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Friday, May 16, 2014

A Schuylkill County driver died on Thursday morning after his vehicle crossed Route 209 and crashed into a tractor trailer rig just outside Port Carbon.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the deceased as Scott B. Bedford, 31, of Pottsville, Branch Township.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Carbon County jury has found a Mahoning psychologist guilty of sexual assault against a patient. The jury deliberated for four and a half hours this afternoon.

Dr. Michael Degilio went on trial Monday on charges by Mahoning Township police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, and indecent exposure.

The charges were filed when a then 40-year-old woman said Degilio, a psychologist, had her perform a sexual act during an office visit in February 2009.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Palmerton woman charged with retail theft

Mahoning Township Police have arrested a Palmerton woman on retail theft charges.

On April 24, Mahoning Township Police investigated a retail theft at Walmart on Route 443.

Loss Prevention reported a female had concealed items inside of a cart and left the store with the merchandise failing to pay for it. The female was stopped by officers on Route 443 in a white Ford Focus, with the stolen items in the trunk of her vehicle.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

An Iowa woman jokingly calls it "Satan's handiwork." A California mom says she's broken down in tears. A Pennsylvania parent says it "makes my blood boil."

What could be so horrible? Grade-school math.

As schools around the U.S. implement national Common Core learning standards, parents trying to help their kids with math homework say that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing has become as complicated as calculus.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Firefighters from more than a dozen Pennsylvania fire departments escorted a gravely ill colleague home.

Twenty-three-year-old Robert Sweigart, a firefighter with Myerstown's Goodwill Fire Co., was being treated for his second bout of leukemia but his treatments weren't working.

Karen Sweigart tells the Lebanon Daily News (http://bit.ly/1iNxuYh) her son decided he wanted to die at home.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surprised Barbara Walters on Thursday as the legendary newswoman taped her final edition of "The View" to end a five-decade career on television.

Actor Michael Douglas, a longtime friend and frequent subject for Walters' interviews, also dropped by for the tribute, which airs Friday on ABC at 11 a.m. EDT.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — For all the screaming and carrying on, their neighbors thought they'd won the lottery. But it was a lumpy old sofa stuffed with $40,000 in cash that had three young roommates raising a ruckus.

And here's the other side of the ticket: They returned the money to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been given away.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Patty Passick, an instructor at St. John Neumann Regional School, is joined by Janet Dean, of Germansville, as they take a test drive during the Drive For Kids fundraiser Tuesday at the school's Palmerton campus.

Support is indeed a two-way street at St. John Neumann Regional School.

Further proof of that could be seen at the Drive for Kids fundraiser during the school's annual art show on Tuesday.

The fundraiser at the school's Palmerton campus benefits the after-school program.

Inside the gymnasium, the walls and floor space were covered with a sea of artwork created by students at both the school's Palmerton and Slatington campuses.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

After convening for an executive session to discuss a legal matter, the Walnutport Authority carried on its meeting as usual Tuesday night.

In regard to the authority's upcoming Oak Street project, which involves construction of approximately 1,050 linear feet of water main, engineer Jason Newhard said that while the Community Development Block Grant project is fully funded for its construction costs, its engineering costs are not.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Howard and June Farber of the Jim Thorpe seniors dance the polka during the final event of the Carbon County Senior Games on Wednesday.

It came down to the last event, but after all the dust settled and the music stopped, it was the North Carbon County seniors, comprising Panther Valley, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe senior centers, who came out on top in this year's Carbon County Senior Games.

The final score was North Carbon County, 694; South Carbon County, 678.

Going into the final event, 18 points separated the teams, with South leading, but North rallied, earning 38 points for the three dances.