Campaign Corner

Allentown Mayoral Race

Budget

Allentown got 57 million dollars from the federal government due to COVID. Half this year half next. Must be spent by 2024. How would the Mayor best put those funds to use?

Taxes

Property taxes were raised 27% at the end of 2018. Allentown school district taxes continue to increase. What does the Mayor see in relations to having to increase taxes again, repeal them and can they do anything to help mitigate School District taxes.

Affordable Housing

Blighted properties and high rent apartments, low home ownership. How will the next Mayor make housing more affordable and increase home ownership?

Youth

What programs can be put in place to keep kids out of the reach of gangs, in-class and on the path to success?

Local News

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The first course will be offered on campus or via Zoom on June 5th and June 12th. Read more

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Ironpigs will host COVID-19 vaccine clinic ahead of May 25th game at Coca-Cola Park.  Read more

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$2.00 an hour wage increase effective May 21st.  Read more

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Calvin Brown first pleaded guilty last year, then withdrew the plea. He has once again pleaded guilty and has been sentenced, the DA said Monday. Read more

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Car seat checks taking place on May 17th and 23rd.    Read more

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(The Center Square) – Gov. Tom Wolf still supports raising personal income taxes this year and sees the $7.3 billion in federal pandemic aid doled out in March as less useful in fixing the state’s $2 billion structural deficit. Read more

Rock Ensemble I won two awards for Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance for 2021. Read more

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2nd doses of the Moderna vaccinations will be administered at CATE mobile vaccination clinic.  Read more

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Employees reported they were robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a black mask, black Puma sweatshirt and black pants. He was short and had a thin build, police said. Read more

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The 79-year-old woman died of complications from burns sustained in a house fire on April 10, the coroner's office said. Read more

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(The Center Square) – From construction to fast food, small businesses across Pennsylvania are grappling with a worker shortage, an industry representative said recently, leading to exacerbated financial challenges for owners trying to regain a solid footing more than a year after COVID-19’s onset. Read more

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Bethlehem firefighters battled two fires nearby each other overnight, just hours apart. Read more

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After a stray shower Monday morning, we'll string together a series of dry days this week, though temps remain cooler than normal for mid-May. Read more

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Rain continues Sunday night. Start of the work week will be dry, chilly week ahead.  Read more

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69 News witnessed a man being taken into police custody after a domestic incident that drew a large police response. Read more

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Second edition of "Angel Donor" will continue to tell children what it's like to have a serious illness.  Read more

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Peaceable Kingdom asking for donations to help care for animals. Read more

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Anthony Petrone, 28, of Weatherly, allegedly had homemade explosives. Read more

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Animal Rescue League of Berks County will host more sponsored adoption events in Summer and Fall months.  Read more

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Stacker compiled a list of states where people from Pennsylvania are moving to the most using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more

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The farmers market is located inside the old Keystone Lamp Factory. Read more

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250 graduates from the 2020 class invited to attend 2021 Moravian College graduation ceremony.  Read more

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Mother's Day showers are possible later in the day. Rain sticks around for part of Monday but some sun will dry things out.  Read more

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Stray shower on Saturday, Sunday will be sunny with rain in the afternoon.  Read more

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Six dogs dumped in horrible conditions, Humane Society officers need help finding the people responsible.  Read more

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Package with iPhone is delivered, minutes later a man comes to the home and asks for the phone to be returned.  Read more

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Two men and one woman are accused of attempting to enter the home to retrieve personal property.  Read more

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Hamas militant group of crossing a “red line” with its rocket attack on Jerusalem and promised a tough response. He said Monday that Israel would not "tolerate an attack on our territory, in our capital, on our citizens and soldiers. He further warned that “whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price.” With Israel carrying out airstrikes in Gaza and militants bombarding southern Israel with rocket fire throughout the evening, Netanyahu warned that the fighting could “continue for a while.” Read more

