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Saturday, August 1, 2015

A few more tweaks and the "Dear Tamaqua ... In a New Light" project will take to the streets of the borough, weaving together the past, present and future, as seen by borough residents near and far. The event is being planned as a centerpiece to the borough's National Night Out celebration.

Project coordinator Leona Rega attended Tuesday night's meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council to provide an update and explain a tweak to the planned route for the 1-mile, multimedia walking experience.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The media and even some experts continue to miss the boat on obesity. Consider this recent example.

"Being overweight or obese increases the risk of a variety of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease," reported the Los Angeles Times. "Extra weight also can make people more vulnerable to certain types of cancer."

Does that drive home the point that being fat kills you? Apparently not enough. It went on, adding, "The more you weigh, the greater the health risk."

However, this doesn't entirely align with the data.

Friday, July 31, 2015

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A former teacher charged Friday with having sex with a 13-year-old student left a note in her sixth-grade classroom that said, in part, "I need help - a lot of help," according to police.

Melinda Trezise, 39, of Cressona, was charged with statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault and related offenses after the accuser - Trezise's former student - told police the two had sex more than a dozen times in the master bedroom of her home.
The assaults took place between February and April, police said.

Friday, July 31, 2015

LONG POND - He’s done it again.

After winning four of the last five races, Kyle Busch kept the momentum going by earning the pole for Sunday’s Microsoft Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 50.444.

“That last run was the best it’s been all day,” Busch said after turning a lap of 178.416 mph in the third and final round of qualifying. “Adam Stevens (crew chief) and these guys did it again.”

Busch bumped Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, who will start second, late in the session.

Penske Racing’s Joey Logano will start third.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into death threats made to PennEast Pipeline officials.

The company is planning a controversial $1.2 billion, 114-mile natural gas pipeline from Luzerne County to New Jersey.

"PennEast received letters in April," said spokeswoman Patricia Kornick. "They became credible enough that we thought it would be best to notify the FBI."

Kornick said she was "not at liberty" to discuss details of the letters, but said they were sent to "key leaders of PennEast."

Friday, July 31, 2015

An amber alert has been issued in Northeastern Pennsylvania, for counties including Schuylkill, for Jena Patterson, 16, last seen Thursday in Wilkes Barre.

Jena Patterson is a black female, with black hair and brown eyes, 5 foot 4 inches, 120 pounds, who was abducted from her residence on East View Drive in Wilkes Barre at 11 p.m. Thursday.

She is wearing gray yoga pants and a multi-colored T-shirt. She was abducted by Walter Lewis, 21, a black male, 5 foot 5 inches, 130 pounds, black hair, wearing a gray and black hoodie.

Friday, July 31, 2015

AT&T customers in northeastern Pennsylvania have been having issues with service including outgoing calls going straight to voicemail, not receiving incoming calls and other problems.

“Service was restored Thursday evening for some customers in the northeastern Pennsylvania area affected by intermittent wireless voice issues. Technicians worked around the clock to resolve the issue and service is currently running normally. We apologize for this inconvenience,” said spokeswoman Brandy Bell-Truskey.

She said AT&T is “currently investigating the root cause” of the disruptions.

Friday, July 31, 2015
BERNARD KREBS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehigh Gap takes on dramatic proportions when viewed from the Appalachian Trail, in this scene looking north toward Palmerton, taken by Jim Thorpe photographer and nature lover Bernard Krebs.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A memorial blood drive in honor of Linda Muffley, Dylan Krum and Gavin Krum will be held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 222 Church St. in Lehighton, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The blood drive is being held in conjunction with Miller-Keystone Blood Center, the only blood provider to 20 regional hospitals including the Blue Mountain Health System, the Lehigh Valley Health Network and the St. Luke's University Health Network.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Jena Patterson

WILKES-BARRE (AP) Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old who they say was abducted from her home in Wilkes-Barre by a man who is considered armed and dangerous.

Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for Jena Patterson.

Patterson is a black female, with black hair and brown eyes, 5 foot 4 inches, 120 pounds, who was abducted from her residence on East View Drive in Wilkes Barre at 11 p.m. Thursday.