Monday, May 2, 2016

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.

Six Asian elephants were delivering their final performances in Providence, Rhode Island, and five performed in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, earlier Sunday. The last Providence show was streaming live on Facebook and at .

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — A CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from one of them, emergency officials and the railroad company said.

No injuries were immediately reported and no evacuations were ordered.

The train derailed Sunday about 6:40 a.m. near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station and one of the derailed cars is leaking sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including soap and detergents, CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Katie McGinty had barely finished her victory speech celebrating a 10-point Pennsylvania primary win for the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey before TV attack ads began flying in a general election contest that could tilt political control of the U.S. Senate.

Already, four TV ads — three of them are attack ads — have begun airing since Tuesday night in an effort to shape the race leading to the Nov. 8 election.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

BENTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an all-terrain vehicle went down an embankment and flipped over in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing two men.

State police in Luzerne County said speed is presumed to have been a factor in the crash, which occurred just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Fairmount Township.

Police said the vehicle failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and traveled about 160 feet, partially off the roadway, before hitting a stump and going down the embankment.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A woman was injured Sunday afternoon in a crash along Hahn’s Dairy road in Lower Towamensing Township. The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. as she was traveling eastbound. The driver lost control around a curve in the roadway and the vehicle struck an embankment and rolled on its roof. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to an area trauma center. Aquashicola Fire Company and its fire police responded to the scene. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident. Hahn’s Dairy road was closed for over an hour.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Lehigh River upstream from the Route 903 bridge in Jim Thorpe is not stocked by the state fish commission, leaving it up to local fishing enthusiasts to fill the void.

Enter the Five Mile High Stocking Club, who through word of mouth and a love of fishing have built a 120-person strong membership in just six years.

On a rainy Sunday morning along the rail bed at Glen Onoko, around 30 of those members released 800 trout, ranging from 14 to 22 inches, into the Lehigh River.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

One area high school cracked the top 500 in the state, while two others earned bronze medal status in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released earlier this month.

Northwestern Lehigh High School ranked 55th, earning it silver medal status.

U.S. News evaluated more than 28,000 schools to determine the top public high schools nationally, and in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Five hundred high schools received gold medals, 2,173 schools earned silver and 3,545 took home bronze in the national rankings.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Clockwise, Lehighton Area Middle School seventh-graders Joe Wetzel, Garrett Weaver, and John Strohl work to dig a hole so that a tree may be planted in the Community Grove as part of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission’s Arbor Day festivities Friday morning. See a photo gallery at TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Learning about the importance of Arbor Day in the classroom is one thing, but experiencing it firsthand is quite another.

Just ask students from Lehighton Area Middle School, who teamed up with members of the Lehighton Shade Tree Commission to plant trees in the Community Grove on Friday.

The project is part of the borough’s initiative to plant 150 trees in honor of its upcoming sesquicentennial celebration.

Under the direction of middle school science teacher Joe Yescavage, the students helped the commission plant eight white oak trees within the grove.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

From 6-9 p.m. Tuesdaythere will be an art show at Panther Valley High School.

At 7 p.m. there will be a concert involving Intermediate Band with fourth through sixth grades. The seventh- and eighth-grade chorus will sing, and the high school chorus and band will present their concerts.

Donations to the art and music programs will be gratefully appreciated.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

HARRISBURG (AP) — A onetime chief of staff to ex-Gov. Ed Rendell agreed in a court document filed Friday to plead guilty to wire fraud for pocketing thousands of dollars in supposed campaign contributions from a fake company set up by the FBI to investigate public corruption in the state.

John H. Estey collected $20,000 from the fake company in 2011 to make campaign contributions that would influence state lawmakers and agreed to distribute the money in a way that would hide the company’s role, according to a plea deal filed in Harrisburg federal court.