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In less than a week, people in England will be able to give someone outside their household bubble a hug for the first time since restrictions were put in place in March last year when the coronavirus. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday that he has given the go-ahead for that much-missed human contact from May 17 as part of the next round of lockdown easing following a sharp fall in new coronavirus infections. Other easing measures included the reopening of pubs and restaurants indoors as well as cinemas and hotels, and allowing two households to meet up inside a home. However, he stressed that people should exercise common sense. Read more

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The European Union’s top economy official says that the recovery measures the EU and its 27 member states have in the works to emerge from the pandemic total around $5.85 trillion. EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni told a European Parliament committee that if comparisons are made with U.S. President Joe Biden's pandemic stimulus relief package, the EU can confidently stand next to to Washington when all efforts are counted together. The Italian commissioner told legislators Monday that “measures taken until now from member states and the EU reach so far 4.8 trillion” euros. He swept aside criticism that authorities weren't doing enough compared with Washington. Read more

Millions of Californians would get tax rebates of up to $1,100 under a proposal unveiled by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. He's branding it as part of the state's response to the pandemic. Individuals and households making between $30,000 and $75,000 annually would get a $600 payment under Newsom’s plan announced Monday. All households making up to $75,000 with at least one child, including immigrants who file taxes, would get an extra $500 payment. The payments are part of what Newsom is calling a $100 billion plan to drive the state’s economic recovery. It also comes as Newsom faces a recall election. Read more

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Republican Mitch McConnell is taking a starring role in the fight against a Democratic elections bill.  The Republican Senate leader is so determined to stop the voting legislation from Democrats that he will join the fight in committee, armed with a stack of amendments. It’s a rare step for a party leader but shows the extent to which Republicans are prepared to fight the bill. The legislation would be the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, creating automatic voter registration nationwide, Democrats argue the changes to voting laws are even more important now as states impose new voting restrictions after the 2020 election. Read more

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Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel says there is a disconnect between him and the team that has been there since he was sidelined by an injury in March. Eichel says he favors having surgery, while suggesting the team has a different opinion regarding the best course of treatment to repair a herniated disk.  Eichel also expressed doubt about his future in Buffalo. He says he will continue to lead the team as long as he is in Buffalo. Read more

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President Joe Biden is entering the next phase of his administration with the steady approval of a majority of Americans. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows Biden is buoyed in particular by the public’s broad backing for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden’s overall approval rating sits at 63%. When it comes to the new Democratic president’s handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve. That includes about half of Republicans. The AP-NORC poll also shows an uptick in Americans’ overall optimism about the state of the country. Read more

A 200-meter (656-foot) -long bridge has cruised slowly through the heart of Rotterdam in the early morning hours, heading for its new home near the city’s busy port area. The Suurhoff Bridge was floating on pontoons that were pushed and pulled by tug boats past a series of other bridges on the Maas River that bisects Rotterdam, in a meticulously planned, hours-long operation Monday. The existing bridges have sections that can be raised to allow ships with large cargoes to pass. The new bridge is 20 meters (65 feet) wide and has a 40 meter (131 feet) high arch. It will be placed alongside an existing bridge that carries traffic to and from the Maasvlakte port area.  Read more

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Stocks were mixed in afternoon trading Monday as a fall in technology stocks was offset by a rise in banks and other financial stocks. The S&P 500 was down 0.2% after wobbling between small gains and losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.7% and the Nasdaq fell 1.6%, dragged lower by the Big Tech companies that dominate that index like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Wholesale gasoline prices rose 0.3% after a cyberattack that shut down a U.S. pipeline that carries fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.59%  Read more

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The first course will be offered on campus or via Zoom on June 5th and June 12th. Read more

States are pushing the unemployed to return to work to help businesses large and small find the workers they need to emerge from the COVID-19 recession. Some argue the generous unemployment benefits offered when the economy crashed are making it too easy for people to not return to work. Now some states are reinstating a requirement that anyone who collects unemployment must look for work. At least three states, Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina, are ending the $300 supplemental benefit that is on top of state benefits. Labor experts say the shortage is not just about the payment, with some people reluctant to look for work because they fear catching the virus. Others have found new jobs. Read more

