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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
AP PHOTO President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

Obama spoke to thousands of cheering supporters in his hometown of Chicago, praising Romney and declaring his optimism for the next four years.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats secured a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut to maintain the control they've held since 2007.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Doyle Heffley was re-elected to serve as representative of the 122nd Legislative District in Harrisburg during balloting in Carbon County, yesterday. Heffley, with his wife, Kellie, and their children, Angela, 11, front left, and Elizabeth, 15, at victory celebration held in the Bowmanstown Fire Company.

Doyle Heffley, who two years ago became the first Republican to represent Carbon County in the state legislature in over 35 years, won the retention of his seat in Harrisburg yesterday.

In Tuesday's balloting, he turned back the challenge of political newcomer Ronald Rabenold, a Democrat who is a teacher in the Lehighton Area School District, by nearly 4,300 votes during unofficial balloting.

Heffley, of Palmerton, got 14,194 votes (58.89 percent) while Rabenold, of Franklin Township, received 9,892 ballots (41.04 percent).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS "Tamaqua Area Weatherman" Ryan Fannock looks up from studying a meteorological model on his computer.

The Tamaqua Area Weatherman nails it again.

Eight days before Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey shore, the Tamaqua Area Weatherman, aka Ryan Fannock, was studying constantly changing weather maps.

He posted an image of the emerging storm on his FaceBook page, along with the observation that there was a potential tropical storm/hurricane forming and that it may affect the East Coast.

"As the days went along, four or five days before landfall, I posted my first-call map, and I never had to make any changes to it. It stayed the same."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made sharply different bets about who would vote this year.

It turned out that Americans who cast ballots looked collectively much more like what Obama had envisioned a diverse tapestry that reflected a changing America than the whiter, older electorate Romney had banked on.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last week, Superstorm Sandy brought death, disaster, destruction and darkness to millions living along the East Coast.

This week, a Nor'easter is forecast to hit the same areas that are still trying to pick up the pieces from their homes and lives that were destroyed by one of Mother Nature's most powerful storms.

In the TIMES NEWS coverage area, many residents who just regained power to their homes from the high winds and rain that blew through last week, may now have to break out the snow shovels.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ed Smith, current 13th District Deputy Commander, was named as this year's Master of Ceremonies and speaker.

The Tamaqua American Legion is encouraging everyone, not just veterans, to participate in their annual Tamaqua's Veterans Day parade and celebration this Saturday morning.

Ed "Edward" Smith of Tamaqua was named Master Of Ceremonies and speaker at this year's Veterans Day celebration.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania Senator John Yudichak called the Mansion "a real important part of our tourism economy here in Northeastern Pennsylvania." At left is the Asa Packer Mansion Museum's Executive; Director Ronald J. Sheehan.

The porch of the Asa Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe was filled with dignitaries, staff, and visitors last Friday as "Remembrance Day" was held celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mary Packer Cumming's gift of her family's home to the Borough of Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe.

Asa Packer was the founder of the Lehigh Valley Railroad; the founder of Lehigh University; a U.S. Congressman; a Judge; and philanthropist, etc.

The Asa Packer Mansion was built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan and was constructed over a span of two years and cost of a total of $14,000.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A large number of voters turned out in Tuesday's general election in area boroughs. The votes cast for various candidates were as follows: