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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania state lawmakers want state-owned universities to be able to leave the 14-member State System of Higher Education and on Tuesday outlined the details of a proposal to allow it.

Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, R-Bucks, a sponsor of the bill, said the schools need more flexibility to cope with enrollment trends and financial pressures. He would permit them to become "state-related" universities, a group that now includes only Penn State, Pitt, Lincoln and Temple.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A homeless man is accused of stealing $50 from a Lansford woman he had offered to help.

Police charged Matthew D. Komishock, 29, who last lived in Nesquehoning, with burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail and has already waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Jason A. Helmer with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, here's what happened:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother, and tens of thousands of people are trying to help.

Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting a photo on her Facebook page in which she held up a sign that said, "Looking for my birth mother. ... She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has rejected a woman's plea agreement after she denied having beaten her 15-month-old son before his death a year ago.

The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1g4aOBz ) reports that 35-year-old Essence James of Allentown is now scheduled for trial later this month in the March 2013 death of Cordero James.

James was scheduled to plead guilty Monday in Lehigh County Court to third-degree murder in exchange for a 15-year minimum term.

Monday, March 10, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was postponed by the NHL on Monday night after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period.

Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was quickly carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Here’s the latest forecast. Rain, snow, messy weather will be coming Wednesday.

Rain should end as a period of accumulating snow Wednesday evening as temperatures plunge into the teens with potential for widespread hazardous conditions.

 

Monday, March 10, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

The 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Jim Thorpe on Sunday seemed to have a little of everything.

There was a high school band, Celtic bands, comic groups, historical organizations, Ronald McDonald, a green-clad Irish Santa and fire trucks.

"This parade is great," said 12-year-old Luke Nicholson of New Tripoli. "It's a lot of fun."

Nicholson was wearing a green hat and sporting green beads while sitting with his parents in front of Dugan's Store.

Few will disagree with the lad.

Monday, March 10, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Retired Allentown teacher and Palmerton native Teri Delich interacts with kindergarten and first-grade pupils at the Parkside Education Center as part of the school's recent Read Across America event.

Read to succeed. Read to achieve.

Reading was indeed in the books for Parkside Education Center pupils who recently celebrated Read Across America Day.

The event was so popular that many of the pupils looked like they came straight out of the pages of a Dr. Seuss book, according to Holly Sell, Title I Reading Specialist.

"We had a great day celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss and NEA's Read Across America Day," Sell said. "Many of our students came dressed as characters from their favorite books."

Monday, March 10, 2014
Penn-Kidder Lions Samantha Sciani and Ino Rivera celebrate after being named queen and king during a recent Lions Club St. Patrick's Day party.

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Monday, March 10, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Devin Parambo, right, and co-captain Ryan Kristopik announce the "THON's Got Talent" competition during Penn State University's recent THON weekend.

When you walk into the Bryce Jordan Center in State College on THON weekend, you see a rainbow of color as thousands of students dance their feet off for a cause.

By the end of the 46-hour event, the dancers are exhausted from lack of sleep, their feet blistered and their bodies aching; but their heart is happy because they have done something great for thousands of families affected by pediatric cancer.

For area Penn State seniors, Devin Parambo and Kristen Halenar, both of Summit Hill, this latest THON, which took place Feb. 21-23, was bittersweet.