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Hopes are fading for a young minke whale lost who became trapped in the River Thames near London. Rescuers trying to recapture the whale said Monday evening that its condition had deteriorated rapidly and it would soon be stranded by the dropping tide near Teddington in southwest London. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said a veterinary team were on standby to “end its suffering”. A Port of London Authority spokesman said a whale had never been seen this far up the Thames before, 95 miles from its mouth. He says "it’s like seeing a camel at the North Pole.” Read more

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Ironpigs will host COVID-19 vaccine clinic ahead of May 25th game at Coca-Cola Park.  Read more

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Primary schools and junior highs have reopened for in-person classes in Greece for the first time in months as the country ease coronavirus restrictions despite daily infections and deaths remaining stubbornly high. Courts also restarted many activities, with civil courts reopening to all cases and criminal courts now hearing cases involving defendants already in custody and any cases reaching the statute of limitations next year. Greece has been under coronavirus-related restrictions since early November, but has gradually begun easing the measures as it gears up for the vital summer tourist season. Tourism is a major revenue source for Greece, and the government is hoping international visitors will help bolster its ailing economy. Read more

A French senior naval officer says the Islamic State group is using stealth to regenerate its forces by developing its military capabilities underground and France is deploying its warships and aircraft in the region to help troops on the ground root out the threat. Rear Adm. Marc Aussedat, who leads a Task Force centered around France’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, said Monday that 18 advanced Rafale fighter aircraft are carrying out reconnaissance flights in Syrian and Iraqi airspace. They are gauging the actions of the Islamic State group and to bring their weapons to bear if necessary.  Read more

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A French court has dismissed the case of a French-Vietnamese woman who sued 14 companies that produced and sold the powerful defoliant dioxin Agent Orange, used by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. The judicial court of Evry, a Paris suburb, ruled that the case fell outside its jurisdiction as the defendants said they acted under the constraint of  the U.S. government at wartime. Tran To Nga, a 79-year-old former journalist, told the Associated Press she will appeal the decision. Tran described in a book how she breathed Agent Orange in 1966. She filed a lawsuit in 2014 in France against firms that produced and sold the Agent Orange, including U.S. multinational companies Dow Chemical and Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer. Read more

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The Treasury Department is launching its $350 billion program to distribute aid to state and local governments. It will give the U.S. economy an added boost after relatively modest hiring in April. The aid is part of President Joe Biden’s larger $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that became law in March. Administration officials say payments could begin to go out in the coming days to eligible governments, allowing state, local, territorial and tribal officials to offset the economic damage from the pandemic. Guidance from the Treasury Department listed broad categories for spending the money, but it cannot be used to cut taxes, pay down debt or bolster reserve funds. Read more

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The operator of a major U.S. pipeline hit by a cyberattack says it hopes to have service mostly restored by the end of the week. Colonial Pipeline offered that update Monday after revealing that it had halted operations because of a ransomware attack. The FBI has linked the attack to a criminal gang. The cyberattack is raising concern that supplies of gasoline, jet fuel and diesel could be disrupted in parts of the East Coast if the outage lasts several more days. The Colonial Pipeline transports gasoline and other fuel through 10 states between Texas and New Jersey, delivering roughly 45% of fuel consumed on the East Coast. Read more

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The French government has given a medal to a math teacher and volunteer firefighter who used CPR to save the life of a jogger in a Paris park. The gesture has drawn national attention to the importance of first aid training. The jogger’s wife is Paris-based Associated Press journalist Lori Hinnant, who helped identify the anonymous rescuer by putting up thank-you signs in Monceau Park. Multiple passersby intervened when he collapsed. Marion Dehecq, a 24-year-old math teacher who works as a volunteer firefighter a few days a month, performed CPR until paramedics arrived.  Read more

