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Monday, March 17, 2014

Carbon County is looking for students to fill lifeguard positions.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that there are 12 lifeguard positions available at Mauch Chunk Lake this summer. The positions typically are filled by college students looking for summer jobs.

He said the guards are needed from Memorial Day weekend, May 23, through the end of Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Applicants must have lifeguard certifications, Red Cross training and be available to work weekends and holidays.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The National Weather Service says snow is expected tonight into Monday morning. Total accumulations of an inche or less are expected.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Mike Schmidt sat down at a picnic table beyond the left-field wall on a sunny morning at Bright House Field, then scooted over to seek the shade of some palm trees and a light tower.

He wasn't taking any chances.

The 64-year-old Hall of Famer is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer that kept him from being a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Even before someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777's communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in disappearance of the flight.

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 (http://bit.ly/1oUt2La ) 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 (http://bit.ly/1eE1PYc ) 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
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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.