October 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured U.S. adults say they don't have much confidence in their ability to pay for a major, unexpected medical expense.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research may help explain why President Barack Obama faces such strong headwinds in trying to persuade the public that his health care law is working to hold costs down.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pleasant Valley High School marching band took to the field Saturday in Nazareth at the 32nd annual Soundfest band competition, a USBands circuit competition. This was their second competition this season.

Assistant Band Director Aaron Boligitz said he thought the band would do really well.

"They got the first show kinks out," he said. "It's always exciting to perform."

Monday, October 13, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 20-year-old off-campus student has been jailed on charges that he posted a social media threat to shoot people at a popular gathering area on Penn State's main campus.

Jong Seong Shim, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, told police on the campus about 140 miles east of Pittsburgh that his post on the social media site Yik Yak was a "prank," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday by campus police.

But Police Chief Tyrone Parham said in a statement that, "Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke."

Monday, October 13, 2014

READING (AP) – Four men have been jailed on charges they smuggled cocaine from the Dominican Republic to eastern Pennsylvania inside Xbox video game systems.

The Reading Eagle reports the Reading men remained in the Berks County Jail after their arrests Saturday.

They’ve been identified as 22-year-old Felix Rodriguez-Pabon; 26-year-old Nelson Martinez; 20-year-old Wilson Herrera; and a man identified only as Yefries Herrera.

County detectives say federal Homeland Security Investigations officials alerted them to the shipments earlier in the week.

Monday, October 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a prosthetic leg reported stolen from a veteran in a wheelchair outside the Eagles-Giants football game in south Philadelphia was later recovered on a subway train.

Sonny Forriest Jr., who is known for singing for fans outside Phillies and Eagles games, told police that he had taken off his prosthetic leg during his performance.

He said he was packing up to leave when a woman in her 20s wearing Eagles gear who appeared intoxicated approached and took the leg.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Appointments for flu shots will be taken at 610-826-1181 from Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. until all appointments are filled.

Appointments are available on:

Oct. 20: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmerton campus

Oct. 21: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Gnaden Huetten campus

Oct. 22: noon-7 p.m. at the BMHS Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown

Oct. 28: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Workforce Wellness office on the Gnaden Huetten campus

Monday, October 13, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Heavy fog rolled in but it couldn't dampen the excitement of these members of the Tamaqua Area High School Raider Band's featured low brass section after their performance Saturday at the 18th annual Land of Running Water Marching Band Adjudication Festival. For more photos from the event, see the gallery at tnonline.com

Over 1,000 band fans packed the Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium Saturday, braving chilly night air for four hours of music, marching, flags and pageantry.

For the 1,500 marching band members who took part, it was serious business.

The Tamaqua Area Raider Marching Band hosted the 18th annual Land of Running Water Marching Band Adjudication Festival, attracting some of the best high school bands from throughout the region.

It's always a family event, said one parent.