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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security said there is a large scale spam campaign underway in which attackers are using fairly well-crafted emails that appear to come from the IRS to infect victims with the Zeus bot.

The attack has been ongoing for a couple of weeks now, and researchers say that although the attackers have taken some precautions to prevent analysis of the sites and malware being used, they also made some key mistakes.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Pictured enjoying the summer doing bike stunts with friends at the Willing Park skate park in Tamaqua are Kyle Oliphant, 13, landing, and Bruce Kunkel, 18, getting air.

Friday, July 1, 2011
TIMES NEWS file photo The former Panther Valley Middle School, 15 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.

The Carbon County Board of Assessment Appeals on Thursday ruled that former Panther Valley Middle School owner Adam Webber is not entitled to tax cuts on his building.

"There is no change" in the tax status, said board Chairman Dwight Penberth. He said Webber failed to present sufficient evidence to convince the board to reduce the taxes.

Friday, July 1, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Artist Victor Stabin looks at the blank wall where his painting, BEHAVE, was discovered missing from the Flow Restaurant on Tuesday morning. He holds a print of the painting, which he is about to hang in its place.

A bare space on the wall next to the bar in the Flow Restaurant in Jim Thorpe was the first indication that something was amiss at least to Dawn McKeegan, a part-time employee who, while cleaning the restaurant Tuesday morning noticed that a painting was missing.

"The painting, BEHAVE, isn't on the wall," she said to artist and restaurant owner Victor Stabin. "The BEHAVE painting's gone."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Join WCO Doug Daniels from the U.S. Fish and Boat Commission for a program on the native reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania.

The program will take place in the Locust Lake Amphitheatre at 6:30 p.m. July 9. WCO Daniels will speak about telling the difference between venomous and nonvenomous animals. He will talk about their habitat and diet. Some animals will be on hand.

The program is shine only and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the Carbon County Environmental Education Center's Conservation Camp Monday through Friday, August 8 to 12.

The week long event is at Hickory Run State Park and allows children ages 8 through 12 the opportunity to connect with nature through hands-on, feet-in activities.

Campers will enjoy hikes, crafts, games, whitewater rafting, campfires and plenty of healthy, outdoor play.

For more information or to register, call CCEEC at (570) 645-8597.

Friday, July 1, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS The new camp store, located in the camping area of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, is now open for business. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Campers visiting Mauch Chunk Lake Park will not have to worry if they forgot to pack an item for their trip.

The Carbon County-owned park now has a new, "nicely equipped" camp store that should meet almost all of campers' needs.

On Wednesday, the park and county officials officially opened the new store during a grand opening ceremony. The camp store, fashioned in the style of a log cabin, is located inside the camping area of the park, right near the exit onto Lentz Trail.

Friday, July 1, 2011

County officials say Mauch Chunk Lake Park is ready for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

On Thursday, the commissioners said everything is ready for the holiday, as thousands of area campers and visitors will travel to Carbon County as a getaway destination.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said David Horvath, parks director, reported that all campsites and cabins in Mauch Chunk Lake Park have been rented for the weekend.

"I think we're ready," O'Gurek said. "We're fully staffed and I think our facilities are second to none. We expecting a good weekend."

Friday, July 1, 2011
AP Photo/Reading Eagle, Tim Leedy An Oct. 15, 2009 photo shows Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly with his partner Jynx in in Sinking Spring. Pagerly died in a shootout Wednesday night as law enforcement officials tried to serve a warrant at a rural Pennsylvania home. Burglary suspect Matthew Connor also died in the shootout.

ALBANY, Pa. (AP) – A burglary suspect who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy trying to serve a warrant had left a suicide note days earlier and was dressed in camouflage when he was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said Thursday.

The 25-year-old suspect, Matthew Connor, and Berks County Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Pagerly died in the exchange of gunfire after police arrived at the Albany Township home of Connor's girlfriend Wednesday night with a warrant for his arrest, state police said.

Friday, July 1, 2011
ANDY LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The purple traps are placed in specific areas, usually along major roads, to catch and study infestation levels of the Emerald Ash Borer, an introduced pest of ash trees. Pictured is one of the traps located on the Hometown Hill, SR309.

"What are those hanging purple things all over the place?"

That is what people are asking each other regarding sporadic sets of purple hangers, resembling Asian hanging lanterns, placed high in trees adjacent to major roads throughout the area.

They are actually entomology program traps placed there by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to catch and study the infestation levels, if any, of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.