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The largest collection of Bob Dylan’s artwork ever seen will go on display later this year in the U.S.  “Retrospectrum” spans six decades of Dylan’s art, featuring more than 120 of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures. Building on the original “Retrospectrum” exhibition that premiered in Shanghai, China, in 2019, the new version will include new, never-before-seen pieces and additional artworks from a brand-new series called “American Pastoral.” One addition — “One Too Many” from 2020 — features a man slumped over a smoky bar counter at the end of a night, and another “Subway Cityscape,” also from 2020, showcase’s Dylan’s love of industrial urban city scenes. Read more

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$2.00 an hour wage increase effective May 21st.  Read more

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People familiar with the talks say UEFA has given the British government until Tuesday to offer the travel waivers required to move the Champions League final to Wembley or the all-English game could be played in Portugal instead. The May 29 showpiece between Chelsea and Manchester City is set to be moved from Istanbul after Turkey was added to England’s “red list” of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks. Porto is one of the backup options after UEFA hit snags with its preferred location of London. UEFA has been holding talks with the British government but has not managed to secure an exemption from quarantine for everyone they want to be able to attend the final in London — including sponsors, their guests, and media. Read more

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An activist for Black rights has gone on trial in Paris for defacing a statue of a historical figure from France’s colonial, slave-trading past. Franco Lollia called his protest a political act to denounce deep-seated racism in France. Lollia was on trial for spraying “state Negrophobia” in red paint on the pedestal of the statue outside parliament in Paris last June. The statue honors Jean-Baptiste Colbert, a 17th-century royal minister who wrote rules governing slaves in France’s overseas colonies. Lollia told the court Monday that in his view, Colbert committed crimes against humanity. He said celebrating Colbert with a statue shows that the French state “is viscerally Negrophobic." Lollia, who is Black, called the trial “an insult.” Read more

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Lafayette Square, the park across from the White House, has reopened to the public. It had been closed for nearly a year after federal authorities fenced off the area at the height of nationwide protests over policing following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The park offers the public perhaps the best view of the White House. It closed after U.S. Park Police officers forcefully dispersed protesters from Lafayette Square before former President Donald Trump walked across the park to stand near St. John’s Church to pose before cameras holding a Bible. Read more

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Calvin Brown first pleaded guilty last year, then withdrew the plea. He has once again pleaded guilty and has been sentenced, the DA said Monday. Read more

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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is further easing coronavirus restrictions, opening bars and restaurants for outdoor dining amid falling numbers of coronavirus infections. Read more

Detroit police Chief James Craig is announcing his retirement as head of the city's police department and may discuss future plans that could include a run for political office. Craig was scheduled to speak at a news conference Monday afternoon. The Detroit native was hired in 2013 by an emergency manager after the state assumed control of the financially broken city. Craig, who is Black, immediately set out to restore residents’ confidence in the department that had a history of civil rights abuses by officers against Detroit's mostly Black population. Detroit had about a dozen police chiefs since the early 1990s and five in the five years before Craig was hired. Read more

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Colorado authorities are investigating why a gunman opened fire at a weekend birthday party, killing his girlfriend and five other adults inside a house trailer before killing himself. Police say the shooting happened just after midnight on Sunday in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Spings Gazette reported that oficers arrived at a home trailer to find six people dead and a man with serious injuries who died later at a hospital. Police say the suspected shooter was the boyfriend of a female victim at the party attended by friends, family and children. He walked inside and opened fire before shooting himself. No children were hurt. Read more

The Paris prosecutor says a French serial killer sentenced twice to life imprisonment for the murder of eight women has died at the age of 79. Michel Fourniret died Monday in a secure unit of a Paris hospital. Arrested in 2003 in Belgium, he was convicted to life imprisonment in 2008 for the murder and the rape or attempted rape of seven female teenagers and young women. The crimes were committed in France and Belgium from 1987 to 2001. Ten years later, he was convicted for the murder of the companion of a former cellmate. Last year Fourniret also confessed to the murder of a 9-year-old girl in 2003. Read more